Friday, December 28, 2018

2018 touching base

2018 is nearly done... and I am trying to figure out where the last 12 months went? What a busy year it has been. I virtually stopped blogging and posted only on Instagram this year. 
I am going to try to pop on here a bit more in 2019. 
That's Squeak she loved the Christmas tree this year. 

If you haven't been following along on Instagram, I have still been making and creating.
This is a recent make: A pincushion from the new book by Carrie Nelson Pin Pals.

All the making this year has inspired me to stick around the quilting world and continue to create. 
My patterns are available in the links here on my blog. 
Some for free and some for sale on etsy and craftsy.
Speaking of etsy and craftsy, craftsy has decided to revamp it's pattern site. 
My patterns or most of them will stay but for now they are available on etsy
 They are all 25% off this week plus a bunch of other soft, lovely fabrics - no coupon needed.

Friday, October 27, 2017

HUGE discount at Spun Sugar on etsy

Just a reminder 95% of my stock in Spun Sugar on etsy is 50% off without a coupon until 10/30/17.

After 10/30/17 the discount will increase to 55-60% off. Please shop early to get the best selection. There are a TON of great fabrics available....some are less then 2-3 months old.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Table runner Bliss Sew Along - Liberty

Tablerunner Bliss is by Sherri Falls of This and That Pattern Company and features 20 gorgeous tablerunners for a stylish home. Every time you gather around the table with your friends and family, treat each occasion with a stylish tablerunner!

The Fat Quarter shop quilt along features 20 tablerunners in the Tablerunner Bliss Book broken down into 10 weeks, 2 table runners per week.
I chose the Liberty table runner.

Using Minick and Simpson Cottonworks woven prints from Moda,
I twisted Sherri's original idea and turned it into a primitive style patriotic table runner.

To keep with the theme, I used Valdani size 12 pearl cotton for big stitch quilting.

I did modify the pattern a little bit and take off the outer border so it would fit on my table.
That is what is great about Sherri's patterns, change the fabric, change the whole look. Plus you can modify some of the projects to fit your home d├ęcor and still end up with a fabulous table runner.

If you are just jumping in to the Table Runner Bliss quilt along, here is the list of bloggers participating.

Table Runner Bliss Schedule

Tuesday, 9/5 – Anorina (Samelia’s Mum) and Pam (Pam Kitty Morning)

Tuesday, 9/12 – Sinta (Pink Pincushion)

Tuesday, 9/19 – Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts) and Connie (Freemotion by the River)

Tuesday 9/26 – Amanda (Jedi Craft Girl) and Jennie (Clover and Violet)

Tuesday 10/3 – Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff) and Sherri (A Quilting Life)

Tuesday 10/10 – Sinta (Pink Pincushion) and Lisa (In the Boon Docks)

Tuesday 10/17 – Vickie (Spun Sugar Quilts) and Susan (yardgrl60 on Instagram)

Tuesday 10/24 – Taunja (Carried Away Quilting) and Lorna (Sew Fresh Quilts)

Tuesday 10/31 – Greg (Grey Dogwood Studio) and Melanie (A Bit of Scrap Stuff)

Tuesday 11/7 – Melisssa (Happy Quilting) and Kim (Persimon Dreams)

Hope you enjoy my version and it gives you inspiration for your own table runner!

p.s. My etsy shop is now up to 50% off  no coupon required.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Bella Skill builder block 9 Lazy Angle!

It's month 9 of the Bella Skill Builder block sew along with the Fat Quarter Shop!
The last month of making blocks and we'll be on to sewing the quilt top together.
I will tell you, I was pleasantly surprised how well these blocks went together.

The Lazy Angle blocks look intimidating for sure.
The Lazy Angle ruler by Creative Grids makes cutting the pieces a snap.
And the pieces matched up perfectly for me.

As with other months, the Fat Quarter Shop has done a video demonstrating
how to use the Lazy Angle.

Since I am closing my etsy shop and orders have been trickling in steadily...
sewing has been minimum.
So I am finishing these blocks kind of late in the evening and didn't get a picture of all the completed blocks for you.

You'll have to wait until I sew the top together to see how they fit in ;)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Closing time....

Yes, it's closing time.
I will be closing my etsy store by the end of this year.
First, I'd like to thank all my loyal Etsy customers.
I couldn't have my business without you!
This subject has been weighing on my mind for a long while now.
I have literally been hem hawing around about how much time
and effort I want to put into my quilting business.
I love fabric.

I love sharing that joy with others.
I love making - A LOT.

Buying, receiving, cutting, packing and shipping takes a huge amount of time.
So much time that I am just not sewing my projects the speed I want to.
I have 24 quilts that need bindng.
76 flimsy tops that need quilting and binding.
Designing new quilts was completely halted due to lack of time.
I love to cross stitch as well and I just can't seem to find the time lately.
I must admit that I have been working my 'day' job more but that is intermittent.
I'm heading into the weeks of less day job responsibilities.
I've decided to take advantage of that down time to totally focus on getting my stock in my shop reduced to as little as possible.
I really want my 'space' back.
I'm still going to be blogging...hopefully more!
I will be on Instagram of course...showing all the makes that I make.
I hope you can understand.
I hope you can help me move this fabric out of my studio!

I have some brand new Atsuko Matsuyama Yuwa fabric coming this week...
maybe today.
It was order months ago and I am letting it arrive.
There will be more fabric arriving this month and I won't stop it.
I made a commitment to those companies to buy and I will.
Some future orders I will have to cancel :(

To be fair to other shops also just getting new Yuwa, it will not be discounted at this time.

9/29/17-10/10/17 most items up to 40% off
10/13/17-10/28/17 most if not all :) items up to 50% off
10/29/17-11/15/17 most if not all items up to 60% off
At that point in November I will see what inventory remains.  With holidays coming and time commitments elsewhere, I will have to determine the discount and when I can list the items - if at all.

ALL fabric cuts will be half yard or yard and can be cut continuous IF yardage is available.
Fat quarters currently cut will be discounted but I won't be cutting additional individual fat quarters.
I want to repeat...
I will not be cutting additional fat quarters or
taking custom requests at the discounted price.
I just do not have time for that.

I may start to just cut random low volume or rainbow bundles as the bolts reduce.
I will try to refund shipping overcharges as much as possible.

As I said, I am still quilting, making, blogging and Instagraming...
and I hope this will help me be able to do even more of that in the future.
Thank you for understanding.