Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It's been quiet around here lately and I am entering the Christmas home stretch feeling like things are under control. Packing frenzy for the move to our new house in mid-January has begun, and with that, my sewing room is mostly packed up. Maybe I can share pics of the new space as we get settled...I'm thinking there won't be too much making going on!
From both Sara and I, thanks for reading, and all our best wishes for a peaceful Christmas and a fantastic 2011.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
- an assortment of fabric covered button, vintage button and cabochon hair pins
- doll quilts
- scallop christmas garlands
- quilted mug rugs
- a few patchwork ornaments left from last year's saleedible treats: candied curried pecans, chocolate almond butter crunch, peanut butter and chocolate assorted goodies, caramel cream sandwich cookies, and ambrosia macaroons.
- paper and fabric gift tags
Nadia from Red Sonja Designs did my labels again this year and they looked fantastic. She is so talented. Buy her photo lamps! They're beautiful!! Or if you're in the market for graphic design, she's your gal. End plug.
We started the sale an hour earlier this year, and the traffic steady from the getgo. I can't believe how many people came through. We didn't pay for advertising this year, beyond having posters and postcards (designed by Nadia) printed up. We relied on social media, in large part, to get the word out. I can tell that Ottawa is hungry for handmade goods as most sellers seemed to be happy with their sales.
I packaged my edible goodies in clear bags this year, as another food vendor instructed me to do last year. It made a huge difference and I sold/bartered nearly 60 bags of goodies. My hair pins almost sold out, so those will be repeated next year. I think some clever packacing on the garlands would help folks figure out what they were: even though we had strung some up on the wall and on the front of the table, lots of people asked 'what are these??'.
Here are a few pics from the day; even one of me to start them off!
Are any of you participating in or organizing craft shows this year? I'd love to compare experiences!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
It was an interesting block to see come together and will be a gorgeous quilt once it's all finished. Thanks for the challenge, Sarah!
Friday, November 12, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I'll be selling a hodgepodge mix of doll quilts, mug rugs, fabric garlands, gift tags, hair pins, candy, and cookies. Something for everyone!
My friend Nadia took this photo of three of my little doll quilts. These are made up from leftover blocks from a baby blanket I've working on. Sara was here last week and bound them all for me. She makes her binding differently than me, and RIPS the fabric and MACHINE BINDS. Her way is much quicker and her mitered corners are so straight! I wish she lived here always so we could sew together often. I would learn so much!
If you live in Ottawa, be sure and swing by the sale, St. Matthew's Hall in the Glebe, Saturday Nov. 13, from 9-5!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Until next time...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
These blocks were finished up a month ago, almost to the day..though I better share them out. And look - almost the end of the month and i've (gulp!) not started my September blocks. Maybe this weekend!
Life has been hectic around here, as it has been for Sara. I'm still working on stuff (a baby quilt from the FatQuarterly quiltalong), things for the craft show...hopefully something to show soon.
How do you make time for sewing? I've been fitting it in a minute here, a minute there, but haven't had a good stint in a long while. with working out twice a week, yoga once a week, the craft show to plan, a demanding full-time job and two kids (one of whom requires lunch now!!)...I feel burdened by too many things to do and not enough time.
I miss hanging out in this space and contributing to this community though so I'm going to try and get back here mor often.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
I had been wanting to try my hand at circles of some sort for a while now, so this was just the push I needed. Not sure I'll rush in to my sewing space and start a king size quilt like this, but happy I tried it at least!
This Bee is fun! If you're not already in one, I recommend seeing about getting yourself involved. New fabric and techniques each month for a whole year! What's not to love?
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
I'm still throwing around ideas of what I could make. Last year I went with an assortmet of appliqued baby tees, Christmas ornaments, candy and cookies, pushpins, magnets and hair pins. I also sold some of Sara's lovely things.
The shirts were a hit, I sold some candy and cookies, and the hair pins went over well, as did Sara's crayon rolls.
People asked alot of questions about the buntings, but I didn't sell one, which shocked me, since they were pretty and so well-made. I had whipped up a wicked bad one made of Christmas colours to decorate the front of my table, and several people tried to buy it. This year I decided to see if Christmas garlands will sell...so I whipped up 5 scallopy ones in Christmas fabrics. I figure if they don't sell, my home and office will look great come December.
Way back in the throes of near spring, I stitched up a few doll quilt tops, and I finished them up recently. I figured I'd make up little pillows and coordinating pillowcases and sell a few doll bedding sets. Not sure how many I'll get finished, but two sets done (minus the pillows, which I figure I'll do later in a bunch).
So in addition to these few items and the gift tags I made with Holly, I'm definitely planning on making hair pins again and will make candy, only will package it in see through bags to show off its glistening buttery glow. (I tossed the unsold candy into the freezer and I did end up selling it a few weeks after the sale at a home based craft show...that stuff is like crack - important to give out samples!)
I've got a few other ideas up my sleeve which I'll share as I get moving on them...!
Have you sold things at a craft market before? What kinds of things do you like to buy at a craft sale?
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Anyhoo, secret partner, I hope you enjoy!
PS - I'm not sure if I ever got around to showing what I received in the first round..but ta da...lovely lovely lovely.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Christmas all the way..Inspiration for Savvy Seasonal Swap
Originally uploaded by Kindred Crafters
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I hope to be back in this special space soon!
