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June 20, 2017
Beginners Unite! Flying Geese from Patterns by Jen

Flying Geese is the next unit in the Beginners Unite! series.




Flying Geese units are heavily used in quilt patterns and it's worth getting them trimmed and perfect. Just like half square triangle units (HST) there are different ways and rulers to use when making Flying Geese.  In this post I will show you how to  make them the old fashioned original way and how to make them using the No Waste method. I will also show how to trim them if you make them over sized, using a Wing Clipper® from Deb Tucker 180 Design Studio (no affiliation ...

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June 19, 2017
Here a Square, There a Square ~ A new block tutorial from Patterns by Jen

Welcome to my stop on the Sew Much Fun Blog Hop!



Thank you so much to Jen of Faith and Fabric Designs for hosting this awesome blog hop. Make sure you check out the other blocks shared by the bloggers listed at the end of this tutorial.


Today I have a block tutorial to share, as well as requirements and instructions to make a lap sized quilt. Enjoy Here a Square, There a Square!



Supplies needed for ONE block

Teal:
1 - 4 7/8" squares ~ cut once on the diagonal
1 - 4 1/2" square

White:
 1 - 4 7/8 ...

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June 16, 2017
June Muggamo from Patterns by Jen

It's here! June's Muggamo pattern!




Yes, it's very late, but better late than never? In the midst of plan for my son's graduation open house I realized I hadn't posted the pattern. That was June 6th, already late, and decided I had too much going on to fit it in without adding stress. So here we are, half way through the month. Whoops!

Grab your free pattern HERE.


Fabric Requirements

Dark Purple
4 - 1 7/8" squares
2 - 2" x 3 1/2" rectangles
4 - 2" squares

Light Purple
 1 - 3 1/4" square
2 ...

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June 13, 2017
Beginners Unite! Half Square Triangles from Patterns by Jen

This is the post I have been waiting for since the beginning. I love making half square triangles, as long as they are "perfect."




There are a ton of different ways to make the half square triangle unit, but this is the only way I have found, for me, that gives me a perfectly squared HST (half square triangle). A perfectly squared HST goes a long way towards making the unit enjoyable. There is nothing worse than a unit that doesn't fit into a block, or a unit where you lose the point. 




We're going to make two ...

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June 6, 2017
Beginners Unite! Sewing a scant quarter inch from Patterns by Jen

We've covered accurate cutting and the next step for blocks that come together smoothly is sewing that scant 1/4" seam. 




For those that have a quarter inch foot for your sewing machine, it is still important to find that sweet spot. To show what a difference the seam allowance makes in your accuracy, I have sewn two units using a scant quarter inch and using just my quarter inch foot. (I will address finding a scant 1/4" if you don't have a quarter inch foot as well.)




To start, I raided my 1 1/2" scrap ...

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Beginners Unite! Strips and Squares from Patterns by Jen

Sewing strips and piecing squares together is our next topic. 




When sewing strips I  like to work with smaller pieces. While my patterns call to cut the strips by the width of fabric, if I am going to be strip piecing I will cut the strips in half by trimming off the fold.




When piecing I have my stitch length set at 2.5, the needle is set to stop in the down position and my speed is set right in the middle. Sewing at the highest speed can end with wavy stitching lines. 




Strips

I always piece with grey ...

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May 31, 2017
Beginners Unite! Side Trip - Cutting large yardage from Patterns by Jen

Side trip number two is going to take us to those large pieces of fabric that we need to cut down into much smaller pieces. 




How often does a pattern call for you to get 3 or more yards of one fabric? That is a lot of fabric, and it's heavy! How do you deal with the heavy fabric without it pulling and stretching and throwing off your accuracy? 

Let me start by sharing what I usually do. In my patterns I instruct quilters to cut a certain amount of strips by the width of fabric. Ex. Cut ten ...

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May 26, 2017
Beginners Unite! Accurate cutting from Patterns by Jen

"Accurate Cutting" is a very important part of quilting and has a direct effect on your joy in quilting. 




Here is a quick little video on how to square up your fabric, make that first cut to get a straight edge, and how to line up the ruler for more accurate cuts. 





Hopefully, I can keep the first cut as small as possible, but sometimes that isn't the case and you have to cut off what seems like a big chunk of fabric. Ouch. Do not decide to skip this part! You will regret it in the end. When ...

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May 17, 2017
Beginners Unite! Choosing Fabrics and Color from Patterns by Jen

For our second stop in the Beginners Unite! A beginner's quilting series, we are going to talk "Choosing fabrics and colors."




I have two previous posts on color here and here. It's a topic that comes up all of the time in quilting, because it's important and because we all question our choices at one time or another, or in my case every time. The color combination you choose can make or break a quilt. We've all done it. Picked out a pattern, picked out fabrics and started on the quilt. Then, we can barely finish ...

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May 6, 2017
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks: Vol 15 Blog Tour from Patterns by Jen

Welcome Blog Tour followers to my little space on the world wide web! I am so excited to introduce you to my first Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks entry: Jubilee.




Here's a quick mock up. I love a block that becomes something more when put into a quilt.

Jubilee is made out of my favorite quilting unit: the good ol" half square triangle. I want to share the only way I make HST. I know there are so many ways you can do them, but this is the only one I have found where I can do them perfectly. While ...

