In well under two weeks I have a result! From the humble beginnings of four cotton fabrics which I selected – to a finished little beauty! Lovingly hand crafted and hand quilted with ever so many stitches it could never, ever, EVER fall apart 🙂
My newest creation! Flying Geese and appliquéd hearts lap quilt number 2 actually finished yesterday, but my camera broke down – and here’s me thinking it’s the quilt design that is jinxed !!! Maybe it’s just me…..!
My four chosen cotton print fabrics….after lots of hunting through mountains of materials at the fabric shop I eventually chose these four to go together. Tasteful, Simple, Rich, Stylish and Elegant! As soon as I had them in my arms all together, I could already see how the new quilt would look in my mind’s eye! The only thing delaying me from starting, was some good old fashioned hand washing of the fabrics to rid them of any excess dyes! No sooner dry and ironed…..let chopping, piecing and quilting begin 😉
I always think it is a good idea to make another ‘Goosey” quilt until I reach 5/31 geese border strips…then I sigh my way through the next 26….knowing, it WILL be worth all the effort – at the same time trying not to think of all the hand quilting to come ;-/ !!!!
A little hand sewn label, to let generations hence, (should it EVER become an Heirloom piece 😉 ) know who and where it was made! A little touch I probably should have already been adding to my lovingly hand-crafted quilts…better late than never though ! As a seller on Etsy I have become aware of just how many vintage quilts there are, and, it’s important to new makers like myself, and a must, to let people/buyers know that they are NEWLY made rather than vintage…..though, I hope and feel my own designs show a contemporary style anyway! As much as I love patch working I do feel sometimes people just add too much (colour/mix of fabric designs/ confusion etc,etc (this is my opinion only-others may feel differently and we should all have our say, I think), I do like some structure to what I design and make, though others may too have other tastes, which is of course absolutely fine too! Whilst I realise in the olden days, Patchwork items were made out of what was available and maybe in short supply, it is now a luxury to go and buy new fabrics to create such items today. Though it is my belief that by buying only small quantities of each fabric I am still forcing myself to create something out of very little – even if it is all new material!
I look out proudly at my latest achievement as it gently blows in the wind after its final wash before going off to my Etsy shop! I do hope it can eventually make someone happy…..and of course warm and cosy! 🙂 I certainly sewed many, many hours during its creation (on average, I reckon I work for 2 pence per hour including material costs!!!!! Minimum wage would make it only available to the Billionaires of the world – I’m not sure they shop on Etsy?!?) and incorporated lots of sweet dreams into it too! – they are include free of course!!! 😉
It’s totally gorgeous Caren and two weeks work at minimum wage equates to £560, but I’m guessing you’ve underpriced it more than that from what you’ve said! Still, as long as the lucky new owner appreciates the quality of workmanship, then a happy crafter you will be I reckon:)
Thank you so much for your lovely comment and you are quite right, it is hugely under priced for the hours put in though as we crafters know most people are unwilling to pay for them as well as the article – I would much rather it found a loving new home than sat in a bag on a shelf -that would make me extremely happy 😉
It came out beautiful! I love the colors and pattern. 🙂
Thank you so much – I’m so happy you like it too, I was really pleased with how it all turned out, especially with the time it took! A bit of a tidy then I’ll decide what’s to be the next project!!!? Have a lovely day Jackie 😉
Thanks – you too! 🙂
Mrs P said:
Oh Caren it’s beautiful ❤ ❤ ❤ your work NEVER fails to draw an exclamation of wonderment from me. I have no doubts that some lucky recipient of one of your masterpieces would immediately give it' Heirloom Status'
Where ever go you get such wonderful ideas from, if stout bestows such a benevolent creation conception I'm off to purchase a crate of the stuff
It's a travesty that craft workers have to consistently undersell their work, I once worked out my rabbits should cost around £50 but who would be willing to pay that? if I ever find out where Billionaires do shop for hand crafted items you will be the first to know….but please don't hold your breath as I don't actually know any
Thank you so much Mrs P for your lovely comments 🙂
LOL! Should I fear there being a shortage of Stout in the near future..? Think I had better stock up quick!!!!! 😉
It’s such a shame you don’t have any knowledge of Billionaire’s I was pinning my hopes that you had a few clues, we’ll just have to keep making our creations at ”gift rate” for now then ;-/ At least we crafters are a happy bunch of souls and much is done for the pure pleasure and satisfaction!
Mrs P said:
I like to think I’m charging’ accessible rates’ after all we would like our work to appeal to everyone not just the elitist few, that’s my sales pitch and I’m sticking to it LOL not only that as you rightly say the pleasure gained by creating a hand crafted item is beyond monetary terms, not only that Beloved appreciates the fact it keeps me off the street corners 🙂
I’ll have to slowly introduce stout till I can wean myself off my juniper cordial …. and I’ll have gauge the drip speed, you don’t want me to overdose LOL
LOL whilst its not as light as your normal juniper cordial you might want to administer slowly….stout is stern stuff ! 😉
Mrs P said:
Oooh I like the thought of stern stuff, just what I need to compensate me till I can get to my sewing machine…which at this rate will be forever & a day LOL
Poor you, I should imagine the need to get to the machine is getting worse since your fabric mojo planted the seed of a new little creation – but, at least now you have some compensation….a crate of stout LOL AND, a beautiful fireplace to boot 😉
Thank you so much for your lovely comment I think it is one of my favourite quilts so far 🙂
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Fabulous! I love everything: the choice of fabrics, the design and your neat sewing. ❤
It's such a shame people aren't willing to pay a fair price for handcrafted items. If they made their own they'd appreciate how much work goes into them.
Aw thanks so much Sarah for your lovely comment! 🙂 It is very true, I don’t think people actually realise how much work and many,many hours go into handcrafted items. It is so hard to make a living from it, even at bargain prices for quality pieces – there is just so much competition everywhere for just about everything, even though I make all my own patterns and couldn’t be any more original with all the things I do! Oh well…I’m already well underway with my next creation – more on that soon 😉
I look forward to seeing it. 🙂
You might need your sunglasses on for this one, its really colourful – or it will be when its all put together 😉
Oooo, sounds interesting. How long do you think it will take?
I am aiming to make lap quilts/throws, from start to completed, within two weeks, whatever the design I draw and decide to go with! – that is my plan, given I have no interruptions. Though we have a small trip planned to see our children in S. Wales this next week, for their birthday celebrations and to watch our son perform in concert too –OOOO, I can’t wait!!! so that is going to put plans awry for this one at little. Having started yesterday, I have the six rectangular colourful panels assembled and have already completed one with all the applique parts as well 🙂 so all is going well so far! I must say I am really excited by my new design for this one – think large super soft bunnies and lots of colour as a hint of what is to come…. 😉
The bunnies and colour sound great – can’t wait to see it.
What does your son do – play an instrument, sing…? Enjoy your trip. 🙂
Progress on the quilt has been good so far this week, though as expected with the trip, it will be next week before I get to do a post,
My son is a violinist and I’m so looking forward to the mega huge double orchestra and double choir event, the sight and sound as they perform Britten’s War Requiem en mass will be something else, I’m sure 😉
Wow, I wish I could come! 😉 Have a great time.