Hi, I'm Jeni!I started sewing from a very young age, but I didn't starting quilting until 2009. Finding ways to be creative every day is an important part of my life. I love nothing more than to be surrounded by fabric. I love figuring out how to make things work and especially doing pattern math!
Currently, I teach sewing classes part time at The Sewcial Lounge, a modern sewing and fabric shop in Madison, WI. In Fall 2015, I wrote my first book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle, with Lucky Spool Media. I also self-publish sewing and quilting patterns. In addition to sewing, I love to bake, knit, and go thrifting.
Upcoming Events & Classes
Stitch Supply Co Retreat - October 13th-16th 2016 - Altoona, WI
Half-Square Triangle Techniques from Patchwork Essentials.
Fort Atkinson Piecemakers Guild - Sept 12th, 2016 7pm - Fort Atkinson, WI
Lecture & Trunk Show
Where I'm From
I'm originally from Northeast Ohio, where I was born, grew up, and attended college. I graduated with a degree in Marketing and Studio Art from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2011. We try to make it back home at least twice a year!
Why My Name is Spelled Jeni
My full name is Jennifer, but I always went by Jenny, especially in school. When it was time to go to middle school for 6th grade, I decided I wanted to start spelling my name with an "i" so that I could draw a little heart over it instead of the dot. Thankfully, Jeni stuck, and now fits me really well!
How I Started Blogging
I first started blogging in 2000, around the time the term "blog" was first being used. My blogs then were more like personal journals and makeshift portfolios. I took a break from blogging while I finished high school, but found myself revisiting the hobby when I started sewing more seriously. In Color Order was started in Spring 2009, as a place to share my projects and thrifting finds.
How I Started Sewing
I started sewing around the same time I started blogging. I taught myself to sew with the help of my Mom, who always encouraged craftiness. Throughout high school I sewed tote bags and other small projects. When I went away to college, I dragged along my sewing machine and sewed off and on when I found time between classes. Finally, I moved into an apartment and made my first quilt. I have been hooked ever since!
Lucky me, quilting runs in my family! We have quite a few quilts that were made by my grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother on my Mom's side. My Mom quilts a little herself too!
George the Rabbit
My family includes a famous bunny named George. He makes quite a lot of appearances here on this blog and he is my constant companion. I had always wanted a bunny and when I moved into my own apartment I was able to have a bunny at last. Michael and I went to the local county fair and picked him out.
I had seen a bunny (shown above!) at that same fair years earlier that I snapped a photo of, thinking it was the cutest bunny I had ever seen. I remembered that it had been a Netherland Dwarf Rabbit and so I had my heart set on one when we went to pick a bunny. George is probably one of that bunny's relatives, since he came from the same fair, he is a Netherland Dwarf and he even has the same coloring!
George is very tiny, only weighing 1.75 lbs. He is the sweetest bun and has so much personality. I am as smitten with him now as I was in 2009 when he came home with us.
What I Sew On
I use a Janome 1600P and a Janome Memory Craft 4800, and I love them both! They've served me very well. I have a vintage Singer Featherweight 221 as a travel machine. I also use a Juki MO654DE Serger.
Photography & Graphic Design
I love taking photos, it was been one of my hobbies since middle school. I've completed two photo-a-day projects (Project 365), in 2010 and 2011. I've always used Canon cameras and am currently using a Canon 6D DSLR camera. I rarely use anything other than my 50mm f/1.4 lens. I do all my own photo editing, web design, and graphics. I use the Adobe suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design) for graphics andAdobe Lightroom for photo editing.
I love collecting things! I've always been a bit of a pack rat. I collect vintage Pyrex dishes, Cathrineholm enamelware, Dansk Kobenstyle enamelware, vintage bed sheets, vintage Mikasa dishes, vintage silk scarves, vintage patterns and craft supplies, fabric, pincushions, enamel pins, black rabbit anything, Unazukin dolls, Hello Kitty EVERYTHING, Kawaii stationary, Blythe dolls, Lalaloopsy dolls, Tsum Tsums, tins, polaroid cameras, and old wooden crates. To name a few!
Meal: Chicken Schnitzel and Spaetzel
Drink: Diet Coke
Bread: Bretzel Rolls
Candy: Cadbury Mini Eggs
Restaurant: Coopers Tavern
Book: Harry Potter Series
Show: Pushing Daises
Movie: Lilo & Stitch
Disney Princess: Belle
Time of Day: Mid-morning
Item of Clothing: Socks