Sunday, September 23, 2018

September Color Challenge Link Up

The September Color Challenge Link Up is live!



September's color was Red Violet. Did you find this a challenging color to find?




Which block did you use for your challenge? Patterns By Jen, Dizzy Quilter, Powered By Quilting, Clever Chameleon Quilting or did you use something else?

If you made something using the challenge color, Red Violet, THIS month, you can link up through September 30th and have a chance to win this bundle of Art Gallery fabric from Phat Quarters.



If you are having trouble linking up read this post. If you are still having trouble please email me directly; patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com and I will happily get you added.

Grand Prize

Don't forget, for each month you enter the Link Up, you are also entered for the grand prize at the end of the year:

Jen at Dizzy Quilter is providing the grand prize! 

The generous prize provided is 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**



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. 

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Introducing Harlequin Court!

Introducing the next pattern in the Pattern By Jen's family: Harlequin Court.




You may have seen her last week when I posted my Island Batik July Challenge and asked for help renaming her.

I chose to go with Tara's medieval castle idea. This lead me to search "court" in the Thesaurus, which lead me to Quadrangle which I absolutely loved, only to find out it was already taken as a quilt pattern name.

Back to the drawing board, aka Thesaurus, I went. I clicked on synonyms and antonyms, I went pages deep into the word royal.

I went back to the picture and thought there was a look of peepholes or arrow slits. Did you know an arrow hole in a castle is called an arrow loop, or loop or loophole? Now you do!



I tried again and thought that the triangle around the 9 patches had a slight jester type look to them. Back to Thesaurus I went and found Harlequin. Of course that is taken as well, but adding Court to it and I have my pattern name.

This pattern will be available as digital only, but comes in four sizes:
54" square (shown), 66" x 78", 78" x 90", 90" x 102"

Lets take a look at a couple of tester's quilts.


Joanne made her quilt all in purples and chose to leave off the outside border. This is the 54" square version. I can't tell you how much I love this, and it has nothing to do with the fact that purple is my favorite color. She calls it Grapesicle.


Sandy asked to do hers in scrappy colors because she made the largest version and was pulling from her scraps. She kept careful track of the fabric amounts to make sure the requirements were correct. Look at this beauty! That is a labor of love.

You can pick up your digital copy HERE at a special introductory price of $7 through the end of the month.

Happy Stitching!
Jen


New to Patterns By Jen?

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

Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.


The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018


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




Saturday, September 15, 2018

July Island Batik Challenge: Pattern Play

Yes, you read that right, this is July's challenge.




Do you want to know what's worse? This quilt has been sitting, finished, for over a month. Embarrassing!! I hope you think it was worth the wait, because I loved this challenge.

The challenge, way back in July, was "Pattern Play, Secondary Pattern," make a quilt that produced a secondary pattern when the blocks were put together.

My design is still called Creamsicle because I designed it in oranges. It obviously needs a new name, but for now I'm calling my version Chocolate Sundae with a Cherry On Top. That's obviously not going to stick either, but it fits for now!




This is the original block.




This is the quilt. I love this design. 




I pieced the backing and it kind of has that 70's tube sock feel.

This pattern will be available as a digital download soon, watch for the announcement on Facebook and Instagram.




Some of the fabrics used were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program. I used wool batting from Hobbs, also given to me through the Ambassador program. The wool batting was a joy to quilt, an dif yo look closely, even though it sat for a month folded up, NO creases!!

Do you have an idea for the new name for this quilt? Add it in the comments and if I choose your idea you will win this as a free digital pattern! Plus bragging rights. ;) Be sure to watch the comments for notification, just in case I can't email you directly. Contest ends Friday, September 21st! Enter as many times as names you can come up with. Good luck!




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.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - The Center

Welcome to Pattern By Jen's
The Border Quilt Quilt Along!




If you are just finding us, there is plenty of time to grab your pattern and fabric and join in. The center piece is easy, but I still planned on a two week time span to welcome anyone joining us late.

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!

Center

There are two options for the center of The Border Quilt.

Center 1 is a pieced and then trimmed block. This is not the one I used in the Enchanted Forest version, but is the one in the original quilt that you see on the front of your pattern.

*Errata:
Step 2 under Assembly should read 2) Add light 8" strips.
The cutting instructions are correct!




For my fussy cut center I found the middle of my piece and pressed.




