Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trees and stars topper

Hello I am back, the week has went so fast once again!  Yesterday I picked up leftovers from the second craft show of the season and it was better than last year, so I am happy about that.  I did have some Holiday table runners left so they will go to the last show in a couple weeks.

I do have a new topper to show you today. Its from a pattern by Suzanne's Art House called Winter Stars(not affiliated, I just liked the pattern).   As I was making it I thought I will probably not do another one as some of the pieces were small.  However, now that it is all done I really like it and will probably do more!!   I think that starching my fabrics first would have helped, I will do that next time.



And wouldn't cha know-I made more snowman runners, LOL   I know you are all shocked that I would do that :D  I bound 8 of them this past weekend, listed 3 on Etsy and sold 2 of them yesterday!!  Good thing I made extra's and I still have 2 more cut out.  


I am really liking using Jodie Robinson's ruler, I have an addition to this design I will try on another border some day.

And more skinnies too!  They are only 14" wide, so that is why I call them skinny as most of my runners are 18" wide.


Same design, different fabrics.  If I had time I would go back and count up the number of snowmen table runners I have made this year-it's a lot!!

Linking with some favorite Tuesday and Wednesday linky parties whose links are on the left side bar.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Gobble it Up 2

I am late in getting my Island Batik October Ambassador project done.  The challenge was to showcase borders and bindings.  For some reason I just kept dragging my feet on this one, not sure why.  But, I just could not settle on what I wanted to make, ideas kept popping in and nothing felt right.

And then this past weekend, I was putting away Halloween decorations and getting out Thanksgiving stuff.  What, I don't have a real Thanksgiving wall hanging for my seasonal corner in the foyer? I used to have one but it was old, and before my longarming days, and I didn't really like it so I got rid of it a few years ago.  Since then I have just used a fall leaf one.  But I needed a real Thanksgiving one.  So, I figured I should combine my need with the need to get the Island Batik project done.  Hmmm, put my thinking cap on and in the meantime I had upgraded to EQ8 and was poking around in there when I saw this cute flying geese border.  Aaaaha! I know what I need to do!!!!!!


Now that is a lot of flying geese and these are tiny-they finish at 1"x2".  Yes you might be thinking I am a little crazy to make that tiny of geese.  But seriously using Island Batik's(which they gave me to use) made this job so easy and accurate  And using my Fons and Porter flying geese ruler made it pretty quick. 




 Aren't these fabrics just perfect for the gobbler?  He is the one from my Gobble It Up pattern on Craftsy.

 Three little prairie points with buttons sewn on to hold them in place add a bit more charm to it.

A little perspective with the dime by the tiny flying geese.  And see how tiny I quilted in there!!

Couldn't resist an outdoor shot with the leaves!

 It finished at 31"x26", a great size for my wall and wooden quilt holder.

Happy November ya all!!!


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Monday, November 6, 2017

Star, geese and a critter

This is the first time I have made this star table topper. Love how it came out, but it sure is big at 36".  The pattern, by Far-Flung Quilts, is also for a tree skirt at 44".  It came together pretty quickly once I set my mind on what fabrics I wanted to use.  I kept the quilting simple to let the star shine through.

When it came time to bind it I found some cute stripe in just the right color in my stash.


I fell behind in getting my October project done for Island Batik, so today I dedicated all afternoon to it.  Making great progress.  Can you guess what these parts will become?  I am hoping to get at the quilting on it tomorrow after finishing up the last border, so check back soon!  The challenge is for Borders and Bindings.

As I was working on the above project, I glanced out the window into the backyard and here was this guy.  When I first saw him he was only 12 feet from the house, right in the corner by the deck.  Then he decided he needed a drink so he moved out 5 feet to the birdbath.  You can still see the deck in the bottom of the picture.



Have a great inspiring week everyone!

Linking with MCM, Monday Making, Move it Forward Monday and Linky Tuesday

Friday, November 3, 2017

Another crazy week

Sewing like a maniac again this week.  I was desperate to whip up more table runners so I could deliver to the show that opened today.  Somehow I pulled a rabbit out of a hat, or maybe I should say 15 rabbits!  Yes indeed, I managed to deliver to them this morning, 15 runners.  This was done in the last 2 weeks, now some were started before that but needed finishing. I worked my fingers to the bone and I was sick with a nasty cold this week, but I kept plugging away. 



