Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Here is what I am currently working on, Xtra Lucky. It is made with two different blocks... one a 9 block and a snowball block. I ended up quilting it all on diagonals. I felt like the quilt was missing some things so I appliqued some shamrocks in two corners and sewed them on with a blanket stitch. I am really happy how it turned out. I just need to hand sew the binding on and hand stitch it's name, the date and my signature. I will be putting it up on Etsy for sale. Since it is a smaller quilt, just a throw size, I am only going to be asking $75 for it. I should have it up either today or tomorrow for sale on Etsy.
During my trials of selling my quilts other places besides online (flea markets and craft shows), I always had this special quilt I made for my husband, while he was in Iraq, as a table cover to sell my things. It has Celtic letters of our last name across it and shamrocks everywhere. I have had so many comments of how much they loved the quilt that I figured I would do some quilts that have the "Irish" theme and see how it goes.
I have so many ideas in my head of things to make and sell on Etsy. I just think I have to find my niche, my specialty. So far, I have sold one thing, which I was so excited about but nothing since and I am now getting kinda frustrated. I didnt think I would sell my products like hotcakes but I was hoping to do better. I am keeping my spirits up and just going to keep trying new things and seeing how they go, if they sell well, I will keep cranking them out! Just pray that I will have success and I find a product that makes me stand out! I have so much faith this is what I am suppose to be doing but I feel frustrated at times!
Thanks for the support everyone! Take Care and God Bless! T
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Well, here is a special lap quilt I have felt compelled to make for Grandpa Keys. He and his wife are living in Northern Wisconsin and living the dream life.... you know, the kind you think about when you get old, just you and your spouse, no matter what happens, you cant live without eachother. They are both old, Chris is mostly blind and Grandpa is in a wheelchair, unable to speak but they cant be apart from eachother so Chris does her best to take care of Grandpa. She still works on her garden, knitting and doing things outside... I dont know their age but they have to be atleast 70 years old. Now that is some TRUE LOVE, I only pray my husband and I will live that long and be able to be together just the two of us. I got a letter from Chris the other day and she was telling me how Grandpa is doing and how he is always in his wheelchair. The first thing that came to mind is, wow, he must be cold all the time.... anyone that knows it up there knows it is a really cold place to live! So, here is the quilt I want to make him. To me, quilts are much more then just a "blanket" they are special, time consuming, full of thoughts and prayers, blankets of love. The least I could do is make him something to know we love him and are thinking of him, its just a little something! So here is what the block looks like and the other pic is of them put together. I have to put a few boarders on and then quilt it. I am doing two lap quilts, one for Grandpa Keys and another one for Etsy.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
In great regret, Mr. "Whitey" White has past on yesterday. He allowed me to finish my "Loving Kindness" quilt and when I went to put the binding on, I found him there, not able to sew correctly. His final diagnosis was a lock stitch button stuck down, only allowing him to sew in reverse. He was a trusty machine, nothing special, just a $300 special from JoAnn's but him and I went thru alot of projects. He gave me all he could give. Yesterday, I knew he was on his last legs and I prayed "God if he is done, let him go today...." later in the day, when I went back to finish the binding, he was no longer able to go. He is in a much better place now, no longer used as a stepping stool when my 3 year old couldnt reach cookies on the counter, no longer stuck on the floor being kicked and hit. Thank you Whitey for the 3 years of your loyality and dedication! I will forever remember the project we did together and the tips and techniques I have learned with you!
Have a good day everyone, time to go sewing machine hunting!