Christmas Two by Four Quilt

Thursday, December 5, 2019


Happy Thursday! I'm excited to share my finished Christmas quilt today!

My new quilt happens to match the pillow I made a couple years ago. See more of that project here: Patchwork Christmas Projects


I started working on this quilt last year before the holidays. I had just finished my tree skirt and my stocks and was on a holiday sewing roll. I pretty quickly landed on using the two by four quilt tutorial by Ashley of Film in the Fridge. I started cutting all my Christmas fabrics into strips, but only got about halfway through the cutting before I had to stop. Too many gifts to make! Fast forward to this Fall when I picked it back up!


I didn't have a huge stash of Christmas fabrics, so I used a little bit of everything. It's based around leftovers from a bundle of Tinsel* by Cotton & Steel. I added in prints from their other holiday collections, plus an assortment of prints that aren't holiday, but coordinate.


Once I really got going, this quilt came together fast! I do love how many different prints ended up in this quilt. I made 56 blocks, it's approximately 60"x80".


I kept the quilting simple, my favorite diagonal lines! Nothing fancy, but I enjoy it.


In October I picked up yardage of this starry print from Daisy Chain* by Annabel Wrigley for the backing. I love how festive it feels alongside other holiday prints. It's bound up in a red-orange print from my stash.


We got our first real snow of the season early this week, so I took full advantage of the fresh snow for a few photos before I shoveled the driveway. So happy to finish this quilt, we've already been enjoying it!

Happy Quilting!

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November Monthly Report

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Happy December! It's time for November's monthly report. See past reports here.

Thank you to everyone who purchased patterns over the weekend during my sale! I really appreciate it!


I dug into some of my very smallest scraps this month to make this tiny drawstring bag! I've had a bag of super skinny Liberty lawn scraps that have been patiently waiting to be used. A tiny drawstring bag seemed like the perfect use! This is the foundation pieced variation in my Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern.


My ironing board cover was looking a little worse for wear, so I decided to make a new one. I used my old one as a template to make the new one. I used this adorable strawberry fabric designed by Kim Kight. It was originally part of her Yours Truly* collection, but is also included in the new Ruby Star Society Darlings* collection.

My obsession with strawberry fabric is still going strong, and I know this cover will make me happy every time I see it!


The big project I worked on this month is my Christmas quilt. I'm happy to say that I finished it! I'm hoping to photograph and share it here this week.

To keep myself accountable for my stash goals, I track my yardage for fabric and yarn each month. Read more about how I track here. Here is how I did in November:

November Fabric
Used up: 15.5 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: -15.5 yards
Year to date: -89 yards

November Yarn
Used up: 0 yards
Brought in: 0 yards
Net: 0 yards
Year to date: -426 yards

Back on track this month, used up a good chunk of yardage without bringing any in! I'm setting myself a mini goal for the end of the year to end up at -100 yards or better. Not quite to the level or some of my previous years, but that's okay!


The last few flowers came in the day before our first hard frost, which wasn't until November 9th! I can't believe how late it was. They all happened to coordinate nicely.


George the bunny, always finding the sunshine when he can!

Have a Great Month!

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Black Friday Pattern Sale

Friday, November 29, 2019


It's time for my annual Black Friday Pattern Sale! I'm making things easier for you and me by skipping the coupon code, patterns are already marked down. Save $2 on all patterns, except for the Lined Drawstring Bag Expansion Pattern (which is already on sale through the end of the year) and the cost saving pattern bundles.

Sale runs through Monday, December 2nd. Shop the sale here: jenibakerpatterns.com

Thank you for supporting my small business this holiday season!

Forage Grocery Tote Bag

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


Happy Wednesday! I was looking back through my monthly reports over the weekend and realized that I never shared this tote that I made at our little cabin retreat in August!

Along with the projects in progress that I took with me to Wisconsin this summer, I also took interfacing and handles already cut to size for a workshop tote. We all bring fabric, books, and notions that we want to share and pool them into a "free table" that we can all take from during the weekend. I knew I wanted to make something from the table, so I came prepared with the basics, but no fabric for this project!


Lucky for me, my friend Anna brought some of her Forage* fabrics! I found two cuts that were just right for the solid version of my workshop tote pattern.


Since I wasn't making handles (yay team webbing!), and I already had interfacing cut, it came together in a flash. These prints are so lovely, this bag really didn't need any extra details.


I love using these totes for grocery shopping. Connecticut recently passed a multi-stage ban on plastic checkout bags, and the first stage went into effect this summer. It was the perfect time to get really serious about having my reusable shopping bags with me! Here's a peek at how much you can fit in one of these. Plus there's still plenty of room left at the top for produce or eggs!



The deep gussets make this a really roomy bag. The tucking (one of my favorite techniques) on the corners gives it extra structure and makes it easier to fill.

See my video on this technique here: Using Tucks to add Structure to your Bag


As I mentioned, this is the solid tote option from my Workshop Tote Bag Pattern. You can find the pattern in my online shop here.


Happy Sewing!


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