my new banner

January 30, 2009

So here is the first draft of my banner and avatar for my soon to be open etsy shop, courtesy of my friend Christine.  I absolutely love it!

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The only thing that I asked to change was to make it green instead of blue, since green is my favorite color.  Other than that, I think its totally perfect.  I think I will use it for my blog as well.  I can’t wait!  Here is the avatar she made for me as well.

jm_avatarSo what do you think?  I’d love some feedback.

I also purchased some custom woven fabric labels from namemaker.com.  They are going to take 4-6 weeks to arrive but I cannot wait to see them in person.  I still need to make up some business cards so if anyone has any links or advice, that would be so appreciated.   I can’t wait to hear what everyone thinks, I am so excited about my new business venture.

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snow day!

January 28, 2009

the view outside my apartment window

the view outside my apartment window

Today I got to “work from home” because last night it snowed 12.5 inches in Indianapolis.  I started out the morning trying to dig out my car but gave up and called my boss.  She said to stay home, and I was more than happy to do that.  I sat around most of the morning working remotely, but it didn’t seem there was a lot going on so I started working on my Ohio Sky brick path quilt.

I got all of the rows done!  I really felt revitalized and happy today.  A snow day does a body good.  I decided to just use some unbleached muslin I had in my stash to make the extra blocks I needed. I ended up only needing 6 extra blocks so I guess I miscounted before but still –  I shouldnt have needed any.   I’m also really happy that I was finally able to take a photo in natural sunlight so you can really see how pretty the fabrics are.  They really are my favorite colors and I cannot wait to get this thing done!

its getting there!

its getting there!

I did get about 3 of these rows sewed together.  I may do more later, or I might wait until the weekend.  I’ve got some other things I need to do around the house today now that I have time.  I’ll see how it goes.

Also tomorrow, I am so excited to share with you the awesome banner and avatar my friend Christine made for my etsy shop!  Snow day was nice and all, but really it was seeing what an amazing job she did for me that really got my creativity flowing again.  Thank you Christine!  You are truly amazing.

new fabric!

January 22, 2009

All the fabric I ordered finally came in that I ordered from fabric.com and equilter (neither of which sent me the aformentioned wonky fat quarters).  After new years, they both had really good sales on their designer fabric, so I kindof went crazy.  I got some Michael Miller, Denyse Schmidt Katie Jump Rope – yay!, Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, Heather Ross and some other random things.   I haven’t yet really accumulated a stash, so this was my beginning.  I have random fabrics left over from projects, but I wanted to have more of a variety so I can do things more on the fly, giving me more options  and room to experiment.  Until now, I have worked by deciding a project, picking out the fabric specifically for the project, then making it.  But I think I like having the freedom of having options right there when the mood strikes me to start something.

I got quite a lot of “cute” fabrics because I will start making some baby quilts soon.  I’ve been drafting some patterns for some baby quilts I am really excited about and I think will be a good start to my etsy store.  I have so much to do before I can open it, but at least things are moving forward.  I’ve been reading the book Craft, Inc and it has been really inspirational as far as giving a lot of insight and direction on how to organize a hobby business.  So right now I’m in the process of picking out and having made fabric labels, creating a logo and banners with help from my amazingly talented friend Christine, making business cards, tags…and I’m sure there is something I am forgetting.

I guess I am just a perfectionist at heart, and I have been considering opening this shop for a while.  So I am committing to doing it “right” – whatever my definition of that is.  And I want to have all of that ready and done before I open the store, because for me that is the best way to do it.

steady as she goes

January 21, 2009

its a start

it's a start

I did finally start sewing my ohio sky brick path quilt.    I’ve only done 2 rows so far, so there’s 16 more to go before I can start piecing the rows together.   I think besides my January blues and crushing unmotivation to do much of anything, I’ve had a lot of problems technically with this quilt.  Funny because I was just saying a few posts down how easy and fast this would be!

