Thursday, November 29, 2007

Christmas sale this weekend!!!

Monday I turned in all the totes and wristlets and make up bags +++54!!!!!!!!! The lady who is hosting the sale with other ladies loved them all. She displayed them and thinks they will sell. I hope I hope.
It took me 5 hours to inventory them and fill out and attach the tags and business cards. This is the first show or sale I have participated in and I am excited. I have sold several online at ebay in my store and on my husband's site at ebay and in person just a few. The more I make the better I get with them, thank goodness. I love to sew.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

new pouch

Yesterday I made a new Christmas design pouch and it has a zipper and a cute little loop handle with an inside small pocket. I boxed the corners and it stands alone. I would use it for a make up bag, but it could be used as a small clutch type instead of a purse if you didn't want to take so much stuff to an event over the holidays. I didn't use a pattern but just started cutting the fabric and then I used iron on interfacing from Pellon and sewed in the zipper.Then I made the pocket and sewed it and my name label in the lining pieces. Then I sewed up the outside pieces and then the inside pieces leaving an opening to turn. Once I had it turned, I sewed up the opening and stuffed the lining inside of the bag and it was finished. So cute.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Most of you know, I have a fabric store on ebay, and last week my husband and I went to Houston to the international quilt market for retailers. It was absolutely awesom. I have never seen such lovely fabrics in my life. I attended several sewing classes-one with Eleanor Burns in her flower and vine technique for applique using a kit she gave us.We sewed on Baby Lock's new espire, and I liked it so much I bought one there.When I got to Eleanor's class I was alittle late, and there was not a seat for me, so she said for me to sit up front with her and we would take turns sewing, which we did, and she was so nice and wonderful.I attended a class taught by Nancy vasilchik a designer for exclusively quilters, and she gave us all kinds of tips for sewing and lots of goodies and a dvd with lessons on how to make a prarie point tote and a purse/tote and applique. We were given charm packs in the posy party and another line, I liked that fabric so much I went and bought 6 bolts from the posy party line.I went to Jinny Byers's class on how to incorporate color brightness in quilts and received another charm pack in bright solids. She was unbelievable in her designs.I went to another class taught by Amy Butler which was truly awesome and her things she brought to show were great. She gave us a brochure book with all her new things in it and signed my copy.I went to the Moda class on charm packs and received lots of goodies there and a dvd with patterns using 8 of the new lines charm packs. We also got a couple charm packs.Lastly, I went to the sulky class on how to make a rag bowl and made a small one, which I thought was so much fun such a great gift idea. I went to lots of other classes and then spent 2 days on the floor seeing over 1,000 vendors showing all their new products, fabrics, patterns etc. It was great not to mention 2 or 3 thousand quilts too, When the market is over the very next day they have the festival which is for sewers. They get to go to classes and walk the floor buying retail.Oh by the way Moda has a new product called layer cakes that is like a charm pack only the squares are 10 inches and there are 40 in each pack.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween quilt more views of blocks

Halloween quilt more views of blocks

My Halloween Quilt

Fabric Store

I forgot to mention that after I had made so many quilts and had no place to store them or the fabrics and was running out of money to buy more... I decided to clean out my closet and sell stuff on ebay. I had such a great time doing it and made more money than I thought I could for used purses and shoes etc., that I decided to sell fabric. I contacted the Moda people and met this wonderful man named Mark and he invited me to their fabric show last summer. I obtained a tax number and started my business. I bought several bolts of fabric and notions, etc, and started selling on ebay again. In October of 06 we went to Houston to the International Quilt Market and bought more and more. Being with others retail sellers and quilters and seeing all the products and vendors was fabulous. I came home with a huge stack of catalogs and order blanks and a trunk full of fabrics. It was an awesome experience. Besides that, I attended seminars and talks and sewing classes. What an education for me.
At some point, last year, I started making tote bags and purses and less quilts.
As you might guess, I had a large stash of purses and totes and George, my husband, said," Honaey, why don't you sell your purses on ebay?" So, I did and have continued to. Now I have a store on ebay and lots of fabrics, purse patterns and notions.