Wednesday, July 1, 2020

July 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

July is here and I think we are all hoping for a new start for 2020.




Our bird this month is the American Robin. When ever we are at the end of our Minnesota winters I look for the Robin. Forget Batman, Robin is my sign that we are out of the cold and a new spring is here. Every spring we get to watch the baby Robins learn to fly and we get to see them all summer long, it's one of the first birds my child care Littles learn by sight. I love the hope the American Robin brings.

 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.




Let's learn a little bit about our American Robin from All About Birds.

"An American Robin can produce three successful broods in one year. On average, though, only 40 percent of nests successfully produce young. Only 25 percent of those fledged young survive to November. From that point on, about half of the robins alive in any year will make it to the next. Despite the fact that a lucky robin can live to be 14 years old, the entire population turns over on average every six years." 

*Side note. Whoa! I've only seen two successful broods in one year, but the low number of survival of fledglings is crazy.

"Robins eat a lot of fruit in fall and winter. When they eat honeysuckle berries exclusively, they sometimes become intoxicated."

*Not kidding, I kind of want to plant honeysuckle now.

"The oldest recorded American Robin was 13 years and 11 months old."

*So basically I've lived through just over 3 generations of robins. That makes me feel old.

Click on the link above for another look into the American Robin.

Here is July's block focusing on the rusty belly of our beautiful Robin.




The instructions include a link to a How To video, but if you like pictures better you might find this post helpful. It's for the Spinning Bow Ties Quilt Along, but has some helpful tips for half square triangles.

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.




July Bloggers

Stephanie - Quilt'n Party

Quarter 3 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 July thru September

Quilters Chic - PDF Pattern
For The Love of Geese - PDF Pattern
Carole Lyle Shaw - Pattern and Grunge bundle
Quilters Dream Batting - Dream 80/20 - 60" x 60"
The Fat Quarter Shop - Fabric Bundle








Warm CompanyWarm 80/20 - 55" x 60"
Warm Company1 yard Insul-Bright
Make Modern Magazine6 month subscription
Patterns By Jen - Superior Thread S-Fine 50
Patterns By Jen - Magic Wand




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 July 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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2020 Monthly Color Challenge


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Thursday, June 25, 2020

June Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

It's time to link up your June blocks!





The blue blue sky of summer is reflected in our blue June blocks.




If you haven't joined the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen group on Facebook, it is full of inspiring blocks and encouragement.



Sponsors April thru June

Quilters Chic - PDF Pattern
Said With Love - PDF Pattern






Quilter Dream Batting - Dream Poly 60" x 60"
Cherrywood Fabrics - Two $40 gift certificates
Warm Company -  100 Warm - 100% Natural Cotton 55" x 60"






Island Batik - Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle
Patterns By Jen -  PDF pattern and Superior Thread S - Fine 50


Our sponsors are new for the 2nd quarter, but the giveaways are still awesome! Please take a moment to visit them and see what they offer. ☺




The link up is open through June 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.




2nd quarter giveaway winners will be chosen July 1st. 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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Friday, June 19, 2020

Introducing The Border Quilt 3

The next quilt in A Medallion Series from PBJ is here!




The Border Quilt 3 is a beginner friendly quilt pattern with six different size options, including a small wall hanging for a quick finish.




Each size is chosen by the border you stop on. If you decide to stop "half-way through" you will still have  a quilt to enjoy! If you enjoyed making the first few borders and want to continue, it's easy to add the next border.




If you love scrappy quilts this one is easy to translate into scrappy.




Anyone have a favorite fat quarter or large print that you just don't want to cut into? Replace the center star with a square of that favorite fabric and show it off.




Don't let the tiny pinwheels scare you, there's a trick to making these that make them super simple to do!




Lets see what the testers did with their quilts!




Amber chose to make her "plain" borders pink instead of matching the background color. What a difference that makes and I love that it shows how easy it is to make this pattern your own!




Beverly used an awesome focal fabric for her center and a light fabric for her pinwheels. This makes the smaller pinwheels really stand out.




Denise made her quilt in the colors I originally designed the pattern in, and I LOVE it. I definitely need to make this one up in purple and green.




Joanne's quilt is striking in her bold color choices. This makes me think of team colors and now I see this as a great graduation quilt, or made up in a couple's wedding colors. The color combos are endless!



To celebrate the release of The Border Quilt 3, you will find The Border Quilt and The Border Quilt 2 on sale as well. Enjoy them all at their introductory price now through June 26!

Shops

(this is a pre order, patterns will ship around July 1st)



Interested in wholesale? Email Jen at wholesale(at)patternsbyjen(dot)com to set up an account.




This pattern has so many options, you are sure to find the one you love.




Happy Stitching!
Jen

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2020 Monthly Color Challenge


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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Spinning Bow Ties Quilt Along - Finishing Touches

It's time to add those finishing touches to your quilt.




Adding the binding to a quilted top is one of my all time favorite things to do. There is something about sitting and stitching the binding on that speaks to my soul. It's a time to slow down, think about the quilt you've made, the person you are gifting it to and really just have some peaceful down time.




I chose to use the red from the sashing to bind this quilt and give it a strong finishing point. A favorite fabric that I love to use for binding are stripes. There are some pretty striped fabrics out there and they can really add a touch of fun to your quilt top.


I apologize that once again I am unable to show you tips and tricks using the Spinning Bow Ties quilt pattern, but there is a really good post on how to do the binding and add a label from last years quilt along. Read through the Broken Panes Quilt Along - Finishing Touches post to get tips and tricks.




Something not mentioned in the above post are wonder clips. I have started using them to hold the binding down around the quilt as I stitch on the binding. I have found that it helps with hand/finger fatigue and I can stitch longer without cramping and sore hands.

