Wednesday, October 16, 2013

6 New April Showers Patterns - It's a great day here at Cotton Way!

Look what's on top of my jelly roll stack, our new line of fabric, April Showers!

I couldn't be more excited about it, so sorry for the picture overload, I will try to keep the words to a minimum!  
Camille and I have both been sewing madly.  
We love that this line mixes so well with our other collections.

 Yes, I have been feeling much more energy this last couple of weeks and am happy to start getting back on top of life again.  Thanks again and again for all of you out there that are so sweet and thoughtful and just keep encouraging me - it really means so much! 

I have been excited to have an overload of quilt therapy in getting ready for Market.  It's so exhausting in it's own way, but I am so grateful to have some normalcy in my schedule and cutting up fabric and playing with it is certainly healing to me.  
I am still not quite up to going to Market this time, 
but Camille will be there in the Moda booth with all of my new quilts and projects to show those of you that get to be there and for those of you that don't, you get to see it here. 
Camille has some really great stuff she has designed as well, plus her new thread line, so make sure you stop by the booth to say Hi!

 I started sewing and had so much fun with this line that I designed 6 new patterns.

Of course with a line called April Showers, it has to involve umbrellas, rain boots and lots of rain drops, so my first pattern is called Walking in the Rain.

 It is a kaleidoscope block that looks like twirling umbrellas from above.

I love how my quilter, LeAnn, quilted the umbrellas have motion 
and the background like puddles.

You can't necessarily see it that well in the pictures, but I was crazy enough to fussy cut the pieces so all the rain drops in the background print are falling down.  They have to right?
Well, sometimes here in Idaho they do fall sideways sometimes.

The umbrellas were so much fun to piece.

April Showers bring May Flowers, so that is my next pattern.

I couldn't get enough of the polka dots in this line, so I decided to use them all in one quilt.

It takes 9 Fat Quarters, so collect your favorites.

This can be a Table Topper or a Baby Quilt, it's just 41" x 41", 

and can be appliqued like this, or you can use the soft raw edge method 
to make it a little faster and a little more fun to cuddle with.  

I love making flying geese blocks and this quilt has it's share. Splash is what happens when you jump in puddles during a rain shower, so that's how this pattern got it's name.

It takes just one Layer Cake for all of the blocks. It was fun to mix up the centers for just the right combination.  Don't you just love that vintage umbrella print with it's cute little aqua bows? 

I sashed the vertical lines with an aqua solid to give it a bit of a retro feel.  
The red diamonds in the sashing really pop.

More polka dots here too, just might have to have several bolts of these!

This pattern has been in my brain for a long time and is now finally a pattern.

This just seemed to be the perfect fabric line to use.

The solid scalloped borders frame the prints so well.

It was  fun to use some of the left over strips from my other quilts, 

The other three placemats use the Moda Candy 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares.

 I couldn't resist hand quilting these two placemats.

More quilt therapy...I need a lot!

Any of you that read my last blog post know that I promised that if you got your ironing board all fresh and ready to go, I would have something to add to it. Well, my 
Ironing Board Organizer is just the thing to finish it off.

Even with my new cover, I found myself sticking pins in the end of my ironing board as I took them out and pressed my blocks. I had threads and tails I had clipped in little piles, so...

...I thought it was time to have a pincushion and some little pockets to hold all of those little sewing gadgets I needed so I didn't have to walk back and forth to my sewing area. There is room for your measuring tape, seam ripper, binding clips, pencil and even a pair of scissors hooked to the organizer so they are always right there. The other side has a little pocket to collect all the little threads and tails that you clip off and make your space so clean.  I hope you will try one, It would be a great gift for all of your quilting friends.  
Christmas will be here before we know it.

Speaking of Christmas, I know this April Showers fabric line does not seem to shout Christmas, but when I pulled out all the reds and greens, I couldn't help but design a Christmas Quilt, in fact I designed three, but decided on this one because I have been hanging out at our cabin so much this summer recuperating, that it made me think it was time to design a quilt to use in our cabin this Christmas.  Naturally, I decided to use that great log cabin block and combine it with a flower block.  

Again, I had to use those yummy red polka dots, the berries and stripes.  

The background is a cream on cream polka dot and it works great for a background print and still gives some texture.  

The blocks are large and that makes the piecing fast.  I think this is one of my favorite 
quilts I have made lately.

This emerald green flower print in the line just looked like a holiday print to me and was perfect for the back, not to mention the bias stripes that are perfect for binding on any quilt.

The quilting on this is a little hard to see in photos, but LeAnn quilted trees, ornaments, poinsettias, snowflakes, ribbon, holly leaves and berries on it
to really give a wonderful holiday feel.

This quilt would also be fun in a scrappy look. Someday I will have to make that one.

Wow, that was fun! 
It's really hard not to show you what I am working on while it's all in the process, so now that it is all done, I hope you are inspired to start a new project for yourself, 
or make some handmade gifts for the ones you love.  

Don't forget, the Ironing Board Makeover  giveaway will be on October 30th, so don't miss out.
All of my new patterns are available today in the shop here, paper pattern or PDF, and the new Bonnie and Camille fabric line for Moda, April Showers,

will be in quilt shops in March!  Just in time for some

April Showers,



  1. Love the fabric and all the patterns! Glad you are feeling better. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love this fabric and especially like the Cabin Christmas!!!

