Thursday, December 7, 2017

Birthday Bash

It's my birthday! I'm celebrating with a sale!

Use the code BIRTHDAYBASH42 now through Dec 10th and you will receive 42% off your entire order.

Star Light, Star Bright Sampler

All patterns, paper or digital, and rulers are included in the sale.

Broken Panes

In my Patterns By Jen Etsy shop or Payhip stores only.

The Border Quilt

Happy Stitching!

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Quilting Unit Chart and Calculator Round Up

Have you ever found yourself in need of some quilty math help?

My answer would be, "All the time." I have a lot of numbers running through  my head, and usually running together, so here are the calculators that I regularly turn to for help. I like to make my units oversized and then trim to perfection, and the pages I use for help all have calculations for that.

Half Square Triangles

For Half Square Triangels (HST) I haven't found a chart I like. It's fairly simple though, I add 1" to the *finished* size HST I want. Here is my chart: 

Go here to see how I make and square up my HST units.

Flying Geese Units

This chart is for the No Waste Flying Geese method. She tells you how much to add or making your geese a little larger for trimming.

Go here to see how I trim my FG units. I use the Wing Clipper and it comes with a handy size chart that is downloadable from Studio 180 Design as well.

Hourglass Units

This chart is for Hourglass units, again from Generations Quilt Patterns.  She tells how much extra to add if you like to trim.

Square in a Square

My go to has been Quilter's Paradise calculator. Plug in your number and get a quick answer.
*note this gives exact measurements, not larger*

For larger units to trim to perfection I use:
 Quiltville and Bonnie Hunter. The chart she provides is for the Easy Angle ruler, but she also provides measurements for the rotary cut, which is what I use. 

Setting triangles


I head back to Generations for Setting Triangles for On Point quilts.

Quarter Square Triangles

I love HST units, but I'm really starting to fall in love with the Quarter Square Triangles, shhhh don't tell.

Traditional quilts will probably always be my favorite, and these units are all my go to for making beautiful quilts.  If you have favorite calculators or charts, please share in the comments!

Star Light Star Bright Sampler

Happy Stitching!

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Friday, December 1, 2017

December Muggamo

It's December and the last Muggamo pattern is here!

This is a quick pattern using half square triangles and flying geese units. Get your free pattern HERE.

Fabric Requirements

Dark blue: 
4 - 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
4 - 2 1/2" squares
4 - 2" squares

1 - 3 1/2"
2 - 3" squares
4 - 2 1/2" squares

2 - 3" squares
1 - 2 1/2" square


Mark the wrong side of the all the grey squares, except the 3 1/2" square.

Match the marked grey squares with the blue and white squares of the same size. Make four white/grey half square triangles and square to 2 1/2". Make eight blue and grey half square triangles and square to 2". See how to square half square triangles here.

Using the 3 1/2"  grey square and the blue 2" square. Make the flying geese units. Use the no waste method shown HERE. Square to 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".

Lay out the pieces of your block.

Sew the flying geese units to the blue rectangles.

Sew units into rows.

Sew rows into the block.

Lay out the half square triangles into pinwheels.

Lay block and side piece out.

Sandwich and quilt.


I hope you have enjoyed the Muggamo series quilt along!!  There is something exciting coming for 2018, more information coming later in the month!

Happy Stitching!

There is still one day for a chance to win a bundle of Christa Watson's fabric, Modern Marks. Go check it out!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Modern Marks Blog Hop

Today is the first day of the Modern Marks Blog Hop.

If you are new to Patterns By Jen, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stop. Sew In Love With Fabric (Benartex's blog) has an interview with Christa to start off the blog hop. Don't miss the rest of the bloggers listed at the end of the post, and the giveaway!

Modern Marks is Christa Watson's first fabric line for Benartex.

The colors are bright and saturated. Pictures just don't do the fabric justice, you really have to have them in hand to appreciate the gorgeousness of this fabric collection.

I love a good, colorful selvage, don't you?

The fabric is like butter, really.  I don't wash my fabrics before I use them, and when the fabric is soft and easy to work with, it makes the process more enjoyable. There was very little "fraying" of the edges while I worked with them, too, and THAT is a huge selling point for me.

I designed Broken Panes to show off the large prints of Modern Marks. Christa's use of interesting and funky shapes within each color makes for great movement throughout each square.

The fabrics work really well in a big block quilt.

These colors just pop!

You can find a list of shops that carry Christa's Modern Marks HERE. If your local quilt shop doesn't carry them, you should definitely recommend it to them.

Thank you, Christa for the great fabrics to work with. The color, the shapes, the fabrics were a bright, fun group to work with.


You can win a bundle of 8 - 10 fabrics from the Modern Marks line. In the comments let me know your favorite quilt size to make and I will pick a winner Saturday, December 2. Sorry, giveaway is only open to US residents.

Please make sure to leave your email address, as I have had winners in the past who didn't receive their prize, because they were a no-reply commenter. Ex. patternsbyjen(at)gmail(dot)com

Happy Stitching!

If you are new here you might like to check out the Muggamo series going on now.
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Modern Marks Blog Hop

HollyAnne Knight- String & Story

Yvonne Fuchs - Quilting Jetgirl
Vicki Holloway-My Creative Corner3

Hilary Jordan - Aurifil
Pam Cobb - The Stitch TV Show

Heather Black - Quiltachusetts
Andrea Tsang Jackson - 3rd Story Workshop

Tara Miller - The Quilt District
Stephanie Kendron - Modern Sewciety

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Road Trippin' with Quiltmakers 100 Quilt Blocks

Welcome to the last day in the Quiltmaker's Road Trip. I'm so glad you have stopped by.

Let me introduce you to my block Cartwheel.

Made from the beautiful Cirrus Solids fabrics from Cloud9 this is a simple and quick block.

The colors remind me of the mountains, the strong grey of the mountain rock, the blues of the changing sky.

I love a block that gives you a secondary pattern when put into a quilt.

Or turn that baby on point and get a who new look.

OK, not Montana, but isn't that a good looking group of kids?

Some of my favorite memories are on trips with my family. One of the best was a trip out to Montana.

Those mountain views never get old, and there are so many things to see and take in while you are road trippin'.

If I could pack up everything, and everyone, this is where I would move, the Montana mountains.

So while I sit in nostalgic memories, share with me a favorite trip you have taken, either by yourself or with friends/family.
**PLEASE make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you, not everyone can receive emails back. EX: jane.doe (at) 123 (dot) com**
Three winners will be chosen from the comments. One will win a copy of the newest Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks magazine sent directly from them.

One will win a copy of the magazine and this Fat Quarter Bundle of Cirrus Solids from Cloud9 Fabrics.

The last will win a copy of the magazine and their choice of one of Patterns By Jen's patterns.

Giveaway ends 11:59 PM CST, November 19th

Winner of the Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks Issue 16 is:

Congratulations Mona!

Winner of the Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks Issue 16 and a fat quarter bundle from Cloud9 is:

Congratulations Linda!

Winner of the Quiltmaker's 100 Quilt Blocks Issue 16 and a pattern from Patterns By Jen is:

Congratulations delaineelliott!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Safe travels and...

Happy Stitching!

If you are new here you might like to check out the Muggamo series going on now. 

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Go back to Quiltmakers for more inspiration and fun!