Because this center unit is on point I needed to trim it so the point was about the bunny. I used the pressed line to find the center before trimming.




Following the instructions in the pattern sew each piece and press. I have found that by setting the seam and then finger pressing before pressing the seams to the side, I don't get a stretched and bowed seam when I use the iron. Flannel stretches very easily, if you are using it, make sure to just press, do not move your iron over and around your seams. 

Next we're going to trim this piece down to size. Follow the trimming instructions in the pattern.




To trim the center piece I start with the top and bottom, this makes cutting the longer sides easier. Lay your center on your cutting mat, lining the opposite points up on the same line on both sides of the mat. PS I did make sure to pull that right side down a bit, I just missed it in the photo.




You will be trimming 1" from the point shown in your pattern. Put the one inch mark on that point.




Then check on either side to line up your ruler for a nice straight cut.




Repeat with your side trims, this time trimming 1 1/4" from the point in your pattern.
Take your time, check your measurements twice and trim. See picture at the very bottom of the post for WHY you must double check where your ruler is lined up.

If you have questions on this don't hesitate to ask!




Done! You are ready for the first borders September 26.

Center 2 is simply a rectangle.




I chose to first make sure I centered the animals that I wanted in my center piece by using my ruler and making a small mark on either side at the desired width.

I like to fold in half and trim the long sides first, in this case where those marks for fussy cutting were made.




Then making sure my edge is straight on the mat, I trim the short sides. Easy peasy.

Remember you can ask questions and get help directly from me and your fellow quilt along pals by joining the Facebook group listed above.




Don't be like Jen, check before trimming!!!


If you share your center piece 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.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Border Quilt Interview with Kelly

For the weeks leading up to the Quilt Along, which now starts September 12, there will be a quilty interview with bloggers participating in the quilt along. The fabric designer, quilter and the photographer of the Enchanted Forest version will be interviewed as well. You can look for a new interview every Monday and Thursday now until September 10th. Find all the information for the quilt along HERE.




So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine depending on the time of day in your area and lets get to know Kelly, photographer of all the PBJ quilts.




PBJ: Name and business name: Kelly Simonsen, Simonsen Photography/Handmade Boy
PBJ: What inspired you to become a photographer?
Kelly: I started taking pictures when my daughter would always cry when I took her to the portrait studio. I had a camera and decided I would just take my own of her. From there, I started learning about exposure and posing to increase the quality of photos I was taking of my children. And the rest, as they say, is history!
PBJ: What is your favorite part of photography? Your least favorite part?
Kelly: I love composing the image in my head. Taking the subject and finding the perfect location and creating that image to share with people. I really dislike editing. I am not built to sit at a computer for hours at a time. I don’t have heavily photoshopped images for this reason.


PBJ: When choosing your locations for shooting quilts what do you look for? Have
you ever changed your mind about a spot when you received the quilt and had it in hand?
Kelly: Lighting is the first thing I look for. Good lighting makes the picture. But, in the case of photographing quilts, I look for a place to hang the quilt. I prefer to have the quilt part of the setting, instead of somebody just holding it up in the setting. Once I find a place to hang the quilt, with a background I like, I will wait till the right time of day to shoot, so the light is ideal. This can vary with each location. Usually, I have a place in mind before the quilts arrive since I ask to see a picture before they are shipped. There have been a couple times though, that the quilt just didn’t fit the location and I changed it up. Or, I received a quilt and it was too big to hang where I had planned, so location needed to change.
PBJ: There was some difficulty in getting the colors of the Enchanted Forest fabrics to show well. Can you share a bit about what caused the difficulty and how you fixed it?

Kelly: The low tones of the quilt didn’t allow for enough contrast for the blocks to really show up from a distance. Add in some bright sunlight, and the creams and whites got over exposed easily compared to the blues and browns. This was a case where I did have to change locations to get the colors to accurately photograph. Moving the quilt to the shade and shooting later in the day did the trick.
PBJ: Did you take any photography classes?
Kelly: No formal schooling. I did take a digital photography class in college, but didn't learn anything I didn't already now. I have taken lots of art classes and the skills of composition do carry over into photography.

PBJ: What camera do you shoot with?
Kelly: I shoot with a Canon 6D MarkII and edit mainly in Lghtroom, but will sometimes do some touch ups in photoshop if I feel the need. I shoot in RAW, always and manual mode.

