Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Thread Storage help

Today I am not sharing tips, I'm asking for them.




Anyone else have a thread problem? I try really hard to keep the amount of fabric I keep very low, but I love thread. I am someone who needs to have the fabric and quilting/applique thread match, as well as the top and bottom thread.




Which leads to a lot of thread. They used to store nicely in this container, but with the addition of the Bobbin Buddies I have had to lay them on their sides in order to close the lid. Which leads to less space. PS I also use Tulip Bobbin Clamps to keep my bobbins from unraveling.




This weekend I went through and took out the spools that were very empty, or bobbins that I couldn't match up. I put those in my Binding Bag.




This bag holds thread, thread conditioner, thimble, needles and scissors.




When I'm actually binding it also holds the clips I use to hold the binding down.




It's still pretty messy and I can't see the colors I have without pulling spools out. I would love to hear how you store your threads. Keep in mind I need mine to be covered because I sew in my laundry room and it gets dusty.




I found this pretty color when going through my thread and I think I need to plan something to use it.
I'm looking forward to hearing your tips for better thread organization!


Happy Stitching!
Jen




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Saturday, December 15, 2018

2018 Monthly Color Challenge Quilt Settings


Can you believe we have reached the end of the end in the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge? I hope you will join me for the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge. I have three settings for you. You can use these or finish your quilt however you wish! These settings will be free through June 2019.

The first is a simple "just add sashing and  posts" setting, with a little extra in the border.




There are cutting instructions for both the 6" finished blocks and 12" finished blocks. Get the pattern HERE.

The second is an on-point setting.



This one also has instructions for both block sizes. If you like machine quilting this design is fabulous to show off your work in the solid squares. Get the pattern HERE.


The last is designed to use both block sizes in one quilt.




You can play around with the blocks in any of the settings and put them in any order you like. Make it yours! Get this pattern HERE.

Remember we still have the link up at the end of the month (starting December 24th) for a chance to win the December prize. See the block and prize info HERE.

Photos were shot in downtown Marshall, MN

Don't forget!

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

The generous prize provided by Jen at Dizzy Quilter 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**


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I will have a last link up January 15th for the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge. If you have your top pieced I hope you add it to the link up. It doesn't need to be quilted and there won't be any prizes, but I think we would all love to see everyone's pieced tops.
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Happy Stitching!
Jen




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Friday, December 14, 2018

Love Notions Namaste Nightwear

I was able to test another pattern for Love Notions Patterns, Namaste Nightwear.




The Namaste Nightwear pattern comes with four options; nightgown, top, pants and shorts as well as a nursing option and full bust pattern pieces. So much in one pattern! It's also available for girls




We're going to get personal here for a minute. I sleep in yoga pants and my husbands t shirts. I don't sleep in anything pretty any more. When I saw the tester call for this pattern I knew these would be perfect for me, comfy but feminine.




The top is a faux crossover that uses FOE (fold over elastic) or Picot trim to give it a pretty finish. There is a video tutorial within the pattern to show how to attach it, as well as one to show how to add the elastic for the bottoms. I haven't used either and was able to get a pretty good finish and I consider myself an almost advance sewist when it comes to clothing.




Throw in a cute flamingo mug and some comfy flamingo slippers and I am ready to snuggle in with a good book and a comfy sleep.

Find the pattern HERE. The patterns are on sale through December 20th and if you buy both the woman's and the girl's pattern you get an additional 10% off! Christmas pajamas anyone?

Happy Stitching!
Jen



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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Bonus Half Square Triangles Tutorial

Today's post is a quick tutorial on how I get bonus Half Square Triangles (HST) from the units I am making.




The process adds a little bit of time to your marking/stitching, but in the end you get a number of bonus HST already stitched together.

I use Frixion pens to mark my lines on the wrong side of the fabric, I use the Clover Fine White marking pen for dark fabrics.




I mark the stitching line for the unit I am making first.



Note how the 1/2" mark on the ruler skims the drawn line, it doesn't lay on top of it.





Then I move my ruler over and mark the second stitching line for the bonus HST. Note where I have my ruler lines, just next to the marked line, not directly on it. I do that because I will stitch right next to the line, not on it.




