August Entry for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

August Entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge

August is here and so is my August entry for the Patterns by Jen 2019 Monthly Quilt Challenge. If I do say so myself, I love the way this one turned out.

I wasn’t too sure about this month’s red-orange color prompt for a couple of reasons. First of all, orange isn’t a color I work with a lot. Second of all, because I don’t work with it much, I don’t have a lot of fabric to choose from. Because I challenged myself to using only batiks, it was a stretch finding fabric that was suited.

Luckily, it didn’t turn out to be a problem, and I have added this beauty to my ever-growing stack of the other months’ blocks. Only four more to go, and I’m already playing with some quilt layout ideas in my head.

What fun this challenge has been so far. Not only have we made some terrific blocks, but the prompts we’ve gotten from Jen have been inspiring in the garden as well.

Each month’s color choice is based on a different flower, and this month’s selection hit the nail on the head. My block definitely reminds me of the orange and red marigolds that are blooming in my garden as I type this.

Challenge Progress

Here’s a look at what I’ve done so far. If you are inspired to give it a shot, check out the Patterns by Jen website for all of the challenge information.

Next month, the color prompt is lavender, and that is definitely a color I have plenty of batiks in. Depending on the design, I’ll just have to decide if I want to use lighter or darker lavenders. I can’t wait!

If you would like see more about my blocks other than my August entry for the Patterns by Jen color challenge, you can find them here.

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Tips For Quilting With Batik Fabric

10 Tips for Quilting with Batik Fabric

Visit any quilt or fabric shop and you are bound to come across the batik section. For people who don’t know, batik is a process of dyeing fabric using a wax resist method. Batiks have been around for a long time. While there is evidence that batiks date back to Egyptian times, the island of Java in Indonesia is best known for it. Today, batiks are made by many fabric manufacturers and are popular in the quilting world. If you plan on using them, here are 10 tips for quilting with batik fabric.

Note that these are general tips that I have come up with after quilting for about 30 years. Every batik, and every user, is different.

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Men’s Shirts Memory Ornaments

Men's Shirts Memory Ornaments Tutorial

This year has been full of challenges for me. Both my father and my father-in-law passed away within a short time of one another, and our family is dealing with the losses in the best way we know how to. In my case that includes creating things from some of their belongings. These easy men’s shirts memory ornaments are one of those creations.

With the shirts I had left from my father, I was able to make some nice throw pillows, but I still had plenty of fabric left after they were done. I thought it would be nice to make some small keepsakes for the grandchildren, which led to these ornaments.

Follow these easy instructions, and you will have your own memory ornaments in no time.

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9 Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas

Awesome Memory Quilt Ideas

Has your child grown out of their baby clothes? Has a loved one passed away? Before discarding their clothing items, consider making a cherished keepsake, like one of these awesome memory quilt ideas.

Memory quilts are a wonderful way to preserve special moments, like birthdays, graduations, weddings and deaths. Each one is unique, and treasured by families.

They can be made from almost any type of clothing item or accessory, and in any size. In this article you’ll find 9 articles to inspire you, plus a bonus idea for all of the scraps you’ll have after making your quilt.

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Men’s Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial

Men's Handkerchief Memory Quilt Tutorial - Free Pattern

A little while ago, after a very long illness, my father passed away. He was a creative man who appreciated, and made, all kinds of art. I was lucky enough to inherit his artistic gene, and I always knew that I would make something from some of his things after he died. So, even though writing this men’s handkerchief memory quilt tutorial was difficult for me, it was also been a big step in my healing process.

My father was never without a handkerchief in his pocket. Even when he was bedridden, he would have a clean one by the side of his bed. My brother and I still chuckle, remembering how we would roll our eyes when Dad would pull out is handkerchief to wipe our messy faces. It’s one of things I will always remember about him.

He was a down-to-earth guy, so whenever we bought him new ones, we would get the simple plaid patterns because those were his favorites.

To me, those plaid handkerchiefs just screamed out to be turned into a quilt. At first I thought I’d make a larger quilt, but then realized that other family members would appreciate a quilt as well. That’s how the idea of this wall hanging came to be, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

Loved turning my dad's handkerchiefs into a quilt

It’s a relatively easy quilt to make, but because the handkerchiefs are so lightweight, an extra step is needed to stabilize them.

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