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May 2, 2017
May Muggamo from Patterns by Jen

For May's Muggamo pattern I had to use the Bee Inspired line by Deb Strain for Moda.



Download the pattern here.

Cutting

Gold
1) One 13 1/2" x 1" strip
2) One 15 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip
a. Sub-cut into six 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" units
3) One 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip
4) One 3 1/4" square

Black
1)One 13 1/2" x 1" strip
2) One 6 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip
3) One 5 1/2" x 1 1/2"
a. Sub-cut ...

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April 27, 2017
This and That from Patterns by Jen

Have you ever sat down to write a post and have it just snowball on you? The post that should have happened today has exploded into, what I think will be a fabulous series. However, that means that there is a big blank this week for blog posts. So lets do a This and That Thursday sort of post, shall we?


If you follow me on Instagram you caught a picture asking about how a white with some grey read. Once cut out, it definitely read white. So it was off to find something else. Then, horror of all horrors ...

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April 21, 2017
Introducing Softly Circled!! (And a fabulous giveaway!) from Patterns by Jen

Here she is! Pattern 10 in the PBJ family: Softly Circled!




Let's just enjoy her beauty for a moment, and the fact that my 15 year old daughter requested to keep this one. Did you hear that? Angels started singing. It's bright, it's beautiful and it's hers. 




Look at this gorgeous sample. I made this one using the Renaissance fat quarter pack from Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabrics. If you have never heard of them, you are missing out. This fabric looks like suede but is 100% cotton and just butter to work with. Guess who is ...

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April 19, 2017
Finding Your Color ~ Part 2 from Patterns by Jen

There are so many places to find help in choosing colors. Last week I went over how I get help choosing my colors. This week I am going to give you other links for understanding color and pulling colors. 




The Art of Choosing Color  from In Color Order is an entire series that delves into colors and fabrics. Confession: I have just found this one, and I have had a chance to get through all of it, but I am totally hooked. 

Color Value in a Quilt from The Seasoned Homemaker is a post that has a few tips on ...

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April 14, 2017
Flashback Friday to Spinning Bow Ties PBJ - 102 from Patterns by Jen

Stop two on our little Flashback Friday series is with Spinning Bow Ties. Baby number two for PBJ.




Isn't she pretty? I showed the inspiration quilt the for colors, from a tester, in this Finding Your Color post.




That polka dot border had to be used. I love polka dots. Love. Them. So of course I had to incorporate them. 

Just as I did with the first post on Pinwheel Pizzazz I am going to do a little updating with some new fabrics that are just being released or soon will be. 




I love a quilt in brown and ...

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April 1, 2017
April Muggamo from Patterns by Jen

Welcome to April's Muggamo tutorial! The great thing about Mug Rugs is that they are great scrap busters. You don't need much to make a cute, functional piece.



Download the pattern here.


Fabric pieces needed

Fabric 1:
1 square 3 1/2"
1 square 2 5/8"

Fabric 2:
2 squares 2 3/8"
2 squares 2", cut once on the diagonal 

Fabric 3:
1 square 4 1/4"
1 square 3 1/2"

Fabric 4:
4 squares 2 3/8" 
Draw a line on the diagonal on the wrong side of each square.

Backing/Batting:
7" x ...

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March 31, 2017
Going Digital from Patterns by Jen

I think it's time for me to join the 21st century and make my patterns available for digital downloads. 



I know, I know. I'm behind the times. In all honesty though, I like paper. I like having the pattern in front of me to write on and flip through.  When writing new patterns I draw them all out on graph paper, write out the instructions on paper and then, and only then, put it into the computer.


Frayed Edges

So while this might not be a big deal to some, it is for me. A big step out ...

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March 29, 2017
WIP Wednesday - kind of from Patterns by Jen

Today's post was inspired by this post from Quilting Jetgirl. 

It is hard to think of things to share when most of your time is filled with secret sewing. I do have a couple of fun things to sew, though, so here is a quick post. Hopefully by sharing I will actually do this fun sewing. 

Last month was my month to be Queen Bee for the Quilting Bee hosted by Alyce of Blossom Heart Quilts.




I chose the Bunting block for my block. This block just seemed happy to me. I chose purple, blue and green for my ...

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March 17, 2017
Musings - Keep Your Joy from Patterns by Jen

I am entering into the weekend with a mind full of things I "need" to do. You know, groceries, laundry, clean the bathroom. Oh! Feed the family, very important. 



There is another list going on in my head at the same time though, the PBJ list. I need to get this sampler done, I have that pile to post, an email to write, etc, etc. 

The problem with having all of this going on in my head, is that I lose the joy in doing that list. I love to quilt. I love every part of it. The designing, the ...

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March 8, 2017
Introducing X-Squared from Patterns by Jen

I am excited to introduce you to the 9th pattern in the PBJ family: X-Squared.




That mustard was just too hard to resist, and needed to be used, and used a lot. 




The mustard print was perfect for this larger version, but too big for the smaller version. Purple called to me. Whether it's because the purples are so pretty, or because it's my favorite color, I fell in love with this version. 




I may have to make this one again so I have one I can use. This pattern uses only 2 blocks, turned on point, and ...

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