Weekend

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Thrifting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I hit the jackpot today! 7 sheets! All of them are being shared in the shop! :)


Fabrics, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Pulled fabrics to make lots of patchwork coffee sleeves!


Coffee Sleeve, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Played around using vintage fabric on a coffee sleeve!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George is sleepy! :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Pumpkin Candle
Sound of: Harry Potter Movies
Taste of: Pumpkin Cheesecake!
Sight of: A semi neat apartment
Feel of: Freshly washed sheets

Good Things about Today:
- Great haul thrifting today!
- Pumpkin Cheesecake!!
- It's almost Halloween!
- Had a productive afternoon

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Friday, October 29, 2010


Castle Peeps Plus Quilt - Front, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Today is the beginning of Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival! I am sharing the most recent quilt that I finished and my current favorite, my Castle Peeps Plus quilt. Last year in studio art, we did a section on tessellations. After creating one of my own, I thought it would be fun to make a tessellating quilt! The tessellating plus is not a new pattern, it's been around for a long time. I had been saving my FQ stack of Castle Peeps by Lizzy House for something special and this was just the project!

I probably could have found an existing method for constructing this quilt, but I decided to work up measurements and a method my own way. This worked fairly well with the exception of one minor cutting issue in the beginning! A single plus requires 5 squares, not 4! ;)


Castle Peeps Plus Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Up until this point I had mostly free motion quilted. For this quilt I knew it needed straight-line. I quilted 1/4" on the side of each seam, horizontally and vertically. It had it's share of issues, but all in all I was happy with how to all came together! This was the first time that I quilted using colored thread! I went with chartreuse to help highlight the green prints, which were my favorite :)

If anyone is interested, I created a tutorial with my measurements and way of doing it. Also instructions for the pieced scrappy back! You can find it here


Castle Peeps Plus Quilt - Back, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Thanks for stopping by!

This Week

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Tuesday, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I'm back from a very busy school week! I actually didn't intend to take a break at all, but it just sort of happened! There were papers due, tests to take, and a novel to read. Next week shouldn't be quite so bad!


Mermaid Love, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I'm so close I can taste it! Was just able to set up a swap for some brown sisters then I'll just need presentation in blush! Can't wait to share my plans for these lovelies!


Lemony, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Baked these yummy Lemon Ricotta Cookies as per Susan's suggestion! They're delicious! And super lemony!


Vintage Pillowcases, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Adding more vintage pillowcases to the shop tonight and tomorrow! I've also reduced prices on many of the fat quarters! :)


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Today I love the..
Smell of: Vanilla
Sound of: Simon & Garfunkel
Taste of: Tacos from Maya
Sight of: Neat fabric stacks
Feel of: Warm boots

Good Things about Today:
- Managed to sew a little tonight!
- The worst of this week is now over!
- Received my pumpkin cake lipbalm from Haunt today!
- Finally remembered to get the vintage tupperware soaking!

Sunday

Sunday, October 24, 2010


Pink Love, originally uploaded by jenib320.
No, this is not deja vu! I found ANOTHER pink pyrex bowl today! Now I only need the smallest (401) bowl! So happy :)


Flea Market Fancy, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I've swapped some of my Flea Market Fancy prints for the pink/gold/brown prints. I'll be using them to make a special mini quilt sometime soon!


Basting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Basted my Vintage Sheet Sparkling Cider quilt today! With kitty's help of course!


Vintage Pillowcases, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I've been stocking a lot of vintage pillowcases in the shop lately! There are some really fun projects that use pillowcases, and they yield two fat quarters worth of fabric! :)


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George baby!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Crisp fall air
Sound of: George working on his box
Taste of: Lemon cookies
Sight of: A clean apartment
Feel of: Soft quilt

Good Things about Today:
- Found more pink pyrex!
- Managed to get back to the apartment at a good time.
- Had good photo light today.
- George! :)

Happiness is Pink Pyrex

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Happiness is Pink Pyrex, originally uploaded by jenib320.
If you're a frequent reader, you may have noticed that I have had zero luck with Pyrex lately. That all changed today, FINALLY! I could not believe my eyes when I came upon these two bowls at a Volunteer's of America thrift store. As I got closer, I realized that for pink, they were in fantastic condition. After seeing the price, I felt faint. A 404 and a 403 for $4.97 and $3.97. Yes, please, I'll take two!


Vintage Fabrics, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I also picked up a few vintage fabrics along the way!


A little thrifting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Yesterday, I went back for this beauty. She's in pretty bad condition, but it's one of my favorite patterns, I just couldn't leave it!


A little shopping, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Stopped by one of my favorite shops today, Hollo's Papercraft! It's fantastic. Also picked up this adorable fat quarter from JoAnns!


Fall, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I didn't take any fall photos last year, so I figured I better get out an snap a few before all the leaves are gone!


Fall, originally uploaded by jenib320.


Today I love the..
Smell of: Fresh laundry
Sound of: George running about!
Taste of: Cereal
Sight of: Pyrex
Feel of: Warm fleece pullover

Good Things about Today:
- PINK PYREX!
- Good progress on thesis work today
- It's only 5:30 and I've done 3 loads of laundry!
- Going to make these tonight!

