The Secret is SHARED and NOW SHOWING just for you!!
Here's the episode trailer below!
The Secret is SHARED and NOW SHOWING just for you!!
I've known Alex Anderson for a long time and not only has she done so much for our industry, but she is so fun to be around. She is full of energy! She asked me to share with the Quilt Show about my life as a designer/artist and a committed mother/wife- How do I keep it all in balance? How do I stay fresh? What inspires me? I am honored to be featured on an episode of The Quilt Show and we’ve got an exclusive coupon code THIS WEEK ONLY! To access this episode, all you have to do is sign up for a FREE account between today and August 18th. using THIS coupon link. My piece starts at minute 38:40. Leni is a great designer as well so enjoy her segment too!
Here's the episode trailer below!
To celebrate this occasion, I am gifting a Ten Square Pack of SHIMMER FABRIC to one of you! To enter, watch the segment and leave a comment about what keeps your creative juices flowing as well as name one of mine!
Scrappy Foundation Pieced Gemstone Pillow
Spider Web designs have caught my attention of late. Making a scrappy one out of Shimmer while adding a touch of turquoise appealed to me. I had lots of cut up scraps from the projects we were making already for the lookbook so I started to play…which is what I love best. Foundation piecing by stitch and flip is so fun. I don't even care if my seams aren't 1/4". Pillows are quick and rewarding and this process is freeing!
The antique quilt below is a gem from Roderick Kiracofe's collection which is so wonky, fresh and full of movement that I used it as inspiration for my approach. Interestingly enough, this quilt dates from 1940-70 made in Hard Bargain, an African American community in Franklin Tennessee. In addition to the 20-30 strips of Shimmer Fabric I had on hand, I added strips of black and charcoal Kona cotton and 5 shades of turquoise with a few pops of lime.
Beginner / Intermediate Project. Great way to use up your scraps!
Finished pillow 23 x 23 (all measurements are in inches, 1/4 seam allowances)
Materials List :
• 1 yard total of 1" - 3" width x 1" - 6" length of strips in Shimmer, lime and turquoise prints. Kona black, charcoal and turquoise
• 2 Fat Quarters of Shimmer AJSP 14250-15 Ivory, 14249-15 Ivory
• Borders- 3/4 yard of Essex Y/D Linen in Olive
• Pillow form 24" x 24"
• Foundation Paper such as Carol Doak's Foundation Paper
• Velvet Trim- 3 yards of 2 1/2" strips Artemis moon dust
• Backing- 3/4 yard or 24" square of your favorite Shimmer print
• Nylon zipper beige 22"
*** SHIMMER has been wildly popular and many shops were backordered. Please know it's been reprinted and many shops have fresh stock now! (Hawthorne Thread, Cotton Patch, Fabric Depot, Fabric.com, Cabbage Rose ) If you are a store and also have collection stocked yet not listed here, please let me know.
Directions and Cutting
Create a trapezoid template out of graph paper or your favorite material. Cut one 8 1/2" square of template material. Cut the square in half diagonally (yielding 1 Isosceles triangle 8 1/2" x 12"). To make center trapezoid template measure and mark 2 1/2" down from top point of triangle. Mark center point on long edge of triangle. Mark 1/4 inch on each side of center mark. Draw line to connect the 1/4" center base mark to the 2 1/2" top of triangle mark. Cut along lines to create your trapezoid template. Shown in left photo above. Cut 8 ivory trapezoids from fat quarters of Shimmer. (It's Ok if they are not perfect. Adds to charm and note in antique quilt that star points are wonky)
To make your blocks, cut four 8 1/2" squares of foundation paper. Cut each square in half diagonally (yielding 8 Isosceles triangles 8 1/2" x 12")
Assemble triangles together to create four squares. Assemble squares to one another as shown above and note that center of block is important to match so "turquoise gemstone" has center point. This is the only area in entire block that matters to match points.
Above trimmed finished block measures 15 1/4" square.
Double velvet trim and with raw edges together, machine baste onto back pillow square. Pin pillow top with right sides together. Sew in 22" zipper. See zipper tutorial for assistance. Add pillow insert, fluff, and you're done.
