Vintage Sheet Scraps

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Interrupting the sewing adventures for a little shop update!


Vintage Sheet Rainbow Scrap Pack, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Last night I pulled out my giant basket of vintage sheet scraps and cut them all up into these fun Vintage Sheet Rainbow Scrap Packs! Each pack has eight pieces, one each of pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple (ish! this is a hard one!), and two multicolored pieces! Most pieces are leftover from cutting up fat quarters, around 19"x10". Perfect way to jump-start your collection! :)


Vintage Sheet Rainbow Scrap Pack, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Each pack has around 6 oz of scraps. Most fat quarters weigh between 1-2 oz, so you're getting around a yard of fabric by weight! I'm listing them one at a time, but I have 10-15 packs made up, so if there aren't any listed, check back in a few or just shoot me a conversation on Etsy and I'll list one for you!


Vintage Sheet Scrap Pack, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I also made up two additional scrap packs with medium scraps! These are also 6 oz!


Vintage Sheet Rainbow Scrap Pack, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Thanks for looking! Happy Sunday!

Saturday

Saturday, February 26, 2011


Dresden WIP, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I've been busy sewing this week! I am making a 24" pillow for my couch using vintage sheets. This dresden is the first part!


Woodland, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finished up my Woodland tote!


Mendocino Block 7, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Made two more blocks for my Mendocino quilt!


Mendocino Block 8, originally uploaded by jenib320.


Bee Hexed In - For Megan!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Worked on some bee blocks! This one is for Megan for Bee Hexed In!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George :)


Today I love the..
Smell of: Evergreen candle
Sound of: 3rd Rock from the Sun
Taste of: Waffles
Sight of: George
Feel of: Clothes right out of the dryer

Good Things about Today:
- It's been a very productive day!
- The apartment is (mostly) clean!
- Finished up this month's bee blocks!
- Went through my fabric, pulled a bunch to donate!

Favorites

Friday, February 25, 2011


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. OScrappyBee: Rainbows for Kristine, 2. Mini Quilt of the Month, February: Circular Applique, 3. log cabin (bento?) baby quilt top, 4. Untitled, 5. Geese in the forest top, 6. ColorBlock, 7. Portland Modern Quilt Guild - Mug Rug Swap, 8. State Street Tote, 9. single girl #2
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!

The Art of Choosing: Reader Fabric Stashes

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Art of Choosing is a series discussing fabric, color, and the fabric selection process. The purpose of this series is to arm you with the tools and knowledge to build your own color schemes for your sewing and quilting projects. You'll dive deep into your stash, organize it, and hopefully look at your fabrics in a new way.

Reader Fabric Stashes
Today I wanted to show off YOUR beautiful stashes! It tickles me pink that you all are following along. So much eye candy and inspiration here folks. Get ready.

Full disclosure - stash
Tamiko @ Patchwork Notes

Organized fabrics
Jessica @ Twin Fibers

All organized!  14/365
Amanda @ Flickr

my favorite pieces
Erin @ Two More Seconds

after
Yahaira @ Bitterpurl

51/365 - Fabric Stash
Lindsay @ Eileen Josephine


Jennifer @ That Girl... That Quilt


Elizabeth D @ Don't Call Me Betsy

Fabric stacks
Joan @ Wishes, True and Kind

ready to sew!
Rachel @ Stitched in Color


Cindy @ Hyacinth Quilt Designs


Megan @ Mia Dolce Originals


Victoria @ Boutique Uniquely

Thanks for sharing! The next post in this series is on Supplementing a Fabric Collection.

The Art of Choosing: Supplementing a Fabric Collection

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Art of Choosing is a series discussing fabric, color, and the fabric selection process. The purpose of this series is to arm you with the tools and knowledge to build your own color schemes for your sewing and quilting projects. You'll dive deep into your stash, organize it, and hopefully look at your fabrics in a new way.

Supplementing a Fabric Collection
Today we're starting the second half of this series: building different fabric combinations and color schemes. We'll start off easy and talk about supplementing a fabric collection or single colorway from a fabric collection.

For this exercise I'm using the pink/brown colorway from the fabric collection Park Slope by Erin McMorris. The fabrics pulled in the exercise were used in my Scrappy Single Girl Quilt.

Before you start pulling fabrics additional fabrics, it's helpful to identify the main colors in the collection. In this colorway of Park Slope there is pink, orange, gold, plum and brown. The multi-colored prints in the line can be a great starting place as well.

As you're pulling fabrics, keep a few things in mind:
1. While pulling individual colors, be sure to grab a few Tone on Tone and Color + White prints.

2. When choosing prints with large and small accents, be thoughtful about the colors of those accents. Those accents shouldn't clash with the other colors in the scheme/ In this case, I'm working with a warm color palette, so I'm avoiding cool colors like blue and green.

3. Think about using a good mix of geometric and floral prints.

4. Consider adding in solids. Finding solids that match the colors in the collection you're working with can make it easier to pull supporting prints. 

Here are a few examples of prints that I passed over when pulling this stack together.

1. Aviary by Joel Dewberry - These accents are green.
2. Park Slope by Erin McMorris - While this fabric is Park Slope and does have pink, orange, yellow and plum, it also has green.
3. Red Letter Day by Lizzy House - These accents are gray, which would probably look off with the browns.
4. Midwest Modern by Amy Butler - The pink accents in this print are too light and more blue-toned than the other pinks used.
5. Bijoux by Heather Bailey - The gold and pink colors are great, but the blue doesn't fit.
6. Garden Party by Anna Maria Horner - Great orange and pink, but the blue throws it off.
7. Sugar Snap by Melissa Averinos - This one seems like a no-brainer at first, two great pinks, gold, orange and brown! But it has blue accents too.
8. Chocolate Lollipop by Anna Maria Horner - Another tricky one, the brown, pink and gold are right on, but the blue and green accents make it a no go.

