Thursday, July 11, 2019

Introducing Petit Hibou

I'm so excited to introduce you to Petit Hibou!




Petit Hibou is French for Little Owl. 
This pattern was a collaboration with embroidery artist Loronda of Heav'n Sent Creations.




The pattern has three quilt sizes and three pillow options.




The pattern includes 12 embroidery formats as well as applique templates.


Tester Quilts

Lets take a look at a couple of the baby sized quilts that were tested.




Sherra's pretty quilt using the applique templates. She's ready for a Canadian winter!




Linda's quilt, with awesome striped borders, is ready for a Minnesota winter!

This pattern is for the Advanced quilter.

Pattern is on sale now through July 19. Get your pattern:

Printed (ships around July 19)






Happy Stitching!
Jen


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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Broken Panes Quilt Along - Quilting Prep

It's quilting prep time!




I'm going to show how I get my quilt top ready for quilting on my domestic machine. I use my hardwood floor, you could also use a table.




Supplies needed

Top
Backing
Batting
Masking/Painters tape
Curved safety pins
Kwik Clip tool

Backing prep

If you are having your quilt quilted by a long arm quilter you will want to make sure you have 4" of extra fabric and batting all around the top. Stephanie has blog post on prepping your quilt for the long arm quilter. Read it HERE. When I'm quilting on my domestic I find that 2" of extra fabric and batting is enough.




I fold my backing in half the long way, end to end, not selvage to selvage.




Then cut on the fold.




For this quilt I needed a little extra length. This is a great way to use up any extra fabric you may have from piecing your quilt tops. To start I give myself a straight edge on one end of my backing fabric.




For this quilt I cut a 10" strip. Repeat for the other half of your backing. You can choose to do the exact same width on both pieces, or make them different widths.




I didn't need a lot of extra length for my backing pieces, so I just cut two 3 1/2" strips. You can cut them as wide as you want, you can mix it up and cut them at different widths, whatever you choose.




Then I sewed the strips to my backing pieces, sewed the 10" strip to those and pressed.




Then sew the middle seam 1/4" from the selvage.  Trim off the selvage and press to the side. Do NOT press this seam open as it will start to pull open when you pull the backing taught. If I have a wider backing than needed I will plan for the seam on the back to be off centered and trim off the extra from one side.




This way I don't have to worry about trying to line up the middle backing seam with the middle of the quilt top.


Basting

To keep the back from getting tucks or wrinkles in it during quilting the back needs to be pulled taut.




Lay it out on the floor or table, right side down. Tape the top middle to the floor. Go the the opposite side and tape the bottom middle to the floor. Next place a piece of tape on both sides of the center bottom, repeat on the top, making sure to keep the fabric smooth and taught. Repeat on the sides.
The tape is numbered in the order I like to do it.




I'm using a washable wool from Hobbs Batting.  I usually quilt lap sized quilts and smaller on my domestic and buy my batting in "King" size.




Lay the batting on the backing. I choose a corner and work out so that the extra batting spills over two sides. I trim one long piece first.




Then trim the top. This usually leaves me with enough batting for 3 more tops, dependent upon the size of the tops. Smooth out your batting and tape like you did the backing.




Now lay your quilt top on the batting, right side up. Starting in the middle smooth it out, but make sure to keep extra backing and batting all around the outside.




Starting in the middle, and working your way out, start pinning. I love the Kwik Clip tool for closing my pins, it saves my fingers and nails.  Keep the pins no further than 4" a part. This will also help keep the backing from getting tucks and wrinkles in it from quilting. I use my hand as a guide to know if I need more pins.

Once the pins are in place and closed carefully remove all of the tape. Your quilt is now ready for quilting! I will be using my walking foot, but you can use a regular foot or quilting foot. What you will really need to relax and take your time, but we'll get to that next week. We are almost done!

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Happy Stitching!
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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Broken Panes Quilt Along - Assembling the top

The top is getting pieced together next.




You should have your sashing strips cut and ready to go. If you haven't yet, then go back to the Cutting post for a quick look at how to cut them correctly.




We want our sashing and block ends to match up when sewn, because we won't be trimming these. Pin your sashing to your blocks to make sure they are sewn evenly. Sew with the sashing on top. Follow the pressing arrows in the instruction.




When adding the next block, lay out your blocks to make sure they are all going the right direction.




When adding the sashing rows with posts, pin the sashing and post seams first, then pin the blocks.




Ready for borders!

Adding Borders




First we need add the side borders. Measure your top from top to bottom down the middle, and on the left and right. Take the average of those measurements, and that is the length you are going to cut your border strips.




