Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorites

Favorites
1. T-Color Drift, 2. DS dresden quilt, 3. GoWest2, 4. Ice Floes Quilt, 5. kiss my chocolate box, 6. string quilt baby quilt, 7. The Kelly Quilt, 8. High Tea Quilt Front, 9. Second pink wonky log cabin block

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!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hello!


Simplicity #2274 bag made in my Curiosities fabrics.
 
Hello there! Hope you have all been well. Sometimes I am absent from this space because I have nothing of interest to share, but sometimes it is because I am too busy working on other things. This time it was the latter. I showed my new collection, Curiosities, at International Quilt Market in Minneapolis, MN this month. This meant lots of last minute preparations as well as traveling. Thankfully, I was able to drive. It's so nice to drive to these events because I can bring furniture with me, and not have to worry about flying or getting my projects there and back. Minneapolis was a short 4 1/2 hours from Madison, and an easy drive.


Craft studio for APQ and Quilts & More.

After spending 5 days at Quilt Market, I packed up the car and headed to the Meredith Corporation headquarters for a small retreat. Meredith is responsible for publishing many, many magazines including American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts & More, and Better Homes & Gardens. It was geared towards exploring creativity for the sake of creativity, not for production. We were able to see a behind the scenes look at the facilities, including doing some cupcake testing in the BH&G test kitchen (!!), plus seeing the photo studios and prop rooms used for all their publications. The whole experience really pushed me to consider slowing down more, and creating things simply because. It was really fun, but after traveling for eight days, I was totally exhausted when I got home.


Adorable Quilt Market takeaway from Penguin & Fish.

One of the activities at the retreat was to create a mood board from magazine clippings to describe what we wanted out of the rest of the year. I had a lot of fun making mine, and I hung it up in my sewing room right away. I want to focus on having a relaxing summer and re-evaluating my priorities. As a small business owner, I have the luxury to choose what kind of work I want to do. It can be easy to take on too much, or take on projects that I don't enjoy when I don't know when the next opportunity will come along. I'm not saying I'm in a place where I turn down a lot of things, but I am starting to think more about whether or not something is a great fit for my talents, interests, schedule, and also whether or not it's worth it financially. I want to be more conscious of that, and really listen to my gut when it comes to deciding what to do and what not to do.


Violets in our front yard.

Not sure if that's a particularly interesting conversation for you all, but it's been on my mind a lot this past month. I'd like to change the direction of this space a bit too. I think I'll feel more inclined to post here if I write a little more. When I first started this blog, I wrote in a more journalistic way, and I miss that. Sometimes it feels silly just popping in to share a project or two, but not really saying what's going on in my regular life. We'll see. I'm constantly changing my mind about what to post, so you never know, it might not stick! I do have a decent backlog of projects to share, I will try to post some of those soon. I'll also have a recap of my Quilt Market booth, as well as coordinates for Curiosities (shipping next month already!).


Double Chocolate Banana Bread recipe from SmittenKitchen.com.

I haven't too done much since getting home, primarily putting everything away and getting the apartment back in working order. I've played a decent amount of my favorite app game, Disney Tsum Tsum (Warning: it's addicting!) in between sending and answering emails. I'm hoping to hit the ground running on regular work today. We got lucky and had a perfect day Saturday. It was mid-70s and sunny with a light breeze. We barbequed and generally relaxed, which was great. I'm so glad that summer is here!

Have a great week!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Favorites

Favorites
1. Positive Thoughts Table Runner Front, 2. X-Factor Pillow, 3. Puddling Quilt Top, 4. Saskia -- free modern quilt pattern, 5. Improv round-robin quilt top, 6. Monogram Quilt, 7. Random Windows Quilt, 8. Diagonals Baby Quilt, 9. Scrambled

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, May 6, 2015

Spring Pattern Sale


Happy Wednesday! Things are a bit crazy over here on my end, trying to get things done before leaving for Quilt Market next week to debut Curiosities. Since I've been unable to carve out time to write up any proper blog posts lately I thought I'd hold a little pattern sale instead!

Save 25% in my online shop on all PDF and Paper Patterns using code SPRING25 at checkout from now until Sunday at Midnight CST.

