Etsy has opened a store inside of the famous Macy’s store in New York! Eight designers will have the chance to see their products inside the store. The designer list will rotate. Mostly it is designers from New York so if you fit the bill, check this out!
This weekend I worked on Amanda’s Love Notes Quilt. I have the center quilted and now I need to quilt the borders.
I only squeaked out one more block for the 1930’s Beach Quilt. It’s the Flower Basket block which is my current favorite!
These beauties came walking down the street Saturday! They took us all by surprise!
This weekend I decided to sign on as Creative Memories Advisor. I have long been a fan of scrapbooking and CM products. For years I wanted to be a Consultant or Advisor as they are called now. So I took the plunge hoping to reignite my own love of scrapbooking. Looking through photos is a beautiful way to revisit memories. My kids still pull out the scrapbooks I’ve completed and enjoy looking through them. And I do as well. So the next step of my scrapping journey continues. Please visit my Facebook page that I’ve set up for this purpose. It will be updated like the Facebook quilting page. I’d love for you to join me. You can sign up for bi-weekly newsletters on each page. You can also sign up for the same quilting bi-weekly newsletter on this page in the right sidebar.
I’m off to clean up my studio and get ready for a quilty week! Enjoy the day!
Works in progress this week are slim. I am linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP. Yesterday I pulled out the Advent calendar quilt that my mother and I are making for the church fair in November. I got the borders on it and today I will be basting it and starting the quilting. I also used my Sizzix Big Kick to cut out the numbers for the quilt. The numbers will be fused onto each block.
I wont’ bore you with listing all the projects I didn’t get to this week!!!
I did take a trip over to a local quilt shop yesterday. There was a coupon for 10 fat quarters for $12 in the back of the quilt show program that I attended on Sunday. It had been awhile since I had visited American Folk Art & Craft Supplies and I won’t take so long to go back next time! Michelle has a nice selection of fabrics and an easy way about her that makes you want to stay and talk for a bit. The shop is a Viking dealer and offers quilting classes. If you are in the area, go in and visit. They are located in West Hanover. Here are the pretty fat quarters I picked up…I just love that red one on the bottom right.
I came across an article regarding Etsy yesterday. Evidently they changed their policy about the types of items that can be listed for sale. Instead of only handmade items, they are now allowing just about anything. The problem with this is that it makes it extremely difficult for handmade shops and items to be found among the thousands of listings for things such as watches or jewelry mass produced. Traffic has dropped substantially for handmade items. Etsy was intended to showcase the small business shop owner and help boost sales of handmade crafts. Now it seems they’ve forgotten that idea and have made it into more of an Ebay experience. Here is the article… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-whitehead/how-etsy-changed-the-rule_b_5708565.html
What do you think? Are you an Etsy shop owner that is suffering from this policy change?
Personally, I’ve never had great pattern sales on Etsy and do far better on Craftsy. I’m not entirely sure it’s worth the effort now to keep the Etsy shop up. I’d love to know your thoughts.
I hope you’ll give this pattern a try. It’s easily pieced and features fusible applique just like all my patterns.
If you want to see more of my patterns, check out my Etsy store and Craftsy store…and my book, Little Quilts for Big Occasions. Now is the perfect time to order the book for holiday gift giving. It has seven easy, fun wall hangings!
I didn’t forget about the podcast question! Here it is…
If you had $300 to spend in your favorite quilt shop (brick and mortar or online), what would you spend it on? I chose $300 because it is a really decent sum of money and you could buy something fancy like an Accuquilt Go!, a whole bunch of fabric, books, notions, some other cool tool…which item or items would strike your fancy? Reader results in next podcast!
This morning I’ve been working to get my Nautical Table Runner pattern ready for download on Craftsy and Etsy.
I love this pattern because it’s so summery and it can be used as a wall hanging as well!
Here’s another look:
My grandmother’s home on Cape Cod was always filled with interesting nautical items. This pattern makes me think of her and her beautiful home by the beach.
This pattern is easy and has fusible applique – my favorite =)
And of course you can always email me to order by check.
This morning I am doing an accordian fold fabric dyeing technique. Then I REALLY need to clean my house and record a podcast…let’s see what gets done when I really just want to play with fabric and work on my church project and another wall hanging that I am working on…