A Sweet Scandinavian Christmas

Hi, I am Sherri Falls from This & That Patterns. For several weeks now I have been working on the Sweet Scandinavian Sew along quilt from the Holly Jolly book with a great group of designers that include Sherri from A Quillting Life, Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts, Lissa from Moda Lissa and Kimberly from Jolly Jabber. The each one of them pieced some of the blocks for the quilt for me. Thank you ladies for helping me out! It’s made with the Moda Christmas fabric of Wintergreen by 3 Sisters and SnowBird by Laundry Basket quilts.

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Now that it’s all done, the quilt is up for auction  HERE on Ebay with 100% of the winning bid going to the Susan G. Komen foundation.  This is a charity very close to my heart so I hope that you will pop over to ebay and bid on this special quilt. You could spend this winter snuggling up with it and help out a great cause at the same time!

Thank you for Moda for letting me be a guest on their blog and a BIG thanks to Lissa, Sherri, Kimberly and Vickie for all their hard work on this quilt!

~Sherri

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More Mini Quilts

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Back in January I did a post on mini quilts with a few ideas and lots of fun mini quilts, and I’m happy to say that for mini quilt lovers everywhere the trend continues! Today I have some more mini quilt fun to share starting with a few of the new mini quilts introduced at International Quilt Market this May in Pittsburgh. Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Company introduced some individual new mini patterns; however, the “Navajo Stars” mini quilt above is actually just one block from a pattern that also includes a four block and a nine block version of a larger quilt.

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Fig Tree also debuted the “Blossom” Mini which can also be made using a single fabric along with a contrast background. This scrappy version uses fabrics by Bonnie & Camille from a variety of their collections.

 

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One of Camille Roskelley’s most recent mini quilt designs is her delightful Mini “Red Letter Day” which is an amazing design whether large or small!

 

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And this Mini Shine pattern is another new mini pattern–it also features fabrics by Bonnie & Camille.

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Fig Tree & Company also released a Mini Canned Pears quilt which is just as delightful as the full-size quilt version.

 

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And the Fig Tree & Company “Mini Stitch” pattern is an example of the mini version coming out before the full-size version. Watch for a larger version of this pattern coming soon!

Mini quilts are a perfect way to use scraps, charm squares, and even Moda Candy packs. They piece together quickly and also offer the opportunity for quilters to quilt these smaller quilts on their home machines. It’s a good way to play with mixing and matching various collections, and you can get a good idea of how fabrics will play together in a larger quilt by making a mini quilt with the fabrics being “auditioned.”

Why not make your favorite mini quilt today?!

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April Rosenthal Really is Having Her Best. Day. Ever!

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For April Rosenthal, quilting was not a matter of love-at-first-stitch. In high school, she made a quilt for a sewing class assignment, but the result didn’t encourage her to make more. “I didn’t have the money to buy cute fabric and so I hated that project,” she says. She put it away and didn’t start sewing again until she was 22, when she and her husband wanted to start a family. It took her five-and-a-half years to get pregnant and to help alleviate her frustration she decided to make something for her each of her friends who was having a baby. “I wanted to feel good and happy for them, so I’d crochet or make them a quilt,” says April. “Eventually I got bored with the patterns I found, so I decided to design my own.”

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She did that for a couple of years before giving birth to her twins, and then when they were 18 months old, she made a five-year plan. It included her business, Prairie Grass Patterns, for which she’s designed 30+ quilts, and designing fabric. “I’m not sure what drove a mom of 18-month-old twins to do this,” says April with a laugh. But the plan worked. April not only had fabric design on her radar, she wanted to design for Moda. “I did a lot of research and right from the beginning I felt Moda would be the right fit. I knew it was where I wanted to be.”

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Those of us who love to sew are the lucky beneficiaries of April’s foresight, as her first line of fabric Best. Day. Ever! will be hitting stores this fall, with precuts available in September and fabric in October. In the meantime, she’s been busy designing quilts for magazines and this year you’ll see the result of those efforts in Quilty, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, and the Australian magazine Quilter’s Companion.

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You can also hear more from April via Quiltcast, her podcast with another of Moda’s new designers, Amy Ellis. Each week they toss around ideas for the podcast on Monday and record on Wednesday. “When Amy asked me if I wanted to join her, I wasn’t even sure what a podcast was,” says April. “I’m typically a quiet, introverted person, so I told her ‘Make sure to fire me if I’m no good!’ But it’s pretty casual, we just have a conversation.” In addition, April, whose work is included in the Moda Bake Shop book Sweet Celebrations, will have her very own book coming out in October. Bedroom Style, Perfectly Pieced includes patterns for ten different quilts, each in five different style options, for a total of 50 quilts and will be available in October.

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Balancing all this quilt-related work (she’s also a long-armer) with family time is one of April’s biggest challenges, but she finds it’s worth the effort. “I do it because I like pretty things, and I like other people to feel like they can make those things, too,” she says. “If there’s something people want to learn, I hope I can teach them. And I’m so, so grateful to be working with Moda.”

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Little One-Yard Wonders

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Single yards of adorable fabric are the main ingredient in 101 projects for everything from dresses to caps to pillows and plushies!

You will find patterns to make irresistible clothes, toys & accessories for babies AND kids! This darling book has it ALL!

It has everything from Dresses and Pillows to Western Shirts and Booster Charis.

All the necessary pattern pieces are included in the front pocket of the book.

“Rebecca and Patricia have the uncanny ability to answer most of life’s sewing dilemmas with one yard of fabric, showing us how even the trials of childhood have single-yard solutions-all in vivid color and jam packed with style.” – Tula Pink (fabric designer)

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