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Handmade Holidays

21 Nov

Hey all! I know we haven’t been around here for awhile. Life has been busy, as usual, and we let things get away from us sometimes.

I have spent a lot of time sewing lately. I participated in my first craft fair (which was a big disappointment), and found out last week that we are finally getting that opportunity to move back to our hometown which I discussed on this blog last summer! So in between packing and purging a ton of crap our family has collected in this house over the years, I have been working on some new gift items for the shop.

These are iPad sleeves that I have been making. I’m taking custom orders as well so if you would like one, please let me know as soon as possible. They can be made in any size with any fabrics!

Lizze made these darling zippy bags too!!! These are so cute and perfect for carrying around anything at all. She made one for me and I use it for a travel sewing kit, but you could put make-up, iPods, use it as a wallet, etc. They are made in several different sizes and she will take custom orders as well.

 

Thank you for your support of buying handmade. It is hard to make a living doing what you love, especially without people willing to support your handmade business. You don’t have to buy from us, but if you buy just ONE handmade item from someone, you make a huge difference  and give the business owner hope and the courage to continue.

Selina

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A Revelation

5 Sep

I got a very welcome, yet totally unexpected convo from Etsy last night. You may remember my quilts I dropped off at the fair last week. I don’t know how you could forget since I’ve been blabbing about them non-stop… I’m so annoying. Anyway, a lady in Alabama found my quilts listed for sale (Lizze and I have many others on the website and she just happened to choose these two) and wanted to buy both of them. That’s right, BOTH. The only quilts neither one of us has in our possession at the moment. They are at the fair until the end of the month. No interest whatsoever in the 6 months they’ve been listed and them BAM! As soon as I send them out they’re flying off the shelves. What in the world? We should enter quilts into the fair more often apparently.

Thankfully, she is willing to wait for them to be returned to me and she is buying them for her husbands grandmother. How sweet is that? I am so excited. After having not sold a thing in months, this is a wonderful turn of events. I was getting ready to start boiling shoes for dinner.

I will be kind of sad to see them go if they win any ribbons, but I’ll make sure to take lots of pictures of them hanging up in the Hobby Hall next week.

This whole experience has made me see that other people love and value handmade items. Lately I have been feeling a bit, well, unsure of how to price some of things I make. Yes, I spend a lot on quality fabric to make my quilts. And I spend a great deal of time cutting, piecing, quilting, and binding (by hand). My sister commented on a picture of one of my quilts recently asking how much it was. My palms started to sweat and I began having heart palpitations. I was ashamed to tell her how much I wanted for it. I feel like people don’t understand what goes into making something like this. When all is said and done, after factoring in my time and costs, I’m making much less than minimum wage. But still, when a person can buy a “quilt” at a big box store for less than fifty dollars, they don’t understand what is so special about mine. At least that’s what I thought until last night.

There are people that get it. There are people that see the difference between a good quality handmade quilt, and one you might find perusing the clearance aisles at Target. There are people who understand the value in supporting the handmade culture, and supporting artists in the country in which they live. I will no longer be ashamed to tell someone the price of my quilts, or bags, or anything else. The people I want to buy my things are the ones who “get” it. The saying “you get what you pay for” comes to mind. I’m certain that my quilts will still be around for my great grandchildren to snuggle up in someday and that makes me smile.

Check it out!

 

 

Quilts For Japan Update

29 Apr

You know, it’s funny how things happen.  I had in my mind what I wanted to make for my Quilts For Japan quilt ( that is to say, I had fabric I wanted to use) but I am donating a completely different quilt!

I have had this Quilt Kit in my stash for quite some time:

Fossil Fern Quilt Kit

This is a medallion wall hanging from Benartex.  It has a medallion for the center and gradient Fossil Fern fabrics in blues and purples.  I never had a strong desire to make the quilt as shown, so I made a sketch of two blocks, and cut the fabric into bits.  What I ended up with is this:

I’m quite pleased with how this turned out, considering I made it up on the fly.  The inner lavender border and binding are batik.  I received the batik from my grandmother’s estate, and it fit perfectly with the Fossil Ferns.  I also had lavender Minkee on hand, so naturally, it is backed in Minkee.  (SO SOFT!!)

