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!