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Goodie Box from Massdrop!

About 6 months ago, I was introduced to Massdrop.com. The idea is that the site approaches vendors to buy items in bulk quantities, thus getting wholesale pricing, and is able to pass on the wholesale pricing to the customer without us needing to buy in bulk. They have various categories – audio, hobby, keyboards – but the one that I care about is quilting. I’ve purchased a few things through them and was really happy with the service and products. I’ve been trying not to spend but I do check in daily and follow the discussion boards and participate where I can. Right before I left for my trip, a gal at Massdrop contacted me and said they wanted to send me a goodie box as a thank you!

My box was waiting for me when I got home from Asia and I squee’d for a few of the items.

Massdrop Andover Chambray fat quarter fat quarters FQ homespun weave woven fabric two tone cotton Bluegrass Currency Garden Gourd Majesty Marigold Mystique Ocean Plum Raspberry Tailor Turquoise gold silver thread metallic Chalice Jazz Midnight Sable Violet Whitegold fusible web fusible interface wonder-web lutradur EZ-steam Steam-a-seam Fuse-N-Shape Pellon Quilters Dream Cotton twin Batting batt glow in the dark thread photo transfer printer paper Michael Miller Cotton Couture color card swatch solid Kona Cottons Aurifil thread cone Mako 50 wt 100% cotton quilting piecing thread polyester Connecting Threads Gutterman Mettler sewing

First off, was the Andover Chambray fat quarter pack that I had been on the fence about ordering (but ultimately decided against). They’re homespun fabrics where they’re made by weaving fabric threads together, rather than printing on dyeing fabric. They tend to ravel a bit more because they’re less tightly woven. What’s also cool is that there’s no front or back to the fabric. A few of them even have gold threads woven in!

Massdrop Andover Chambray fat quarter fat quarters FQ homespun weave woven fabric two tone cotton Bluegrass Currency Garden Gourd Majesty Marigold Mystique Ocean Plum Raspberry Tailor Turquoise gold silver thread metallic Chalice Jazz Midnight Sable Violet Whitegold

The next item that made me squee was two cones of thread. I was running low on my black and white threads, so this was perfect. Upon closer examination, I saw that this is Aurifil thread and about fainted. Aurifil is one of the highest quality quilt fabrics on the market, wonderful to work with, and costs quite a bit more than the cheap stuff. I use the cheaper-but-still-100%-cotton threads since money’s always a little tight so this was like Christmas. These cones would cost $40-50 retail, each. Woohoo!

Massdrop Aurifil thread cone Mako 50 wt 100% cotton quilting piecing thread polyester Connecting Threads Gutterman Mettler sewing

I also got a color card for the Michael Miller Cotton Couture line. When you open up a color card, it has a little swatch of every color in the line. It helps give you an accurate idea of what the colors look like when shopping and is kind of yummy to look at.

There were also a bunch of fusible products, printer fabric, glow in the dark thread, and cotton Twin batting. All of which I “need” for upcoming projects.

Massdrop fusible web fusible interface wonder-web lutradur EZ-steam Steam-a-seam Fuse-N-Shape Pellon Quilters Dream Cotton twin Batting batt glow in the dark thread photo transfer printer paper

I’m so excited to start playing with my new toys. I feel very spoiled and love. Thank you Massdrop!!

Busy month!

Hi all! I’m still here! Life’s been crazy… between work, getting back into an exercise routine, and preparing for my trip to Asia in 2 weeks, I have not had much time for quilting or blogging. I will try to post a few things before I go, but for sure, I will be back in mid/late-March. I have some exciting projects in the queue: wedding signature quilt, Star Gazing BOM in conjunction with Swan Amity Studios, and finishing 10 Shades. I also will be moving forward with more quilt patterns on etsy. Lots of exciting things coming in 30-45 days! See you soon

Meet Gregorio Gorram III

The name for my shop, Gorram Quilts, comes from the television show Firefly. In it, they curse by saying “Gorram”, one of those “use a word that sounds close to what you mean but it’s not actually a curse word so take that censors” things.

