Friday, July 24, 2015

Jacks Pattern Testers

I'm extremely grateful to my pattern testers for providing insightful feedback and beautiful projects. Not only that, many of my testers used the pattern in ways that I didn't and probably couldn't think of. I love to see how people use the same thing differently.

Now, how about a little pattern tester parade? These lovely ladies were some of my testers for the Jacks Quilt Pattern.

Gesine from allie and me design over in Germany made up this sweet version and took this amazing shot! Lovely castle! And quilt! Thank you Gesine!

Jacks Quilt Pattern testers

Tanyia made this version with scrappy 16-patches at the center. Look at that quilting! It's lovely, thanks Tanyia. :) You can find Tanyia over on Instagram @beebinwonderland.

Jacks Pattern Testers

Cristy from I Love You Sew also made a Jacks quilt. She used the Cotton and Steel Black and White's which I love and magenta. So great! Cristy also wrote up a review of the pattern if you'd like to read it. Thanks Cristy!

Dresden Pin Cushion {Sizzix Tutorial}

Today I'm over at the Sizzix blog sharing a tutorial for one of my favorite things - a Dresden pin cushion.

I used a pack of mini charms of Elizabeth Hartman's new fabric Rhoda Ruth, which will be available in the Fall. It's the cutest.

You might remember my other Dresden pin cushions... They're really my favorite. Fast to make and easy to embellish.

Rainbow Dresden Pin Cushion

This was my first version.

Color Me Happy Pin Cushion

This was my second version.

Like I said, I like Dresden pin cushions. :)

Use coupon code "SZB2015" from now until December 31st to get 15% off an order at Sizzix

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Pattern that Changed my Life {Rejection and Self-Reflection}

Today, I'm thrilled to be over at Abby Glassenburg's blog sharing a story about a pattern that changed my life. Really, I talk about how a rejection of that quilt from a show shaped my quilty journey.

I hope you all check it out! Thanks! 

Thank you Abby for having me! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Jacks Quilt Pattern {Finish}

Picnics, apples, quilts, warm (but not hot) evening breezes and catching fireflies. Lemonade and barbecue. It's oh so summery. *dreamy sigh*

Jacks Quilt

I'd like to introduce you to my latest pattern release, the Jacks Quilt, which is named after the game of Jacks. I never was able to master or appreciate the game, but I thought the pattern itself looked like the toy pieces.


This quilt has a more classic and traditional feel to it. I can't name a specific block as inspiration, but I think you'll agree that stars and 16-points are traditional essentials in quilt making.

For fabric, I thought Melody Miller's Picnic fabric would capture summer perfectly, the apples are so so darling and my favorite print of the bunch. The red in the line is my all time favorite type of red, a retro red. Many thanks to RJR Fabrics for sending me additional fabric to complete my quilt. I also mixed in some of the RJR solids because I love solids in quilts.


The quilt features 16 patches, which are a patchwork staple and so easy to make. You can make the 16-patches as I direct or you can choose to go scrappy. The 16 patches are nested between paper pieced stars. (Just after starting and writing this pattern I discovered a paperless paper piecing technique that I'll be sharing soon! I'd hate to write a paper piecing pattern then leave you guys laboring over actual paper piecing whilst I (relatively!) breezily paperless piece.)


Sizes include youth, throw, twin, queen, or king. I made the throw size, because there's nothing like a throw quilt. At least in my opinion. :) The pattern could be used with Jelly Rolls if you have jelly rolls on hand. And I've also provided other layout and quilt pattern ideas for you.


I've also included a coloring sheet. I used my pattern sheet to help decide on my quilting, but you'll also be able to use it to decide on colors.

For my quilting, I quilted orange peels on my new long arm (ooooh, I'll have to tell you about that won't I?!)


You can purchase the pattern in my shop, if you are in the EU here's my payhip shop, or you will be able to get it on Craftsy (sans discount sadly). All PDF patterns are on sale to celebrate my new pattern release - take 30% off of the original price by entering JACKS30 at check out.

Thank you all for your support!

Now to eat some of those peaches!!