Monday, July 9, 2018


I've been a freelance editor for over two years now. Well, three years if you count the year I spent training in the amazing and rigorous Editing program at the University of Washington. And well, nearly twenty if you count all the editing and proofreading I did as a project manager and then as a blogger. But I digress. Late last year, I was hired by a fabulous new client: Quiltfolk magazine.

Quiltfolk's mission is to provide a home for American quilt culture. In each quarterly issue of this gorgeous magazine, a team of writers and photographers heads to a new state or region in the United States with the purpose of documenting quilts and the people who make and love them. The magazine is printed on lush paper, with beautifully written (and edited!) articles, breathtaking photography, and no advertisements.

Calling Quiltfolk a magazine is inaccurate -- a massive understatement, really. It is more like a book, something to cherish and collect. And now Quiltfolk also produces quilt patterns -- both vintage and modern. I don't know what's next but I'm thrilled to be part of this team. This work combines all my favorite things: sewing, travel, culture, writing.

Mary Fons is Quiltfolk's editor in chief. If you know quilts, you know the Fons name. Mary and her mother Marianne have breathed, lived, and taught quilting for many years. Working with Mary is a blast and an inspiration. Her fervent love of quilts and writing, along with the amazing stories collected by the team she leads, has lit my creative spark. I've been itching to get back to creative writing and to make quilts lately. So you might see some new posts from me as I dust off my sewing machine.

First, I thought I'd revisit the quilts I've made over the years. It's good to track one's progress and collecting photos in one post will make a good archive for my reference. Maybe you'll enjoy seeing what I've made too! Look for that post and pics soon.

Photographs courtesy of Quiltfolk

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Shop Is Closed


I hope this finds you all well. I've been meaning to make this announcement for oh, over a year. My Jenny Bartoy Handmade business is closed. 

In 2016, I made the move to freelance editing and writing full-time and found I no longer had the time to sew for clients and to run my Etsy shop. I had so much fun making and selling handmade items for five years and I'm grateful to all the friends and customers who supported my business.

My freelance editing business is called Bright Edits. I provide literary and business editing services, ranging from manuscript evaluation to copy editing and proofreading. You can also find me on Twitter at @jbartoy. I'd love to hear from you.

Happy holidays to all! 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Featured on Homespun

What a fun surprise to receive an email from Homespun magazine today, letting me know that my fabric tree artwork is featured in their February 2016 issue!

You may remember that I created this artwork with my son's kindergarten class for their elementary school's auction. Here's the original blog post.

Many thanks to the editors at Homespun magazine, Australia’s leading monthly craft publication, for including my project.

Images courtesy of Homespun magazine

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wristlet Pouches

I am excited about these cute pouches. They are super stylish and feature a removable wrist band to make them easy to carry around. They measure 6 x 9 inches, the perfect size to stash essentials like your phone, make-up and even a small wallet.

My goal with these wristlet pouches was to make them high quality and durable. The zipper is metal. The outside fabric is canvas, with a dash of natural linen. The inside is lined with a modern cotton, and the whole thing is interfaced. They feel sturdy.

They are priced at $34 which makes them a perfect holiday gift for sisters, teachers, best friends and yourself!

These wristlet pouches will be available at the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House on November 21-22 in Seattle. I will list whatever is left on Etsy after that weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House 2015

Hello friends!

I will be participating in the Holiday Arts + Crafts Open House in Seattle again this year. The event is 2 days long: Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22. Save the date and come on by! Entry is free and you can enjoy live music, as well as drinks and treats, while you browse the wonderful selection of unique handmade items.

I've been busy at the sewing machine, cranking out customer favorites like fabric buckets and pot holders and creating new designs like long table runners, tote bags and stylish diapers-and-wipes clutches. I can't wait to show you all! (And for those of you far from Seattle, I'll be listing all my leftover stock on Etsy after that weekend, with still plenty of time for holiday shopping.)

Here is the postcard for the event so you can see the details and the vendor line-up. The Holiday Open House is exquisitely curated and I for one can't wait to shop!! You are sure to find special handmade gifts for your loved ones --or yourself.

