So. I have a black love seat. I don’t love it, but it does the job and is only a few years old. This week, it got a bit of cosmetic surgery, in a botched kind of way.

Yes, that’s a hole. Made by a 3-year-old. With a pair of mommy’s sewing scissors. I’m just glad no hair or digits were cut off.

I can’t really be mad about it, because I seem to recall my own indiscretion when I was about 15. It had to do with an iron and my mom’s new couch. Any guesses what happens when a hot iron is set down on a polyester couch for a few minutes?

An iron shaped hole, that’s what.

My mom? I think she was channeling a saint, because all she did was laugh and flip the couch cushion over. Her only comment? “Don’t tell Dad.” (I should really check with my mom and see if she has a picture of that.)  So, being mad about the hole is out, and karma is real.

The good news? My couch gets a makeover. The bad news? I have no idea how to do it. I need suggestions. Do I slipcover it? Reupholster it? If so, how do I do that? Help!

Farmer’s Wife: Playing catch-up

I’ve been a slacker of epic proportions on this whole Farmer’s Wife thing. I am trying to get them all cut out, so I can just sew them up quickly, each week. For now, here are my weeks 9 & 10 blocks! (I’m only like 10 weeks behind, darnit!)

#17 Cats and Mice: This one turned out a little softer and more “pastel” than I expected, but I really like it.

#20 Churn Dash: I spent way too much time on this block, making sure that the stripes and the diamonds all went the way I wanted them to. I’m sure I’m just weird, but it drives me crazy when the pattern of the fabric isn’t all the same direction in a block. I love how it turned out though, especially because it doesn’t really look like a churn dash at first glance. Those stripes steal the show!

#21 Contrary Wife: This one is really nicely balanced, I think.  Plus, how can you not love orange and aqua together. I mean really.

#19 Checkerboard: Again with the “I’m insane and spent way to long making all the background print go the same direction”, but it pays off. I LOVE this block. The contrast is there, the direction is there, and best of all the navy blue sets off the rest of those bright colors perfectly.

And here are these four, together.

Besides the Farmer’s Wife blocks, my laundry could use a little attention today, along with some vacuuming. What do you need to catch up on today?

Winners! Winners!

Thanks so much everyone for participating last week in my contest, it was so fun to hear from so many of you! I love comments!

Here they are, the winners of my One Year Anniversary Contest! I’m not going to draw it out, because I know you are excited to hear…so drumroll please…


The winner of the Beginner Basics pack is

Stephanie G.!


The winner of the Stash Builder is



and the winner of the Quilting Queen is



and just for fun, the following 3 win a Max and Whiskers charm pack!




Ladies, email me your shipping addresses ASAP to april at prairiegrasspatterns dot com and I’ll get your prizes sent out right away!

Thanks to everyone for supporting me in my first year, here’s to many more to come!

Stay tuned this week for some new pattern previews…




Quilt Uber-fest Day #8 – Chevron Dreams

Welcome to day #8 of Quilt Uber-fest! I’m excited to show you my block, and tell you a little about it. First though, I need to thank Scott of Blue Nickel Studios for all his hard work, and his unfailing dedication to making this little blog hop all work out. He’s been great at coordinating and putting up with all our questions. Thanks Scott!

Now on with the show!

When we were given the requirements for our block, we were asked to design something using only log cabin construction and/or half-square triangles. My mind immediately jumped to the oh-so-trendy and oh-so-fashionable chevron pattern that is all the rage right now. (Don’t believe me? Check this out over at Pinterest.) I’m not sure why, but there’s just something so unfailingly classic about a chevron pattern, and that’s how log cabin blocks and half-square triangles feel to me, too. I mean really, where would quilting be without either of those two elements?

Then, I received my fabric. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure if my little old block design was going to be able to hold its’ own with such vibrant, busy prints. But hey, I’m always up for a challenge, and hey again, I have a seam ripper, so I got to work. And let me just say: it speaks volumes about the talented Nel Whatmore that these several showstopping fabrics can coincide so excellently within the same block.

I explained the chevron part to you already, and as for the dreams? Well, the fabric line we’re working with is called Sleeping Beauty. So, here’s how I like to imagine it: A princess, asleep for a hundred years. A prince, instantly enamored the moment he sets eyes on her–she’s beautiful, of course, but also has killer taste–her outfit? Chevrons, perhaps. Or maybe that’s her curtains. He kisses her, she wakes up, they get married, have their happily ever after. She excels at being a trendy, fashionable princess even though she’s missed hundreds of thousands (millions?) of pins on Pinterest. Silly? Yes. But hey (again), she had a heck of a lot of time to dream up any number of classic styles and trends, so it makes perfect sense to me.

Classics are classics for a reason, and some girls stay trendy even in their sleep.

(And some girls sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Just saying.) Click here to download the PDF (sans my silly ramblings).


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