Classes – Basics and Bindings and Colors, Oh My!

What?  August already? I had a summer here a minute ago…

Well, it is time to get myself back to school.  I wanted to share my teaching schedule for August and September.  I have some standard classes and some new classes.  I don’t want you to miss out on the ones you are interested in.

All my classes are at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum at  8601 W Cross Dr Unit P1 – Littleton, CO 80123. 303-979-2334

I have one class in August, the Absolute Beginner Quilting Basics Series – Class 1

Saturday, August 1st or Wednesday, August 5th from 10:30 to 4:30 for $35.

Absolute Beginner project

Absolute Beginner project

I have three exciting classes in September.  First is the Machine Binding Workshop on Wednesday, September 2nd from 10:30 to 2:00 for $20.  MANY of you have asked for this class.  We will focus only on binding and you will leave class with samples to take home to help you make it again.

Machine Binding Workshop

Machine Binding Workshop

Want to learn to quilt? Take the Quilting Basics Series with Class 2 – Strips and Triangles.  (And I have a NEW way to make easy triangles! Yay!)  The class is on Saturday, September 5th or Wednesday, September 9th from 10:30 to 4:30 for $35.

Quilting Basics Series - Class 2 - Strips and Triangles

Quilting Basics Series – Class 2 – Strips and Triangles

The third class is VERY exciting!  For some, picking the colors for a quilt can be very challenging!  For others, it is one of their favorite parts.  It is back to school for both of you. The Flowers In The Window Workshop uses my pattern, which is available on my website, and takes you step-by-step thru my color process, layout and piecing. (And, fair waring, there will be homework!)  If you struggle with fabrics or love to use color in your quilts, this three-part class is not to be missed!

The first session is on Thursday, September 10th from 10:30 to 2:30. Session 2 is on Thursday, October 8th from 10:30 to 2:30 and the Session 3 is on Thursday, November 12, from 10:30 to 2:30.  The cost for all three class is $75.  Fall in love with color and make your own work of art.

Flowers In The Window Workshop

Flowers In The Window Workshop

I have more classes in October and November, including applique, paper-piecing, 1600’s quilt race and working with Minky.  If you want to know more about any of my classes, patterns, demos and webinars, go to my website.

Hope to see you in class soon!

Jenny

P.S. Believe it or not, now is when I start to plan for next year’s classes.  What do you want to learn?  Put your comments in the section below.

The Webinar, The Winners and The New Pattern

Hi everyone!

First, I wanted to let everyone know about my webinar, “Quilting with Triangles” is THIS Tuesday, May 19th at 11am MST.  Even if you cannot attend the live event, you can still register here and receive access to the webinar later.

Promo IconIn the webinar, I will try to answer the the frustrating issues we all encounter when piecing triangles.

Single Shot

Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese

The winners in the Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilts 2015 giveaway are Sharon and Cecilia!  Congratulations!  You items will be shipped to you from Quilter’s Newsletter.  Many thanks to everyone who posted.  Your comments are so encouraging.

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For those of you who are uncertain about quilting with minky, I have some blogs dealing with minky and sharing my best tips for “Making Minky Easy”.

How to Stuff An Owl, My Best Tips for Working With Minky and My Best Binding Method.

If you have any minky questions, I encourage you to check them out.

And speaking of minky, I have a new pattern!  It is called Wonkey Donkey.  It is available from my website, Jenny Kae Quilts – Patterns.  It is also a great pattern for novelty prints that you want to showcase.

Wonkey Donkey

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend and I hope to see you soon,

Jenny

The Tour Continues!

There are still a few days left on the Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilts 2015 blog tour.

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Just in case you missed any stops, here they are.

Did you get to visit Joanne Hillestad?  She has two quilts in the magazine, page 32 and 62!

Or how about Karen Gibbs?  Her Dinosaur Footprints quilt in batiks on page 46 is really nice.

Then there is Susan Emory and her quilt on the cover and page 12.

Next up is Jen Daly, who also has two projects, a quilt on page 49 and travel checkers on page 76.

And also on Thursday is Barb Cherniwchan and her video game themed quilt on page 73.

You can finish out the week strong with a visit to my friend, Kate Colleran.  Take a look at her quilt on page 8.

Last stop on the tour is Kim Hanson and her cute bed hanger on page 19.

There is still time to visit everyone and many still have giveaways you can enter.  My contest is open until Monday, May 11th at 6:am.MST 2015.  See my blog to enter. 

Thanks for popping in again and have a great day!

Thanks,
Jenny

Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour

Welcome to today’s stop on the Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilts 2015 Blog Tour.  Thanks for checking me out!

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Cuddle Kid

Take a close look at my quilt “Cuddle Kid”. Notice something about my quilt that is different from some of the other quilts in this issue?  My quilt is made with Cuddle  Pre-cuts from Shannon Fabrics, also called minky, that super-soft fabric you can’t help but touch when you walk by.

But, do you just walk by and not take any home?  Do you have questions about how to sew with minky? Then keep reading.  I made this quilt with you in mind.  First, I used Shannon Fabric Cuddle Pre-cuts!  (Pre-cut minky, that’s awesome!)

