Are you ready for another exciting block release of the Sewcialites 2 Quilt-Along? This week we have April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns to thank for her block contribution to our QAL journey. April started her sewing obsession as a young girl and it hasn’t stopped since. What started out as a childhood hobby has now evolved from Barbie clothes and pencil pouches to creating original quilts and designs for her own pattern company, Prairie Grass Patterns. On top of that, she has also written and co-written several quilting books, and is a fellow fabric designer for Moda Fabrics.
April loves to learn new things, teach, and inspire others to improve their skills. She believes in the power of strong design concepts and beautiful color palettes, and is majorly obsessed with the color orange. In her work, she strives to create each quilt pattern with clear and easy instructions so that anyone can pick it up and be successful in making the project – no matter their skill level. Her block, “Enchant“ fits that idea perfectly with its simple and straightforward layout. Compared to the last few blocks in this series “Enchant“ is super easy going, earning itself the title of easiest block in the quilt-along. It consists of four half-square triangles, four two-patches, and a center square. That’s it! Pretty simple, right?
To make things even easier for yourself, as always I recommend using triangle paper for the half-square triangles. Depending on which size blocks you’re making, there are a couple of sizes you may need. If you don’t have any on hand, I highly recommend my custom designed Primitive Gatherings Triangle Paper, which you can find in most sizes on our website by clicking HERE! You can find the full pattern and instructions for “Enchant“ by clicking the button below!
Another hot tip for this block is, rather than cutting individual rectangles for the two-patch units start by cutting longer strips first, then cut your squares to size. Simply add a square for the center to complete the block and voila – you’re done! It doesn’t get much easier than that.
This block is a great scrap buster but also could be an excellent use of that certain fabric you’ve been hoarding for just the right block. For my blocks I decided to use my Garden Gatherings fabric line, leaving out the five tans. For the background I’m using a selection from the Garden Gathering Shirtings Collection, #49176 15 – a cream fabric with an adorable tiny mustard/orange floral print. Like what you see? Click the button below to grab some for yourself!
If you still haven’t started Sewcialites 2 yet don’t worry about being behind. One of the best parts of this quilt-along is that you can do it on your time, however your schedule allows – you can join us at any time! Previously released blocks are posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page along with my blog in the Sewcialites 2 Block Archive, which is listed in the main menu of links at the top of the page.
Newly released blocks can always be found on Kim’s blog The Jolly Jabber, along with a video tutorial on her YouTube Livestream the same day. Each designer will also post their own block to either their blog or their website on that day as well. I will also be posting each block release here on MY blog every Friday for your convenience. Fabric requirements and all block patterns will be posted on the Sewcialites 2 Landing Page, which you can access by clicking the link below. If you’d like to get automatic updates on Sewcialites 2 you can subscribe to the blog by signing up in the Email subscription box by visiting the Landing Page, or by subscribing to the YouTube channel by clicking HERE.
Whew! And just like that it’s Friday evening all over again. If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times – time sure does fly! With that being said, another week gone by also means it’s blog prize time again – woo hoo! I do love this part of the week because I think it’s important to let you all know how much your support means not only to me here on the blog, but also on my YouTube channel, Instagram, and facebook pages as well. Without you, I’d be just some lady from WI who’s pretty good at quilting. 😉
This time around I’d like to give a huge thanks to Mary H. and Karen S. – please check your email ladies! I’ll be sending you a little something to show my appreciation (please remember that I do not post last names or email addresses for your privacy, so if you think you’re one of the lucky winners this week please be sure to check your email. You can also contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not already received a prize confirmation letter from her. She will use your email address to confirm that you are in fact the winner. If you think you are a winner but have not received a prize confirmation email, please be sure to check your spam folder – it’s not often but our emails will sometimes end up there)!
Want to win a prize too? I’d love to send you one… All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave me a comment here on the blog, and bam! You’re in the fishbowl of entries (please remember that if you’re using a “handle” or screen name that is different than your real name, please leave your first name and last initial in your comment so we can include you). Alright stitchers, that’s all I have for you this week. I hope Mother Nature stops being a whack job and starts being nice like the forecast is promising, so maybe we could get outside for some fresh air one of these days. That’s not happening today apparently, since right now we’re sitting at one whole fat degree. Sheesh, grab the sunscreen! Here’s what my weather app is saying…
As you can see, it’s not exactly what I would call beach weather at the moment. Hopefully, if things stay as they are, that will be changing for the better by tomorrow. C’mon weather man – don’t lie to me…
Hang in there everyone! We’re gonna make it. Even if it doesn’t quite feel like it yet, spring is one the way. It will go fast – it always does… Before you know it we’ll all be complaining about the heat! Take care and see you next week! ~Lisa
37 thoughts on “Sewcialites 2 – Block #14 “Enchant””
Please enter my name for the prize–thanks.
