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We are Part of Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour!!! Yay!

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 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to keep reading so you can see which quilt sample I chose to make from Nancy’s AWESOME new book!  Drum Roll, Please! …………………………………….

My name is StitchinJenny and this is where I blog about all the fun things I’m doing as an educator at my favorite sewing shop:

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This week, I’m taking part in Nancy Zieman’s Blog Tour to help get the word out about her latest book.  Let me tell you, it’s FULL of great quilt projects that will delight the novice to the expert quilter with it’s easy to follow instructions and tips.  You are definitely going to want your own copy of this one!

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PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

Enter to Win a FREE Copy of Nancy’s Newest Book!!!

Would you like a chance to win a free copy of Quick Column Quilts?  Just leave a comment on this blog post and a random winner will be chosen from the comments at the end of Nancy’s blog tour on Sept. 17th.  We will ship your book to you once we receive our copy from the publisher!

MORE PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!!!

Nancy Zieman will be hosting a grand giveaway of 15 prizes!!!  If you would like to enter to win PLEASE follow the instructions below:

Readers must comment on Nancy’s September 4th blog posting to qualify for the giveaways. Click this link and make a comment on her quick column-quilts post.                 http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/quick-column-quilts/

I chose to make the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt:

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First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.

First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.  I got these fun prints from my designer friend, Erin Schlosser.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Next, I sewed the strips together using a really neat method to create a staircase effect.  This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevrons....

Next, I sewed the strips together using Nancy’s method to create a staircase effect. This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevron columns….  See next photo for my fabric “Stairs”

Downstairs Strips!

Part of my Downstairs Strips!  I love those big,colorful flowers….

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy's very clear instructions for cutting my "Stairs" into what would become the chevron columns.

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy’s very clear instructions for cutting my “Stairs” into what would become the chevron columns.

My first Chevron column!

My first Chevron column!

Once I had all my columns prepared, I needed to decide on a layout for my quilt.Preparing the columns was so easy. (There's some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.)

Once I had all my chevron columns prepared, I needed to decide on a final layout for my quilt. Preparing the columns was so easy. There’s some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

I love how this quilt top turned out!

I love how this quilt top turned out!

So, I must confess, I’m not done with the final steps such as adding the batting, backing, binding, and actually QUILTING my quilt.  (Yes, I’m one of those quilters who loves to make the tops and procrastinates the finishing….)

BUT, I was relieved to see that Nancy included a lot of helpful illustrations and instructions to help newbie quilters like myself get this job done and done WELL!  I’m looking forward to finishing this and improving my skills in the process.

If you’d like to see more from Nancy’s Blog Tour, just visit the links below:

Here is a listing of all the wonderful bloggers on the Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour:

09/04/14         Nancy Zieman

09/05/14         Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.

09/06/14         Diary of a Quilter  and Stitchin Jenny

09/07/14         A Woman a Day  and Craizee Corner                

09/08/14         Jina Barney DesignzLilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin’ 

09/09/14         Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama

09/10/14         Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan

09/12/14         Happy Valley PrimitivesDoohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day

09/13/14         Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around

09/14/14         Lazy Girl Designs and  Marie-Madeline Studio

09/15/14         Always Expect Moore  and Polka Dot Chair

09/16/14         Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs

09/17/14         Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Easy Quilted Place Mats

FREE monthly sew club for kids will resume classes at Humble Sewing Center on Saturday, September 27th from 6pm-8pm.  Contact instructor, Jenny Gabriel via email if you would like to attend!

email:   info@stitchinjenny.com

Hi!  One of the things I love to do at our monthly Free Girl’s Sew Club is to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

So, we offer a variety of easy projects that can usually be completed in one 2 hour sewing session.

Often times, the project will use fabric strips from a Jelly Roll or fabric squares from a stack of Fat Quarters.  This is a convenient way to select a number of fabrics that all look like they go together pretty well and we can save time by not having to cut the fabric ourselves.  (Click these links if you have no clue what a jelly roll or a fat quarter is.)