As I’m getting more serious about selling my patterns and working on the website, I want to brand myself more. One of the things that I wanted was a gorram. I contacted a friend who does graphic design and asked him if he was up for the challenge. I didn’t know what I wanted (“ummmm… something like… you know … but not too… you know?”) and followed that up with a bunch of examples in the ballpark of what I wanted. Travis did a wonderful job of coming up with a first draft which helped me figure out specifically what I did want, and it only took us 3 drafts to come up with this guy. He still needs some tweaks – those aren’t the final browns, but that’s an evening with wine as I go color by color task and no reason to make Travis deal with that. I also want to tweak the look of the shop name but I’m not sure exactly how yet.

For any non-quilters, what he’s holding is a rotary cutter which is used to cut fabric, or the “G” in the shop name in his case.

His current name is Gregorio Gorram III but that may change. Also, when I hit my first $100,000 in sales, I’m getting plushies made 😀

Gorram Quilts logo monster Gregorio Gorram III whimsical where the wild things are rotary cutter shop logo mascot plushie

Merry Christmas

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading my blog and wish you a happy and healthy Christmas and New Years (and anything else you celebrate).

Fabric hoarder

I am a fabric hoarder…

Back in 2011, Kaufman fabrics released a line of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I LOVE the Grinch, I own the behind-the-scenes DVD, I have multiple ornaments on my tree, have plushies, etc, so I HAD to buy the fabric. I bought the fabric to make the quilt that Kaufman provided the free pattern to. Then I found a pattern in a magazine I HAD to make – buy more fabric. Ooh, and here’s another one – more fabric. I bought enough fabric for 3 quilts. Fast forward 3 years, I (of course) haven’t made a dang thing with the fabric. And now that I’m working through old projects before starting new ones, I pulled the fabric out, I found the patterns (miracle)… And I realized I have no desire to make any of the 3 quilts any more. I thought about designing my own quilts or doing something with the fabric but I realized I don’t want to do anything with it. I ended up listing it all on etsy and hoping someone will buy it and make it go away. But I’m just shaking my head all night and into today that I HAD to have this fabric, schlepped it around for 3 years, and don’t want it. I have 4 lines of Wizard of Oz fabric (for 4 quilts) that once I find it all, will have the same etsy fate. Same thing, HAD to have, don’t actually want.

Sometimes it feels like I’m a fabric collector, not a quilter :-/

How the Grinch Stole Christmas fabric Kaufman fabric hoarder collector etsy sell

Recreating Tetris art

At GeekGirlCon last week, I fell in love with this picture from Katie Clark Art. Every time I walk by this picture in my living room, I start giggling. When I spoke with Katie, she was saying that she didn’t think the Shy Guys would play Tetris correctly.

Katie Clark Shy Guy Tetris print

Well, I happened to have a Tetris quilt board just about finished and I have enough yoshi plushies to start a small army, so it seemed appropriate to recreate this picture. So here’s what I came up with.

Tetris quilt yoshi fight shy guy Katie Clark Art painting brawl Nintendo Mario video games

Holiday crunch time

Right now, besides freaking out about how to finish the Tetris quilt in time to get it to the quilter, I’m also worrying about how to finish holiday gifts. I have about 10 quilts that I want to have finished by mid-November to mail home for when I’m there for Thanksgiving (rather than schelping them on the plane). And it’s usually around this time of year that I get freaked out about how to get all of my gifts done in time. So, here is how I make my holiday gifts:

Feb-Mar: “I am not ready to start thinking about the holidays”
Apr-May: “I should probably start on gifts but I have tons of time”
Jun-Aug: “Okay, I really am going to start on gifts soon”
Sept-Oct: “Crap! I have so much to do. How is it the holidays already??”
Nov-Dec: Furious crafting
Jan: “Never doing that again… I’m going to start on gifts next month”

(Repeat)