Saturday, May 12, 2012

Designer Spotlight: Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Today, I want to share with you an interview I initiated last November with a fellow quilting enthusiast. Every once in a while you happen across a quilting blog that's so inspiring, you spend hours reading through the posts and can honestly walk away with a renewed vision of your craft.  A few years ago I was introduced to teacher/designer Jeni Baker's blog, In Color Order.  Contained it its posts, I found a healthy discussion of color theory, design and construction techniques.  Jeni has a great knack for mixing fabrics, documenting her creative process and throwing in just the right balance of her every day activities; especially the antics of her adorable pet bunny George!  Those of you who don't know Jeni are in for a treat.  Those of you who do know her, well, I hope you enjoy my interview with our friend.














My correspondence with Jeni began in late 2011 when she debuted her first commercial pattern.  Previously, we had traded comments on each other's blogs and passed one another in the hallways, so to speak.  We've appeared in a few books together and have a great respect for each other's style. I was a regular at her vintage sheet etsy shop, Iron Sea and would check into her blog daily to catch a glimpse of her black Netherland Dwarf rabbit, George. By the way, did you know George has his own blog now, with videos?  What a famous little bun he's turning out to be!



After Jeni posted her Lined Drawstring Bag tutorial in October 2011 I knew I wanted to feature her.  Well, I guess I should say I knew I wanted to feature her ever since discovering her blog, but the Drawstring Bag tutorial is what really made me contact her and say, let's talk feature!  I thought her pattern was genius and really easy to follow.

This interview has been a long time in the making and I'm happy to finally be able to share what Jeni had to say about her quilting and her first pattern:

RWQ: Hi Jeni! Thanks for being here today. Please introduce yourself to everyone, they'd love to know more about you!

Hi, I'm Jeni! I love to sew and am currently trying to find my niche in the world!

I blog at In Color Order about my sewing adventures, thrifting finds, and my pet bunny George!

I love sharing sewing tutorials with my readers and I am excited to be self-publising a few patterns!

RWQ: It's no secret you enjoy working with color.  Do you have any wisdom to share about selecting  fabrics for quilting projects?

I love putting together different fabric combinations, choosing the fabrics for a project is my favorite part of the process.  I spend a lot of time talking about fabric and color on my blog, in my Art of Choosing series.  Sometimes working with color and pattern can be a little scary, but I try to take the fear out of it and make it more accessible!






















RWQ: I'm a big fan of your Art of Choosing series.  From what I understand you taught a similar class at Sewing Summit last year and plan to return again this year?

Yes, this fall you'll find me teaching fabric and color selection at Sewing Summit, a conference for the modern sewer and blogger! I spoke at last year's inaugural event, and I'm honored to be returning! So if you're attending, make sure you say hi! I'll be teaching about fabric and color again, we'll be talking about color basics and how to choose fabrics for your various sewing and quilting projects!

RWQ: Let's talk about your Lined Drawstring Bag pattern.  This fun pattern is the reason why I invited you here today.  Please tell us all about it.

The Lined Drawstring Bag pattern is for a simple drawstring bag, easy enough for all sewers.  The pattern includes 8 sizes, bag construction tutorial, detailed instructions on designing your own size, and a printable worksheet. These bags are great for just about anything! The sizes range from tiny (4" tall!) to big (26" tall!).  They're great for storing your current hand sewing project, wrapping gifts, or as a gift itself!























RWQ: To help the readers get to know you a little better, I thought I'd ask a few fun questions. Here goes, OK? What is your favorite color?

Purple! Almost any shade but especially Eggplant and Lilac. Purple has been my favorite color since I was in grade school! I'm so excited to see more designers using purple in their fabrics!

 RWQ: Do you have an all time favorite fabric line?

Oh geeze, just one? I'm a collector by nature, which is very dangerous in combination with a hobby like sewing! I think it's a tie for me, between Mendocino by Heather Ross and Park Slope by Erin McMorris.  I love Heather's whimsical drawings and rich color schemes, and love Erin's mid-century modern style.

RWQ: What color are you most lacking in your stash?

I think the color I am most lacking in my stash is probably either brown or yellow.  I don't tend to use a lot of brown, so I naturally don't buy a lot of it.  Yellow on the other hand I love and use often, so I simply go through a lot of it!

