Thursday, September 16, 2010

Come meet Jeni - Sewers Interview Series

Sewers Interview Series

Jeni is here for this months Sewers Interview Series. She won the Grand Opening Giveaway and I thought it was the perfect time to get to know her better.

Q: When did you start to sew?

A: I first started to sew around age 11, so I’ve been sewing for 10 years!  For the longest time the only thing I ever made was simple tote bags! The first useable one that I made was for Halloween and made with totally tacky “Boo!” fabric.  I still have it today!  I went for a few years without sewing and then got back into it when I started collecting Blythe Dolls and I began to sew doll dresses.  When I left home for college I dragged along my trusty sewing machine.  I discovered Anna Maria Horner and Amy Karol, and the rest is history!

Q: Did anyone teach you to sew or are you self taught?

A: My Mom has always been crafty and she inspired me to begin sewing.  I loved looking through her fabrics.  She taught me a few things about using the machine and answered a lot of early questions.  For the most part however, I taught myself.  I am not big on following directions, I like to just dive right in and try it.  I ended up learning mostly from trial and error!

Q: What do like to sew?

A: I love to sew bags.  I have more bags than I will ever use.  They are just so practical!  Recently I have been really inspired to sew quilts.   I have been quilting away happily for a little more than a year!  In general I like a good mix of quick and time-consuming projects.  I sometimes get impatient while working on a quilt, so throwing in a small project can help keep me happy! I also love to sew little things for my apartment; bunting, wall hangings, coasters, potholders, etc.

Q: Have ever used patterns? If so do you like patterns?

A: I have used patterns.  I recently used a pattern to make a cute structured purse and am really happy with how it turned out.  In general however, I don’t really like to sew with patterns.  I would rather be given some basic measurements instead.  My least favorite part of the sewing process is cutting and using patterns seems to lengthen that process!

Q: What is your favorite thing to sew?

A: Definitely bags!  I cannot resist them!  When I travel, I have a little bag for everything.  A bag for makeup, toiletries, computer charger, camera, lens… I could go on!  :)

Q: Do you have something that you made that is your all time favorite?

A: My all time favorite thing that I’ve made would have to be my first quilt.  It was a simple patchwork quilt using warm colors.  I didn’t quilt it myself, but I was still so proud of it.  I got the idea in my head that I really wanted to sew a quilt, but I had a lot of doubts.  I just wasn’t sure if I could really do it!  I am so glad that I went for it; it pulled me into the wonderful online quilting world and gave me a lot of confidence in my sewing abilities. 

Q: What is your favorite fabric line/ Designer?

A: Ooh, this is tough!  I have two very favorite designers.  Erin McMorris and Lizzy House.  I am a total child at heart and both of these designers put a touch of whimsy in their collections that I simply cannot resist! 

Q: What are some of your sewing secrets?

A: Don’t sew too late into the night!  I always seem to make silly mistakes as the hour gets later.  Make friends with your iron, good seam pressing really helps makes your projects look professional.  Especially if you’re going to be using patterns, do yourself a favor and do a seam allowance check on your machine!  For years I thought I was sewing ¼” seams, but I was really sewing 3/8” seams.  It’s only a little thing but on a big project it can make a huge difference!

Q: What sewing machine do you have? Do you like it or do you have one that you wish for?

A: I have a Janome Memory Craft 4800.  My Mom bought it years ago and I love it!  I have put a lot of miles on it and it has served me well.  Despite the fact that it hasn’t been serviced in 10 years (eek!) I’ve never had any problems with it! 

Thanks so much Jeni for sharing all your sewing thoughts with us! Stayed tuned for next months installment to learn about another great sewist!


Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

What a fun idea! I agree with Jeni - a mix of quick and time-consuming projects definitely agrees with me too!

The Four on Board said...

i absolutely LOVE her sewing area!!!! if only huh darc???

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Jeni Baker said...

Thanks for having me! It was fun to really think about how I got started sewing :)

Erin @ Two More Seconds said...

that Jeni girl is so super cute! ;] great interview!

Anonymous said...

Jeni is pretty much the sweetest most adorable gal EVER. Her flickr & blog are so inspiring


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