Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Envelope Clutch by jenib320
Envelope Clutch, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Thanks for your kind words on Monday! I mailed the pillow off to it's new home today, in the end it wasn't as hard to let go as I thought it would be! I think my partner will really like it, and that's enough! But, I am vowing to make myself something equally as special!

Today I got sidetracked from all my other work, by Anna's new pattern, The Envelope Clutch! I've been so excited for this one, I wasted no time and whipped one up this afternoon (the small size). It came together so quickly and easily. And I even put in a zippered pocket for the first time! I used a new-to-me interfacing for this bag, Buckram. I was going to behave and use canvas as the pattern suggests, but when I saw the buckram, my curiosity got the best of me. It's stiffness made it a little difficult to work with, but I really like the result. It gave the bag so much structure!

I used Far Far Away II and III by Heather Ross and lined it with a Sketch print by Timeless Treasures. I'm so happy with how it turned out! Now I need somewhere to go so I can use it, haha! :)

Retro Flowers Mini Quilt by jenib320
Retro Flowers Mini Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Earlier in the week I finished up my Retro Flowers mini quilt! I did a little free motion quilting and bound it up in a Modern Meadow print by Joel Dewberry. This pattern was so fun and made me feel really accomplished. I am scheming to make the quilt size version! Pattern by Christina Lane can be found here!

Spring Carnival by jenib320
Spring Carnival, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Since I finished up two projects I can start a new one, right? Good thing, because the Spring Carnival templates by Katy Jones arrived yesterday! I fell so head over heels for her pillow, I didn't hesitate to buy up a set of these templates and the appropriate paper pieces! I am cutting into my Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner for my project! I just need to decide on a background!  You can find the Spring Carnival pattern on Katy's blog, here!

Vintage Sheets by jenib320
Vintage Sheets, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Working on a few projects for my Sewing Summit class too! I'm also teaching a fabric selection class later this month at The Sewcial Lounge if you're local! :)

Pattern is from Modern Log Cabin Quilting.

Thrifted by jenib320
Thrifted, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I hit up my favorite thrift store and managed to find some quilting cotton! I couldn't believe my eyes, more handwriting fabric! The selvedge is mostly cut off, but it's from 1995! Crazy!

George by jenib320
George, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
George says Hi!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Fresh Air
Sound of: The Muppet soundtrack
Taste of: Sesame seed bagel
Sight of: Fabric
Feel of: Warm wind

Good Things about Today:
- Productive day
- Beautiful spring weather
- Grilled cheese with bacon
- No line at the Post Office


  1. Love the 90's fabric! Good find.....

  2. That hand writing fab is really cute.
    you did a nice job pressing that clutch. It looks so flat and the corners are pretty sharp

  3. I remember that handwriting fabric - I think it was a Susan Winget fabric.
    Nice find!

  4. i have a tiny bit of that cursive letter fabric, love it! mine was thrifted too :)

  5. love coming back to your blog. like, every single day!

  6. Your Clutch is so cute! I think I need that pattern.

  7. I love the cursive handwriting fabric...I guess it's the teacher in me. Although I always hated the cursive Q that looks like a 2 :)

  8. That handwriting fabric is awesome! I need to thrift more! Hi to George too!

  9. I love the retro flowers pattern, I need to head over and buy it. :)

  10. Buckram was used to make hats. Definately stiff stuff but sometimes it has to hold up some pretty weird shapes like those hats at the Royal Wedding!!!

  11. Love your clutch :-) I used to work in a home dec. fabric shop, we sold and used buckram fro making stiffened fabric covered tie backs for curtains. I bet it really makes the clutch hold it's shape.
    Retro flowers is cute and I LOVE the fabric you thrifted.

  12. I love the oversized clutch! I've had one In that shape for several years but obviously not a pretty fabric version, I always feel so stylish carrying it around, think I might need to make myself a new one :)

  13. Your Envelope Clutch turned out great! I've never heard of buckram ~ I'll have to look for it.
    And, as always, George looks sweet as can be!

  14. Love the clutch it's so cute! The handwriting fabric looks awesome. It's amazing what you can find in a thrift store! =D

  15. i can't believe that fabric! amazing! your clutch looks great too!

  16. Two words: Stash. Envy! You always have the best fabrics! I LOVE that handwriting fabric; it would be perfect for a teacher gift, and you always find the happiest florals.

    So the buckram you used for your envelope clutch -- is that the stuff that goes in the headings of drapery panels to make the pleats stiff? Is it just loose in your bag, or sewn in?

  17. I just saw Amanda's clutch, too! I love your fabric selections. I can't WAIT to make myself one of these. I have the pattern, just need to make the time. :)

    And of course I love your Retro Flower mini quilt! I think you need to do a rainbow quilt for your Sewing Summit class. ;)

  18. love the clutch! you're awesome jeni, and that buckram sounds interesting!!! Might have to see what that's about. :) oh and totally jealous of your handwriting fabric score, what the heck people? that's awesome fabric!!!

  19. Your envelope clutch turned out so cute! I'm hoping to use the pattern for my bridesmaids' gifts. I hope I can get them done in time!

  20. The designs are beautiful. I think my girlfriend would love this. She needs a present now that she is stressed in essay writing

  21. Gorgeous retro flowers pattern look like beautiful.
    uk dissertation writing


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