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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Indie Braid Quilt Top by Jeni Baker
Indie Braid Quilt Top, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Hi all! It's been a long day, so I'll try to keep this post short and sweet, but I just couldn't wait to share what I've been up to lately! Still trying to get back into a normal routine after being away for over a week!

I did finally manage to get to my sewing machine! You know how much I love quick quilts and big blocks, I can't stop myself! This quilt was cut up and sewn together in less than 24 hours using Pat Bravo's Indie collection and White Linen Pure Elements. This is going to be my Fall lap quilt for sure, can't wait to quilt it up! I know I'll find some inspiration in Angela's book!

This quilt is my next pattern in the works. Am also working on another using different size blocks!

I had fun with a little no-sew project last week too! Aunt Karen (Hi again!) gave me this rocking chair pincushion that belonged to my Grandma! It had seen much better days, the fabric was dirty and it was actually broken, you can see it here.  So I took it apart, fixed it, and "reupholstered" it! I wanted it to have a vintage modern feel, so this print from Bari J's Lilly Belle was the perfect fit!

Vintage Gnome Bells by Jeni Baker
Vintage Gnome Bells, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
It seems I forgot a few very important thrifting finds to report this weekend.  Mr. Gnome bell now has a wife! He is from 1980 and she is from 1979!  Don't they make a cute couple? :)

Red Metal Chest of Drawers by Jeni Baker
Red Metal Chest of Drawers, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I also found this bright red metal chest of drawers! It was a little dinged up when we found it, but my Dad helped fix it right up.  I love, love, love it! It is right at home in my sewing room!

Homemade Granola by Jeni Baker
Homemade Granola, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Been trying out some new recipes lately.  Tonight I tried out this homemade granola recipe, not bad! Salty and sweet! I used slivered almonds instead of walnuts and added a pinch of nutmeg!

George by Jeni Baker
George, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.

I'm happy to welcome two new sponsors! First up is Threadbias, a fun new community for sewers (I'm Jenib320 on there)! Second is Canton Village Quilt Works, a lovely shop run by Jackie!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Granola in the oven
Sound of: The Lorax
Taste of: Diet Coke
Sight of: Beautiful day
Feel of: A good laugh

Good Things about Today:
- Finally cleaned the apartment!
- Hanging out with George
- Cute videos: Shopping Penguin
- $1 burrito day at Pancheros!


  1. That little rocking chair pincushion is the *cutest*.

  2. wonderful thrift finds - love the new happy couple and that pin cushion is beyond adorable.

  3. I love the rocking chair! Also the Gnome and wife look like "Davis the Gnome" (old show from my childhood!!) and his wife :)

  4. I have just been thinking myself to make some super-sized block quilts to get some fast finishes and show off some great prints;)

  5. Oh my goodness I loved that gnome book when I was a kid/teen. I never knew there were collectibles from it!!

    Lucky you.

  6. What a fab pinnie to add to your collection!!! And congrats to the happy gnome couple ;) though I think she may be ignoring him already?!

  7. oh my goodness! that rocking chair is so cute!!!!

  8. The quilt is great. I know that it will keep you comfy warm this fall & winter. Love the pincushion too.

  9. Great quilt, I love the big blocks in it. I will have to add this to my to-do list for sure. Love the little gnomes too :)

  10. I think that's David the Gnome and his wife! Anyone remember that cartoon from the early 80's?

  11. Ooh, I love the quilt. Thanks for mentioning Threadbias. I had never heard of it and was just wishing for something like it the other day. I'm now following you on there (as kristananne) and I added the lined drawstring bag I made from your pattern to my projects. :)

  12. I want that pincusion!!! (and George!) :)

  13. I love that quilt. It is simple and fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  14. That quilt is so great! I love the simplicity of it!

  15. Love your fast and fabulous quilt Jeni. Do you have a pattern or tutorial for it?

  16. Aww, love that wee pincushion, it looks fab! Thanks for that granola recipe link up too, I've been looking around for one today!

  17. LOVE.LOVE.LOVE that simple and eye pleasing. Do you have a pattern you used? Love the thrift store finds too!

  18. Love your quilt! Did you make the pattern up yourself?

  19. love the quilt... any size details or tutorial? :)

  20. Love that indie quilt! I'm glad to hear a pattern is in the works!

  21. I love the quilt. It does look perfect for fall. Can't wait for the pattern!

  22. The little pincushion is so cute! And that is a great use of your Indie stash!

  23. You make me want to buy that Indie fabric even more, and get a bunny , I already have chickens in the suburbs..


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