 All of these, except my Gobble It Up runners, were started and in the cabinet waiting to be quilted.  You can find my pattern for the turkey runners in my Craftsy shop.

 It never felt so good to have so many just waiting to be finished up!














But then I had to make more snowmen ones because I had only delivered 3 to them earlier.  So I whipped up a pair of my 3 Snow Dudes from scratch.  This is one of my patterns in my Craftsy shop(link on the right side bar).

And a few more of these new little guys.  I found some red and white stripe that I thought I would try instead of making the checkerboard-it sold while I was still at the craft show this morning!

Then I came home and crashed and basically did nothing for the rest of the day!!  Tomorrow I will be back at it, prepping for the 4th and final show in 4 weeks.  The time sure does fly:)

Now you know why I have been so quiet the last few weeks.

Linking to Sarah, Myra and Amanda.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Squirrel moment-errr I mean snowman moment!!

Do you ever get an idea and ya just can't let go?  Silly question, I know you do 😁.  Well I had one of those moments this weekend.  Enter more snowman table runners!  Yep I could just see them in my mind and I had to hurry up and get into the sewing room and get out the gray, red and whites that I knew would be perfect for them.  Cut, cut, sew, sew, draw, draw, a little more sewing, and by Sunday night I had 4 of these guys all pieced.  Two of each style were ready to jump onto the quilting frame bright and early Monday morning.


 I stenciled the snowflakes using Tsukineko ink before quilting it.  


A little custom quilting.  I also stitched the hats and noses on with my longarm.  

Here is the other version of this runner.

I think he is adorable and should be a good seller also.  There is one of each in my Etsy shop now.


I had put on one long backing and when I got done with these 4 there was enough for one more runner.  Run down to the sewing room and finish piecing a different snowman runner.  I know you have seen me do several of these but they are selling really well.  Three of them on Etsy in a week!!  The other ones all sold out at the shows so I have to make even more soon:0   This is one of my patterns you can find in my Craftsy shop.

Hope you all are having a very productive week, I am off to a good start and hope to maintain the pace.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

First craft show done, second one beginning!

So many of you commented on my post showing the pictures of the craft show I was doing last week.  I thought I would update you as it finished on Saturday night and we could pick up the leftovers then.  One never knows what to expect from the shows, in 2012 it was an awesome, spectacular show for me.  But the following years it has went down, however I am happy to report I made more than last year.  The amount of table runners that sold was wonderful, although I wish more of the wall hangings would have went.  It's a win win when you sell-good for the wallet but bad for the next show inventory!!  



Yesterday I dropped off at the next show which starts tomorrow(Thursday) and goes for 4 long weekends, meaningThursdays thru Sundays.  This show is at Kenyon Mn, if you are in the area you should check it out!  This show is also set up boutique style.  She has lots of different vendors then the last show, so that mean different types of crafts.  

In order to avoid paying a registration fee we could make a scarecrow to display in their yard.  People who come to the show can vote on the one they like best.  There is a big variety of scarecrows and yard ornaments.  My DH volunteered to make mine this year.  We didn't need anything fancy so plain and simple it was.  I painted the head after seeing an idea on Pinterest. 

I cleaned the pumpkin, added a layer of Mod Podge to the area where I was painting.  Let it dry, then paint the face and after it dries Mod Podge it again.  I have never done this before and it was a lot of fun!  And DH thought it was pretty darn cute:)




Now today I am inventorying for the 3rd show which I deliver to on Friday.  This one is in Grand Meadow, MN  and is boutique style and boy do they ever do a cute job of displaying! They have 3 big buildings and 2 smaller ones to spread out all the wonderful crafts.  Plus there is always tons of outdoor decorations to buy also.

Can you say crazy busy!!  When I got home from dropping off supply at that show yesterday, I finished wrapping, decorating and tagging 24 candy canes.  

You can hang them on a door knob, stair railing post or on the wall.


















It occurred to me that I never showed you the latest batch of snowmen. Meet Mr. Good Cheer!  I made 14 of him.  They need to go to 2 shows. 





