Friday, February 26, 2010

Sunflower Quillow and Primo Prom Party

Today I dropped off the Sunflower Quillow that I made for the Silent Auction during the Springfield Museum of Art's Primo Prom Party.

If you're wondering what a quillow is, it's a throw-sized quilt (usually 40" x 60") with a pocket. When folded a certain way, you can fold the quilt into the pocket which makes a pillow. Quilt + pILLOW = QUILLOW.
If you're wondering what a Primo Prom Party is, it's a fund-raising event for the Springfield (Ohio) Museum of Art and the theme is "Prom." They are even having a backdrop where you and your date can have your photo taken and it sounds like a lot of fun. The event is happening on Sat., March 6.

If you're wondering if I'll be there, unfortunately the event is happening the same time as another fund-raising event for a different group that I'm already committed to attend.

If you're wondering if I'm going to post photos from my actual prom, the answer is: No.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!


One of my quilted necklaces, for Valentine's Day or any day. (I "love" the picture, especially the shadows of the beads.)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Baby Quilts for a Baby Shower

I'm going to be a great-aunt, although I am seriously too young to be a "great-aunt." It's time for the baby shower and it just doesn't seem right, getting a gift for the shower. I'm a quilter, so I need to give a baby quilt.

Our insurance guy mentioned that he comes from a big family and that his mom has over 60 grandkids. My first thought was that I hoped she wasn't a quilter, as most quilters I know feel obligated to make quilts for all of their grandkids.

So far I've made quilts for my niece and nephew that came after I became a quilter so now it's starting into the next generation. Although I hope I don't end up with over 60 nieces and nephews!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

February Resolution - Destash

I made some New Year's Resolutions, I just didn't mention them because I knew I wouldn't be getting to them in January. Most quilters have a few standard resolutions, one being "I need to do something about my stash" (and by stash, I mean fabric.)

There are a few options to deal with the stash, either make stuff with it or find someone else to make something with it. For the piles above, I'm going with the second option. I'm going to de-stash it (get it out of my stash and into someone else's).

I have an Etsy store (ForFabricsSake) that I opened last February when I listed last year's destash. Last year I had 39 listings and I sold 29 of them, and 2 I unlisted because I found a use for them myself. This year I listed 18 items and have already sent 3 to new homes.

My goal with the destash isn't to make money from it, it really is to get the fabric out of my closet, so I have room to buy more fabric that I really will use. The fabric isn't free as I do want to get back the fees involved and it does take time to photograph and list all those items, but if you're looking for a bargain, this is the place.

The listings are all one-of-a-kind so when they're gone, they're gone.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Bra Quilt


Back in October of 2008 the QuiltsyTeam (a "virtual quilt guild" who all sell on Etsy) decided to make Bra blocks for a "Bra Quilt for Breast Cancer." The blocks were joined together with sashing, quilted and bound and is was for sale in our QuiltsyTeam shop on Etsy. The proceeds of this sale was donated to a major charity that raises money for breast cancer research.

It measures 56 x 78 inches and the label on the back has the name of each of the block makers in the order of the blocks on the front of the quilt. The background fabric is pink with pink ribbons on it.

The block that I made is in the top row, second from the left. I used a funky batik and couched a variegated yarn around the fabric and also for the straps.

And if you thought the title meant a quilt made from bras, maybe next time!