Thursday, August 25, 2016

Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along - update 2

I am all done with the first set of piecing instructions for the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along from Quilting Jetgirl, Yvonne. This has been so easy, you can easily catch up and follow along.

Three of my finished blocks. Yes, I really am done with all of them, but do you really want me to take a picture of blocks that are all the same? I didn't think so. 

This picture is even more fun! A couple of long pieces, sewn together, very exciting. Actually, as I've said before, I could look at this purple all day, so of course I had to share it again. Plus, I really did finish all of the pieces, and it feels weird not to have them pictured. 

I can't wait for the next set of instructions...that come out tomorrow. Guess I won't have to wait long!

Don't forget that I am having a giveaway that ends Friday night at 11:59 pm CST. You can find details here on how to win my newest pattern, Frayed Edges.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Introducing Frayed Edges! (and a giveaway)

I am excited to introduce the newest pattern in the PBJ family:

Using one simple block Frayed Edges gets it's real beauty from the HST sashing. 

The middle of the block is perfect for fussy cutting, as Sandy showed in her test quilt.

Dedee was feeling patriotic when she tested Frayed Edges.

I love her backing choice!

Kelly went with a bright, crisp look. 

If her daughter hadn't already claimed this one, I would. I still might. Designer privileges anyone?

This red beauty is featured on the back cover. So many choices, so little time! Pick up your copy of Frayed Edges at my Etsy shop.

If you prefer to support your local quilt shop, please have them contact me, I am happy to give wholesale prices on any of my patterns to LQS!

Currently you can find my patterns, including Frayed Edges, at Fabrics Plus of Marshall. 

If you would like a chance to win a copy of this pattern, simply leave a comment. Giveaway ends Friday, Aug 26th at 11:59 pm CST.

For another chance to win, check out my Instagram post @patternsbyjen and leave a comment there. 

Good luck!
Happy Stitching!


Monday, August 15, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along - Chain block

I just want to say, I've had these blocks done for a few days, I just couldn't  find time to write about them. So yes, I was slightly late, but not as late as it seems. ;) That being said, I am scheduling this post for the 15th, the day the last set of instructions comes out. 

18 chain blocks. Whew!! There is still time to join the Crossroads Quilt Along from Fat Quarter Shop, and you can still donate to the March of Dimes.

I've been keeping all my extras, and I was able to pull these for the center blocks from them. I had to cut a piece for the pink strawberry and green floral, but I'm going to have some extra fabric to play with. Darn. 

I love a pile of freshly cut squares.

There are more seams to sew just a thread over from your drawn line. It really does make a difference. 

How do you catch your chain piecing? I have a basket that my sewing just falls into as I go so it doesn't hit the floor. I love picking up that basket of pieces. 

When sewing pieces together like Flying geese, or Square in a square, I try to always have that piece facing up, so I can see where I am stitching and not lose my point.

Beautiful chain blocks to finish up our blocks.

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Snowflake Shimmer QAL ~ all cut out

 Cutting instructions were given last Friday for the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along.

I love this roll of binding.

My super sweet, light purple.

I love this medium purple. I am so glad I chose to make this in purple. I think I stayed pretty true to my inspiration photo. You can see that here.

Oh, this purple. I will say it every time I post a picture of it, you just can't see how scrumptious and rich this purple is. 

It was an easy cutting job, though, I did have a moment, when I had finished cutting out the dark purple. I had 2 1/2 yards left over. Even if I had purchased extra for binding, there was no way I should have that much left. So that meant, Yvonne was wrong, or my quilt shop had mis-cut. 

Who was guilty? ME, of course! I had skipped the first cutting instructions for the color and went right to where the diagram was. This is why you read through instructions again and again, and then one more time, at least, to figure our where you messed up.

There is still plenty of time to join this quilt along. Won't you join us?

Plus, you can make a beautiful roll of binding like this. (I told you I loved this picture.)

Happy Stitching!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Testing is done, time to play!

Getting patterns ready for testing makes Jen a boring girl, blog wise and social media wise anyway. Yesterday, though, I got to play with fabric. Of course it had to be flamingo fabric, but look at this too cute little pouch! It demanded flamingo fabric!

This pouch is called Charming Tinsel Pouch, and is too cute for words. Amista from Hilltop Custom Designs designed this darling thing. You can find her blog here, and her store here.

I did have an issue with the instructions for the zipper. If it were morning I would say it was because I hadn't had enough caffeine, but since it was in the evening I'm going to go with too much caffeine. Amista was quick with her response and already going though the pattern.

Zipper issue aside, which I know she is fixing so don't let that stop you, this was a quick and easy sew. A couple of hours and you have this sweet little pouch ready to hold your make up, jewelry or, lets face it, all our little sewing notions that we can't live without. 

This is why I order extra fabric when I find something I love, so I can put it on the back and not care, because I have more. Plus, why do we hoard our favorite fabric, we should be using it and adoring it out in the open for everyone to see!

Or maybe not to see. Look at those little flamingos peeking out, aren't they fun? Too much flamingo?  Is there such a thing?!

I say nay! Bring on the flamingos! 

Is there a fabric, novelty or not, that you tend to be drawn towards, and maybe have more of then you might want to admit? Is it as cute as my Holiday flamingos? Is there some that you have been hiding/hoarding and should start making plans for? 

As a post script to this post, I want to remind you that Phat Quarters still has their coupon code for PBJ followers!  It is good through the end of the month, which by the way, is right around the corner. SOB! Where is summer going?

 You can get your own flamingo fabric! OK, fine, get something else, that just means more flamingos for me! They have some really cute prints, and you should really go here and check them out. Use coupon code PBJ25 to receive 25% off of $20 or more. 

Then, pull out that fabric you have been saving and make something!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Meadow Mystery Quilt Along

Yes, you read correctly, I am joining another quilt along, but this one is a mystery. Oooooo

Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs has invited us to join in her Meadow Mystery, which will post on the first Thursday of each month. Her first post was earlier this month with fabric requirements, you can find that post here.

She also shared a post that has a kit available, as well as some other fabric suggestions, you can find that post here.

I chose to do the black and white with a pop, but purchased from my local shop. I did something different, for me, and went with batiks. If you know me your face should look like that emoji that has seen a ghost. Yeah. Crazy. 

These are not shown in the correct order, and no matter what my flash might say, it was not dark when I took this picture. 

I'm loving that green!

The next set of instructions comes out next week, you still have time to join in the fun!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along

I am joining the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along hosted by QuiltingJetGirl. Today's post is about color. The beautiful quilt Yvonne has designed uses just three colors. 

I used this photo, entitled Snow is Not White in the Night, from Kimmo Kulovesi as my inspiration. I have been thinking for a long time that I need to make myself a quilt in purple, and have decided this will be the one. 

 These look more blue then they really are. That dark purple is scrumptious in real life.  I'm so excited for the next step in the Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along! We are just getting started. Check out the first post here with instructions for fabric selection and amounts.

Happy Stitching

I am linking up at Quilting Jetgirl here.