Sunday, December 27, 2015

Bunny Hoppin

Well 2015 is almost over and 2016 will begin in 5 days. I have never been much for New Years resolutions because I know I won't keep them. But I am setting a goal for 2016. That Goal? Finish at least 10 UFOs. I have 20-30 unfinished projects plus a few quilt kits I haven't started on. I meant to drag the box out today so I could pick 10 to focus on. It didn't happen. Instead I made a bunny. That is why I have a bunch of UFOs I like the creative part the best. 

Here is my process.

First drawing a pattern.

Then cut it out. See anything wrong? I didn't at this point.

Cut out fabric using the paper pattern and a scrap of fabric.
So far so good. 

Now I see it. This doesn't look like a rabbit, the ears are to short. Maybe a fox? Definitely not a rabbit. 

Back to the drawing board, I mean pad.

Much better.

 How about you? Do you make New Year resolutions. 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Valentines Day Prep

It is hard to keep your holidays straight when you craft items to sell on Etsy. Christmas starts in June, Valentines, Passover and Easter in December. 

First up is Valentines Day. 

I had bought two baby quilts at an estate sale that had been well loved, therefore faded and worn. They must have been twin girls because both were the same pink fabric and identical pattern. They were also hand quilted which made them extra special. What to do with them? I am way beyond the having babies age. This is what I came up with:

I liked it so much I cut out another bigger pillow and a smaller pillow from a 10" scrap of heart fabric.

The fabric was left over from a bowl cozy.

I started a table runner for that romantic dinner from a jelly roll and have a couple more ideas before moving on to Easter and Passover.

We have had summer weather, low 80s so my hibiscus has been exploding with flowers.

I wonder what is in store for January, our coldest month? 


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Monday, December 7, 2015

Best Laid Plans

My last post I talked about taking a break from making bowl cozies to make quilts. I had restocked The shop and thought I could spend the weekend finishing a rad quilt and hand quilting on my Cathedral quilt. That didn't happen. 

It must have been the men's day to shop online this weekend because all my sales were from men and you guessed it, for bowl cozies. 

I spent Saturday night cutting out fabric and batting.

Sunday afternoon and evening sewing and pinning for the final two steps to finish today.

I am not complaining, the money sure helps the property tax bill coming due in February. 

Wishing you a stress free and blessed week. 


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Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Month of Hard Work

Wow, I just realized I have not posted for a month. Where has the time gone? I am suppose to be retired but have been chained to my sewing room for a month. 
I have been busy making and selling small quilted items like
Bowl Cozies,

Hot Pads/ Potholders.

and Toilet Tank Toppers/Mini Table Runners.

Most of my items sold on Ebay but a few on Etsy too. 
It still amazes me the number of people who have never heard of Etsy.

The week before Thanksgiving I was down to four bowl cozies so I spent most of my time making those. I am getting low again but I want to make quilts so I plan to go another week without making more. 

I packed all my Christmas fabric away on Thanksgiving morning. I still have a few Christmas Decor Items in the shop and I can also easily pull out the fabric if I get a special order. 

I spent the last few evenings hand quilting my Cathedral Quilt. 

I was afraid I had forgotten how to hand quilt after a month but as my sister said, "When you pick up your needle it will all come back." She was right.

I have about 20+ UFOs I plan to start on soon. I was going to set a goal of one per month but my friend Kathi said that was probably too lofty. So I think I will set the goal of six for the year 2016 and try not to add any more. Some are small projects like table runners so I can always knock those out fast in a pinch. :)

Have a blessed Holiday Season and be safe.


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