Monday, July 1, 2019

Three New Quilting Projects for Summer

Happy July!  And happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends and family!

In honor of the gorgeous summer weather, I've got three fun summer quilt ideas to share with you today.

First off is "Chirp Crossing."  I live in the country in New Hampshire and this pillow was inspired by the little families of birds that I often see crossing the road and, of course, my own three kids.


You can find the pattern for this 12" x 20" pillow cover featuring paper-pieced bird blocks in the July/August 2019 issue of Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine.  I made my pillow with brightly colored Alison Glass wovens, but you could make this quick project with whichever prints or color palette you chose.


Next up, here's "Beach Day."  For years my family has vacationed on the coast of Maine during the summer and I can never get enough of the beach.  This quilt was my attempt to bring the beach back home so I could enjoy it every day.


Beach Day originally appeared as the July quilt in the 2018 American Patchwork & Quilting Calendar, but the pattern is now available for download in my Etsy shop.


All of the Beach Day blocks are fun and easy to make, but my favorite part of this quilt is the gradation of the sea and sky.  I used a range of blue and tan Buggy Barn Basics fabrics to create the gradation in my quilt.


And finally, here's my "Sunflowers" table runner—one of my all-time favorite summer quilts!


This pattern has been available in my Etsy shop for a while, but because I received so many requests, I've just released a new version of the pattern with information for making four larger sizes of the quilt.  The new and improved pattern includes material requirements, cutting instructions and quilt assembly information and diagrams for the following quilt sizes:


My daughter is in the midst of making the 63" x 78" long lap quilt and I'll be sure to post a picture of her quilt when it's finished!


If you're looking for more summer quilting projects, check out the summer collection in my new book "Stitching for the Seasons."  Inside you'll find patterns for a pillow, a mini quilt, a table runner, a lap quilt and a Little House wallhanging—not just for summer, but for all four seasons.

In the meantime, enjoy the sunshine!!

Little House—Summer from "Stitching for the Seasons"



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

International Quilt Market Spring 2019

I'm just back from attending my very first International Quilt Market and my head is spinning from the experience!  But having had a bit of time to process and look over my hundreds of photos, here are my 5 biggest takeaways from Market.

1.  Starstruck!

I arrived in Kansas City on Wednesday evening and after checking into my hotel, my first order of business was to get my bearings and scope out the Convention Center.  So I pressed the button to call the elevator and the doors opened to reveal Bonnie and Camille.  As in the amazing mother-daughter team of Bonnie Olaveson (Cotton Way) and Camille Roskelley (Thimble Blossoms)!  I walked with them to the Convention Center and they were both so lovely and kind.  They left to begin work on their booth and I left the Convention Center more than a little starstruck, and that was just the beginning!

In no particular order, here are some of the other amazing designers/quilters/teachers/authors that I encountered at Market.  Some I heard speak, some I saw from a distance, but all made me feel like a giddy fangirl.

Pat Sloan
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Jo Morton
Gail Pan
Jenny Doan
Jan Patek
Dawn Heese
Bonnie Sullivan
Corey Yoder
Sherri McConnell
Robin Pickens
Alison Glass
Amy Smart
Edyta Sitar
Weeks Ringle
Tula Pink

2.  Creativity

Walking the floor of Market was an amazing experience.  The sheer amount of creativity on display was overwhelming, but inspiring.  Each booth had its own distinctive look and feel and you never knew what you'd find when you turned a corner.  Here are a few of my favorite booths:

Joy's Studios little cafe scene — I was in Paris a couple of months ago and now I'm a sucker for all things Parisian!

Tilda's booth.  The quilting on the plum and sage green quilts was outrageous!

Jillily Studio's farmer's market scene was charming, right down to the baskets of berries on the farm stand.

Elizabeth Hartman's booth—how cute and colorful is this?!  I loved the cascading leaves.
I loved the quietly colorful work of Kori Turner-Goodhart of Olive Grace Studios.
3.  Color

There was color everywhere at Market, both pastel and brilliant, but the color that I noticed most was orange!  I'm not sure if I was just in an orange state of mind—let's be honest, I was feeling pretty happy—but I felt like I saw shades of orange everywhere.  My mom will be thrilled—orange is her favorite color!!