Enjoy your sophisticated pillow and please refer to other blogs when needing more specifics on technique. My blog is more inspiration based than step-by-step technique. That wraps up the pillow section of Free Project Friday!! Day and Night and Fly pillows are posted on previous blog dates.
Until Next Time,
SHIMMER - It's in our Nature.
Simply Classic. 7X7
The humble SQUARE is at the heart of 99% of all quilt making. I find comfort in basic shapes and a quilt project does not get any easier than this one! We get fabulous results from such a fundamental project. Good design is timeless and often very simple. That is what we are celebrating in making this Ten Square Quilt. Forty nine squares in total ( 7x7- A tribute to my beloved San Francisco), you can have this top done in a few hours.
Beginnger Project. Mixing substrates requires a little finessing. Option to swap silk for Kona cotton is OK.
The Ten Square Quilt is super light weight, perfect for summer days. Using just one Shimmer Ten Square pack, FQs of solid Silk Radiance, a flannel sheet (for your batting- I had an old one) and backing, you're ready to go.
Materials List Finished quilt 66 1/2 x 66 1/2 (all measurements are in inches, 1/4 seam allowances)
• One precut pack of Shimmer Ten Square. (42 squares in each)
• 4 Fat quarters of Radiance Silk: Taupe, Silver, Espresso, PDF White OR Kona Cotton: Ash, Iron, Espresso and Snow.
• If using silk, get 1 yard of lightweight stabilizer. I used Pellon865F Bi-Stretch Lite.
• Backing- Studio Stash AJS 13573 Hibiscus and Radiance Berry- 4 yds total. (Create your own design for back)
• Batting- Twin flat flannel sheet. I had one in my linen closet that we no longer needed. Makes the quilt super light!!!! Reminiscent of the Indian Kantha Quilts that are perfect for warm weather.
• Binding. Need 2/3 of a yard for binding. I used Radiance Berry.
*** SHIMMER has been wildly popular and many shops are backordered. Please know that it's being reprinted and place your order for next delivery. If you do find it now, grab it!!! Lucky YOU!!
Directions / Cutting
1. Unwrap the pack of 42 10" squares and lay them out as you like. Decide at this point if you want to use them all or not. Add 7 silk (or Kona) solids. You need to have a total of 49 squares. 7X7.
2. Fuse Pellon to the fat quarter silks and cut two 10" squares out of each color. If you are using Kona, no need to use fusible. Fused silk is easier to work with cotton.
3. Sew seven squares together seven times. You will have created seven strips of seven. Sew the 7 strips together to complete your top. Pin at each seam to ensure the corners match up. Silk is slippery so be sure to pin well and practice first with a few scraps to make sure your tension on your machine is correct. Press seams open.
4. Create back and layer with top, flannel bat and quilt. (I enlisted a friend to do my quilting. She said it was a bit slippery so she decided to use her Bernina for a straight stitch vs her long arm.)
5. Cut 7 strips 2.5" and make binding using berry Silk Radiance. (If you need directions on how to do binding watch Missouri Star You Tube.)
Love the play of a subtle front and vibrant back. You get that sneak peek from the binding. Nice shimmer of silk too.
When you work with such a quiet palette, the slight hues really shine as we see glimpses of blues and purples revealed.
" Really mom? Do we have to?"….."YES!" xoxo
The one espresso square serves as a focal point. Play with value creates interest even in "quiet" quilts
This Ten Square Quilt is part of a tour, The Shimmer Trunk Show sponsored by Robert Kaufman which includes 16 projects from my Shimmer Look Book. It is traveling across the USA and even into Canada (maybe overseas?) this summer.
The women at Rock Paper Scissors in New Jersey know how to have FUN! They threw a party featuring all the new Shimmer Fabrics and Trunk Show with a little bubbly thrown in!! I wish I was there!! Such a great idea gals, you are living the good life. BRAVO!!!
Contact Elisabeth Woo if you are interested in finding it in a store near you or you want to have the Shimmer Trunk Show come to your local shop!
