Aurifil Artisan

Fall Rainbow

Have you ever had a plan that didn’t turn out? So you came up with a Plan B? That is exactly what happened to me! And I am calling it a Fall Rainbow!

This month’s Aurifil Artisan Challenge was to use Aurifil Floss. Have you tried this yet? Let me just say, it’s amazing! It stitches up so beautifully and comes in every color! You should try it!

Supplies for Fall Rainbow

I gathered up some of my favorite supplies for my fall rainbow:

Aurifil floss

Felt Scraps

Steel Swiss Dot Fabric for the background

Interfacing

HeatnBond Ultra hold

Embroidery scissors

Needle

Oliso Iron

I started by preparing the background fabric. I first fused the interfacing to the wrong side of the background fabric (per manufactures instructions.) And I used my Oliso iron of course! Next, I fused the HeatnBond to the felt. Then I cut out the rainbow shapes and fused the shapes to the background fabric.

Fall Rainbow

Then comes the fun part…embellishing. I love the freedom of embroidery. It seems to be more forgiving than cross-stitch. I also really love florals. So I started with some woven wheel stitches. My idea was that the florals would replace the clouds. I ended up using less colors as they just seemed to match better than my original pull. (Plan C at this point…Haha) I added a few lazy daisy stitches and some French knots and then I was done!

Fall Rainbow

And now I have a fun Fall Rainbow to enjoy. After this crazy year, I could certainly use a rainbow to help calm the storm of 2020!

If you would like to see more of what I’m up to, check out my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Riley Blake

Destinations- NYC

I am so excited to share my project today! Anderson Design Group has designed some beautiful fabric panels for Riley Blake. They are all based on Destinations. I knew instantly what destination I would pick, The Greatest City in the World…New York City!

NYC panel

Anderson Design Company also designed these amazing map prints. I love maps! I knew this would be a perfect addition to my quilt!

That pop of red!

These map prints remind me so much of NYC. It could be the Subway map or the streets winding in and out of each other. I added a pop of red to these flying geese for a modern quilt look. The red also matches the Empire State Building on the panel. I pieced and quilted this with my favorite Aurifil thread. I piece everything in my favorite white and quilted it with this grey.

NYC Quilt

I live outside of NYC with my husband and six kids. We packed up the kids and headed towards the city for a perfect photoshoot. We got to the skyline view right at sunset. It was perfect!

NYC at Sunset

I love taking quilts ‘out in the wild’ for a photo shoot. I am totally that crazy quilt lady who drags a quilt all over the place! You should see the looks I get! Haha I recently got back from an epic trip across the country with a quilt! If you missed it, you can read about it here. This also isn’t the first quilt to make a trip into the city. My Hello Brooklyn quilt made its debut appearance at the Brooklyn Bridge.

View with Empire State Building

While most of these pics are of the Downtown skyline, I had to include a shot of Midtown Manhattan. One of the reasons I was drawn to this panel is that it includes the iconic Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Both of these buildings are close to my husband’s office. My kids kept asking which building on the panel is Daddy’s work! So if you look really close, you can see the Empire State Building in the background of the picture.

NYC has my heart

Of all the places I have been to, NYC is my favorite! I love the business of the city. I love all of the fun things to do. I love all of the yummy food to eat! I love Broadway! It really is the Greatest City in the World!

NYC at night

We stayed taking pics until it was dark. There is something so magical about the NYC skyline all lit up at night. One World Trade Center is such a beautiful building!

NYC at night

Thank you for stopping by! I love sharing my city, NYC! If you need a new destination, I highly recommend coming and seeing New York City! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can follow along on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · The Smitten Chicken

Fat Quarter Ferris Wheel Quilt

As Summer is coming to a close, I have the perfect quilt to share with you today. It just screams Summer! I am quilting along with the Fat Quarter Shop. They just released a new FREE pattern called Fat Quarter Ferris Wheel Quilt.

Clementine Fabric by Ruby Star Society

Don’t these colors just look like Summer? I chose to use a Fat Quarter Bundle of Clementine by Melody Miller for Ruby Star Society. I love the bright pinks! I also love the clementine prints. Aren’t they sew cute?

