August 30, 2011

It was a fun experiment

After a lot of fun, a lot of fabric, and a huge amount of learning, my mom and I have decided to close our Etsy Shop.  We have had a great time being business partners and especially going to the wholesale shops and buying fabric. Buying fabric is one of the most fun parts of quilting, right?  As shop owners, we have gotten to "meet"  quilters from all over the world.  Shipping fabric to places as far away as Australia and South Africa made us realize that the quilting community is very far-reaching. I have learned more about our postal system in the past year than I thought I ever would, and I have also learned a lot about business taxes and the amount of paperwork required to maintain a small business.  When your hobby becomes your business, it takes on a slightly different form. After a year of experimenting with our business, we have decided that we want to transform it back into our hobby, with no strings attached. :)  I will miss the customers so much, and of course getting to purchase all the fabric, but I am really excited about being able to work on sewing  and crafting projects without feeling like I should be working on our business.  I'm also excited to get back to blogging more about the fun projects that I will now have time to work on.
         Since we are closing the shop, we are also liquidating our inventory.  We have lowered our prices on all of our fabric, patterns and pincushions in the shop, so if you are looking for a great deal, click the logo below and head on over!

August 27, 2011

Giveaway at p.s. i quilt

I'm sponsoring a giveaway this weekend over at p.s. i quilt!  Head on over there and check it out and give Rachel Griffith some blog love. :)   Have a great weekend!


August 11, 2011

Quilt Festival Recap

 As I mentioned in my last post, my mom and I attended the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach a couple weekends ago.  As always, it was a wonderful show and we had a great time. Even though we live in Southern California, we decided to make the most of the weekend and stayed in Long Beach overnight. Our tradition when attending a quilt show is to shop first, look at quilts second.  Can anyone else identify with this strategy?  There are so many shopping opportunities in one condensed space at a quilt show we feel compelled to take advantage of it.  So we spent a majority of the first day meandering up and down the aisles, picking out fun treasures and oohing and aahing over everything.  I came very close to buying a new sewing machine (those salesman sure are convincing) but I used self control and averted my eyes from that booth for the rest of the show. The one I want starts with a J, ends with an I and rhymes with... kooky. Is kooky a word?
       That evening we went to the Saturday sampler class which happens to be the first class we have ever taken at a quilt show.  There were a lot of great demos and it was fun to watch Eleanor Burns do her thing. We didn't stay for the whole two hours because a lot of the demos had to do with fabric painting and dyeing and weren't really up our quilting alley.
       The next day we had breakfast and went back to the convention center so we could look at all the quilt exhibits.  It was pretty empty at that point and we had no trouble getting close to the quilts and taking photos.  As usual we fell in love with several and I wanted to share some of those with you.

Aren't these the cutest cows ever? This quilt is called "The Girls of Tyrone Farm" and was created by Beth Miller in Australia.  I just love the sweetness of the cows faces and the amazing colors.

This beauty is called "Morning Glories" by Juanita Yeager.  
She used watercolor pigment and painted the fabric to create the vibrant colors.

 This one is called "Jill's Creation" by Jean K Smith from Florida. 
I really love the texture, bright colors, and the way the flowers pop against the grey and white background.

 This is "Multiple Choice" by Merry May and quilted by the "Wednesday Quilters". 
Isn't the collection of quilt blocks and techniques amazing? What a way to showcase the variety of work that can be done within the realm of traditional quilting. We were very impressed!

My absolute favorite of this show is this quilt called "Sakura Sakura" by Hiroko Miyama from Tokyo, Japan. The effect of the cherry blossoms raining down on the girl and her puppy is remarkable.  Doesn't it make you want to be there? (armed with Claritin and Kleenex, of course)