Originally I was going to call this quilt Bento Box, but there is already a beautiful, well known pattern called Bento Box. Alas.  I think I’ll call this Chopsticks.

So, why is it this isn’t what I had in mind?  Well, as i was making this beautiful quilt, one of my completed quilts found its way back home to me.  I had given it to my grandma (my other grandma), and she has never used it.  It always sat beautifully folded in a room.  She is beginning to downsize and asked if I would like it back.  It is considerably larger than Chopsticks, and I felt it was a better quilt to give.

Delft

I was so please to be able to share this quilt with someone.  I may have said it earlier, but what I lack in cash, I make up for in fabric.  I want to help, and this is honestly the best way  know how.  I do know that monetary needs are still there, and will be for quite some time.  With that in mind, I will be donating the proceeds from Chopsticks to the Red Cross.

There are so many people in need right now, and with yesterday’s devastating tornadoes tearing through the South, Selina and I see our next calling.  Stay tuned for a call out for a quilter help within the next few days!

Don’t forget to enter yourself into the drawing for our big prize on our earlier blog!  We also host #gdas on Twitter, Friday night’s at 6 PM Pacific, where we Get Drunk and Sew.  Or talk about sewing. Or Merkins, or whatever.  Join us!! WS_on_Etsy

Thanks for everything!

Lizze

Urban Log Cabin Update

15 Apr

You may remember my first post about this quilt way back in January. That’s right, January… No? Well you’re in luck because I have a little linky-poo right here:  http://wp.me/pXIOM-34

I am finally getting to the quilting of it and it has been such a pain. I decided to straight line quilting. I wanted to make it really dense so it would have that awesome wrinkly-ness which is my favorite part about quilts and makes it so much more than just a blanket. By the way, I hate it when people call my quilts “blankets”, but that’s a whole other story.

I wanted to share some photos of the progress since I’m super proud of how this beauty is turning out. It has been trying my patience everyday, but I am slowly making progress. I just popped a couple more Aleve – quilting on a home machine can be a killer on your neck, shoulders, and back. The hubs is against a longarm, but wait until I send a couple quilts out… he’ll rethink when he sees the price of  THAT, I’m sure. Maybe not a Gammill, but a Tin Lizzie will pay for itself in no time!

Okay, I’ll shut up now. You’re waiting for pictures. Sorry.

I used quilters linen by Robert Kaufman for the backing. If you haven’t tried quilters linen, you should. I highly recommend it. This is going to be the yummiest, crinkliest quilt ever! That walking foot has been a godsend for this quilt. I don’t know what I would have done without it. It has really helped to feed the bottom and top fabrics evenly so there’s no bunching. It was totally worth the extra money! I hope to have this finished by next week. I have so many other things to finish and I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t start anything else until this was done. Well, other than the quilt along quilt that is. But that’s super easy and small so it doesn’t even count. Right?

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Selina

Happy Birthday to Me!

10 Apr

Then (a wee version of me)

 

Now (the full-sized version)

Last year I turned 30. That was hard for me. I was depressed for months and I never could put my finger on why that was. Something about being 30 I guess.

Tomorrow I am turning 31 and I couldn’t care less about how old I am going to be. Yes, I will no longer be 30, but rather  “in my thirties” and I’m fine with that. In fact, I’m SO fine with it, that I’m telling all of you how old I am AND I’m celebrating! For my birthday, Lizze and I decided that anything in our Etsy shop will ship for just 31 cents. Anything. Anywhere at all in the U.S. From a small coffee cozy, all the way up to a huge quilt. That sounds like a great idea to me!

