Thursday, December 6, 2012

Layout Instructions & a Give Away

I'm up burning the midnight oil to bring you the layout instructions for Hello Sun!  I just snapped a couple of pictures on my cell phone of the process.

Assembly line style to move things along a little quicker...

Progress...then a quick snack of homemade sweet potato fries.


Back to work and things are coming together nicely!

Finally finished and no one was around to hold up the final project resulting in a quick fuzzy picture. I should have called Marion, she makes a great quilt model.  

I'll have to take some better pictures, but not at 1:00 am.  Oh, my, I need to get to bed.

On with the give away...
Michael Miller has sponsored our give away with two charm packs of Cotton Couture!
One Winner will be chosen randomly from the finished Hello Sun quilts posted in the flickr group. (You don't have to use my quilt layout). Another winner will be chosen from the comments left on this post. What could be better than free fabric from Michael Miller?

The winner for the drawing from comments will be announced next week. The winner for the quilt will be at the end of the month. I can't wait to see your finished quilts!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

December

Welcome December!  It is so nice to see you.  While we could use some rain/snow, I've been happy that the weather has been mild so far.

Without further adieu, here is the Hello Sun December Block.

Oh, sorry, wrong picture.  That is my adorable little granddaughter in the blessing dress that I made for her.  Not sure how that got in there ;)

Here we go...


This is our last block, and my favorite of the bunch. December is my favorite month.  After all, Christmas, my birthday and my wedding anniversary (20th this year!) are all within 9 days of each other.  This block has a couple of little special touches.  First, the deer is made out of corduroy from an old pair of Josh's pants. Second, I mixed things up a bit by adding white embroidery to the deer and used a little white thread on the tree.  

I spent Friday sewing all of my blocks into the final quilt layout and working on the finishing instructions for you. I will be posting those on Monday or Tuesday so be sure to check back.

We'll also be having two giveaways at that time, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Winner

The lucky winner of a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 blocks is Gill!  Gill, I will send you an email asking for your shipping address.

I went to the fabric store yesterday, and look what I saw...

I'm in TWO magazines at once!  Of course, I had to rearrange them so that Fons and Porter's Easy Quilts and Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks were next to each other for the photo shoot.  Oh and I do apologize to the poor unsuspecting shopper in the background.

Friday, November 9, 2012

100 Blocks!

Welcome to the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour.  I was so excited to find out that my block was appearing in Volumne 6 of the 100 Blocks magazine! 

What could be better than getting into 100 Blocks?  How about making the cover!  Take a second look at the cover and you will see my block.  I'm over the moon!

Elephante features a cute little elephant standing on a patchwork hill. The patchwork hill is easier than you would think.  First you piece all of your green patches, then using the pattern, you cut it to size and applique it on.

By flipping the block, you can have a whole row of Elephantes! In fact, I might just be planning a whole quilt based on this block.  More to come about that...

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, look what I found at the Quiltmaker booth during Market. Sooo over the moon!


Volume 6 is chalk full of great patterns made by wonderful designers.  The variety of patterns including paper piecing, applique and regular piecing just amazes me.  Would you like a free copy?  Just leave a comment and one lucky winner will receive a free copy.

Be sure to visit Quilt Maker and the rest of Today's Featured Designers for more chances to win:

  1. Lisa Bassett relativelycreativepatterns.com/blog/
  2. Thomas Knauer thomasknauersews.com/
  3. Debbie Maddy blog.calicocarriage.com/
  4. April Mazzoleni april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/
  5. Celine Perkins perkinsdrygoods.com/blog/
  6. Anita Grossman Solomon makeitsimpler.blogspot.com
  7. Toby Lischko gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com
  8. Janelle Noack janellenoack.blogspot.com.au
  9. Sarah Bisel milkandhoneydesigns.blogspot.com
  10. Mary Ellen Von Holt littlequilts.blogspot.com
  11. Debra Gabel zebrapatterns.com
  12. Cindy Simms cindysimms.blogspot.com
  13. Valerie Uland mccallsquilting.com/blogs/

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Give Away Winners

I'm running a little behind, but I'm OK with it. I hope you are:) Market seems to have zapped the energy right out of me - in a good way though.

