Guest Post by Jenny Rinzler about ‘making things’

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*Guest post by Jenny Rinzler

How exciting to be a guest blogger here on bkids. I am Jenny Rinzler, the designer and maker behind This Humble Abode. Since 2006 I have using my little apartment in San Francisco to sew heirloom goods with modern appeal. The project that started this whole company was sewing a very large quilt for a friend who was getting married. I wanted to honor the wonderful tradition of quilting, but have always been more attracted to the bold color and clean lines of modern design. Last year when another friend was getting married, I started making neckties which has been the perfect addition to my product line. Apparently weddings inspire me.

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While city living has many advantages, space is certainly not one of them. I started making baby quilts because I could manage their smaller size in my little workspace. Our dining room table is where I cut out all items, and I have a small table in the corner for my sewing machine. At times it can feel cramped, but working in a small place makes me more considerate about what I buy and how I use the fabric I have.

I like smart design, so most of the items I make create as little waste as possible. Apron ties are intentionally the same width as lovey bindings so I can use spare pieces from one project in another. What I really like about sewing is how it’s all one big word problem; if I want these seams to be invisible, then I have to sew this part on before that part. It’s important to me that what I make is user friendly and beautiful at the same time.

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In addition to making all things This Humble Abode, I work as a nanny for three little sisters. I take handstitching with me to work on during quiet moments when everyone is playing nicely. Actually, I take handstiching with me almost everwhere. I love that it is portable and that I can watch a movie and work at the same time.

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The most satisfying part about what I make is that I get to be part of people’s lives during particularly wonderful moments, a baby being born, the day they are married and so on. Knowing that what I make will be cherished by both the giver and recipient is deeply gratifying.

The most satisfying part about what I make is that I get to be part of people’s lives during particularly wonderful moments, a baby being born, the day they are married and so on. Knowing that what I make will be cherished by both the giver and recipient is deeply gratifying.

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