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Monday, March 19, 2012

Tova by jenib320
Tova, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Michael and I tried to enjoy the beautiful weather as much as possible! Between sewing and work, I went to a community garden orientation (I got a plot!), and we managed to do some grilling! 80 degrees in March, yes please, thank you very much! :)

I have been wearing my Tova tops so much lately, so I knew I still needed a few more! I bought this purple print from Poetica by Art Gallery Fabrics a few weeks back from The Intrepid Thread's new website! (Check it out, it's fantastic!)  I had a feeling that Art Gallery Fabrics would be perfect for clothing, and oh my goodness it's true! Not only did it sew up super nicely, it's more comfortable than regular quilting cotton and here is the best part. I pulled it out of the dryer and it had NO wrinkles. ZERO ironing needed! Woo hoo!

Wiksten Tova pattern by Jenny Gordy, available here.

Birthday Tank by jenib320
Birthday Tank, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Last week I snatched up a yard of this Liberty of London fabric from The Sewcial Lounge to sew up a special tank to wear tomorrow for my birthday! I'm a bit sad about being away from my family so I am doing a few special things to help distract me! I love this pattern and the finished tank feels so dreamy! I can't wait to wear it!

Wiksten Tank pattern by Jenny Gordy, available here.

Kaleidoscope Pillow by jenib320
Kaleidoscope Pillow, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I have been wanting to play around the the Kaleidoscope pattern ever since seeing Angela's fantastic quilt.  When a friend needed a little pick-me-up I decided it was finally time to try it! I've had this Marti Michell Kaleido Ruler for a while, and it came together pretty easily. I loved Angela's Kaleidoscope pillows, so I made one too! I can definitely see myself doing a whole quilt in this pattern!

Re-fashioned Tote Bag by jenib320
Re-fashioned Tote Bag, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
At Sewing Summit last year, we received lots of fun swag in plain canvas bags. We were challenged to re-fashion or decorate the bags after the conference was over. Well, I finally did something with mine! I know I'll need a sturdy tote to take back and forth to my garden and I think this will be perfect. I thrifted this blue striped utility fabric last week and had just enough to create a lining for it and add a little embellishment to the front. Best part is, it's now reversible! :)

Cloud 9 by jenib320
Cloud 9, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
A little fabric made it's way here this weekend. A Miscellany by Cloud 9 fat quarter bundle! So pretty!

Cathrineholm by jenib320
Cathrineholm, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I got a lovely birthday package in the mail today from my Mom which included the bottom Cathrineholm bowl! I've had my eye on it for a while, since I already had two the smaller bowls in the same color! Now to find some other sizes!

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

Today I love the..
Smell of: Clean apartment
Sound of: The Beach Boys
Taste of: Cupcakes
Sight of: George
Feel of: Warm laundry

Good Things about Today:
-  Got some sewing done!
- The apartment is clean!
- Wendys :)
- Happy Mail!


  1. Happy Birthday Jeni!
    Fill it with all the special distractions you need, I am sure your family will be sending the birthday vibes from'll feel them :)

  2. Your productivity amazes me! Everything is so cute!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday tomorrow!! :)

  3. Your blog and your creations are just as cute as you are!

  4. Loving the new tops! Super cute. And the pillow is great!

    Happy early birthday to you, Jeni! You deserve a wonderful day!

  5. Happy Birthday, Jeni! Your Tova tops look so gorgeous! I need to make a few :) You look beautiful!

    Amanda aka A Crafty Fox :)

  6. All utterly beautiful!! Have a wonderful birthday tomorrow :) Love the pretty tops!

  7. Happy birthday to u! Those are pretty tops. I am tempted to buy the pattern right now! xo

  8. Have a wonderful birthday! Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

  9. have a good birthday...hope the weather stays kind to you x

  10. Wow Jeni! The tova and the pillow are sublime!!

  11. All lovely things. Have a great birthday.

  12. Everytime you make another top my wardrobe gets a little more jealous ;) Happy happy birthday for today!!!!

  13. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and that rather than being distracted to keep from missing home, that everyone calls and makes it unnecessary to miss them because they are sharing the day with you.

  14. Love your new tova! I have two cut out, just need to find the time to sew them. I'm glad you finally got around to the kaleidoscope, your pillow is lovely. Aren't the SO fun???
    I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Hugs dear. :)

  15. Happy, Happy Birthday!

    The tops are fantastic, the pillow I love and the tote will be perfect.

    Have a terrific day!

  16. Oh goodness. You are adorable. The top is great. I just picked up one print from the cloud 9 misc. line and I love it. I am super wanty for more!

    I love that Wendy's is on your happy list. Fast food is sometimes just the way to go!


  17. Hi Jeni, It is March 20 here in Australia, and by your post, I take it this is your birthday. I hope you have a great day and that you get to do everything you enjoy. Wear your beautiful Liberty tank and have a great day. Your Tovia top is also gorgeous - no ironing would be a birthday present in itself for me!Have fun and spend it with those you love (even if by phone). Cheers to you.

  18. Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy wearing your new tank today! It looks lovely in the picture, as does the new Tova (great color on you)!
    Thanks for reinforcing the idea that I must make something in a kaliedoscope pattern. Your pillow is very cute and I wish I had more time to actually sew.

  19. I really like that pillow. Is there a pattern that goes along with that pillow, or did you just use the ruler?

  20. Happy Birthday!! Hope your day is special!!! Your pillow, tank, and top are beautiful!! Have fun!M

  21. happy birthday jeni!!!! you are such an amazing person, I love all the happiness your bring to everyone. I hope you have a wonderful day and get treated to all sorts of good stuff. :) I love all the projects you made, you seriously amaze me.

  22. Have a Happy Birthday! I'm sure you'll have a stylish one ;)

  23. Today is my birthday too! I can't believe I didn't work it out from your username, considering I use 320 at the end of things all the time :) Have a great one! <3


  24. Happy Birthday!
    You look beautiful in your new Tova! Loving that fabric & off to find some for myself!

  25. Loving everything in this post! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

  26. Happy Birthday! That is nice to know about the lack of wrinkles in the Art Gallery fabrics. I'll keep it in mind for tops.

  27. Happy birthday, pretty Jeni! Enjoy your fun day with George and Michael! Your new Tova top is adorable!

  28. Happy birthday Jeni! I just love everything I see here, you are one PRODUCTIVE sewer, if I could get half the stuff done that you do I would be over the moon! :) such a pretty top, and that pillow! amaze! Jessie, xo

  29. Happy Birthday. I've been eyeing that Cloud 9 collection, nice treat for you. love the tops.

  30. Happy Birthday, Jeni!!! I hope it's a fantastic day :)

  31. Happy Birthday, Jeni! Thanks for sharing your creative craftiness & thrifting treasures with us. Your tutes & QAL(s) have drawn me into the world of quilting and reading up on your thrifting finds always rejuvenate my love for all things vintage. Oh and love that Tova top, too!

  32. I hope you had an awesome birthday filled with lots of yummy food and laughs. Laughter is the best medicine..and sewing or f course! Youblog is fantastic and you are so creative! Your Tova top is so gorgeous, I think you were the spark that got me interested in the pattern.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and offering wonderful tutorials <3

  33. Holy Guacamole no wonder everyone is buying out my poetica :) 2.5 yards at a time LOL

  34. i love your tova! i really am looking forward to making mine! happy birthday friend! i hope it is a great day for you!

  35. GEORGE!!!!!!!! next time you come too. okay? ;)


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