So to catch up...The winners of the pattern give aways are....Kimberly and Pattij!  Send me a message at aprilmaedesigns@yahoo.com letting me know which pattern you would like, and I will send you a PDF version of the pattern.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

November Hello Sun

Market was amazing!  It was so much fun to see all of the new fabric lines and patterns and to meet so many talented people.  I think the highlight of the trip was chatting with Maryanne Fons, although Kaffe Fassett telling me that my (homemade) skirt was cool was a close second.

Everyone loved my Mustache Love and Sweet Ride patterns.  Jaybird Quilts even tweeted about it! 
I was officially there with Moose on the Porch Quilts since we were promoting Spring Time in the Rockies. Konda was nice enough to let Machelle and I launch our new pattern lines.  Hopefully it wasn't too confusing. 

There is still time to enter to win a copy of my patterns.  To enter, just post a comment in the last blog post here. A winner will be chosen tomorrow.

More about market later...now it's time for the November Hello Sun Block.

This sleepy little owl is enjoying a moment in the sun.  The instructions are available here. Can you believe there is only one month left? 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today is the Day and a Give Away

Today is the day that we travel to Market in Texas!  It's the make or break moment.  The moment when all of the t's have been crossed and the i's have been dotted and you have to just trust in all of the work that you've done up until this point.  Something will be forgotten, some detail will have been over looked and that's OK...because we're going to market!

For this special occasion, I'm launching two new patterns.  To share the joy, I'm going to be giving away one of each of those patterns here on my blog.  

Let me introduce Mustache Love...
Everyone that has come across this quilt has fallen in love with it.  It was so much fun to vary the fabric and textures on the mustaches.  By the way, I used Robert Kaufman corduroy as my stop border and my binding - let me tell you, it was as smooth as butter!

Also joining the party is Sweet Ride...

This one is just so sweet! From the background blocks to the bike silhouette, I'm in love. 

In order to win a copy of one of these patterns just leave a comment. A winner will be chosen the Friday after market.

If you go to Market, be sure to stop by our booth #2253.  I'll be the one with mustache's on my finger nails (if they last that long!) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What Day is It?

Yesterday, I asked my son what day it was.  He told me the 16th...no really, is it Monday or Tuesday? Then today as I was sending out a text message about bunco, I found myself thinking tomorrow is Thursday, right?

It's all such a flurry of confusion.  It could be that I have this on my mind.

Or that I'm making these

for her

or this to travel in style 

to Market to promote this book and to launch my new patterns.

Ok, back to work...
I actually made this sample for Emily awhile ago, today I'm working on a different one for her, but you get the picture;)



Monday, October 1, 2012

Hello October

It's so nice to see you again!  With your cooler days, your chilly nights and your beautiful colors. I do have to admit that I was somewhat surprised when I looked at the calendar this morning and you had already arrived. Maybe some chocolate chip, pumpkin muffins are in order.

I tossed around the idea of an orange sun, jack-o-lantern style, but then remembered that I wasn't going with holiday themes.  So here is my nod to October, Hello Sun Style.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Phoebe's Quilt

Some quilts take longer than others to finish.  This was one of those quilts for me.  It wasn't difficult or uninspired, quite the opposite.  This one sat around while I tried to figure out how to quilt it and what to back it with.
Phoebe's Quilt

Pink, purple or even black fabric kept catching my eye, but nothing seemed to fit. Then I found this crazy flannel.  The price was right and an impulse purchase followed.  (You know how it is).  The drive home was filled with doubts and second guessing myself.
Phoebe's Quilt

When I got home and put it up to the other fabrics, I remembered to always go with your gut.  I couldn't be happier :)
Phoebe's Quilt

A little swirly quilting with pink thread (I was feeling brave after my success with the crazy backing) and I was finally finished with the Moose on the Porch Layer Cake Quilt Along, which I just noticed was way back in 2010.  Oh well, here's to finishing project!
Phoebe's Quilt

What are you working on today?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Springtime In the Rockies Winner

The random number generator chose, lucky number 8 - Joyce!  Congratulations! I've sent you an email asking for your mailing address.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Springtime in the Rockies

Here we are with another blog tour and another book give away!  This one is really exciting for me because two of my patterns are in this book.  Awhile back, Konda asked if I would be interested in a collaboration with a few of our quilting friends.  Of course I said yes! 

