Last Friday several ladies from my mom’s group came to my house for a trunk show. Several of the women recently started quilting & had heard I was a quilter & were very interested in seeing my work. So 5 ladies, 7 babies & many cups of tea filled our living room that beautiful morning!
I gathered most of my quilts from various places in the house (closets, quilt racks, boxes, backs of chairs, beds, & cribs) & chose my “favorite” quilts I wanted to chat about.
I knew in planning my talk that I wanted to share more than just the stats about the quilt. I mean, there’s so much more to a quilt than what fabric I used, what pattern I chose & how I quilted it. I wanted to share my story through the quilts & my thoughts on quilting as a hobby or vocation.
It was a wonderful experience to share from my first to my most recent quilt & be able to talk about who I was at the time I made it.
Because, when we create we are invited to learn a new piece about ourselves. And when we continue to create, we are able to remember who we are.
I could go on & on about last line, in fact, I think I will in a bit (I hear Teapot waking up….)
I didn’t get any pics of the trunk show, but after everyone left there was a heap of quilts in the middle of the living room & Teapot took to climbing & hugging the pile. Or actually this pic might have been after all the playing when she was tired (but not too tired to actually nap!)
This is another quilt I longarmed for Quilts from the Bluffs. Isn’t it the most darling little quilt?
I love the design & balance of this quilt.
The 9-patches are bold & distinctively stand out in the quilt. And by adding in the skinny teal inner border they gave the quilt a nice “pop”. Now your eye isn’t getting bored with looking at pink & brown.
The complementary print fabric adds texture and subtlety- see how it appears to hang out in the background & doesn’t overpower the 9-patches? This is a great use of a print fabric!
Then the added brown cornerstones in the outside border then create a sense of continuity.
For the quilting I chose the pattern “Jilly” by Keryn Emmerson
because the round design worked with the flowers in the print while at the same time the center of the swirls gives some dimension to the quilt.
This quilt is one of the best examples of traditional quilt design I’ve seen recently. I hope this quilt is kept a little girl warm this chilly winter!
Who wants a free quilt pattern??
I designed this several years ago for a class I taught & decided it was high time this became a free pattern available to my readers.
This is a great pattern for using your stash. Because well, you know, most of us quilters might have more stash than we know what to do with! Whether you decide to use many fabrics of a single color, or focus on brights, reproductions or just random scraps- this quilt will highlight the beauty in all the fabrics you’ve purchased over the years.
I’ve written this pattern in two sizes: 61″x61″ for a generous lap size & 97″x97″ for a queen size, so this is flexible for your needs.
This pattern also uses 5″ squares, or charms for the main fabrics & the corner pieces are 2.5″ squares- so if you have access to an Accuquilt machine
with a 5″ die, you can cut these fabrics in no time!
Again, this pattern is available for free from Craftsy!
If you remember I posted back in December about the VAT “to do” that was impending.
(Quick recap, the EU was going to make me file & keep track of a lot of tax info for every country that had a citizen buy a digital download from me. I opted to not sell any digital pattern to an EU citizen.
Well we can have a party now because Etsy has figured out how to keep track of this for small businesses like me so guess what folks??
Yes! I now have patterns available for sale on Etsy!
These are digital downloads with immediate access- just like with my Craftsy patterns, only through Etsy I’m able to sell to EU citizens.
Thank you so much for being patient with me through this- I’m so glad Etsy worked out a solution that enables us pattern writers to get back to business!
I was going through old pictures & couldn’t believe I never shared this beautiful quilt with ya’ll!
This was a donation quilt for Quilts from the Bluffs
a few years ago, pieced by one of their members & that I quilted.
Since the fabrics reminded me of a reproduction look, I wanted to use a classic quilting pattern to bring justice to the quilt. The Baptist Fan pattern was the perfect choice!
I love how it adds a nice subtle background texture, yet doesn’t distract from the overall design. In fact, the clam shells help add an element of movement that works with the diagonal stripes.
The Baptist Fan pattern is one of my all time favorites- it’s classic, simple & elegant. What more could we ask from a design?
- We’re all moved into our new home! (well mostly, you know, there are always things to be done…)
- I have a studio again, & it’s wonderful to be able to work in a good usable space.
- I have (almost) mastered quilting in one hour bursts.
- I’ve been piecing string blocks since they require little thought & can easily be picked up/put down.
- It is a fact that no mater how many string blocks you piece, your stash of strips will never decrease. I have pieced 20+ blocks & still have two shoe boxes full of strings.
- Teapot is ten months old today!
- I found this Piece of Cake dress from Anna Maria Horner that I *need* to make for her. (& while you’re looking at that picture, scroll on down to the Paper Fan Dress! Adorable!)
