Friday, September 13, 2019

Square Illusions - Make Modern Magazine Issue 30

Have you gotten your copy of Make Modern Magazine yet?
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A digital magazine out of Australia, it is chalk full of beautiful designs and informative articles. It's worth a look, I promise.




My first design accepted to Make Modern Magazine is Square Illusion. A simple quilt with a deceptively complex look.

Get your copy HERE. 




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Jen

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Back To School Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Back to School Blog Hop hosted by Sam at Hunters Design Studio.




Today I'm going to share tips for keeping your ruler from slipping while you are cutting.

Nothing is more frustrating than making a cut on your pretty fabric and having your ruler slip and have a wasted piece of fabric. It happens to all of us, so what can you do about it?

There are a few different tools you can use, and more that I haven't included in this post because 1) I don't have that kind of space ;)  and 2) it really is personal preference.


Tools




My go to is Clear Medical Tape. I use it on my favorite Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design rulers.

Place the tape on the wrong side of the ruler, because it's clear you can still see the fabric and the ruler markings. Find it in the First Aid aisle.




This is my Tucker Trimmer, it gets used A LOT. I haven't had to replace the tape yet and it's been on there for almost 2 years.




My sister loved using the clear bumpers. They are usually used to keep drawers and cabinets from slamming when shut. They are clear and easy to use, though you do have to watch your alignment, because these sit up a little higher. They definitely don't slip though!




Many use the Safe - er Grip suction cup shower arms. Most are not as fancy as this, but it was the only one I could find in my small town.

This one is a little shorter then ones I have seen and is actually the perfect size for one of my favorite ruler sizes the 12 1/2" x 6 1/2". PS There are ruler grips that are made by quilting companies, I just picked up a generic one.

Technique

While tools are helpful many times it's our technique that is causing the issue. This happens to me when I've been doing a lot of cutting, or am working late at night an not really paying attention. Not the best time to be cutting fabric for many reasons.

To start, you need a cutting table that is the right height for you. I'm not going to rewrite the book on this, so just click HERE for a good article on setting up a "healthy sewing space."




The first technique to work on is the pressure you are putting on the ruler. Having a cutting table at the right height for you is paramount to successful and accurate cutting, and keeping the pressure on the ruler steady. It looks like my arm is off to the side a bit, but that has more to do with the difficulty in taking a picture of your own arm. haha  Which is also true in the following pictures.

You want to hold the ruler down from straight above, you don't want to be pushing on it at any angle. When cutting longer strips simply make shorter cuts and move your hand (aka pressure) up to the next spot.  Pressing from straight above lessons the chance that you will push the ruler with your pressing hand.




Second is the hand holding the rotary cutter. You also want to have your hand straight, not angled, and make the cut by pushing straight down. 




It is hard to show this, because it takes so little to angle the rotary cutter, but even the smallest angle can push your ruler. When you look down at your hand you should see what the first photo shows. You shouldn't see either side of the rotary cutter.




You can see how it pushes the ruler away from where I made my original cut. Doing this in the middle of a cut will cause tears, and we don't want to get out pretty fabric wet.




Hold your pressing hand down straight from above when holding the ruler and your cutting hand straight when cutting. Go slow, this isn't a race, and your ruler will stay where it's supposed to and you can enjoy cutting many, many strips of pretty fabric.

I hope you found these tips helpful! Don't miss all of the fabulous tips and tutorials happening this month! So. Much. Good. Stuff. Thanks for stopping by!

Day 1 – September 1 – Sam Hunter: Sewing Long Seams Without Stretching – huntersdesignstudio.com
Day 2 – September 2 – Susan Arnold – Joining Binding the Easy Way – quiltfabrication.com
Day 3 – September 3 – Angie Wilson – Fussy cutting tips and techniques – www.gnomeangel.com
Day 4 – September 4 – Andi Stanfield – No-Mark HST: Let your machine be your guide – truebluequilts.com/blog/
Day 5 – September 5 – Bobbie Gentili – Say YES to Y-seams – geekybobbin.com
Day 6 – September 6 – Mel Beach – 5 Reasons to Say Woo Hoo! to School Glue – pieceloveandhappiness.blogspot.com
Day 7 – September 7 – Laura Piland – 7 Ways to Use a Laser on Your Sewing Machine – www.sliceofpiquilts.com
Day 8 – September 8 – Suzy Webster – How to solve loops in free motion quilting – www.websterquilt.com
Day 9 – September 9 – Tara Miller – Accurate Stitch-and-Flip Corners – quiltdistrict.com
Day 10 – September 10 – Latifah Saafir – Accurate Seams Using Masking Tape! – latifahsaafirstudios.com
Day 11 – September 11 – Sarah Ruiz – The Magic of Glue Basting – saroy.net
Day 12 – September 12 – Jen Shaffer – Ways to stop your ruler from slipping while cutting – patternsbyjen.blogspot.com
Day 13 – September 13 – Cheryl Sleboda – Basics of ruching (a vintage fabric manipulation technique) – muppin.com
Day 14 – September 14 – Raylee Bielenberg – Choosing quilting designs for your quilt – www.sunflowerstitcheries.com
Day 15 – September 15 – Jen Strauser – Accurate and Attractive Machine binding – dizzyquilter.com
Day 16 – September 16 – Jane Davidson – Matching points for all types of intersections – quiltjane.com
Day 17 – September 17 – Teresa Coates – Starch and starch alternatives – teresacoates.com
Day 18 – September 18 – Jen Frost – Benefits of spray basting – faithandfabricdesign.com
Day 19 – September 19 – Sandra Starley – Getting started with Hand Quilting – utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com
Day 20 – September 20 – Karen Platt – Drunkard’s Path Made Easy – karenplatt.co.uk/blog/
Day 21 – September 21 – Kris Driessen – All Kinds of Square (in a Square) – scrapdash.com
Day 22 – September 22 – Sarah Goer – Planned Improv Piecing – sarahgoerquilts.com
Day 23 – September 23 – Kathy Bruckman – Organizing kits for on-the-go sewing – kathyskwiltsandmore.blogspot.com
Day 24 – September 24 – Cheryl Daines Brown – The Secret to Flat Quilt Tops: Borders – quilterchic.com
Day 25 – September 25 – Cherry Guidry – Pre-assembling fusible applique – cherryblossomsquilting.com
Day 26 – September 26 – Laura Chaney – Getting started with English Paper Piecing – prairiesewnstudios.com
Day 27 – September 27 – Ebony Love – Cutting Bias Strips from a Rectangle – lovebugstudios.com
Day 28 – September 28 – Tammy Silvers – Working with heavier weight threads in your machine – tamarinis.typepad.com
Day 29 – September 29 – Kathy Nutley – Create a perfect facing or frame with 90 degree angles – quiltingsbykathy.com
Day 30 – September 3 – Joanne Harris – Using Leaders and Enders – quiltsbyjoanne.blogspot.com

