This Weekend

Monday, November 12, 2012

Scrappy Duffle in Progress by Jeni Baker
Scrappy Duffle in Progress, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Happy Monday! I hope you all had enjoyable weekends! Mine was a bit busy. Taught three classes at The Sewcial Lounge, grabbed a bite with Michael at Coopers, and did some brainstorming (mostly about Christmas shopping, hehe).  I did manage to squeeze in a tiny bit of sewing, but when I was home, I primarily test drove quilts by snuggling under them on the couch :)

Last week I started a new bag! I do love making bags, and so far this one has been a lot of fun.  I'm making one of Bari J's new patterns, the Holiday in London Duffle Bag.  She had some beautiful versions at Quilt Market that I just couldn't stop thinking about.  I'm making mine super scrappy and using a quilt as you go method which means leaving out interfacing and using batting + cotton duck.

Scheming by Jeni Baker
Scheming, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I started with Pat Bravo's Rock n' Romance line and pulled blenders and a few other prints in similar colors.  I love these colors, lots of purple, coral, fuchsia, and a bit of gray!

Another Wiksten by Jeni Baker
Another Wiksten, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I couldn't stay away too long, I started another Wiksten top.  Again I'm using the Tank pattern and adding sleeves from Grainline's Scout Tee.  Using a lovely voile from Art Gallery for this one!

Mini Tree Skirt by Jeni Baker
Mini Tree Skirt, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I did finish a small project last week! Since we have a small apartment, we have a small tree! But, it's PINK! Which of course I love.  It's in my craft room, and I decided last week to make it a little tree skirt! Since the tree is pink, I figured the skirt might as well be too! I used my dresden plate template to cut the wedges, sewing them together as cut.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  You can see it with the whole tree here!

Cozy by Jeni Baker
Cozy, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
It snowed today, not enough for it to stick, but still! I love how much cozier it suddenly makes things feel.  Also, my Hello Kitty tin collection is growing!

Goodies by Jeni Baker
Goodies, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I stopped at a fabric/craft liquidation sale today (If you're in Madison, you can find info here). I managed to find a few goodies.  I'm excited to try out the foundation sheet pattern.  And I've been eyeing a Q-snap frame for a while!

George by Jeni Baker
George, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
George is such a sleepy rabbit!

Also! I have threaded comments now, yay! So, I have been answering your questions in the comments.  Which is good, because I'm terrible at answering them via email, apologies!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Winter air
Sound of: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
Taste of: Breakfast for dinner
Sight of: A clean apartment
Feel of: Warm quilt

Good Things about Today:
- Chatted with a textiles class at MATC today!
- Did a little thrifting!
- Sewed!
- Breakfast for dinner! Our favorite!


  1. I love the pink tree skirt!!! It's SO darling, especially with the pom-pom trim. :)

  2. Jeni, are you planning on using a second panel to line the inside or just leaving the duck exposed? I'm thinking about using this method-- interfacing can be such a pain!

    1. I am! I'm going to use a regular cotton for the lining, so the duck will be hidden! :)

  3. Love that tree skirt, the bobble trim is just perfect...I may have to copy you!

  4. The dog on your window board is SO CUTE! Did you make it yourself?

    1. I didn't! It's from this sweet etsy shop:

  5. Jeni, what is duck cotton? You mentioned you used it with batting as part of the quilt as you go method. I have never heard of it before- I live in Australia - and am wondering if we refer to it as something else? What purpose does it serve? Sorry for all the questions, but I love the effect of quilt as you go and would love to give it a go.

    1. It is a thick cotton canvas fabric! I'm using it instead of interfacing, with the quilting it gives it structure and stiffness!

  6. Your little pink tree is going to look adorable in that skirt. I'd just better keep my girls away from your blog otherwise they are going to want one too!

  7. Jeni its all sweet, but I want to see the window valiance.. glad to see you do a quilt as you go, I love MC's QAYG designs and for someone like me that doesnt make purses, I think it looks easier.

    1. There is a better shot of the valance and some info on it at the bottom of this post:

  8. what a fun weekend! i love seeing your pics on instagram! xo

  9. I would love to know what the curtain above your window is -- it looks like fabric strips -- how did you do it? It is really cute!

  10. Never mind -- I guess I should read the comments first!

  11. Love the tree skirt. I planning to do one for our tree this year and the pom-pom trim appears to be a perfect idea for its ending! :)

  12. I love the fabric you've chosen for the top!
    By the way, I've got a dog like yours (but mine is with retro flowers instead of retro pears)

  13. Your tree is SO cute! I have been eyeing the tiny pom pom fringe at JoAnn's, trying to figure out something to use it on. I also have bag envy---that would be the perfect knitting bag for large projects. I am working on a Yellow Brick Road quilt in orange, gray, and yellow (I know---sounds like your basic train wreck, but I like the way it's coming together), and I am saving all the tiny bits of fabric I trim away to make a "Sew Together" bag. I bought the pattern on Craftsy, and it's a zipper pouch on steriods. The pattern writer recommends covering the outside fabric with tickertape, so all those little bits will be perfect. I just have to get this quilt finished so I can use the scraps for something else.

  14. You are such a talented lady and I love your blog...
    But I gotta say...I'm a huge fan of George the bunny!
    He totally keeps me coming back again!

  15. I believe you about the tree skirt being pink but on my ipad it came through in a lovely orange color. Really cute and I love the ball fringe. I even went to the flickr pic but the lights on the tree washed out most of the pink color. Elizabeth on Oh, Fransson has a great tutorial on using duck and adding strips to make a tote bag. Your method sounds very similar. I am enjoying your blog and getting lots of ideas. Closing in on present day, then perhaps I can enter your giveaways in real time. N


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