Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Picked By Jen - The Navigator Pullover

I had the opportunity to test the newest pattern from Love Notions, Navigator Pullover. A uni-sex pullover in sizes 2T to 16. Link to the Navigator at the end of the post!




Picked By Jen posts feature items from other designers that I have made and found to be worth passing on to you.

I made Kaleb the size 16. He usually wears a size Men's small because of his height. For the size 16 Navigator I simply added some length to the sleeves and body.




Kaleb doesn't like to wear a winter jacket, even though we live in Minnesota, so this was the perfect opportunity to make him a warmer jacket.




I used the Super Plush from So Sew English in his favorite Camo.  I also used their Super Plush Olive for the front piece, inside of the kangaroo pocket and the hood lining.  This fabric is so gorgeously soft you'll want to roll up and hibernate in it all winter long.




The kangaroo pocket is roomy and perfect for keeping Kaleb's hands warm while he waits for the bus, not wearing silly things like mittens.  There are videos included in the pattern for adding the zipper and attaching the hood.




This kid is now ready for colder days.

Get your Navigator Pullover now while it's on sale! Sale lasts through October 23rd.

PS This also comes with a collar version. During testing I made one and totally messed up by sewing the pockets on wrong. Of course I didn't realize it until it was completely done. Whoops.


Early morning, before school picture, interrupting his eating time expression.

PPS I sewed the final version using my sewing machine, because my serger ended up in the hospital. You don't need a fancy machine to make all the clothes and if you are just starting to think about making your own clothing, or clothes for your children Love Notions is the way to go. Easy to follow instructions and great support in their Facebook Group. (When you join make sure to check out the announcements for the free code for their Laundry Day Tee.)

Happy Stitching!
Jen


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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - Star Border

Welcome to Week 3 of Patterns By Jen's
The Border Quilt Quilt Along!



This week we are making the star border and one background border.




A note about the star border, if following the pressing instructions you will want to stay away from direction prints. The blocks are rotated so that your seams nest. If you want to use directions fabrics you take an extra moment to figure out the best way to press your blocks for ease when putting them into rows.


If you are just finding us, there is plenty of time to grab your pattern and fabric and join in. With each border there is a two week time period to make the border before we start on the next. You can stop at any point for any size you quilt you like.

Grab your pattern!

Printed: The Border Quilt

Etsy Digital: The Border Quilt

Craftsy Digital: The Border Quilt

Payhip Digital: The Border Quilt




For inspiration see The Border Quilt tester quilts HERE. I am using Enchanted Forest generously provided by Northcott Fabrics. These gorgeous fabrics are in shops now! They are super soft and easy to work with.

***Please note! If you are using them for the quilt along, wait to wash them until you are done with the quilt, or buy extra fabric. Flannel shrinks more than quilting cotton.***

We're going to start off slow for the first few weeks as we get into the swing of the quilt along. We will be doing the center first, I will go over both versions, then a border every two weeks. This will hopefully give you time to work on them a little bit at a time if you need to, as well as get any questions answered. Don't worry about keeping up, this is supposed to be fun, so go at your own pace. Do try to make at least one block for each border as we go so you can ask any questions as they come up.

To get direct help, as well as opinions of others who are sewing along with us, join the Facebook group: Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen.

Quilt Along Schedule

July 18 - Intro post



Oct 10 - Star blocks with a background border

Oct 24 - Friendship stars with a background border

Nov 7 - Pinwheels with a background border

Nov 21 - Flying Geese

Dec 5 - Finishing touches

Let's Get Started!

Star Border



Normally my presser foot pressure is set at four, for this I turned the pressure down to 2. It seemed to help with pulling the thicker fabric through more evenly.




For instructions on the Flying Geese Units see THIS POST.




I like to chain piece my No Waste Flying Geese units.




Trim using the Wing Clipper from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. You can find them in my Etsy Shop. Or use any straight edge ruler.




I like to lay out my blocks and then piece.




With a thicker fabric like flannel, keeping an eye on the seams is important to keep them from flipping and adding more bulk.




