Picture this: You have the PERFECT pack of 10 inch squares. Too pretty to chop into teeny-tiny pieces. Too special to hide away in your fabric stash. What do you do?
Make a Building Blocks quilt! This gorgeous pattern shows off favorite prints with big, easy blocks. Best of all, it’s so simple and quick to put together, even a beginner can waltz right through the whole project! Click HERE to learn how to make the Building Blocks quilt!
Have you always had an eye for color combinations or was it something you had to teach yourself to do/look for?
I’ll be honest. I had to learn. According to my mom, she had doubts about my sense of color when I was young. I used to change clothes at least 3-4 times a day and things didn’t always match. I loved trying different combinations and it was when I started quilting that I learned how to match colors. A lot of it was trial and error. As I was working with fabric, I would play around with it until I liked what I saw. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had some quilts that weren’t great but I learned from those mistakes and the more I did the more I felt confident in my choices.
Tell us a little about your background – when/how did you first get into sewing and quilting?
I’ve always loved fabric. When I took Home Ec in high school, sewing was my favorite class. Both my grandmas sewed and made crafts. My dad’s mom made quilts and although I didn’t appreciate them when I was young, I sure do now! She used old dresses, curtains, whatever was available and hand stitched all the seams using a feather stitch. They are all crazy quilts and having to repair one, I know how much work goes into them!
I got into quilting because my sister-in-law mentioned that she liked quilts. I looked at them and thought, me too! So, I took a class and that was the beginning!
Where do you find inspiration for trying new fabric and pattern designs – especially for using fabrics from your stash?
My inspiration comes in different ways. One, I will see a fabric that I like, whether in my stash or in the store and think, what can I make out of this? Or I see a pattern and adapt the pattern to my fabric. Sometimes, I will look at my stash and pull some out and think…what quilt can I come up with to go with this fabric? Truthfully, that’s how I started designing patterns, I saw all this beautiful fabric and couldn’t find a pattern to use it with. So, I started making my own. Same thing with designing fabric, I would see a pattern and think, what fabric could I use for this. Again, nothing would work for what I wanted to do, so I started designing fabric.
Do you have a favorite color combination to use in your quilt patterns and fabrics?
I love them all! If I’m doing a more traditional quilt, I tend to add red in and if I’m doing batiks or modern, I love purple. But, there isn’t much that I don’t like!
Do you find yourself looking at color, scale and print in other aspects of life? (i.e. home decor, clothing, etc)
Funny that you ask that because I didn’t think about that until you mentioned it. Yes, I do. For sure, color is a huge factor in decorating. I like to have a warm, welcoming home but that doesn’t necessarily mean warm colors. I know what I like, just like my quilts and go a lot by what I’ve learned on how to put quilts together.
Take the class, learn something new, explore new color combinations and most of all, have FUN! Come back and show us what you’ve made out of your stash!
What if quantum physics was as simple as 1-2-3? What if landing a perfect quadruple jump in ice skating was as effortless as rolling off a log? What if stitching an intricate geometric pattern of lil’ fabric diamonds was as quick and easy as…oh wait! Wait a minute! That actually IS a piece of cake!
Jenny’s newest table runner is as quick and easy as it gets. With our small rhombus template, you can zoom through those rows with no tricky y-seams! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
When a favorite 10-year-old was learning to fish, she cast her line with loads of enthusiasm but very little caution. As a result, she made plenty of catches—but none were fish!
She caught one sister by the sleeve of her shirt and another by the ponytail. Worst of all, she hooked her father clear through the nose! (The poor fellow drove all the way to the emergency room with a shiny yellow lure dangling from his right nostril!)
This week Jenny is creating hazard-free hooks with our favorite “easy eight” half-square triangles. Click HERE to see how it’s done!
Waves can be scary. In 1958, a landslide triggered a 1,700+ foot wave in Lituya Bay, Alaska. And here’s the wildest part: A little fishing boat was carried atop that wave, clear up the side of the forested mountains and back. But somehow, the boat, the fisherman, and his 8-year-old son came away completely unscathed!
So, yeah, waves can be super-dee-duper scary. But Jenny’s waves? They’re just fun! Click HERE to learn how to whip up gorgeous, wavy curves using our drunkard’s path template!