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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Winner and a Give-A-Way



Kim Roberts of Bahama Dawn

I'm doing something new this year for my weekly give-a-way associated with my Holiday Project Newsletters. My customers, my friends, my companies have generously donated their work for them. Each week I will feature a new artists prize for the week. Leave a comment here at my blog on this post to be entered to win. Then I encourage you to head over to the artist's blog. Make sure to say hi and introduce yourself while you're there. I know you'll like there blogs and sites and shops. My hope is that we'll all make some new connections from this.

 This week we have TWO prizes for one lucky winner...

Quilted Heart Potholder Set and Quilted Journal Cover

Kim does it all, and you won't believe it until you head over to her blog and see what I mean. She must have endless amounts of energy to sew, quilt, paint, make jewelry, and do ceramics like she does.



Due to blogger problems last weeks give a way post was taken down for a few days. I'm going to extend that give a way until Nov. 7th as well. Head to the post and make sure you enter there as well as leaving a comment on this post.

Good Luck this week!









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Gift Card Holder Pattern


My boys like gift cards and I like giving hand made gifts. This is my solution for giving them what they want and still getting to make them something as well. I'm stitching up a lot of these for under the tree this year.

Supplies Needed: 1/2 yard of fabric, 2 yards of ribbon, fiberfill, and coordinating thread


Begin by cutting 6 squares that measure 7" x  7" and cutting 2 rectangles that measure 7" x  3.75".



Begin by placing the two rectangles face down onto one of the squares of fabric. Pin and then sew down each side of the square.


Now line up the two rectangles so the right sides of the fabric are facing. When doing this, the square will end up being folded in half. Now stitch From the outside edge, on the seam approximately 1.5" in and turn 90 degrees and sew down the folded square. Do this one each side. This will result in the pocket that will hold your gift card.


Trim the excess fabric off after stitching.



Fold open one of the rectangles and press. This is now the top square of the box that you will begin sewing. Use this as one of your "fabric squares" that I mention in the following steps. Since the squares are all the same size, it doesn't matter where the pocketed square ends up in the sewing sequence.


Line up two squares with right sides facing in, sew down one of the sides. Repeat this again with two more of the squares. Next, open the sewn squares up and line up the un-sewn edges with each other. Sew down these sides as well. At this point you should have a box shape just needing a top and a bottom.


Pin one of the remaining squares onto the four sides of the box. Sew around the edges.


Repeat the pinning and sewing of the four sides for the last square of fabric. This time be sure to leave a 3" opening for turning and stuffing.




Clip the corners and turn the box right sides out. Fill the box with fiberfill. 


Using your hand, you can push and arrange the pocket so that it is down into the fiberfill. Once it is arranged and the box is full, stitch the opening closed. 




Slide the giftcard into the pocket.


Using the ribbon, cover the pocket with the middle of it. Take the ribbon to the bottom of the box, twist it 90 degrees and bring it back up the opposite sides. Once the ribbon is back at the top of the box, tie it in a bow. Trim and long ribbon ends.


You can find the free printable gift cards here at my blog. They'll be up all season long for printing.

Enjoy!


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Friday, October 26, 2012

Felt Pickle Pattern


My new "Pickles The Elephant" sewing pattern just came out this week! Elephants usually go wild for peanuts but you can guess what this elephant likes. So I figure if your sewing up Pickles the Elephant, she might need some pickles as well. Here's the free tutorial and you can print the PDF version here.

Supplies Needed: 

4" x 6" rectangles of green felt, a lighter green embroidery floss, a sewing machine or needle and thread, and some fiberfill

Instructions:

Start by cutting 4 of the pickle pieces from the felt.



Pin two pieces together and sew from the center of the top to the center of the bottom. Repeat this step for the remaining two pieces. This stitching can be done by machine or hand.


Next join the two sets together. Do this by inning two of the un-sewn sides together and then the remaining un-sewn sides together. Make sure all four of the top pieces are at the top of the pickle and the same for the four bottom pieces.