PBJ: Tell me a little bit more about your experience as a photographer.

Kelly: I have been shooting photography for 15 years. Photographing quilts is very different than photographing people. It's not as easy as you would think. You have to find a great location to showcase the quilt and figure out a way to display it. It took a lot of trial and error to come up with a way to hang quilts so they show as much of the front as possible. Lugging them to locations, especially if I am taking into a trail and setting up can be quite the work out!!

PBJ: Is there one "thing" you would recommend perfecting first when shooting photographs?

Kelly: Learning to find good light. You don' tneed a fancy camera to do it. You can use a phone even! If you don't have good light, you don't have a good photograph. Poor lighting is not something you cna "fix in post.
PBJ: Who taught you/ or inspired you to learn to quilt?
Kelly: I am pretty much self taught, with questions getting answered as I go by Jen, or by chatting with my mother in law. I don’t know if anybody inspired me to quilt, I am always picking up new creative processes, and since I sew (mostly clothes), quilting seemed pretty natural.
PBJ: What is your favorite part of the quilting process:
Kelly: Picking the fabric, of course!
PBJ: What is your least favorite part?
Kelly: Sewing the same block a hundred times. Samplers are my favorite!


PBJ: What is your favorite quilty tool?
Kelly: Rotary cutter, mat and my 6x24” ruler.
PBJ: What is your favorite color? Do you use it in your quilts? If not, what color do you
find yourself using a lot? Why do you use that color the most?
Kelly: I don’t really have a favorite color, maybe peacock. I love all colors! And I do use them all!
PBJ: When sewing, do you watch T.V. / movies, listen to music, have it quiet?
Kelly: Quiet. Love the quiet!
PBJ: How much time do you spend quilting a day?
Kelly: Quilting? It really just depends on what is going on. I probably quilt a few times a month. I sew clothes almost daily though!
PBJ: If you had to choose between quilting cotton, batiks or flannels to sew with *for
the rest of your life* which would you choose? Why?
Kelly: Quilting cotton. It’s perfect for any season! Flannel is a close second though. It’s so cozy!
PBJ: You are taking a quilting cruise, who’s your teacher?
Kelly: Jen, of course!!
PBJ: Does your sewing machine have a name?
Kelly: Nope. Well, maybe “Beast” when I have to lug it around. It’s heavy!!
PBJ: Does your seam ripper have a name?
Kelly: No. But my 8 year old son calls it the “unstitcher”. LOL
PBJ: When was the last time you changed your needle?
Kelly: This morning. Removed a ball point needle and changed to a universal for a cotton woven shirt.
PBJ: We have a big quilt along coming up. What is your advice to any quilter new to
the quilt along world?
Kelly: Just jump in and have fun!! Don’t stress out if you fall behind, the internet will still be there with the quilt along waiting, when you are ready.
PBJ: Just a quick note from me. Kelly is an amazing seamstress and she is currently part of Project Run and Play Season 17. They've just announced the week 2 challenge and I can't wait to see what Kelly puts together, but we have to wait until Tuesday. Head over and cheer her on this week!

Facebook: Facebook
Instagram: handmade_boy

Interview Schedule

July 27 - Nancy - Masterpiece Quilting
July 30 - Vicki - My Creative Corner3
Aug 2 - Becca - Pretty Piney
Aug 6 - Kate - Seams Like A Dream
Aug 9 - Terri - Lizard Creek Quilting
Aug 13 - Joanne - Quilts By Joanne
Aug 16 - Marija - Mara Quilt Designs
Aug 20 - Alison - Little Bunny Quilts
Aug 23 - Stephanie - Quilt'n' Party
Aug 27 - Daphne - Daphne Greig
Aug 30 - Tara - The Quilt District
Sept 3 - Hilltop Designs
Sept 6 - Tracy (quilter) - Fabrics Plus
Sept 10 - Kelly (photographer) - Handmade Boy
Sept 12 - Quilt along begins!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Kelly. If you have any questions for her, please put them in the comments, with an email address if your settings are set for no reply, and I will make sure she sees them. I hope you follow her and give her some quilty love!

