Monday, May 26, 2014

A new kind of quilt ...

Since my Juki is still traveling across the country for repairs … I haven't been as active quilting as I have wanted to be … but I have been playing around with fabric a little …

At the same time, I've been trying to figure out "my style".  Of all the quilts I've made, the ones that I get most excited about are the ones with lots of white space, or made primarily from solids.  I am still trying to figure out specifically what it is … but I think it's the simplicity of design, the pure play of colors and the contrast with the white.

This thought process becomes particularly important as I actually start to list my very first quilts for sale.

When I started quilting in 2009, I opened an Etsy shop and sold one quilt.  I never closed the shop, but I never tried to sell anything again either.  It seemed like the joy came out of it as I tried for perfection in order to sell something.  I, quite simply, didn't enjoy making quilts for people I didn't know.

Since then, I've made a few commission quilts or bags for friends who wanted special gifts for loved ones, but that was the extent of my "selling".  Until now …


As my readers know … my husband John is now a 1-year cancer survivor who ran the Paris Marathon to celebrate his 70th birthday.  Having qualified to run the London marathon, he is now looking to run it in April 2015.  What you may not know is that London is John's hometown, and he's not only looking to run his 2nd marathon there, he wants to do it and raise 2,000 pound sterling in funds for the UK Prostate Cancer Research charity.

He won't know until October if he get's a slot to run … but I have decided to take my first step into selling in support of this effort (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShinersView).  While he's not guaranteed an entry … as an Ovarian Cancer survivor, I know the importance of supporting something that matters to you … so all sales proceeds I make, at least until October, will go 100% to the Prostate Cancer charity.

Now my ask of you … to those of you who sell online … do you have any suggestions or thoughts to share with someone who is new to selling online (Etsy)?  Right now, I have a very lonely quilt all by itself (but do have a couple of tops waiting to be quilted as soon as the Juki returns from it's travels).

I want to stick with the style of quilts that I enjoy most, geometric, solids with lots of white space … hopefully there is a market out there for them as I know I can't sew quilts for people I don't know in a style that I am not excited about ;-).

But short of staying true to my style, any other tips?  Listings, promotions, things to avoid, return policies, shipping challenges … best and worst part of selling online?

ANY and ALL input is certainly welcome!

Thanks!
Lisa




Monday, May 5, 2014

Crafty Day 2

The second half of my crafty Saturday …

Saying goodbye to a colleague of mine … "M" is leaving to take on a fabulous new opportunity in Portland.  Wanted to send him off with something that would resonate.  I made him a pillow … a view of the Seattle city skyline with our company logo on it …  We had breakfast with the broader team this morning when I shared it with "M".

Thrilled to see the response from the broader team … everyone wants one!!!!  One of our colleagues emailed the photos to the team this afternoon when he sent us the pictures from this morning's breakfast … "And here's photographic proof that the most amazing pillow in the world actually does exist. NICE JOB LISA! (yeah I shouted that)."

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Hoping you put a smile on someone's face this week!
Lisa

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Crafty Day ...

No quilting here this weekend … but a few other things got taken care of ;-).

Thread holder
Now that I have a quilting studio … I wanted to get the thread up on display where I could actually see it.

Project:

I started on eBay where I searched for wooden spice racks.  Found one for $12 and ordered it (note:  for those of you not familiar with shopping on eBay, keep in mind the shipping costs, as some folks price low and make up for it on the shipping costs -- this seller did not do that, but I want you to be forewarned).

Waited a few days and the rack arrived in them mail … sadly … broken into pieces.


After moving it around the kitchen counter for a few weeks, my husband surprised me one day, by pulling it back together and gluing it.  Since it's only going to be holding thread, it doesn't have to be super sturdy.

Yesterday, I stopped at Lowe's and picked up a can of spray paint (astonishing the selection of spray paints available these days ;-).


And I now have a thread holder -- which has definitely pointed out to me what a limited color palate I have in my threads compared to my fabrics!  White, beige and off white ;-).  My husband has committed to get hung on the wall today for me!


Project materials:
  • wooden spice rack from eBay -- $15.00 (including shipping)
  • can of spray paint from Lowes -- $4.99
  • Total Project cost $19.99

Hope you had a productive weekend!
Lisa

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