Until next time,
Go Create and Shimmer,
Fly... Because you can!
Make it for yourself, your mom, sister or girlfriend…
A special, inspirational pillow…personalizes your space!
The Fly Pillow from our look book is a very rewarding project because the SHIMMER fabric does the work for you!
Only four pieces in total, the Fly Pillow highlights three prints and utilizes the super luxe Artemis silk ribbon in hand made fringe and a luxurious minky for the back. Like the Dawn and Dusk Pillows from last Free Project Friday (FPF) post, this graphic pillow has a super boutiquey feel.
Intermediate Project. Mixing substrates requires some experience and instructions are basic. Need level of comfort when sewing and making pillows. Make in an afternoon.
Materials List Finished pillow size 11 x 23 (all measurements are in inches, 1/4 seam allowances)
• Three fat quarters of Shimmer AJSP14250-155 stone (snakeskin design- left side), AJSP 14249-183 pewter (brocade design-right side), 14253-90 pearl (sunburst-dove) and 11x15 wonder-under fusible for appliqué.
• 1/2 yd of Minky.
• 1 Treasure box of Artemis Silk You will have plenty left over for other dazzling projects.
• Pillow form 12 x 24. Zipper 18 inch. Creme and Olive thread.
• The Dove Wings Pattern.
Directions / Cutting
1. Cut one 12 x 12 square of each Shimmer fabric. Stone snakeskin and pewter brocade. Sew right sides together and press open. Cut minky 12 x 23 1/2 and put aside. Cut two 12 x 1 strips for handmade fringe and put aside.
2. Download Dove Wings Pattern PDF and print dove. Final image measures 10 3/8 from wing tip to wing tip and 9 1/2 from top of wing to bottom of tail. Takes two 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper seamed at dotted line. Fuse wonder-under fusible web to sunburst fabric and cut out dove. Use electronic cutting machine if preferred. I used a Cameo Silhouette. (If you need directions on how to do fusible appliqué watch Missouri Star You Tube.)
3. Center dove on 12 x 23 1/2 panel and fuse in place. Machine topstitch in place. Add extra lines to mimic feathers.
4. Cut olive silk the letters F, L, Y. Pin in place or lightly fuse. Machine appliqué FLY to the bottom left (or right if you prefer) corner of the pillow. Remember to allow for seam allowance and curve of pillow. You may prefer to substitute 3/8" satin ribbon with the silk raw edge ribbon.
Now front is done.
5. Sew in 18" zipper to bottom of pillow. You will be marrying the minky with the appliquéd front panel. See zipper tutorial if you need assistance.
The image of this pillow came to me while driving in my car, listening to my sister's song, FLY and belting out the song. It's as if she's right next to me. Les is an incredible singer songwriter and has great pipes. One of my favorite songs is called FLY. It's about trust and having courage. She is someone I have looked up to my whole life and my FLY pillow is inspired by her. I am thinking about giving it to her but she'll have to read the blog to find that out. Until then, it's home is on my bed. After all, we are sisters!!
Until Next Time,
SHIMMER - It's in our Nature.
My work is original and I want to share it with you for personal use. Please contact me if you are interested in using for resale or commercial purposes. Thank you.
CONGRATULATIONS TO SUSAN RYAN from Odessa WA for winning the FQ Pack!!
Also CONGRATULATIONS TO: Rachel Ferrera (TX), Janet Sanders(AR), Jill Jackson(AK), Heather Karr (OR), Claudia Shearer (CA), Tyler Freburger (PA), Lisa England (KY), Michele Tinker (OH), Susan Newsom (MI) Lynne Tilley (TX), Connie Cain (OR), Nancy Sumner (CA), Sarah Clark (PA), Diane Beavers (VA) and Serena Edwards of AUSTRALIA!! Lots of presents in the mail!!
I am happy to admit, it's been pretty great waking up on a daily basis since April 1 with anticipation of what I was going to see on the Shimmer Blog Hop.
Kinda like Christmas in Spring—17 days in a row…I am officially spoiled now.
