Adorable Row 9 of “In My Neighborhood” takes us Back to the Basics

Inside: Block 9 of our quilt-along features pencils.

We laughed and laughed at the idea of going to the pencil museum. We’d seen it advertised and thought it was a joke.

My husband and I were in northern England in the Lake District and thought it was the funniest thing that a little town called Keswick (pronounced kesik) had a pencil museum. When we arrived in Keswick, we said, “What the heck? Maybe we just as well go!”

This month’s row for In My Neighborhood is No. 2 Pencil by Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen. It is fitting for this back-to-school time of year. Jen’s No. 2 is yellow, as it should be. Mine, however, is red, because I don’t really have any yellow in my fabric!

Here’s Jen’s row:

Row 9 In My Neighborhood quilt along

No. 2 Pencil row for In My Neighborhood quilt along by Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen.

Here is my row:

Row 9 In My Neighborhood

No. 2 Pencil row for In My Neighborhood, designed by Jen Shaffer of Patterns By Jen, made by Cheryl Brown.

Here is more info about Jen:

Hello! I’m Jen of Patterns By Jen, aka PBJ. I refer to myself as a “wanna be” designer and currently have a dozen patterns offered in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. I have also had a few patterns published in McCall’s Quick Quilts and a block in Quiltmakers 100 Blocks magazine.

As a daughter of a teacher, wife of a teacher, daughter-in-law of a teacher, sister-in-law to a teacher and a superintendent, and child care provider to preschoolers, September always means school days and that means crayons, markers, paper and the awesome No. 2 pencil.

I love a good sharp pencil. I love writing with them, drawing with them, and marking fabric with them. Give me a fresh sheet of loose leaf paper and a sharp pencil and I will be one happy camper.

The No. 2 Pencil row is a very simple and quick sew, school days also means no-time-for-sewing days, but I wanted you to be able to make this up. It is made with all traditional piecing, even the pencil lead. Add a little raw edge appliqué, or don’t, and you have a piece ready to be added to your row quilt. If it doesn’t fit into the style of quilt you’re making, it makes a great wall hanging for those first days of school.

Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily peeks into what I’m currently working on and check out my blog where we have just started a quilt along.

Enjoy the trusty No. 2 pencil. Happy stitching! Jen

I think you’re more than a “wanna be”, Jen! It sounds like you’ve done quite a few things!

The Cumberland Pencil Museum in Keswick was actually incredibly interesting, and one of the highlights of our trip! For instance, the Brits hid maps of Germany in pencils in WWII in case their people were stranded there. Who knew?

Download the pattern for No. 2 Pencil.

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