2010

Friday, December 31, 2010


2010 Project 365, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I did it. I actually completed my project 365. I took at least one photo every single day in 2010. No cheating, no "it's after midnight but I'm still awake" and only a very small handful of "oops it's 10 pm and I haven't taken my photo yet"! I attempted a project 365 in 2008 and failed partially because of lack of motivation and I was living in a dorm (not much to photograph). This time around, I really did it. I am so so happy. I want to get all the photographs printed in a book. Any recommendations? I can't wait to do another year of 365, starting tomorrow! :)


2010 Sewing, Quilting, Crafting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
2010 was a huge crafting year for me. I learned to quilt! In mid-March I quilted my very first quilt. Now I can't imagine not quilting. I made a lot of sewing strides this year and participated in a lot of swaps. I am so happy that sewing has become such a large part of my life. It's led me to some of the most amazing people. I am so thankful for my wonderful online quilty friends! :)


2010 Vintage & Thrifting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
2010 brought on a treasure trove of vintage goodies! Pyrex, enamelware and later in the year, tons and tons of vintage sheets! I also opened up my shop, which has had such a great response, thank you all for your support!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year!

See you all next year! ;)

Favorites


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. 2010 Ornament Swap, 2. pretty petal clutch - Explored, 3. PTS4, 4. wonderland quilt, 5. embroidered bunbun hexie, 6. stars in the meadow, 7. blue quilt squares, 8. November Hexagon Block for Lynne, 9. framed embroideries
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!

This Week

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Stitching, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I finally found my floss winder while I was home for Christmas! After all the presents were made I spent time winding all my floss. Now it's nice and organized! I've been working on the sweet cocoa cross stitch by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! I was very lucky to find this ridiculously cute needle holder in my mailbox from Rachel of Stitched In Color (if you aren't familiar with her blog, go check it out, it's fantastic!)! How adorable is it?! A sweet George bunny on it!! Thank you Rachel, that was so thoughtful of you, I love it!


Turquoise Dansk Kobenstyle, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Santa brought turquoise Kobenstyle! We found these two pieces at an antique store this summer and Mom set them away for Christmas! I was supposed to forget about them, but I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought of them pretty much everyday!


Swiss Chalet Dishes, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Santa also brought a set of Swiss Chalet vintage dishes!! I have been collecting bits and pieces here and there and I think I finally have enough to actually put together a decent set! :)

I've reopened the shop and added a few new goodies!

 
George's Christmas!, originally uploaded by jenib320

A little George video from Christmas morning! He loves paper so I let him unwrap his present but he got bored pretty quickly!

I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday! Thank you for all the love on my vintage sheet quilt! I have been snuggling under it every night! I'll be looking back on 2010 in the next few days, so stay tuned! :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Nothing, I have a cold!
Sound of: Monk
Taste of: Mint tea
Sight of: A semi-clean apartment
Feel of: Warm quilts

Good Things about Today:
- Michael is back from visiting family!
- Clementines!
- Evening nap.
- Mint fudge covered oreos!

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 24, 2010


Happy Holidays!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Wishing you all a happy, safe holiday from George and I! :)

Favorites


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. P1010429, 2. coasters back, 3. Pillow Talk Swap 4 Pillow - finished, 4. starry night table runner: quilted!, 5. YIP 365.302 :: Cathy's ocean re-visited, 6. Mug Rug for RELISH AUSTRALIA 11-28-10 (2), 7. reusable snack bags, 8. little star, 9. pillow talk swap round 4 ~ double wedding ring!
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!

Sparkling Cider Vintage Sheet Quilt

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Vintage Sheet Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finished up my vintage sheet quilt today! I love the way it turned out! It was a great opportunity to pull together some of my favorite sheets. For this one I used a rainbow of sheets but I'd love to make another using sheets of the same color or type. The pattern is Sparkling Cider by All Washed Up. I made the lap size which is 64"x80". The entire quilt is made of only vintage sheets!

If you'd like to learn more about working with vintage sheets, check out my post: How to Identify, Shop for and Sew with Vintage Sheets


Vintage Sheet Quilt, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I highly recommend this pattern. It's easy and comes together pretty quickly! I used the recommended quilt in a day template for the stars and the points came out really great! I'll definitely be making more!


