Quick Update: Moving Sale

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Hello! Stopping in to make a quick announcement about my moving sale. I'll be listing destash items for sale on my @jenidestash Instagram account this Saturday morning. There will be lots of scrap bags (quilting cotton, solids, knit, voile, rayon), some yardage, stash boxes, hand dyed indigo FQ bundles, books, project leftovers, etc.

On Monday, I’ll start listing items for my sample sale, which will be held in my online shop (quilts, bags, minis, etc). I’ll share more info about that on Monday.

Shop News: Money Saving Pattern Bundles

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Happy Wednesday! Today I have a little shop news to share. You can now find three different pattern bundles available in my shop! These bundles come with pre-selected patterns and offer a discount over buying the patterns individually. Hint, hint: These bundles would make great gifts!

The Bag Making Bundle
http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/the-bag-making-pdf-pattern-bundle
First up, the Bag Making Bundle. This bundle features three of my bag patterns: the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern, the Triplizip Zipper Pouch Pattern, and the Elemental Tote Pattern. All three patterns feature easy to customize bags, and are suitable for beginners. Even if you've never made a tote or installed a zipper before, you can make these bags. For seasoned sewers, they're all great basics! The bundle is available as digital PDF download or physical paper copies. It's $20, so you'll save $7!

Buy the PDF bundle here: The Bag Making PDF Pattern Bundle
Buy the paper bundle here: The Bag Making PAPER Pattern Bundle

Here are the included patterns:
http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/lined-drawstring-bag-pdf-pattern
Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/triplizip-zipper-pouch-pdf-pattern
Triplizip Zipper Pouch Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/the-elemental-tote-pdf-pattern
The Elemental Tote Pattern

The Quilt Making Bundle
http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/the-quilt-making-pdf-pattern-bundle
Next up, the Quilt Making Bundle. This bundle features three geometric quilt patterns: the Side Braid Quilt Pattern, the Arithmetic Quilt Pattern and the Triangularity Quilt Pattern. Explore different shapes in these fat quarter friendly quilts. Between the three patterns there are two Side Braid quilt options, five Triangularity quilt options + custom sizing, and eighteen Arithmetic quilt options. That’s twenty-five different quilt options! The bundle is available as digital PDF download or physical paper copies. It's $20, so you'll save $7!

Buy the PDF bundle here: The Quilt Making PDF Pattern Bundle
Buy the paper bundle here: The Quilt Making PAPER Pattern Bundle

Here are the included patterns:
http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/side-braid-quilt-pattern
Side Braid Quilt Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/simple-addition-quilt-pdf-pattern
Arithmetic Quilt Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/triangularity-quilt-pdf-pattern
Triangularity Quilt Pattern

The Simple Quilt Bundle
http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/the-simple-quilt-pdf-pattern-bundle
Finally, the Simple Quilt Bundle. This bundle features all five of my postcard patterns: the Honeydew Quilt Pattern, the Stellar Quilt Pattern, the Lazy Daisy Quilt Pattern, the Fractal Quilt Pattern, and the Offset Quilt Pattern. This bundle is perfect for a beginning quilter, or anyone interested in making quick quilts. These patterns are simple and straight forward, you'll be cutting and stitching them up in no time! The bundle is available as digital PDF download or physical paper copies. It's $15, so you'll save $7.50!

Buy the PDF bundle here: The Simple Quilt PDF Pattern Bundle
Buy the paper bundle here: The Simple Quilt PAPER Pattern Bundle

Here are the included patterns:
http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/honeydew-quilt-pdf-pattern
Honeydew Quilt Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/stellar-quilt-pdf-pattern
Stellar Quilt Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/lazy-daisy-quilt-pdf-pattern
Lazy Daisy Quilt Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/fractal-quilt-pdf-pattern
Fractal Quilt Pattern

http://www.jenibakerpatterns.com/product/offset-quilt-pdf-pattern
Offset Quilt Pattern

October Monthly Report

Monday, November 6, 2017


Happy November! It's time for October's monthly report. See past reports here.