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
July 1 is Canada's national holiday (Happy 143rd!!), and to celebrate, I dropped off a half dozen red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and red sprinkles to my American friend Steph. She was the first person to sign up, so fitting that she gets the first handmade thing. She is a big lover of cupcakes so I always knew I would make her some.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
It's so hot here it's hard to imagine sewing but I'm going to work on some garlands tonight. More to show later this week!
Friday, June 11, 2010
I focused on this colourway but not entirely.
Honestly, I read that post and imagined myself in two years, pining for a fabric that I could never have .... I pictured a Flea Market Fancy scenario where I would click wistfully on etsy listings like this or this and lament the fact that I just can't justify spending 45$ for a yard. So instead I horde my little scraps and use them in every project I can....
Do you stockpile fabric like I do? Am I being smart or silly...it's just fabric after all!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Arianne wanted a traditional block, 6-8" in size, edged in white, and then bordered in kona coal. She sent me some great fabrics and pointed us into the direction of the Quilter's Cache to find a pattern, and indicated that she really like stars. Have you found this site? What a treasure trove of patterns!
I picked the Indian Star block since I've never made a star and have wanted to try one for a while.
I was supposed to end up with an 8" block, but mine was 7.5", which I attribute to my inability to sew straight. I wonder when I will get better at this, so that i would feel like I could tackle a quilt that had more complicated piecing such as this?
This being said, I'm happy with how my block turned out, as well as the little block I made for Arianne's quilt back. I had made an error in cutting some of my pieces so I decided to use them in a little block rather than waste them. Can you tell I was using every little big of fabric so as to not waste anything?
So far I'm having a lot of fun being part of a bee. Do you take part in a bee, virtual or otherwise?
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
So instead, I'm finding inspiration and making future plans for my sewing life. Things like this are inspiring me lately. What is getting your creative juices flowing?
1. finished and all quilted, 2. original birds on a wire, 3. Urban swap machine cover, 4. Hexagons, 5. Another coin quilt!, 6. nest improv quilted (2)
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
But she needs a name. Ashley's callout ended up in Kaleidoscope's naming. Anyone have a suggestion?? Let's hear 'em!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
After last fall's foibles, you may have thought I had forgotten you, but you've stolen my heart once again.
I will finish you yet and you will keep me warm all summer.
Woops, season may be off but I don't care . . I'm going for it!
Love you forever,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Marianne had some crosses in her inspiration mosaic which inspired me, but I couldn't manage to get them wonky like I'd hoped. How does one achieve the wonky and still meet the required measurements?
I should also mention how much I loved this line of fabrics, especially the green and blue prints I put in the block.
I'm really quite surprised with myself that I have the May block done and in the mail and it's still April! Let's hope I can keep up this keener attitude for the duration of the Bee!
Edited to add: Here is the answer to my question! So much easier than what I put myself through!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
I finished up my first block for the Sew Modern Bee. Marianne set the parameters very broadly - use the fabric that was sent, and she provided a a huge variety of possibilities for blocks.
Marianne liked all of the Quilt along blocks that Elizabeth of Oh Fransson posted on Sew Mama Sew as part of Quilting Month this month, so I took the opportunity to try my hand at a dresden plate.
Hope you like it, Marianne!
It should be on its way to you this week!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Therein lie my first mistake.
I'm not sure if many of you out there have worked with vintage linens much. Sara made a beautiful picnic quilt a while back. My experience was not so beautiful. The materials were all of a different thickness and stretchiness. They were all cotton or cotton blend, so stretch shouldn't have been a factor, but I'm sure some of these things were 30 years old or more! So the back is crookedy as all get out.
So with an assortment of blues, pinks, yellows and green circles of various diameters cut out I decided to take Holly's advice and try spray basting them on to save myself pinning. This did not work! I don't know if it was because my spray baste was on its last legs or what, but I ended up pinning every circle down like crazy. No time was saved, but I mighta cursed a wee bit. (as an aside, for my onesies I used fusible web and that might have been better but I was out).
Does anyone out there have experience with raw edge appliqueing? Is there a better way to have done this? My experience makes me weary to try my hand at a ticker tape quilt. If the quilt is well loved and gets washed a lot, do raw edges not make sense?
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Edited to add - if there is a Candian reader out there (Beth??) who is looking for an All-Canadian Bee, the Great White North Bee has room!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Hope you are all enjoying your Easter weekends. It's a four day weekend here which has been so great. The Easter bunny tapped me on the shoulder while I was sleeping to ask if he could use those easter eggs I made last year to leave a trail for the kids to help them find their easter treats. I agreed; what a smart bunny to think of those little eggs all forgotten in the basement.
That's my story and I am sticking to it. I think next year we'll make a point of putting them out for the Easter bunny to use. I may smell a tradition in the making!
I am working on a quilt that isn't going super well. More of that to come . . .
. . to assuage myself I've signed up for the FQ swap over at Sew Mama Sew. Swap is open until Monday.
Off for a little walk around Hog's Back Falls with the family. Trying to distract M from her easter candy ..I didn't buy very much but the sugar intake has already been quite high this am, topped off with some of my husband's famous crepes for breakfast. Yikes!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
It comes from dave and susi and I just love it! Look at those neat points! Impressive, I tell you. AND it features several of my all-time favourite fabrics . . primrose tile and lotus dots . . yummy!
I will definitely sign up for another doll quilt swap. It was great to work on a small scale piece and so fun to see it arrive in its new home!