  3. Of course they're all fantastic! Love the Christmas quilt and oh my gosh that May Flowers quilt has stolen my heart. Love the placemats and that ironing board organizer is completely cute. I'd like to just set up an ironing board for looks, then look at it all day but never iron or mess it up. I'm a ruiner. The best news here is that you're feeling better, and for that I am super happy! Yay, they're all wonderful. xo

  4. Another set of beautiful patterns. Sending many blessings as you continue your road to recovery.

  5. Beautiful quilts Bonnie, I love the May Flowers, the placemats and Cabin Christmas, can't wait to make one. I'm glad to hear that your recovery is going so well. Thank you for such lovely fabrics and patterns.

  6. So glad you are feeling stronger. and I know each day seems a bit brighter now. I am now 1 yr cancer free and so thankful I had my family and friends to support too. Love these new projects, like Pam I think the ironing organizer is brilliant and my favorite is Cabin Christmas. Many thoughts and prayers still coming your way.

  7. I love the fabric colors and patterns, very inspirational!!

  8. Wow! What more can I say?? This line is gorgeous and is now at the top of my list!!!

  9. They are all wonderful!!! You are did you do it all?

  10. Wow! Your new patterns are great! I can't wait for April Showers to come out! You have really outdone yourself.

  11. Fabrics are darling and the patterns are terrific. That Ironing Board Organizer is b.r.i.l.l.i.a.n.t.!! But it is the May Flowers that has my heart beating faster. What a wonderful way to enjoy Autumn by thinking about a sweet Spring.

  12. Your patterns are lovely. I love all of them, especially the May Flowers. So glad you are on the mend and feeling better.

  13. Great job! I think Cabin Christmas was my favorite!

  14. Love the new patterns...especially May Flowers!

  15. OH Bonnie! Everything on the Post is so so Beautiful>Love each project! I know they will at market too! Most of all though I'm so happy that you are feeling well. ♥Linda

  16. Bonnie you have out done yourself.The fabric,color's and pattern's are beautiful and with such clean line's.I love everything you do.
    I am sorry to hear you can't accompany Camille to market.It is hard to stay home when
    your delightful quilt's andpattern's

    are being viewed by our contemporRY'S.I know they will delight in your new showing's.That WAS a lot of work.
    I thank God everyday that I have this love of I don't know how I would fill my day"s. There is only so much volunteer work you can do.Quilting is time for reflection and and dreaming of family and friend's.When you hand quilt or bind each stitch is calming and a thought of someone.The thread passing through your finger's almost like prayer bead's. Time for you,your thought's and prayer's.
    Return to good health and keep wrapped in the warmth of your famiiy's love in one of your fabulous quilt's.

  17. So many beautiful projects! Polka dots is my favourite fabric type :)


  18. You and Camille are adorable! Love your new line and all the old ones too. Thank you for all your beautiful work and quilts:)

  19. Love them all! Is great to hear you're getting better and I truely hope you'll be all good soon. I'm sure Camille will do a great job and quilt market for both of you.

  20. Absolutely beautiful new patterns! Love the ironing board organiser!! Congratulations!!

  21. How smart an ironing board organiser! I've never thought of that! All the patterns look great, but that one is my favorite.

  22. This line is so bright and cheerful -- love all the dots! I continue to be amazed that creativity in minds like yours never seems to dry up or run out. If I could just dream up ONE new thing, I'd be thrilled -- and you've dreamed up SIX. Amazing and all so inspiring....can't wait to handle some April Showers.

  23. Once again you got in.Love them all.Congratulations,anyone is just beautiful.Nice you are better!

  24. Wow, you have been busy :-) So happy to hear that you are doing better and better each day. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Amazing! The fabric, the patterns--I am bowled over!

  26. Just gotta tell you, I love Walking in the Rain and May Flowers. Adorable! Glad you're feeling good. Take care!


  27. Adorable quilts! Your work is absolutely wonderful!! My favorite is Splash. I can hardly wait for this line. It is on my Must Have list.

  28. I'm so glad to hear that you are feeling better, and congratulations on the new patterns and fabric line! They are adorable!

  29. Love your May Flowers quilt, your Christmas quilt, and the ironing board organizer is just great!! You have been busy, and I'm glad you are starting to feel better!! Hugs, H in Healsburg

  30. Drooling over here in TX! ;) LOVE the new fabric line! BRAVO!!!! And all of your patterns are awesome, but those placemats...they are just so adorable!

  31. Wow - such a fabulous and beautiful post!! I adore the new red line! thanks!

  32. Beautiful Bonnie! I love the Christmas cabin quilt. As I scrolled my page up, the log cabins appeared to twirl. This was a great effect!

  33. Bonnie, Everything looks delightful. I'll be putting some new things on my wish list. It lifts my heart for you to know that you are doing well enough to keep sewing and creating. It is indeed good therapy. With Christmas just around the corner I think the Christmas quilt is my favorite. Enjoy all of the special memories your family will make cuddling with it! Janita


  35. You have outdone yourself!! All of these quilt patterns are absolutely gorgeous, I can't decide on which I like better. Love those flowers and the placemats are perfect. I really like the bold colors and that splash??? WOW! and the top view umbrellas superb? The applique, well I need the practice! Thanks for sharing, You have been busy!

  36. Every new line that you ladies put out is "my all time favorite"! Great job and can't wait to get my hands on some. So happy that you are feeling better and better each day. Where are the adorable little polka dot bowls from??

  37. very nice post
    two thumb up for you ^___^

  38. Félicitations Bonnie, cette collection et vos quilts sont superbes. Je suis heureuse d'apprendre que vous allez mieux.

  39. I just love Cabin Christmas! What a sweet, fun design! Hope you continue to feel better and gain strength each day!

  40. Love, love , love the new April Showers line. And I really think the Christmas Cabin Quilt is so lovely and cheery. Well done.

  41. Where can I buy the pattern for the scalloped binding of the placemats please? Do you have downloadable patterns or only paper patterns.
    LOVE your fabric.


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