Splendid Sampler {my block!} Tiny Miracles

Hello sweet friends! Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Since some of you are new here, I’ll introduce myself real quick :) I’m April Rosenthal: mama of three, married to my high school sweetheart, lover of color, author, pattern writer, and fabric designer for Moda fabrics (<—-boy am I lucky!)

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My most recent fabric line ships next month, called Sweet Marion, named for my Grandmother–who was as sweet as the day is long–it’s my favorite so far!

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I’m excited to check in today and show you a little block I whipped up for a little old quilt-along. It’s called the Splendid Sampler (you might have heard of it. ;) It’s the biggest group of quilt-along-ers I’ve ever been involved with, and boy is it fun!

I was super excited when Pat Sloan asked me to participate, (Pat always knows where the party is :) and I finally, after a whole year of Splendid-ness, get to show you my block!

It’s called “Tiny Miracles” because I designed it with my sweet babies in mind. They are literally the center of my universe, and each one has a miracle story. They are my sun, and moon and stars.

I love the parallel between raising children from little tiny sweet things, guiding them toward the grown-ups they are meant to be, and making beautiful quilts from tiny scraps. From small things comes great beauty.

Have so much fun making your own Tiny Miracles block, and don’t be afraid! I’m sure most of you are old hat at paper piecing by now, but I’ll be sharing a few tips and tricks throughout the day on my Instagram feed and stories, and on my Facebook page. Head on over and see my foolproof tricks for paper piecing. Plus, I’ll show you another version of this block I made with Sweet Marion. Let me know in the comments below if you have questions or run into problems and I’ll do what I can to help.

Finally, I want to know about the miracles in your life. The things that have blessed you for good. Tell me about them! Tell me about you! I’d love to meet you, whether here in the comments, or over on Facebook or Instagram. Let’s be friends!



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25 thoughts on “Splendid Sampler {my block!} Tiny Miracles

  1. April,

    Your explanation of Tiny Miracles gave me goosebumps. I have found the same joy being a mother. Thank you for sharing your story and your lovely block!

    Kim Gordon

  2. That’s just what I was thinking! How does that happen??? I call it serendipity! It’s the little things and, they add it!

  3. I fell completely in love with your “Tiny Miracles” Block!! I have three fine grown kids of my own & three Grands that have put new luster & meaning to the word children in my life. With one on the one way, that I’m sure will give us an extra special blessing & joy.
    I love your Sweet Marion cloth … & want to thank you for being a designer in the Splendid Sampler! Congrats on all your endeavors!

    1. Thank you Jan! I’m so glad you love Sweet Marion, it’s a collection close to my heart. Congratulations on a new miracle on the way! xoxo

  4. I am so proud to be the Mom of a wonderful Daughter and Son. They have filled my life with so much Joy and have now made me the Happy Grandma of three beautiful grand girls. Grandbaby #4 due at the end of July. Children, Grandchildren and Sewing, does it get any better than that. :^) Love the new block.

  5. I had goosebumps when I saw your block. I didn’t know why until I read your story. I too struggled with years of infertility and then miscarriages. When I shifted my focus from getting pregnant to being a mom my energy went into the adoption of our first daughter from Korea. Then 5 months later guess what, pregnant. My little miracle was born at 28 weeks in a blizzard, all 2lbs. 6 oz. of her. She will be 30 years old this week! We went on to adopt a baby girl from China and then a baby boy from Korea. Being a mom is a miracle for which I was made. I thank God every day for each one of them and I am so excited to make your block full of sunshine. Thank your for sharing your inspiration.

    1. MaryJean–you are a warrior! Look at how hard you fought for those precious babies! Miracles are truly real. Thank you for sharing your sweet story. xoxo

  6. I love the story behind your block! My three girls and one boy are my sunshine. Then I got my six grandchildren who fill my life with fun! I love your new fabric line and look forward to getting my hands on some. These prints look like they would go well with the fabrics I’m using for my splendid sampler blocks! Hugs!

  7. I love your block and paper piecing so this is a winner. Your story makes the block even more special. I am the mother of two girls and one boy, 1 granddaughter and two great grand children. They are all the light of my life. Keep quilting, keep designing and keep loving.

  8. Hi April
    I love your block, tiny miracles. I think this is the block to inspire my next quilt. It is my favorite so far. Thank you.

  9. Hi April,
    Can’t believe I started following you on Instagram recently and then randomly found you on Pinterest today! Absolutely love the Sweet Marion collection and the tiny miracles block is truly one of the loveliest blocks I’ve seen. I too married my high school sweetheart, we just celebrated our 25th anniversary. We’ve been blessed with four amazing daughters to raise and one in heaven. I’m new to the world of quilting and a little scared but hope to gain confidence and inspiration from your blog and insta feed.

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