Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This Week

Ornate Mini Quilt by Jeni Baker
Ornate Mini Quilt, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Wednesday! I've been in a bit of a funk this week, so I'm glad it's already half over! Our weather has been super dreary and dark.  I think between that and daylight savings, it's making things feel a bit off! Here's to a better day tomorrow!

This week I've been working on tying up some loose ends and finishing up some half-finished projects.  I want a clean starting point as I move towards working on my next fabric collection (eee!), new patterns, and the holidays.  One of those projects was my Ornate mini quilt from Christina's class at Sewing Summit! I had the curves all pieced but needed to put it all together.  I'm hoping to get it quilted and finished tomorrow!

I have more drawstring bags than any one person could possibly need or use, but I just can't seem to stop myself from making more! I'm excited to be teaching my drawstring bag pattern at Quilt Camp coming up the first week of December in Michigan! Faith Jones is going to be teaching paper piecing using the Poinsettia block you see above! I knew right away I wanted to add it to a drawstring bag! I used the Artist size bag from the pattern version so it's quite roomy. It features Oval Elements and a few Pure Elements from Art Gallery Fabrics! The ruler twill tape is from here.

There are still a few spots left for Quilt Camp, so if you're on the fence, make sure and sign up quick, it's going to be a lot of fun! For more information, see here.

Renfrew Tee
Renfrew Tee, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Another work in progress finished! I took a class on stitching up the Renfrew Tee pattern by Sewaholic at Sewing Summit.  It actually turned out pretty cute! I'm not sure if I'll make another though.  Nothing wrong with the pattern, just never seem to enjoy working with knits, even now that I feel more comfortable with them.  Just not my thing!

Vintage Sheets
Vintage Sheets, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
After being closed most of last month because of all the traveling and crazy sewing, I reopened my vintage sheet shop this weekend! I'm going to start putting together some rainbow bundles and other fun things like project kits! Just in time for holiday shopping! :)

Craft Room Messiness by Jeni Baker
Craft Room Messiness, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
So, this was the state of my sewing room when I got back from Houston.  Hehe.  I am very practiced in the cut and throw method of sewing, haha. I spent last week and early this week cleaning up this mess and completely reorganizing the room's closets and all my storage.  I'm happy to report it looks much better now!

Ruby Star Wrapping by Jeni Baker
Ruby Star Wrapping, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
We were lucky to receive this beautiful book, Ruby Star Wrapping by Melody Miller at Sewing Summit.  It's a great book for anyone who's interested in creative packaging! My friend Sukie is putting on a Wrap-Along for the next month and beyond to craft up the projects in this book! I wasn't able to squeeze it in, but you should definitely check it out! You can see the fabulous line up and more information on Sukie's blog, here.

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

Today I love the..
Smell of: Method pear soap
Sound of: Fred Claus
Taste of: Bacon
Sight of: A clean apartment
Feel of: Relaxing

Good Things about Today:
- Cleaned the whole apartment!
- Made progress on a few projects.
- Christmas candy!
- Went thrifting!


  1. Love your poinsettia bag! I just bought the pattern version and can't wait to sew up some bags! Live that purple sheet too, I am always on the lookout for good purples since they are so few. I'll have to stop back over to your shop soon. Beautiful work as always.

  2. Do you have plans to sell any of your finished (drawstring) bags in your Etsy shop one day?

    1. I've been thinking about selling a few samples through my etsy shop, but I probably won't make them to sell on a regular basis!

  3. I think we can all relate to the messy sewing area. Glad to see you're just like the rest of us, because you know, you're blog pictures never look messy.

  4. And with regards to selling & cleaning up, remember to sell your scraps. Like I need another scrap. Ha!

  5. Your sewing summit projects look great! Yeah, that's about what my sewing room looked like when I got back from Houston too :)

  6. Loved reading your entry today, so good! I wanted to comment on one specific thing: in looking at your mini quilt, I have to say yours is the first one I've been able to see in a different pattern! The others, which have been beautiful, all look like the same pattern. Yours, however, looks like theirs, but I can also see a different pattern! Awesome job on your fabrics! Anyway, just wanted to let you know. Have a great day!

  7. I am glad your back.. I love the oval elements,, my fav go to fabric.. Great block too.. kiss george for me.. I signed up for notification for Retro.. awesome..

  8. Love your drawstring bag with the poinsettia, your sewing is awesome, always is perfect. I love the colors and design in your mini quilt, very pretty, I just want to keep staring at it.
    Always nice to see George, sweet bunny!

  9. Aaah yes the cut and throw method! Well acquainted with it! Didn't bother me too much to use that method until the basement flooded!!! Now new habits have been learned,(most days!)

  10. Love the latest drawstring bag! It looks so dramatic.


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