Monday, September 15, 2014

Geometric Bliss Advanced Yardage

Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Happy Monday! I was so happy to receive my Geometric Bliss advanced yardage last week! This not only means I can get to work cooking up projects, it means the arrival of Geometric Bliss in shops should be in the next few weeks. Before I get started sewing with a new collection, I take the time to chop some of it up into bundles. Fat quarters to send to family and friends, and a yard bundle for me to start playing with. It's also a great excuse to take a few pretty shots of the collection! Ready for a million pictures? :)

Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Bundled up and ready to head out into the world!

Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
The full collection, in color order of course!

Pinkest Angle Colorway Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
The Pinkest Angle colorway.

Turquoise Angle Colorway Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
The Turquoise Angle colorway.

Radical Blooms Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Radical Blooms in Blush and Fresh.

Spherical Buds Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Spherical Buds in Peach and Aqua.

Parallel Segments Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Parallel Segments in Quartz and Seaglass.

Fractal Garland Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Fractal Garland in Mist and Black.

Poppie Coordinates Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Poppie Coordinates in Petal and Jade.

Polygons Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Polygons in Bulbinella and Callalily.

Vertex Tulips Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Vertex Tulips in Sweet and Mint.

Tesselate Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Tessellate in Raspberries and Huckleberries.

Cubiod Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Cuboid in Cobalto and Orchid.

Mobius Stripe Print Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
Mobius Stripe in Warm and Cool.

Geometric Bliss by Jeni Baker
It's always a thrill to see a collection finally come to life. Even though this is now my fourth collection, it's still a shock each time to have the actual fabric in my hands! This time around there are two voiles and four knits along with the twenty quilting cotton prints. Will share those soon! Until then you can see them here.

So, what's your favorite print? I thought mine was one of the Radical Bloom prints or the Tulips, but it turns out, it's Polygons in Callalily. I had postcards made with the print and a phone case, so I think that's made my choice obvious!

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Ellsworth Kelly inspired quilt, 2. Cross Stitch Sparkle, 3. Hooray for Rain - Flying Geese Baby Quilt, 4. T-Purple with a Little Green, 5. Chess On the Steps by Poppyprint, 6. Wave after wave 1, 7. Wonky Irish Chain - Flat, 8. Spinning Stars Quilt, 9. Untitled

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, September 11, 2014

Geometric Bliss Bags + Pouches

Spring Quilt Market - Geometric Bliss
Happy Thursday! It's time to take a closer look at the Geometric Bliss bags and pouches I made for Spring Quilt Market!

Geometric Bliss Lined Drawstring Bags
First up, of course I had to make some bags using my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern! I made one Everything Bag (tutorial size), two Project Bags, and one Artist Bag. I have made tons of these bags, and I still am not tired of making them. They're such a great way to show off prints! Plus I use them for everything.

Geometric Bliss Triplizip Zipper Pouches
I made a number of zipper pouches that were destined to become part of my Triplizip Zipper Pouch Pattern. Here is the simple pouch and cosmetic pouch.

Geometric Bliss Triplizip Boxy Bag
Also a part of the Triplizip pattern is the Boxy Bag. These pouches are fun to make, I switched up the handles on this pair to give them even more interest. There are unfinished seams (I finish mine with a simple zig-zag stitch) on the inside at each end.

A diligent reader found an error in this part of the pattern, if you purchased it before 8/25/14 please check the pattern page for the correction.

Spring Quilt Market - Geometric Bliss
I didn't manage to get an individual photo of this simple tote bag I made! It's really tall, great for grocery shopping or a trip to the library.

Geometric Bliss Snap Tote
I finally had the opportunity to sew together my friend Yahaira's Snap Tote Pattern with this collection. This bag is so fun, and it's a really enjoyable sew. It has snaps on the sides to make the bag smaller or larger!

Geometric Bliss Snap Tote
Snaps un-snaped!

Geometric Bliss Snap Tote
Snaps snaped! I love fun details like this! You can find the pattern on Craftsy here.

I received my Geometric Bliss advanced yardage this week, which means it's arrival in shops should be in the next few weeks! Will be sure to post here when I know more.

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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Pogona Shawl

Pogona Shawl
Happy Tuesday! Today I am sharing my latest finished knit, my very first full-size shawl!

Pogona Shawl
As I mentioned last week, I knit Pogona by Stephen West for the Eat Sleep Knit third quarter Yarnathon challenge! We were challenged to knit something that we queued or added to our favorites on Ravelry during our first active year. Pogona was one of the first projects I queued!

Pogona Shawl
I chose to use sport weight yarn for mine (the pattern calls for fingering). I went with Tosh Sport by Madelinetosh in Graphite.  I love this color, it's such a pretty dark gray and in certain light almost has a green look to it. 

Pogona Shawl
It was so cool watching this shawl slowly grow over the past two months. I still can't believe I made it! Before I started it looked like it was so complicated, but it wasn't at all! The knitting was really straightforward and very easy to memorize. I really enjoyed making this!

Pogona Shawl
Pogona Shawl
For more information on my shawl see my Ravelry page here.