The downside of selling so many runners at the first show, and then having to divide the leftovers in half for the 2 shows that will be on at the same time, is that neither of them get a nice supply.  So that means I need to scramble to get a ton more made, and make another delivery, but it is all good as I love to make them!!  And then I had a couple more sales on Etsy, so I needed to replenish that stock so I took from the shows inventory!! 

Linking with Susan, Sarah, and Sherry.






Friday, October 13, 2017

New baby in the house

And isn't she pretty!!
This is my first ever featherweight machine.  I have been looking off and on for more than 6 months.  Not sure I really wanted/needed one.  Then a month ago I found a facebook group for RV quilters, so I joined.  They are a really chatty bunch of fun ladies and many of them have a featherweight in their campers so I started thinking I needed one.  So watching Ebay for them and a price I was willing to part with.  Friday night Sept 29th brought this one up for ending in a couple hours, so I diligently watched it and no one upped the bid during that time, they had previously had 13 bids.  I never buy things on Ebay so I was a bit nervous and thinking I won't get it etc.  And Bam Pow Holy Cow it's mine!!!!!!!   It came from Delaware, she runs but needs a good cleaning so I won't use her until that is done. She is pretty shiny and the decals are in good condition for her age. She is a Centennial version and born in 1950.

So not knowing anything about them-feel free to educate me please!!!  I joined a couple FB groups on Featherweights and found some good videos online for cleaning and oiling. Yes there is a book and accessories.   This one's case was not in the best condition but for me that wasn't a factor.  The bottom needs replacing and I imagine we can do that no problem. Anyway just had to share;)

It's a finished purchase so joining Sarah and Myra's Friday linky parties.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fun two days working

Friday and Saturday for three hours each I worked at the opening of a craft show I am vending at.  It's the first of the season for me.  It was so much fun meeting people who were buying my quilting, purses and sweaters!

See how I hang a lot of my runners-my DH made me 2 of these runner racks several years ago. It displays them nicely. I just wish all that stuff wasn't in front of them, but people seem to be getting them down when they want to buy them.
 When I first started doing craft shows they were all the sit at your own booth kind.  Now all 4 of the shows I do are boutique style. That means you deliver your products and they set it up, sell it and get a commission.  Then you go back and pick up whatever is left.  So everybody's is all mixed up and set up like a retail store as you can see in the pictures.

This is the first year I have taken my machine knit children sweaters to this show.  I saw some people buying them, which is so fun.  I miss meeting my customers.  But since I work at this show I got to meet a few.  Some shows you don't have to work at, but this one I do as it saves me 10% commission fee.











I always wonder how people actually find my stuff in the sea of all the jam packed items.  But somehow they do!  Now, of course, I wish I had even more product.  Well I did come home yesterday and start another wall hanging for the upcoming show.

One example of how do they find my stuff when it is blended in and kinda hidden by something in front of it was this wall hanging.  Yet someone was buying it yesterday, so that made me super happy.

















Since you all seem to enjoy seeing how I work with the panels, here is what the orginal panel looked like.  I used the center Welcome Fall picture and cut all the border off and to the size I needed.  Then added my own green fabric making the new side borders.  The top and bottom border has a different printed strip from the orginal panel.  Then add in the corner squares to complete the look.  I think this came out to about 24" square, I always forget to measure them!












































Linking with some of the linky parties on my left side bar for Monday and Tuesday.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Let it snow-no no not really!

No I don't really want snow, not for a long time.  But the pattern for this is called Let It Snow by Snuggles Quilts.  I did a different border than the pattern. HST's are faster than flying geese;)  These pictures have a bit of a blueness to them, ignore that, it is really white white fabric.  When taken on a cloudy day that is what happens for me. 


Once he was pieced I did a simple meander in the background, a quick loopy design on the snowman.  Some continuous curve in the HST's and a diagonal piano key in the outer border.  While still on the longarm I stitched down his felt arms, nose and snowflakes.  His mouth is down with the 'hand quilting 'stitch on the sewing machine, with black thread in the bobbin and invisible on top and using a tension of 8 on my machine I get a hand stitch look.  His eyes are buttons.



  
It's never too early to start making your holiday decorations-I do it whenever the mood strikes.  But with doing craft shows I am always out of season anyway!!  

Linking with Sarah and Amanda Jean.