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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Joining the 31 Blog Writing Challenge

Against the voice in my head telling me not to do it, I've joined the 31 Blog Writing Challenge hosted by

Why was that voice telling me not to do it, because I have a really hard time coming up with things to write about. Instagram is easy, throw a picture up there, write a short somethin' somethin' and move on. Blogging takes thought, time, focus. Focus is hard!

Yet I'm here to try. I missed the second day, because well, life. I almost missed the forth day, but I'm making this my introductory post and saving myself from complete and utter failure. Ha!

This is me in all my glory.

I am a quilt pattern designer with a heart towards the beginner quilter.

I am a child care provider with a heart towards giving children the gift of play and childhood.

I am a mother to 3 boys and a girl who are actually growing up to be pretty awesome young men and woman if I do say so myself.

Most importantly I am a wife of 20 1/2 years to a man who sticks with me even though I'm high strung, emotionally unstable more days then not, pretty much lean on him hourly, and have him thinking he's spoiled when I make him a real meal. I also can't sew a button back on his pants correctly when he asks nicely.

I look forward, mostly, to stretching my blog wings and challenging myself to find words every day.

Welcome to Patterns By Jen!

Happy Stitching!

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Introducing the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

Welcome to the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge!

If you are joining again after the 2018 Monthly Color Challenge: Welcome back and thank you for sticking around! If you're new, this is the post for you!

We have some changes this year that I will go over, but some things will remain them same, like you get the color list now, but the blocks are a secret.

2019 Monthly Colors

January - Bells of Ireland (green)
February - Carnation (pink)
March - Love in a Mist (Navy Blue)
April - Glory of the Snow (Blue)
May - Spider Mum (Lime)
June - Sundaze Blaze Starflower (Orange)
July - Jade Vine (Aqua)
August - Marigold (Red orange)
September - Lilac (Lavender)
October - Rose (Red)
November - Black Eyed Susan (Yellow)
December - Crocus (Purple)

Uh oh! You may have to do a little digging to figure out those colors, though some are very common. I look forward to hearing which flowers you know on the list and which ones you have to look up. Let me know in the comments!

The goal of the challenge is to use your stash.  You may have to dig, but if you can't find something you shouldn't need more than a FQ. The only exception is December where you need a few longer strips, although going scrappy takes care of that problem. Needed squares go from 3" up to 7 5/8" and their are some strips that are over 10."

This year there is only one block size offered: 12" finished. The blocks will be available free for the month, then will be available for a small fee after that month has passed. A setting will be shared (also free for a month) in December and there will be a last post in January to share your finished quilts.

I am not doing monthly prizes this time, but will continue to have the link up at the end of the month for those who want to share their blocks.

We have bloggers joining us throughout the year to help encourage you. Each post will have a link to the bloggers joining that month. I hope you take a little extra time to visit each one and let them know they are awesome! Bloggers! If you would like to be a part of the Monthly Color Challenge Blog Hop send me an email! patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com


What do you need for the Monthly Color Challenge?

Pretty fabrics in a rainbow of colors, scraps are awesome! All the usual sewing supplies; cutting mat, rotary cutter, thread, sewing machine and rulers.

There are a few specialty rulers that I use that I highly recommend, but are not required.

Tucker Trimmer - this is great for trimming Half Square Triangles, Hourglass units and the pieced squares we will be making.

Wing Clipper - this is the ruler I use for all of the Flying Geese units I make. I love it!

Square Squared - this makes trim Square in a Square blocks easy peasy!

Find all of these rulers HERE.

I'm a beginner, should I join?

Yes, yes and yes!! These blocks are designed to be beginner friendly and are the perfect starting point. If you are worried about being able to make the blocks there are a few links I recommend. The first is Beginners Unite! You will find multiple posts all for beginners. The posts that will be most helpful for the blocks we are making are:

That crazy scant 1/4" seam allowance


Flying Geese

Strip Piecing

If you haven't yet make sure you join Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen on Facebook. It's a great place to ask questions and receive help.

When do we start?

The Monthly Color challenge begins January 1st and continues throughout the year on the 1st of each month. The link up for your finished blocks will be the last 7 days of the month. That's a whole month to make one block! Come back here on the first of each month to see the block and get the instructions and then visit the bloggers who have joined the blog hop to see their versions.

What do we get?

This year I decided not to do prizes. There are a few reasons why, and I know it can be disappointing. So. What do you get for finishing each block each month? Well, a quilt for starters. Encouragement and cheering from your fellow quilters at the end of the month. You get to use up some of those scraps you may or may not be hiding.

So who's ready to start the new year and a new Color Challenge?! I know I am, and I hope you will join us. I really enjoyed putting these blocks together and prepping for another year of color.

Happy Stitching!

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