What?? Hey, you thought it, not me. This is a QUILTING blog, remember? I post about quilting…mostly. Sheesh. I’m trying to show off the quickie baby quilts I made this week to hopefully sell at an upcoming modern craft market in Denver this winter. Something like Firefly Handmade, Holiday Handmade, or Horseshoe Market. We’ll see what pans out.
It’s pretty much been a lifelong dream of mine to sell my craftastic wares at a hip market…how fun to come up with ideas for making the booth all cute…fun little price tags & pretty gift bags. And best of all I’d get to talk face to face with customers about my work and get feedback. Etsy’s great and all, but it’s just not the same. I made a quilt for an Etsy customer last month- took me forever, major man hours & lots of love poured into that baby- and I’m so sad that I don’t know anything about who’s getting it (a little girl I imagine)- what her name is or how it looks in her room. I never heard back from them…hope it turned out as they had imagined.
So here’s my fast & furious nap-time attempt at building up more quilts to sell (I have 5 made already).
This one’s in some of my favorite Sandi Henderson Meadow Sweet prints that I’ve had stashed away in the “too pretty to cut” section for awhile. It’s a silly fear really, because once they make it into a quilt, they’re even prettier!
This second quilt, however simple, is significant for me because I feel it’s progress in my attempt to “get out of the box” (which is ironic since the entire quilt is boxes)- in terms of modern design. I had these charm squares to use up, and normally I’d make them into cute pinwheels or box them out in more fun prints- done and done- but I took a detour and decided to use some darker solids I had on hand, and lay them out in bold stripes rather than all mixed up. My hubby gave it 2 thumbs up, but as I was sewing the rows together, I honestly couldn’t decide if I loved it or hated it…was leaning toward hate. Once I got it all pressed and hung to photograph though, something clicked and now it really speaks to me.
I know it may seem silly to some who are whipping out avant garde quilts like gang busters, all asymmetrical with crazy random little patches of fabric here and there, all solids…not the scrappy, girlie, white-sashed quilts I naturally gravitate toward. So this feels like an achievement for me- branching out.
Anyway, today’s been a day of relaxing for us since Wednesday is one of my hubby’s day’s off from work. We spent this morning walking along Clear Creek in historic Golden, CO. Perfect weather- definitely feels like Fall is upon us.
That’s the Coors Brewery back in the distance…nothing like the smell of hops in the crisp Colorado air!
While the fam was distracted with mini cucumbers & sidewalk art, I ducked into a cute little quilt shop to see what I could see. Couldn’t resist a couple of goodies- fat eigth bundle of the sweetest 1930s fabrics ever, and some yardage of this insanely cool Robert Kaufman zig-zag print. It’s a bit of an eye strain after a minute, but I’m thinking will make a really gorgeous binding.
I also borrowed a friend’s label-maker this week and went a little nuts with it.
Nah, you can never have too many labels.