See you then!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Fat Quarters: Book Review and Giveaway!

I designed and wrote two projects for the book Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas. This new title is published by Lark Crafts and comes out on March 17, tomorrow!

I'm excited to share a little bit about the book and my projects with you today. Bonus: Lark Crafts has offered one copy to give away to a lucky reader! So read through the post for your chance to win this book.

Fat Quarters is a lovely collection of simple projects featuring small cuts of fabric (called fat quarters, for you sewing novices). You'll find patterns for home wares, toys, accessories, quilts and more, organized in sections. There is a nice refresher section at the beginning which provides an overview of techniques, and a template section at the end.

I embraced the challenge of working with fat quarters and tried to maximize the results for the small investment in fabric. In the pattern for Circle Hot Pot Pads, I provide two variations for making these round pot holders. Each version uses just two fat quarters. You can make a coordinating pair of hot pads (blue), or two identical ones (red).

Circle Hot Pot Pads by Jenny Bartoy

I loved creating the Fabric Baskets project. With just three fat quarters, you can create a set of two coordinating nesting baskets, perfect for knick knacks or bathroom basics. These would make a great baby gift to use in the nursery for diapers and baby lotion.

Fabric Baskets by Jenny Bartoy

I don't think I'll ever get over the joy of seeing my name in print. I'm a little giddy.

Fat Quarters is full of creative ideas from a variety of prolific and talented designers. I loved seeing familiar names like Maureen Cracknell and Shannon Cook in the book. (Please excuse the craptacular quality of these photos -- it is pouring rain here in the Puget Sound, and there is no satisfying amount of daylight to be found!)

Sewing Caddy by Maureen Cracknell

Cool Tablet Case by Shannon Cook

Projects vary in difficulty from beginner to intermediate. There are some fun and more complex patchwork projects in the book, including a few favorites of mine pictured below. I might have to try these out!

Striped Stripes Pillow by Malka Dubrawsky

Cross Roads Lap Quilt

With 50 patterns amongst its pages, Fat Quarters is a solid collection of projects in a contemporary style, that would make a great gift for a beginning sewist and a nice addition to any craft library. Who wouldn't like to make a dent in their stash of fat quarters?


Lark Crafts is giving away one copy of Fat Quarters to a lucky reader!

** How to enter **

  • Please leave a comment on this blog post. If you need inspiration, tell me about a favorite project you've sewn with fat quarters. (One entry per person, please.)
  • Make sure to include an email address if it's not included in your Blogger profile.
  • This giveaway is open until Sunday, March 22 at 8PM PST, at which point I will choose a random winner and will contact them by email.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Apologies to my international friends.
  • $19.95 value. Void where prohibited

Good luck!

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. The winner is Jennet, congratulations! Look for an email from me shortly.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Weighted Items for Calm and Focus

My 7-year-old attends a fabulous elementary school in Seattle. Queen Anne Elementary follows a Creative Curriculum and embraces Social Emotional Learning as an essential part of kids' education.

A few months ago, I was approached by QAE's Social Emotional Learning Committee to create weighted items for use in the classroom. The pressure of these heavy bags is very soothing for anyone with sensory struggles, stress and anxiety, or simply a case of the wiggles.

I made a variety of weighted lap bags and weighted shoulder pads for use by the kiddos as tools for calm and focus. You can see a few examples in the picture above, in our school colors of purple and orange. You can read more details on the school's SEL blog here: "Tools for Calm and Focus"

I'd be happy to take custom requests for these. I think they belong in every home. Both my kids and I have enjoyed trying these out while I was working on them. They feel great!

These weighted items consist of an heavy-duty cotton insert filled with rice (3-6 lbs, depending on size) and double-stitched all around, inserted into a cover made from either muslin (100% cotton), flannel (100% cotton), or polar fleece (100% polyester). The cover is removable and washable, with a Velcro opening.

If you're interested in a custom weighted lap or shoulder bag, please contact me at jennybartoy {AT} gmail {DOT} com.

Photos by Meg Ferris