Sunday, September 9, 2012

Garment Sewing by Jeni Baker
Garment Sewing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Hi there! Hope everyone has had an enjoyable weekend.  Ours has been quiet, thankfully.  I managed to push myself too hard last weekend, and ended up with a pretty unproductive week.  I think between the holiday weekend and having a few too many projects going at once, it just wasn't working.  I felt like I was spinning my wheels! So things week I'm going to try to see a few projects through so I at least feel like I'm making progress :)

For this weekend I choose to work on a few easy things, like tracing pattern pieces and cutting pieces for two new garments! I'm finally making the Darling Ranges dress, after talking about making it for what feels like forever! I also cut out fabric for a Washi dress!

Darling Ranges Dress pattern by Megan Nielsen, Rhapsodia by Art Gallery Fabrics. Washi Dress pattern by Rae Hoekstra, Indie by Pat Bravo.

US Map Embroidery by Jeni Baker
US Map Embroidery, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Last night I finished my US Map embroidery! Yay! I have been working on this project since June 2011! I am so happy with how it's turned out so far.  Now to decide what to do with it! I'm thinking about turning it into a mini quilt like this one!

I used this coloring book page to draw out the embroidery.

Chain Piecing by Jeni Baker
Chain Piecing, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Hoping to dive into some more chain piecing tonight! That counts as pretty mindless sewing, doesn't it? :)

Sneak Peek by Jeni Baker
Sneak Peek, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
A little sneak peek of a project I'll be sharing this week! I managed to mess up the zipper a bit on this, which meant not so nice ends. Oh well! It's still functional!

Next Project by Jeni Baker
Next Project, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I am so excited about my next small project! Have you ever used this Vinyl Fuse product from Pellon? It turns your fabric into laminated cotton! I can't wait to try it!

Purse Hardware by Jeni Baker
Purse Hardware, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
A lot of my attention this week was given to kicking off Travel Handmade on the Sewing Summit blog! In case you missed it, we started the month-long series with informational posts on bag making basics! We talked about Interfacing, Zippers, and Purse Hardware.  You can keep up with all the posts here.

Whether you're attending Sewing Summit or not, I'm sure you could use some bag inspiration/tutorials right? Check out the Travel Handmade Pinterest board for loads of both!

New Fabric by Jeni Baker
New Fabric, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
On Saturday, Sara (the owner of The Sewcial Lounge) and I headed to the Wisconsin Quilt Expo! We didn't have a lot of time to look around, but still managed to get a taste of everything! And we even found some fabric! Most of my budget was blown at the seriously sweet booth of Sew Mod, an online fabric boutique!

George! by Jeni Baker
George!, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.

I'll be back to announce the winners of our two giveaways tomorrow!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Fall
Sound of: Keane
Taste of: Reeses
Sight of: Late afternoon sun
Feel of: Warm slippers

Good Things about Today:
- Successful Target run
- Relaxed
- Got a few things done
- Michael is home all day!


  1. Great roundup of the week :o) I'm hoping to get a laptop bag made so I can travel handmade to SS (since I discovered Air France lets me take a camera bag and laptop bag separately yay!)

  2. I have 3 metres of that Indie print for a Washi Dress too, I think it will be perfect.It's OK, I'm in Australia, I don't think we're likely to bump into each other wearing the same dress...

  3. I'm eager to hear how the vinyl fuse stuff turns out. I've never heard of it but it sounds awesome!

  4. I just bought some of the Vinyl fuse last week! I am hoping to make myself a lunch box with it, hopefully I will start some time this week. Can't wait to see what you will make with it!

  5. I had heard there was a way to make your own laminated cotton but did not research how it was done. Can't wait to see how it works for you so I can take your advice and try it myself soon:)

  6. I so want to try making my own laminate, can't wait for your thoughts on this! Your little zipper pouches are always wonderful, can't wait to see more!

  7. Looking forwardmtomseeing your washi dress, that's my favorite indie print

  8. I'm planning on a shirt from that Indie print too, it just seems perfect for garments! Thank you for the information on the vinyl fuse, I want to make a box bag for my husband to take on work trips with lamination, but he is just NOT interested in any of the ones available.

  9. I use a different brand, but the fusible vinyl is what I use on my makeup brush rolls ( I like it, although it takes a bit of playing around to get it to work just how you want it to. I would suggest cutting a small piece and trying out different settings on your iron and different application methods (ironing from the back ironing from the front with the paper layer, etc). It's cool once you figure out the best methods though!

  10. I can't wait to see how your vinyl project turns out, I really need to try that. Looking forward to travel handmade too, everything you made last year was amazing! :)

  11. looks like you'll have a busy week, love the fabrics you picked up

  12. Excited to see your washi dress, will be adorable no doubt. I think the vinyl fuse will be great stuff, I will have to look at it at JoAnn's.
    Have a great day :)

  13. Sounds like a great week! We had a really great weekend, which I hope is the start to a great week here as well.

  14. I like your pictures, and I like your George and I like your good things. Nice post!

  15. I can't wait to see your dresses.. and that cutie pie project coming up this week. I have spent way too much time this morning browsing that Pinterest board! Seriously, it's right up there at the top of my list for resources from now on. So many adorable bags... so little time!

  16. Love your stitched map! We had a similar embroidered map that hung next to our kitchen table when we were kids. That map was the center of many table time discussions as we discussed school lessons, relatives that lived out of state and our family vacations. My sister now has the picture hanging near her kitchen table. Keeping the tradition alive :)

  17. Your map turned out so awesome!! I can't wait to see what you do with it. Glad your week was good, friend!


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