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

I couldn’t make this quilt without my very favorite Aurifil thread. I like to sew my blocks together with a neutral thread. I use white fabric for most of my quilt backgrounds. This white Aurifil thread blends in perfectly. I also had to use my pink Olfa rotary cutter since it matches my fabric!

Hand-trimming my blocks!

I happened to be traveling while I was working on my blocks. I cut out the entire quilt before I left on vacation. I then didn’t have access to my Olfa rotary cutter or a cutting mat. So I had to cut my blocks by hand! What a giant pain!!! Good think my Riley Blake scissors are cute, but dang, this girl needs her tools!

Oliso Iron

I did manage to pack my Oliso iron. Thank goodness I did! Not all irons are created equal. I started to use a different iron before I remembered I had packed this. Let’s just say the other iron didn’t get very hot and started leaving weird marks on my fabric. Yikes! Oliso to the rescue! I was able to get my blocks nice and flat! The Oliso iron gets super hot. And it is pink!

Fat Quarter Ferris Wheel Quilt

I am so happy with how this quilt turned out! I decided to skip the border and make my quilt 42″x 56″. My baby is growing out of her baby quilts, so I needed a quilt that was a little bit bigger. Now she has the perfect summer quilt!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

This new pattern includes multiple sizes. You can make a crib, throw, twin or king size quilt with this pattern. I guess I made an extra long crib quilt! I was using a draft pattern, so my blocks were 14 inches instead of 17 inches.

Quilt Swirl

I had to include a quilt swirl. Aren’t these colors just perfect and summery? Is that even a word? I had sew much fun stitching this up! Now I just need to decide how to quilt it!

Thanks for following along with me today. If you would like to see more of what I’m up to, you can follow my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Jolly Bar Row Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar Row Along- Week 7

Hi and welcome to the final week of the Jolly Bar Row Along! I am sad this fun quilt along is coming to an end! The saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I have had so much fun sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop and sharing my blocks along the way.

Jolly Bar Row Along

If you are just getting started, you will need your favorite Jolly Bar, Jolly Bar Book Volume 2 and the fabric requirements.

Buy the Jolly Bar Volume 2 Book

I am a huge Bonnie and Camille fan! I chose to make my quilt with their Early Bird fabric line. I love how this turned out and can’t wait to get it quilted up!

Fat Quarter Shop Quilting Fabric, Kits, Notions and Patterns

Before I share the full quilt, let’s take a look back at some of my favorite blocks!

Crushing On You

I would have to say that the Crushing On You block is my favorite! I love heart blocks. I saved my red and pink prints for this fun block.

Sparrow Tracks

I also love the Sparrow Tracks quilt block. I was able to use some of my favorite prints like these cute tulips! And those florals! Bonnie and Camille florals are some of my favorite prints ever.

Jolly Bar Row Along

And here it is! My Jolly Bar Row Along quilt. I love it! Sewing a sampler quilt is so much fun. Each block is different and you never get bored! And everything looks great in Bonnie and Camille!

Aurifil Thread

I had to use my favorite Aurifil thread to finish assembling this quilt! I managed to finish off a spool in the process. How long does it take you to go through a spool of thread?

I couldn’t have made this quilt without my favorite Oliso iron! It gets super hot so my blocks are nice and flat! And it is pink!

Quilt Swirl

I had to include a fun quilt swirl! Each of the blocks look so fun together. I love the hearts and butterflies!

Jolly Bar Row Along

This quilt finishes at the perfect size. It is a great throw or a beautiful addition to your sewing space! I had so much fun putting this together.

Thanks for following along on the Jolly Bar Row Along! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can visit my Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Chirp Out!

Jen

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Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Jolly Bar Row Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar Row Along- Week 6

Hi! I am stopping by to share the final block of the Jolly Bar Row Along with Fat Quarter Shop. Are you quilting along too? You will need a copy of the Jolly Bar Book Volume 2, your favorite Jolly Bar and the fabric requirements to quilt along!

Jolly Bar Row Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s Early Bird fabric line for this project. I love Bonnie and Camille fabric. So it’s no surprise that I would pick this Jolly Bar for this project. I am a huge fan of their florals. And there are little birds in this line too! So cute!

