I don’t know about you, but I love looking into the minds of creative people. Every creative person has their own unique thought process to bring about a finished work of art! Have you ever wondered how Jenny thinks up so many wonderful tutorials for you? Well, we hope to be able to give you a glimpse into Jenny’s creative process through this new series, “From Jenny’s Studio”. Stay tuned, and follow along with Jenny’s journey. #jennysews
A new year is a new opportunity to reflect. Many people choose one or several New Year’s Resolutions, but this year for the first time, Jenny decided to pick a word of the year to use as a focus in her life. After some thought and personal reflection, she chose the word ‘BALANCE’ with the hope of spending more time outside, doing more of the things she loves to do, and making time in her schedule to focus on her own personal wellness.
So what does a quilter do with her selected word of the year? She makes a quilted wall hanging, of course! It came from a different project that Jenny had started, but she didn’t love how it turned out. Here’s what she said, “This whole thing is so symbolic to me. The fabric I used is part of an old quilt that I started and never could get it the way I wanted. So it has a new start and life in this project. The colors remind me of the earth sky and the water… these are things I love that I haven’t been taking enough time for.”
She asked her daughter Natalie to print off the letters and then she traced them on to Heat And Bond and fused them onto quilt blocks. Then she cut them out and blanket stitched them on to the background, then straight line quilted the whole thing on her sewing machine.
Jenny created this project to hang in her studio to remind herself to strive for balance in all of the things that make her happy and healthy.
Have you chosen a word to live by this year? We would love to hear of all the things you are working on in your life in the comments!
You may take one look at The Cornered Drunkard’s Path and be tempted to run the other direction. All those little pieces! All those curves! Surely they require the skill of a well-seasoned quilting wizard, right?
Wrong! Thanks to raw edge applique and snowballed corners, Jenny’s Cornered Drunkard’s Path is easy-as-pie!
Click HERE to watch the tutorial! Also, Check out the FREE Downloadable PDF for this block!
Confession time! What sends shivers of fear down your spine? Ghosts and goblins? Things that go bump in the night? Handing the car keys to a 16-year-old for his first solo drive? Truth be told, I used to be afraid of applique. Too time consuming. Too exact. Too labor-intensive. Right? Wrong!!!
Today we’re sharing an applique method so quick and easy, you’ll be whipping through the Inside Out Quilt at lighting speed! These appliqued blocks are neatly finished with a teeny zig-zag stitch, and boy oh boy are they cute!
Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies you need to make your own Inside Out Quilt!
Have you ever tried to make the Orange Peel Quilt using our MSQC Small Orange Peel Template? It is so gorgeous, but it is a little time consuming. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a larger scaled template to make the same beautiful motif in a larger scale?? 🙂 Well now we do! This beautiful Orange Peel Lotus Quilt features the Large Orange Peel Template from MSQC and shows you how quick and easy this quilt is going to come together!
A beautiful, easy way to stitch down your appliqué!
Click on the button to watch the tutorial and see all the supplies you need to make this beautiful quilt!
We are just having a blast with Jan Patek every month. She is teaching us all the tips and tricks to make applique so much easier. What is more fun than a bunch of women getting together, doing what they love (sewing) and sharing a snack!?
If you haven’t been in lately, you will have to see all the new stuff we have in. We have some really (awesome) displays of Jan Patek quilt kits, fabric, patterns and finished quilts. They are just beautiful.
Hope you are having a lovely weekend, wherever you are!