Corey Yoder's "Sugarcreek" (Moda)

Gabrielle Neil Design Studio's "Midnight Rose" (Riley Blake)

Sherri & Chelsi's "Harper's Garden" (Moda)

Cotton + Steel

Robin Pickens' "Painted Meadow" (Moda)

Heather Mulder Peterson of Anka's Treausres' "Wildflower Bouquet" (Riley Blake)

4.  Butterflies and Flowers

The shapes I noticed everywhere, and granted it was "Spring" Market, were butterflies and flowers.  Here's a sampling of what I saw:

"Take Flight" quilt pieced by Natalie Crabtree and quilted by Holly Seever.

See the butterflies in the center quilt?  And look, half of them are orange!

Lori Holt's "Granny Chic (Riley Blake)

Free Spirit's "Tropical Flora" quilt featuring Tula Pink's "Monkey Wrench"

Amanda Murphy's "Nightingale" (Contempo Studios)

Free Bird Quilting Design's "Indha Blossoms" quilt featuring Indha Batkis from Me+You (Hoffman Fabrics).

5.  Kindness

Perhaps my biggest takeaway was the kindness I encountered at Market.  C&T Publishing and EE Schenck were kind enough to host book signings for me and their reps at Market were generous and supportive.  The many exhibitors, designers, shop owners and industry professionals I met were friendly and enthusiastic — eager to share their time, knowledge and experience.  And the people of Kansas City, a city I've never visited before, were warm, welcoming and accommodating. 

That's me at the EE Schenck booth with the summer collection from my book, "Stitching for the Seasons".

I knew I'd come away from Market inspired by the quilts, but I didn't expect to be so inspired by the people.  Two days after I met Bonnie and Camille in the elevator, I finally had an opportunity to find their booth on the Market floor.  And as I walked toward their booth, amidst the crowds and the noise, they actually called out to me by name.  I felt surprised, pleased and as I so often do as a member of the quilting community, grateful.

—jen







Monday, April 29, 2019

Four New Projects for Spring and a Giveaway!

It's beautifully sunny here today in New Hampshire and I'm in the mood for a giveaway!!

But first, here's a round-up of four of my latest projects for spring:

1. Providence - You can find the pattern for Providence in the May/June 2019 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting.  I made my quilt with a charm pack of gorgeous Flower Garden Gatherings fabric by Primitive Gatherings for Moda Fabrics and I love the colorful result!



2. Lucky Stars - The pattern for Lucky Stars is on page 34 of the May/June 2019 issue of Fons & Porter's Pre-Cut Patchwork.  This fun quilt is also a charm pack project — mine's made with Sweet Tea fabric by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.



3. Rise and Shine - The pattern for this sweet stitching project is available in the May/June 2019 issue of Quiltmaker.  Make this fun little project with scraps from your stash and either bind it like I did or pop it in a 5" x 7" frame.



4. Cottage Blooms - Simple paper piecing makes easy work of the sweet cottages and tulips that make up this little wall hanging.  I used fabrics from the lovely Memoire à Paris collection by Lecien — perfect for spring!  The pattern for Cottage Blooms is now available for immediate download in my Etsy Shop.



And yes, patient reader, I did mention a giveaway!

This week I'm going to be giving away one copy each of the May/June issues of Love of Quilting, Pre-Cut Patchwork, and Quiltmaker.  Look for the giveaway posts on Instagram and Facebook for your chance to win one of these beautiful, pattern-packed magazines.


I hope the sun is shining where you are today too!

—jen

Thursday, February 28, 2019

My First Month As A New Author

It's the last day of February and with the release of my new book, Stitching for the Seasons, this has been an unprecedented month of firsts.



This month, for the very first time, I saw a book of mine for sale in a quilt shop.  Quilted Threads in Henniker, NH is a bright, beautiful shop with something for every quilter. It was a featured Quilt Sampler shop in 2011, but I loved it long before then.  A couple of weeks ago, I visited the shop hoping to see my book.  I walked all around the store without finding it and was working up a little pitch about the book when I caught sight of a rack of new books near the cutting counter.  I walked over, heart pounding, spun the rack around, and sure enough, found 6 copies of my book.  What a thrill!!  I introduced myself to the shop owner and we had a great conversation about the book, during which I found out that she has her own connections to the book's publisher, C&T Publishing.  The quilting world is a small one!



