At long last I finally have all 7 patterns ready to sell!
As can be expected, there was a huge learning curve with these, and of course it took much more work and time than I had anticipated, but it feels great to finally have them in hand and ready to go.
Here's a peek at the inside:
They all have very detailed cutting instructions with charts depicting time-saving strips that can be sewn and pre-cut to save time in block construction/assembly.
These quilt patterns are designed for the beginning to intermediate quilter; although as you might have guessed, a beginner would do well to start with one of the more basic quilts rather than the Argyle - that one is solidly in the intermediate category. If you have made a few quilts before, though, you could handle it. The Argyle just takes more time and precision than some of the others.
I also have these 3 non-quilt patterns, which are kind-of hard to see in these pictures.
Here's a better picture of the Eliza Skirt. It's made up of 4 different fabrics, but they're strip-pieced like a quilt so it's not as time-consuming as it may look.
...and here we have the Hazel Skirt. Boy, was it fun trying to take a picture of this one! Hazel was leaping off rocks, bouncing around, and generally having a great time...as all 3-year-olds should be doing, right?
Just not when I'm trying to take a good picture of her skirt!
This is the Infinity Tote pattern that I also sell as a PDF file on Etsy, except that for the hard copy version I made all the bags in my own fabrics and completely revamped the design layout of the pattern. So it's the same information, but a different format and all-new photos throughout.
...and we mustn't forget our dear garden friends, the Huggable Slug and Sir Snake!
The slug is my favorite, although I have to say I think my kids prefer their snakes = all the better to whack eachother with!
Okay, time for details about where you can get these patterns, if your heart so desires...
After much thought and deliberation, I have decided NOT to sell these individually through Etsy or by creating my own website. They are only available wholesale. Let me repeat that in big letters in case any of you are breezing through without reading the text...
I'M NOT SELLING MY PATTERNS AT RETAIL PRICES TO INDIVIDUAL CONSUMERS. I AM ONLY SELLING WHOLESALE TO QUILT SHOPS AND DISTRIBUTORS.
The reason? I do not want to spend the bulk of my (already small amount of creative) time shipping out small orders and making umpteen trips to the rather inconveniently located Post Office. I'm a one-woman show at this point, with no plans or resources to hire an office slave anytime soon, so I need to be very careful how I budget my time between my family, this business, my church and social life, and the never-ending list of house projects. Not to mention household chores (ugh).
This obviously means less money for me, but more free time and less stress = totally worth it.
IF YOU ARE NOT QUALIFIED TO BUY WHOLESALE, PLEASE ASK YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP OR ONLINE FABRIC STORE TO CARRY MY PATTERNS. THANKS!
I know that the Fat Quarter Shop will be carrying all of my patterns, I'm not sure about anyone else yet. If you are a shop and would like to carry my patterns, please email me via the button at the top of my sidebar and I'll send you the details!
Okay, moving right along...
I experimented with the whole floating flower thing in my wide-mouthed vase the other day.
It was actually supposed to be an underwater flower thing, but those hydrangea blossoms were just too persistently bouyant. And my vase was too short.
I suppose I could have tried harder to weigh down the blossom clusters, but I kind-of like the way they hover at the top of the vase.
The leaves, however, stayed put nicely due to all the glass beads.
Stay, leaves, stay! Good boys.
I was tired of my Christmasy picture on FB, so I tried to get some springy shots a few weeks ago...but of course since I was using a tripod+timer most of them turned out blurry because the camera didn't have my face to focus on when I pushed the button. (Gotta get a remote!) I got lucky on this one. Never mind that I'm all hunched over with my shoulder in the bushes in an attempt to get the greenery BEHIND me rather than BESIDE me. My eyes are in focus! So that's the one I kept.
I kept this one, too, even though my eyes are not in focus. But hey, the flower is!
This was also the day that I tried photographing my new spring skirt (yes, that's my fabric...I must say that I REALLY love this skirt because of the colors). The rocks are very sharply focused, but not much else is! Ah, well. It gets the point across.
Please disregard all the wrinkles in the skirt....it had already been through an entire Sunday of Hazel and Hyrum taking turns squirming on my lap at church!
Did I ever post about this? Just a little baby dress for a friend.
Okay, for my friend's BABY. It would be a tad too small for my friend. This fabric is from my stash, it's an older version of Joel Dewberry's Aviary line. Love it.
Well, I think that officially ends tonight's Show-and Tell session. Next on the docket is a big update on the Sewing For Orphans project, which (thanks to a LOT of wonderful people) is just about ready to ship to Bulgaria! The first box, that is...there are thousands more orphans to sew for, so don't put away that sewing machine yet! I'll share all the details, photos, and thank-you's in the next post. TTFN! (for those of you who don't speak Tigger, that's TaTa For Now)