I know this post is a bit disappointing, please ask any questions you may have. The Broken Panes post has some great tips, so I hope you jump over there and read about binding and labeling your quilts!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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2020 Monthly Color Challenge


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Monday, June 1, 2020

June 2020 Monthly Color Challenge

It's June and that means we are half way through the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge.




I don't know about you, but I'm so ready for summer. We are officially done with school and that means we can have late nights during the week sitting around the fire pit eating S'mores and laughing. In the morning I get to sit with my coffee and listen to our resident Cardinal wake up the world. 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.



Photo by Joshua Coville


For June though we are going to enjoy the petite Blue Bird, but more specifically the Mountain Blue Bird, becuase that's the one I think of. ☺

Some information from All About Birds about our pretty Blue Bird.

"You may spot these cavity-nesters flitting between perches in mountain meadows, in burned or cut-over areas, or where prairie meets forest—especially in places where people have provided nest boxes."

"They sit in the open on perches such as treetops, fence posts, and power lines. In summer in rural areas and ranches, particularly at higher elevations, you can often find them simply by driving rural roads and eyeballing such potential perches."

"A female Mountain Bluebird pays more attention to good nest sites than to attractive males. She chooses her mate solely on the basis of the location and quality of the nesting cavity he offers her—disregarding his attributes as a singer, a flier, or a looker."

Click on the link above for more fun facts.

Now it's time for our beautiful blue block.




The instructions include a link to a How To video, but if you like pictures better you might find this post helpful. It's for the Spinning Bow Ties Quilt Along, but has some helpful tips.

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.




June Bloggers






Quarter 2 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 April thru June

Quilters Chic - PDF Pattern
Said With Love - PDF Pattern






Quilter Dream Batting - Dream Poly 60" x 60"
Cherrywood Fabrics - Two $40 gift certificates
Warm Company -  100 Warm - 100% Natural Cotton 55" x 60"






Island Batik - Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle
Patterns By Jen -  PDF pattern and Superior Thread S - Fine 50

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 June 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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2020 Monthly Color Challenge


Find paper, digital patterns, and Studio 180 Design rulers in my Etsy shop.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Spinning Bow Ties Quilt Along - Quilting

It's quilting time!




Your top is pieced, borders added and now it's time to quilt it. If you have chosen to have your top quilted by a longarm quilter, the backing requirements on your pattern should give you enough to have the required extra 4" around the top.



I have started doing more quilting on my domestic machine. I currently prep my top for quilting on the floor, but due to an issue with my back I have not been able to quilt my top. For a detailed look at how I prep my backing and top for quilting read BROKEN PANES QUILT ALONG QUILTING PREP. I apologize for the switch in quilts, but the prep is the same for each quilt I do.  You can find more tips for quilting by reading BROKEN PANES QUILT ALONG QUILTING.




I usually wait until my quilting prep is done before I start planning my quilting, although every now and then the quilting plan comes to me as I am piecing. I won't be able to choose the foot I'm going to use until I have my quilting plan in place. I have a walking foot and a free motion that I use, but before these I used my regular presser foot and it worked just fine, just make sure you put the teeth down if you can to help move the fabric evenly.




When choosing thread I focus on the color I want, not whether it's cotton or polyester. I use Gutermann thread for the simple reason that it's what my LQS carries, which means it's easier and faster to match the thread I need.  I've also used Superior Thread and Aurifil and I have truly used polyester and cotton threads for quilting, sometimes even mixing them.

It's time to decide how we are going to quilt. When I am struggling to decide how I am going to quilt a top I hit Pinterest. I've started a board for quilting ideas for pinwheels that you can find on my PINTEREST PAGE.




For my Spinning Bow Ties quilt I'm just going to do a simple "stipple" in a blue thread. You can find a free sample at Craft Gossip.  This will give me a fairly quilt finish, but also keep the the pattern of the quilt top at the forefront.

If you have any questions about quilting this top, or any other top you are working on, please feel free to ask them in the Quilt and Learn with Pattern By Jen Facebook group.

Looking for more information on the Spinning Bow Ties Quilt Along? Just click!

Happy Stitching!
Jen

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

May Monthly Color Challenge Link Up

We're linking up our May Color Challenge Blocks!




The world has turned green around me here in SW Minnesota USA. It has been a pleasure to watch it slowly happen over the last few weeks.





Thank you for sewing along with the Monthly Color Challenge! You may not know, but "in real life" I'm a family child care provider. Right now my house is full of children whose parents are essential workers and my time is spent cleaning more than sewing. I have loved being able to live vicariously through you. Thank you so very much.



Sponsors April thru June

Quilters Chic - PDF Pattern
Said With Love - PDF Pattern






Quilter Dream Batting - Dream Poly 60" x 60"
Cherrywood Fabrics - Two $40 gift certificates
Warm Company -  100 Warm - 100% Natural Cotton 55" x 60"






Island Batik - Garden Party Fat Quarter Bundle
Patterns By Jen -  PDF pattern and Superior Thread S - Fine 50


Our sponsors are new for the 2nd quarter, but the giveaways are still awesome! Please take a moment to visit them and see what they offer. ☺




The Link Up is open through May 31. The link up is open through April 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.




2nd quarter giveaway winners will be chosen July 1st. Good luck and thank you so much for stitching along with me!

Missed the block? Find it HERE!

Happy Stitching!
Jen


New to Patterns By Jen?


Find paper and digital patterns in my Etsy shop.

Find fun PBJ merchandise at Teespring


Join the Quilt and Learn with Patterns By Jen Facebook page.


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Click here to enter