About Jenny

I love reading, quilting, raising my kids, and selling real estate.

To My Bernina 230 PE

Dear Bernie,

I just want you to know how much happiness you have brought into my life since we have been together. Your suave methods are not lost on me, and I am deeply grateful for your steadfast and hard-working nature. Thank you for your constant smooth tension, which never fails to relieve mine.

I notice that my daughter Grace and you have become close lately, but I hope you will remember that we were friends first, so I have loved you longer.

Sometimes I really push your buttons, but you are always good to me. I look forward to many more happy hours with you.

Happy Anniversary!

Love, Jen
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Anniversary selfie

Quick Half Square Rectangle Quilt

I made this quilt for my sister for Christmas. I was shopping for kid cousin Christmas presents on Black Friday, and I saw this cute fat quarter pack, and it reminded me of her.  I had already got her something else for Christmas, so there was no pressure that it had to be done in time.

Still, when I got it home it kept calling me from the sewing room. “I’m here! Come and play with me, please.” So I did. I didn’t make a great plan, so it came out a little disorganized, but my sister is pregnant with her fourth baby. I’m confident that at this point she can handle a bit of disorder.

This may have been one of the fastest quilts I’ve ever finished. I had a little break from work, and it was complete in a week. I think I should do that more often, because it was so satisfying!

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Christmas Gift Idea

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I made this oversized hot pad tonight. I started it last year, and paper pieced the star from a pattern at the awesome Wombat Quilts.  A couple of things I wanted to note:

1. I have given quite a few oversized hot pads as Christmas gifts, and they have generally been very well received. I like to give them because I am hard on hot pads, because I love to cook. This means I could probably get a new hot pad every year and not complain. These are the kind of gift I love to give because they are useful and beautiful at the same time.

2. I made the binding on the bias. I typically don’t do bias binding unless I am going around curves, and I usually cut binding 2 1/4” prior to ironing it. I cut this binding the same, and later wished I had cut it 2 1/2, because it was a pretty tight squeeze getting that wrapped around all the layers of batting in that hot pad (I put 3 layers of scrapped 80/20 I had lying around.)

I hope the recipient likes it, but I can’t tell who it is until after Christmas.

Santa’s Workshop Show n Tell

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I am so excited to have finished this quilt. I have been working on it for quite a few years. I can’t even remember how many at this point. I instantly fell in love with these panels when I went to my local quilt shop and bought the big one and the little squares.

I decided to make it a window quilt after seeing some cute ones done with panels at quilt guild. It’s a long story, and I posted a video about it on my youtube channel, but here are a couple of photos of the things that kept me stumped. It’s funny how it turned out that just a few simple fill in blocks finished it up nicely.

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I got the whole quilt finished and bound, and then realized that I hadn’t quilted in one tree, and I had quilted the other one, so I had to re-load it on my long arm  machine for five little triangles. Oh well, it was completely worth it. I’m so happy it’s complete. Merry Christmas!

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Now Jenny Sews on Youtube!

Hey friends,

With the re-launch of my quilting services, I decided to make a few videos. So far I have a binding tutorial, and one about how to get your quilt ready for the long arm machine.  I have got a couple up, and a few more on the way. Have a look, and if you have any feedback or something you would like to see, or a question I can try to answer I would love it!

Jenny Sews on Youtube