Buy the Jolly Bar Volume 2 Book

These Blissful Kisses blocks are so fun to make! I have a little girl who would love this butterfly quilt!

Oliso Iron

To make the wings, you need to do a little bit of pressing. I love using my Oliso Iron for this! It gets super hot which helps make my blocks flat! And the best part is, it’s pink!

Favorite Tools!

I have to include my other favorite tools for piecing! I love my Olfa rotary cutter. It is the perfect size and it is aqua, my other favorite color! I also use Aurifil thread, all the time! 50 weight thread is my favorite for piecing and quilting. This stitches up like a dream!

Blissful Kisses

Blissful Kisses! I think the aqua floral is my favorite. But that rainbow stripe may be a favorite too! I think it is perfect for these butterflies. These blocks are sew cute!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to, you can follow my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest accounts!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Jolly Bar Row Along · The Smitten Chicken

Jolly Bar Row Along- Week 5

Hi! I’m back with week 5 of the Jolly Bar Row Along with Fat Quarter Shop. This week’s block is called Due North. You will need a copy of the Jolly Bar Book Volume 2, your favorite Jolly Bar and the fabric requirements to complete this quilt. Are you quilting along?

Jolly Bar Row Along

If you missed my previous weeks you can check out week 1, week 2, week 3 and week 4!

Buy the Jolly Bar Volume 2 Book

I picked Bonnie and Camille’s Early Bird fabric line for my Jolly Bar. I love Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I really love the little tulips and birds in this line. And no line would be complete without their beautiful florals! They are sew cute!

Oliso Iron

Where would I be without my Oliso iron? It gets so hot! It helps keep my blocks nice and flat with all that heat! And it’s pink!

Fork Pins

Do you have points that need to line up? These Due North blocks need the perfect point. The best way to get that is with FORK PINS!!! My quilting life changed when I found these. I used to unpick and unpick my blocks until my points matched. Now I use these pins and I don’t have to unpick, like ever! It’s amazing! The fork pin holds either side of the seam while stitching. The fabric cannot slide while stitching. If you haven’t tried these, you should!

Favorite Tools

My favorite tools! I am always grabbing for my Olfa Rotary Cutter. It is the perfect size and aqua (my other favorite color!) And I only sew with Aurifil Thread! My machine loves it and so do I! It glides beautifully through the fabric. I won’t use anything else!

I am liking how these Due North blocks turned out. They have a modern edge to it that I love! And of course those florals are my favorite! And polka dots! This fabric is sew cute!

Thanks for following along today! If you would like to see more of what I’m up to check out my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Aurifil Artisan · Stars and Stripes Quilt Travels · The Smitten Chicken

Stars and Stripes Quilt Travels

Today I am sharing one of my favorite projects ever, my Stars and Stripes Quilt! Why is this my favorite project? Because it combines two of my favorite things: quilting and traveling with my family. We decided to take an EPIC road trip this summer. We traveled over 7,200 miles through 25 states. It was incredible! To top it off, we took my quilt with us and took pics of it everywhere!

Pieced with Aurifil Thread

Before I get into the epic journey of this quilt, let me tell you more about it. I recently got a new machine (yay!) and it only likes Aurifil thread (me too!) I am also an Aurifil Artisan! This month as Aurifil Artisans, we are sharing our favorite thread weight. My favorite thread weight is 50. Why? Because it is so versatile! I was able to piece, quilt and bind my Stars and Stripes quilt without changing thread (besides a bobbin or two…or twenty).

Binding time with Aurifil

Here’s a close up of the quilting and the binding before I sewed it on. This Aurifil is the best! It quilts through all three layers of backing, batting and the quilt top so beautifully. I quilted wavy lines with my walking foot. It reminded me of a flag flying in a summer breeze.

I was curious what other quilters thought about thread weight so I made up a little poll. 89% said they prefer 50 weight thread! It is a winner! Now the quilt specs: the pattern is called Stars and Stripes and is designed by Camille Roskelley. I used my Bonnie and Camille fabric stash for the blocks. I then pieced and quilted it on my new Tula Pink Bernina with my favorite Aurifil Thread!