So, for the past three weeks we've been traveling. This included time at home in Ohio, a much needed vacation to the beach (Captiva Island, FL), and a short trip to our new state...Connecticut! We spent a whirlwind few days in our new city of New Haven finding a place to live and getting a quick look around. We're moving sometime in early/mid December, so we are in major moving prep mode now that we're back in Madison. It's been pretty stressful, but it feels like we can see the light at the end of the tunnel which is good.

To lighten the crafty load, I'll be having a big moving destash of fabric/yarn and a sample sale this month. I'll post here with more details soon.


Finished up my house quilt last month, see the block tutorial for this quilt here. Will share the finish soon!


It was a quilty month! Finished and shared my Halloween Nine Patch Quilt this month. Just in time for Halloween.


And finally, shared my finished Harvest Log Cabin Quilt (and tutorial) this past month! Yay for quilts!


To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I'm tracking my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track my here. Here is how I did in October:

October Fabric
Used up: 27.25 yards
Brought in: 6 yards
Net: -21.25 yards
Year to date: -178.25 yards

October Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -3731.5 yards

I'm really pleased with how much I was able to get done this month, especially considering I was away from my sewing room from the 17th until the end of the month. I kept the incoming fabric down and managed to finish two quilts!


I think we can pretty much breeze past the goal section from now on. I am not expecting to be able to work towards too many of my crafty goals the rest of the year. I'm sad that I haven't been able to make more progress, but know it will be easier next year once we are settled again.

I'm sure no one is surprised that I organized the shells I picked up on vacation by type and then size or color. Not all of these came home with us, but I love shelling. My favorite beach activity!


Love this snapshot of George, who took a nap on his log. :)

Have a Great Month!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


Happy Halloween from George the sailor bunny, Jeni and Michael!


Not so sure about this hat business!


Well, I guess it's not so bad...


Did someone say treat?


Seriously, what does a bun have to do to get a treat around here?


George bunny was properly compensated in his favorite treats for this photo shoot! :)

Wishing you all a safe and happy Halloween!

Halloween Nine-Patch Quilt

Saturday, October 28, 2017


Happy Saturday! Squeezing in one more Halloween project this month, another quilt! See the Halloween quilt I made last year, here.


I used a Lil Monsters bundle and added prints from past Halloween lines from Cotton and Steel to end up with twenty different prints. I was pretty immediately drawn to this collection, and didn't let it sit too long before chopping it up.


I cut nine (6") squares from each fat quarter to use up as much of the fat quarters as I could. This is the same layout and technique I used for my Nani Iro Dreams Quilt. Simple and sweet.


It's funny, looking back at the quilts I've made over the years I seem to prefer simpler quilts in times of extra stress. This makes sense, since more stress usually means less time to stitching and also an urge for comfort sewing. And what could be more comforting than nine patches and cutesy Halloween fabric?


I had a short window to get this one quilted and bound, so I kept the quilting super simple with diagonal lines. Speaking of comfort sewing, this is definitely my go-to no-worry quilting. It's quick and I love the cross hatch effect of quilting on the diagonal. One of these days I'll experiment with other designs!


I was finally able to use up a big cut of 1" black and white gingham for the back. I originally bought it for my Minny Muu Prism Quilt, but under-bought by 1/4 yard. Felt good to use some of it for this quilt. It's bound up in this cute add it up print.

More info on my custom woven labels here.


Get ready for Tuesday, I'll be sharing George's annual Halloween costume photo!

Happy Quilting!

Trick or Treat Tote Bag + Discount

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Halloween is almost here! One of my favorite holidays. This week I stitched up a trick or treat tote bag using my Elemental Tote Pattern.


This is the Simple Tote, made using this adorable print from spoonflower, a long stashed orange stripe and some black webbing. I love using holiday fabric, and hopefully I'll have my Halloween quilt photographed in time to share before the 31st.


I was initially bummed that it was sort of overcast when I took these photos, but I think it added a little extra spooky!


The Elemental Tote Pattern is 31% off (that makes it only $6.21!) from now until Nov. 1st. Find it already marked down in my shop here!


Happy Making!

Harvest Log Cabin Quilt + Tutorial

Thursday, October 12, 2017


Happy Thursday! Today I have a finished quilt to share with you. I'm also including a quick tutorial for this quilt since I've gotten questions about it every time I've posted a photo of it here or on Instagram!