Sew the two sides just as you did in the previous step. This time leave a 2 1/2" gap in the middle of one of the seams. This will be for turning.


Clip the edges of the felt every 1/4" and then turn the pickle inside out. fill the pickle with fiberfill. Hand stitch the opening closed.



With the green embroidery floss, tie a knot in the end of the thread and start at the top of the pickle. Send the needle through, leaving the knot and loose threads exposed. Stitch up and down down the side of the pickle until you get to the bottom center. Turn your needle around and stitch up and down back up to the top. Continue these stitches all the way around the pickle. Once your stitching has finished, bring the needle up through the top center again. Tie a knot and trim the excess floss. Be sure to leave about 1/4" of floss for the stem.

Have fun!








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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Winner and A Give A Way


Lori Bowring Michaud Artfully Ornamental

I'm doing something new this year for my weekly give-a-way associated with my Holiday Project Newsletters. My customers, my friends, my companies have generously donated their work for them. Each week I will feature a new artists prize for the week. Leave a comment here at my blog on this post to be entered to win. Then I encourage you to head over to the artist's blog. Make sure to say hi and introduce yourself while you're there. I know you'll like there blogs and sites and shops. My hope is that we'll all make some new connections from this.

Here's a little more about this weeks prize...

Lori paints these super cute stained glass ornaments. You can see them in her Artfully Ornamental Etsy shop

Be sure to head over to her blog because she's giving another ornament away there as well!

And I bet you're wondering if you won last weeks stuffed owl. The winner is...

Jenni, who was the first person to comment!

Send me an e-mail with your shipping address and we'll get the prize out right away!
jennifer (at) jangles.net

Leave me a comment and you could be chosen to win. Due to technical difficulties, I'm extending comment entries until November 7th.

Good Luck this week!



Monday, October 22, 2012

New Patterns Peek



I've ben so busy with Quilt Market prep and Holiday newsletters that  haven't had time to tell you about my two new sewing patterns. Yikes! I am so excited about them. I have two new patterns and they are shipping now. First is Pickles the Elephant. 

Most elephants are crazy for peanuts but this little guy is crazy for pickles. Pickles stands about 8 inches tall. If you want to make pickles of Pickles you can find a free PDF pattern at my blog.


Next are my Little Ditty bags. A Ditty bag by definition is a bag used mostly by sailors to hold small items such as sewing supplies. Now I couldn't just make a plain ditty bag....This pattern includes all four styles; a cupcake, a toad still, a turtle, and a crab. They stand about 5 inches tall and are great for holding gifts, jewelry, sewing supplies, and more.

 I just wish I could hand you these little guys through the computer so you could hold them. If you're coming to market I am in booth 1467, you can hold them there. :)

Have a great day,


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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Elmore Penguin, A Free Pattern


Elmore is headed your way from the north pole. You say penguins usually live at the south pole?  This guy took a plane(penguins can't fly) to the north pole. He resides there with all of Santa's Elves. He helps with all of the outdoor duties like hanging Christmas lights. He likes the cold.

When you print the PDF you'll see a logo from Fairfield Fiberfill, that's because this pattern is going to be on their site as well.  I'm their featured artist this month and I'm super excited about that. Elmore will also be hanging around the Fairfield booth at Quilt Market, yay!

Click on the Elmore picture below to download the free PDF. You can also find a link in the side bar of   my blog, if you need to print again, another day.


Have fun!










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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Winner and A Give-A-Way



Christina Egner of Emily Ann's Kloset

I'm doing something new this year for my weekly give-a-way associated with my Holiday Project Newsletters. My customers, my friends, my companies have generously donated their work for them. Each week I will feature a new artists prize for the week. Leave a comment here at my blog on this post to be entered to win. Then I encourage you to head over to the artist's blog. Make sure to say hi and introduce yourself while you're there. I know you'll like there blogs and sites and shops. My hope is that we'll all make some new connections from this.

Here's a little more about this weeks prize..


Christina Egner makes these adorable stuffed owls and this week you could win this one. You can see all of her wonderful creations in her Etsy shop.