When I take the units to the sewing machine I stitch the line made for the unit I am making first. Just along the line, not on it, to get an accurately sized unit.




Next I stitch the line for the bonus HST. I also stitch along side the line, not directly on it, to keep my seam allowance correct, otherwise it will get a little small.




Cut 1/4" from the first stitched line.




At this point you can throw them in a bucket or square them right away. I tend to throw them in a bucket and then give them away.

If you are better than me though you can  press your bonus HST units to the dark side and trim to size. One of the nice things about the Tucker Trimmer, my go to ruler for trimming HST, is that it has easy to see whole numbers as well as the half numbers. This makes it easy to trim the bonus HST to any size you like. Trimming HST tutorial HERE.






Once trimmed you can play around with different settings.






Have fun and play around a bit.






Happy Stitching!
Jen



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Friday, December 7, 2018

Introducing Friendly Flight!

The newest pattern from Patterns By Jen is here!


Photograph by Handmade Boy

Meet Friendly Flight

This is a two block quilt that goes together very quickly.
One block is made from Flying Geese units
One is made from a 9-patch block.


Photograph by Handmade Boy.

Tip: When I piece a backing I always make sure that it is made NOT to be centered, that way my longarmer doesn't have to worry about trying to get it lined up.


Photograph By Handmade Boy

The pattern has three sizes to choose from. This awesome baby size, perfect for those sweet fabrics perfect for little ones.


Photograph By Handmade Boy

A large square option which is perfect for snuggling under, because you never have to wonder which is the long side. The last size offered is 72" x 97" perfect for a twin size bed.

Testers Quilts

Lets take a look at the quilts the testers made.




Dedee made this gorgeous version using one of my favorite color combinations, purple and yellow.




Jennifer's quilt is a gorgeous combination of multiple colors, and check out that border fabric!

Friendly Flight is on sale now through Dec 14th. Get your digital download for $8! (Printed patterns will be available in a few weeks.)


I recommend the Wingclipper, but it's not necessary.


Photograph by Handmade Boy

I can't wait to see your version of Friendly Flight!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Living Coral

Pantone just announced the 2019 Color of the Year.




Living Coral

I can get behind this color. I have loved the purples the last few years, but any color I can put WITH purple I can live with, too!




A quick search on Pinterest gave me quite a few ideas for Coral use. I fell down a rabbit hole for a while. A coral colored rabbit hole.




Pretty blue and coral combination. That poor bird looks cold, should have headed south for the winter!





I even found outfits. See. Rabbit hole.




Of course I had to grab an image of flowers since that's how I introduced the colors to the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge.




Awe, love birds. See a few of my other coral finds on my Pinterest Board.

Happy Stitching!
Jen


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - Finishing Touches

We've reached the end! Can you believe it?!




Did you make all of the Flying Geese? I think one of my favorite things about this pattern is that it there are so many places to stop along the way, but still give you a nice quilt.

If you are just finding us, you can still 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.***

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






Nov 21 - Flying Geese

Dec 5 - Finishing touches

Finishing Touches




I always cut my binding at 2" unless I am using flannel, then I use 2 1/2" wide strips. This helps get a nicer finish even though the fabric is thicker. It also helps with hand fatigue if you are doing the stitching by hand.




I like to roll my binding up after I've pressed it to keep it under control as I stitch it to the quilt.




Use a walking foot! Even with my cotton quilts I use the walking foot. With so many layers it helps pull them all through evenly without any puckers or folds.




To help get a nice mitered corner trim that sucker down. There is enough bulk with flannel fabric, you don't need any extra to fill out the binding.  Just watch that you don't clip an important seam, or the binding. Ouch!



Whenever you stitch binding make sure your needle is nice and sharp. A dull needle can really be discouraging, can have you stitching through to the other side because you have to push so hard, and it causes hand fatigue. Get a new needle, you won't regret it!




Enjoy the soft cuddle-i-ness of your new quilt.


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

Thank you to Northcott Fabrics for sponsoring the quilt along with their gorgeous fabric. It was a dream to work with!


Happy Stitching!
Jen
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