Friday, November 13, 2020

Countdown to Black Friday Day 2

The PBJ Black Friday Sale Continues!


Gradient Stars


I was looking forward to celebrating November with sales each Sunday, but it really makes it feel like the month is just flying by, doesn't it? 


Frayed Edges


I am excited to announce the next Black Friday Sale is 30% off ALL rulers in the PBJ shop!


The Border Quilt 2


I love the Deb Tucker Rulers for everything from the Half-Square Triangle to the Corner Beam Ruler.


Pinwheel Pizzazz


If you've been waiting to pick up a ruler, now is the time! No code needed! Sale ends Monday November 16. 


SHOP NOW

Even though it's still 2020, I still want to slow time down and think thankful thoughts.  😉While I missed the opportunity last week, I'm not going to miss it this week. Let us be grateful together. Share a moment that made you thankful for the moment. I will randomly select 2 winners (one for this week, one for last) of a free Patterns By Jen PDF pattern. Winners will be chosen November 17th!


Happy Shopping!

Jen

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Countdown to Black Friday Day 1

 Black Friday Deals all month long starting Friday, November 6!


Clockwise from top left: Cartwheels on the Prairie, Mod Squared, Twisted Flight, The Border Quilt 3, Gradient Stars, Quilt Crush


Today's deal is 30% off ALL patterns in the shop! No code necessary, just shop and enjoy.


Winter Cheer

Sale runs November 6 - November 9.


Diamond Run


Watch for new deals every Friday in November!

Shop Now!


Softly Circled


Happy Shopping!
Jen

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Sunday, November 1, 2020

November 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

 November is here! Here in the US that means cold, windy days and time with family at the end of the month to give thanks.




Inspired by their gracious flight, unique and sometimes vibrant color, I chose birds to guide us in our challenge this year. To see the full year in preview read the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge Announcement.

This month our inspiration comes from the Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Buff is defined as a brownish yellow color. I can't wait to hear who has this color in their stash!  How many will be surprised to actually find it?

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper looks like such a sweet, soft bird. I think it's the eyes. Here are some more fun facts from All About Birds.



Unlike most shorebirds, Buff-breasted Sandpipers forage in dry, grassy habitats, not wetlands.

Buff-breasted Sandpipers nest only in the High Arctic of northernmost Alaska and Canada. 

After mating, females raise their chicks without any help from the male.

Buff-breasted Sandpipers eat mostly insects, spiders, isopods (pillbugs), snails, and earthworms. They forage for insects much like plovers, walking along quickly, then suddenly stopping to look and listen, then seizing prey with the short, fine bill.

Let's see November's block!  November is an easy  block with two of my favorite quilt block units, (Let's be honest, I pretty much love all the quilt block units), the HST and the Square in a Square unit.



The instructions include a How To video, especially for the Color Challenge participants.

This year I am offering instructions for making the background the same throughout with a neutral. You can download the yardage amount and instructions HERE.





November Bloggers

Stephanie - Quilt'n Party
Becca - Pretty Piney
Kris - Scrap Dash


Quarter 4 Sponsors


Have you heard?! We have sponsors for the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge! Meet all of them in THIS POST! 

Prizes will be given quarterly: April 1, July 1, Oct 1 and January 1 2021. To enter you must link up your block at the end of the month. Each month you enter gives you a chance to win. If you miss one month, don't despair, you can still enter the other months for a chance.I would truly appreciate if you would let these amazing sponsors know our appreciation in the comments below and/or on their social media pages.





Sponsors October thru December

Said With Love - PDF Pattern

For the Love of Geese - PDF Pattern

P & B Textiles - Fabric Bundle






Quilters Dream Batting - 60" x 60" Dream Blend

Warm Company - 45" x 60" Warm and Plush

Warm Company - Light Steam and Seam 2






Island Batik - 3 1/2 yards of assorted fabrics

Patterns By Jen - Superior Thread S-Fine 50

Patterns By Jen - PDF Pattern

I would truly appreciate if you would let these amazing sponsors know our appreciation in the comments below and/or on their social media pages.




Now it's time! Follow the Payhip Link to the November block and get stitching!

Thank you so much for sewing along with me and the amazing 2020 Monthly Color Challenge Bloggers!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

October 2020 Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

 Just like that it's time to link up your olive October quilt blocks!!



Another block with flying geese, but isn't it fun to see how versatile this unit is?