Vintage Sheet Quilt - Backing, originally uploaded by jenib320.
For the backing I used one of my favorite sheets that I had been saving. It was so nice not to have to piece anything for the back for once!


Vintage Sheet Quilt - Quilting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I free motion quilted large loops in various sizes. This is my favorite kind of quilting and honestly the only free motion I'm any good at!


Vintage Sheet Quilt - Binding, originally uploaded by jenib320.
For the binding I cut strips off fat quarters for a scrappy look using mostly prints from the quilt.

It must have turned out okay because it didn't take long for Blackie to come over and claim it! :)

This Week

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Quilting, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Halfway through quilting my vintage sheet quilt!


Folksy Flannels, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Christmas gift to myself, a 1/2 yd bundle of Folksy Flannels by Anna Maria Horner.


Bunny Christmas, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Bunny Christmas cookies using the cookie cutter that Amanda sent :)


Blackie, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Kitty helping me quilt.


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny!

Hope everyone has a wonderful, safe Holiday! :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Candy being made
Sound of: George running around!
Taste of: Puppy chow
Sight of: Quilting
Feel of: Warm socks

Good Things about Today:
- Made progress on my quilt!
- Finally remembered to pick up white Kona!
- Puppy chow :)
- George isn't scared being at home this time!

This Weekend

Saturday, December 18, 2010


The Cutest Ornament Ever, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I received this ridiculously cute ornament from Christina in a little ornament swap between a few quilty friends! I love it!! She spoiled me rotten with a really amazing package :)


Vintage Sheets, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Hit the jackpot of Vintage Sheets this morning! They're all in the shop!


Finished Mug Rug!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I finished the Venti Mug Rug Today! It was really quick, I'll definitely be making more! Pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery!


New Holland Casserole, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Actually found a piece of Pyrex today! This New Holland promotional casserole!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Evergreen candle
Sound of: Monk
Taste of: Chocolate dipped peppermint
Sight of: Vintage sheets
Feel of: Fleece

Good Things about Today:
- AWESOME mail day!
- Good luck thrifting!
- Irons were 50% off at Joanns, Santa is bring me one!
- George gave me a kiss :)

Favorites

Friday, December 17, 2010


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. Shhh...., 2. hotpad for mrs sarah, 3. clutch for lucinda, 4. Patchwork Scotties, 5. For Baby Charlotte, 6. from rangsiwan, 7. PTS4, 8. Munki Snowman quilt, 9. Mini 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 Friday!

Thursday

Thursday, December 16, 2010


Patchwork, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I took a break from Christmas present making today to start a little something for myself! I picked up the Venti Mug Rug pattern from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery* last month and decided to pull it out last night. I choose some of my favorite fabrics and a cotton/linen blend. It came together so quickly and is great for scraps! I grabbed some pearle cotton to hand quilt it with this afternoon :)


Finished Cross-stitch, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I finished the Toast BFFs cross-stitch from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery* this morning! I'm so happy with how it turned out! Mine is peanut butter and strawberry jam! Now I just need to make something cute out of it like Christina did! Next I'm going to stitch the Je T'aime Cocoa pattern!


Postcards!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I received the postcards I won along with the Scandinavian Stitches book from Kajsa yesterday! They are SO cute! Now to decide what to do with them! Thanks Kajsa and Christina!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny :)

*The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery is a sweet pattern company run by Amanda & Ashleigh!

I want to say a big thank you to everyone for all of your wonderful comments, I love reading them! I am SUPER behind on responding to them because of school but I plan on catching up over break. :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Cinnamon candles
Sound of: Imogen Heap
Taste of: Strawberry Banana Orange Juice
Sight of: Patchwork
Feel of: George!

Good Things about Today:
- Went out Christmas shopping and I survived!
- Finished the cross-stitch today!
- Didn't sleep in too late!
- Finally thrifted a cute plaid shirt!
- Grades came in today! They're happy! :)

This Week

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Patchwork Pillow, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finished a quilted patchwork pillow for a Christmas present! :)

Mailed off the blocks for the 3x6 Mini Bee!


Trees, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Found more vintage bottle brush trees!