Cuddle Pre-cuts!

Cuddle Pre-cuts!

I kept the size small so you can try on a smaller project first. And I left the design very simple so you can focus on working with the new fabric.

Another color way

Zoologie Midnight from Shannon Fabrics

I started just where you are, wanting to sew with minky but unsure how. If you want to learn more, I have three blog posts where I share all the info and tricks that worked for me.

Start withMaking Minky Easy – My Best Tips for Working With Minky“.

Minky Yardage

Cuddle fabric

If you want to make a cute stuffed critter, readMaking Minky Easy – How to Stuff an Owl“. The owl pattern, “Happy Scrappy Whoo” is available from Macay Manor Muesers.

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“Happy Scrappy Whoo”

And, if you are thirsty for more, read “Making Minky Easy – My Best Binding Method“.  Finished Binding

The pattern for this quilt, “Tiger Eye” is available from my website, Jenny Kae Quilts.

Tiger Eye Flat

And now for some free stuff!  We have two different prizes. You have one week to enter!

For your chance to win, post a comment below between Monday, May 4th at 6:00am MST will Monday, May 11th. and two people will be randomly selected.

Cuddle Pre-cuts!

First Prize  Zoologie 10″ and 5″ preucts

5" Cuddle Charms in Zoologie Fuchsia and Girly Girl

Second Prize 5″ Cuddle Charms in Zoologie Fuchsia and Girly Girl

Good luck, thanks for coming to my blog and have fun on your tour!

Jenny Kae

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Quilting With Triangles Webinar

I want to tell you about my webinars or web seminars.  For those of you new to web seminars, it is a class you take via your computer.  I create a series of pictures and slides and provide a lecture to follow along with the images. If you attend the live webinar, you can submit your questions and I will answer it during the webinar or in a private follow-up letter. But after you download the class onto your computer, you have it as a reference forever.  In case you ever forgot something you heard in a class, not that I EVER have, you can go back and watch it again.

So last year, I hosted a webinar on curved piecing.  It was attended by about 150 people. Nice.

Promo Icon  You can watch the webinar on-demand here Making Curved Piecing Easy.

In February, I hosted a webinar on my binding technique.  It was attended by about 500 people. Very nice.

Promo Icon You can watch this webinar on-demand here Machine Quilt Binding.

In March, I hosted a free webinar on beginning quilting.  It was attended by over 1000 people.  Very, must-be-doing-something-right nice!

Beginner Webinar  Um, sorry, you can’t watch this because I don’t have a current link for this webinar.

In May, on Tuesday the 19th at 11:00 MST, I am hosting my next webinar, Quilting with Triangles.  11 people have already signed up today! I have no idea how many will attend this webinar but I can’t wait to find out.

Promo Icon You can register for this webinar Quilting with Triangles.

If you have attended one of my webinars, consider posting a review.  People use the advice of others to help them decide if something is worth doing.  Your input would be much appreciated!

If you haven’t attended one of my webinars, jump right in!  I would love to “see” you there.

Have a subject you want to see a webinar on?  Post your suggestions and ideas in the comment section.

That is all for now.  Thanks for reading this blog.

Hope to see you soon,

Jenny

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Kate Colleran and Her New Book – Smash Your Precut Stash

I’ve got precuts!  Yes, I do!  I’ve got precuts!  How about you?

If you are a quilter, I am sure you have somewhere a stack of precuts you just love but are not sure how to use.  Have no fear!  My friend, Kate Colleran and a new book – Smash Your Precut Stash can help you out.

Kate Colleran Book

I recently had the chance to enjoy lunch with Kate and she is wonderful.  Funny, creative, smart and her book is no different.  Hustle over to her blog are a chance to win her book. Kate Colleran’s Blog

Thanks,

Jenny

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Two New Quilt Patterns for Sale

This week, two of my new patterns are available!

The first is “Flowers In The Window”.  This wall hanging appeared on Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting Facebook page in March.  I received so many positive comments about it, that I wrote the pattern.

Flowers in the Window

Flowers In The Window

Now, it took me 4 weeks to write this pattern and it is 22 pages long!  It is “a teaching pattern” meaning that it is like you and I are sitting side by side making this together.  It is the closest thing to taking a private lesson with me. In it, I also tell about how I work with color.

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My Color Key

If you have any reservations or confusion when it comes to selecting fabrics, (And I know some of you do because I hear it all the time!) this is a great project to increase your understanding and confidence. You can purchase it directly from the pattern page on my website, Jenny Kae Quilts.

The other pattern, Cuddly Kid, was published in Quilter’s Newsletter’s Best Kids Quilts 2015.  You can purchase the magazine in stores or from Quilter’s Newsletter Cuddle Kid. 

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Cuddle Kid

This quilt features Cuddle pre-cuts, is easy to make and super soft.  It is shown in two color ways and kits are available.

QN Cuddly Kid cover

Quilter’s Newsletter Best Kids Quilts – Cuddle Kid

QN Cuddly Kid

Inside the magazine – Cuddle Kid

That’s all for now.  I would love to hear your thoughts, questions and suggestions in the comment section below.

