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FREE Quilt Pattern: Vintage Camping

Who loves a great free quilt pattern? I know I sure do! Right now I am going to deliver to you all a FREE beginner-friendly, accuquilt-friendly, throw size quilt pattern!

This FREE quilt pattern uses 12 traditional Churn Dash blocks and adds a border around all the sides, and the large scale of the blocks makes it great for any large-scale prints you want to show off!

Free Quilt Pattern Vintage Camping Churn Dash

This pattern was designed specifically to showcase the Vintage Camping fabric collection by Crissy Rodda! I fell in love with the whimsical mountains, bears, campers, and deer in the prints, and truly wanted to feature them in a classic, traditional quilt design to match the vintage feel.

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3 Ways to Make a Patriotic Quilt

Regardless of your political beliefs, I think most of us can agree that if it weren’t for the hundreds of thousands of people who have been willing to serve in the military to protect our homeland, America would not be what it is today. I have such high regard for the amazing service men and women, and I wanted to make some patriotic quilts to express my respect and appreciation.

Patriotic quilts using AccuQuilt

Over the past few months I’ve had this amazing opportunity to partner with one of my favorite veterans (my mom!) on a project where we can give back to some incredible service men & women. Today I’m going to share with you 3 ways we made Patriotic quilts using the AccuQuilt Go! I hope they spark some inspiration for you!

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7 Quick and Easy Quilt Patterns

Sometimes we all just need a quick win, a fast baby shower gift, an easy pattern to showcase your new favorite fabric line. Amiright?

I’ve compiled a list of all beginner-friendly quilt patterns that you need to check out, all by some of my favorite modern quilt pattern designers! I made many of these patterns in baby size, but most have many options for making various sized quilts!

In NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here are some of my favorite, quick, easy quilt patterns:

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QuiltCon 2019 // Nashville, TN

Towards the end of February, my mom, aunt and I visited Nashville for a long weekend to attend Quilt Con. My mom and I had gone in 2017 when it was in Savannah and that event was a pivotal point for me in connecting me with this amazing quilting community. I was so excited to get re-connected with the people I met 2 years ago and to meet some new friends face-to-face for the first time.

It was an amazing trip filled with so many great experiences. If you want to see Quilt Con in action, I have archived some of my Instagram stories into an archive called “Quilt Con”. Here are just a few highlights of the trip.

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0 In Sewing/ Sewing Machines

My NOT SO Secret Sewing Tip!

My ~Not so~ secret sewing tip:

If you have ever used a sewing machine, I bet there’s a good chance it was once a very intimidating task. It can take many months of practice to fully feel comfortable with a sewing machine, so if you are just starting out – stick with it. I promise it’ll be worth it. If you’ve been sewing for years and are overwhelmed by the changes sewing machine companies are making, heres the perfect trick to getting over the nerves and becoming a master at your machine.

But first, a little backstory:

I received my first sewing machine for my 16th birthday. I was taking a high school sewing class at the time, and the machine I got was very similar to the models I was learning on at school.. I got very lucky! I learned on a Husqvarna Viking Emerald and it has been my right hand lady for the last 7 years, so when I started looking for newer machines, I gravitated to the newer, fancier, Viking machines. I’ve always loved the Viking products, and have found them very sturdy for the hours and hours of work I put them through.

A couple months ago I got a brand new upgraded machine – it’s a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 965Q – a total beast of a beauty. This machine, while similar to my first, has many extra features, including auto thread cutters and auto adjusting presser foot. While at first the automation was startling and overwhelming, it has now become a really handy tool!

If you’re new to sewing, or starting on a new machine, or even just daydreaming about a new machine – there’s one super special secret ingredient in the recipe for sewing success with your new baby.

…….drumroll, please ……

READ THE MANUAL. Seriously, read it! I’m not joking here.

There are so many very important lessons I have learned this past month with my new machine, and many of them could have been avoided if I would have been more thorough in my studies before diving in. Here are a few things reading the manual can help you with:

  1. Bobbin type – did you know that it really matters? Make sure you are using the right type of bobbins. My new machine has awesome green bobbins that came with it… SO why on earth did I try THREE times with old bobbins before realizing the issue? (hint: it is because I didn’t read the manual)
  2. Reading the manual helps you know how to adjust your stitches (style, length, width, etc…). Different types of fabric and projects call for different settings on the machine. You can learn by trial and error, or save yourself the headache and just read for a little bit. Your call, I guess.
  3. Get to know your feet! My machine came with a buuuunch of new feet, so it is about time I actually learn what each one is used for!! Do you have random feet sitting around that you have no idea what they are used for? Here’s a little push of encouragement to go figure it out!
  4. Troubleshooting issues. What do you do when you have loose stitches, tension problems, threads breaking, or needle breaks? Reading your manual helps you not only better understand your machine, but it also helps you solve many issues as they occur! Here’s a secret: re-threading & switching the needle fixes the problem most of the time.

Ok now it’s time for your homework – find your manual and learn something new! Comment below what you learn!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about my SAPPHIRE 965Q or about new machines in general! I’d love to help! If you have the Sapphire 965Q, heres the manual: CLICK THIS LINK TO BECOME A MASTER.

Happy Sewing, pals!

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Newest member of the family – Sapphire 965Q

Attention, Attention!

We have a new arrival to the Homemade Emily Jane sewing studio!!!!

I’m very excited to announce the newest addition to my sewing family… the Husqvarna Sapphire 965Q!

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably have seen a few photos of my new love on my feed, but I wanted to share an official announcement with you all!

Husqvarna Sapphire 965Q

A little backstory – For my 16th birthday my parents got me a sewing machine – my first love – a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 183 model. I was in a sewing class in school at the time and has been learning on an Emerald 116. I was thrilled, but honestly, I didn’t know how much use this machine would get until I started quilting three and a half years later. Now I use my Emerald 183 daily, and the need for an upgrade has become apparent. My 8 year old Emerald has been so good to me, so I knew I’d be happy if I stuck with the Husqvarna Viking brand. After extensive research, I decided to dive in and get the SAPPHIRE! I can’t wait to get started on my brand-new beast of a machine! This new machine does all the same stuff as my old one and SO. MUCH. MORE.

I’ve spent the better part of my free time leading up to getting the machine just looking up photos/information online and glancing over the owner’s manual. I’m so stinkin’ excited to now have this new sewing machine up and running! I’m going to be working on new skills, and incorporating the use of other feet/functions as well! Stay tuned to learn along with me!

So now for the hard part… what should I name this new baby of mine? Please comment below if you have any suggestions!!