Now to decide what to knit next! Just like sewing there are always a million things on the list! :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Favorites

Favorites
1. Mantaray block / dsquilt, 2. Bee Germany quit top done., 3. Quilt navajo-écossais quilté, ourlé, terminé !, 4. Quilt for my dear friend Monica..., 5. Great Pillow Fight Swap.....getting closer!, 6. Riddle and {Whimsy} Dresden medallion, 7. DSC_0321 (2), 8. Sunshine in progress, 9. I took out the bright red diamonds that were surrounding the pink star and replaced with pale mint & aqua.

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, September 4, 2014

Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt

Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt
Happy Thursday! Today I will be brief, as I turned out to be quite chatty yesterday! For the most part this quilt speaks for itself. This quilt was made for my Spring Quilt Market Booth for Geometric Bliss.

Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt
I love using my Arithmetic Quilt Pattern is show off fabrics. I seem to have made one from nearly all of my lines (see here and here), with the exception of Color Me Retro. It is simple but striking. It seemed wrong not to make one from Geometric Bliss! This was one of the last projects I made for the booth, so I used what I had left. I made one of the baby sizes!

Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt
I had a lot of fun picking thread to quilt this. Lucky for me, I had lots of options in my Favorite Things Aurifil Thread Collection. I ended up going with the minty thread!

Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt
Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt
For the quilting, I kept it simple with diagonal lines. I love this type of quilting.

Geometric Bliss Arithmetic Quilt
I bound it up in Apricot Crepe Pure Elements. This was one of those projects that went from fabric picking to finishing in less than 24 hours. Not bad!

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

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Catch-up

Scotch Icecream in New Glarus, WI
Happy Wednesday! I realized this week as I looked over my tentative blog schedule for September that I hadn't done a "catch-up" type post in a long time. Summer came and went in a flash and I didn't do much to document it. Something about the change of seasons makes me want to reflect on the previous and plan out the next.

I ate this ridiculously good looking ice cream cone in New Glarus, WI when my family came to visit at the end of July. It was scotch coffee ice cream in a freshly made cone. It was as delicious as it looks!

City Gym Shorts
I didn't do nearly as much garment sewing this summer as I had planned. I bought plenty of clothing patterns, and I even printed/cut/taped most of them. One thing I did manage to make was a pair of City Gym Shorts. It's a free pattern from the Purl Bee. I made mine with Dreamin' Vintage and they turned out pretty cute! I made some adjustments to the pattern for the next pair, but I'm happy with how these turned out anyways!

Love Patchwork & Quilting - Issue 11
Issue 11 of Love Patchwork & Quilting hit stands last month. I wrote about my Geometric Bliss Quilt Market booth in my column this time! You can also find my tips for a successful craft stand or market booth on their blog, here.

Moonrover Yarn
Got my hands on a few skeins of Moonrover Yarn. I couldn't resist any longer!

Pagona Shawl
I've been knitting away at my Pogona shawl for the Eat Sleep Knit 3rd quarter Yarnathon challenge. The shop's reward/customer loyalty system is a marathon based on the yardage you buy! There are teams (go Roboknits!), fun prizes and challenges for earning extra yards. I'm looking forward to finishing this one up, and I think I'll even make the end of September deadline! For more project info see my Ravelry page here.

Vintage Enamelware
I picked up a few pieces of vintage enamelware when my family was in town. A yellow striped Cathrineholm bowl and a blue Dansk Kobenstyle pot. Both were a steal! Now to find room for them, yikes!

Refrigerator Pickles
I made refrigerator pickles for the first time this year, using cucumbers from my garden. I used this recipe and they turned out great!

Custom George Watercolor
As soon as I saw that Kayanna of June Craft was doing custom watercolor pet portraits I sent over a request for George! The resulting piece is absolutely beautiful and I really love it! I've since framed it and a few other pieces of George art, I just need to hang them!

George
Speaking of George! Here he is looking all cute!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nordika Sew Together Bag

Nordika Sew Together Bag
Happy Tuesday! With summer coming to an end, I've been looking back through all the things I made this summer. There are quite a few I haven't shared here yet, so I'm going to try to play catch-up and fix that.  The first project is another Sew Together Bag. I made a pair of Dreamin' Vintage Sew Together Bags earlier this year, and found I needed to make just one more!

Nordika Sew Together Bag
Nordika Sew Together Bag
This time around I used prints from Nordika. I quilted the outside panel the same as my last pair, with simple straight lines using the dark gray 50wt thread from my Favorite Things Aurifil Thread Collection. I used an extra long (22") gray zipper for the outside.

Nordika Sew Together Bag
For the inside I used three coral zippers and a number of different Nordika prints from the Frost Valley colorway. It came together without a hitch!

Matching Set
Around the time I released my Sew Portable Travel Set Pattern, I realized that a matching Sew Together Bag would be the perfect addition to my set. So naturally, I immediately made this one! It's so matchy! I love it!

You can find the Sew Together Bag Pattern by Sew Demented on Craftsy.