Favorites

Friday, October 22, 2010


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. PillowTalkSwap: hearts, 2. Fussy Cut Bee Block, 3. I have heard the mermaids... baby quilt, 4. Kerri's blocks, 5. PTS 3- Front, 6. bicolor, 7. Mermaid-alicious Quilting, 8. Fresh Modern Bee, 9. Finished
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 Friday!

Wordy Wednesday

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Mendocino, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Thanks to some great swaps, I've been building up my Mendocino stash! This line is slowly becoming one of my very very favorites! I was so excited to snatch up a 10 FQ bundle online last night!


Gold + Turquoise, originally uploaded by jenib320.
My Mendocino quilt (once I get the rest of the mermaids and presentation prints) will be partially inspired by this stack! More to come once I've collected everything! :)


Inspiration Board, originally uploaded by jenib320.
My inspiration board is always changing.


Sheets, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Sheets, sheets, and more sheets!

My Unazukin and Hello Kitty Toy collections!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Japanese takeout
Sound of: Friends
Taste of: Cheese strudel muffin!
Sight of: George sleeping
Feel of: Comfy quilt

Good Things about Today:
- Got a great test grade today!
- Took care of some returns
- Delicious mail!
- One of my classes was cancelled!

300th

Monday, October 18, 2010


Dreamy, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Still head-over-heels for the beautiful pillow that I received from Kerri for the Urban Home Swap. Her quilting amazes me! So perfect! :)


Patchwork, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I'm currently working on a patchwork apron using some Domestic Diva by Riley Blake. For as much as I love to bake, I do not have a handmade apron! That needed to be remedied immediately!


Fabric Mail!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Received some delicious mail today, thanks to some lovely fabric swaps! :)


Pumpkin Seeds, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Made another batch of Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. I could eat these everyday!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George sure does love his corner! :)

Thank you all for your response on the Warm vs. Cool quilt. I'll be coming up with something soon!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Pumpkin Patch candle
Sound of: The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel
Taste of: Peanut butter & banana bagel
Sight of: Fabric!
Feel of: George

Good Things about Today:
- Getting excited about working on my thesis!
- Delicious fabric mail!
- Lovely, lazy afternoon.
- 300th blog post!

Updates!

Sunday, October 17, 2010


Vintage Sheets, originally uploaded by jenib320.
In addition to all the new sheets I've been finding lately, I restocked the shop with a few older ones! I hadn't realized how much of them I had left! :)


Blog, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I've been slowly updating the look of the blog lately! I moved the tutorials, recipes, and pyrex series links to the bar under the header! This helps de-clutter the sidebar a bit!


Finished Value Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I have been thinking about making another Warm vs Cool colored half-square triangle mini quilt. Would anyone be interested in a little quilt-along or further explanation of the fabric/color selection process? Be honest!

Saturday

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Vintage Sheet Finds, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Another great haul of vintage sheets this week!


Vintage Bowls, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finally found a few pieces of Calibou by Mikasa! :)


For Strawberrylicious!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Did a little quilting bee sewing!


Happy Mail, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Was totally spoilt by Anna of Noodlehead in our swap!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Pumpkin candle
Sound of: Pushing Daises
Taste of: Roasted pumpkin seeds
Sight of: Sunny day
Feel of: Soft futon

Good Things about Today:
- Good day of thrifting!
- Finished recovering my ironing board!
- Had a giant sweet potato for dinner.
- Happy mail!

Favorites

Friday, October 15, 2010


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. Busy Bees.., 2. Name tag for STL Modern Quilt Guild, 3. Second Pillow, 4. Quilt blocks for Atl Modern Quilt Guild Quilt, 5. Weekends Baby Girl Quilt, 6. lizzy house pot holders, 7. scrappy mug rug - with father and son, 8. Out of purgatory, and ready for quilting, 9. Solid Cross..
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!

Heather of June {Vintage} featured me on her Friday Favorites today! So you all can head on over to her lovely blog here and check it out if you'd like! Be sure to check out her fun vintage shop too while you're there! :)

Lately

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Woodgrain!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I was so happy to pick up these Woodgrain fabrics! Who doesn't love good fabric mail? :)


Orange, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Made a little pumpkin using this tutorial. I kinda want to make a whole bunch of them in different sizes! I used some vintage sheet scraps!


Tidy, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I always feel the need to document it when my sewing shelf is this tidy! Those are the neatest stacks I've ever had!


Afternoon Snack, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Broke into my last box of german cookies from last year!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Fresh air
Sound of: Keane
Taste of: Rice Krispies
Sight of: George!
Feel of: Fall wind

Good Things about Today:
- Good fabric mail!
- Today's test was easy!
- Sold a few things on craigslist!
- George :)

Giveaway Winner!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Vintage Sheet Fat Quarters, originally uploaded by jenib320.
First and foremost, thank you for all your lovely comments! I wish you could all win!

Ms. Random.org choose #37 which is... Holly! :)

Sending you an email dear!

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