And blown away with the variety of things that these talented women made with my Shimmer Fabric Collection. In case you didn't see all the projects, here's the overview! They have more fabulous pictures on their blogs so check them out if you haven't already.
Sixteen projects that you can be inspired by and/or make for your own home!
Thank you to all who have participated in this hop and to Robert Kaufman for so generously donating 17 giveaway charm packs and the BIG FAT Q PACK! Welcome to all the new folks who have joined my mailing list and to those who have been following me since my first post last year. I have enjoyed your comments and read every single one
(usually after the kids have gone to bed).
Finally, Shimmer is a collection that is subtle and so luscious in real life. The pictures don't really do it justice especially because the slight change in value, light and color is almost impossible to catch on film. Please go to your local quilt shop to see the fabric or treat yourself by ordering a precut of the entire line to make something really special for yourself or a loved one. You Shimmer, I Shimmer, We'll all Shimmer together, I promise!
BIG FAT Q Pack. 25 pieces= 6.25 yards of entire shimmer collection!! YUM!!
I will draw a name on Monday 4/21/14 from my mailing list (you have three more days to sign up!) for the lucky person who wins the entire collection in Fat Quarters!!
UPDATE! 4/22. CONGRATULATIONS TO SUSAN RYAN from Odessa WA for winning the FQ Pack!!
Also CONGRATULATIONS TO: Rachel Ferrera (TX), Janet Sanders(AR), Jill Jackson(AK), Heather Karr (OR), Claudia Shearer (CA), Tyler Freburger (PA), Lisa England (KY), Michele Tinker (OH), Susan Newsom (MI) Lynne Tilley (TX), Connie Cain (OR), Nancy Sumner (CA), Sarah Clark (PA), Diane Beavers (VA) and Serena Edwards of AUSTRALIA!!
If you are on Instagram you can keep in touch with me at jennifersampou and follow my instavibe. I follow a bunch of people and it's super fun and it's easiest way to communicate and share!
PS- Free Project Friday will continue and next up is the FLY pillow which is my favorite!! Will post on May 23rd.
Welcome to the SHIMMER BLOG HOP. Being a California convert myself, it was appropriate that a west coast group kicks off the SHIMMER BLOG HOP. For the second week, starting on April 7 we have - Amanda Jean Nyberg- Crazy Mom Quilts, April 8- Lee Heinrich- Freshly Pieced April 9- Cheryl Arkinson- Naptime Quilter April 10- Christina Cameli- A Few Scraps April 11- Elizabeth Hartman- Oh Fransson April 12- Faith Jones-Fresh Lemon Quilts April 13- Gemma Jackson- Pretty Bobbins We have a stellar list of 20 bloggers total (complete list below ), each with a SHIMMER prize to give away to their peeps. I hope you will follow along as I will be giving away a grand prize of the entire line of FQ SHIMMER on April 21!
A little background on the talent:
Janice Ryan and Julie Herman are the darlings of the "Let's get it done!" Marketing Department at Robert Kaufman Co (RKC). Last Fall, I went GA-GA over the noodlehead cargo bag Janice made and knew in an instant I wanted to work with her. The cargo bag in the SHIMMER lookbook is her work and I think a tiny war may ensue about who's keeping it! Check her out April 2nd.
Wrapping up the first week is my beloved peeps at C&T Publishing and Stash Books. Not sure if you know this, but it's a family affair. My mother and father-in-law started C&T 35 years ago. My husband, Todd Hensley and his brother Tony and their amazing team continue the tradition of creating the best how-to quilt and sewing books in the world!! Sunday's post includes a wonderful story!
Finally a big thanks to Teresa Coates at Robert Kaufman for helping me launch my first blog hop and all the people who said YES! I am looking forward to what they create and share with us.
As the blog hop moves along, please leave comments on my blog (sign up on my mailing list if you haven't already in order to enter) and the bloggers who are presenting. We'd love to hear what your favorites are along the way and if you are inspired to make a project.
Go CREATE and SHIMMER!!
Super easy pillow project.