Whenever possible sew with the Flying Geese Units on top so you can keep the points.




Finger press the seams before using the iron. This keeps the flannel from stretching when pressing.




To try and keep it in order of the pattern I laid my blocks out in the order they needed to be stitched.




Finger press those seams as well. When adding the star border I sewed with the background border on bottom as that was the one that seemed to want to stretch the most.




Add your background borders next, note width of border strips, press and rest! If this is the size you are stopping at, quilt and enjoy. Plus share, because I want to see your beauty!


If you share your progress on social media please tag Patterns By Jen and /or use #theborderquiltquiltalong. I can't wait to see your pieces!!!

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REMINDER!!  Take a moment to clean your machine! This was after just doing the stars and putting them on the quilt.





Here are the bloggers that participated in the Interview Session. Please take a moment to follow them and see their progress. Some will be posting right away, some will be posting during the two weeks between borders.


Becca - Pretty Piney
Joanne - Quilts By Joanne
 Marija - Mara Quilt Designs
Stephanie - Quilt'n' Party


Happy Stitching!
Jen

New to Patterns By Jen?

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The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

Don't miss the Quilters Meet and Greet going all September. 

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Monday, October 1, 2018

October Color Challenge



Welcome to October's Color Challenge! This month the color is blue violet. I found it incredibly hard to decide on what was blue violet, especially coming after a month of *red* violet. I kept pulling out red violet to work with.

Here's the block!




Get your free pattern here! It will be available for free through June 2019, at which point it will be bundled with the other blocks and settings and sold as a full pattern. Settings will be released in December.

Blog Hop

Don't forget to visit the other bloggers. A few of the bloggers have designed their own block for you and they have been pretty great so far. You won't want to miss them.



The Prize




Our sponsor this month is Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics.


Make something in blue violet and you could win a $25 gift certificate to use at Cherrywood Fabrics.

Piecing tips




I use Frixion pens to mark my diagonals. I know not everyone likes to use them, or has had bad experiences with them. Here are my rules for using them. 1) Use to mark on the wrong side of fabrics where I will be cutting. 2) Never use on batiks. As long as I stick to those two rules I don't have any issues. What do you use for marking diagonals?




Sew just a bit to the outside of the line so that when you press the triangle back it folds evenly with the edge.




On the smaller pieces I use my scissors for trimming.




I sew each square on before trimming.




Use the seam as the straight line (note white line on the ruler runs along the seam) and trim a little bit from one end of strips. Once you have a straight edge cut your units.




Pin the seams and the ends for units that match up and don't need trimming.





Grand Prize

Wait! There is more!
Jen at Dizzy Quilter is providing the grand prize! 

For every month you enter the link up, you get an entry for the grand prize.

The generous prize provided is you will get your top quilted by her (up to 90" x 90"),  a $202.50 value!

You must provide the backing, 8" longer than width and length. Batting can be purchased from Jen, for $20, if you like.

Return shipping is included for US residents only.
**Please note, the quilt will not be trimmed or bound, those services are extra**




 If you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Island Batik Star Struck

Welcome to September's Island Batik Ambassador challenge: Starstruck.




For this challenge I chose my Star Light Star Bright Sampler pattern and used Paisley Dot collection that I was given as part of the Ambassador program as well as their basic black.




I chose to make one log cabin star with warm colors and one with cool.




Using black as my background really brought out how bright and beautiful the Paisley Dot collection truly is. I used a variegated thread for quilting.




This is the 30" square option, but the pattern has multiple options including a 60" sampler, the large log cabin star wall hanging, miniature log cabin star and a table runner.







All the quilting was done on my Husqvarna Lily 555 with a walking foot.




Start Light Star Bright Sampler pattern:







Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - Checkerboard Border

Welcome to Week 2 of Patterns By Jen's
The Border Quilt Quilt Along!



During this two week period we will be making the checkerboard borders, as well as adding the background borders.




