Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Slow by jenib320
Slow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I've been working on a fun little project that is full of things that I don't usually do. Templates, lots of curves, and hand quilting. I'm enjoying the slowness of the handwork. Hopefully this project will be ready to share later this week!

Little Apples Quilt Top by jenib320
Little Apples Quilt Top, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
This past weekend I finished up my Little Apples quilt top! I used the Sparkling Cider pattern by All Washed Up Quilts and simply added an extra row to make it wider. I'm really happy with how it's turning out so far. Now to piece the backing!

Mittens by jenib320
Mittens, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I pulled out my mittens from last year and realized they had a hole in them. I am constantly on the hunt for a good pair of mittens but have not had a lot of luck the last few years. I finally decided this year to make some myself. Since I'm not a proficient knitter, I sewed some using a thrifted wool sweater and this tutorial! Thankfully, they turned out great!

Thrifting by jenib320
Thrifting, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Friday morning I did a big thrifting run, and had awesome sheet luck! 34 sheets and 12 pillowcases mostly from 2 stores! They're all in the shop!

Pickle by jenib320
Pickle, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I FINALLY remembered to buy a pickle ornament for my Christmas tree this year! I always remember way too late in the season and everyone is out of them. To top it off it was only $3 and is covered in glitter! Thank you Target! :)

George by jenib320
George, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.

Today I love the..
Smell of: Evergreen candle
Sound of: The Office
Taste of: Candy Cane Hersey Kisses
Sight of: George
Feel of: Comfy clothes

Good Things about Today:
- No line at the post office
- Christmas candy
- Pretty light today
- Hanging out with George bunny


  1. what is the deal with the pickle ornament? is it like eating black eyed peas on new years day?

  2. i really want some of the thrifting luck that you have!

  3. oooo ooo!! a pickle ornament! i have one too, it's a german tradition, did you know? my family has had a pickle ornaments on their trees for so many generations!

  4. Your quilt looks fabulous and the mittens toasty warm!

  5. The pickle ornament! Yay, you hide and then have the family look for it. Think it's supposed to bring good luck to them. Now I have to go reread the history of it.

    Love that sweet, little George.

  6. How do you find those sheets, any I see in thrift stores I wouldn't buy because they are so worn. I keep my sheets till they are so thin and then just throw them away. Yours are always so beautiful. Love the "Little Apples" quilt.
    What is the thing about pickle ornament and do you have to buy one every year. Blessings Sandra

  7. The Little Apples quilt turned out so cute! I am absolutely smitten.

  8. Oh, that zig zag! I am so tempted for that zig zag!

  9. I am amazed at the amount of sheets that you find up there. Here in Texas, I find a sheet every 4 or so trips thrifting. Once I found 8 sheets, and I thought I had won the lottery.

  10. how on earth you do have such luck with thrifting? Must be the bunny, George. Oh and I think I'm out of the loop on the pickle ornament...whats the story behind it? Please do tell:D
    P.S. I think its cute though.

  11. i have a good friend who does the tree pickle too. very fun tradition!

  12. George what a perfect bunny pose. You are the best! Love the hand quilting colors you are using. Can't wait to see what you have made. The Little Apples quilt turned out great. I've seen the pickles but don't know the story behind them either. Guess I will have to look it up.

  13. Being German, you would think our tree would have a pickle ornament too. Alas, it does not. Maybe this year!

    I LOVE that project in the top picture. Anxious to see the rest of it.

  14. i had a pickle before... it dropped on our hard wood floor and shattered to bits i was heartbroken. i haven't gotten a new one. and it looks like those old ladies are still cleaning out their houses. i need to move to where you live!

  15. Oh you are so lucky, Great finds. Everything I find is so worn out or stained that I wonder why they are even being sold to begin with. George bunny is just sooo cute that I want to kiss him.

  16. Your projects are so pretty; I love the colors of your hand quilting and your mittens look very warm! Is there a story behind the pickle... I have never noticed a pickle ornament before?

  17. Oh my word that Little Apples quilt is just beautiful! I might have to track me down a copy of the pattern and make a twinner!!

  18. I'm very happy to have discovered your blog! So much happiness and enlightment in it.
    Love learning more about colors and how to combine them.
    You have become part of my blogroll (o:
    Happy day!

  19. The Little Apples quilt looks great! And the sneak peek, too! :-) Also, I'll have a look at that tutorial, the mittens look really comfy!

    I've never heard of a pickle ornament ... And it's supposed to be a German tradition? In the area I come from, it's not well-known, at least. But it looks and sounds fun! :-)

  20. Your site is truly one of my very favorites!!! You always inspire me!! The quilt is heaven!! O.k. and that george....that george!!! I just want to pat that sweet little head of his!!! I have 8 kitties and a #9 (outdoor Kitty ) that I care for so I don't think bunnies will work for us...but I sure do love them....and one last thing..... peppermint Hershey's !!!!! I did not know about these!! Where have I been! Happy Day to you and George!

  21. Gorgeous hand stitches,the colors are very pretty;)

    You should try loom knitting,very easy! I started a few days ago and have 1/2 a scarf done already. I do not like crocheting or anything related because I COULDN'T get the technique down. BUT with a loom, so much nicer:):):)

  22. I do love that top pic, especially with the multi coloured quilting stitches. Looks very intriguing!
    And of course, big time swooning over your sparkling cider quilt!!! :))))

  23. I bought the pickle ornament from pier 1 last year for my husband...he hates pickles but I just love them, so in all reality it was really a present for me!

  24. My husband introduced the pickle tradition to me and this year the kids might figure it out.

    The little apples quilt is great! I've been wanting that fabric but not sure what I'd make from it...this inspires me with ideas!

    Also, I love the look of your hand quilting! Beautiful! What thread do you use for doing that? Love the texture. Makes it look double cozy! I'm excited to see the rest of that project!

  25. We do the pickle ornament thing even though my sisters and I rage in age from 31-41 years old! My Mom hides the pickle and then we run out and try to find it. The one who grabs it first, gets a gift. It's still fun (maybe even more fun!) now that we are older.

  26. Can't wait to see your small project! I have several thrifted sweaters that I've shrunk, planning to make mittens out of them, but I've never gotten around to it.

  27. Love the little apples quilt top! And the pickle ornament :)

    And you have such good luck finding sheets- I never find any!

  28. Nice post - I enjoyed reading it. I've been making mittens from sweaters, too, and have an idea you might like. I steam iron them after they're done, to totally flatten them. I love that look!

  29. Your Little Apples quilt top is beautiful, Jeni! I do love that pattern. What a great way to showcase such a fun line! And I'm really looking forward to seeing more of your improv piece. Looks great so far! Hi George!!

  30. Yep. I am in love with the Little Apples quilt!!! :)

  31. Although your quilt is beautiful (couldn't see the mittens - my computer often puts coloured lines over photos), my favourite picture on this post has to be George. How cute! I have a black Nethie dwarf too.


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