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Designer Tidbits: Dreamin’ Vintage Collection by Jeni Baker

We are welcoming the fresh colors of spring with the Dreamin’ Vintage Collection by Jeni Baker. This collection evokes happiness, creativity and a throwback to the 50s and 60s. Take a look at Jeni’s story and inspiration on this amazing collection!

Q: Tell us a little about the Dreamin’ Vintage Collection.  What was your inspiration?

A: Dreamin’ Vintage is my third fabric collection.  It’s inspired by vintage bed sheets from the 50s and 60s.  I’ve been collecting them for years, and they’ve always been a source of inspirations and happiness for me.  Being able to pay tribute to them through this collection is a dream come true! It’s a very cheerful collection, with sweet floral and retro geometrics in a full rainbow of colors.
Q: What is your design process when beginning a new collection?

A: When I start designing a collection, I spend a lot of time collecting inspiration images. This includes lots of Google searches as well as photo scavenger hunts around town. I love visiting my favorite shops and walking outside to find inspiration.  Then I sit down and start drawing on the computer in black and white. As prints come to life, I add color, and slowly the collection comes together!

Q: What design trends are you currently exploring?

A: I am SO happy to be exploring the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid!  Purple has been my favorite color since I was really little, and I love using purple in my work.  I’m also playing around with black and white, which can have such a retro vibe!

Q: What projects do you hope to see made with Dreamin’Vintage?

A: I think I’m most excited to see (and make!) women’s dresses made from the collection.  That and all kinds of patchwork!  I really want to make a traditional double wedding quilt with the collection, I think it would show off the collection really well!

Q: How do you describe your style?

A: My style is somewhere in between modern and traditional.  I love lots of bright, happy color and patterns, especially paired with traditional piecing.  I will never tire of simple patchwork, it’s one of my very favorite things! 

Q: What is the biggest sewing faux pas you have ever made?

A: I feel like my biggest sewing faux pas, or sewing secret, is something that I continue to do.  I have never hand-bound a quilt!  I sew all my bindings on by machine, and sometimes I feel a bit bad about it.  I have arthritis, so I have a pretty good excuse, but still!  I should probably hand-bind at least one quilt one of these days!