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A Log Cabin-ish Quilt Fair with Riley Blake Designs

Hi! I’m so happy you are here today! I have been a huge fan of Tasha Noel for a long time! And I’m sew excited to share this project with you!

Quilt Fair fabric- photo courtesy of RBD

The little scenes from this Quilt Fair fabric are so adorable! Tasha knocked this one out of the park! She included quilt patterns and florals and even sweet strawberries. And I could not resist the little sewing machines! I used the pink sewing machines as my background fabric.

Log Cabin-ish quilt

I decided I needed to make another one of my Log Cabin-ish quilts. You can find the pattern here. I made a couple of holiday ones last year, but I needed a new quilty one! This pattern is so quick and shows off these adorable prints!

Log Cabin-ish block with favorite tools

I couldn’t make this quilt without some of my favorite tools! I love Aurifil thread and use it for all of my projects. My favorite color is 2021. Since I sew a lot with white, it matches everything.

I’m also obsessed with what I call the pressing dream team! I love my Oliso iron. It gets super hot and is small enough to keep right by my machine. After I press my blocks, I place the Riley Blake Designs quilter’s clapper on my seams. My seams are so flat! I love it! If you haven’t tried out the dream team, give it a shot!

Log Cabin-ish quilt

I love how this quilt turned out! The Quilt Fair prints just shine! And now I have a new quilt for my new sewing space!

Quilt swirl

I just had to share a fun quilt swirl pic with you! I love the way the Log Cabin-ish quilt looks in a swirl. All the blocks and colors coming together look so cool!

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel!

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Jen

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Grandma’s Chocolate Brownies

Thanks for stopping by today! I believe that food makes memories. Every time I make these brownies, I think about my Grandma. I remember spending time with her, eating these in her kitchen. So make these brownies! And make some memories!

Grandma’s Chocolate Brownies

1 cup butter

1/3 C. Unsweetened Cocoa

2 C. Sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 C. sifted flour

1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. vanilla

1 bag mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter, cocoa and sugar. Add eggs, beat well. Add flour, salt and vanilla. Spread into a greased and floured 9×13″ pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Take brownies out of the oven. Turn oven off. Cover brownies with small marshmallows. (You may not use entire bag) Put brownies with marshmallows back into oven for 5 min. Cool brownies. Frost once brownies are completely cooled.

Frosting

1/2 bag powdered sugar

1/3 C. unsweetened cocoa

3 TBSP. butter

3 TBSP. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix all ingredients together. If frosting is too thick, add more milk. If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar.

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by! Let me know if you make these! My kids LOVE them!

Chirp Out!

Jen


rainbow baby

Rainbow Baby

Today I am going to share something a little different. I try to make this space a happy and uplifting space, with lots of fabric! But today I want to share something that is near and dear to my heart.

I was on a girls weekend trip a few years ago. I had spent the previous few weeks sick with morning sickness. I went on this trip to celebrate the end of being ill and before I got too big with the baby. The weekend ended with me in the hospital where I heard the worst words ever, “you have lost the baby.” I honestly don’t think I had ever cried that much in my life. I cried so much I didn’t have any tears left. Needless to say, I was devastated.

I then entered the worst mom’s club out there, the miscarriage club. A club I never wanted to be a part of. A club that is never talked about. A club that we are members of and suffer in silence. I recovered physically from the miscarriage and then became OBSESSED with having a baby. And suddenly the whole world was pregnant. Those months were hard. Those months were dark.

Finally, finally, we were able to get pregnant again. I was placed on bedrest for more than half the pregnancy because I was threatening to miscarry again. But the darkness soon passed and we were blessed with a Rainbow Baby. A Rainbow Baby is a baby born after a loss of a child, whether that is via miscarriage or stillborn. A Rainbow Baby symbolizes renewal and hope.

Our Rainbow Baby

During this difficult pregnancy is when I really got into quilting. There was something so therapeutic about cutting up the fabric and sewing it back together again. As corny as it sounds, I felt like I was stitching myself back together. This sweet little baby has been pure sunshine and rainbows! She is the sweetest thing and has blessed out life so much!

I have always wanted to create a pattern to celebrate the Rainbow Babies in our lives. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. It seemed fitting to release this pattern this month.

I chose two different rainbows to create these baby quilts. I first picked a traditional rainbow. Riley Blake Designs has so many beautiful colors in their Confetti Cottons. For my traditional rainbow, I picked Blueberry, Sea Glass, Beehive, Salmon and Riley Raspberry. I also wanted to make a more muted rainbow. These colors are: Stargazer, Lodgepole, Curry, Canyon Rose and Frosting. And I pieced the whole thing with my favorite Aurifil thread.

