Monday, November 19, 2018

Quilty Box Mini ~ October 2018

Disclaimer:  The contents of this Quilty Box mini were given to me by Quilty Box.
 Yes, it's almost Thanksgiving, but I'm still in the process of catching up after a few hot deadline projects, so here's the October 2018 Quilty Box Mini!

 What's inside?  All this gorgeous quilty goodness!  Each month's quilting treasures are carefully wrapped in tissue paper.  Such a nice touch.

 This month's Bundles of Inspiration features designer Carrie Bloomston. Tucked inside is an interesting interview with her (she loves to munch on chocolate whilst designing fabric), info about her new book, and her Wonky Little Houses quilt pattern.

 This month's pattern card is for Wonderful Runner.  Whip a few of these up for quickie Christmas gifts!

 The Wonder charm pack from Windham Fabrics.  I love this colorful collection.

My favorite item in this month's mini is this Wonderfil thread.  Look at this color!  I can't wait to quilt this into one of my projects.  Such yummy thread!


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Jennifer Thomas

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

As the Crow Flies Homecoming

 My As the Crow Flies table topper is home and ready for some turkey action!

Mr. Turkey seems a little bit alarmed.  Lucky him, he's stuffed.

 Here is a close up look at a corner of this quilt.  You can see a bit of the fun I had quilting this one with a variety of motifs.  The fabrics are so cute, too.  Flowers, squirrels, pumpkins....oh yes!

 This is an outdoor clothesline photo of As the Crow Flies.  You can see a lot of the quilting in this pic, too.  I will be using this quilt as part of my Thanksgiving table setting this year.  Here in North Carolina it is sometimes warm enough to have an outdoor Thanksgiving, but it doesn't look like we are going to have that treat this year.

If you would like to sew your very own As the Crow Flies quilt, the pattern is in the November/December 2018 issue of Quilty magazine.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas




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Friday, November 16, 2018

Winds of Autumn Quilt Homecoming

 The Winds of Autumn quilt is back home from Love of Quilting.  I'm using it on my bed because it's so cuddly warm.  I just love the soft antique look these fabrics give this quilt.  It's wonderful for the cold rainy November weather we've been experiencing here.

 I take a lot of photos while I'm working on a quilt.  I thought I'd share a few of them in this post.  It's interesting to see what goes into each project.  I like to put the pieces of my blocks up on the design wall and snap photos.  Sometimes this leads to new design ideas for future quilts.

 These simple strips laid out together show some fun pattern and color play ideas.

 In this photo you can see the blocks coming together into on-point rows.  I use the on-point setting in a lot of my quilts.  

 Time to sew the borders.  I cut out all the pieces for my quilts before I begin sewing.  I sort them into zipper sandwich size baggies and label them with the color, size, and piece name or letter.

 Here the Winds of Autumn quilt is coming off the quilting frame.  This is when I check for any loose thread ends and weave them back into the quilt sandwich.

If you wish to sew your own Winds of Autumn quilt, the pattern is available in the October/November 2018 issue of Love of Quilting magazine.  If you make one, please send me a photo.  I would love to see it!

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Jennifer Thomas




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Thursday, November 15, 2018

As the Crow Flies Table Topper

 Today I'm showing the As the Crow Flies table topper.  This is a quick, easy to sew quilt, just perfect to whip up in time for your Thanksgiving feast.  The pattern for the As the Crow Flies table topper appears in the November/December 2018 issue of Quilty magazine

 I worked with this gorgeous color palette provided to me by Riley Blake Fabrics.  This is the Calico Crow collection by Lauren Nash.  These autumn themed fabrics have squirrels, pumpkins, crows, and more ~ so cute!

 This quilt features a nine patch off center block and has a woven feel to it created by the placement of fabrics surrounding the nine patch's red border.  The pattern incorporates strip piecing techniques for fast construction.

 The 35" x 23" size fits just right on my kitchen table.  This would also look terrific dressing up a buffet for your holiday feast.  This versatile design could easily be made in other color schemes to coordinate with your decor.  Just remember to keep the values and fabric placement the same for a similar look.

 I played with a variety of quilting motifs on this quilt.  I quilted a feather flowing out of the lower left corner and up two edges.  I also quilted double circles in the both of the red borders.


 I quilted a different design in each stripe, just for fun.
I love the way the Warm and Natural batting by The Warm Company quilts.  It gives a nice weight to my project, too.  Not too light, not too heavy, just right.

 You can see shadows from the front of the quilt with the sun shining through, but I did want to show the backing fabric because it's soooooo cute!  It's all pumpkin pie style recipes and vintage food advertisements.  Love this fabric!

 Quilt Stats:

Finished quilt size:  35" x 23"
Block size:  6" x 6"
Fabric:  Calico Crow by Lauren Nash for Riley Blake
Batting:  Warm and Natural by the Warm Company
Thread:  King Tut by Superior Threads


If you would like to make your own As the Crow Flies quilt, the pattern appears in the November/December 2018 issue of Quilty magazine.  This should be available at your local quilt shop now.  

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas






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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Love, Love, Love....

 Love, love, love...here's another project I'm working on for a pattern re-release.  

 This quilt features a bevy of sweet fusible appliqued hearts.

 I traced them all onto Heat 'n Bond Lite, my favorite fusible web.

 Then, because I like cutting things out, I cut around each and every heart.  You could skip this step and just press the whole square onto the back of your fabric.

 Here's my stack of hearts, all ready to fuse.

 I made yellow hearts.

 I made pink hearts.

I made minty green, purple and blue hearts.  Then I cut out all of the hearts - yippee!  Aren't they looking pretty?  More to come in a future post.

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Jennifer Thomas

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

So Pretty in Pink ~ A Work in Progress

 Good morning!  I'm currently in the process of revising a few of my older patterns, and consequently sewing new versions of these fun quilts.  Here's a little peeky at one of them.

 This quilt is going to feature a pink and white color scheme.

 I'm pulling all of the fabrics from my stash.  This one has some pretty blues in it, but I think it will read well as one of the white fabrics.  I like the scrappy look.

 This pretty pink has bouquets of roses all over it.  So sweet!

 The blocks in this quilt are perfect for chain piecing.  I'm stitching them together on my favorite vintage machine, my Singer 301.

 It's so easy to sew triangle squares with this method, my favorite.  

 You get two for one!  Aren't these fabrics cute together?  I love to mix the old with the new.

 Here's a whole stack of pink and white triangle squares, ready to trim.

And finally, my current progress on this project.  Updates will be posted soon ~ stay tuned!

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Jennifer Thomas





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