Sponsors October thru December

Said With Love - PDF Pattern

For the Love of Geese - PDF Pattern

P & B Textiles - Fabric Bundle






Quilters Dream Batting - 60" x 60" Dream Blend

Warm Company - 45" x 60" Warm and Plush

Warm Company - Light Steam and Seam 2






Island Batik - 3 1/2 yards of assorted fabrics

Patterns By Jen - Superior Thread S-Fine 50

Patterns By Jen - PDF Pattern


Make sure to visit the Quarter 4 sponsors to see what other goodies they have to offer!




The link up is open through September 30th. If you have a problem linking up, please use the "question mark" button next to the log out button. If you are trying from your phone, try it from a laptop/tablet if you have one.




Good luck and thank you so much for stitching along with me!

Missed the block? Find it HERE!

Happy Stitching!
Jen


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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Block placement - A How To

 Laying out a quilt with scrappy blocks, or blocks of multiple colors can be challenging. I struggle with it and I think it's one of the reasons I pick non-scrappy more than scrappy quilts.



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Today I'm sharing a trick I use to help with the process. How to go from a pretty stack of pieced blocks...




....to a pretty layout and beautiful quilt. Black and white photos. This post is going to be photo heavy for the purpose of showing you how moving a block or two can change what you see.





This was the first layout of Wild Blossoms using Pat Sloan's Morrison Park fabrics. It looks pretty good, but lets switch this to black and white.




It's not too bad, but there's a clump of light blocks and two corners with medium to dark blocks. We want to spread those out a little more evenly if possible.




Layout number 3 or 4.





Better, but it still felt off.



            



One problem with switching to black and white; you can see what needs to be moved, but then find that you can see that there is a block of the same fabric next to where you want to move the other block and you have to rethink your changes.



           



Maybe at this point you think it looks great and it's time to sew. Then you should do so. Quilting is about what appeals to you. I wasn't happy so I kept going.






Twenty-four different layouts later and it was time to just start from scratch, by literally scooping it all into a pile. I was starting to see double. Ha.



              


Almost there.....


               


More pictures and layouts than I want to count later, I had my final layout. Confession. When I got the photos from the photographer I wished I had spread those gold blocks out differently.






In the end though, I think there was a nice spread of color and I love the quilt. That's all that matters really, that in the end YOU love it. So play with your layout, take pictures, but when you feel that it's right, go for it.

Happy Scrappy Stitching!

Jen

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Another look at Wild Blossoms

 It's always so much fun releasing a new pattern out into the wild. Fun and nerve wracking. You put a little bit of yourself out there every time.



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This time was an even bigger event as the release of Wild Blossoms was also a part of Pat Sloan's Morrison Park Fabric Tour. You'll want to click on that link if you missed my stop on the tour, there's a giveaway and it's still open!



When I ordered the fabrics for this quilt I messed up on the backing fabric. I ended up needing to piece the backing, but I love a pieced backing. Look for a tutorial on pieced backings soon, but first a look at how to figure out where those different colored blocks should go. That's coming up Oct 8.



When I first designed Wild Blossoms I colored it in blue and white and named it Snow Blooms.



Once made up in Pat's beautiful Morrison Park fabrics though, I needed a name change.




The blue really sets off "flower" or "snow flake" part of the quilt and I had to include it on the cover.


The quilt really is beginner friendly even though it may look like a more difficult pattern. The hardest part is keeping all of the pieces in the right order, but the instructions help with that as well.

Lets see the testers quilts!




Amber's pretty quilt in green and white makes me think of summer picnics.



Janice's quilt is sooo soft looking and I can see a small child snuggling in it.




Joanne's top was made up in the blue I originally designed it in and I think shows more of a snowflake center.




Melva went scrappy. I love that she does that, because I struggle with scrapy, but how great does it look scrappy?



How pretty is Nancy's quilt? It makes me think of the tropics.



Sandy switched around the colors so that dark fabric was the flower/snowflake and the cream was the background. Isn't it beautiful?




Sherra also made the largest size available. How gorgeous is this soft blue quilt? I would love to snuggle under this on a soon to be cold winter's night.


Quilt Details

56 x 76 Morrison Park Quilt

Fabrics - Morrison Park from Pat Sloan/Benartex

Batting - Wool

Quilting - Quilted on Bernard with an all over large stippling with a flower thrown in every now and then.

36" square

Fabrics - Blue and Cream from Andover Fabrics

Batting - Wool

Quilting - Quilted on Bernard with a large stippling pattern

Where to buy

You can purchase Wild Blossoms at a special introductory price through October 10th.

Etsy Digital

Etsy Printed (ships Oct 17)

Payhip Digital




When you make Wild Blossoms I hope you share! Use #wildblossomsquilt to be sure I see it.


Happy Stitching!
Jen


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