RWQ: Where do you find your quilting inspiration?

I am inspired a lot by my surroundings, which is why my craft room is absolutely covered from floor to ceiling in mini quilts, bulletin boards, fabric and other various collections.  Often times I'm inspired by the fabric itself! I like to start with my fabric selection or a color scheme and then design something around it.  I also love Pinterest for finding inspiration.  Before the internet, I loved clipping things from magazines and pinning them up on the wall or saving them in scrapbooks etc.  Pinterest allows me to do that much quicker and easier!


RWQ: When you visit a quilt shop what section do you typically go to first? (Do you get down to business and dive right into the fabrics? Do you chat up the person behind the counter to see what is new?)

Honestly, I usually try to find the sale section as soon as possible, I love a good bargain! I generally like to take my time, perusing everything.  You never know what you might find hiding amongst fabric that's not ordinarily your taste!

RWQ: Smart girl! I tend to hang around the sale section too!  Just because we all love a few good stash photos... can you share a few shots of your fabric and creative space?




What a beautiful space!  Jeni recently had her sewing room featured on Art Gallery Fabrics blog here.

RWQ: When you're not posting to your own blog, where can we find you?

When I'm not creating tutorials and patterns for my own blog, you can often find me guest blogging around the web! This year I've worked with Moda, sharing a Patchwork Chevron Quilt tutorial on their blog, Moda Bake Shop.  You'll also find a Triangular Log Cabin Pincushion tutorial on Riley Blake's blog, Cutting Corners!  It can be fun to work outside of your comfort zone sometimes! :)

RWQ: Thanks so much for being here today, Jeni! 

Here's a link list for all of the places you can find Jeni online:


Please be sure to stop by Jeni's blog and let her know you saw her feature on Ryan Walsh Quilts!  You are more than welcome to leave comments for her here as well.

As a special thank you to my readers, Jeni has offered to give away an electronic copy of her Lined Drawstring Bag pattern to one lucky reader.








































To enter, leave a comment on this post.  I will pick a winner using the random number generator and announce the winner here in an upcoming post.

Happy quilting everyone! See you next time,

156 comments:

  1. Love the bags. And color theory. Can't wait to learn more.

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  2. Love Jeni's color school! And George, of course.

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  3. I love Jeni's blog. It's one of the ones I visit regularly. I also like seeing what George is up to!

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  4. I love reading Jeni's blog too. :) Her color sense is so spot on and who can resist the cuteness of George? Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. Great interview. Was cool to find out a little more about Jeni =D

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  6. I didn't know George had a blog! I'm off to check it out next...

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  7. Thanks for the interview. Jeni's work does seem quite inspiring; her pattern is showing up on everyone's blog these days it seems. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Hey! Just came over here from Jeni's blog. I also love Jeni's blog and have learned a lot from reading her posts.

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  9. How cute that little Georgey has his own blog.I also think the bags are just the cutest. I will have to add you blog Jeni as one I follow... As I read some of it I got more and more interested... Gret job being on Ryan's blog... He rocks!

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  10. I love your lined bag pattern and George too.

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  11. Thanks for the opportunity to win this pattern :-)

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  12. I'm in the process of making a wedding quilt for some friends, Jeni's bag would be a perfect way to wrap it up for gifting!

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  13. Great interview!! Jeni's work is very inspiring! Glad this cross-over led me to your blog, too (new follower).

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  14. Love reading Jeni's blog and learning about color. George is so darn cute.

    Thanks for a chance.

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  15. The drawstring bag is awesome. The interview was very informative. And I must tell you that we have two lop-eared bunnies -- Sugar and Spice.

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  16. Found you from Jeni's blog. Love her drawstrings bag and thank you for the chance to win!

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  17. Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway!

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  18. So excited that I'll get a chance to see Jeni at Sewing Summit! Thanks for the chance at this great pattern.

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  19. I have been following Jeni's blog for a while now and it is on the top of my list for inspiration! I love all of her projects. Thanks for the spotlight on Jeni, and the giveaway!

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  20. It's always fun to find new blogs to follow! Thanks for sharing Jeni's.

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  21. I am already a fan of Jeni's and made one of these bags with her tutorial, so I would love to try some of the different sizes of bags. Thanks for a great interview and the giveaway.