These Dawn and Dusk Pillows are FUN TO MAKE- quick and gorgeous!
Fabulous, stripped, big 25" square pillows from my look book have special exposed seam detail and minky backs! They came together so quickly because I used easy to find items such as precut SHIMMER rollups and standard 26" euro pillow forms. This is my kind of project. I love making great impact pillows in a day. You too? And they are so functional for the whole family!
Beginner project? YES!
Stylish? FOR SURE!
Sewist by day, pillow lounger/movie junkie by night? Bliss!!
Funny thing is, on the back side I used plush minky and that of course, is the side my kids LOVE… Which frankly is the best solution ever…my fancy side stays fairly clean!
We start with a standard 2.5 inch precut rollup. 2 inch-wide cut-off selvages from Essex YD linen. Two (26 inch) euro pillow forms, 3/4 yards of minky and two (22 inch) zippers.
Isn't this rollup yummy? I, like many of you, have a hard time unwrapping things so lovely as a brand new, perfectly coordinated rollup. But commit we must. Yes, as soon as I pop that tight brown belt and unroll the disc, a bittersweet flash washes over me. Hello my name is Octopus.
The great thing is that you can just start sewing. But I suggest you spend a little time organizing the lights separately from the darks, hence my pillow names Dawn, which is all light colors and Dusk, which is the darks.
This group easily separates down the middle value wise with even amount of fabric in each story. At that point, your are ready to sit at the machine.
Let's start with the Dawn pillow. The instructions are the same for the Dusk pillow except you are using the darkest colors instead.
1. First, I sewed the lightest strips WOF together in a group of 4. As you see (right), my lightest, cleanest whites are in the center of the pillow. This creates the shimmer/glow effect of the pillow design.
2. Collect your medium-lights and sew two sets of 4 strips together. I chose to put the vintage lichen colored prints on the outside and use them as book ends.
3. At this point I needed a little zip in my project. It bored me to do just a striped, stripped light pillow so I dug into my Essex Linen box looking for texture and variety. As usual, I was admiring the interesting selvages and then a light bulb went off! Exposed seams are so GREAT! I want to highlight them! Immediately, I whacked off the selvages measuring 2" strips (this was the only cutting I did thus far!) and sewed them together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance to beef up "the fringe" (there are no right sides when sewing together with yarn dyes). Now I have my "exposed selvage strip" that gave my pillow that great designer look.
Here is a detail of the seamed strip (right) after a light pressing. Also, a nice touch design-wise, is when both pieces are sewn together the result is a 1/2" wider strip (2.5" finished). The textured linen inserted between the cotton SHIMMER pieces gives important, visual texture and balances the symmetrical design.
For the Dawn pillow, I needed a touch of drama so I chose the Black Essex YD as the accent and the Flax Essex YD for the Dusk pillow. See below how each pillow has spark because of the value change? This is very important to do. Don't neglect to add this accent.
This is key to creating a pillow that states "designer" vs. a pillow that looks "home made". I like the things in my nest to be special, functional and have beautiful detail. It is a mindful practice I really enjoy, especially in it's simplest form. These details provide visual poetry. I know, I know...I am a design geek. And if you're nodding your head, then may be you are too :). Welcome to my tribe.
4. Once the strips are sewn together, trim square to 25 x 25 inches. Then press and add a lightest weight cotton batt on back and quilt straight lines about 1/4 of an inch on each side of seam. Next, cut the minky at 25 x 25 for the back of your pillow. I used creme for dawn and cafe for dusk. Follow this very clear and excellent zipper tutorial if you aren't familiar with putting zippers in pillows.
Now the SUPER EASY "LOOK WHAT I MADE" Part: add the insert!!! YAY! Good job!!
Note that inserts should always be an inch larger than the cut fabric. The reason is to keep the pillow looking plump and full. Baggy pillows look sad, especially after a few uses.
•nice, plump, plush, shimmery, designer pillows•
Who's making the popcorn?
Ever wonder how roll ups are made?
Behind the scenes at Robert Kaufman Company.
