Friday, November 18, 2022

Benartex Brand Ambassador!

 I am excited to announce that I am a Benartex Brand Ambassador for 2023!



This is their first year running this program and I love that I'm part of the inaugural year. Benartex fabrics have always been a favorite of mine and getting to share that fabric love with you is a privilege.


Fellow Ambassadors

Give them a follow!


There will be projects shared by Ambassadors every week all year long. I personally will have four to share with you, one each quarter.


Here are a few of my projects that used Benartex fabrics.



I used Pat Sloan's Morrison Park in Wild Blossoms.



 Modern Marks designed by Christa Quilts for Benartex was an early line I used as well. I used them in my Broken Panes pattern.


I've also used Benartex basics the last two years for The Monthly Color Challenge.







The 2021 Monthly Color Challenge featured their Superior Solids line. This fabric was amazing to work with.



This year's 2022 Monthly Color Challenge features their Linen-Esqu line. This fabric is great for a solid color with a bit of extra texture. (It might be my favorite basic, shhhhhhh.)


I used two Benartex fabric lines for the Turning Wheels pattern. 



Frolic is such a lovely combination of colors.




Really, though, the backing stole the show.




Cheryl Haynes' (Prairie Grove Peddler) A Wooly Autumn is another great line from Benartex. I LOVE the mustard gold color in this.




English Autumn was used for The Border Quilt 4, the fourth quilt in the Medallion Series from PBJ. That dark background is so saturated and yummy.


The fabrics from Bentartex are a dream to work with, which is why I keep going back to them. It wasn't hard to decide if I wanted to apply to become a Benartex Brand Ambassador and I'm really excited to see what fabric awesomeness I can share with you in 2023!


Look for the unboxing of the first set of goodies soon!


Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Quilters Holiday Gift Guide

 Who needs ideas for their quilty friends? Better yet, who needs a place to send their family to for gift ideas for you? 😉




I have a few fun ideas for you and a few practical ideas. Enjoy!


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The "I Sipped" wine glass is a great gift for any quilter who enjoys quilting, but has experienced one of those moments when you just have to walk away. Enjoy wine, water, eggnog, iced coffee or your favorite drink in this fun quilting glass.




This "Get a Grip" is my favorite for keeping my foot pedal in place! It was introduced to me by Fabrics Plus JUST before they closed and it works amazingly. So glad I didn't miss it!!




You've seen the Exploding Heart pattern from Slice of Pi quilts, NOW check out her newest version; an Exploding Heart wood puzzle. Perfect for the quilting puzzle lover in your life. Choose from an already stained version or one to paint yourself.






The Ultima 45mm Rotary blades are the blades I use for cutting fabric. They fit in my Olfa cutter and are great blades. Honestly, I will probably only buy Olfa blades if I forget to order a package of these. Which could happen, since I usually only go through one package a year, they are THAT good.




Reserve your 2022 Jolly Box now and give yourself the gift of quilty joy. 😉




I piece all the things using Gutterman's grey polyester thread. So to keep my stitching moving forward I wind all the bobbins I can and keep them in a bobbin saver. They have different savers for different bobbin sizes and it's a favorite of mine.




Do you know a modern quilter who is looking for a great magazine? Make Modern Magazine is a magazine based in Australia. Amazing quilts and articles abound in this digital magazine.




I have had my eye on this Quilting Santa puzzle for a couple of years now. I think it's time "Santa" puts it in my stocking! Our family loves a good puzzle, so it's really a family gift, right?

What are some gifts you like to give the quilters in your life? Let me know in the comments!

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

November 2022 Monthly Color Challenge

 November, the month to give thanks. I'm thankful that you have joined me for this years Monthly Color Challenge.




This month's spice is clove. This spice encompasses all things fall for me.




The Spruce Eats has a great article on all things clove.




Take your time with the strip piecing and cutting and you will LOVE your block.

November Bloggers



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Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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Thursday, October 13, 2022

Choosing colors for a mystery quilt

 One of the hardest things for me in quilting is choosing fabric colors.



This is true even when I know what the pattern is, but it's especially true when it's a mystery quilt/bom program. I've pulled some bolts of fabrics off the shelves of my local quilt shop (LQS) Graceful Marylin Quilt Shoppe to show how I find my color combinations.



Quilt kits already chosen for you are great ways to buy fabric knowing you are going to get a beautiful quilt, but with mystery quilts that isn't possible. Usually you are told a value (light, medium, dark) and a yardage amount. So how do you know what will work well together? Black and white photos.




Looking at bolts of fabric can get overwhelming, and sometimes it's hard to know which fabric is which value.





For instance I would have said the lighter brown (third from the right) reads medium, but when turned to black and white you can see it reads as a dark. Perhaps that is something you could use as a medium in a pattern you already know, but in a mystery quilt it might get lost and then you might lose the design.





Let's look at another grouping. Here I've chosen what I believe to be light, medium and dark.






However, when I switch it to black and white the fabric I chose as my medium definitely reads light.






Another fabric pull.






While the colors may be a bit different I wanted to show what a black and white photo looks like when you have reached light, medium and dark. There is a difference in value of each one, even if it's just a little bit.






You can also use this trick if you wanted to do a scrappy version and needed to pick out multiple fabrics with the same value.





From this you can pick out the fabrics that read light, medium or dark.

Now I need to go fabric shopping! What are your favorite tips for picking out fabrics for a mystery quilt? Let me know in the comments!

Make something Extraordinary!

Jen

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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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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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