quilting


i haven’t created any new designs – or even samples, so haven’t written anything in quite some time.  this one is part ‘business’, part ‘personal’.

so, the watsonville show was very good for me – a good bit better than last year.  and it was much needed.  i was also between 2 lovely women – new vendors (for me), and that made it even nicer.  plus, the weather was just about perfect -(sometimes it can be very wet),  and that meant i could park right next to the bldg – which made caring for sophie easy!  and that brings me to the more personal news.

a couple week ago i discovered my dear, little sophie dog has diabetes.  and, something called “cushings disease” – which, believe it or not, i find much more troublesome.  it does explain the hair loss, as well as the total change in her hair in general.  also explains why her tummy still looks ‘fat’ even tho i am feeding her ‘bare minimum’.  and in addition, explains howcome she can no longer jump up, etc.  i don’t yet know the full extent of that one – we are still in the first part of treating the diabetes.  she goes back on thurs. for the whole day.  they do a glucose level ‘curve’ to assure current dosage is correct, etc.  yes, more $$$.

so, all of that on top of the van repairs done before and after the trip to tucson – well, a good show was very welcome!!

as for business ‘news’ – i am finally actively working on ‘the book’, yea!  i think i have the first 3 chapters completed – now it’s time for “lights, camera, action” and a lot more words about actual stitching!!  for that, i need ‘help’ – my friend tammy has volunteered.  so, next ‘play day’ at her house will include that along with fabric dying and long arm quilting!!   i have a ‘turning 20 again’ that i want to use and that means fairly heavy quilting to handle frequent washings.  doesn’t much matter what the quilting looks like.  other than messing around at a show – have never even tried to use a long arm!!  haven’t even quilted on a regular machine!!  don’t expect to be seeing it posted on here! ^_^

ok, just so there is one picture – here’s one of the surprise snow we had recently.  this is how they usually are – very wet and stick to every tiny twig.  usually gone within a few hours.  this lasted over night and into afternoon before the sun finally got to it.  it was very pretty.

snow6

 

 

 

 

 

onward & upward!

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i have just finished doing what should have been done years ago – yes, sometimes i do move that slowly!!

i have removed all those samples from the ‘boards’.  this is the set of samples that used to hang in the booth – along with the set that became ” the quilt”.  in fact, this was the ‘first’, as in ‘favorite’ set (for me).  why then, you ask, were they not the ones used for the quilt??  well, because it was never my intention to make a quilt!!  both sets were hung in the booth – so people could see how very different each looked when done in different ‘colors’.  i was sharing a booth with geri and it was a ‘small’ booth – even smaller than the normal 10×10!!  there was not room to display that many strips of samples – so i cut the number of strips in half by displaying just one ‘colorway’ of each design.  the ‘second set’ of  blocks were just being ‘stored’ while waiting to be rejoined – and then i awoke to one of those messages in my head – “Why don’t you sew those blocks together?”  i attempted to argue my case – that “I don’t do that”, to no avail.  there is just no arguing with THAT voice!! ^_^

so, that is the short story of how “The Quilt” came into being.  it has won ribbons and received lots of ‘kind words’ over all these years since.  and few know that there is still my ‘favorite’ set of samples tucked away.  and today i finally removed all the tape, etc and they are neatly stacked ‘in waiting’.  and i don’t really know what’s next for them.  “The Quilt” has been appraised at $4500 – amazing, i think!!  i have told many people when they asked  ‘how much would something like that cost?’ – min $2500.  obviously no takers as yet. ^_^  since i already have that ‘nice’ quilt to pass on to no one who really wants it – no good reason to make something ‘for myself’.  so here are the options i am currently sort of considering (while waiting for divine guidance!!):

1.  sell them as is – trimmed and ready to be sewn together – $1200

2.  sew them together and sell them for $2500 – buyer to at least pay for quilting and binding, if not just handling it themselves.

3.  sew them together, have them quilted, bind it and sell for ?????

4. ????????????????

