Thursday, August 21, 2014

Your Dreamin' Vintage Projects


Happy Thursday! Ready for another photo heavy post today? I had a hard time narrowing down which of your Dreamin' Vintage projects to share here today! I really want to just share every single one! Thank you for adding your projects and photos to the Dreamin' Vintage Flickr Group and the #dreaminvintage hashtag on Instagram! I hope you'll continue to share your work with me!

Each photo is linked to the respective Instagram account or Flickr account, so you can find the maker easily!

instagram.com/rhondaleo
LOVE this flowering snowball by Rhonda!

instagram.com/babygotbobbin
A number of folks are making plus quilts from DV! It's such a fun pattern for it, here is Michelle's version!
instagram.com/barij
Bari J mixed in some real vintage sheets and other vintagey prints for her Arithmetic quilt!
instagram.com/cristycreates
Cristy is making a flowering snowball too! Love the addition of solids!

instagram.com/lisausry
Lisa made the Golden Afternoon free pattern is is trying to choose a thread from my Aurifil collection to quilt it! Tough call!

http://instagram.com/pinksuedeshoe
Erica's flowering zipper pouch is amazing!

instagram.com/joanna_kent
Love the contrast and quilting in this gorgeous quilt by Lisa!

instagram.com/amber_crawley
How fun is this block by Amber? Love the use of the Jolly Dots prints for the background!

instagram.com/strawberryswingstudio
This quilt by Debbie is so super sweet!

instagram.com/quiltypharm
Barbara's greek cross is gorgeous! She stretched the collection with blenders!

instagram.com/sallykeller814
I had the pleasure to see Sally's hope bag in person at quilt market, it's too cute!

instagram.com/thatswhatlindseymade
I love Lindsey's scrappy bear paw blocks! Perfect for DV!


Holly whipped up this block from Fat Quarter Shop's new book, Fat Quarter Style! So pretty!

http://instagram.com/pinksuedeshoe
Erica's plus quilt is so full of color, I love it!

instagram.com/quiltdesignatelier
Allison played with the cool colorway for this beautiful nestled churn dash!

instagram.com/kathleenquilts
Kathleen's metro medallion quilt is to die for!

Reversible Mini Quilt Reversible Mini Quilt
Alee0923 made this adorable reversible mini quilt for a swap!

butterfly 1
Love this scrappy butterfly block by Rachael!

DV2 7 14
Last but not least, a gorgeous equilateral triangle quilt by Maureen!

If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Fall Classes + Sewcial Totes


Happy Wednesday! I wanted to take some time today to talk about my Fall teaching schedule and to share a promotion with you.

As I mentioned last month, The Sewcial Lounge is moving! The big day is rapidly approaching, and they need your help! They are running a fun Sewcial Tote Promotion with different levels of involvement. The feature product is these hand screen-printed tote bags! There are discounts and goodies to be had as well, so make sure to check it out! You can get all the details on the promotion here, and you can buy your tote bag in store or online.


The Sewcial Lounge will be open in it's new location (841 Lakeside St, Suite A, Madison, WI) starting Tuesday, August 26th. They'll remain open in their current location through Saturday, August 23rd. And now, my Fall classes! All of this information can always be found on my Teaching page.

Triplizip Pattern
Zipper Pouch Basics Class
Learn to create two different style zippered pouches in this class! We'll cover zipper basics and learn to install a zipper for a simple lined pouch and a large cosmetic pouch using home dec fabric, from my Triplizip Pattern.

Scheduled Classes:
Wednesday, October 15th, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Thursday, December 11th, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Triplizip Pattern
Laminated Cotton Zipper Pouch Class
We will advance our zipper skills in this class and learn to sew on laminated cotton. You will complete a boxed bag with handle, from my Triplizip Pattern. These make great gifts!

Scheduled Classes: 
Thursday, September 25th, 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Thursday, November 13th, 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Sew Portable Pattern
Lined Drawstring Bag Class
Learn to sew a simple bag using my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. These bags whip up in no time, and are great for holding just about anything! Give as a gift, or use as eco-friendly gift-wrapping. A great project for beginner & advanced sewers alike! Bag is fully lined and features a boxed bottom.

Scheduled Classes:
Thursday, October 9th, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Wednesday, December 3rd, 5:30pm-8:00pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)


Equilateral Triangle Pillow Class
Equilateral triangles are a great shape to work with in quilting, and they’re not hard to use! In this class we will learn how to cut equilateral triangles without a special ruler, and straightforward piecing techniques all while working on a fun pillow project.

Scheduled Classes: 
Wednesday, October 22nd, 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)


Quilting Basics Class
Learn the basics of quilting in this fun class!  We’ll create a sweet nine-patch mini quilt for you to hang on the wall, or use as a table-topper.  This class is a great way to try out quilting for the first time, or as a refresher!