Measuring your top before cutting your borders helps to keep your borders from getting wavy. We ALL hate wavy borders! As you can see above, instead of needing 1/2" for my border, I needed to adjust down to 1/4" for my cuts. Had I just cut was in the instructions I would have had an extra 1/4" inch of fabric in my border pieces. Measuring after your top is pieced means you can make up for any discrepancies that happen during piecing.




I also recommend sewing with the border on top. The feed dogs pull the bottom fabric through a little more than the presser foot on top, so it will also help to eat up any extra fabric you may have in your border.

If you are adding your borders by yourself, take a look at THIS POST on how to get the border strips added by yourself. Sew the borders on, press.




Now measure horizontally, middle and both sides and take the average. Cut your borders and add them to the top and bottom.




Your top is done! Next we're prepping for quilting!

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Next week we will go over strip piecing, sub-cutting, and how to plan for directional fabrics.

Happy Stitching!
Jen



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Monday, July 1, 2019

July Color Challenge - Aqua

July is here!



If you are new to the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge you can hop over quick to read through the introduction and also see the colors coming up in the months ahead.




This month's flower inspiration is the Jade Vine. I didn't think I would find a plant that was an aqua color, but I found this glorious piece!  Love!!! This month I also get to introduce you to one of my favorite quilt units: Flying Geese.





Are you a beginner? For this month's blocks you might find these posts helpful:




For this months block you will need:

Mat
Rotary cutter
Ruler
Marking pen/pencil

Specialty rulers that are NOT required, but helpful:






A great group of bloggers joins us each month. Please make sure to visit each one and see their blocks and read their stories.


Tips

Read THIS POST on how to sew Flying Geese units.

Ready for your free July Monthly Color Challenge block? Get the block HERE. Remember there is a change this year and the block is available for free only through July 31st. Use #2019monthlycolorchallenge on social media so we can see your blocks.



**NEW** Each months set of instructions comes with a full video tutorial!

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This will not give you any of the previous month's blocks, you still need to go to Payhip and download those, but from this point on it will come directly to your inbox on the first of each month. Make sure to add patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com to your email address book.

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June Monthly Color Link Up

It's time to link up your orange June blocks!




We have reached of the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. I can't believe it, can you? It has gone so fast! This year the link up is available just for you to share your gorgeous blocks, there are no prizes. You will need either an Instagram account, a Flickr account, or you will need to email me directly so I can put your block on my Instagram account and get you added. patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com




If you haven't downloaded your June block yet, it is still free through the end of the month. You can find it in my Payhip store HERE. Each block now comes with a link to a full video how to!


You can also have the block instructions delivered directly to your inbox on the first of each month. Please make sure to add patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com to your address book so you get the email.



If you are having trouble getting the link up to work please read THIS POST.





If you haven't already, you can join the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook group to get inspiration for you blocks as well as tips, advice and encouragement from quilters sewing along with you.

If you missed the introduction post you can find it HERE. This post will be updated each month with a link to the new Color Challenge post, so you may want to bookmark it.

I can't wait to see your blocks! Thank you for stitching along with the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge!


Are you interested in a quilt along? The Broken Panes Quilt Along is perfect for beginners, I hope you will join in the fun!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Broken Panes Quilt Along - Block Assembly

Time to put our blocks together!




The great thing about big block quilts is how quickly they go together. First we're going to follow the instructions in the pattern for sewing our sub-cut units. Make sure you note the direction of the color blocks.




These strips need to match up with the units they are being sewn to, so unlike when we sewed the strips together for strip piecing, I suggest pinning the ends so one doesn't get pulled shorter or longer than the other.




Chain piecing works well here.




I keep my chained pieced units connected when I bring them to my ironing board.




I run the iron over to set my seams, then start pressing each one in the direction required in the instructions.




Once they are all pressed, then I cut the thread holding them all together.




Once the units are sewn together, lay out your block. Take a minute to make sure you have them lined up correctly. Each block is laid out the same, so I just lay one on top of another and sew them all the same. While this can be quicker, if you don't make sure that each one is placed correctly you could end up ripping seams. If you're good like me, you'll rip the same seam THREE times. Oy!




I like to sew row by row. For Broken Panes I sew Row 1, Units 1 - 2 and then Units 3 - 4. Press following the pressing arrows.




Then I stitch the Units 2 and 3 together for each row. Press. Then I sew rows together for a great block. Follow the sewing and pressing directions.




You should now have four, six, nine or twelve blocks, dependent on the size you are making.

Next week we are piecing our top! Just like that, easy peasy.

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Happy Stitching!
Jen




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