Happy Making!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Favorites

Favorites
1. Secondary Pinwheel Quilt, 2. A new star is born! My very 1st attempt on doing a Spiral Lone Star. I've done a lot of mistakes - some can still be seen - but i won't repeat them a second time...^^ Nethertheless i had a lot of joy while working out this "epic little thing" and i do re, 3. T-Pinwheel Cabins, 4. michael miller challenge, 5. Quilt for my mom and dad, 6. And...BLOOM!_, 7. navy plus quilt, 8. wombat quilts improv quilt, 9. Ice Parfait quilt top

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!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Curiosities Fabric

Curiosities by Jeni Baker
I always love hearing the story behind someone's work. There is usually some detail here or there that you might not expect. Sometimes the story even changes the way you feel about it. Today I want to tell the story behind my Curiosities fabric collection.

Curiosities Inspiration Curiosities Inspiration
We live on on the edge of campus here in Madison. It's not always glamorous, but it does include a fair amount of woods right in our backyard. Last Summer I had a plot in the community garden, and was spending a lot of time thinking about plants, and walking back and forth to my plot. There was so much to see on my walk, and in the gardens. The things that really caught my eye were the wildflowers and weeds. There is a little patch of grass along one of the paths that I spent a few afternoons laying in. If you lay down and just look up, it's hard to tell you're in the city. It felt far away, just for a little bit. It was really refreshing.

Pink Daylilies Curiosities Inspiration
I challenged myself from the beginning to hand draw more of the prints. After Geometric Bliss, which has primarily geometric prints, I wanted to stretch myself and rely less on shapes to create my prints. A few geometric prints had to creep in of course, but the emphasis is on hand drawn. What started as a collection of sketched wildflowers and plants slowly morphed into this other worldly garden with many curiosities. Curious bunnies (George of course!), snowflakes, butterflies, and whimsical plants. Daisies that are ripe for the petal plucking, and sugar sweet tulips.

George
George demanded to be included in this group of curiosities. After all, he is named after Curious George. It only seemed right. So far he hasn't let it go to his head, but it's only a matter of time! I cannot wait to take photos of him with the fabric. I'm pretty sure my head will explode!

The vintage twist comes through in the colors. I'm so excited to have finally used navy! For some reason, I really love navy prints, so it was fun to use it myself.

Curiosities by Jeni Baker
The collection is split into two colorways. First up is the Fresh Encounters colorway. This colorways is a calm and cool with red, blues, sage, turquoise, teal, yellow, pink, and navy.

Curiosities by Jeni Baker
The second colorway is Sweet Finds. This colorway is warm and friendly, with oranges, pinks, taupe, a muddy gray, sage, teal, and navy.

Curiosities by Jeni Baker
There are twenty quilting cotton prints, four knits, a voile, and new to the Art Gallery lineup, a canvas print. Woo! The collection will be here in June!

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

Friday, April 24, 2015

Favorites

Favorites
1. Pointed Statement, 2. Magic Carpet, 3. P1100739, 4. Marsala Stacked, 5. All quilted and trimmed. I'm thinking some HR for the backing and a black and white Crosshatch to bind. Hope you like it partner!!, 6. Ducks in a Row, 7. First Wonky Log Cabin, 8. Wedding Quilt for Helena and Mat - Sparkle Punch Variation, 9. UK Mini Swap

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!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle Book


Happy Thursday! I have some beans to spill today. EEEK! I've been busy stitching and writing away behind the scenes making nearly 4,000 half-square triangles for...


Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle BOOK! I have been talking for years about writing a book, and I finally did it. I am excited to add "Author" to my list of trades. It sounds so grown up, haha! So, why write a book on HSTs? They are my very favorite block! I wanted to share my favorite tips, methods, and most importantly my love and enthusiasm for HSTs.

I look forward to sharing more about it in the next few months! It's been one of the biggest challenges I've ever tackled. I can honestly say it's made with blood, sweat, and tears. Plus a lot of fabric and thread! It will be here Fall 2015, and is being published by Lucky Spool! You can even pre-order it already if you'd like! (How crazy is that?!)

Okay, enough chit-chat for me today! Now I need a diet coke and some chocolate, revealing such a big secret is nerve-wracking! :)

Cover shot by Lauren Hunt.