Color Me Retro, Quilt Camp, and Sewing!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Color Me Retro
Color Me Retro, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
Good Morning! I don't often post in the morning, but by the time I found myself sitting down to post last night it was nearly 11:00pm.  I tend to get goofy after about 9:30pm, so I thought for your sakes I better wait until the morning!

It's high time I catch you up on what has been happening over here lately! The biggest and most exciting bit came as a surprise yesterday! Color Me Retro advance yardage arrived!! Seriously, I nearly passed out.  I was going through the full gamut of emotions, I'm not sure how I ended up getting anything done the rest of the day! It looks and feels so good on Art Gallery Fabric's fantastic base cloth.  I can't wait to stitch up clothes and all kinds of other goodies!

Color Me Retro will hit stores in February, so just a little bit longer to wait! (If you're a shop that ordered it, please leave a comment or email me, I'm putting together a list on the Fabric page!)

Ornate Mini Quilt by Jeni Baker
Ornate Mini Quilt, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I've been sewing! I took this mini quilt that I started to Quilt Camp with me last weekend! I actually got a lot of sewing done while I was there, I ran out of projects! Such a good problem to have! Thankfully I brought lots of scraps to play with so I was never bored or anything.  It was an awesome time, I'm bummed I didn't take more pictures.  The campers were a blast and you should have been all the sweet drawstring bags they were making! A big thank you to everyone who attended, my fellow teachers, Faith and Heather, and Brenda for teaching and putting it all together! She's holding another retreat in May, just wait until you see who is teaching! You won't want to miss it!

Anyways! This mini quilt was made using Christina's Ornate Pattern that she taught at Sewing Summit.  I had the top done, it just needed quilting and binding.  I ended up going with random diagonal lines for the quilting, and I'm so happy with how it turned out.  I'm also really into quiet bindings at the moment.  I used the same fabric for the background and the binding, Art Gallery Pure Element solid in White Linen.

Voile Wiksten
Voile Wiksten, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I jumped back on the wagon and sewed myself another shirt! It had been a little while! I have a stack of Art Gallery Voiles that are taunting me, and this one just had to be a shirt.  I wear my voile tops the most, so it only made sense.  I used the Wiksten Tank Pattern and added sleeves to it from the Grainline Scout Tee Pattern.

Candied Citrus Peels by Jeni Baker
Candied Citrus Peels, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
There has been a lot of baking going on over here! One of my very favorite cookies in the world are Lebkuchen, which is basically German gingerbread.  We traveled to Germany and had them in N├╝rnberg when I was a kid, and I look forward to eating them every year.  This year it hit me that I should just try making them.  So, instead of being sensible and finding candied citrus peel in stores (an ingredient needed), I made some myself! It was fun, but a bit tedious.  On the plus side they're pretty good to eat themselves! I used this recipe.

I went through one round of the Lebkuchen recipe but it needs lots of tweaking.  Hopefully I'll eventually get it right, when I do I'll post it here!

Embroidery Scissors by Jeni Baker
Embroidery Scissors, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
I added another pair of embroidery scissors to my collection this weekend! Lei and I went out shopping and found these at a local antique mall.  They were only $5!

George by Jeni Baker
George, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
George bun is looking as cute as ever, of course! :)

Today I love the..
Smell of: Caramels
Sound of: Harry Potter 5 audiobook
Taste of: Chocolate cookies
Sight of: George
Feel of: Warm socks

Good Things about Today:
- More baking planned!
- It's supposed to snow!
- Going to sew!
- Watching Christmas movies all day!


  1. Your fabric line is just so cute! I can't wait to get it in my shop. It will definitely be one that I cut some for myself before it even gets on my shelves!

    Also, I love that quilt block. So pretty!

  2. I really loved that class. I think it was one of my favs at Sewing Summit. I am also loving the quiet binding you using. It's so clean and polished. Have a wonderful day Jeni

  3. Congratulations Jeni! Your fabric line is gorgeous. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

  4. Congrats on getting your fabric! I can't imagine how exciting that must be :)

    I really like the white binding on your mini - sometimes the center needs to stand by itself.

  5. At least you only get goofy in the evenings, I tend to stay like that all day....
    Congrats on getting your yardage!! Santa's going to have trouble topping that ;)

  6. squeal over the fabric

  7. Congrats on your new fabric - I can't even begin to imagine how exciting it must be. Look forward to seeing it in stores :).

  8. Congratulations on the new fabrics! I'm not surprised you're distracted. I’m hosting an International Rainbow Charm Square Swap which could provide some handy fabrics for future projects. More details here:

  9. i'm living here in germany now and we've had lebkuchen out the wazoo. the starbucks here also have a lebkuchen latte.

  10. I can't wait til your fabric hits the stores because I'll be purchasing some for sure!

    We've been to Germany twice in the past two years (husband is German -- Bremen in the north) though I haven't yet had lebkuchen. I hope to spend the holiday season perusing the Christmas Markets next time we visit!

    Tabatha from

  11. Your fabric is beautiful! I love seeing your pictures of George,he is so darn cute!!

  12. Congratulations again on the fabric. I can't imagine how it feels to have it. I'll be waiting not so patiently for February to arrive so that I can get some.

  13. Your fabric looks wonderful ~ looking forward to February and George is looking pretty wonderful himself!

  14. I cant wait.. I am so excited for you. I am on Hawthornes release email as soon as it hits, I am buying some. I know you are gonna sew up alot for us to see.

  15. I'm so excited for you - big congrats again! I can't wait to see Color Me Retro in person!

  16. Now THAT is what I'm talking about. What a great post. I don't normally read all the way through long posts, but I couldn't take my eyes off this one!

  17. I can barely imagine how exciting it would be to have your own fabric show up at the door! Congrats. It's lovely.


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