I went with two wall hanging quilts.  The first one is Josefina and her dress of many colors.  
 She's a little folksy, a little retro and I just love her.
The second pattern is The Hills are Alive (and yes, I sang the whole time).  I love the "moment" that this quilt captures.
But enough about me, there are a ton of other fun patterns by some wonderful designers. Be sure to check them out during the tour. 

Each day during the blog tour, you have two chances to win a copy of Springtime in the Rockies. Leave a comment here for a chance to win (winner will be chosen on Monday), then head on over to Maggie's blog for another chance to win a copy. The book is also available for purchase here. 

Be sure to visit the other blogs on the tour:
Sept 19 - Kansas City Star http://www.pickledish.com/
Sept 20 - Amy Smart http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
                        Sherri McConnell http://www.aquiltinglife.com/
Sept 21 -  April Mazzoleni http://aprilmaedesigns.com/
                        Maggie Barber http://shortcookie.blogspot.com
Sept 22 - Becky Morganson http://stitchesandsewforth.blogspot.com/
                        Marion McClellan http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/
                        Kathy Miller  http://makingitfun.blogspot.com/
Sept 24 - Karlene Riggs http://karleneskreation.blogspot.com/
                        JoyLyn Rigby http://broadbentquiltshop.blogspot.com/
                        Shannon White http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/
                        Kim Walus http://bittybitsandpieces.blogspot.com/
Sept 27 - Konda Luckau http://moosequilts.blogspot.com
                        Jenifer Dick http://www.42quilts.com/


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Mustache you...

if you are loving mustache's as much as I am these days.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/aprilmdesigns

Monday, September 17, 2012

Server Down

I just found out that the server that I had aprilmaedesigns.com and clothmamapads.com on crashed and wiped out my websites!   I made a few phone calls and all of the king's horses and all of the king's men haven't been able to put it back together again.
pattern available at   http://www.etsy.com/shop/OrencoQuilts  

That means that all of the Hello Sun block of the month patterns are not currently available. Hang in there and we'll get it all up and running again, even if I have to spend some time recreating everything.

updated 9/21/2012: aprilmaedesigns.com is back up and running. It's not too late to join the Hello Sun Quilt Along.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Geared for Guys Remix

I'm so excited to share my Geared for Guys remix quilt with you all!

My Remix Quilt is a very special one with a special story.  Have you ever had one of those quilts that just spoke to you?  You know the ones that are just begging to be made.  That is how I felt the first time that I held Emily's book Geared for Guys in my hot little hands.  I just knew I needed to make the odd ball quilt. (If you've been around here for any length of time, you've surely figured out that our family is full of oddballs.) 
I found myself with a bundle of Emily's Shore Thing fabric and got this crazy idea.  What if I made the odd ball quilt, but instead of all of the balls being the same except for one, all of the balls were different except for one. That of course doesn't make any sense, but if I could make all of the balls in the various Shore Thing fabrics and the odd ball could be something else.  


Something like a flamingo.

A big, pink, minky flamingo.
The whole time I was making this quilt, I kept thinking of another Emily.  The teenage daughter of an old friend, Lisa.  Lisa and I used to scrapbook together and have play dates with our kids back when they were little enough to have play dates.  We moved away and our kids have grown, but Lisa and I recently got back in touch over Face Book.  

Within this past year, Lisa's daughter Emily was diagnosed with Brain Cancer. They had a benefit concert in Southern CA and I couldn't be there.  That's when I knew that this "Shore Thing" quilt made from fabric designed by one brave Emily that battled cancer belonged to another brave Emily that is fighting a battle of her own.
We're quilters, it's what we do. When times get tough and we don't know what else to do, we make a quilt.  I hope she likes it. If you would like to donate to the fundraiser to help with medical bills, you can reach Lisa at rally4emy@gmail.com.

Be sure to stop by Crazy Old Ladies for the rest of the remix tour.  You can pick up a copy of Geared for Guys at your local quilt shop or grab an electronic copy from Emily's shop.


