It’s been a while since I’ve done a featured quilter, and I decided to get back to it with Jennifer! Jennifer blogs at Archipelago Quilting, and she loves paper-piecing. Her work is beautiful, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Jennifer!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting about 18 years ago. A friend of mine was going to have a baby and I wanted to make a quilt for her new daughter. I based it on the cover of the book On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier. Another friend of mine, Anne, had recently retired and was so wonderful and supportive… she gave me a few tips, several ideas and confidence.
2. Why do you quilt?
For me quilting is a great way of releasing stress–when there is nothing/little in my life I can control, I always can … Read More »
We’ve had so much fun recording these podcasts each week, and hope that you enjoy the information we are sharing! Let us know if there’s anything you want to hear more about!
The how’s and why’s of paper piecing. . . for us!
We love the accuracy and perfection of paper pieced blocks and how it simplifies the most complicated blocks.
Here’s a few links we mentioned to help get you started :
Square in a square block – great starting point
Small log cabin blocks – scroll down for the pattern, and make it your own.
Dancing Stars Block and video tutorial (my quilt top is here, sadly still not quilted!)
April’s paper pieced words
Our favorite tools
Add a Quarter Ruler
28mm Rotary Cutter
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It’s time for a giveaway! (this really is my 1400th post!)
Honestly, I’m so thankful for the community, friends, encouragement, and inspiration that I’ve found online – had I not started blogging six years ago, I’m not sure what I would be up to right now!
I love being creative and sharing my love of fabric, and beautiful design with all of you here. All the opportunities that I have worked toward over the last six years seem to have culminated last week, when sample yardage for my own fabric line arrived on my doorstep!
I set to work cutting up fabric for the patterns I’ve been planning, above is a quick peek at a few of the prints I designed for Moda (pinch me!). You’ll notice the fabric bears the same name as my … Read More »
Happy Friday! This week has been full, and I’m excited to share my Star-Crossed quilt top with you!
I made it with Botanique by Joel Dewberry, and Bella Eggshell (281). Star-Crossed is from my second book, Modern Basics II and a great project for large scale prints!
Now I’m looking forward to quilting up that negative space with something fun! Let me know if you have any ideas! I spent the week working on this, and one other secret project so that I would be ready to manage this box of fabric :
50 pounds of sample yardage, of fabric that I designed! I’ll share more about it as soon as I can. On the docket this weekend :: I’ll be sewing up patterns to go with the fabric, … Read More »
Catch up with April and I, and everything that we are working on this week! Today we are sharing our favorite crock pot meals to nourish our families, life is busy but having a healthy meal is a must for both of us. Listen in and share your favorites in the comments!
Our Top Five crock pot recipes; tried and tested by our families ::
Split Pea Soup
Honey Garlic Chicken
Harvest Ham and Root Veggies
Glazed Pork Tenderloin
White Bean and Chicken Chili
Sesame Ginger Chicken
Shredded Pork Sandwiches
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Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend – it’s been warmish here, with lots of sunshine (45-50F) and the outside time has been beautiful! Along with family time, I found some late night, and early morning sewing time, to work on my Star-Crossed remake – which I’m super excited to get into a top this week!
Here’s the stars for the centers ::
Strip pieces for the edges ::
And my first completed block ::
I’m loving the colors in Botanique – I pretty much have the whole line represented in this quilt, which is always fun!
I’m headed back to the machine and will share the top soon!
What are you working on this week?
Catch up with us on the happenings in our studios, and current deadlines. April shared some big news on her blog this week, and there’s a giveaway if you hurry over.
Check out my most recent quilt top here, and maybe join for a gray swap!
Other things we like to sew :: Top 5 patterns or tutorials that we want to, or like to make.
Bridget’s Bagettes – quick zip pouches
Cargo Duffle – great directions for a bag newbie
Primrose Village Wallet – nicely written pattern from Bari J
Quilted Vest – simple and quick open vest
Negroni – men’s shirt pattern
Fabric bracelets – cute project, easily customized
Airelle – sweet shirt with the right details for April
Cosmetics & Toiletries Case – don’t be intimidated!
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I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!
Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.
Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go … Read More »
Hi friends! We’d love to know more about what you would like to learn from us – be sure to leave a comment or email us and share your ideas!
We decided to talk about fabric this week since it’s been a while! We each shared five lines, we really like!
My Botanique flying geese, for Star-Crossed -
Botanique by Joel Dewberry
Mochi Dots by Momo
True Colors by Anna Maria Horner
Hothouse Flowers by Mo Bodell
MorMor by Lotta Jansdotter
Fox Field by Tula Pink – check in with April for a giveaway soon!
Dowry by Anna Maria Horner
April Showers by Bonnie and Camille
Sweet as Honey by Bonnie Christine
Up Parasol by Heather Bailey
Share your current favorite or upcoming lines in the comments – we love to be inspired!
**April’s patterns can be viewed here, and purchased here and here.
Coming Soon at Fat Quarter … Read More »
Winners were selected by random number generator :: Diane & Svetlana – if you haven’t gotten my email, please contact me right away!
I hope you all have been busy making pillows! For those of you that made a pillow this month, I would love to see what you made! Add your link to the collection below, and be entered to win too :)
Click the “Add Your Link” button above and input your blog or flickr link!
Can’t wait to see all your creativity –
PS – If you missed the week of Pillow Collective tutorials, click over here and follow the image links to be inspired!
Hi there! I’m excited to be part of the release of Fat Quarter Shop’s newest FREE pattern – Charm Pack Cherry! It’s a fun, quick pattern for all those charm packs, we all seem to collect. I pieced my sample in just an hour or so – it’s that quick!
I started with Surrounded by Love charms, and solid charms followed the simple diagrams, and had fun stitching up this cute quilt! It’s a first for me – I’d not made a valentine’s quilt before. I machine quilted it with some double loops, swirls, and a few experimental feathers; I’m still having fun trying new things out on the long-arm!
There were a few extra charms after piecing the top, so I worked them into a corner of the back, that I plan to use as … Read More »
Hi all! I wanted to share an interview that went up last week – if you haven’t checked out the Modern Sewciety podcast, you should! I had a lot of fun chatting with Stephanie.
Also, Stephanie is planning a giveaway of some of my books soon, so be sure to follow her blog!
More soon –