Friday, October 12, 2018

Turning Leaves

Here in New Hampshire the leaves are beginning to change and fall is definitely in the air!  And to celebrate this most lovely of seasons, I've got a new Moda Bake Shop tutorial for all of you fall lovers.



My Turning Leaves pillow is made with a mini charm pack and a bit of background fabric.  It's easy to assemble and at 18½" square, it's the perfect size for either a pillow like mine or a mini quilt.

In fact, I tried a new technique with this little project that makes mine both pillow and mini quilt.  After quilting the top, I layered it with overlapping backing panels and bound it as usual.  From the front it looks like a normal quilt, but the overlapping backing panels allow me to insert a pillow form, turning it into a pillow. And best of all, when it's a pillow, the binding reads as piping.  I don't know who thought of this idea first, but it's brilliant!



My Turning Leaves pillow is made with "Spice It Up" fabric by Jo Morton—her colors and prints are just perfect for fall!

You can find the free tutorial for my Turning Leaves pillow on the Moda Bake Shop.  I've included plenty of photos to help you out and you can find detailed instructions on how to do the nifty pillow backing.

Have fun and happy fall, y'all!

Jen


I'm so excited to be taking over the All People Quilt Instagram account this weekend!  I hope you'll join me there starting Friday morning, October 12th to learn a bit more about me and to see some of my favorite quilts!  Can't wait!

jen

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Monster Mash

Ready for a little Halloween sewing?!  

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
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Here's my Monster Mash quilt and I'm so excited to have it featured in the October issue of one of my favorite quilting magazines, American Patchwork & Quilting, on newsstands now.

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2018 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.


This colorful project features fast and fun fusible appliqué and simple embroidery—great for a beginning quilter!

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2018 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.


And it's versatile!  Pick your favorite faces and make a 4-block version of the quilt:



If solids aren't your thing, here's a version made by APQ quilt tester Colleen Tauke with print fabrics from the "On Maple Lake" collection by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics:

Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine.
©2018 Meredith Corporation.  All rights reserved.


You can even bind a single block and attach a ribbon to make a cute little quilt to hang on a door knob or hook.



These spooky but sweet faces are perfect for mixing and matching and making your own—have fun with them!  Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Set Sail and a Giveaway!!

Ahoy!!  Here's a fast and fun project that's perfect for all of you nautical types...



It's my Set Sail pillow, and you can find the pattern in the August/September 2018 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts, available now from The Quilting Company or wherever magazines are sold.  And look, there's my pillow in the bottom left hand corner of the cover!



This simple pillow was inspired by my family's summer vacations in Maine.  I love how the horizon line between sea and sky can be conveyed so simply by using two different shades of blue for the background fabrics.   And the little paper pieced sailboats are a breeze to make! 


I'm also excited about this issue of McCall's Quick Quilts because it features my short essay—"Back to School with Each New Quilt"— about what "back to school" means to me both as a mother and a quilter.

To celebrate, I'm giving away two copies of the August/September 2018 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts.  To enter the giveaway, head over to Instagram, then like the postfollow me and tag a friend in the comments section of the contest photo.  Make sure to enter by 11:00pm EST on Friday, June 29th!

Good luck!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Giveaway!

The Summer 2018 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine is now available and it features 16 beautiful projects that are perfect for summer stitching!  And on page 74 you can find the pattern for my scrappy little quilt, My Favorite Things.


I named this quilt My Favorite Things because in incorporates some of my favorite blocks and fabric colors in one tidy little package.  My Favorite Things is a stash-friendly weekend project and a great skill-builder for a beginning quilter.

And if you're wondering what My Favorite Things might look like in a lighter colorway, here it is in a springy palette with cream sashing and robin's egg blue binding...


or with green sashing and binding.


Here it is in a two-color palette...


and in a monochromatic palette (kind of love this one!).


Endless possibilities — my favorite kind of quilt!

If you'd like to give My Favorite Things a try, I'm giving away two copies of the Summer 2018 issue of Primitive Quilts and Projects.  To enter the giveaway, head over to Instagram and tag a friend in the comments section of the contest photo.  I'll pick two winners on Sunday 4/22! Sorry, the Giveaway is now closed.

Good luck!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Spring Candy

Longing for spring?  The weather outside is still frightful here in New England, but here's a fun weekend project that sure to lift your spirits!



It's my Spring Candy mini quilt!

Spring Candy is based on my Christmas Candy Moda Bake Shop tutorial.  This little quilt is made in exactly the same way, but I've substituted a mini charm pack of "Hazelwood" fabric by One Canoe Two and changed up the embroidery for spring. 

I remember my mom teaching me the phrase "March winds, April showers, bring forth May flowers" when I was a child and I thought this project was the perfect opportunity to stitch the rhyme.  I embroidered the lettering, flowers and vines using two strands of embroidery floss and a backstitch and the little buds at the ends of the vines are French knots.  I love how this mini quilt turned out.  The colors of the "Hazelwood" fabrics make me happy just to look at them, and the stitching takes it over the top!



Ready to make your own version of Spring Candy?

Here's the link to my original Christmas Candy Moda Bake Shop tutorial.



And here's the link to a downloadable pdf of the Spring Candy embroidery pattern.

And finally, if you'd prefer to turn your Spring Candy quilt into a pillow, here's a link to my original post for Halloween Candy, the Halloween version of this project, that contains pillow instructions.


Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 2, 2018

My Chat with Pat Sloan

I had such a great time talking with the amazing Pat Sloan today!  If you weren't able to listen live, here's a link to the podcast recording.


We got a chance to talk about the fabulous Moda Bake Shop, and in particular about two of my favorite Moda Bake Shop tutorials, namely Home Tweet Home and Just Keep Swimming.  Both are mini charm pack patterns, but if you'd like to make Home Tweet Home with a charm pack instead, here's a link to help you out.



Happy Quilting!