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Make Modern Issue 30

I am excited to share a sneak peek at my first design in Issue 30 of the digital magazine, Make Modern.
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Filled with fun modern patterns and feature articles you are sure to find something to love.




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Jen

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

September Color Challenge - Lavender

September! I'm so ready for this month, what about you?




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 delicious Lilac. I love everything about the lilac. The color, the smell, the look. It's my favorite!! So of course I had to use my absolute favorite half square triangle unit!





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.

This is a great way to meet new quilty bloggers!




Tips  

I never trim my blocks, but if you are a trimmer I recommend waiting until all of your blocks are pieced and then trimming them all at once. Your goal is to have 12 1/2" unfinished blocks. I don't trim because I don't want to lose my points and since we make the units that makeup the block larger and trim them down, you should be fairly close to the correct size. If you are off 1/8 of an inch or less I really discourage trimming. If you are off 1/4 of an inch then instead of trimming I would suggest taking a look at your seam allowance and cutting, because trimming will definitely cause you to lose the look of the block.





Ready for your free September Monthly Color Challenge block? Find it HERE. Remember there is a change this year and the block is available for free only through September 30th. Use #2019monthlycolorchallenge on social media so we can see your blocks.

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

To get the block instructions delivered right to your email sign up HERE.

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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Monday, August 26, 2019

August Color Challenge Link Up

Time to Link Up your August blocks!




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!



Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Friday, August 23, 2019

The Broken Panes Quilt Display

It's time for a look at a few of the quilts that quilters finished!




We had some fun finishes for the Broken Panes Quilt Along and I'm excited to share them with you. Everything from showcasing fun novelty prints to bright little prints. Enjoy the display!



Anja's quilt. Follow Anja HERE.




Joanne's quilt top. Follow Joanne HERE.






Eleri's quilt. Follow Eleri HERE.




Beth's top.




Beth's backing.




Elaine's quilt top.




Elaine's backing.

I love all the different fabrics used for the quilts. Bright, dinosaur, floral, geometric, they are fabulous! I hope you enjoyed the Broken Panes Quilt Display and I truly hope you will join the next one!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Tester Call!

Patterns By Jen is looking for a few more testers!




Hello! I'm Jen of Patterns By Jen and I am adding pattern testers to my group. What you need to know before applying:

1) Patterns are typically beginner friendly, though occasionally a few patterns require a little more skill. 

2)Turn around time is usually 6 - 8 weeks.

3) These are traditionally pieced quilts, no paper piecing.

4) Tops do not need to be quilted, just pieced.

5) Testers use their own fabric.

6) Quilt tops are for the testers to keep.

7) If chosen to be a PBJ testers the expectation is that you sign up (and finish) 1 to 2 patterns a year.

8) There are multiple sizes to choose from.

9) Feedback is needed and appreciated.  From a missing comma to the wrong fabric requirement, nothing is too big or to little for you to point out. I take all editing suggestions seriously.

10) Current compensation is your choice of any of the Patterns By Jen patterns (not just the one you have tested), in either digital or printed format. *Petit Hibou is excluded.*

11) Finished photos are required along with your feedback to qualify for the compensation. **Photos do not need to be professional, just show the pattern well. Photos are included in the blog posts that introduce that pattern to inspire other quilters.

12) Full patterns are to be kept secret until the pattern release. Sneak peeks, that don't show sizes or patterns, are fine. Please make sure to tag Patterns By Jen in any social media posts.

Are you interested in becoming a PBJ tester? Fill out THIS FORM, it's that easy!

Questions? Email me at patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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