Saturday, December 14, 2019

My Favorite Quilty Things

Anyone still need to give a gift list, or need ideas for a quilting buddy? Here's a list of a few of my favorite quilting tools and resources.



Rulers

To know me is to know I love a good trimming ruler. Making units larger and then trimming them down to the right size literally makes me happy. If I'm having a bad day, it's time to start trimming! A few of my favorites:

Tucker Trimmer™ for trimming HST units, Hourglass units, quarter squares and more.

Wing Clipper™ for trimming Flying Geese units.

Square Squared™ for squaring up Square in a Square units.

Find these and more in my Etsy Shop.


I use Creative Grids rulers for all the other cutting that we do in quilting. My most used sizes are the 6 1/2" x 24 1/2" rectangle, the 6 1/2" x 12 1/2" rectangle and the 6 1/2" square.

Marking Tools

I mark my lines on my squares and my favorite tool for that is the Clover White Fine Marking Tool. It disappears when hit with an iron.




I also love Frixion pens. They are not good for marking quilting lines, but they do mark smoothly on fabrics. I use them for marking the line for HST units that I will eventually cut on. That way I don't need to worry about marks left on fabric.




I really liked using the Point Turner and Seam Creaser when I was marking quilting lines on my Fall Retreat Quilt.

I also like the fine line that a regular mechanical pencil makes.

Needles, rotary cutters, scissors, oh my!

I purchased these rotary cutter blades. I am very happy with how long they last and how well they cut.




I use Organ needles 75/11 for all my piecing and quilting.




I love to have my snips handy, and this little thing keeps them from running away from me. Plus, having them clipped to my shirt means they are with me at the ironing board and cutting mat, not just by my sewing machine.




Clips, bobbin clamps, thread

My favorite color thread for piecing is grey. I use polyester thread from Gutermann.




I keep my bobbins and thread spools together with Bobbin Holders and Bobbin Clamps.




I wind a bunch of bobbins used for piecing, in that case I store them in a bobbin holder.




Extra tools

I adore my mister from A Quilters Corner. My Timeless Day just got a shipment you. Hint! Hint! I bought a gallon of Best Press a year ago and it's still at least half full, and I starch *Everything!*




I pin my quilts for quilting. My go to is curved pins and the Kwik Klip tool. However, The Kwik Klip tool is no longer going to be produced, so if you want one, go now!




My favorite seam ripper is the Clover Seam Ripper.





I use wonder clips to hold my binding folded over when I'm hand stitching  it down.  Of course, when I found purple only wonder clips I had to get those.




Magazines

I love Quilts and More magazine for a variety of ideas and projects.




For modern quilt patterns and great articles I like the Make Modern digital magazine out of Australia. **This is an affiliate link, if you make a purchase from this link I receive a small amount of compensation at no extra cost to you.**

I hope you enjoyed this quick look at a few of my favorite quilty things. I may need to do a "Favorite things part 2" because apparently I like tools.

Happy Stitching!
Jen



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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Introducing Checkered Rainbow - 2019 Color Challenge Quilt

I think the title says is all. The setting instructions are here for the 2019 Color Challenge Quilt!




Checkered Rainbow

I can't believe we've finished! Thank you so much to all of you who stitched along this year. I have loved seeing your blocks. I can't wait to see your tops! Get your sashing instructions HERE.


You might find these posts helpful:





Thank you to the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers! Drop a note in the comments to let them know how awesome they are!!

Tips for the sashing




I found it easiest to sew the sub-cut units into pairs.




Then pairs into groups of four.




Then groups of four into eight. NOTE! Do not sew all groupings into groups of eight! If you do your sashing will be made up of  sixteen rectangles, not twelve, then you will need to get the seam ripper and you will hate me. None of us want this, so sew/count carefully.




I found it helpful to have my seams all pressed the same way. It will make sewing easier if you take time to make sure this happens.




My ends were not all even. I did NOT trim. I simply sewed them to the blocks when instructed, pressed and never looked at them again. Once sandwiched and quilted no one will know. Well, except all of you. Ha!




Once you are sewing the sashing to your blocks make sure to pin. There is a lot of fabric movement and stretching that happens when the sashing contains a lot of pieces.




Enjoy your quilt!

There will be a "Quilt Party" January 15, 2020. When your top is finished (pieced, it doesn't need to be quilted) please email me a picture of your top, your first name and state and/or country to patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it to the party. I'm so excited to see them, did I say that already, I have just loved what you are showing in the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook group. Thank you SO much for making this year so fabulous!

Happy Stitching!
Jen


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Sunday, December 1, 2019

December Color Challenge - Purple

It's my birthday month!




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 amazing crocus. A sign of spring, that right now feels far, far away. Since it's my birthday month, I chose another purple. However, I'm not having you make any half square triangles. Happy Birthday to you. ;)







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




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!




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

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




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

New to Patterns By Jen?


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