If you are just finding us, there is plenty of time to grab your pattern and fabric and join in. With each border there is a two week time period to make the border before we start on the next. You can stop at any point for any size you quilt you like.

Grab your pattern!

Printed: The Border Quilt

Etsy Digital: The Border Quilt

Craftsy Digital: The Border Quilt

Payhip Digital: The Border Quilt





For inspiration see The Border Quilt tester quilts HERE. I am using Enchanted Forest generously provided by Northcott Fabrics. These gorgeous fabrics are in shops now! They are super soft and easy to work with.

***Please note! If you are using them for the quilt along, wait to wash them until you are done with the quilt, or buy extra fabric. Flannel shrinks more than quilting cotton.***

We're going to start off slow for the first few weeks as we get into the swing of the quilt along. We will be doing the center first, I will go over both versions, then a border every two weeks. This will hopefully give you time to work on them a little bit at a time if you need to, as well as get any questions answered. Don't worry about keeping up, this is supposed to be fun, so go at your own pace. Do try to make at least one block for each border as we go so you can ask any questions as they come up.

To get direct help, as well as opinions of others who are sewing along with us, join the Facebook group: Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen.

Quilt Along Schedule

July 18 - Intro post

Sept 12 - Making the center (both center options will be included in this post)

Sept 26 - Checker border with two background borders

Oct 10 - Star blocks with a background border

Oct 24 - Friendship stars with a background border

Nov 7 - Pinwheels with a background border

Nov 21 - Flying Geese

Dec 5 - Finishing touches

Let's Get Started!

Checkerboard Border

Before we work on our checkerboard we need to add a background border around our center piece. The following pictures show the center as one unit, but the instructions are the same for both pieced and solid center units.




I believe in cutting your border strips to the size needed and then pinning. To do this I pin each end and then pull the fabric taut to pin the center and then the rest of strip. Do NOT stretch your pieces, just keep them taut.




If one piece seems a little longer than the other, sew with that piece on the bottom. The feed dogs will help pull those even.




I found that when I was sewing the flannel, using quilters gloves helped me keep the fabric moving evenly and lessened the strain on my hands and arms. Especially as the quilt grew!




Press towards the border strips.




When cutting the strips in half for strip piecing using a scissors is quick and easy. 






I found that holding the threads when I started stitching the thicker flannel strips helped to keep my threads from knotting or getting pulled out.




Do not worry about these strips lining up at the end because we will be trimming them into smaller units.




Set the seam with an iron.




Once your seams are set I highly recommend finger pressing before using the iron again.  This helps prevent stretching and warping which easily happens when using flannel.




Can you tell which on I finger pressed first?




Before trimming your strips into smaller units, trim one edge straight. I use the seam as my guide for straight cuts, not the mat lines.




Chain piecing is your friend at this stage.




I am always a fan of pinning, but especially so when sewing with flannel. It stretches. Have I said that yet?




Press towards the background border.




Add another background border around your first checker border, pressing towards the background.




Make the second checkerboard border the same way you made the first.  Pin either end, pull taut and pin in the center. At this point I like to keep an eye on the seams as I pin the rest, to make sure they aren't getting pulled. They don't have to be exact, because there is a border strip between them, but you shouldn't have to stretch or manipulate this border, the seams should align on their own.



Press towards background strips.



Add the last set of background strips and you are done! If you are making the baby sized Border Quilt then you really are done. Quilt it up and snuggle a baby.

If you share your progress on social media please tag Patterns By Jen and /or use #theborderquiltquiltalong. I can't wait to see your pieces!!!

If you are a blogger who is sewing along please fee free to grab and use this button.




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Here are the bloggers that participated in the Interview Session. Please take a moment to follow them and see their progress. Some will be posting right away, some will be posting during the two weeks between borders.



Becca - Pretty Piney
Joanne - Quilts By Joanne
 Marija - Mara Quilt Designs
Stephanie - Quilt'n' Party



Happy Stitching!
Jen

New to Patterns By Jen?

Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.


The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

Don't miss the Quilters Meet and Greet going all September. 

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily sneak peeks and updates.