I had this crazy idea a few years ago to apply to be a vendor at the No Coast Holiday Craft-O-Rama. But then I got scared. I told myself that I just sew for fun, and have no idea how to run a sale.
Then, in the summer of 2013, I decided to look online for how to apply, and quickly realized that I had missed the deadline by 2 days. So I promised myself that I would apply in 2014, no matter what!
I was surprised (and frankly, terrified!) to learn that I had been accepted. I had so much to learn, having never done anything like this before -- luckily the sponsors had lots of information for us "new vendors." The biggest challenge for me was trying to figure out how much to bring to the sale (how many things did I need to sew?) and how to price my items. I did a lot of research on Etsy, and snooped at another craft sale in November. But it was tricky -- since no one really had a booth exactly like mine.
(Items sold: 2 Art Totes, 4 "Read" Library Tote Bags, 2 throw sized quilts, 1 baby quilt, 1 twin sized quilt, 4 iPad covers, several stuffed animal sleeping bags, 5 purses/totes, several stocking ornaments, 1 Christmas bunting, 4 Reindeer Pillows, 1 Love pillow, 3 large patchwork pillows, and 16 Minnesota pillows!)
This Minnesota Pillow was such a hit. The idea came to me a few weeks before the sale, and I had made them in a variety of colors and fabrics. This one with the brown bark MN and twiggy background went the fastest, just as my husband predicted (his favorite item)!
I had several MN pillows still in progress at home at the start of the sale, so Friday evening I came home from the sale and made 6 more pillows to take in on Saturday morning (not that I'd recommend sewing late at night after a craft sale -- but all 6 sold the next morning)!
Overall, I'm so glad that I took a risk and applied to participate in this sale. It was really lovely to have so many people (even those who didn't buy anything) tell me how beautiful my items were, how much they loved my quilts, pillows, tote bags, etc. Wow! I had so much help from my friends and family, and I think everyone really had fun at the sale. I was surprised at how much fun my daughters had "helping" out at the sale -- I thought for sure that they'd be bored (they're only 9!) -- but they can't wait for my next sale!
This quilt was a gift for my mom, and she loved it! It's Camille Roskelley's Vintage Holiday pattern, but without the borders -- just wide Kona snow sashing, and a scrappy binding. I quilted it in diagonal lines at 60 degrees, about 3 inches apart. This is the second time I've used this quilt pattern, and I'd definitely recommend it -- those ornament blocks come together so quickly!
We had a really nice Christmas this year -- we stayed at my parents house for days and days, relaxing, reading, and playing games. Lovely!
On Christmas Day the weather was beautiful, and the girls spent much time outside with their new Pogo stick. It looks like so much fun, I'd like to get one for me, too!
This is my last do. Good Stitches quilt finish for the year -- that makes 3!
I asked the members of the Peace Circle to make blocks using this tutorial, with gray backgrounds and bright or dark colored cats. I think they had fun with it. One stitcher even added bright ears to her black cat!
I quilted this in a 45 degree diagonal cross-hatch, then bound it in black with small pops of bright solids. I had a lot of fun with this quilt -- I just love being a quilter in do. Good Stitches!
For now, though, these Reindeer are destined to become pillows. I've been experimenting with quilting them, and finished one up this morning. I've been using this 60 degree diagonal straight line quilting a lot lately -- what do you think?
I used 2 different colors of Kona red, alternating, to enhance the "pixelated" quality of the pattern. I cheated a little though -- on some of the longer stretches of red, I didn't use 1.5 inch strips, I did a little quilty math and used wider strips so that I'd have fewer seams to match. It definitely sped up the process!
For the back I added a concealed zipper, red binding, and one of my labels.
The print is a Pottery Barn sheet -- a few years ago I cut one up to make curtains, and had a little leftover. So now the pillow looks at home in our reading loft, and the back matches the curtains. Hurray!
The other 3 reindeer (& maybe even some brown deer with red noses!) will be available at my booth at the No Coast Holiday Craft-o-Rama on Dec 5th & 6th.
With the snow and cold weather that has suddenly hit Minnesota, my outdoor photo shoots need to be short and sweet. So this post is going to be short and sweet, too!
I love this quilt! The pattern is called "Refreshingly Retro" from Elizabeth Dackson's book Becoming a Confident Quilter. It measures 54 x 70. It's hard to see it from these photos, but I free motion quilted it in a meandering loopy design, in gray thread. I'm planning to have this quilt for sale at my booth at the upcoming No Coast Holiday Craftorama in Minneapolis next month. If you're local, please come and say "hi!"