Scheduled Classes:
Thursday, September 18th, 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
Saturday, December 13th, 10:30am-1:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Dreamin' Vintage Arithmetic Quilt
Plus Quilt Top
Are you comfortable with the basics of quilting, and ready to make your first baby quilt? This is the class for you! We'll tackle a simple geometric plus quilt in this class, using my Arithmetic Pattern. Learn tips and tricks for accurate cutting and piecing. (Class will cover quilt top construction only.)

Scheduled Classes:
Thursday, November 20th, 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)

Simply Sampled
Block of the Month Club
Join us for the Block of the Month Club at The Sewcial Lounge. In this club you will learn fun quilting techniques, meet new friends and create a gorgeous, unique quilt. Each month we will get together to create two new blocks. We will use my Simply Sampled Pattern for the blocks, which includes finishing instructions for the quilt to complete on your own.

Scheduled Classes:
1st Thursday Sept to Dec 2014 from 5:30pm-8:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI) FULL
1st Wednesday* Jan to June 2015 from 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
*First session is the 2nd Wednesday (Jan 14) due to Vacation.

Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Quilt
Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Club
Join us for the Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Club at The Sewcial Lounge! In this club, you will conquer half-square triangles, meet new friends and create a gorgeous, unique quilt. Each month we will get together to create two new blocks. We will use my Half-Square Triangle Sampler Pattern for the blocks, which includes finishing instructions for the quilt to complete on your own.

Scheduled Classes:
1st Thursday* Jan to June from 5:30pm-7:30pm @ The Sewcial Lounge (Madison, WI)
*First session is the 2nd Thursday (Jan 8) due to Holiday.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Geometric Bliss Coordinates

Geometric Bliss
It's that time again! Geometric Bliss will be shipping in September, so in the next few weeks leading up to the release I'll be sharing my projects from Spring Quilt Market, chatting about the inspiration for the collection and sharing some freebies!

Today I'm here to share the coordinating blenders and solids that match Geometric Bliss. Art Gallery Fabrics has lots of beautiful blenders that work well with this collection.

Geometric Bliss Coordinates - Pure Elements
Pure Elements: PE-439 Raspberry Rose, PE-438 Coral Reef, PE-426 Apricot Crepe,  PE-407 Empire Yellow, PE-441 Blueberry Zest, PE-443 Sweet Mint, PE-424 Mirage Blue, PE-402 Cozumel Blue, PE-425 Mauvelous, PE-453 Purple Pansy, PE401 Verve Violet, PE-413 Caviar, PE-433 Snow.

Geometric Bliss Coordinates - Squared Elements
Squared Elements: CST-3101 King's Road Fuchsia, SE-600 Watermelon, SE-601 Rosewater, CST-3201 King's Road Lemon, SE-603 Lemongrass, SE-604 Seafoam, CST-3108 King's Road Turquoise, SE-612 Blueberry, SE-607 Noir.

Geometric Bliss Coordinates - Oval Elements
Oval Elements: OE-908 Crocus, OE-935 Passionate Fuchsia, OE-910 Sweet Pea, OE-924 Peaches 'n Cream, OE-921 Mustard, OE-900 Peacock, OE-918 Blue Lagoon, OE-930 Licorice, OE-919 Cookies 'n Cream.

Geometric Bliss Coordinates - Nature Elements
Nature Elements: NE-127 Cyclamen, NE-111 Hot Pink, NE-109 Veiled Rose, NE-106 Orange Peel, NE-125 Antique Gold, NE-116 Lemonade, NE-118 Caribbean Blue, NE-100 Ocean Breeze, NE-110 Orchid Bloom.

Geometric Bliss Coordinates - Floral Elements
Floral Elements: FE-502 Blush, FE-506 Sunflower, FE-531 Grape Jam, FE-530 Moonlight.

Favorite Things Aurifil Thread Collection - Geometric Bliss
Other: A number of threads in my Favorite Things Aurifil Thread Collection coordinate with Geometric Bliss. Don't forget Aurifil embroidery floss is available in the same colors as their regular threads! I was also able to find coordinating pom-pom trim from my friend Jacey's shop, and zippers from Zip-it.

If you're a shop interested in carrying Geometric Bliss, it can be ordered through Art Gallery Fabrics.  Find your sales rep here, or call toll-free (888) 420-5399.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Working on a new pattern..., 2. A Pastoral Gift, 3. #htwipit It's growing! Supervisor says it's ok so far, needs more tuna. #lonestar #scrappy #stringfever #rainbows, 4. Quarter Square Log Cabin Quilt, 5. Riddle and {Whimsy} HRT quilt (front), 6. Drift Away, 7. Shape Shifters ~ Faith Circle, 8. Fancy Fence quilt, 9. Ansley's Swell

Every week I go through my favorite photos on Flickr, and choose nine sewing/quilting related projects to showcase here. These photos and projects are not my own, you can find the original images and creators by clicking the coordinating links! If for any reason you do not want your project featured here, please email me and I'll remove it!