Baby Alma Rainbow Quilts

I designed a quilt last February called Alma. Alma in Spanish means ‘heart and soul.’ I needed to make it into a baby quilt for these sweet Rainbow Babies who have so much of our heart and soul. I resized the pattern and Baby Alma is what I came up with. I LOVE it!! It is a beginner friendly quilt and will make the best baby gift, especially for those mamas who may be grieving their angel baby. You can find this pattern in my Etsy shop!

Baby Alma in a traditional rainbow

For the quilting, I chose little rainbow hearts. I thought that was fitting for the Rainbow Baby! I also love a stripe binding and used Riley Blake Designs 1/8″ black and white stripe for this quilt. I love the bright colors in this traditional rainbow!

Baby Alma quilt in non-traditional rainbow

I absolutely love this muted rainbow! These are new colors in the Confetti Cotton family and I am thrilled they have been added. I did use Vintage White as the background for this quilt. The usual Riley White that I love didn’t quite match the look I was going for in this quilt. I used Stargazer to bind the quilt as well.

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share a part of my heart with you today. If you have gone through or are going through infant loss, you are not alone! And I hope that you too can have your Rainbow Baby. They are truly the beauty after the storm.

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Jen

Riley Blake Designs · Riley Blake Project Tour

Brier Rose Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs

I am excited to share my new project with you today! I absolutely love fairy tales. So when I saw Jill Howarth’s new fabric line Brier Rose, I just knew I had to make something. Did I mention I have 5 girls? We do princesses all day long over here!

FQB of Brier Rose fabric

This fabric line is sew cute! It is full of little scenes from Brier Rose or Sleeping Beauty. There are little cottages with woodland creatures, fairies, a spinning wheel. And so much more! Plus it has gold accents! This is seriously made for little princesses.

Panel

There is also the cutest panel with this fabric line. It has Brier Rose asleep in her castle. The castle is surrounded by flowers and even has a menacing Malificent standing guard. I knew I had to use the panel in my project.

Brier Rose hearts

I thought that this sweet little heart block would make a fun addition to the panel. I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s tutorial for creating the heart blocks. They turned out sew cute! I love the little dragons. The details in this fabric line are the cutest! I used my favorite Aurifil thread to stitch these blocks up! And my BERNINA of course!

Fairies

Speaking of details. I love these little pink fairies. I had to use this for the sashing and borders in my project. Plus the fairies all have gold accents. I love it!

Play quilt

And here you have it! I combined all of my favorites from this line. I included the panel, the pink fairies and hearts! Now my little princesses have the perfect little quilt to drag around.

Thanks for following along today. If you would like to see more of what I am up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Aurifil Artisan · FPP

FPP (Foundation Paper Piecing) with Aurifil

Hi friends! I am back from summer…and moving! I will have to dedicate a blog post to the move, but for now I had to sneak in a quick FPP project.

Aurifil Artisan 2021

As an Aurifil Artisan, we get a ‘challenge’ every month to work on. I love this opportunity to try new techniques! I have recently discovered FPP (foundation paper piecing). As one of my first 2021 Aurifil Artisan projects, I made this FPP dog! I am falling in love with FPP! I had to jump on this month’s challenge…FPP!

Riley Blake Designs Confetti Cottons

I have a quilt that I designed (which I will share later) that needed some roses for the corners. I purchased this rose pattern by Jitka Designs. I gathered up my favorite ombre Riley Blake Confetti Cottons. From lightest to darkest:

Petal Pink

Petunia

Rose

Piglet Pink

Super Pink

Riley Fuchsia

I also used two greens:

Basil

Pear

And of course Riley White for the background.

FPP rose

This rose turned out so cute! This was all made possible with my favorite Aurifil thread! I branched out this time and used pink instead of white. I used Aurifil 2405 in 50 wt. This Oyster color is such a light pink it works as a neutral. But I felt like if I was sewing up a pink rose, I better use pink thread too!

The 50 wt. glides through the fabric and paper! Because remember, this is FPP! I may switch to pink from here on out!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see more of what I am up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube Channel!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Finish

Hi and welcome to the final reveal of the Serendipity quilt along! Every year Fat Quarter Shop does a charity quilt along. This year, the QAL benefits Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas. I have had a great time sewing along with Fat Quarter Shop for the Serendipity Quilt Along. I love this week the best! We got to show off all our hard work!

