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