Doorstep Deliveries

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Exciting things happening here, like lots of boxes being delivered, and a flurry of sewing in my studio. It’s that time of year again! Market preparations have begun, and I have some exciting things up my sleeve. Can’t wait to share! In the meantime, I’m hunkering down and getting things taken care of quickly, quickly!

What are you working on this week?

xoxo

April



Small Town Quilt Show in a Big Town Way!

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What’s up y’all? I’m checking in today to fill you in on a little (big) quilt show and retreat that I’m teaching at this coming June! It’s here in beautiful Utah, nestled in the mountains. The weather will be beautiful, the accommodations are stellar, and there are some ROCK STARS teaching and lecturing. You should definitely come–if you don’t, you’ll be missing out, for sure.

I mean really, check out this list of presenters:
Jina Barney
Cat Beckstead and Shantelle Cox
Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting
Kimberly Bourne
Melissa Corry<
Laurel Dillman
Amy Ellis
Joanna Figueroa
Becky Goldsmith
Kerry Green
Emily Herrick
Lori Holt
Sandy Klop
Tina Lewis
Tricia Mathis
Sherri McConnell
Lorri Overson
Jenny Pedgio
Helen Robinson
April Rosenthal
Kati Spencer
Deonn Stott

And that’s not all! (I feel like I’m on The Price is Right…)

There will be swag, and giveaways, and even a pajama party. I’m telling you, you should definitely come hang out with me all the really cool people who will be there.

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I will be teaching twice, one lecture called Technology for Quilters where I will talk about all the great ways you can use technology to help design and create quilts. My other class is a workshop, where we will be making my Russian Rubix quilt. The best part? I’ll bring my custom die-cutter to cut out your template pieces quick and easy like. SCORE! Also, I will have my new templates on hand as well. It’s going to be a par-tay.

Really though? I’m really excited to be able to teach, and to hang out with you guys. So go on ahead! What are you waiting for? Register!

Talk to you soon!
xoxo
April



Pillow Collective: Beautiful Bolster Pillow

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Sooooo….

Today I get to be a part of the Pillow Collective!

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Amy and I thought it would be fun to highlight some fun, fast projects that you can use to spruce up your living space during these cold dreary months before spring comes.

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I’ve been wanting to make a bolster pillow for some time, and I always have need to use up my leftover Half Square Triangles, so I figure a bolster made from HST’s is perfect, right?

Now, I know we’re supposed to share a tutorial for our pillow, but in this case I’m going to have to give you rough instructions, because so much about this pillow depends on your pillow form. Sorry for the lack of pictures, it was late when I was sewing and the pictures didn’t turn out at all. I’ll snag you some as soon as I can.

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So, HST bolster pillow…here we come!

First off, snag a bolster pillow form. Mine was pretty big, but I’m sure they come in all different sizes.

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Measure the length and the circumference of the pillow, write those numbers down.

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Then, trace the end of the pillow on a sheet of paper.

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Make (70) Half Square triangles by cutting (35) 3″ colored squares, and (35) background squares. Using my quick HST method, make (2) HSTs with one colored and one white square, by sewing two season either side of the midline, and cutting the pieces apart. Press toward darker fabric.

Cut (6) 2 1/2″ strips and (2) 6″ strips th

at are an inch or two longer than the bolster.

Lay out your half square triangles in your desired pattern, using 2 1/2″ strips in between the rows. Place 6″ sashing on the top and bottom of the rows. Stitch blocks together in rows, pressing seams open. Stitch rows to sashing, press toward sashing. Finished panel should be large enough to cover the bolster with about 6 inches of overlap. (Remember when you measured the circumference and length, those will come in handy here.)

Layer quilted panel with batting and backing and quilt as desired. I used metallic thread and quilted it in a wavy line.

Hem the 6″ top and bottom sashing strips by folding under 3/4″, and then folding 3.4″ again. Press and topstitch in place.

Cut out 2 circles for the ends of the pillow, using the traced circle from the end of the pillow. Layer circles with batting and backing and quilt as desired.

Pin panel to the circle, right sides together, allowing the panel to overlap about 3 inches.

On my bolster, I placed a few pleats in my panel, to help it lay more smoothly.

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Stitch around the circle. Repeat on opposite side.

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Turn pillow cover right side out, and place pillow form inside. It should be snug.

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On my pillow, I finished with a large button, which helps the envelope style closure from gaping open.

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Plus, who needs an excuse to use a 2″ button?

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Hope you love my bolster as much as I do!

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Have so much fun on the rest of the Pillow Collective stops today, and throughout the week!

xoxo

April

PS Visit the other stops on the Pillow Collective today and throughout the rest of the week!

 

 



Downloadable Two Week Menu Plan

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Today on the QuiltCast, Amy and I talked all about Quilt Backs (to piece, or not to piece?), Wide (108″) backing fabric, quilting disasters (you really should hear about the time I unpicked a queen size quilt…) and finally, we talked about our go to items in the kitchen.

The kitchen, you say?

Why yes. Because in addition to being quilters and designers, we’re also moms and humans. :) Gotta eat sometime. And staying healthy and balanced is KEY for my creativity to flourish. So. Kitchen tools were our top 5 this week. One of the tools I mentioned that helps save my sanity is this sweet little PDF I use to keep our menu and food choices organized. It’s so nice to have it up where everyone can see it–then they know what they are having for dinner and what their snack choices are without asking me 26 billion times per day. Also, the items I purchase that I need for meals haven’t mysteriously disappeared by the time I need them. Win-Win I say.

Thought I’d share the PDF with you, in the hopes it will make your world just a little more happy. :) And while it’s not quilting related, I figure, if you’re organized in one place, it just frees up time for more sewing, amiright?

Download the Menu Plan PDF by clicking here.

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Listen to (and catch up) on QuiltCast via iTunes or Stitcher!

xoxo

April



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