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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Wiksten Tank #1 by jenib320
Wiksten Tank #1, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Whoa! This week was crazy! I spent the beginning of the week hanging out with the Iowa girls sewing and chatting and ended the week helping out with a kid's sewing fundamentals class at The Sewcial Lounge. And there was a birthday (Michael's!) in between! I did manage to squeeze in a fair bit of sewing though! Hope you all had a good week!

I finally got my hands on the Wiksten Tank Pattern  by Jenny Gordy this past week. I wasted no time and sewed this one up with some Echo fabric by Lotta Jansdotter. It fit okay, and I accidentally cut the front and back pieces going different directions, but it's still wearable at least! I added darts to the back to help with the fit, and I plan to wear it mostly under cardigans, so no one has to know about the upside down fabric, haha!

Wiksten Tank #2 by jenib320
Wiksten Tank #2, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Yesterday I set out to make another tank! I used the same pattern, but made a smaller size. It fits a lot better than the first! I used Aunt Edna fabric by DS Quilts (Denyse Schmidt).  I even matched up the pocket perfect just like Karyn does! It was a very proud moment! I think I'll be making a lot of these tanks!

Ready by jenib320
Ready, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Been working on my It's a Hoot quilt! Almost done! Hope to share it soon!

New Fabric by jenib320
New Fabric, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
It was a good week for fabric mail! I picked up some cute Japanese prints and a Lizzy Dish print I didn't have from Contemporary Cloth! I'm freaking out over the umbrella print, isn't it adorable!?

Pillow Talk Swap 7 by jenib320
Pillow Talk Swap 7, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I took almost a year and a half off from Flickr swaps.  This year I felt like it was time to join one again! I'm participating in the 7th round of the Pillow Talk Swap! This is the stack of fabrics I've pulled so far for my partner. Can't wait to sew them up into a fun pillow! (I previously participated in the Urban Home Goods Swap, Scrappy Pincushion Swap, and the Doll Quilt Swap)

1st stack: Dillweed by Robert Kaufman, The Woodlands by Khristian A Howell, Mingle by Monaluna, Farmer;s Market by Sandi Henderson, Metro Living by Robert Kaufman, Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, Weekends by Erin McMOrris, Circa 1934 by Cosmo Cricket, Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt, Tailor Made by Cosmo Cricket, Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry, Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, Gingham by Michael Miler, Oval Elements by Pat Bravo, Lush by Patty Young, Echo by Lotta Jandsdotter, Wing It by Momo, Victoria and Albert Museum by David Textiles, Freebird by Momo, Unknown.

2nd stack: Annie's Farm Stand by Lakehouse Dry Goods, Tailor Made by Cosmo Cricket, Unknown, Arvika by Alexander Henry, Oval Elements by Pat Bravo, Half Moon Modern by Momo, Unknown, Where's by Stasche by Alexander Henry, Timeless Treasures, Timesless Treasures, Blah Blah by Maxine, Crossword by Michael Miller.

Side Table by jenib320
Side Table, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Over the last year or so I've gotten a lot of questions about my design process and how I go from an idea to a finished project.  So, I want to tackle a project and document every step to give you all a better idea of how I work. I need a new table topper for our little side table and it seemed like just the right project! It's currently painted this lovely color of turquoise! Hopefully I'll be back next week to show you the fabrics I've picked!

Orders by jenib320
Orders, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Thank you, thank you for your support during my shop sale! It was a grand success! :)

Good morning! by jenib320
Good morning!, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.

Today I love the..
Smell of: Cold air
Sound of: My Name is Earl
Taste of: Blueberry Muffin Top Cookies
Sight of: Clean apartment
Feel of: Wool socks

Good Things about Today:
- Made sewing progress today!
- Managed to keep the apartment clean!
- Successful kid's class!
- It was sunny!


  1. Love love love your tanks! Geez, I need to find some more sewing time - less sleep? - I've been wanting to sew more clothes and just got a new book at the used bookshop that has a few items I want to make. If only I could find the time! It is 6:30 on a Saturday night and I am at work, seriously this is my best sewing time, boo!

  2. Love the tanks they are so cute. So in love with the echo prints I just ordered myself 4 of the small buds FQ's. Would you be able to send me the names of the designers of the fabrics in your stack?
    My Name is Earl is awesome!!

  3. Your tops look great! What an amazing job you did of matching up the pocket on the plaid top, it is practically invisible!

    Looking forward to seeing your process for the table topper.

  4. Lovely tanks. Will have to check out the pattern and maybe splurge for myself.

    Lovely fabrics, always. You have such a great eye for that.

    Oh, George, pitter patter goes my heart for your cuteness. Yes, my daughter said that for you.

  5. Hello pocket perfection! I had to look really close to spot the pocket. I just finished an It's a Hoot quilt too, I can't wait to see yours!

  6. Adorable tanks and those look more like your colors than the last top you made. George looks like he is giving you a Valentine's Day kiss. Too cute. Your black/white and stack of colors makes me think of a pillow I saw with wedges of the B/W fabric then thin stips of the colors cutting through them.

  7. I think we've all cut fabric upside down! I've gotten into the habit of ALWAYS cutting out as if the fabric has a one-way pattern or nap, because sometimes you can't tell until the light is correct that the fabric looks a slightly different color when it's upside down.

  8. Your shirts are really cute! So is George.

  9. I love that fabric with the tiny umbrellas on it. Who makes that? I've never seen it before.

  10. I love all the pictures and the awesome fabric eye candy! I left you positive feedback on Etsy, but I just wanna say again that I LOVE my goodies and you packaged them in such a fun way! Thanks!! Have a great week

  11. Very cute tanks! I love the first one and wouldn't have noticed the upside down fabric!
    The fabrics are all gorgeous :)

  12. Your tanks are so cute! I loved seeing the Echo version on instagram this weekend. You had a super busy week! Hi, George!

  13. My gosh, you've done so much, I can't keep up!!!
    Love your new tops, I was looking at the second one going 'what pocket?' it was that well matched up :)

  14. Dear Jen,
    The tanks you sewed are so beautiful and functional that I had to order the Wiksten pattern, but as a lady with a little bit of a larger hip, I wondered how you found the fit? I'm tempted to go down a size as you suggest, but wondered how you found the finished size at the hip? Hope that isn't too random!


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