Sept 4: Erika from http://pinksuedeshoe.com/- High Voltage
Sept 5: Lisa from http://lovetocolormyworld.blogspot.com/- Helix
Sept 6: April M. from http://april-makingendsmeet.blogspot.com/ - OddBall
Sept 7: Vickie from http://www.spunsugarquilt.com/- Caution
Sept 8: Sinta from http://pinkpincushion.blogspot.com/- Ivy League
Sept 9: Marion from http://myquiltdiet.blogspot.com/- Gamer
Sept 10: Sherri from http://www.aquiltinglife.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 11: April R. from http://www.aprilrosenthal.com/ - Switchback
Sept 12: Tricia from http://notesofsincerity.blogspot.com/- Caution
Sept 13: Shannon from http://itssewshannon.blogspot.com/- Urban Decay
Sept 14: Shari from http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/- Ivy League
Sept 15: My day to show off Helix.
Sept 16: back to Emily for the giveaway! http://crazyoldladiesquilts.blogspot.co.uk/

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Block

It's that time again!  As I logged on this morning to post the September block, I was amazed to see that it has been over a month since I have posted.  I knew it had been a while, but month is much too long!

That last month of summer break just flew by.  We had company for a couple of weeks, then there was the school clothes shopping and school registration. The good news is that I have finished sewing all of the Hello Sun Blocks, so we should be right on time here.

Yay September! I love the last few weeks of summer when the nights start getting a little crisp.  Speaking of crisp, I can't wait for the Honeycrisp Apples. I'll never forget the first time I tried one from a farmer near Gardener Village.  He twisted the apple, breaking it in half in his hands, then handed us samples.  I've never tasted it's equal - unless you count the bag of apples that I bought from him :)

Enjoy the September Block and be sure to come back by in a couple of days.  I'm participating in the Geared for Guys Remix Blog Tour over at Crazy Old Ladies. I can't wait to show you my quilt!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

August Block and a Winner

First of all, let's announce the winner of Konda's Simply Charming Minis - I entered the number of comments yesterday into the random number generator and it came up with 2.  Congratulations to Sandra!

And now for the Hello Sun August Block.
It seems like I finished the July block just yesterday...
I guess it was last week :) The instructions for the August Block is available here. If you are just getting started on the Hello Sun Quilt Along, you can find all of the block instructions here. Be sure to post pictures of your block in the Flickr group.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Simply Charming Mini's Book Tour

Konda's done it again, and has published another amazing book.  This one, I have to admit is one of my favorites.  I love mini quilts. In fact I have several hanging on my dinning room wall.

When I was first introduced to Moose on The Porch's pattern books I fell in love with the each of Konda's instructions and the color combinations that she uses.  Creating mini quilts from charm packs allows you to get those same color combinations yourself...not to mention that you can create these little beauties out of your scraps as well.

Be sure to check out the Mini Quilt Along starting September 11th.  They will be making a quilt every two weeks from Simply Charming mini's and giving away some awesome prizes.

Speaking of awesome prizes, Konda is offering a free copy of her new book to one of you. Just leave a comment here and I will choose a winner by Tuesday.

Hop on over to Spun Sugar Quilts tomorrow for another chance to win!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Peddling My Goods

Remember my Ablation? Long story short...during this past Christmas season (just after turning 40) I was facing a hysterectomy. 
I didn't go into great detail here, because frankly I was sad and embarrassed.  The symptoms leading up to the decision were personal, physically and emotionally draining and not really something that you go into detail even with the closest of friends. There was the threat of cancer, waiting for test results and just trying to get through Christmas.
After talking to the doctor, weighing my options, considering my minimal insurance coverage and spending a lot of time in prayer, I opted for an ablation - in office to spare expenses.  
All went well and so far my body seems to be back to normal (a large percentage of women that have an ablation still end up with a hysterectomy within two years).  
 The worst was behind me...then i received the $3800 doctor bill.  That was after the cash patient discount. 
So, in order to "make ends meet", I've decided to put myself out there and appeal to my online community.  I've opened another Etsy Shop, aptly named My Ablation
All of the sales from my shop will go towards that doctor bill - plus I have some dang cute jewelry listed there :) Please stop by, grab a cute pair of earrings and you don't see just what you are looking for, drop me a message and I'll see what I can make for you :) Thanks for your support!