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

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

November Color Challenge Link Up

Welcome to the November Color Challenge Link Up.




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 October 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!




If you are having trouble getting the link up to work please read THIS POST.




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.

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.




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, November 15, 2019

Let it Snow- Quilts And More

I'm so excited to share with you my latest design in Quilts And More Winter 2020.


Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2020 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.


The magazine is now available so run to your nearest Quilt Shop and get your copy.


Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2020 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.


Here she is! Let It Snow. This quilt was so fun to figure out. There was a lot of math involved, but I think it turned out so pretty and I love the simplicity of the look.

If you don't have a local quilt shop Fabrics Plus in Marshall MN has copies and I know they do phone orders.  We've seen brick and mortar shops closing all over, I would love for you to support yours by getting your copy from them.

Will you be making Let It Snow?

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Introducing Quilt Crush

Who is ready for a new pattern?!




Me! Technically it's not completely new, but it's new with more sizes. That counts, right?




Large squares means means lots of space to show off large prints and/or beautiful quilting.




Or use the middle squares to fussy cut some pretty prints.




Quilt Crush is beginner friendly and comes with instructions for making the HST larger and then trimming them down.

This pattern looks great in all color combinations, lets take a look at what the testers did.

Tester's Quilts



Denise chose pink as her accent color and classic black and white for her HST.




Beverly has a fun print for her center squares.




Joanne says these colors were out of her comfort zone, but how pretty and soft is this quilt?




I love the waves you get in the larger sizes by the HST units. You can see them really well in Janice's sweet quilt.




The lovely fall colors in Sherry's quilt make me want to curl up with a good book.




Joyce also chose black and white for her HST, but her white has an awesome black print as well that is fantastic.




Sheila's quilt takes on a scrappier look with the different blues used on her squares.




Kathy's quilt is based off the original drawing I had for this pattern. It's pretty cool to see it come to life.




Gina's version using some jewel tones makes me want to make another in all dark colors.




Patti's has that "team colors" vibe going on. To see how I used this pattern for a college quilt read THIS POST.




Melva's quilt was part of  the Nifty Novelties Prints Blog Hop. Thomas the Train photos taken by Alma Hardy.




Thomas was a huge part of my boys life, in fact they have quilts using that print in the middle squares.




Get your Quilt Crush pattern today! It's on sale all week for $8.00.





Get your pattern:

Payhip

Etsy

If you have previously bought a copy of Quilt Crush you will receive a new copy, with the updated sizes, free of charge. Check your email!

If you post it on social media use #quiltcrushpattern so I can see your beautiful work.


Happy Stitching!
Jen

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