Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Red and Aqua Table Runner

The past couple days, I've been playing with some red and aqua fabrics to make a table runner for a customer. She really admired the red and white items in my Etsy shop and so the plan was to make a table runner similar. While picking out the red and white fabrics, I remembered that this customer mentioned that her kitchen also had aqua as an accent fabric, so I picked out a few fabrics that colour as well. This is what I came home with:


I cut out a few squares of each of the fabrics and then began playing with the arrangement on my design wall. If you remember back to your Sunday School or Kindergarten days, it's just like playing with the flannel graph during story time - the fabrics stick easily to the flannel background and can be rearranged any number of ways.




In the end, both my customer and I liked the version with the equal number of dark red and aqua squares and the table runner was stitched together, quilted and bound. 

This colour combination is so retro and modern at the same time and I loved it and you will be seeing more of it in my shop soon.

--Ann

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

What I'm working on today

Today, I'm sewing up a custom table runner for a customer in aqua and red - I really like this colour combination and you'll be seeing more of it in my shop soon.

Also, I'm hoping to host a give-away in October - the 25th of October is my one-year Etsy-versary and my goals were to list at least 50 items (I'm currently at 51) and to sell $750 worth of items (I'm at $592). So far, I'm not making a profit, but I'm having fun and learning lots about online marketing. And it's a lot of work!

So thank you to all of you for checking out Magpie Quilts and being there so I'm not just talking to myself! Look for my give-away sometime mid-October.

--Ann

Friday, 16 September 2011

Scrappy String Blocks

One of the swaps I'm involved in is the Scrap-busters Bee on Flickr.  I was lucky to be the first one up to chose a block for everyone to make from their scraps to send to me. The block I chose was a scrappy string block that I saw on Sew Take A Hike's blog. Here's the link to her tutorial. (Click here)

I have one block yet to come, but a couple of my fellow swappers sent 2 blocks each, so I have a nice collection already. Here's a picture of them all laid out on my dining room table:

Don't they look great? I love the white strip that ties them all together. What do you make with your scraps?

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Dresden Star Quilt Finished!

Remember this quilt block?
It's now a completely finished mini-quilt! I love to put on the final binding and declare a project finished!



What's in your sewing basket that needs to be finished?? Do you love putting on binding or do you dread the last step in completing a quilt?

--Ann

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Canadian Quilters selling on Etsy

When I started listing my quilts on Etsy last fall, I was worried that I wouldn't get any sales. It's taken me a while to get going and find it hard to treat quilting as a business and I find myself doing other things around the house rather than building up inventory. But when I look around the Etsy site where I do my online selling, I see some marvelous Canadians who are making their way quite successfully in the online marketplace.

Here's some of my favourites:


QUILT LOVER from Big River, Saskatchewan. This is one of her New York Beauties - Monika does a marvelous job of perfect piecing and machine quilting.



KATHY KINSELLA from Salmon Arm, British Columbia. Along with her amazing art quilts, she also sells these very chic purses.


BLUE ELEPHANT STITCHES is from my home province of Alberta and is one of the first sellers I checked out on Etsy. Although I have always thought of myself as a traditional quilter and love the country colours, these bright, modern quilts catch my eye and I am drawn to them.


TERRY ASKE is another quilter from British Columbia. It must be the beautiful scenery there that inspires so many art quilters! Terry also sells art cards featuring her quilts. Here's one of the Vancouver skyline that is just beautiful.

Hope you've enjoyed your mini shopping tour of quilters on the western side of Canada.

--Ann

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Quilt for Grandson

Our latest grandson was born in April and I've finally finished his baby quilt! Better late than never?? I've been seeing this Dr. Seuss fabric everywhere and wanted to use it for this baby. Dr. Seuss was one of my favourite authors to read to my kids and although I complained every time they asked for "Go Dog Go", they were fun and easy to read.


Have you ever started a quilt and completed well after the event is was to be made for? Tell me about it!

--Ann

Friday, 2 September 2011

Australian Mug Rugs

A friend of mine gave me a stack of wonderful Australian fabrics, most of which are destined for a project that's been brewing in my mind for a while, but this piece didn't fit as it's more of a novelty piece. I fussy cut it and made a pair of potholders for my friend with the Australian fabric on one side and a great Canadian maple leaf on the other as she has ties in both countries.

Here's a couple of the cute mug rugs that you can purchase here.


I have 2 more sets that I'm just sewing down the binding on and they will be in my Etsy Shop within the next few days.

--Ann