 

the quiltin case you have never seen me at a show – or visited the webpage – here’s a picture of ‘the quilt’.  these blocks are available as individual patterns (& kits) or in a package for a discount.  all found on the webpage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

anyway – i’d appreciate any feedback – just for the fun of it.  and since i know ‘guidance’ can come in many guises. ^_^  and, as i looked at this post in preview – i realized – both sets can be seen in that picture at the top!!  the quilt is in the center and there are 2 strips of samples on either side of it!  i guess i used to to that in the booth – before the nearly nouveau series was born. ^_^

just finished doing a fused sample for the cone flower using white with green centers.  several years ago my friend bobbie did a pattern called “Irish Eyes” – wow, never heard of those!  Love ’em!  Then last year i spent a night at a small bed & breakfast and there were wonderful clusters of them growing in the lovely gardens!  the other day i got one of those ‘messages’  “do the cone flower in whites” – hmmm, ok, i can do that.  chose to fuse just to make sure it got finished before the next show. ^_^  i will admit it – i think those tiny pieces are easier to sew than cut out! ended up having to use 4 different whites instead of just 2 – 2 for outside of petals and 2 frosted ones for undersides.  helps define the petals better – looks less like a ‘blob’.

white cone

 

 

 

 

as usual, the framing fabric does not photograph well – it’s the more olive one that i often use – a moda marble.  overall, looks better ‘in person’. ^_^  you can see it at the show in watsonville on feb 23,24.

bought some new fabric the other day cause just don’t have anything in my stash for this one.  not been anything available lately that turns me on enough to buy a whole bolt!  i love these colors – hope someone else does as well. ^_^

new #2 peacock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i’ll be in watsonville, ca end of this month – stop by if you’re in that area.  show is at the santa cruz fairgrounds, feb 23,24

not been posting since i stopped stitching!  had to concentrate on getting ready for tucson – and then there was the driving and doing of that show! ^_^  it was ‘ok’ – while i managed to make a little profit, and it was way better than last year – still not what is was a few years ago.  the new ‘norm’, i guess.  it’s ok.

as i looked at titles of the last few posts, didn’t see one that indicated i had posted pictures of all 4 of those new small blocks – the La Petite ones.  so, here they are as they were first mounted.  i have changed the order and painted that molding strip black – looks much better.  they didn’t sell as well as expected – perhaps due to being at show in desert???  we shall see how they do in watsonville.  the tiger lily did sell well – that’s a good thing. ^_^

i taught a class yesterday and while in the quilt shop purchased some fabric to do a new #2 sample – will post when done.  it will just be fused, so probably by tomorrow.  the other project planned is to put together a second collection package for the mini’s.  while i have the first 15 in one set/package – the remaining 12 are not in one set and it gets confusing for someone who really wants them all – so will do that today.

and here’s the picture

la petite 4

i finally pushed myself to do it – add the beads to the full-size hibiscus.  have no idea howcome i didn’t wanna – annoying when that happens. ^_^  so, here’s a close-up of that area.  and once i post this, i’m off to add this one to the webpage – along with the smaller version.  yea!  and that completes all the new designs.  still have the peony hand dye sample to finish and cut those kits and add to page.  then??  guess i’ll have to buckle down and do the restocking.  oh, and have to do some rearranging on the racks to fit all the new stuff on!!  can’t sell it in the booth if you can’t see it! ^_^

hibis beads

i have now completed all 4 of the new smaller designs and have published 3 – will do the 4th today and get it posted on the webpage!  still have kits to cut.  i also have all the pieces together – copies of everything – to add the package of all 4 patterns.  while the individual ones will be kits only – you can purchase the 4 patterns in one package for $26 (each pattern being valued at $8).  here is how they will be displayed in the booth – except i have changed the order – put the tiger at the top, then hibiscus, susan, cone.  kind of wish that molding came in black – have only ever seen it white.  could only get scratched i think – if i tried to ‘paint’ it.  hmmm – wonder if a sharpie would hold up???  may try on a spare piece and see how easily it scratches.

oh, they are available on the webpage – each kit is $10.50.  if you purchase all 4, i would do for $36.  will put the last one and group on today.

 

la petite 4

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