Sunday, October 21, 2012

Painterly Table Runners

I love custom orders. They never fail to challenge me and push me out of my comfort zone. I usually always learn or discover something.

This past summer, a new client contacted me. Corrie was looking for two large table runners in the style of my Wonky Stripes runners. She needed them to be 2 ft by 8 ft, one for her and one for her mother. After some back and forth about fabric choices, she settled on Laura Gunn's Dogwood Stripe in Olive and Gallery Fiori's Large Poppies in Teal, each to be combined with natural linen. I loved these striking and painterly designs and got to work!


Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners


My mission with this project was to create really large pieces in my really small home studio work space! The finished runners were so big it was difficult to take a proper photo, but they turned out straight and stitched in all the right places, thank goodness.


Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners


Here are some better photos of the runners I sent Corrie in September. I love how they turned out (though I really should have ironed them more carefully before photographing!! Sorry about the wrinkles...)

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners

Jenny Bartoy ~ Handmade Designs: Custom Table Runners


I am available to create custom orders. Simply contact me at jennybartoy AT gmail DOT com with your idea or vision and we'll go from there! I'd love to hear from you.

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Little Sale for Autumn!

The clouds have arrived in Seattle, and it seems as if Fall is here to stay. Brrr. I caved and turned on the heat a couple of days ago. We brought out the winter comforters. The rain jackets and rain boots are back. I've got a hankering for pumpkin pie, anyone else?!

To celebrate Autumn, and make room in my shop for NEW items, I'm having a little sale. From now through Monday 10/16, take 25% OFF anything in my shop on Etsy with the discount code HAPPYOCT. Happy shopping!

Here are a couple of very Fall-ish items you might like:


Autumn Birch Burlap Art




PDF Pattern for Pumpkin Burlap Art




And here's a sneak peek at the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection I've been working on: table runners, pillow covers, coasters, baskets and more, in lovely shades of grey, navy, mustard, aqua, teal and pumpkin.


sneak peek


Monday, October 8, 2012

Over The Summer...

Hello there!

Long time, no blog. I apologize. Summer with two kiddos at home, needing full-time care and entertainment from mama, went by in a flash. The back-to-school ordeal is now behind me as well, with my oldest starting Kindergarten! A month in, we're starting to get into a good groove and I am BACK!

Something exciting happened this summer. I won a contest! Ellen Baker from the wonderful blog The Long Thread designed a fabric collection called Quilt Blocks and enlisted sewists and Etsy shop owners to create handmade items with it. I made 6 modern patchwork pillow covers and 1 table runner with the fabric paired with natural linen, and WON one of the coveted top 3 spots! Thanks again to Ellen for choosing my designs as some of her favorites.

Here is what I made. You can see more details about the items (and purchase them!) by clicking on the photo to get to the listing on Etsy.


Wonky Stripe Table Runner

Wonky Stripe Table Runner by Jenny Bartoy


Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Grey

Flying Geese Pillow Cover by Jenny Bartoy


Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Blue

Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Blue by Jenny Bartoy


Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Yellow

Flying Geese Pillow Cover in Yellow by Jenny Bartoy


Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Blue

Quilted Star Pillow Cover by Jenny Bartoy


Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Pink

Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Pink and Yellow by Jenny Bartoy


Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Grey

Quilted Star Pillow Cover in Grey and Lavender by Jenny Bartoy


I hope you like these creations!

I will be back soon with more recent news, items to hit the shop for Fall and the holiday season, and a SALE!