Introducing: Best. Day. EVER! fabric for Moda

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Say hello to my pretty little friend!

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She’s lovely, and fresh, and oh so happy.

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She’s a free spirit, to be sure.

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She makes every day her Best. Day. Ever!

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Please welcome my first collection with Moda Fabrics, Best. Day. EVER! Showing at International Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. Precuts ship in September, Yardage in October. Available for quilt shops to order in May.

Thank you for being excited with me everyone. I can’t wait to show you the patterns I’ve got for this line. My Best. EVER! For other sneak peeks, check out the #bestdayeverfabric hashtag on Instagram.

xoxo

April

PS Someone pinch me.



Super Speedy Quilt Borders (Quilting Hack): Fabulously Fast Quilts Blog Tour

SuperSpeedyBorders Hello friends! I’m checking in today to share with you one of my favorite FAST quilting tips–because my lovely friend Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter asked me to! And well, when someone that sweet asks you to do something, you just do it! Plus, she has a super fun book that’s just come out, and I wanted to share it. I had the fun of quilting two of the quilts in the book, and one of them even made the cover (so cool!).

 

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Her book is called Fabulously Fast Quilts, and so she wanted all of us to share our secrets for faster quilting! So here’s my tip:

Super Speedy Quilt Borders Quilting Hack

Let me tell you–this little gem saves me SO. MUCH. TIME. Of course, it may be a little controversial for those of you who have been quilting for years and years, but hear me out. This just might change your life.

Here’s my confession: I don’t measure or pin my borders. Ever. At all. True story. No math, no measuring, no pins.

HOLD ON! Before you picture super bad borders with waves and puckers and stretching and all that horrible-ness, let me state for the record that my borders are square, and the perfect length. No waves.
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So here’s how it goes: I sew all my border strips together lengthwise to make one. long. strip.
photo 1-6 Then, I attach my best friend walking foot to my sewing machine.
photo 2-7 Then, I sew my border on. I give myself an inch or so of extra at the top, and when I get to the bottom, I give myself an inch or so there, too.

photo 3-4 I cut off the rest of the long strip, and set it aside for the rest of the border.

photo 4-5 I press my border, and trim it using my ruler and rotary cutter to make sure it’s square. Then, I attach the other borders. Usually I will do both sides before pressing and trimming, and then do the top and bottom.

Super Speedy Borders SO. FAST.

None of this crazytown measuring and fussing with pins, and averaging, dividing, and yuck.

Just quick, easy, square, FAST borders. Every time.

You should really get a walking foot. I mean it. (A walking foot is a presser foot for your sewing machine, that allows the top and bottom fabrics to feed evenly. It’s like magic.)

Also, you should really get Amy’s book. (It’s available here, here, and here.) She’s a doll, and her quilts and fun, and easy, and FAST! Win, win, win!

I mean really, check out these quilts! (I also got to longarm the pretty green one!)

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So head on over and say hi to Amy, and tell her congrats and good job on her book–because hey, you’ll have lots of time to read blogs now that the borders on every quilt you make will be done in like 10 seconds.

xoxo

April

PS This post is just one of a bunch of fast quilting tips being shared by a bunch of awesome chickadees. You should really go follow along–your quilting speed will increase exponentially, I’m sure!

Monday April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
Tuesday April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Wednesday April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock
Thursday May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order
Friday May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life



Sneak Peek, and What is International Quilt Market? Can I come?

Best. Day. EVER! by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns for MODA

First off, I posted a sneak peek of MY FABRIC over on Instagram a few weeks ago! I haven’t really mentioned it here, and more details are to come for sure–but for now I will just show you what’s already out there! I can’t wait to show you more. Soon, SOON! (YOU GUYS! I’m designing for MODA!!!!!!!!) <—dream come true.

Pardon the freak out. Back to business. *ahem*

I’ve had a few questions about Quilt Market, and thought I’d throw some information out there for anyone who is curious.

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What you need to know about International Quilt Market

Things are ramping up around here, and if you haven’t noticed, basically everywhere in the quilting world. Anyone who is involved in the quilting industry professionally is getting ready for an event that happens twice a year: International Quilt Market. It is a beautiful show full of new products, new fabrics, new patterns, and more. If you’re into quilting, this is basically your mecca. It’s like fashion week, only for quilting. Quilt Market is also where shops get advance precuts and products before their release date, so that they can make shop samples and work with the new fabrics before they ship.

Quilt Market is a Trade Show

That means that all the people exhibiting are showing what they produce to the people who will be selling it. Translation? I go to show my patterns to shop owners, so they will buy them, and sell them in their shop. Fabric companies are there too, to show what fabrics they have coming down the pipeline. Often this means they are showing fabrics that will ship up to 6 months or more from the time of the show. In order to attend Quilt Market you have to have credentials–proof you own a quilting related business and you can qualify for wholesale terms. It is not open to the general public.

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When is Quilt Market?

Fall Quilt Market usually happens the last weekend in October, though in recent years they have tried to avoid having it fall right on Halloween. There are lots of mamas and daddies who want to be with their babies that day. It is always in Houston, Texas.

Spring Quilt Market usually falls the second weekend in May. This show travels around the country, falling in one of 5 locations around the United States on a rotating schedule. This spring, I am traveling to Pittsburgh to exhibit.

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International Quilt Market sounds awesome! Can I come?

I love going to market, even though it is hard to be away from home for that long sometimes. The whole experience is so inspiring! There are so many beautiful things to look at, and admire. When I’m exhibiting, I don’t have as much opportunity as I would like to go see the entire show–but what I do see always impresses. And it’s also exhausting. I’m always ready, when the time comes, to be home.

If you’re a shop owner or employee, and would like to attend market, check out the Quilts, Inc website and get in contact with them about the credentials required. I’d love to see you there!

If you’re a quilt lover who would like to experience market, thank goodness for the internet! Many, many attendees post pictures and blog posts, and show market real time via Instagram. Just check out the hashtag #quiltmarket ! You can follow right along, even tell attendees what you want to see–and we’ll do our best reconnaissance for you! Or, go snag a part-time job with your local quilt shop! If you’re really determined to go, you’ll need the qualifications (and your own check stub!) from a company that has wholesale credentials and purchasing power. After all, this show isn’t just for show, it’s for sales!

Alright kids, I’m back to finishing up writing these new patterns (5 new patterns coming soon!) so I can START SEWING WITH MY VERY OWN FABRIC. (Eeeeeeeek!)

xoxo

April



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