Saturday, October 1, 2022

October 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

 What is scarier than Halloween? The fact that we have ONLY three months left in the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge!




This month's spice is Sage. There's something about the word sage that brings to mind relaxation, quiet, softness.




The Almanac has a lot of information on growing and harvesting your own sage. Have you tried growing this herb? I do not have a green thumb and don't branch out very far from tomatoes.




Green is always one of my favorite colors to work with. Add a couple of HST units and I'm pretty much happy forever.

Bloggers





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It's too late to have the January thru September blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Thursday, September 1, 2022

September 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

Hello fall and cooler weather (hopefully)!




This month's spice is truly spicy! Red Pepper flakes. I think you either love them or hate them.



I found a recipe for making your own red pepper flakes on Old World Garden Farms. When I grow up I want to have a nice garden, for now I'll stick with my two tomato plants.




I love the simplicity of this block. Easy to put together, but I think it would make a fantastic one block quilt.


September Bloggers


Frances - Frances Quilts






Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month September! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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It's too late to have the January thru September blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Pieced Backings - Using large chunks

 I have another pieced backing for you and I'm excited to share it!



I don't like to have a lot of leftover fabric hanging around my studio so pieced backings are a great way for me to use the leftovers, but sometimes there is just a chunk or two left. That's when the fun begins!



I first lay down my top, no matter what size it is, so I can make sure I'm going to give myself enough fabric around the edges. I start with one piece and decide if I'm going to use the whole thing or cut it up. You can see that I also lay it so that there is extra around the edge. Since I quilt my own, I don't have to worry too much about the required 4" around rule, but I do give myself a couple of extra inches.



Then I decide on the next fabrics to use. There is really no rhyme or reason to my choices, I like to lay fabrics out and just go by how I think it looks.



The last piece is the square I had left over from the quilt top. There isn't much left of it, but I think it adds a fun little touch to this backing. I do press before I start stitching, I promise!



Once I've decided what fabrics I'm using and how I'm laying them out, I *first* take a picture so I remember, then I press and start squaring up the fabrics.



Beautiful!



A quick look at the quilting. There is just something about a quilted back.



This backing belongs to one of the Turning Wheels quilts I made, a new pattern I released this past spring.


Have you pieced a backing for any of your quilts? What is the largest size you've pieced for? I'd love to hear your story.


Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Monday, August 15, 2022

Quilt Crush College Quilt

 With days to spare I finished the college quilt for our last "child" headed off into the big, wide world.


Quilt Crush Quilt Pattern


Quilt Crush has worked it's way into my heart as a favorite pattern to make. It's such a versitle quilt, and so easy to put together, it's hard not to love it. Plus, when I decide to do a dorm quilt 14 days before move in day, Quilt Crush has my back.



My son's favorite color is teal, so we went looking for some color inspiration on Pinterest. I have a whole board dedicated to Color Inspiration. I don't always look for a specific color and can get excited when finding new combinations.


Quilt Crush is a great quilt for different color options. It was first introduced waaaaaaay back in 2016 as Seaside Steps as part of a McCall's Quick Quilts publication. I was guest blogger for McCall's in January 2017 and show how I turned this quilt into the perfect College Dorm quilt, complete with a fun back using a college t-shirt. Finally, I introduced it as Quilt Crush and now it was a pattern with mulitple sizes. That post has all of the testers quilts included, so a LOT of color inspiration is included.




I chose to quilt large circles using Carl, my Baby Lock Coronet.




I really like how they turned out and felt that the curves of the quilting meshed well with the straightness of the blocks.




For my always cold "child" I chose a soft minky backing and I just love the look of the quilted back!




Details

Moda Grunge for the front

100% wool batting

Minky backing

Quilted with Glide thread

Quilted free hand on a Baby Lock Coronet


Pattern



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Jen

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Monday, August 1, 2022

August 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

The "Dog Days of Summer" are coming and it just hppens that our cinnamon color is a pretty close match to our golden retriever.



