This Week

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Drawstring Bag + Pockets by jenib320
Drawstring Bag + Pockets, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Happy Summer! I have so much to show you this week! It's been busy over here behind the scenes, despite the crazy heat we've had in Madison.  We've been sticking inside where it's cool!

This afternoon I whipped up a lined drawstring bag with a twist! Terri of Sew Fantastic came up with this super fun add on to my tutorial, outside pockets! I just had to make one! She has a tutorial for adding them here!  I used prints from Bespoken by Art Gallery Fabrics along with Oval and Pure Elements also by AGF!

Original size tutorial can be found here, custom/other sizes pattern can be found here, pocket tutorial can be found here.

Bloom Progress by jenib320
Bloom Progress, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I've made some progress on my Bloom quilt this week! Two largest rounds are sewn down! I'm using a light gray Bella solid (I can't remember the color, bought it at my LQS, apologies!) for the background.  I'm absolutely loving it so far! Hope to finish the top this week!

Bloom pattern by Aneela Hoey!

Pincushion by jenib320
Pincushion, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Dug into my scrap bin for two projects this week.  The first is another addition to my pincushion collection! I spotted this ceramic frog candle holder at the Bath and Body Works sale early this week and knew it would be perfect for a pincushion! A handful of fiberfill and a small circle of fabric and voila! The scrap is Poetica by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Lanyard by jenib320
Lanyard, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
My second scrappy project for the week was a new key lanyard.  My old one was really worn and dirty, I've been meaning to replace it for a while.  I used scraps from my Patchwork Bunting and my favorite interfacing, fusible fleece (Pellon 987F).  A few simple quilting lines give it extra sturdiness. Fabrics are Sugar by Pat Bravo.

I got some very exciting mail today! A few months back Kimberly of Fat Quarter Shop asked me to put together one of their Blogger's Choice Bundles! Of course I said yes! The time has come, my bundle is here! I'll be chatting about it over on their blog next month! In the meantime I'm trying to decide what to make with it!  I choose prints from Lillybelle by BariJ, La Dee Da by Erin McMorris, Grand Hotel by Jenean Morrison, and Oval/Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics. Can you tell my Art Gallery obsession has reached an all-time high? :)

You can find my bundle for sale here!

In other fabric news, look what arrived on my doorstep last week!? Some Cherry Christmas by Aneela Hoey! I've got a fun project in the works for this beauties, I hope to share next week! Cherry Christmas ships in July! Watch for it, it's beyond cute!

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

Today I love the..
Smell of: Vanilla lip balm
Sound of: George running around!
Taste of: PB+J
Sight of: Rain in the forecast
Feel of: Cool Air

Good Things about Today:
- Productive day!
- George's check up went great, perfectly healthy!
- Happy mail!
- This post has no phone photos, yay! :)


  1. Love that drawstring bag. The fabrics are gorgeous! And that pincushion is to die for!! Love it!!

  2. God I love this site!!!! First ...Hi George!!!!! Such a nice bun bun!! Saw your distant cousin in the back yard! Love the bag and Aneela 's designs....!! Oh I can see many Christmas projects!

  3. Your pictures are great! I also love the bag!!

  4. I love how your Bloom quilt is turning out, those purples are amazing! I notice you always use the most gorgeous shades of purple/wine/burgundy...just lovely!

    And your pincushion and bunny are too cute! :)

  5. wow! I think every photo was a feast for my eyes, all except for the last one! (I don't feast on rabbits, but he is ever so cute!!). Nice idea with the froggy pin cushion. xx

  6. I love the pocket addition to the drawstring bag!!!! I'm definitely going to give it a try =D
    Look at cute!!!

  7. I am so loving your bloom quilt. Did you say your background fabric is gray? It looks kind of sage green on my monitor, but either way, I just LOVE the way it sets off those purply-pinks. Also, your key lanyard and froggy pincushion are ridiculously cute. I think all that bunny cuteness must be rubbing off on you from George! :-)

  8. I love your frog pin cushion. Adorable, and a very clever way to repurpose a candle holder!

  9. Great drawstring bag ~ love the outside pockets. Your Bloom looks lovely ~ I've got the pattern and after seeing some of the ones made ~ really want to make it too!
    Really everything you've posted is wonderful ~ a delight to see ~ especially George!

  10. 'yay! Thank you Jeni for letting me put that together for everyone. I think its the perfect little addition to this great tuotorial. Yours is most awesome. I need more purple in my life!

  11. I love the pockets on that bag! And I love love the dresden!!

  12. That drawstring bag with the pockets is absolutely adorable! And the fabrics you chose are incredible! LOVE.

    I'm jealous of that little frog pincushion, too :)

  13. Love the pocket idea! Going to have to make a few more now.... Beautiful fabric too.

  14. Loving your new sewing bag - I might just need to whip up one of those myself to take for Quilt Sunday at the workroom! And your new pincushion is way cute, I never thought about using a candle holder for something like that. I think I'll need to pop by the dollar store and see if they have any cute holders for cheap.

    We finally broke down and bought a small air conditioner yesterday (it been about 108 degrees Fahrenheit with the humidex here for the last few days) so I can finally get back to sewing! I sew right in front of a big window that gets tons of light and haven't been able to sew because it's been way too hot.


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