- I finished two UFOs in February! Once the weather isn’t so glum, I’ll take some pictures outside.
- I’ve been quilting beautiful cross stitched & embroidered quilts for customers! Seriously, my clients give me the most amazing pieces to quilt.
Happy Tuesday everyone! (& if you’re in the path of another snow storm or winter weather- stay warm & safe!)
I finished Teapot’s hat yesterday & have a picture of the hat for my friend’s baby:
It’s a free pattern from Gros. I used Fortissima Socka for my friend’s hat & Dream in Color Smooshy (colorway Go Go Grassy) for Teapot’s & size US 1.5 & 2 needles. I made the 6 month size for my friend & 2 years for Teapot. (I knit quite tightly & she must knit very loosely. Or Teapot just has a huge head. She probably just has a huge head.)
Here it is on Teapot. It’s even cuter in person. (But isn’t it crazy how well the 2 years old size hits her! I guess I could check the gauge…..)
It was very addictive to knit. I could make another. But all my yarn is at the new house & it’s really cold out.
Ok, well it’s not as cold as some parts of the country (-30 wind chill! Yikes!), but it’s pretty cold for Virginia so we’re going to be lazy & stay home.
And once I’ve finished knitting the dress for Teapot I’ve got started, perhaps I should pack the kitchen. Sheesh I hate packing kitchens. They’re the worst. Worse than studios full of fabric & yarn. Fabric & yarn can just be thrown in boxes & you don’t have to worry about anything breaking. Kitchen stuff is breakable & oddly shaped.
- We’re in the middle of moving to our new house & my studio is now at the other house.
– It’s snowing & generally nasty today. Since NOVA folks aren’t the most adept at winter driving, we’re staying in today. This means I’m knitting (& apparently blogging.)
– I’ve almost finished a cute hat for Teapot. I first made one for a friend’s baby & it was so addictive, I had to cast on a second immediately.
– Back to moving, I really dislike moving
– After moving the studio twice in 18 months I’ve realized…
– I have a lot of quilts that need to be quilted
– I have a lot of quilts I’m in the middle of piecing
– I have a lot of sewing projects (this one surprised me. I didn’t think I was much of a sewer. Clearly there’s disconnect between my thoughts & reality.)
– In general I have too much stuff
– Therefore things are quickly leaving the studio
Would anyone be interested in a giveaway of some patterns & threads?
So I’m assuming you’ve heard the news about the new VAT rules that go into effect on Jan 1.
Oh, you haven’t heard? Well let me do a quick recap.
The EU says all EU citizens must pay VAT on all digital downloads. This includes quilt patterns that little ole designers like me sell through Craftsy & Etsy.
We must collect this VAT & file it quarterly with each individual country at their rate & keep those documents for 10 years.
If we don’t do that we can risk not being able to visit those countries in the future.
Plainly speaking, this sucks.
I tried to ignore it, but you know, there’s the reality that I really would like to visit London & the Black Forest & Rome & Vienna one day & I like to consider myself a law abiding person.
I *think* I may have attempted to sit down & research this to see even how to do this, but honestly folks I have an 8 month old & this is truly a small business. It honestly doesn’t make business sense for me to file/keep records/take the risk when such a small portion of my business sells to the EU.
So this is what’s going to happen. As of now I’m only selling my digital patterns to US folks through Craftsy. If you are a non-EU citizen & you’d like to purchase my patterns, contact me & I can charge your credit card & send you the electronic file. If you’re an EU citizen & you really want my patterns, contact me & so far (as of 12/31/14) I can charge your credit card & mail you a hard copy.
I hope this will work for all my non-US customers & hope that Paypal/Craftsy/EU Governments quickly come to an agreement that enables small indie sellers like myself to easily & legally sell digital downloads to EU citizens.
In the meantime, may you never run out of bobbin thread!
What an amazing year this was!
- I had a baby…
- I started selling my patterns…
- I started teaching kids how to sew through collage & improv sewing…
- We bought a house…
- I grew my longarming business…
- We started moving…
- I think somewhere in there I quilted 3 personal UFOs… (make that 4 actually. Yeah, I’ll blog about the other 2 eventually!)
Whew! That was a lot!
I’m very excited about 2015!
- We’ll finish moving (yay!!!!)
- I’ll have a new studio space (it’s be-oooo-tiful!)
- A mobile baby (yikes!)
- New patterns to publish (exciting!)
- Will begin teaching private lessons (yay! One long term goal finally achieved!)
- Will continue teaching kids thru Art at the Center (this makes my heart happy)
I can’t thank you enough for all your support this year- new clients who trusted me with their quilts, those who purchased patterns from me and those who kept reading this blog even while I posted intermittently. Your support means so much to me & I can’t wait for what 2015 brings!