And I bet you're wondering if you won last weeks prize of Erin's Pendant. The winner is...

Marie who said, "Love Erin's pendant, she is a talented person, thanks for the give away."

Send me an e-mail with your shipping address and we'll get the prize out right away!
jennifer (at) jangles.net

Good Luck this week!










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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Chevrons and More

Hi there!
I tell you what...things are a whirlwind around here. You know when Nik is warning the boys to be extra nice to me it's crazy, or maybe I'm crazy. Either way, it's fun and stressful and I wouldn't change much.

A couple notes of business here.... First did you sign up to win Erin's pendant? You should, it's beautiful and all you have to do is leave a comment.


Second, Do you receive the SewCanShe Newsletters? There's a free sewing tutorial everyday e-mailed to your inbox. Can't go wrong with that. Yesterday my Zipper Pouch was featured, yay! I keep saving tutorials from them and my inbox s starting to look like a giant sewing to-do list.


                       Jennifer Jangles Bag

We are at the start of a four day weekend here...well my boys are. I have no idea how it became the end of the first nine weeks. It has flown by and now their home for a few days. I think they'll be roller skating today. My studio space is almost empty, I'm building my Quilt Market booth there and it has become a roller rink for my boys. Yes, my sixth grader and his friends think it's cool to roller skate on Friday nights. Practicing in the empty studio is a good way to be a better skater for the girls at the rink. :)

                                                                                                           Chevron Earrings

I will snap some sneak peeks of the booth design today and even better than that I have two new patterns I'll be debuting anyday now....just waiting on the UPS man to arrive with them.

Have a great day,









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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Winner and a Give A Way


Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati

I'm doing something new this year for my weekly give-a-way associated with my Holiday Project Newsletters. My customers, my friends, my companies have generously donated their work for them. Each week I will feature a new artists prize for the week. Leave a comment here at my blog on this post to be entered to win. Then I encourage you to head over to the artist's blog. Make sure to say hi and introduce yourself while you're there. I know you'll like there blogs and sites and shops. My hope is that we'll all make some new connections from this.

Here's a little more about this weeks prize..

This is one of Erin's new pendants. It is a made to order item, and this is one of the prototypes. It is in the style of her popular 'take time' message stick pendants. She calls this series 'LIFE is..." This one is in lively hues of red and orange and magenta and says "LIFE is a verb.....LIVE it"

Etsy Shop: www.TesoriTrovati.Etsy.com
Website: www.TesoriTrovati.com
Blog: http://treasures-found.blogspot.com


And I bet you're wondering if you won last weeks prize of the In The Beginning Fabric. The winner is...
Holley

Send me an e-mail with your shipping address and we'll get the prize out right away!
jennifer (at) jangles.net

Good Luck this week!










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Monday, October 8, 2012

Modern Quilt


Happy Monday! Has the weather changed where you are? It's down right cold here this morning. I am hoping this is just a streak because I'm not ready for this. Down here in Georgia we just opened our windows.

The quilt in the picture....was the wedding gift for our friends in Oregon. I snapped a couple pictures before running out the door. Seeing it makes me want to start another quilt. In the studio I have one that needs binding and two the need quilting. I have to get those done because Extraordinary World will be arriving any day now and I can not wait to sew with it.

I'm scattered with my blog post today, forgive me, it's Monday and I am still drinking my mocha.



Have a great day!










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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Oregon and My Favorite Things


Hello, Hello,

I went on a mini vacation last weekend. Our good friends from Oregon got married last weekend, so Nik and I went to Cannon Beach for the wedding. We flew in Thursday morning and got home Monday morning, it was short but loads of fun. Besides the wedding, two of my favorite things are there, tide pools and flowers! 


As you can imagine, I took a lot of pictures. I haven't had time to go through and edit them all but here are a few. I will save the torture of 500 starfish pictures for my family.


Oh and Oregon has a lot of good espresso, and that's third on my list of favorite things.


Have a great day,









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