Thank you so much for always sharing your blocks. They’re always so beautiful! As per spring, I’m not ready yet. I live in Utah and I’m thoroughly enjoying all the snow we’ve been getting and I don’t even ski. We also are in a huge drought and continued snow for a few months would make a huge difference. Hope you have a good weekend
Thanks for all of your posts and videos Lisa. I enjoy them all.
Phyllis K. (Also known as Abby K.)
Thank you for posting the block!
I can’t wait to see you next week!!!
cute sewcialites block…. LOL our temps aren’t 1 degree here but it’s been cold, ice storm everything shut down for 3 days! BTW today post office finally re-opened and my wool box was delivered! You knocked it out of the park again this time!!! Hugs Liz S
Burrrrr! I came back to WI (from warm FL) at Christmas when it was -30 and spent much of the time snuggled under a quilt. Guess that’s why us northerners need to keep sewing. Love your new fabric lines available in the Spring and your patterns to show them off.
You are full of inspiration, as always. You keep my quilting happy place full of ideas
I hope your Garden Gatherings shirtings will reappear in some format in the future. They are so versatile. I don’t have a favorite, I love them all.
Stay warm! It’s much more fun complaining about the heat than the cold in my opinion!
Thank you Lisa for all the inspiration – especially the you tube videos, your beautiful fabrics and all your great patterns.
Thanks for the hot tips. They come in very handy.
Thanks for sharing your blocks! Love all your stitching inspiration!
I’ve been collecting the Sewcialites patterns but have yet to start. I love how each block has its own personality from the designer. I may need to start a few! Thanks!
From freezing central MN, too cold to be outside so I guess I’ll quilt!
Thank you so much for your quick answer today o using my bounce back coupon. You guys are the best!!!
Well I thought it was cold here at 20. But you are very cold. Our weather has been rainy for several weeks and getting old. I hope you get above freezing and thaw a little. Good sewing weather- then I decided my sewing room needed cleaned from top to bottom and now painting the room. Should be completed soon
Sounds like a plan! Sewing rooms need that once in a while.
I love this block! I have not been able to make any but am following along. I think I might start this weekend – never too late, as you said! Stay warm. Very chilly here in MI too!
Go for it Lee! It’s a great QAL but not too difficult. I recommend!
Thank you for all you and your team do! Love seeing Nick yesterday on the live stream! It’s -15 degrees here in NH without the wind chill factor.
Must remember we are 1 day closer to spring!🐣💐🌞🌸
Love your emails and of course your products Cathy R
Thanks for the positive get ready going blog. Enjoy the beauty of an ordinary day!
Hello!! Love your fabric & you still post a blog. Yay! Finally figured out how to get to YT on my TV so I can catch up on Stitch episodes while I work in my wool projects.
The only good thing about winter, is the extra sewing time! Hang in there I think everyone is ready for spring.
This is stitching season for me and I love it, and your groups. See you in WI in May
Baby, it may be cold outside, but I am nice and warm inside working on Fresh Cut Garden.
I’m a couple hours south, Lisa, but still very cold. Should warm up this week. Still good time to stay inside and sew.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WONDERFUL SURPRISE PACKAGE 📦 THAT I RECEIVED TODAY IN THE MAIL AS A PRIZE WINNER!!! It was filled with very special quilting goodies. Thank you for taking the time and effort and cost to treat us/me in this way. I DEEPLY APPRECIATE IT! It has been exciting! 😁🥳🎉🎈🎊🤩😍
So glad you got it safe and sound Yvonne. Enjoy!
There is nothing better then a cool winter day and the sun shinning on your face. It is Heaven!!
Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful work with us through the years!
Thank you for the tips, I’m making the 3″ blocks so I spray starch the fabric before cutting, it helps out a lot.
Great idea. You know how I love my starch!
I love cold weather, it’s the perfect excuse to stay home and sew all day. Stay warm and thanks for all your inspiration!
So very cold. I’m grateful I live in Texas during winter!
Thank you for your encouragement about the Sewcialites SAL! I’ve done nine blocks so far but am now behind. The 3-inchers are for sure challenging me. But this easier block looks like a good way to ease back into it. Thank you for the inspiration!