 

While the color may remind me of retrievers, it's actually inspried by the wonderful smelling cinnamon spice.



Image from Taste of Home



When looking up information on cinnoman I came across article after article of the health benefits. I'm not a doctor or in the health/medical field in any way, so while I find them interesting, obviously check with your physcian.


Taste of Home article






You know I love a good Flying Goose unit, and since the geese will be headed south soon (I know, I can't believe I said that either), these are getting ready to do the same, or are they?


Bloggers

Kate - Katie Mae Quilts

Anja - Anja Quilts

Fawn - Quilty Creations By Fawn

Sandra - Textile Time Travels

Raylee - Sunflower Stitcheries and Quilting

Andi - True Blue Quilts


The Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers share their favorite quilts using the color of the month. Have you made a quilt where "cinnamon" was the stand out?





Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month August! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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It's too late to have the January thru August blocks emailed to you but you can download them from Payhip.

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen



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Friday, July 1, 2022

July 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

 Lets get started on the second half of the 2022 Monthly Color Challenge!




Sumac is the spice of the month. To know me is to know I love purple, so this will be my favorite month of the challenge. 😉




From the Spruce Eats: Sumac is a spice that is popular in the Middle East. It is related to the poisonous shrub by the same name, but the culinary variety is safe to use and easily identifiable by its vibrant red berries (poisonous sumac is white).

Sumac berries grow on the Rhus Coriaria shrub, which is typically found in high plateau areas of the Mediterranean like Sicily, due to its wild, rocky lands. Sumac also grows in Turkey and can be found in parts of Iran.

Sumac is also a good choice when looking to add a lemon flavor to a dish but don't want to add a liquid to the recipe. Before using sumac, be sure to read the ingredient label as some manufacturers include salt; if so, reduce the amount of salt called for in the recipe.





The only time consuming part of this block is sewing all the triangles for the square in a square units. It's a pretty easy, and quick block, so you can get on with your month.

July Bloggers






The Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers share their favorite quilts using the color of the month. Have you made a quilt where yellow was the stand out?




Ready to get the pattern? Go to Payhip and download it now! The block is free for the month July! Each set of instructions includes a "How To" video, one for each size offered!

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Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Friday, June 17, 2022

Introducing Turning Wheels

 I am excited to introduce the next PBJ pattern. She's been sitting on my To Do list for a couple of years now, so it's about time she came to be.



I used the good ole fashioned Half-Square Triangle unit and the VBlock Trimmer® specialty rule to make this quilt. This gives it a circular feel, but there are no curves involved. The ruler is needed for this pattern.




The quilt is a one block quilt design with a simple change for the outside blocks. It really does come together easily.





The testers have some great quilts to share as well.





Anja's modern color choice makes this version pop! The turquoise and orange were great color choices.






Kathryn's patriotic color scheme has me all ready for July 4th!






Janice's soft pastel quilt is the perfect size for movie night!






While Sherry's quilt has me dreaming of warm firesie nights making s'mores.





I love how Beverly used a large print for her background and solids to really make those shapes stand out. Plus I'm always a fan of purple. 😉






Find Turning Wheels Here:



The pattern is currently available only as a PDF.

Add the required  V Block Trimmer® found in the Etsy shop and receive free shipping!






It will be hard to choose which side of this quilt to show off, the wide backing is soooo gorgeous!






I had some fun piecing a backing for the smaller version of Turning Wheels. Look for a "how to" next week!






The pattern comes with four size options: 42" square (shown), 66" square, 78" x 90" (shown), 90" x 102" so you can make the perfect size for you.






Details

Blue version:
Fabric - Frolic from Benartex
Backing - Frolic from Benartex
Quilted with all over large stipple using Glide thread; Nickle 15497

Sunflower version:

Fabric - A Wooly Autumn from Benartex
Backing - Pieced from A Wooly Autumn fabrics
Quilted with all over large stipple using Glide thread; Honey Gold 80125






Pattern:



Ruler:


Receive free shipping on the ruler when you purchase it with the pattern!




Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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