Home Sweet Home

On to our EPIC journey! We set a goal as a family to hit all 50 states. We were making some good progress and then the baby was born. And we decided we had to start over so she could visit all 50 as well. So here we go! 25 down, 25 more to go!

New York

We stopped at a number of places along our route. We stopped at State Lines to take some fun pics! We love New York and visit all the time!

Badlands National Park

I love National Parks! We also tried to visit as many as we could along the way. I had never been to Badlands National Park. It was amazing to see!

Badlands National Park

We couldn’t leave South Dakota without a stop at the infamous Mount Rushmore. It was HUGE! It was a surreal moment to see it. We loved every minute we were there! And took tons of pics!

We seriously couldn’t get enough of Mount Rushmore. It was such a fun place to have my Stars and Stripes Quilt.

Mount Rushmore

That wraps up the first segment of our traveling Stars and Stripes quilt. Stop by again to see where we took my quilt next! You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Jolly Bar Row Along

Jolly Bar Row Along- Week 4

Hi! Welcome back to week 4 of the Jolly Bar Row Along with Fat Quarter Shop. If this is your first time stopping by you can see Week 3, Week 2 and Week 1 in these previous posts. You need a Jolly Bar Book Volume 2 and the fabric requirements for the Row Along quilt which includes background yardage and your favorite Jolly Bar!

Jolly Bar Row Along

I am using Bonnie and Camille’s Early Bird fabric for my Jolly Bar. If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a BIG Bonnie and Camille fan! So this fabric line fits right in! Grab your favorite Jolly Bar and you can sew along too!

Buy the Jolly Bar Volume 2 Book

This week’s block is called Crushing on You. It is sew cute! I always love a heart block and this one is no exception!

Pressing hearts with my Oliso Mini

There are a few steps in creating this block, including trimming and pressing. I couldn’t do this pressing without my Oliso mini iron. It gets super hot which makes my blocks so flat. And it’s pink! To match my cute hearts!

Fork Pins

I haven’t shared on here for a bit my little secret to getting my points to match up, FORK PINS! These are a lifesaver. I have to use my seam ripper much less, which makes me a happier quilter! The pin holds the fabric on either side so it doesn’t shift while stitching. Fork Pins are amazing and I get perfect points every time. (even on my heart blocks!) You should try them!

Favorite tools

I have two more tools that I use all the time! I love Aurifil thread! This thread is my favorite. It glides through the fabric and creates no bulk. I am also an Aurifil Artisan so I will be sharing a more about this thread this year! I love my aqua rotary cutter by Olfa and use it everyday I’m quilting. I mean, anything aqua is my favorite!

Crushing on You

And my hearts are done! I love that they are going in the center of the quilt. And I love that this block is called Crushing on You. Isn’t that sew cute?

Are you quilting along? I hope so! This is such a fun and fast quilt!

Thanks for stopping by! If you want to see more of what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Chirp Out!

Jen

Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along · Jolly Bar Row Along

Jolly Bar Row Along- Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Jolly Bar Row Along! I am quilting along with the Fat Quarter Shop. You will need the Jolly Bar Book Volume 2. You can find the fabric requirements and the quilt along schedule here.

Jolly Bar Row Along

I am a big fan of Bonnie and Camille fabric! (You probably noticed if you have stopped here before!) So it is no surprise that I used their Early Bird fabric line for this quilt along.

Flying Geese with Aurifil

I am using my favorite tools to create these blocks! I love my aqua rotary cutter by Olfa. And my favorite thread ever is Aurifil! Not pictured is my favorite pink iron!

My favorite flying geese

I know you aren’t supposed to have favorites, but these tulips may just be my favorite print ever! They are so cute! And I love this aqua floral print. My favorite tools had to make another appearance! Did you know that I am an Aurifil Artisan for the year? You can check out this post here!

Buy the Jolly Bar Volume 2 Book

Are you quilting along? Grab your favorite Jolly Bar and you can quilt along too! This sampler quilt is so fun. Or you can make one of the quilts in the book Jolly Bar Book Volume 2. They are so cute!

Migration Blocks

Thanks for stopping by!

Chirp Out!

Jen