Beechwood Park Quilt: a free quilt pattern.

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Hey friends! I come bearing gifts today! This is a fun quilt pattern I designed to accompany Jeanean Morrison’s newest line, Beechwood Park for Free Spirit Fabrics. The best part? It’s free!

You can download the free quilt pattern for this fun crib size (45″ x 53″) quilt at the Free Spirit/Westminster Fibers website here. Just click the link and it will open up in your browser. Then, to save it to your desktop, just click the little icon (it looks like a paper with a downward pointing arrow) in the upper right corner and choose where you want to save it. Navigate to it on your computer, double click to open, print off and voila! Free pattern for you!

As a side note, in step 5 under “Piecing the Block,” I suggest that instead of trimming 1/4″ from each side of the “E” piece, that you trim 1/2″ from the white or polka dot side. Either way, the block will torn out fine, but this suggestion will make things more consistent for you perfectionist types :) I’ve been trying to get my friends over at Westminster to update the pattern with the tweak, but I thought I’d mention it here so you can get started making it.

I’m thinking I’ll make it again, only double the size. I think it will be stunning.

xoxo

April

PS If you have already seen and downloaded this pattern before this week, I’d suggest heading on over and downloading it again. There have been a few edits to the pattern since it was first uploaded a couple weeks ago. There was a bit of confusion on the graphic designer’s end that made things a little bit messed up. It’s all fixed now. :)



A summer skirt.

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I bought this a little bit ago so I could make myself a summer skirt. I’m still collecting more pieces of raspberry and mustard voiles, but when I get enough, this skirt is going to be amazing. Now, I just have to figure out who I can borrow a serger from so  I don’t have to finish all the edges with a zig zag stitch. That just might make me crazy.

Are you collecting any fabric for a project?

xoxo

April

PS I forgot to tell you when I put the May Block up. It’s back on the 31st. It was a learning experience, for sure. :) Link here.



Twelve Words Block of the Month: May Flourish

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I wanted to do something this month that would stretch me, help me learn. I’ve always wanted to try needle turn appliqué, and I thought, hey, why not on May’s wreath block? Well, I will tell you why not. It takes forever, that’s why not. Despite that, it was fun to learn and practice something new. I now have something to practice, a lot. :)

We need a place in which we may flourish and be ourselves.

Timothy Radcliffe

By way of explanation, I used three different kinds of appliqué on this block, but you don’t have to. I used needle turn on the leaves and stem, machine appliqué on the blossoms, and raw edge appliqué on the centers. I think it adds some fun and variety to the block, but if you are loving one kind of appliqué over another, by all means, use that method.

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My friend Kathy swears that she won’t be making this block, which is sad, because it’s super cute. But I know, I know, some of you are still scared of applique. Don’t be! And if you really still are, check out the tutorial I did a while back, it will help. You can learn something new, I promise.

Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed.

George Henry Lewes

Flourish, my friends.

xoxo

April

Instructions:

Materials:

(1) 14″ background square

(1) 12″ square for the wreath circle

(32) 2½” squares for leaves

(7) 2½” squares for blossoms

(7) 1½” squares for flower centers

Embroidery Floss

Making the block:

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Using a water soluble marking pen, mark a line 2¼” in from each side of the background square. Be sure to keep all pieces inside this line.

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Cut out all pieces using the templates provided. The pieces DO NOT include seam allowance, so if you are using needle turn applique, you will need to remember to cut seam allowance.

May Block no leaves Place your wreath circle in the center of your background block and applique. May Block no blossoms Next, place your leaves around the wreath. Applique in place.

May Block no middles Place blossoms around the wreath, applique. MayBlock No Words Finally, stitch the centers of the blossoms down.

MayBlock-No-Words Using a light table or bright window, trace the word pattern onto the center of the block.

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Embroider the letters and blossom using a backstitch.

Press your block from the back. Square up to 12½”.

Download the pieces here.



Modern Neutrals: A fabulous new book by Amy Ellis

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Let me tell you about my friend Amy. She blogs over at Amy’s Creative Side, and was my roommate at QuiltCon.

She writes books. Three books so far, and many more to come, I’m sure of it. This is her new book, Modern Neutrals. It’s amazing. Also, if you’re looking for a quilt book that isn’t all flowers and girl stuff–you’re welcome. This is that book.

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I was the lucky duck who got to piece this quilt here, called Circuit Board, and though I almost gave Amy a heart attack by finishing it at the last minute, she’s nice enough to still be my friend.

She’s got about a million great ideas, and a whole lot of awesome ahead of her.

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You should probably follow her blog, and keep track of what she does, and get a hold of her books, because well, if she’s designing mind-blowing quilts like this?

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You definitely want to know what’s she’s got up her sleeve next.

xoxo

April

PS Congrats on the new book, my friend, it’s gorgeous.

 



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