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jolly Apron Tutorial


Happy Wednesday! Today I have a quick and easy apron tutorial to share with you! I promised this tutorial way back when, and I finally made time this week to write it up.

This craft apron is plain and simple, nothing fancy! The nice thing about it is that it's completely customizable! You can do more or less pockets, add patchwork, use another fabric for the pocket lining, it's up to you!


[Photo by Art Gallery Fabrics]

For my apron, I used a few prints from Dreamin' Vintage! The Jolly Dots Petal for the main apron pieces, and Sweet Meadow Rose for the pocket. It finishes off with an Oval Elements Sweet Pea tie! This is a fat quarter friendly project, you can make the entire apron with four fat quarters!

Dreamin' Vintage by Jeni Baker
Sewing Level: Beginner

Materials:
- 1 fat quarter of main apron fabric (front)
- 1 fat quarter of main apron fabric (back)
- 1 fat quarter of pocket fabric
- 1 fat quarter of apron tie fabric
- 5/8 yd of medium weight interfacing (Pellon SF101)
- Coordinating thread
- Marking pen

Notes:
Finished Size: 19.5" W x 12.25" H (Ties measure 31" from either side)
Fat Quarter =  18"x21"


Cutting:
From main apron fabric:
- Cut (2) 12.5"x20" rectangles

From pocket fabric:
- Cut (2) 7.5"x20" rectangles

From apron tie fabric:
- Cut (4) 2"x21" strips

From interfacing:
- Cut (1) 12.5"x20" rectangle
- Cut (1) 7.5"x20" rectangle


Instructions:
*Use a 1/4" seam allowance unless otherwise noted.*

1. Apply interfacing to the front main apron piece and the exterior pocket piece according to the manufacturer's instructions.



2. Place pocket pieces right sides together. Sew along the top long edge. Backstitch when you start and finish. Press seam open, then fold in half with wrong sides together along the seam and press again. Topstitch along this edge to secure.


3. Place the pocket piece on the right side of a main apron piece (front piece), aligning raw edges along the bottom and sides. Secure in place with pins.

4. Measure 6.5" from either side of the apron and mark a line down the pocket. Sew on top of this line, this creates the pockets. You may choose to do more, less, or different sized pockets if you want! Backstitch when you start and finish.


5. Place the second main apron piece (back piece), right sides together with the front of the apron (main + pocket). Pin in place. Sew along sides and bottom, backstitch when you start and finish. Clip the corners and turn. Press well. Topstitch along the sides and bottom.


6. Join the apron tie strips together so that you have one long strip.  Press seams open.  Fold down 1/4” on each short edge, wrong sides together. Press. Topstitch to secure. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Press. Unfold, and fold each raw edge into the crease you just created. Press. Fold in half again and press.

7. Nestle the apron into the folded tie, lining up the center of the tie strip with the center of the apron. Secure with pins. Topstitch along both edges of the tie, securing the apron in place.  Backstitch when you start and finish. Voila! You're done!

Craft Apron
As always, if you make something from my tutorials, patterns or with my fabric, I'd love for you to add it to the In Color Order Flickr Group!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Pattern Sale + Project Bags


Happy Monday! It is time for a sale! I love a sale as much as the next person, and now seems like a good time. I always feel more motivated to sew during the fall and winter months, so let's get a jump start on that! This week only, all patterns (PDF and Paper) are 25% off in my shop! Sale ends Friday 8/15. Prices are already marked down.

This includes wholesale orders! If you are a shop that would like to set up an account, fill out this form or shoot me an email: jenib320@gmail.com


I also have two new products to share with you! These have been in the works since March, when I took a screen printing class at Home Ec Workshop in Iowa City with Deedee and Anna! I cooked up the idea of a knitting abbreviations chart and soon after designed a sewing one. They have now become project bags!


The knitting abbreviations project bag features common knitting shorthand. They are hand screen-printed cotton drawstring bags. It is the perfect accessory to hold your current knitting project!


100% cotton muslin drawstring bag (commercially made). Bag measures 10" wide x 12" tall. Screen printed by me! Available in black and neon pink. Pink is a true neon in person.


The sewing abbreviations project bag features common sewing shorthand. They are hand screen-printed cotton drawstring bags. It is the perfect accessory to hold your current hand sewing project!


100% cotton muslin drawstring bag (commercially made). Bag measures 10" wide x 12" tall. Screen printed by me! Availabl in black and neon pink. Pink is a true neon in person.

I am happy to have these out in the world! It is a totally different craft for me, and a fun change of pace from my regular work. The bags are available in my shop here.

Have a great week!