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Craft Booth Confidence

Here are the photographs from my booth on November 13th. I finally found that camera! I’ve set up a few other booths in my day like the guild boutique at a quilt show and guild opportunity quilt at the rubber duckie race. (Yes, that’s a thing. It was pretty cute but not so good for ticket sales on the quilt.) Anyway, with those experiences under my belt I had a pretty good idea of how I wanted my tables to look. I started out by getting to the meeting room extra early and draping the tables with bed sheets.

booth setup 1

 

Next I tried to make all of the quilts fit on the table. There was quite a big of adjusting at this stage as I wanted their motifs to still be seen even with the overlapping. If I had decided to add a third table it would’ve been ridiculously long and I would have been running sprints to talk to customers on either end. booth setup 2 Hey, are those customers’ legs? Why yes, I think they are. 🙂 You can see I filled in the other items on top of the table: purses, pillows, bibs, and table runners. I ran out of table room for the Christmas Tree Skirts so they’re to the left on stacked boxes. It’s not perfect but I’m proud.booth setup 3Being proud of my setup and art helped me find the confidence to self-promote. I could put aside my introvert side for a few hours and speak as the artist-in-residence, business owner, expert. I can hold off on buying this t-shirt. 🙂 sorry i'm awkward sorry

Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are coming up in a few days. There are some great gifts and deals in my Etsy shop. Be sure to check it out! I’ll be adding more items as they’re ready, including an I-Spy quilt that’s being bound tonight.

I specialize in custom projects. Do you have someone or something special in mind? Let’s talk! mrs.megan.null @ gmail.com I’m being very productive these days so the waiting list is getting shorter. It’s likely I’ll have your project done by the holidays, if that’s what you’d like.

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Even Tree Skirts are Creative Opportunities

Every project has its own unique story. For example, I just finished this custom ordered tree skirt for my Aunt. I chose some modern fabrics and ran them by her to make sure she didn’t want something more traditional…. and then, as I sometimes do… I stole them. More accurately, I used a LOT of the rusty red fabric in another project. I had it right there in my stash just waiting to be used… but it was waiting to be used for this project. Oops.

Well, that’s where creativity comes in. I had planned to make this tree skirt out of alternating print and red in 8 equal sections. Instead, I cut up the red that remained into four 1/16th wedges. I still wanted the main print to have 4 large sections. So that left room for two more 8ths which I pulled from another beautiful print. Putting them together, I inserted the red where I thought the patterns needed some rest. Guess what? That means it’s not symmetrical. And, I think it’s more modern and beautiful in its imperfection that it would have been if everything went according to plan.

I constructed and quilted this tree skirt and then put binding around the raw edges. Of course, the plan was to use the red print as the binding too… which would bring it all together nicely. Yeah, I don’t have nearly enough red print left to make binding. Another design opportunity. I’m creative; I can figure this out! Time to audition fabrics.

skirtauditions

I saw that the yellow would work nicely… and decided to go bold with the blue circles. Bold is good. It’s scary and could make the whole project wonderful. Once it was sewn on, I decided it was waaaay cooler than the yellow ever could have been. Adds some sass and whimsy.

skirtbinding

 

The backing? Yeah. That was going to be the red, too. (But that other project really needed it, honest! When I can I’ll show you the quilt I’m talking about. No other fabric would have done the job as well.) I often piece backings for my quilts, but I wanted this tree skirt to have the option of being double-sided… which called for a one-fabric back. So I pawed through my stash, hoping to find something large enough that would compliment the front. Turns out that the Asian fabric that I bought over a year ago because it was just so beautiful that I had to have it was just waiting to be used in this particular project. It’s the deep blue print in the photo below.
skirtbackopening

So here she is in all of her glory. It’s been a great ride. I’ve stretched myself and made something I’m proud of. I hope my aunt loves this skirt as much as I do. Now to throw her in the wash and send her off to New England. Safe travels, my friend. I really do love you.skirtfull

 

 

* It’s not too late to get your custom tree skirt order in for this year.

Funny Fixed Fence

It’s October in Southern California, which means it’s time for some strong winds. (Also, you might need a sweater after dark.) Anyway, we have an old rotten fence that partially blew down today, taking out a window. So I taped that up while my husband hatched a plan for putting the fence back up in a way that it would stay up through the next few weeks of windy days. It was a single-pane glass window in a room we haven’t gotten to sorting through yet. Faces the side yard, so we don’t have to replace it immediately. 

broken window

Anyway, I told you the fence is all rotted-out, right? So my husband screws it back together best he can, and uses brackets, and the fence is pretty much together… except that I can knock it down just by leaning on it with my body weight. Here’s the new solution: there’s a stump close to the back of the fence and we have a 2×4 left over from another project. Let’s prop the fence up! Start by screwing the lumber to the stump. 
screwed stump

Then screw it to the top of the fence, and voila! Now it’s wind-proof. We hope. And it looks so so silly that I just had to blog about it to share with everybody. These photos are all taken from the backyard. It doesn’t look as ridiculous from the front. 

fixed fence

 

Alright, back to my quilting. I’m sending off a box of blocks and fabric markers to my childhood overnight camp tomorrow. There’s an alumni weekend coming up and participants will decorate the blocks and get them back to me. We’re making a signature quilt for the Turkey Clan’s room in the lodge! Fun, fun. Photos soon.