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  22. I have seen so many adorable bags made from her pattern. Thanks for the interview and chance to win.

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  23. I love those bags (and the fact that there are 8 sizes!).

    Thanks for a chance to win the pattern :)

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  24. I don't think I could count the number of her drawstring bags that I've made! I love using them instead of wrapping paper!

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  25. I love Jeni's blog! Great interview. :)

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  26. Love the bags! Love Jeni. She was great at sewing summit.

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  27. I am looking forward to making some bags - just discovered your blog recently and love your well-written tutorials.

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  28. Jeni's blog has been in my favorites for a while -- it's filled with lots of ideas and the cutest bunny! And now I found your blog! Florence

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  29. I would be so happy to win the bag epattern. Thank you for the chance! Take Care and God Bless! Donna

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  30. I love her bags and would definitely love to try making a few. I have been following Jeni's blog for quite some time now and simply love it!! I love her posts on vintage sheets and love the quilts she makes with them. And how could you not l-o-v-e George!!:) Thanks for the chance!

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  31. Great interview...thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  32. I have been following Jeni's blog and really enjoy it! She is so creative and inspiring. I would love to win this pattern and make a few bags! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  33. I have now fallen in love with her blog, which I just discovered only recently.

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  34. Thanks for the interview posting. Im not a follower of Jeni yet, so I love to find out about new people out there. And for the bag pattern. I know I could whip a few of those up for a giftbag. Thanks for the chance to win. Id love to have that book.

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  35. I love George's blog (great another blog to read and laugh over when I should be cleaning the house - or sewing!!!)
    What a great interview, thanks for sharing - I really enjoyed reading it.

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  36. Thanks for highlighting one of my favorite blogs!

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  37. Love Jeni's blog! Thanks for featuring her!

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  38. I love Jeni`s blog! I wish I had her amazing eye for colour combos! :)

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  39. Love the darling bags!! Thank you for highlighting Jeni!!!

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  40. I've been a follower of Jeni's blog now for a while and so happy to see her featured here :) I love her point of view ... and George bunny! Thanks Ryan!

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  41. I love In Color Order, and I'm happy to be introduced to your blog by Jeni. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. I love Jeni's blog. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!

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  43. Thanks for the interview with Jeni, and for a chance to win her pattern.

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  44. What a fabulous interview! I've made Jeni's drawstring bag and would love a chance to win the pattern for the different sizes :)

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  45. I read Jeni's blog too and it was nice reading this interview. Love her bright colors.

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  46. I have been a reader of Jeni's blog for quite a while already and I love the things she writes about. Her blog is a great source of inspiration.
    I really liked the interview. It's always nice to hear things from others with the same addiction to fabric.

    Thanks for the chance to win the pattern!

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  47. I visit Jeni's blog daily to get inspiration. She is very talented and generous with her knowledge.

    Thank you (and Jeni) for the chance to win the Drawstring Bag pattern.

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  48. I have come over from jeni's blog. I liked the interview. It's nice to learn a little bit more about the people behind the blog.

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  49. Great interview. I'm definitely interested in learning more about color.

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  50. I love Jeni's blog! Thanks for the interview and the giveaway :)

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  51. have become a bit of a fan of jeni's these last couple of months since being bitten by the quilting bug. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  52. Came over from Jeni's blog. I never made a bad before, would love the patterns!

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  53. Just something special about those bags...thanks for the giveaway!

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  54. Ryan and Jeni, what a fabulous interview. I really enjoyed reading more about you Jeni and especially enjoyed the pictures of your "craftmosphere". Jeni, I can learn a lot from you in Color theory. I look forward to taking a class from you someday! Ryan, you asked the perfect questions. I look forward to reading your blog as this was the first time I saw it tonight. Thank you both. :)
    My email is: khauglan(at)(yahoo)(dot)com

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  55. Love Jeni's blog for all the reasons you stated. She's amazing and she really loves sharing her talents and knowledge with others. Glad you're back, Ryan.

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  56. Great interview I love her blog thanks for the giveaway.

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  57. Love Jeni's blog !
    Great interview !

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  58. That is a mighty cute drawstring bag. I know Jenni and her famous bunny George.

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  59. Thank you Ryan for your interview woth Jeni! I love her blog and, of course, George! Hildy

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  60. very interesting interview... It left me wanting to know more!! Congrats!

