Friday, November 16, 2018

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

6 inches of fresh snow on the ground is putting me in the holiday spirit!  I just checked the calendar and we've got a bit over 5 weeks until Christmas—plenty of time for some holiday sewing!  If you're looking for some ideas, here are a few of my latest Christmas projects:

The first is my "O Christmas Tree" advent calendar.  I originally made the calendar with muted flannels and assorted colors of felted wool to give it the warm, traditional look that I love.

But then I realized that the calendar would be equally cute made with a bright green tree and red, pink, and turquoise felted wool:

I'm not sure which I like better, so I may just have to hang both of them in my house this year—in different rooms, of course!  If you'd like to make your own advent calendar, you can find the pattern on my Etsy shop.

Next up is a sweet stitching project called "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas."  I made two versions of this project as well.  One is a little hanging quilt—perfect for a door knob, a cupboard knob, a hook, whatever you like!

The second version is a darling pillow:

Both versions would make great hostess gifts!  You can find the pattern for these little cuties in the November/December 2018 issue of McCall's Quilting.

And last, but definitely not least, are "Jolly Janglers," my felted wool snowman ornaments.  

These ornaments are so simple and easily made with scraps of wool and homespuns from your stash. And you can give each it's own personality by embellishing them with different buttons, tiny jingle bells, or embroidery.  An added benefit:  finding the little branch arms will get you outside enjoying the wintry weather!

You can find the pattern for these irresistible ornaments in the November/December 2018 issue of Quiltmaker.  I challenge you to just make one!

All of three of these projects require a bit of handwork, which in my mind makes them perfect for this time of year.  What could be better than stitching a snowman or embroidering a felted wool penny ornament while enjoying a holiday movie—cocktail optional?!  Bliss!

Happy Stitching

— jen

Friday, October 26, 2018

The Boo Crew

Here's a fun new project just in time for Halloween!

The Boo Crew is a 16½" square quilt that's the perfect size to display on a table or wall or to finish as a pillow.

And with simple blocks and stitch & flip corners, The Boo Crew is a treat to put together—perfect for quilters of all levels or for a quick weekend project.

The Boo Crew is also versatile!  Make it your own by changing up the color placement or palette. 

Here's The Boo Crew with a background made of two shades of purple and a black zigzag:

Or here it is with an orange zigzag:

And here's a monochromatic black and white version that I just love!

The pattern for The Boo Crew is now available for immediate download in my Etsy Shop

Hope you have fun with it and Happy Halloween!

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!


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!


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


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!