Vintage Pyrex, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Pulled out some turquoise and white Pyrex for a friend!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Cinnamon candles
Sound of: Monk
Taste of: Kix cereal
Sight of: Patchwork
Feel of: Fabric

Good Things about Today:
- Mailed off a lot of yummy packages!
- George was in a happy mood today!
- Happy mail.
- It was sunny!

This Weekend

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Vintage Sheet Charm Squares, originally uploaded by jenib320.
The vintage sheet scraps were out of control, so I cut up a ton of 5" squares for charm packs! You can find them in the shop :)


Sonia + Wednesday, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I made my first Blythe dresses since March 2009 on Thursday and Friday! They needed matching dresses! :)


German Straw Stars, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Back home for the weekend! We have a small artificial tree that we hang all of our family's straw stars on. These two were made by my Grandma's brother's daughter who lives in Germany.


Kitty, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I'm at home, so no George photos! Making up for it with a photo of Bobbie, our Maine Coon cat!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Candles
Sound of: Simon & Garfunkel
Taste of: General Tso's
Sight of: Vintage Sheets
Feel of: Comfy slippers

Good Things about Today:
- Stopped at Hollo's Papercraft on the way home!
- Yummy chinese for dinner!
- Kitty hugs :)
- Made a lot of progress in cleaning the apartment this morning!

Favorites

Friday, December 10, 2010


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. tall grass, 2. Mendocino Quilt, 3. hotcocoa4, 4. a little gift for leah, 5. Folky Flannel double-sided quilt, 6. I couldn't be more pleased, 7. Nuts!, 8. Pillow Talk Swap 4, 9. Pillow Swap Round 4 Pillow 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!

Crafty Thursday

Thursday, December 9, 2010


German Folded Star, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Every year in December I make german paper folded stars. My grandma made them when she was young growing up in Germany. 8 or 9 years ago, with her help and the help of an online tutorial, I learned how to make them. I try to make them every year so that I won't forget. This year I wanted to try something a little different and use fabric! The main issue is, these stars are made of strips and they need to be double sided. On my first attempt I used no interfacing and folded the strip in half than unfolded and folded the raw edges to the center. It was way too thick and had no sturdiness. On my second attempt I used lightweight interfacing, folded over each strip and zig-zag stitched the edges. Finally, I tried Heat-n-Bond with two single layers of fabric! I bonded the fabrics together then cut the strips. I am SO happy with how it turned out! Now I can make lots of fun fabric ones! :) This is the tutorial I use to refresh my memory each year! It has a lot of great photos, and you can even order star paper from there too!


Folded Fabric Star, originally uploaded by jenib320.
After seeing all the beautiful ornaments that Holly has been making, I knew I had to try it out! I am happy with how it turned out, but I don't think I have the paitence for too many! So much folding and too many pins! :) Here is the tutorial: Folded Fabric Star


Gathered Clutches, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I made some more Noodlehead Gathered Clutches for some birthday gifts! They are a big hit! :)


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Cold air
Sound of: Rooney
Taste of: Kix cereal
Sight of: Snow
Feel of: Warm apartment

Good Things about Today:
- Had my last meeting of the semester, I'm officially done!
- Said meeting went great!
- Got a LOT of crafty stuff done today!
- Celebrating a friend's birthday tonight!
- I love making Christmas Ornaments!

This Week

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Scandinavian Stitches, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finally had time this afternoon to make something from Scandinavian Stitches! I decided on this wee little house! It was such a nice quick project :)


Bee Hexed In - November, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finished Chris's block for the Bee Hexed In Bee! I am determined to get better at hexagons, joining in on this bee will certainly help!


Folksy Flannels, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I am obsessed with Anna Maria Horner's Folksy Flannels all of a sudden. I received these lovely scraps from Alexia and now I'm in love! It's just so crazy soft. Brainstorming a large quilt for myself from a 1/2 yd bundle of this line!


BUNNIES!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Amanda has been feeding my bunny obsession with delicious bunny cookie cutters and fabric! You're the best :)


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Since my last post had no George photos, this one has two!


George!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Today I love the..
Smell of: Cinnamon body wash
Sound of: George running around!
Taste of: Chocolate pretzel cookies
Sight of: A finished project
Feel of: Fleece

Good Things about Today:
- Last final was today! :)
- Actually did some sewing!
- Cheap, cheap fleece remnants
- Was able to take photos in good light!

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