Thanksgiving Weekend

Monday, November 26, 2012

Floressence Color Hex by Jeni Baker
Floressence Color Hex, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Ours was quiet, which is just what we needed.  Thanksgiving went by without a hitch, I successfully roasted my first chicken! Will definitely do one more often, it was so moist and delicious!

I even did a little sewing! I wanted to play around with my Color Hex pattern!  I decided on using Floressence by Art Gallery Fabrics, and filling in the center with more hexagons.  So, you just cut for seven additional hexagons: 2 half-hexagon pieces from each fabric, using 19 fabrics total instead of 12! And you only need 1 yard of background fabric! I have added the borders since taking this photo, I'm excited to quilt it up!

WIP by Jeni Baker
WIP, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I'm still plugging away at my Holiday in London Duffle Bag! I'm almost done quilting all the panels, I will finally get to start assembling the bag soon! I'm hoping to have it done in time to take with me to Quilt Camp! It's less than two weeks away! There are still spots available if you'd like to join us!  More information here.

Yesterday I put together my Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month quilt top! Can you believe it's almost been a full year since we started?  Look out for the last block this week! I have another tutorial going up on Saturday, so you may just get it a day early!

Expect finishing instructions and final quilt reveal in the mid-December!

DIY Bottle Brush Trees by Jeni Baker
DIY Bottle Brush Trees, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Today I spent some time crafting! I have been aching for some pink vintage bottle brush trees for years, but they've all been too expensive.  After coming across this pin on Pinterest, it hit me! Dye some myself! I found this tutorial, and immediately ran to Hobby Lobby for trees.  I found some in their dollhouse section and picked up some RIT dye as well.  They turned out awesome! I'm so happy with the results! Next up, glitter and turquoise dye!

Stash Stack Club by Jeni Baker
Stash Stack Club, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
We're now five months into the Stash Stack Club @ Pink Castle Fabrics! This is July-November, don't they look so pretty together? Personally, I can't wait for January, it's purple! Brenda now has gift subscriptions for the club, which are perfect for gift giving! You can find them here.  More information on the stash stack club here.

Thanksgiving by Jeni Baker
Thanksgiving, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Our Thanksgiving "table" which is actually our kitchen counter/island.  I pulled out all my favorites: Orla Kiely tablecloth (from Target a few years ago), vintage Swiss Chalet dishes and serving pieces (many from my Mom and friend Sandy), vintage Friendship Pyrex, and super classy Ball mason jars!  It doesn't look like much, but it was a feast! Chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed corn, homemade rolls, pumpkin pie, and cherry pie.  Quite a lot for two people, but we managed! :)

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

Today I love the..
Smell of: Twisted Peppermint candle
Sound of: Harry Potter 5 audiobook
Taste of: Cookies!
Sight of: George
Feel of: Warm laundry

Good Things about Today:
- Ran the week's errands!
- Fun crafting today!
- My Mom is coming tomorrow!!
- French vanilla cappuccino!


  1. I love the hexagon quilt! I am a couple of blocks behind on the HST blocks so I better get to work so I can finish with everyone else.

  2. I, too, had Thanksgiving dinner at the kitchen island. It was amazing. Oddly with the same table cloth.

  3. Your duffle looks promising! Funny, I took a pic of my stash stacks this weekend too. I'm getting half stack half yards and I started late so my stack isn't as large as yours, but they sure are pretty...

  4. :) I've been burning my Twister Peppermint candle, too! Just something about it that screams the beginning of Christmas! :)

  5. you sure are a busy lady... impressive! Love the hexie quilt ~ very cute, looking forward to seeing it quilted!

  6. I love your hexagon quilt. Your thanksgiving table looks so cozy, very lovely setting.

  7. I love your hexagon quilt. Your dishes make me laugh. That is the same set my mom used everyday when I was little. She got rid of most of it when my dad bought her new dishes from JcPenny. I think she still has the blue bowl with lid that is on your table.

  8. You are a maestro at putting together those colour bundles! Loving that version of your hexie quilt too!

  9. I'm loving those pink trees! And I wish I lived closer to Michigan so I could attend Quilt Camp. Sounds like fun. Hope you guys have a blast!

  10. love the hexi quilt, and yay that your mom is coming. Have fun you guys!

  11. As usual, I love your makings!! Your Thanksgiving place settings look like that might match a pair of glasses I thrifted, do you have matching glasses? You can see them here --

    1. Hehe, I do! I almost set them out, but they're so small! I didn't want to have to get up and down to refill :)

  12. What recipe did you use for the rolls? They look yummy! (as does everything else!) :)

    1. I used this recipe, minus the rosemary! They were delicious! -

  13. Did you make a carrot pie for George's Thanksgiving? With a lettuce garnish?

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  15. Fun post! Love the trees!! And I am so excited to wrap up my HST BOM. It has been a perfect project...thanks so much for doing it!!,

  16. Thanks for the link to the tree tutorial! I had no idea that dark green bleached out so easily. Going to try this!

  17. I have a few odd pieces of your dishes! We got them from my husband's aunts' house after they passed away. I love those dishes.

  18. Hi Jeni! Found you via Skip To My Lou and now following, I love your blog :)

    xoxo, Tanya

  19. The hexagon quilt! Love!! And I cannot wait to see your bag. It will be awesome. Have fun at quilt camp!


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