One thing I have found over the years is that quilters are incredibly generous people. If you think about it, we don’t just donate a quilt, we donate the time, the money, and the love that went into making it. We give our creations to charities and they generate warmth, literally and figuratively, around the world. There are many deserving groups around the world that accept quilt donations. However, you may prefer to keep your gifts closer to home. Here are 11 worthy places to donate quilts locally.Continue reading
As quilters, we all get to a point where we just cannot seem to come up with any new ideas. It has happened to me many times, and it is extremely frustrating. Now that I write about quilting and crafts online full-time, it is important that I always have fresh ideas. If I don’t have something in the pipeline, I don’t have anything to write about. Because of this, I have come up with more than one hundred and twenty creative prompts for quilt inspiration that can help you get rid of your creator’s block.
Before I get to the list, here are some ways to remember your awesome ideas. I can’t count how many times I have come up with an idea, and then gotten home, only to realize that I completely forgot it.Continue reading
Some quilters may not consider a half square triangle an actual quilt block. After all, it plays a major part in many block patterns. However, I definitely consider it one, and I think it is one that stands quite well on its’ own. That’s why I came up with this half square triangle tutorial.
When laid out in an effective way, this simple two-color creation can produce stunning quilts. Just take a look at these nine of the sixteen half square triangle block layouts highlighted in this article.Continue reading
I can’t believe it’s already April and I am working on my fourth quilt block for the Patterns By Jen 2019 Monthly Color Challenge! Before I know it, December will be rolling around.
This month, the floral inspiration is Glory of the Snow, and what a glorious flower it is. It is an early bloomer that gives us all hope that Spring has arrived. It is also another blue flower, which there aren’t too many of in the garden. The white center of it makes it look like it’s glowing.
I tried to find batik fabrics that would mimic the color of the blossom, and I think I hit the mark. The color prompts for both March and April were navy and blue respectively, so I wanted to use fabrics that were blue, but not close to the navy from used in March. Using the white and light blue made all the difference.
As a result of creating this month’s entry, I’ve been inspired to design a blue and white quilt. The color combination is so a fresh and crisp, and the fabric I used gives a bit of a modern twist on the famous Blue Willow china pattern.
Unfortunately I don’t have too much of this fabric left. I’ll need to go shopping if I plan on making a larger quilt.
The Challenge So Far
So far this year the colors have been green, pink, navy and blue. Next up is lime green. I have a feeling that these blocks are going to be radiant once they are all finished and set together.
Here are the four blocks I have done so far. Every month I choose a new favorite, and this month is no exception. I just love that white and light blue print.
If you would like to join in the fun, check out the information over at Patterns By Jen. You’ll find all of the instructions, and you can see entries from other quilters too. It’s always fun to see what everyone comes up with.
When my daughter was younger she was really into perler (also known as hama) beads. Over the years, she lost interest in them, but we still have her brightly colored creations around the house. We also have a big plastic container filled with unused beads. In my never-ending quest to declutter, I decided to dig in to that bin, and I came up with this easy perler bead earrings tutorial.
Perler beads come in practically every color of the rainbow, and the design possibilities are endless. It is also surprisingly simple to turn them into a pair of fun earrings that kids, teens, and even adults, will love.
Today I am bringing you four different options, two that are fruity, and two that are floral. The fruit designs are big, bold, and sure to bring a smile to anyone who sees them. The flowers are a bit more understated, especially the smaller ones.Continue reading