Teresa Coates shot this footage for me and I LOVE IT!!!!
Check out the video of a roll up being made. It's so NEAT!
•"Hello World, my name is Rollup"•
And now for the grand announcement
BLOG HOP COMMENCES APRIL 1
LOOK AT THIS LIST OF AWESOME WOMEN- AND FOLLOW ALONG!
…I LOVE these women for saying YES and being so crafty cool...
Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy casual blogging immensely. This, by far, was my longest post ever because it was the first time I have talked about making a project. I hope I was clear (enough) and I do rely on others by creating links to those who are thorough at teaching technique. I have great respect for them. My focus is on inspiration and design. I will do my best to steer you to other fine bloggers and tutorials for specific things that I do not offer.
Until next time,
Shimmer- it's in our nature!
16 How-to Projects Featured in SHIMMER Fabric
1 big idea. 4 months of hard work. 16 projects. 24 talented people. 65 yards of SHIMMER.
That's what it took to put this LOOK BOOK together (video included). And the passion of like-minded people who love to make beautiful things. We hope you enjoy what is unfolding with this new group of fabrics. For the next two months I will be featuring the cool projects that other makers AND I are doing with SHIMMER. We invite you to join us!
SHIMMER is one of my favorite collections because it reflects two things simultaneously: comfort and sophistication.
Comfort: because it's made of humble cotton cloth.
Sophistication: because of the Japanese pearlescent printing of refined designs in a tonal palette.
Like a pair of favorite jeans, you can dress it up or down. Use it with brights or keep the palette subdued. You can shimmer however you like, the possibilities are endless. Enough said…We are a visual tribe, so let's take a look.
Of the 16 projects, 6 are free projects which will be featured on my blog over the next two months of Fridays, aptly named: FREE PROJECT FRIDAY. These will be all the projects which say "As Featured on Jennifer's Blog" in the look book. The other ten projects are from über talented designers such as JayBird Quilts, Made by Rae, Green Bee Patterns, Noodlehead, A Few Scraps, Cluck Cluck Sew, Sue Kim and Lena's Shoe Patterns. Each image in the LOOK BOOK has a link to the appropriate page to get the pattern, order the book and buy the fabric. Go check them out by clicking here. We worked hard to give you a streamlined process of having all that you need at your fingertips to start sewing. Being a looker only goes so far…besides, makers have more fun!
Also coming this week-
Super excited to share details-
Upcoming BLOG HOP-
I'll keep you posted!
Thanks for stopping by.
Now go have some fun!
Shimmer Fabric Release!
Shimmer Collection is something I can FINALLY put out into the public quilt world as it's shipping to stores worldwide! Above are a few representations of the 25 piece collection and a few of the images that inspired me. I love traveling and collecting/gathering treasures for real. When I can't do that, surfing for inspiration works beautifully.
This was a "color first" inspired group, so picking a palette was my initial step in designing SHIMMER. After playing with swatches on left, I pared it down to a more muted, cool palette. Often, the simpler the design, the more accurate the designer needs to be.
As you can see, Sunburst and Brocade are my most eye-catching prints. Hand drawn stripe, snake skin and driftwood are secondary, smaller prints. I spent most of my time fine-tuning hue and studying the value of SHIMMER. When I work with subtle hues, value shift it is extremely important and I must hit the shade perfectly so all prints work together. When a quilter uses these fabrics together, her results will be divine. This is why the group is successful and works together as an entire 25 piece collection. When a group is bright and colorful, the variety of range is more forgiving. It's the nuances of SHIMMER, like the shimmer we see in nature, light and people that I wanted to capture…A delicate balance that takes time to create and appreciate. Until next time….
Create and SHIMMER, it's in our nature!
And now switching to some green…..Thanks everyone for the clever entries and big laughs. If you love limericks, check them out on my last blog entry! Some folks couldn't resist numerous entries :)!
LIMERICK WINNER!!! Congratulations Kimberly!!
The entries were so good that I had to choose runner ups! Sending a touch of green to you too!
Put down your needles and sharpen your pencils!!