Going to Nebraska!

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My Window View, A Peek Behind the Scenes

This month, my quilt, “Window View” is in the May 2016 issue of American Quilters Society!

Window ViewCover

Some have asked me about the whole process.  How do I get a quilt in a magazine?  It goes like this.

First, I am contacted by the fabric company I am currently working with.  In this case, P&B Textiles.  “Hey, we have a new collection coming out called Love In Bloom.  Would you be interested in designing a quilt using these fabrics?”

If I have space in my calendar and can work in their time frame, I say, “Yes, send me the scans and I will see what I can do.”

They send me high-resolution jpegs.  At this point, if I don’t like the fabric, if it doesn’t make gasp, if I don’t have an attraction to the fabric, I say, “No, this is not for me.” The fabric companies want the best representation possible.  If the fabric doesn’t make my heart sing, it is not fair to them.  Wait till I find a better match.  Then I fall in fabric-love and I get busy in EQ7, my quilt design software.

Sometimes, the perfect design seems to fall in my lap.  Other times, it is all uphill, both ways, in the snow!  This one just fell into place.  I still love looking at it.

Window View

Then begins emails back and forth, talking about edits and final approval.  Then they want the yardage and directions, picky, picky, picky.  Sometimes, they want me to make the quilt!  Yoo Hoo!

The delivery of the fabric can be pretty crazy and take a long time.  You have to consider the time for manufacturing and shipping.  I just never know when it will arrive.   When a box like this shows up, I do a happy dance and then double check I was sent the correct fabric, just in case.

Special Delivery

Ready to Go

Good to go! Let the construction begin.

 

Chain piece

 

 

 

 

 

Pieces

After this one was about half way done, I had to send it away, due to my hospital visit!  Tracy Kreiling took over, finished piecing, quilting and binding.  Yay, Tracy!

Quilting

After it is quilted, I sew on a label with all the stats.

Label

Then it is shipped to the magazine, photographed and then sent back to me.

And it is a happy day when I open the magazine and see my own creation! Tada!

Whole Quilt

After an agreed period of time, the rights for the quilt design and pattern revert back to me.  I then make a few changes and can sell it myself.

Thanks for joining me on this little tour.

See you next time,

Jenny Kae

P.S.  What are other questions you might have?  I would love to hear them.

 

 

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.

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!

CuddlyKid-Fuchsia-Styled_800

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.

2 Owls

“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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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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