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  61. Loves the bag! Thanks for the review too!

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  62. Great interview! Adorable bunny! The bag pattern looks like a lot of fun to make and love the various sizes. Thanks for having this giveaway.

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  63. Love the bags. And, like Jeni, I also love purple and Pinterest.

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  64. I love Jeni's blog, her projects and photos are always so inspiring. I'd love a chance to win the drawstring bag pattern :)

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  65. I'm a follower of Jeni, and love her projects, finds and George. Kathie L in Allentown

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  66. Omg, I just love Jeni! What a beautiful feature. The combination of you two is epic!

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  67. Glad to see you back and with such a fun feature. Thx.

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  68. I been reading her blog too. Love all her projects.... Very upbeat and encouraging. Thanks for the giveaway

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  69. I have just recently started to quilt after many years, and Jeni's blog is one that gives me inspiration! I can feel her good energy and enthusiasm come right through the computer!

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  70. Thanks for the giveaway. I've been eyeing that bag for a while!

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  71. Love Jen's blog (I've been following her for a while now) and these draw string bags are so cute. One of the best things about her blog is ~ George! he's the cutest!

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  72. Thanks for sharing! I recently found Jeni's blog and love her sense of style and how she ends each post with interesting things. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  73. Great interview. I'm now headed to Jeni's site to check it out. Thanks!

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  74. I was just thinking.....I should really make some shoe bags for traveling, instead of using plastic grocery bags....

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  75. Hi, I came over from Jen's blog. Love her blog, especially George. He's sew sweet. :-)) thanks for the giveaway. Mary

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  76. Thx for the giveaway chance! I'm a big fan of Jeni.

    nicoleg0 at hotmail.com

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  77. The interview makes us know her better....thanks for the giveaway!!

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  78. Great interview. Love the bags, thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

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  79. Thank you for introducing us to Jeni! I loved her bags and I can't wait to make some. I also liked how she stores her fabric in those small plastic containers. I have a bunch of fat quarters and small remnants that I just (neatly) throw on the shelf. Why didn't I ever think of containers???thanks again!

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  80. Thanks for letting me discover Jeni through your site. Too bad there isn't more hours in the day for reading blogs, sewing, oh and of course taking a shower, doing my hair, stuff like that.
    How did we ever live without the internet?
    Sandy
    src419(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  81. I love Jeni's blog, she is quite the inspiration for me.

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  82. I love Jeni and George! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  83. If it helps, it's my b-day tomorrow.
    :)
    Katz.gali(at)gmail.com

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  84. Fun to know more about Jeni! she's so talented! thanks for the chance

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  85. I enjoyed learning more about Jeni. Love the bags!

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  86. A great interview!
    Thank you!

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  87. great to find out more about jeni - been a follower of hers for a longgg time!

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  88. I read Jeni's bog every day. Also made one of her wall hangings.

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  89. I love seeing how she organizes her fabric. Makes me want to rush right up to my guest room and start sorting!

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  90. Beautiful blog and fun bags. Thanks for the chance.

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  91. I love Jeni's drawstring bag pattern! I've been using it to wrap presents. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  92. Glad to see you back and what a great start featuring Jeni!! and of course her cute bunny :)

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  93. I enjoyed the interview and the bags look great!

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  94. How lovely! I follow her blog already and am constantly inspired by it.

    Genevieve
    jenny(at)ykwc(dot)net

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  95. I've got to make one of the bags. I hope to be the lucky winner!
    sylvia
    psjvpy1@verizon.net

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  96. thanks for sharing the interview with Jeni, I'm a follower over on her blog. I've been eying her drawstring bag pattern since she introduced it, so thanks for the chance to win one! :)

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  97. Just found your blog thru Jeni's blog! I really like to see what she us up to and love reading her blog. Hope I win the pattern!

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  98. So happy to see you back Ryan! Thanks for the feature on Jeni. I am sorely lacking in the putting colors together department. Going to check out her blog! Thanks for the chance of winning her pattern.

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  99. I follow Jeni's blog-love the bunny on the bag!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  100. I love your blog, In Color Order!!!
    Thanks, Ryan, for featuring Jeni.

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  101. I enjoy reading Jeni's blog and love the draw string bags.