For the first time this month, I found a copy of my book in a big bookstore, the Barnes & Noble in Nashua, NH.  It was a single copy nestled in among dozens of other quilting books but the binding leapt out at me at once.  And I was reminded of spending a lot of time (and a bit of money) in bookstores when I first started quilting, thumbing through colorful books filled with gorgeous projects, trying to soak it all in—those books were my eye-candy and sources of inspiration.  It was a shock and a joy to find a book that I wrote in company with so many other beautiful books.



And just last weekend, I experienced my first book signing.  My local library, the Dunbar Free Library, hosted the book signing for me and it was an amazing culminating experience.  Several of my friends, who are not even quilters, but who are unbelievably generous and supportive showed up with books for me to sign.  Quilters from nearby towns came see the projects from the book and to share their stories.  And unsuspecting library patrons took time out from their morning errands to enjoy the quilts and to chat with me.  It was the highlight of my month.



I had a great conversation with a little girl scout who was trying to decide to which seasons the mini quilts on display belonged.  She made the connection that the quilts on the table were also in the book beside them and I told her that I'd actually written that book.  When she walked away with her patient dad, I was delighted to hear her say, "I've never met a real author before!"  



I also spoke with a couple of older gentlemen who had clearly come in only to exchange books.  Because I was set up near the circulation desk, they couldn't help but notice my quilts and both seemed compelled to talk with me about how their mothers were quilters.  And I was reminded in the most poignant way of what I love most about quilting—the tradition, the continuity and the shared experience.



So as I wrap up February, my heart is full.  I'm thankful that C&T Publishing saw promise in my ideas and helped me to bring this book into the world.  I'm so happy that quilt shops and booksellers are making the book available to quilters, new and old.  And I'm enormously grateful for the support and kindness shown to me not only by my family, friends and local community, but also by the larger quilting community online.  Truly I am blessed.

—jen

Friday, February 8, 2019

5 Sew Sweet Pillows for Valentine's Day

If you're looking for ideas for quick Valentine's Day projects for this weekend, here are five of my favorites:

1.  First off is my Have a Heart pillow.  I love the interlocking hearts in two shades of pink and best of all, this pillow looks just as cute flipped over to have the darker pink on top.  You can find the downloadable pattern for this 12" x 20" pillow (and notes for a 12" x 16" version) in my Etsy shop.



2.  Here's my Love Birds pillow.  Raw edge appliqué makes quick work of two birds atop a branch silhouetted against a full heart-shaped moon.  The downloadable pattern for this sweet project is also available in my Etsy shop.


3.  Next up is my Bee Mine pillow.  This pillow features simple piecing, raw edge appliqué and embroidery.  You can find the pattern for this little cutie in the January/February 2019 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine available on newsstands now.  Print and digital versions of this lovely issue are also available online through The Quilting Company.


4.  Here's Heart to Heart, a reversible pillow featuring scrappy hearts in pink and ivory.  You can find the free pattern for this simple pillow on my blog.



5.  And finally, if you're short on time, here's a sweet pin cushion (essentially a tiny pillow!) featuring a square-in-a-square block and simple stitching.  The free pattern for this little project is also available on my blog.


Happy Quilting and Happy Valentine's Day!

—jen

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Giveaway!

Who's in the mood for a giveaway?!



Quilting Quickly magazine has become Fons & Porter's Pre-Cut Patchwork!  And I'm thrilled to have my new quilt, North Star Trail, in the pages of the inaugural issue!  The January/February 2019 issue is available now both in print and digitally.



North Star Trail is a fun and easy pattern made with a charm pack of 5" squares and a yard of background fabric.  I made my version using the whimsical Way Up North fabric collection by Jill Howarth for Riley Blake and I love the colorful end result!


To celebrate, I'm giving away a bundle of Way Up North fabric to two lucky quilters!  Each bundle contains 18 - 10" squares of fabric—one from each fabric in the collection.  


I'll be giving away one bundle on Instagram and one on Facebook.  To enter on Instagram, follow me @jendalyquilts, like the giveaway post and tag a friend.  On Facebook, like my page and the giveaway post and share with a friend.  Enter by midnight on Friday, January 25th.  The winners will be selected on Saturday and notified via direct message.

Good luck!!

U.S. shipping only please.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

It's Here!!!

At long last, my new book Stitching for the Seasons has arrived!!



I'll make it available in my Etsy shop as soon as I can, but in the meantime for a sneak peek inside the book, click here.

 Sneak Peek Inside the Book


Happy, happy!!

—jen