Friday, March 30, 2012
The blocks are now all up on my design wall and ready to be sewn together. The lighting here really doesn't do justice to the colors. They are so much brighter in person, but I can't really move my design wall outside just to get a good picture.
As much as I like my basement sewing studio, I still find myself dreaming about a bright sunlit space like this one. What kind of sewing space to you have? Bright & light above ground, or subterranean like mine?
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I finished piecing the top yesterday, and this morning got the backing fabric seamed up - now it's all pressed and ready to go to the Longarm Quilter. I used batik fabrics. They're my favorite for T-Shirt quilts because they really give the quilt an "artsy", designer look. I like to frame each of the shirt panels in fabric to give them some extra stability besides the interfacing underneath. It's also an attractive way to bring all the blocks up to the same size so the quilt goes together easier.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I meet someone new, and the conversation goes something like this:
She/He: "I love your bags/quilts - Do you have them for sale in a shop somewhere?"
Me: "Yes - I have a shop on Etsy.com called Cotton Cellar."
She/He: "What's Etsy???" (or better yet - ESTY - I think they're confused with the cosmetic giant, Estee Lauder)
If you are one of those people, or you just want to learn more about it, here is an "infographic" (that's a new word for me!) that takes the mystery out of Etsy. I received it via email today from PromotionalCodes.net and while it's a little lengthy, it's done in a graphical format so it's an easy-read.
Etsy is a very large marketplace, so it's really tough for us "newbies" to get started. I've been told it can take several months for a new shop to really get noticed and started selling. I can believe that, because my shop has been open for almost 3 months now and sales are pretty slim. But I'm not complaining - honest! I still believe that if I'm patient, and keep working hard, the sales will come...
So for those of us that are struggling to make our little shops successful, please spread the ETSY word to your friends and family by passing on this infographic.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Leibster award is given by bloggers to exceptional blogs with fewer than 200 followers. For those who decide to accept the award, the Liebster Rules are:
- Post about your win on your blog.
- Link back to the blogger who presented you with the award.
- Copy and paste the award to your blog.
- Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that have less than 200 followers that you think deserve to be recognized.
- Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
So here are my choices of blogs that deserve recognition:
Handmade by Fiona Fiona makes beautiful bags and purses, and we often compare tips and ideas with each other about the patterns we're using. She's also an excellent crocheter (although modest, because she calls herself a beginner, but you'll see that she does gorgeous work if you check out her blog). And her photography skills are amazing as well.
Jean Creates I've just gotten to know Jean since I started blogging recently, and I'm really enjoying her company. She has recently made a long-distance move and it's very interesting to read about how she's adjusting to her new surroundings. She blogs about quilting, book reviews, and even some great recipes. Stop in and say hi to Jean!
One Minnesota Quilter I was attracted to Judy's blog when I saw her header picture - it's a gorgeous heap of fabric yo-yo's in lots of wonderful colors. Sure took my eye! Judy is a very interesting person who sees possibilities for quilt designs in things we all take for granted every day. Check out her "Window Seat" post to see what I mean!
All Decked Out Pat has a great writing style and I always enjoy reading her posts. And we're both grandmothers - what better reason than that to be blogging friends!
Magpie Quilts I just recently discovered Ann's blog and I really like what I see so far. She is currently working on a series of posts called "How To Buy A Quilt". It's very informative, and a great source of information for people that are unfamiliar with the whole quilting process.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
For those of you who don't know me "in person", my husband and I were blessed with two wonderful grandchildren in 2011. A girl first, then a boy four months later. As much as I love my sewing, I have to admit - these babies certainly take center stage!
So this past weekend, my hubby and I took a break from our daily routine and went to visit our grand-daughter and her parents. This little cutie is a year old now (already!) and we enjoyed her immensely. We played games, sang songs, and even had breakfast together this morning while her mommy & daddy were still sleeping. It was so hard to leave, but I'm sure we'll visit again soon. We arrived on Saturday, and on Sunday, the men babysat while my daughter and I went out for the afternoon. Can you guess where we went???
Thursday, March 8, 2012
OK - I'll get back on track...
I made four blocks and each one has a "fussy-cut" word on the top - Peace, Family, Home, Love.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Anyway, first on the list is to finish this new bag - a custom order - I'm in love with the fabric she chose, which really makes this project fun to work on. I love it when a fabric really "talks" to me like this one does. I'm very excited to see how it's going to finish up, and I'm sure my customer will be thrilled with it. The designs look like they were drawn with a Spirograph, and I spent hours playing with one when I was a kid. Happy memories! This bag is made with this pattern - another Two Zip Hipster. (It's afternoon now and I just finished, so here is a picture of the finished bag as well.)
Next on my list is another quilt using my own "Cube Mates" pattern. This is a repeat of the one I made using re-purposed oxford shirts, but this time I'm using this cream fabric with beige words written on it for the rectangles. I've had it in my stash for quite a while and didn't know what to use it for, but this will be perfect. It's from Moda's Simplicity collection that was out a few years ago. It goes well with the pastel shirting colors.