Taking a brief break from my Looong List of Projects to make some smaller items. I found a super-cute wallet pattern on Etsy, so I’ve been making a few up as gifts for friends and family.
I picked up a fat quarter bundle to play with, and I have a few other FQ’s set aside from my semi-abandoned table-runner-pattern project, so I’ve got enough to make several of these this week… assuming my sewing machine starts to behave. (Having some major problems with thread tension, and I’ve got a ticket in to Brother customer support to see if they have any ideas for me.)
This has been a very nice little diversion, but it’s time to get back to quilting, as I have a project “due” the Friday before Mother’s Day, which only gives me a few weeks to finish off a lap size quilt. Hopefully I’ll be feeling better (mentally) in the next few days, due to some medication issues I’ve been sort of out-of-it for a while, and that’ll help my productivity a bit as well.
I got something exciting in my inbox about fifteen minutes ago: notification from Etsy that I’d made a sale! My “Pineapple Punch” quilt will be heading to a new owner this weekend, and even though I seriously undercharged for it, I’m super-excited to have made any money off my sewing at all. Maybe with a little bit of shop feedback, I’ll sell the other two quilts that are sitting in my shop!
Seriously, I’m bouncing up and down in my chair right now, I’m like an excited little kid.
I had a big stack of charm squares from a discontinued line from Connecting Threads sitting in my sewing box, leftover from an abandoned project that just didn’t work with the busy fabric, and today I decided to do something with them. Not knowing what else to do with a bunch of charm squares, I decided to try my hand at a disappearing nine-patch pattern, which worked up very quickly this afternoon.
I’m very pleased with the way it turned out, and it’s bigger than I expected– somewhere in the neighborhood of 40″ x 50″. The color scheme probably excludes it from being a baby quilt, but it makes a nice small lap quilt, and hopefully I’ll be able to find it a home where it’s appreciated.
I finally got brave and listed two quilts on Etsy today.
I was worried that the quality isn’t good enough to sell, but overall I like the pieces well enough that someone else should appreciate them. I need to remind myself that I do good work, and that other people tend to really like my quilts, so hopefully my little shop will be successful.
I have absolutely NO idea how to price things and wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve gone a little too far off the low end… I guess we’ll wait and see what happens.