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Fall for Solids – Vote ASAP, SVP my BFFs.

Woops!  I sure let time slip by and forgot to mention that – oh, hey – the deadline for voting in the Fall for Solids contest (hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics) is TODAY.

So if you love this mini quilt I made…

Please go vote for it HERE.

You’ll need a Threadbias account – it’s free.


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Cloud Quilt Mini

I was SO in love with THIS QUILT I just made, I just couldn’t resist making one extra block, which I set aside to make into a mini.

I was very inspired by the book, “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters”  – so I took this tiny opportunity to experiment with more elaborate quilting.

Ready to hang

This mini is entered into Brenda’s For the Love of Solids contest, over on Threadbias.

And then I’m going to enter it into the QuiltCon challenge for mini quilts!  Wish me luck!


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Round Robin

I’ve never done a quilting bee before, so I’m very excited that the Ann Arbor Modern Quilting Guild has decided to start a Round Robin!

Photo courtesy of Rossie –

I made the block on the left and included some more of the Silent Cinema (grey pattern) and the Kona Snow fabrics.  Rossie added some modern touches, much to my delight! I’m hoping it’ll end up having the look of a modern medallion quilt, rather than a sampler, but I know it’ll be great no matter what.

My block was inspired by this quilt.

This is the block I got in the first round:

Isn’t the center swirl lovely?  Kourtney made that out of 1.5″ finished squares!  So precise and beautiful movement.  I just added the green border and the next border of white with pink corners.  I wanted to frame the swirl and then give the next person some negative space as a clean slate ready for her additions.

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Ellison Lane Quilts Summer Sewing Contest Entry

Once I read about Ellison Lane Quilt’s Summer Sewing Contest, I knew it was time to take my stack of Denyse Schmidt fabrics (and some coordinating strays from the stash) and finally make this blanket:

Reds, Whites, Blues, and Greys make for a muted patriotic palate.  And I’m always extra-patriotic right around the fourth of July, aren’t you?

Wonky, scribbled stars for the quilting add a little spangly goodness.

I’ve been wanting to do an HSTs on point quilt for a while.

Measures just about 50″ by 50″ – nice for a baby blanket or a lap throw.

Available to purchase from my Etsy shop!


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What is this feeling? Pride? It’s strange and nice – like a sneeze, but better.

I won second place for the Tangerine Tango Quilt Challenge! 

More on my quilt here.

Check out the other winners HERE!

More on Pantone’s Color of the Year: Tangerine Tango!

And I get a fabulous $50 gift certificate to Sew Modern!  Don’t mind if I do!


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Sugar Mountain – A Modern Mini Challenge Quilt

Here is my entry for the Modern Mini Challenge hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts!

I call it “Sugar Mountain” after the Neil Young song (my 3-year old’s favorite).

The color units are pieced together to make a single mountain-range unit, which was then hand appliqued to a white background.  The bottom white strip was machine pieced.

I quilted clouds in the sky and rolling fog for the bottom of the mountains.  I added a little echo hand-quilting to the mountains in clear thread.

It measures 30″ x 9″.

This was such a fun challenge – I saw the logo for WAMU (which hosts the Diane Rehm show) and was instantly inspired.  I drafted this pattern and am so pleased with the results.

What a great skill-builder to combine machine piecing and hand applique, as well as machine and hand quilting!

This quilt uses almost the entire line of Moda Crossweaves, Kona Snow, Kona Curry, and Free Spirit Gold.


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Patti Page – A Tangerine Tango Quilt

Here is my quilt entry for the Tangerine Tango challenge.

Yup, it’s a variation on my Dusty Springfield Quilt!

It measures 52″ x 60″

Only this one features a random 90 degree angled, meandering quilting…

and some fun double binding.

And here’s the back:

Check out the rest of the entries HERE!


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Tangerine Tango

The color of the year is Tangerine Tango, according to Pantone.

In celebration of inspiration, there’s a Tangerine Tango Quilt Competition gearing up on flickr.  I really love participating in quilt challenges, and I’m intrigued by this bright orange shade, so I’ve decided to participate!  Wish me luck.

For now I can tell you the quilt will be called “Patti Page”…


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Gate at the Lake – Project Modern Challenge 4 Entry

Here is my submission for the Project Modern 4 – Find Your Own Voice Challenge.

This quilt is called “Gate at the Lake” and was inspired by images of wrought iron.  It measures about 70inches by 70inches.

Brainstorming for this challenge was a real treat.  I looked over all of my past projects and picked out the quilts that I thought truly were representative of my voice. What made them distinctly “Jenna?:” Clean lines, bold graphics, a mosaic-feel, and a mix of textiles. “Gate at the Lake” hopefully encompasses all of these characteristics.

I mixed many different types of blue and green fabrics to create the sense of rippling water and contrasted this background with bold, black lines.  The quilt uses solid, cross weave, and subtly patterned fabrics from both designer lines and my humble stash.  I used mostly cottons but also featured a silk/cotton blend.   The stippling quilting design was intended to add to the sense of fluidity with the

I sewed this on my new-to-me seeing machine.  It did a great job!
…and this is the back.  An ombré fabric in brilliant hues of blue.


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Habitat Blocks

Why am I so bad at math?!  I’m really not – I took calculus in high school and statistics in college, but yet, I always screw up my calculations while sewing.  These blocks were a disaster of math screw-ups.   Tack on another border, tack on another border, tack on another border… iy yi yi!   Truly unprecedented stupidity on my part… but at least the stakes weren’t too high.

Anyway, here are my blocks for the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild’s charity quilt made out of Jay McCarroll’s Habitat fabric (previously posted about HERE) donated to our group by Free Spirit Fabrics.


I like the fabrics I selected from the line and I could see a cool quilt (maybe just a simple patchwork) our of these swatches…





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