The first problem was that the fat quarters of fabric that I ordered from a fabric website to do this were cut totally crooked, and once I squared them and started cutting blocks instead of getting 12 blocks per fat quarter, I ended up only getting 6-9, with the rest being like 4″x7″…so there is a lot of blocks that are too small to use on this.  They won’t go to waste, I’ll use them to do baby quilts, but it was super irritating.

Then after I had sewed these two rows together, I didn’t really trust my randomness in picking the fabrics out of a bag to sew together, so I decided to pick the rows and have them ready to sew ahead of time.  Thats that large stack of blocks above my lonely rows.  Well , when I counted the number of stacks I had, guess what…I’m one short  I’m so angry!

So that pretty much halted everything as I was so disgusted at these stupid crooked fat quarters and all those wasted blocks I just lost any sort of inspiration I had to continue on this thing.

So I have two options, go to a joanns and try to find a fabric (a solid maybe?) that would coordinate  that I could mix into the other blocks to finish, or the other idea  I had was to just use the too small blocks and make a top and bottom row, but I think that will look kindof stupid, so I dont really want to do that either.  So any advice would be greatly appreciated!

will I ever finish?

will I ever finish?

I try to appreciate the irony in a project so simple has become this completely arduous task, but right now, its hard to find the humor.  I just wanted to get this done…hopefully after this weekend and a trip to joanns, I will be back on track.

not dead yet!

January 16, 2009

I promise I will post some content this weekend. Its been a slow start to the year. I think I need one of those indoor natural light lamps to perk me up. I’ve started my ohio sky bed quilt and gotten some great new fabrics to start my baby quilts. You’ll see them soon, promise!

a slow start

January 6, 2009

I have had a hard time getting motivated after Christmas.  The beginning of the year is never a good time for me, I have a really hard time and don’t really feel like celebrating.  This is a craft blog though!  But I guess part of it may be that after all of the joy of the holidays, and stress and excitement, I just hit a valley, emotionally speaking.  So even though I have lots of projects in mind for this year, its been hard to get started.  Plus I got two new games for the Wii and that can always be a huge time sink and easy distraction.  So to start the new year off nice and easy, I thought that I would start with a project  that has been pushed off to the side for a long long time.

pattern and fabrics

pattern and fabrics

The camera distorted the colors of the fabric in all these pictures, mostly because I was photographing at night.  Its not so yellow. I bought this Amy Butler Midwest Modern fabric a long time ago to make a quilt for my bed.   Unfortunately with all the babies being born and weddings I had to go to, and Christmas, and birthdays…it got sidetracked.  So I decided to start the year with a project for myself.  I finally started it, and now I am really excited to get it finished.  Sometimes the hardest part is just starting.

the last few fat quarters I needed to cut

the last few fat quarters I needed to cut

I bought fat quarters of all the Ohio Sky colorway fabrics in Midwest Modern.  The blues and greens she uses are some of my favorite colors, very soothing and vintagey.   The quilt itself is fairly simple, 198 4.5″ x 7.5″ blocks, sewn into 18 rows, which are then staggered to create the brick path look.

cutting was fast, nothing complicated here!

cutting was fast, nothing complicated here!

It should come together fairly quickly, but I have had the hardest time finding matching pom poms that the pattern suggests sewing into the corners.  I may leave them out.  But I like pom poms, so I may try searching again or tea dying some white ones to match the creamy colors in the fabric.

ready to start

ready to start

I think getting this done will motivate me for the other projects I have planned for this year.  There are 2, maybe 3 more quilts I have sketched out designs for. This will be the first time trying something without a pattern.  I ordered fabric from equilter.com for one of them which I can’t wait to show you once it arrives.   They were having a huge clearance sale, so I picked up a lot of stuff.

Besides my 2 quilt ideas, my goal is to complete about 4 baby quilts and a bunch of tie dye baby onesies and open up my first etsy shop this year.  I am aiming for a may opening so I think that gives me plenty of time!  There’s a lot to do before that happens, including learning how to take better pictures of my work, and hopefully getting one of my talented friends to help me design a logo and banner for my shop.  I am really excited about doing this so I hope I follow through!