The kids and I are going to hang out and it will be just like any other day except that I’ll get really awesome handmade cards with stick figures drawn on them that say “I love you mommy” – the absolute best gift I could receive. I have 3 little girls and they are going to attempt to bake me a birthday cake  (ssssssh!!! It’s supposed to be a surprise!).

Celebrate my birthday with me. Stop by the shop tomorrow, April 10th, and anything that your little heart desires will ship anywhere in the United States for 31 cents! Here’s a link to take you there: http://thewanderingstars.etsy.com

I’m looking forward to sharing my birthday with everyone. I hope you stop by and say hi!

Selina

Our First Ever Giveaway Post!

21 Jan

I have decided that I want to do a little remodel of our blog. I read all kinds of crafty blogs from all over and in comparison I find the look of ours to be a little, well, blah. I want pretty colors, fancy links to awesome crafty stuff and wonderful crafty people, and to use it to promote others a bit more. Before I begin the process though, I’m going to need some feedback. That’s where the giveaway comes in. I have been hesitant to do a giveaway, but after much deliberation (read: deciding what I could stand to part with from my treasured stash) I have decided to go ahead and have one.

My question would be this: What makes you return to the same blog time and again? Is it because of all the wonderful links, the aesthetics, or the writing? Maybe you like blogs for their inspiration. Or maybe the thought of winning a prize entices you.

Speaking of prizes, you probably want to know what this one is! It’s a charm pack of Blossom by Moda Fabrics and a really great book called Cool Girls Quilt by Linda Lum DeBono. It’s got some cute projects in it that are perfect for beginners as well as more seasoned sewists.

What are your favorite things to see on a blog? It could be photos, tutorials, links to other blogs, prizes… lots of things. Here is the giveaway criteria… Leave a comment for us and let us know what keeps you coming back to read a blog. That’s all! One entry per person and duplicate entries will be deleted. I’ll choose a random winner on Wednesday January 26th. The more we hear from you, the better our blog will be when I’m done snazzing it up! Good luck!

Selina

 

Urban Log Cabin

9 Jan

Lizze and I went to the sewing expo at the Puyallup fair a couple of months ago. My husband told me that I could purchase ONE quilt kit. Only one! I really had to shop around to decide which kit I wanted more than any other. The kit I finally chose was from the Quilting Loft booth. The Quilting Loft is an adorable quilt shop in Ballard, WA that we had the pleasure of visiting during our shop hop last summer. The owner is a young lady, like us, and incredibly friendly. If you are ever in Seattle, drive the extra 5 minutes to Ballard and visit this shop. You won’t be disappointed!

Urban Log Cabin is the name of the pattern that came with my kit. These gorgeous fabrics are what made me fall in love:

Fabrics by Joel Dewberry

After cutting out all of the pieces for this quilt, I had several scraps left over. I am a tad bit obsessive when it comes to scraps. I hoard them. I always feel like I can use them to make something else although I rarely ever do. They just sit in my scrap bin and mock me. This time I made something with the scraps before I made the quilt.

I think this little bag turned out pretty nice, but I really should have made it a little bit bigger.

I finished piecing all of the blocks for the quilt tonight in the middle of screaming, hollering, and jumping around my sewing studio like a maniac. Did you see that Seahawks game?!?! I still can’t get over how amazing it was. It made it really hard to sew. Talk about distracting! Maybe I should take the tv out of there…

Here are the blocks all laid out and ready to be sewn. The picture quality isn’t that great. I took the photo with my cell phone. My good camera has been acting up lately and I can’t get it to connect with my computer. I think you get the gist of the pattern I’m going for though. I think it’s turning out quite well. After the blocks are sewn together, I have a beautiful border to add to it as well. And wait until you see the fabulous print I have for the binding! It’s my favorite.

I hope everyone is having as wonderful a start to their New Year as we are. 2011 is gearing up to be great for us. We have had 4 sales in the shop since the new year. It may not sound like much, but to us that’s a big deal. If the year continues like this, I may actually be able to make a real job out of this!

Selina