Friday, October 20, 2017

Halloween Candy revisited

Looking for a quick Halloween project for this weekend?  Here, again, is my Halloween Candy pillow featuring "Hocus Pocus" by Sandy Gervais.

Halloween Candy Tutorial

Find the link to my Moda Bake Shop tutorial in the original blog post, as well as a downloadable pdf of the embroidery pattern.

Have fun!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunflowers

The leaves are just beginning to change here in New Hampshire — hints of red, orange and yellow are peeking out of fading green.  But because I'm not quite ready for fall, and because these beauties are still in bloom...
 
 





 
... I think I'll keep my Sunflowers table runner out a little while longer.




You can find the pattern for Sunflowers in the current issue (Fall 2017) of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.  It's a great one for beginning quilters and perfect for late summer!  Happy quilting and enjoy the last days of summer!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Hocus Pocus

It's a gorgeous summer day out there, but today I'm thinking about Halloween!

My Hocus Pocus table runner is featured in the September/October 2017 issue of McCall's Quilting available now online at the Quilt and Sew Shop and wherever magazines are sold.

Photo by McCall's Quilting

My starting point for designing this quilt was the Snail's Trail Blocks.  While making a variation of Snail's Trail blocks for another project, I realized that the swirly, twisting quality of the blocks could be kind of creepy—almost like arms reaching out—and I decided to try to use them in a Halloween project.  I tried them in the center of the quilt first with mixed results, but when I decided to use the Snail's Trail Blocks as a border, I loved the spooky result!  Using colorful Grunge fabrics by Moda for this quilt added texture and sparkle without detracting from the overall pattern.  




Hocus Pocus screams Halloween, but the pattern is surprisingly versatile.  On page 31 of the magazine, the McCall's team shares a lovely and scrappy Christmas version of the quilt, and here's a summery idea made with beachy blues:



It's a totally different feel, but just as fun!

If you'd like to make the Halloween version of Hocus Pocus, McCall's Quilting has exclusive kits available at the Quilt and Sew Shop.  In the kit, you'll find everything you need to make the quilt, including backing fabric.


Happy Quilting!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Halloween Candy - Free Mini Charm Pack Pattern

Happy Holidays, fellow quilters!  It's only July, but today I'm celebrating Christmas and Halloween with my latest Moda Bake Shop tutorial.

Christmas Candy is a 14" mini quilt that I made with a mini charm pack of gorgeous "Petites Maisons de Noël" fabric by French General for Moda.



This little project is fast and easy, but my favorite part is the simple backstitched poinsettias and vines and French Knot berries that wind their way around the red and green patchwork center.



Christmas Candy is also a great portable project—once you've assembled the quilt top, it's the perfect size to take along with you for some summer stitching.




Not quite ready to think about Christmas?  Here's Halloween Candy, a pillow version of the project made with "Hocus Pocus" by Sandy Gervais.



This spooky pillow is embellished with spiderwebs and spiders.  You can find the embroidery pattern here.



I made Halloween Candy the same way as Christmas Candy (find the tutorial here), with just a few adjustments:
  • Before embroidering, I layered the pieced quilt top with both batting and a muslin lining panel.
  • Instead of machine quilting this project, I simply stitched an "x" across each of the junctions (through all layers) in the center patchwork.



  • And rather than binding the project, I used the following steps to turn it into a pillow:

Finishing the Pillow 
  1. Cut two 10" x 14½" panels from your backing fabric. 
  2. Fold one long (14½'') edge of a panel toward the wrong side ⅜'' twice and press.
  3. Stitch the hem close to the fold.
  4. Repeat with the second panel.
  5. Layer one panel on the embroidered and trimmed quilt sandwich, with right sides together and raw edges aligned.
  6. Layer the remaining panel on the opposite side of quilt sandwich, with right sides together and raw edges aligned.
  7. Stitch through all layers using a 1/4'' seam.
  8. Trim the corners to reduce bulk, turn the pillow sham right side out and insert a 14" x 14" pillow form.

Whether you choose Christmas or Halloween, mini quilt or pillow, if you'd like to make this fun mini charm pack project, you can find my free tutorial at the Moda Bake Shop.



Happy Stitching!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Flutter by, Butterfly

The landscape is finally in full bloom here in New Hampshire, and just the other day, I saw my first butterfly of the season.  To celebrate, I thought I'd share a sweet little project that I stitched up over the weekend.



This quick little project fits into a 5" x 7" frame and couldn't be easier!  I made the little butterfly by fusing two pieces of fabric together.  After cutting it out, I stitched it onto the background using a few long straight stitches that do double duty as the butterfly's body.  I did the rest of the stitching using two strands of embroidery floss—using a backstitch for the lettering and flower stems, lazy daisies for the flower petals and leaves, and French Knots for the flower centers.

You can find the pattern for Flutter by, Butterfly here.  Before beginning, make sure that the box of the printed pattern measures 5'' x 7''.  Using a water soluble marking pen, transfer the pattern to a 7'' x 9'' rectangle of background fabric and layer with a 7'' x 9'' piece of batting before stitching.  This step gives a bit of dimension to your stitching and prevents the floss ends from showing through.

After stitching your project, remove the contents of a 5'' x 7'' frame, wrap both layers of the project around the glass, pop it back into the frame and voilà!


By the way, I'm always on the lookout for great frames and I actually found this beauty at Kohl's.  The frame cost only $5 on sale, it comes in several great colors and best of all, it's deep enough to accommodate the extra layers of fabric and batting without having to tape the back.  I bought two and I'll probably go back for more!


Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that I'm hard at work on a big project that I hope to be able to share with you soon.  In order to be able to focus on the project, I've decided to take a month off from blogging.  In the meantime, I wish you all happy quilting and I'll see you back here in July!

Jen

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Going Green

New Hampshire is beautiful in the winter, and I love the monochromatic palette of white snow, brown-black trees and blue-gray skies.  But I don't think there is anything prettier or more welcome than the return of green in spring.

And, as is always the case with color, "green" can mean a lot of things...






























Ahh. green.