As I mentioned last month, Julie from The Intrepid Thread sent over some Tilda fabric for me to play with. This is the Harvest collection by Tone Finninger. They've got a list to be notified about new Tilda collections, which you can sign up for here.

I pretty quickly decided that a simple log cabin quilt would be a nice way to show off all the colorful prints.


The collection had two prints with a creamy white background, which I used for the block centers. The rest of the fat quarters were chopped up for the blocks. Log cabin blocks are one of my favorites, but I haven't made many log cabin quilts. This quilt helped scratch that itch, but I definitely want to work more with this block soon.


For the quilting I kept things simple. I quilted a diagonal line through each block and then did some echo quilting around the block/row seams. It's pretty lightly quilted, which means it has lots of crinkle.


I gave this quilt to my Mom when I saw her at the end of last month, it was fun to surprise her with it!


I happened to have this purple print in my backing stash, which was a great match for the colors on the front. I finished it off with some lime green binding (my specialty). More info on my custom woven labels here.

Ready to make your own? Onto the tutorial!


A word of caution: This is truly a fat quarter busting quilt. You'll need nearly every precious inch of the fat quarter. Your fat quarters must be at least 18" wide (a little extra is even better), and at least 21.5" tall. A couple of my fat quarters were tight, and I ended up with a tiny bit of visible selvedge from one fat quarter.

If your fat quarters are on the smaller side or you prefer more wiggle room in your cutting, skip to the end of this tutorial, which uses skinnier strips (2.75" wide) for a slightly smaller finished quilt.

Tutorial for Log Cabin Quilt Using 3" Strips
Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly
Finished Size: 75"x75"
Finished Block Size: 12.5"

Materials:
- 18 fat quarters (full 18"x21.5" required)
- 1/4 yard for block centers
- 4 3/4 yards of backing fabric
- 83"x83" piece of batting
- 5/8 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:
From block center fabric:
- Cut (36) 3" squares

From 18 fat quarters: 
- Cut (6) 3"x22" strips

Subcut these strips into the following using the cutting diagram below:
- (2) 3"x3" pieces
- (4) 5.5"x3" pieces
- (4) 8"x3" pieces
- (4) 10.5"x3" pieces
- (2) 13"x3" pieces





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

1. Construct log cabin blocks: Start by sewing a 3" square to the right side of a center square. Press seam away from the center. Sew a 5.5" strip to the bottom of the pieced unit. Press seam away from the center. Continue adding strips in a clockwise direction until your block measures 13" square. Make 36 blocks. Press well.
2. Arrange blocks into six rows of six blocks each according to the above diagram. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.

3. Cut backing yardage in half. Press. Trim off the selvedge and sew your pieces together lengthwise. Press seam open. Baste, quilt, and bind.

Check out my tutorial for binding: Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial

Tutorial for Log Cabin Quilt Using 2.75" Strips

Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly
Finished Size: 67.5"x67.5"
Finished Block Size: 11.25"

Materials:
- 18 fat quarters
- 1/4 yard for block centers
- 4 1/4 yards of backing fabric
- 75.5"x75.5" piece of batting
- 1/2 yard of binding fabric

Cutting:
From block center fabric:
- Cut (36) 2.75" squares

From 18 fat quarters: 
- Cut (6) 2.75"x22" strips

Subcut these strips into the following using the cutting diagram below:
- (2) 2.75"x2.75" pieces
- (4) 5"x2.75" pieces
- (4) 7.25"x2.75" pieces
- (4) 9.5"x2.75" pieces
- (2) 11.75"x2.75" pieces



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

 1. Construct log cabin blocks: Start by sewing a 2.75" square to the right side of a center square. Press seam away from the center. Sew a 5" strip to the bottom of the pieced unit. Press seam away from the center. Continue adding strips in a clockwise direction until your block measures 11.75" square. Make 36 blocks. Press well.


2. Arrange blocks into six rows of six blocks each according to the above diagram. Sew blocks together in each row. Press seams in one direction, alternating direction every other row. Sew rows together. Press seams open.

3. Cut backing yardage in half. Press. Trim off the selvedge and sew your pieces together lengthwise. Press seam open. Baste, quilt, and bind.

Check out my tutorial for binding: Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial

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