Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Island Batik Needle, Paper, Scissors

Welcome to October's Island Batik Challenge.

I feel like I'm perpetually behind, but let's pretend like I'm on top of things and enjoy this project. The fabrics in this blog post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program. The pattern, Twirling Star Mini Quilt, was given to me by Leanne of Devoted Quilter.

October's challenge was a paper piecing challenge. As someone who struggles with the paper piecing concept, this was a daunting task. I reached out to my fellow ambassadors for a simple, simple pattern. Twirling Star Mini was perfect, a little paper piecing mixed in with traditional.

I left off the outer border, mostly to save the fabric for another project, but I like it without. I think it makes the perfect table topper size. The fabrics used for this project were from the Ocean Odyssey line.

I quilted my piece in the ditch, but you should check out Leanne's quilting if you have the time, because hers is fantastic.

This little mini came together quickly, even for this novice, and I only had to unpick 2 seams. It's a record for me I think.

Have you done any paper piecing? What are your thoughts, yay or nay?  This piece made me think maybe it's not sooooo bad.

Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Border Quilt Quilt Along - Pinwheel Border

Welcome to Week 5 of Pattern's By Jen's
The Border Quilt Quilt Along!

You've made it to week 5! How many of you stopped after the last border? That is a really nice size to snuggle under. Stopping after the pinwheel border will give you the perfect size to snuggle with your special someone.  For the next two weeks you will be working on the Pinwheel border. There are a log of HST to make for this border. My suggestion is to sew a bunch, trim, sew, trim, sew, trim over an extended amount of days. This helps me to not get bored with it, but also makes sure I'm not doing the same thing in the same position for too long.

If you are just finding us, there is plenty of time to grab your pattern and fabric and join in. With each border there is a two week time period to make the border before we start on the next. You can stop at any point for any size you quilt you like.

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.***

We're going to start off slow for the first few weeks as we get into the swing of the quilt along. We will be doing the center first, I will go over both versions, then a border every two weeks. This will hopefully give you time to work on them a little bit at a time if you need to, as well as get any questions answered. Don't worry about keeping up, this is supposed to be fun, so go at your own pace. Do try to make at least one block for each border as we go so you can ask any questions as they come up.

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 7 - Pinwheels with a background border

Nov 21 - Flying Geese

Dec 5 - Finishing touches

Let's Get Started!

Pinwheel Border

For Half Square Triangle Instructions go HERE.

Once you've trimmed your HST and are ready to begin assembling them into pinwheels you can use the chain piecing method. Chain piecing means that you sew each piece, one after another, without cutting the thread in between. This saves time and thread.

I leave mine sewn together like this and bring to the ironing board. I press to one side and then trim the threads in between each unit.

When sewing the paired HST triangles together to form the pinwheel unit I lengthen my stitch length just a bit.

This helps when I need to rip those stitches and spin the seams.

Finger press the seam to keep the fabric from stretching. Even though you have spun the seams you should be able to turn the blocks and get each seam to nest.

Add the pinwheel border and then the next background border. You're ready for the *last* border! Whoo hoo!

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.

Instructions: Select all code above, copy it and paste it inside your blog post as HTML

Reminder!!  Clean your machine!!

 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

Happy Stitching!

New to Patterns By Jen?

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The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

November Color Challenge

Welcome to November's Color Challenge! This month the color is blue green. I love this color and it was so nice to make a block using all blue greens.

Here's the block!

Get your free pattern here! It will be available for free through June 2019, at which point it will be bundled with the other blocks and settings and sold as a full pattern. Settings will be released in December.

Blog Hop

Don't forget to visit the other bloggers. A few of the bloggers have designed their own block for you and they have been pretty great so far. You won't want to miss them.

The Prize

Our sponsor this month is Monaluna Organic Fabrics.

Make something in blue green and you could win a fat quarter bundle of Haiku 2. 

To see this in a quilt see THIS POST.

Piecing tips

Confession! I lost most of the pictures for the next two months when my external hard drive crashed and burned. I have one picture of the block and this one...

Chain piecing will be your friend with this block. I recommend using a new sharp needle, 80/20 or 70/10 work really well when you are sewing smaller pieces. If you are struggling with the seams lying flat you an press the seams open. If you know me, you know I don't like to do that, but I also want you to have success with this block!

Grand Prize

Wait! There is more!
Jen at Dizzy Quilter is providing the grand prize! 

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

The generous prize provided is you will get 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**

 If you are playing along with us, make sure to use #2018monthlycolorchallenge on social media!

Happy Stitching!

New to Patterns By Jen?

Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.

The Border Quilt Quilt Along is coming September 2018

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily sneak peeks and updates.