Thanks,

Jenny

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Three Free Things!

I have THREE FREE things I want to tell you  about.

First, the FREE “Beginning Quilting” webinar was a huge success.  Over 1100 people tuned in!  When they told me that, I was shocked. I thought, “Be serious!”. I hope everyone enjoyed it and learned a ton!  It should be available again, for FREE, soon on Shop Fons and Porter.

Beginner Webinar

If you attended the webinar, I would love to hear what you thought.  Please consider posting a review in the comment section below.

Second FREE Thing.  There is another reason to leave a comment below, you could win FREE Fabric!  P&B Textiles provided all the fabric that I used in the webinar, including the entire Fontaine line and a custom pack of Color Weave and Suede.  Enter a comment below, between now and April 1st at 7:00 EST, and one randomly selected person will win all the fat quarters from the webinar!

P&B Giveaway

Third FREE thing.  I am also pleased to announce that the accompanying pattern, “Four Basic Blocks”, is now available for download.  Go to my website and get it for FREE!

Four Basic Blocks

Now, who don’t like a little bit of FREE?

Don’t forget to post your comments below and I will see you next time,

Jenny

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Flower In the Window

So, I was minding my own business, piecing a quilt and noticed things were really hopping on my Facebook page.  I thought, “Hmm, somebody must have posted something about me today but I have not idea what it is.”  Then folks started coming out of the woodwork asking me about a quilt I made, years ago, for a contest, that I didn’t even win!  “Hmm. I better do some investigating.”  (I consider myself a bit of an sleuth, I could have be a spy but I am too much of a klutz. Picture Laurel and Hardy solving crimes!)

As I was looking on my Facebook feed, lo and behold! I found this!

Flower in the Window

Fons and Porter posted this photo along with information about my upcoming web seminar.  To register click here FREE Beginning Quilting

From Fons and Porter:

“Are you new to quilting? Welcome! We know sometimes quilting can be a time and skill intensive hobby, and sometimes you’re not sure where to start. No worries! Jenny Kae Parks is hosting a FREE Beginning Quilting webinar on March 16th. Learn more at our Editors’ Blog: http://www.fonsandporter.com/blogs/?p=3251

And I have to say the comments people made are so complementary and wonderful.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I am really touched and delighted.

Several of you asked about the pattern and where you can buy it.  I must confess, I don’t have a pattern, yet.  I have the quilt, notes and some scraps so I will write the pattern and have it available on PDF in a couple of weeks.  I will post info as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, check out my website for other patterns, demos and web seminars.

Hope to see you soon,

Jenny

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Lay flat! Gosh Darn it! Pressing Issues – Part 1

Proper pressing is essential for accurate quilting.  Before I get into hows? and whys?, I want to share my favorite tools for pressing.  The first two are required and the last one is optional.

First, you have to have a pressing surface.  It should be hard and stable and, um, that is about it.  I have a standard ironing board, Walgreens style.  I also have a small, DIY one that I made.  I take it to classes and it works really well.

Made with materials you have, RIGHT NOW, in the perfect size and totally portable.

Made with materials you have, RIGHT NOW, in the perfect size and totally portable.

To make this custom pressing pad, I measured the size I wanted to cover.  I layered muslin, batting, tin foil, batting and muslin and trimmed the sandwich to the proper dimensions.  (Instead of tin foil, I bought the special material made just for pot holders, but I could not find it when I was ready to make it.) Then I quilted channels so there would be no shifting.  I bound the edges with scrap binding.  The really cool things about this method is that you can make it the PERFECT size and use stuff you already have. Yahoo!

These are my favorite irons, one for home and one for the road.

Delongi Iron

This is my star-at-home iron. Ain’t she pretty?

This is the Delongi Ironing System.  It runs about $250 but is totally worth it.  It gets hotter than a hootenanny, doesn’t leak and STAYS hot!  I know the new auto-shutoff on many irons is a safety feature but just when I am ready to press again, the iron has to heat up, again.  Grrrrrr!

Oh, are you worried about me leaving the iron on? I have a solution.

Problem solved!

Problem solved!

Every time I turn the iron on, I put my stick note on the door that says, “The Iron Is On.”  That way when I leave the room, I see it and check the iron. (I also think leaving notes is a good habit to get into, as I get older, I think I will need more Post-its, just saying.)

When I am on the road, this is my favorite, the Steamfast SF-171 Travel Iron. I LOVE it!

Perfect little iron.

Perfect little iron.

It is easy to pack, heats up quickly, stays no-fooling-around hot, uses steam, all-around great iron.  Love it.

The optional pressing tool is starch. My favorite is Faultless Spray Starch.  It is easy to use, easy to fine and inexpensive.

My favorite starch.

My favorite starch.

I DO NOT starch everything.  I use it only when I want to minimize stretch, say for piecing curves and bias edges.  Or when the fabric just will not LAY FLAT!  Somehow, this magic spray makes fabric fly in proper formation.

In Pressing Issues – Part 2, I will cover the hows? and the whys?

What are your questions about pressing?  Leave a comment or question below.

See you soon!

Thanks,
Jenny

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