2012: A Year in Review

Monday, January 7, 2013

George by Jeni Baker
George, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
So much happened in 2012, it's hard to know where to begin! George recommends we simply start by looking at the crafty side of this past year.  I generally do whatever he says, since he does run things around here! :)

Favorite Quilts of 2012 by Jeni Baker
Favorite Quilts of 2012, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
1. Half-Square Triangle Block of the Month Quilt, 2. Scrappy Mermaid Quilt, 3. Framed Color Me Retro Quilt, 4. Color Hex Quilt, 5. Side Braid Quilt Pattern - Mini Braid, 6. Bloom Quilt, 7. Vintage Sheet Patchwork Prism Quilt, 8. Mendocino Dreams Quilt, 9. Vintage Nine-Patch Quilt

Many, many quilts were made in 2012.  These are just a few of my favorites. I had a thing for chartreuse this year! I also released five quilt patterns, and we completed a block of the month quilt along!

Favorite Bags of 2012 by Jeni Baker
Favorite Bags of 2012, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
1. Snack Drawstring Bag, 2. Patchwork Duffle Bag, 3. Poinsettia Lined Drawstring Bag, 4. Log Cabin Pouch, 5. Laminated Cotton Tote, 6. Drawstring Bag + Pockets, 7. New Purse!, 8. Hexie Pouch, 9. Go Anywhere Bag

My love of bags has not budged.  I made lots of drawstring bags and many bags from Anna's great patterns.  I also splurged on Marimekko oilcloth for a super simple tote bag, which was probably my favorite bag from this year!

1. Holiday Wrapped Wreath Tutorial, 2. Color Me Retro Square Flower Pillow, 3. Enchanted Bow Skirt, 4. Zakka Sewing Kit, 5. Another Wiksten Top, 6. Pincushion, 7. Elephant Softie, 8. Pillow Talk Swap 7 - Finished, 9. New Top

I really expanded my handmade wardrobe this year, I made over 20 garments! I don't wear all of them, but the Wiksten tanks and tovas have been in heavy rotation! Also, you can never have too many pincushions.

Road Stitching by Jeni Baker
Road Stitching, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
2012 had a bumpy start, but it really turned out to be an awesome year.  In the beginning I was still trying to adjust to living in Wisconsin, feeling lonely and unsure of what direction I wanted to go.  Slowly, the year started to shape up.  I made friends, I traveled, I sewed, I quilted, I taught, I designed a fabric collection (what?!) for the fantastic folks at Art Gallery Fabrics, watched a lot of TV with Michael and let's be honest, did a lot of thrifting.

Here's to a happy and healthy 2013!


  1. Happy New Year Jenni. I hope your 2013 is even better than 2012!

  2. So glad you had a great year. You got so much accomplished! Hope 2013 is even better . . .

  3. You are so inspiring, Jeni! I love it how you take on new opportunities and bust out so many sewing projects. Isn't it funny that challenges (like moving and feeling lonely in a new place) can lead to so many great things?

  4. I just wanted to say how glad I am that I ran across your blog! I love your creations and everytime I see a pic of your bunny George it makes me smile. I had a bunny just like George (like complete twins), except it was a she names Josie, and I adored her. Everytime I read your posts it makes me smile. So thank you :)

  5. Wow, you had a really productive year and made so many awesome looking things. I love seeing all the stuff you create. I have so much fun seeing pictures of your pyrex because my Mom has been using all of them since before I was born. I hope 2013 brings you even more good things and creative things.

  6. happy new year jenni! what a wonderfully productive year!!! good for you! you continue to inspire me...if i could be a sliver as productive as you, i would be fulfilled! thank you for continuing to share you life with us! love, love to george! :)

  7. fantastic post! your year was so productive! Happy 2013

  8. It's been great fun following you through the year and fun to meet you at SS! Especially excited for your fabric line to come out!

  9. Happy new year Jen! You've been so busy you make me feel tired looking at this lot! I love the Bloom quilt, it's lush! xx

  10. what a year!!! you should be so proud. amazing stuff jeni!

  11. You have a wonderful collection of finished 2012 projects. Love, love the fabrics. Congratulations on being published!

    So glad I got to meet you at MMQG. Hope to see you there again soon.

  12. I can't wait to see what's ahead in 2013 for you! :) Seems like you had a wonderful 2012!!

  13. I JUST found your blog and am looking at how ADORABLE George is! :) Is he a Polish Dwarf bunny? I had a girl named Mocha that looked just like him! :) Makes me miss her!


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