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

I love Bonnie and Camille fabric! I chose to use their new fabric line Shine On for my Serendipity quilt. I love this fabric line sew much!

Serendipity QAL

I love sampler quilts! I think it is sew fun to work on different blocks throughout the quilt. The Serendipity quilt has a variety of blocks with a variety of construction methods. Some of the blocks are constructed with Foundation Paper Pieces (FPP). Other blocks are constructed with traditional piecing. Both construction methods are included in the patterns. I think it is so fun to see all of these blocks come together! The finishing pattern can be found here.

Mock-up of Serendipity Quilt

I mock-up most of my quilts on my computer first. Then I can make sure similar prints aren’t touching and that the colors are spread evenly throughout the quilt. For example, I don’t want all of the reds at the top of the quilt. Plus since I’m short on space, I don’t have to take up room laying out the quilt. I usually have my kids help me with this part. It is nice to have an extra set of eyes looking at the quilt. Do you lay your quilt blocks out before you sew them together?

Serendipity Quilt

Here she is! I love how this quilt turned out! Each row is different and unique. I think the flower row is my favorite! Those big flowers turned out so cute in the middle of the quilt. And of course those navy mums are a favorite!

Quilt swirl

I had to take a quilt swirl pic with this quilt. I love how all of the rows come together. I chose to use the navy rainbows as the accent throughout the quilt. This is such a fun accent!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

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Chirp Out!

Jen

Aurifil Artisan · The Smitten Chicken

Dog-gone June Aurifil Artisan Challenge

I am thrilled to be an Aurifil Artisan again this year! I had so much fun sharing all about Aurifil thread last year and can’t wait to share more this year.

Aurifil Artisan 2021

Each month Aurifil Artisans are given a different challenge that will showcase Aurifil thread! Last year I made a project using 3 different thread weights and an EPP (English Paper Piecing) project to name a few!

Artisan collection 2021

The amazing team at Aurifil sent us each a beautiful welcome pack! Our challenge for the month of June was to make a project using some of the thread from our welcome pack. Do you want to see what is inside?

Artisan collection 2021

Aren’t these threads so beautiful? They come in a variety of colors and weights! I was drawn instantly to the pink! No surprise there.

FPP puppy

No this is not a pic of my dog, I don’t even have a dog. But this quilt block (designed by the incredible Kerry at KidGiddy) looks just like a very special dog. I have done very little FPP (foundation paper piecing) but I had to give it a whirl. We just finished up school (I swear we are the last school in the country!) and I made this up for a very special teacher. She had my son this year and my daughter a couple of years ago. She has been so great with my kids. We just love her! Her dog is very special and she talks to the kids about Sally. Sally has become a bit of the classroom mascot!

Sally

Using my 50 wt. Aurifil thread, I embroidered ‘Sally’ on the bottom of the quilt block. I used Aurifil 2440 peony pink from my welcome pack. It matched the collar and border of the quilt perfectly. I decided not to quilt this mini quilt. I didn’t want to take away from the intricate FPP block or the sweet message on the back.

Dear Ms. Conway

Isn’t this note the sweetest? I had both of my kids write a little note on the backing fabric. I love the extra little pics they drew for this special teacher.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Thanks for following along today. I had sew much fun stitching up this little teacher project. If you would like to see more of what I am up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or subscribe to my new YouTube channel!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 7

Hi and welcome to the last row of the Serendipity quilt with Fat Quarter Shop! I can’t believe we are almost finished with this quilt! I can’t wait to show you the finished quilt in a couple of weeks!

Every year Fat Quarter Shop participates in a charity quilt along. This year they are asking for donations for Make-a-Wish Central and South Texas.

I chose to make the Serendipity quilt with Bonnie and Camille’s Shine On fabric. I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! These prints are so fun to sew with. I am also sewing with my favorite Aurifil thread. I use 50 wt. for piecing and quilting. I am using 2021 since I am using white as the background for this quilt.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

Release 7 is called the Jackpot block! You can find the block for free here. The center is a fun economy block. You can use 3″ Square in a square Quilt Block Foundation paper to assemble the center. Or you can assemble it the traditional way. The pattern explains both!

I assembled my economy block centers using what I call the pressing dream team! I love my mini pink Oliso iron. It gets super hot and is the perfect size to keep by my machine! After I press my blocks, I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of my blocks. It keeps them nice and flat! Especially with a block like the Economy block which tends to have more bulk. If you haven’t tried out the pressing dream team, give it a shot!