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  102. Thanks for the chance to win. Teacher appreciation gifts aplenty.

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  103. Loved Jeni since I "met" her in the first qtr of the 3 x 6 Bee two years ago! She is so talented! Enjoyed the interview!

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  104. I would love the opportunity to win this pattern! jeni is a colour inspiration!

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  105. I love her tutorial for these bags, and I'd love to win the pdf for all sizes!

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  106. The bags are super cute and I love George the bunny!

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  107. Love Jeni! It was great finding out more about her on your blog. Love her bags and would be so much fun to make a pile in different sizes. lexilucas@gmail.com

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  108. I love the Premium Saltine tin in her sewing space! I have one of those, too! Cute bags, thanks for the opportunity.

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  109. Jeni's is one of my fav blogs (and of course, George's blog, too!) and I love her series of posts about color. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  110. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful pattern from Jeni!

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  111. I have had my eye on these bags bags as well, sheer genius!! I also love reading Jeni's blog as well which has led me here!!

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  112. I read Jeni's blog and love her bag. Thanks for the give away. fran.daoust@yahoo.com

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  113. Love those bags, need more for my knitting.

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  114. I love Jeni's blog and would love to win (and sew up!) this pattern!!!

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  115. I love these little bags and Jeni's blog, too. And now I've been turned onto a new blog to boot. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  116. Those little bags are really cute! I'd love to have the pattern. Thanks for the chance.

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  117. Love Jeni, love the bags, would love to win!! Thanks for the opportunity...

    Blessings,
    Celia

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  118. I love Jeni's blog. And I love all of her projects that she shares.

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  119. Love the bags and Jenn's blog.

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  120. I would love to try the pattern...my kids need bags for all sorts of things.

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  121. i love Jeni's color posts! it's one of the first few quilt- blogs i started bookmarking. :)

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  122. This is such a great pattern to use for your stash! Thank you and good luck to all!

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  123. Enjoyed the interview with Jeni - I've been a fan of her blog for a while. Been meaning to purchase her drawstring pattern also, so if I don't win will have to get over to her blog and press the button!

    -Beth in AL

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  124. Great post, I love purple and Mendocino too :)

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  125. I have made the free tutorial bag and loved it. My little recipient loves it too. I would like to have size options!

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  126. I love Jeni's blog & I'd love to win the pattern too!

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  127. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! I'm big fans of both of your blogs.

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  128. I love Jeni's blog! I've been meaning to buy the drawstring bag pattern, so how wonderful would it be to win a copy? Thanks for the chance!

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  129. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  130. Such a cute bag! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  131. What a great interview and cute bag! I'd love to win the pattern! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  132. I'd love to be included. I enjoyed the interview and am hopping over to her blog now. Thanks!

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  133. I enjoyed learning more about Jeni. Thanks for the chance to win a pattern of such a cute bag.

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  134. Enjoyed the interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  135. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win the pattern. I love her drawstring bag.

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  137. Thanks for the interview and the chance to win the pattern. I love her drawstring bag.

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  138. Love seeing what cute things Jeni makes next. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  139. In Color Order is one of those blogs I ALWAYS read. Lots of inspiration.

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  140. I've followed Jeni for quite some time, she is great!

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  141. Thanks for the interesting Q&A and the giveaway!

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  142. Thank you for the great inteview and for the giveaway! I love Jeni's bag pattern and her bunny!

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  143. I love this bag! Would be great for those of us that also knit socks to put the yarn in and be mobile while knitting. I have to make one!

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  144. great interview - I love her art of choosing color feature!

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  145. Wonderful interview on both sides, thanks!

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  146. Love the bags and the bunny! My daughter has been wanting a pet and that bunny is so cute. Hmmm. A great new blog to follow for me.

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  147. Love both the bags and the bunny!

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  148. I would love to have a beautiful, organized studio like hers.

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  149. Hi, Jeni - I love your blog and have made a couple of the drawstring bags from your tutorial. They are awesome, and I'd love to have the directions for a ll the other sizes.

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  150. Super-just the challenge I need.
    Her colors are great, so cheerful!
    Thanks

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  151. so fun and fresh! love her style.

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  152. I doubt if this giveaway is still open, but if by some chance it is, I would love to win this! I need some organizational help and these bags are great!

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