Take a look at these easy quilted Place Mats that were made during our April & May 2014 Sew Clubs:

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The diagonal stripes were made from a stack of jelly roll strips that the girls organized in a pleasing manner and then sewed together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  We made sure they had enough strips sewn together to have a pieced fabric that measured a little over 19″x13″.

Then, we made a “quilt sandwich”.  Basically, a piece of fabric for the place mat’s back was laid with it’s wrong side up, then a layer of quilt batting was laid on top of that, and lastly the pieced fabric was laid on top of the batting with its ride side facing up.

Each girl then chose a series of decorative stitches from her sewing machine and sewed either down the center of certain strips or she would sew right in the seam of two different strips.

After all the stitching was done (actually, this is called the quilting part) the quilt sandwich was cut into a place mat sized rectangle about 19″x13″.

The last step was to add the binding.  They were eager to try their skills on a larger quilt soon so I showed them how to make mitered corners.  See what a great job she did:

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If you have no clue how to make mitered corners, click on this link to a great tutorial by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt company.

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Some of the kids kept it really simple and just did horizontal stripes and used the “pillow case” method to finish their place mats.

That means:

  • After the strips were all sewn together, we cut the pieced fabric, batting, and place mat backing fabric down to the right size before we continued.  
  • Then we laid the batting down first, next we laid the pieced fabric with its right side face up on top of that, and last we laid the backing fabric face down (wrong side up) on top of the pieced fabric.  
  • We sewed around all four sides and left an opening for turning the place mat right side out.  
  • Then we sewed the opening shut and added some decorative stitches on some of the stripes to quilt the place mat.  
  • The process is essentially making a flat pillow that has a layer of batting inside so that’s why it’s called the “pillow case” method.  

april4This Mother/Daughter team opted to make a Crazy Patch version of the quilted place mat.  Here they are laying out their plans for the next pieces.

april7She’s stitching the next piece of the crazy patch.

april6Look at how well it’s all coming together!

The crazy patch method turned out to be most time intensive of all since it required more pressing and she had decided to have a 6 sided piece in the center of her crazy patch.  Usually, and likely due to ease of construction, most crazy patch quilts have a 5 sided piece in the center of each crazy patch block.

Her project did look beautiful though!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed and visit again soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Jelly Roll Quilt Idea!

Are you looking for a fun, easy, fast quilting project? Are you a beginning quilter? Do you want to make a throw quilt top in just a few hours? If so, this is for you.

Start with a Jelly Roll.  A Jelly Roll is a collection of 40 strips of fabric that are 2 1/2″ wide. There are usually about 40 strips in each Jelly Roll. Similar to a Jelly Roll is the Bali Pop which is packaged differently than the Jelly Roll. Jelly Rolls are usually available for each new fabric collection designed for Quilting. The Jelly Roll shown is Primitive Little Gatherings by Moda. The sample quilt that Annette made for the store is from the Cherish Nature collection by Moda.

Here is how Annette made the quilt top.

  1. Take your strips from a Jelly Roll or Bali Pop or any other set of 40 ea. 2 1/2″ width of fabric strips, remove the selvedges.
  2. Sew the stops together short end to short end, forming a 1600 inch strip (REALLY LONG!)
  3. Cut about 18″ from one end of long stip. This will randomize the seams on the long stip.
  4. Fold this long strip in half with right sides together and stitch the long sides together
  5. When you get near the end cut across the strip and finish sewing.
  6. Now you have an 800″ X 4 1/2″ strip. Fold again, cut the fold and sew long sides together.
  7. Now it is 400″ X 8 1/2″. Fold again, cut and stitch so the quilt is now 200 X 16 1/2.
  8. Fold and cut again and stitch so the piece is 100″ X 32 1/2″.
  9. And one last time. Fold, cut and stitch so you have a quick quilt top that is about 50″ X 64″, a great lap quilt size. Or add borders to make a larger quilt.

You can use 3 Jelly Rolls to make a king size quilt. Complete steps 1-8 for each of the 3 Jelly Rolls. Then sew the 3 sections together on the long side. You now have a 96″ x 96″ quilt. Add  borders to the top and sides to make the quilt 108″ x 108″.

Have fun.

Happy Quilting,

Marje