The Quilt Along starts in TWO days!! Are you ready?!
Paper Pattern: Etsy Shop
Digital Pattern: Etsy Shop
Digital Pattern: Craftsy
Digital Pattern: Payhip

Happy Stitching!
Jen



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The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Border Quilt Interview with Tracy

For the weeks leading up to the Quilt Along, which now starts September 12, there will be a quilty interview with bloggers participating in the quilt along. The fabric designer, quilter and the photographer of the Enchanted Forest version will be interviewed as well. You can look for a new interview every Monday and Thursday now until September 10th. Find all the information for the quilt along HERE.




So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine depending on the time of day in your area and lets get to know Tracy, the longarm quilter of The Border Quilt.



PBJ: Name and Business name?

Tracy: Tracy Veglahn, Fabrics Plus
(Actually, our corporate name is Jack of All Trades.  Nuff said!)

PBJ: When did you first start machine quilting?

Tracy: We purchased our first longarm in 2008, just prior to buying our quilt shop, but got really “serious” about longarming when we got our first Intelliquilter computerized system in 2010.

PBJ: Do you ever find time to quilt stuff just for fun?

Tracy: Is that a serious question?  I don’t have a single quilt in my house that I have made for myself ---   I vow to change that every year, but it never seems to happen!

PBJ: What do you enjoy most about quilting?

Tracy: I love all things creative --- color and design, using EQ to create patterns, and all the little repetitious steps too --- I find cutting and pressing to be soothing!

PBJ: What design did you use for the quilting of The Border Quilt?

Tracy: Winter Wonderland by Patricia Ritter for Urban Elementz. 




PBJ: What inspired you to choose that pattern?

Tracy: I wanted it to be light and wintery to fit with the soft colors in the quilt, but not too dense. 

PBJ: Any tips for quilting a flannel quilt?

Tracy: Lots!  Make sure that you are using top quality flannel for your project, and be sure to pre-shrink it.  Clean your machine often --- all that linty flannel makes a mess.  Be careful with the edges of the quilt, as they have a tendency to unravel, and try not to hit the bulky intersections with your needle!    As far as your design and thread choices, remember that it will tend to snuggle itself down into the fabric, so choose accordingly.

PBJ: Who taught you or inspired you to learn to quilt?

Tracy: I come from a long line of “stitchers”, and grew up with my mom making my clothes.  I learned to sew in 4-H, made all my own clothes during high school and college, and took my first quilting class when I was pregnant with my first daughter 35 years ago. 

PBJ: What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

Tracy: I most enjoy the design process, and then putting on the binding --- what a sense of accomplishment to put in those last few stitches!

PBJ: What is my least favorite part?

Tracy: Sewing on borders ---- boring!

PBJ: What is your favorite quilty tool?

Tracy: I love gadgets!  This month my “fav” is Aunt Pam's Quilt Sponge, that pulls threads and lint off your quilts, can clean off your cutting mat, and picks up all those stray threads from my sewing room floor.  I also can’t live without my Zinger, which keeps my scissors on a retractable leash clipped to my shirt!

PBJ: What is my favorite color?

Tracy: Right now, my favorite combination is aqua and lime --- love it!  Otherwise, anything black ---- I love primary colors set off with a rich black background.

PBJ: When sewing, do you watch TV/movies, listen to music, have it quiet?

Tracy: News and podcasts, please!

PBJ: How much time a day to you spend quilting a day?

Tracy: I longarm by day, and piece by night.  And there’s nothing like doing a little binding from 3-5 AM --- it’s the best part of the day!




Interview Schedule

July 27 - Nancy - Masterpiece Quilting
July 30 - Vicki - My Creative Corner3
Aug 2 - Becca - Pretty Piney
Aug 6 - Kate - Seams Like A Dream
Aug 9 - Terri - Lizard Creek Quilting
Aug 13 - Joanne - Quilts By Joanne
Aug 16 - Marija - Mara Quilt Designs
Aug 20 - Alison - Little Bunny Quilts
Aug 23 - Stephanie - Quilt'n' Party
Aug 27 - Daphne - Daphne Greig
Aug 30 - Tara - The Quilt District
Sept 3 - Hilltop Designs
Sept 6 - Tracy (quilter) - Fabrics Plus
Sept 10 - Kelly (photographer) - Handmade Boy
Sept 12 - Quilt along begins!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Tracy. If you have any questions for her, please put them in the comments, with an email address if your settings are set for no reply, and I will make sure she sees them. I hope you follow her and give her some quilty love!

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

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