Posts by Jennie

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 3}

Greek-Square Alright, let me be honest…I cannot believe I’ve made it to week 3 on time! We spent the better part of last week visiting my parents, and Josiah has been on vacation too, so sewing hasn’t exactly been a priority! But I just knew that if I let myself get behind on the blocks, I would slow slip into being more and more behind. So, I finished them up this morning! I snagged some of this amazing Bliss by Bonnie & Camille for Moda from #thegreatfabricdestash on Instagram.

MosaicAnd, I bravely cut into the one fat eighth of blue seeds from the original release of Flea Market Fancy. I bought these on a destash on Etsy, since I missed the original release, and I’m so glad someone let these amazing fabrics sit on their shelf for seven years, but I didn’t want to do the same! The center fabric is also from Bliss, and I only have a small strip, so it was a tough decision to fussy cut the center, but I am glad I did.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 5-6Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Greek Square: As usual, I oversized the half-square-triangles. Also, I sewed the rectangles in strips and then cut them apart, that way I could again trim for accuracy. The rectangle units also ended up slightly wider than the center and corner squares, so I had to trim them down. I opted to just trim the dotted side so that I would have more of the pink Bliss.

Mosaic: Aside from oversizing the half- and quarter-square triangles, this block was pretty straightforward.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-3Here are all six blocks together, I’m getting so excited about this quilt!

If you wanted to make a mini quilt like the one I made for the mini quilt swap {you can see it here}, you now have all the blog patterns. I made my sashing 3/4″ {cut at 1 1/4″}.

And, if you’re sewing along, please share in the Flickr group or on Instagram with the tag #simplescrappysamplerqal. Although this is a casual quilt along, I just might have a prize or two up my sleeve for those of you making the blocks, because you’re the ones keeping me motivated to make this quilt!

Restored 316 Designs, WordPress, & WooCommerce

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With more indie pattern designers moving to WordPress, and since I just gave our blog a little bit of a facelift, it seemed now was a good time to address some of the e-mail questions I’ve received about our website on WordPress and what we use.

Restored-316Our blog is set up on a Theme by Restored 316 Designs, which utilizes the Genesis Framework. All of the themes at Restored 316 Designs are really beautiful, so far I’ve used three different ones, Craftiness, Simply Luxe, and now Sprinkle. Each theme is so detailed and easy to modify, not to mention mobile responsive. If you’re looking for more information on setting up a WordPress blog, Restored 316 Designs also has some helpful information and resources.

shopOur shop is run on WooCommerce, which is a free plugin available for WordPress. It is fairly easy to use and customize, though it has the occasional glitch {like when we had a pattern sale after an update and none of the patterns were automatically sent! oops!}, but as long as you’re attentive to your shop, it is pretty easy to notice if things are going wrong. The only drawback is that shipping seems difficult to customize, if you’re sending physical products.

I have done all our blog moving and customization myself, it took a good amount of time and some web searching, but it wasn’t too bad. Using the Genesis Framework and the Restored 316 Designs themes made it much easier than it would have been without. I hope this helps you out if you’re planning to make the move to WordPress.

Restored 316 Feminine WordPress Theme Design using the Genesis Framework

Note: I have not received any compensation for this review, I’ve just been very satisfied with Restored 316 Designs, the Genesis Framework, and WooCommerce. Since writing this post, we have joined the Restored 316 Designs Affiliate program, so if you make a purchase through a link on our blog, we will receive a commission, your cost will remain the same.

Simple Scrappy Sampler {Week 2}

TurstyleWelcome to week two! I’m really excited about this quilt because I’m using all my favorite fabrics, so I know I’m really going to love this quilt! Oh, and we started a Flickr group too, for those of you who prefer Flickr to Instagram, you can find it here. Block three uses one of my favorite prints from Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.

Economy-PatchBlock four is the Economy Patch, and I decided not to use the La Creme dots on this one. Since I didn’t really plan on using them in every block, I thought it was a good time to throw in some blocks without the dots.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 3-4Here’s the cutting layout for the blocks. Alternately, PDF version can be downloaded here. Here are a couple notes on the blocks:

Turnstyle: I cut the blocks at 5″ and 5 1/4″, respectively. Then I trimmed each quarter of the block to 4 1/2″ before sewing. This seemed easier than cutting anything with 3/16ths of an inch!

Economy Patch: I started with a 4 1/2″ center square and over sized the triangle corners. The first set of corners trims down to a 6 1/8″ square, then the second set to 8 1/2″. I’d much rather trim a little off than have my block too small.

Week-2-blocksAnd here are all four blocks together. I’m excited to start the next two. If you’re sewing along, we’d love to see your blocks either in the Flickr group or be sure to tag it #simplescrappysamplerqal on Instagram.

Sewvivor – Clover & Violet – Jennie P.

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Happy Tuesday! I’m blogging today because I’ve decided to enter the Sewvivor competition at Family Ever After!

This time around the contest is Quilter’s Edition, which really seemed perfect to me since {nearly} everything I make is quilted. Since the audition entry can be a previously made project, I decided to submit my Caitlin pouch pattern. It is both made of patchwork and quilted, and I love the idea of having and using quilted items all the time!

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I had a lot of fun pairing bright solid with the low volume prints in this pouch. Since I am not super adventurous with the accessories I carry, I feel like this creates a bold look without being loud or obnoxious!

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The fabrics are Road 15 by Sweetwater and Moda Bella Aqua and this pouch has a fun recessed zipper and removable handle, so it would be great in your sewing room or out and about!

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So, fingers crossed that I get picked for the competition, I really love this sort of stuff! And, if you’re interested in entering, you can find all the details here.

Simple Scrappy Sampler Quilt Along {Week 1}

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Block-1Happy Monday! Here are the first two blocks of my sampler quilt! I decided to just start with some of my favorite fabrics, in hopes that will help me keep on track and make the whole quilt! The first block is called “Hourglass” by Electric Quilt 7, even though it is not what I would have thought of as an hourglass!

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Block-2And then the next block is a simple star. All these blocks will finish at 8″ square, I felt like this was a good size for me, not tiny, but it will still give a lot of variety to the quilt.

Simple Scrappy Sampler 1-2Here are the piece sizes to make each block. I am just going to list the actual sizes needed for the block, not the detailed construction directions. You can download a PDF of the size requirements here. Also, here are a few notes for the blocks:

Hourglass: I used 5″ squares for the half-square triangles, and then trimmed them to 4 1/2″ when they were sewn. I cut 2 1/2″ x 11″ strips for the small squares, sewed them together, and then trimmed them into 2 1/2″ units.

Sawtooth Star: I used the same method Chrissy used for the star of the Mini Medallion QAL. I did not upsize my geese units, but it probably would have been a good idea, to get everything square.

Personally, I’d rather waste a little bit of fabric than have my quilt not turn out square, as I know my seam allowances aren’t always perfect.

Simple-Scrappy-Sampler-Week-1If you’re making one of these along with me, I’d love to see your progress! Share a link in the comments below or tag your project on social media with #simplescrappysamplerqal and tag me too!

Oh, and if you have a favorite basic quilt block that you think would be a good fit for this quilt, please let me know!