Now let's look at which fabrics made the cut.

Pinks

Oranges

Golds

Plums

Browns

Multi-colored

Now put it all together in a giant fabric stack. On the left you'll see the prints from the warm colorway of Park Slope. On the right are all of the prints and solids to supplement it.


And here is the finished quilt I made from these stacks. I even used the original solids that I pulled as the block backgrounds. For more about this quilt: Scrappy Single Girl Quilt.

The next post in this series is on Building a Color Scheme Around a Single Fabric.

The Art of Choosing: YOUR Organized Stashes

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Art of Choosing is a series discussing fabric, color, and the fabric selection process! Here's what's been posted so far:

1. Recognizing a Fabric's Overall Color
2. Folding
3. Stash Storage
4. Organizing Your Stash by Color
5. Building a Well Rounded Stash


Fabric Mail, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I'll be posting this week's Art of Choosing topic tomorrow or Wednesday, but before we dive into putting together color schemes, I wanted to wrap up the first half of the series.

Have you been following along? How does your stash look? I'd love to see photos of your newly organized stashes! I'll be sharing them here on the blog later this week! Leave a link to your flickr photo or blog photo of your stash! If you don't have a blog or flickr, no worries, just send it to me in an email along with your name!

Weekend Catch-up

Sunday, February 20, 2011


Regrouping, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Reorganizing the fabrics for my Mendocino Quilt. Realized I'm lacking in a few brown prints and definitely the color plum! Which means a little shopping is in order :)


Mendocino Quilt Block 6, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Finally cut into the aqua underwater sisters!


Hexies, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Worked on paper piecing hexagons for Meagan's block for Bee Hexed In.


Single Girl, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Laid out and cut fabrics for the Single Girl Quilt Along!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George bunny! :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Toast
Sound of: 3rd Rock from the Sun
Taste of: Cornflakes
Sight of: George
Feel of: Bunny kisses

Good Things about Today:
- Had a pretty productive sewing day!
- Finished a bee block!
- The kitchen has been clean 3 days in a row!!
- The color plum :)

Giveaway Winner!

Ms. Random.org choose #125 as the winner of the rainbow vintage sheet scrap pack, which is...

Sarah who said: "oooh Pretty!! Love the owl screenprint!"

I'll email you later today Sarah to get your address!

Thank you to everyone who entered! :)

Favorites

Friday, February 18, 2011


Favorites, originally uploaded by jenib320.
1. Flying Geese Block 1, 2. sneak-peek-finished-quilt--2, 3. Patchwork, 4. Fall Equinox quilt complete, 5. colorblock plusses - a baby quilt, 6. Rain or Shine Quilt Top, 7. Wedding Ring, 8. scrap trivets, 9. single girl quilt fabrics.
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

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Crush, originally uploaded by jenib320.
I finished my new purse yesterday! I love it! I have a love/hate relationship with the process of using this pattern, but it's totally worth the result! I used the Emma Bag pattern by Grand Revival Designs. I did a few things differently: I interfaced the entire thing with fusible fleece and used Peltex for the bottom. I also altered the strap, making it shorter and slightly wider. I didn't piece the lining front or back like instructed, I traced a new pattern piece and used that instead to avoid a seam down the middle.

The exterior is Lovesme Lovesmenot in Bark by Anna Maria Horner from Innocent Crush. It's home dec weight cotton sateen, really dreamy to work with. The bottom accents are Wallflower in Mustard by Amy Butler from Lotus. The lining is Apples & Ginger by Bonijean. Finally, the inside pocket is Fortune in Chocolate by Anna Maria Horner from Good Folks!


From Angela!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Look what arrived in my mailbox yesterday?! Yes, that's right, the gorgeous single girl pillow that Angela made! And! It's made from vintage sheets that I sent Angela in December in a swap! How cool is that? On top of that, one of her beautiful crochet stars! And can you believe 2 out of the 3 pillow-forms I have are 24"? Match made in heaven! I am in love, thank you dear!


PINK HEDGEHOG!, originally uploaded by jenib320.
As if I wasn't already spoiled enough! Terri & Sophia surprised me with this ridiculously cute pink hedgehog! It's been a bit of a rough week and this really cheered me up! Thank you, that was so sweet of you! Hello Kitty has already claimed him! They do have almost the same fur! Haha!

One of my better ideas if I do say so myself. My Mom gave me a bunch of rhubarb at the end of the summer right after she made this amazing cobbler (hello, it has a shortcake topping, YUM). I decided to stick the rhubarb in the freezer and save it for the middle of winter. I thought "how good would strawberry rhubarb cobbler taste in the middle of winter?". The verdict: very, very good!


Fresh Salsa, originally uploaded by jenib320.
Felt like making salsa this week. I happened to ask for recipe suggestions a mere minutes after Erin posted a photo of the salsa she made last night! She pointed me in the direction of the Pioneer Woman's recipe! So good!


George, originally uploaded by jenib320.
George!

Today I love the..
Smell of: I can't smell anything, allergies!
Sound of: Keane
Taste of: Salsa
Sight of: Hot bath
Feel of: Fresh air

Good Things about Today:
- It was 58 degrees today! IN OHIO! IN FEBRUARY! :)
- I wore sandals!
- Did well on my first graphic design project!
- Was able to open the windows today!

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