And we hit the Jackpot with these blocks! I love the navy rainbow accents! Can you guess which block is my favorite? It’s a tie! I love the mums- so green and yellow!

I have been collecting my blocks in this sewing box from Ikea. It is so cute and fun! These Jackpot blocks are the final touch for this quilt. I can’t wait to show you my finished quilt next month!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Thanks for following along today! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube Channel!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Serendipity QAL with Fat Quarter Shop- Release 6

Hi friends! It’s time for another release with the Serendipity Quilt Along! The Serendipity Quilt Along is hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop. They host a charity quilt along every year. This year all donations are to benefit Make A Wish Central and South Texas. I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop this year!

Serendipity Quilt Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s fabric line Shine On to create my Serendipity quilt. I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! I love the pinks and aquas. Shine On is such a bright and happy fabric line.

2021 Charity Quilt, Serendipity Quilt Along

This week’s release, the Happenstance row, looks a lot like release number 2! You can see these cute flying geese with the Happy Chance row too. I love flying geese blocks. You can assemble them the traditional way as stated in the pattern. Or you can use 1.5″x 3″ Flying Geese Quilt Block Foundation Paper. Both are great options to assemble these little guys. The free pattern can be found here.

Aren’t these little flying geese so cute? I assembled mine the traditional way. I couldn’t stitch these up without my favorite tools. I use Aurifil thread for all of my piecing and quilting. I use 50 weight the most. It is so versatile and stitches up beautifully. I use my favorite 2021 white!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I also use what I call the pressing dream team! I use my pink mini Oliso iron to press all of my blocks. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top of all of my blocks. This keeps my seams nice and flat. Flying geese can get kind of bluky where the seams meet. The clapper helps with that!

And my Happenstance blocks are finished! I absolutely love that navy print. It looks like I fussy cut that flower. We are just going to call that a happy accident! Those green rainbows are cute too!

I found this little sewing box at IKEA. I am using it to store all of my blocks for this Serendipity quilt. It is starting to get full as we are nearing the end!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see more of what I am up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or subscribe to my new YouTube channel!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Riley Blake Project Tour · The Smitten Chicken

Destinations Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs

Welcome to my stop on the Destinations Project Tour with Riley Blake Designs. I love these Destination panels by the Anderson Design Group. My family and I love to travel so these are right up my alley! If you remember I made up a NYC quilt with a NYC panel. I also created a pattern using this panel. I used the same pattern for this quilt! This pattern works with ANY panel! You can find the pattern here.

Confetti Cottons with New England panel

This time we took a little trip to my neighborhood, New England! I live outside of NYC which puts us in New England! Growing up in Idaho I had no idea that parts of New England are suburbs of NYC. But this is where we have called home for over 8 years. So this New England panel is perfect!

Confetti Cottons

I chose these Confetti Cottons to coordinate with the panel. I used Riley White, Riley Red, Riley Navy and Peacock. See my quilt pattern for fabric requirements. I thought this gave it a bit of a patriotic look to the quilt. New England is so historical and integral in creating the United States of America.

Flying Geese with the pressing dream team!

I assembled the flying geese first. Just like in the NYC pattern, I only used one accent flying geese. The red matched the panel so well! I think the one accented flying geese gives it a modern feel.

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I also used what I call the pressing dream team to assemble my flying geese. I use my Oliso iron for all my pressing needs. Then I place my Riley Blake Designs clapper on top for a minute or so. I have such flat flying geese! I love this combo. If you haven’t tried these out, give it a shot!

Fork Pins

Once I have all of my flying geese assembled, I need to stitch them together. I do this by using FORK PINS!!! These are the best! They hold both sides of the seam while stitching. I have such better points while I’m using these. Which means less unpicking with my seam ripper. If you haven’t tried fork pins, give them a try!

New England quilt

Nothing says New England more to me than a forested area by a beach! We have one close to our house. This is where all the boats dock. I love this place! It is perfect for a little photoshoot!

Uncle Sam Blossoms Fabric

I used Christopher Thompson’s Uncle Sam Blossom for the backing on this quilt. It is so patriotic and the perfect basic! I LOVE it! This is the same print I used as my background on my EPP stars table topper.

New England Quilt

I did straight line quilting on this quilt. My lines are 1 inch apart. I used my BERNINA 770 QE with a walking foot to quilt this up. I also used my favorite Aurifil thread. I used 2021 which is just the right shade of white to match my background fabric and the backing!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Thanks for stopping by! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and subscribe to my new YouTube channel.

Chirp Out!

Jen