I’m continuing getting my backlog of quilts listed on Etsy…
I grew up on the Beatles music and watching the Yellow Submarine movie. Even now, any time I say “PhD”, I say it as a single syllable, “fd” because of this movie. It also is the only reason why I’ve considered getting a PhD. I love the blue meanies and Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD (the brown body + blue face guy in the center of the panel.
VIP / Cranston fabric put out a line based on the Yellow Submarine movie a few years ago and I bought enough for these 2 quilts.
The first, All You Need Is Love is a panel in the center, framed by some of the complimentary fabrics from the line.
The second uses the Yellow Submarine panels, framed by the holes fabric (“there’s a hole in me pocket”) and some of the brighter fabrics for the line.
I finished another 50 cranes. The total is up to 350 (35% of the way there!) and I’m starting to run out of space in my first display case.
I also listed 3 more quilt tops on Etsy. The first is Vice Versa which I have posted about before.
The second top is called Garden Jewels. It’s a strip pattern by the Quilter’s Market in Tucson, AZ. I bought the kit and made this top. Later, I inherited someone’s partially done quilt from the same kit and finished it. With the extra pieces from my and their kits, I made a 3rd, smaller quilt, so I’ve made this quilt 3 times. The 2nd and 3rd tops were donated to a gal who makes quilts to donate to the local hospital.
This top is called Hoopla and is also a Quilter’s Market strip pattern. It is also made from their kit which includes the die cut circles that came with fusible web on them. I blanket-stitched the applique pieces.
I have about a dozen finished quilts sitting in a pile in my living room. They are all ones that I plan to sell (or donate if they don’t sell… they need to leave my house by the end of the year). A friend of mine did a photo shoot with the quilts and sent me the photos. I’ve been starting to go through and list them on Etsy. Here are the first two…
This is one of my 2 bargello quilts. I made this one using just stash fabric (imagine that… not buying new fabric). I love how it came out. After I had cut all of the required strips, I had a small leftover piece which I cut in half and added the little bit onto either end.
My next quilt is a Block of the Week that Swan Amity designed when we were working at Bella Quilts. We were in AZ where summers are 100-115 degrees every day so you just want to stay inside. Every summer we would do some type of “of the week” program to encourage customers to come into the store and give them something to do when they stayed home. For the original pattern, each week was a different fabric. I decided to do a rainbow cascade type effect with mine. We’re going to do something with this pattern, though we need to decide what. I’m pushing for a BOW (Block of the Week) quilt-along.
Stay tuned for many more finished quilts…
After I created my first Twister pattern, Jack, I created a Christmas Tree called Merry Twistmas. This quilt was much larger than Jack, at 55″ x 61″. Joelee had it hanging right inside the store when you walked in, which was really cool. This one also was very popular in the shop. You can’t tell on the white, but there are 12 or 13 different white fabrics used, and multiple greens and reds.
For Valentine’s Day, Love at First Twist was released (and I owe major credit to my friend Sam for naming all of these. I tell him the holiday and pattern, and he gives me its name). For the background, there were 4 colors used (they blend together).
This was the waste from cutting out the twisted pieces. I think it looks pretty cool. I cut out the squares and … did something with them.
Lastly, is Patriot’s Pinwheel. For something different, I did this as a table runner. Usually, I avoid the Civil War Reproduction fabrics. I prefer the brighter and less tiny pattern fabrics. The reds and blues were from a Jo Morton line and they were too pretty to pass up.
A close up:
These 3 plus Jack are all available on my Etsy. My ultimate goal is to design one for every month. I have about half of the designs finished and the other half are ideas already. One of my 2015 goal is to release at least 4 more Twister designs so that will be a Q3 project.
Also, I’m toying with the idea of the double twister. I saw this in a book… you make a regular Twister quilt then cut it up again and resew it again. I made a (small) top once and it looks pretty awesome, but I don’t know if that’s ever going to happen again…
I’ve been sharing quilts and projects in process and all sorts of things… I should actually spend some time on what first sparked my desire to start a pattern design business.
When I was working at the quilt shop, we got in the Lil’ Twister ruler by Country Schoolhouse. For this tool, you start with 5″ squares and the blocks finish about 3.5″. I had just received a charm pack so it seemed like a good way to test out the tool and I made this little quilt. It’s about 21″ x 24″ and was really fun to make.
Then, I found out there’s a Twister tool that uses 10″ squares. Which I, of course, needed, and so I made up using some Asian fabrics from the shop. The quilt finished around 50″ x 60″.
I also found the Primitive Pinwheels and Itty Bitty Pinwheel tools by Keepsake Quilting. And since then the Midi Twister has come out… I have them all and love them.
The way that the tool works is that you sew squares together, lay the tool on top of the seams, and then cut out the blocks. You rotate the blocks, resew them, and the pinwheels appear. (So it’s: cut, sew, cut, sew).
I approached the owner of Bellas and asked to run a class using the Twister ruler with the two quilts above as my class samples. Joelee said (nicely) “why would they want to take this class? There needs to be something extra that they can’t get from the books/tool packaging.” I went home and thought and thought about it and finally started sketching in Excel. I created Twisted Jack. He uses the (regular) Twister tool which uses 5″ squares. Both sessions of the class filled up and when we started selling the pattern, it sold out a few times. Some of my students left off the face and turned him into a regular pumpkin, and used more fall colors than my bolder Halloween colors. I even had one person (*cough* Erin) who refused to cut up the squared version of Jack.
I was even able to use the scraps to create mini-Jack. This quilt uses the Itty Bitty Pinwheel tool and is a pain to make and I always swear it will be the last, but it’s always so darn cute. The pumpkin was part of my office Halloween pumpkin decorating contest.
I currently have Twisted Jack and 3 other patterns (to be described in my next post) for sale on my Etsy.
Taking a posting break from the Stitch-Along …
When I was working at the quilt shop, one of our customers came in with a piece of fleece and some binding ribbon. What they do is to sew the binding ribbon around the edges of the fleece, and boom, baby blanket. It’s the type of blanket that you take to the park and throw on the ground and can be handled more roughly than a baby quilt. It’s also faster than the fringe tie fleece blankets that I sometimes do. I had friends who were having or adopting babies and this seemed like an easy project, so I bought some fleece and got to stitching.
The first is my favorite. It’s for a former student’s daughter. The baby’s room decor is pink zebra stripe. I had so much trouble finding pink zebra stripe… there was lots of regular zebra stripe but no pink. I wandered into a Hancock fabric on a whim and found it on sale! She just had her 2nd baby and I owe them a new blanket.
Next is for my friend’s foster child. Since he didn’t know if it was going to be a girl or boy, I wanted to go as neutral as possible.
Lastly, this one went to my high school friend for her daughter. And who doesn’t like sock monkeys?
I bought about a dozen pieces of fleece from JoAnn’s and found the ribbon wholesale, so my plan is to make a dozen of these and list them on my Etsy site
Edit: Fabric has been gone since 2014. Sorry y’all.
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