Thrifting, Fabric, and Classes

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Singer Featherweight by Jeni Baker
Singer Featherweight, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Wednesday!  It was a busy, fun weekend over here! My parents came into town and we did lots of thrifting, eating, and catching up!

We also managed to finally pick up my vintage featherweight sewing machine and boy does it sew like a dream! I am really enjoying sewing on it!

Thrifted Fabric by Jeni Baker
Thrifted Fabric, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
It was a great weekend for vintage fabric! Thrifted the orange sheet which had been at the top of my wish list for years, pretty much since I started collecting! Also picked up a few vintage cottons and a feedsack.

Thrifted Scarves by Jeni Baker
Thrifted Scarves, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I've officially started a new collection: silk scarves! I couldn't resist these ones, so retro and I love the colors!

Thrifting by Jeni Baker
Thrifting, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Found a few other goodies too! The linen towel needs a good wash and press, and the bunny items are perfect for Easter!

Pincushion Shelf by Jeni Baker
Pincushion Shelf, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I've been looking for a small wall shelf for my pincushion collection for a while now.  After still having no luck, my Dad helped me build this one while he was here! It's simple and perfect! Only problem is I have too many pincushions! ;)

Happy Mail by Jeni Baker
Happy Mail, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
The most delicious mail arrived this week! Beautiful new collections! Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson, Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo, and Urban Mod by Art Gallery In-House Studio! I can't wait to find time to cut into these.

Lined Drawstring Bag Class by Jeni Baker
Lined Drawstring Bag Class, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
My sweet students from last month's drawstring bag class at The Sewcial Lounge! April classes have been scheduled, I'll be teaching a two-part Introduction to Quilting Series April 7th & 14th 9:00am-1:00pm, a Zipper Pouch Class April 17th 6:00pm-8:30pm, and a Lined Drawstring Bag Class April 25th 6:00pm-8:30pm.  For more information and registration see here.  I'll continue to keep my class schedule updated on the Teaching page in the tabs above!

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

Today I love the..
Smell of: Daffodils
Sound of: Harry Potter Audiobook 4
Taste of: Starburst Jelly Beans
Sight of: Sunshine
Feel of: Refreshing evening air

Good Things about Today:
- Skype with friends!
- Fabric mail!
- Made progress on a new quilt!
- George!


  1. Whoa!! Fantastic finds at the thrift store!

  2. I wish I could find some fabrics as lovely as yours over here in Australia. Where I live I cant seem to ever find any real gems. I love the pin cushion collection, always inspiring looking at your blog. Em x

  3. Silk scarves are so pretty! I have some that my aunt gave me a couple of years ago. Not sure what to do with them though....

  4. I too had to pull out my Featherweight this week. (My Memory Craft 7700 is being serviced.) The Featherweight sews like a charm. So simple and undemanding. Ahhhhh....

  5. Love your thrifting finds!!!

  6. Oh my goodness! That Butterick pattern in your photo is one that I used in the 1970s. I made it up a few times and those dresses were always favorites :-)

  7. so much here to look at...such loverly eye candy!

    my favorite is the shelf your dad helped you build! memories like that are so awesome!

  8. Hi Jeni,
    I too have a featherweight and I am using it to sew my Back to School with Pam Kitty Civil War quilt! I love it because I can sew a perfect 1/4 inch seam and it goes over any thickness without a problem. Have fun on yours!

  9. Great thrifting finds ~ you always find the best things ~ I've not got the patience for it.
    Ah, George ~ what a little sweetie ~ it's your time of year!

  10. Awesome Featherweight & love all your thrifting finds. The shelf is adorable as are the pincushions. I collect them, too, and find it so much fun. :)

  11. Oh good grief. I think I had that orange and yellow sheet in college. I know I had that red calico (second from the top on the right) in my stash when when I started quilting in 1975. Please tell me I'm not that old.

  12. I have been following your blog for a while, and I always love seeing your thrift finds! Some people get all the luck! I recently invested in a Singer Featherweight, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!


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