It’s been a little while since I’ve quilted — I’ve been under the weather for about a year now (long story, but I’m on the mend) and I’ve been focused on bags, because small projects were all I’ve had the attention span for.
But this past week, the quilting bug bit me again, and I decided to rearrange my sewing space, and try a baby quilt.
Pardon the untidiness: this photo was taken mid-batch of bags for the Moms and Makers Market (see previous post or my Instagram!)
I grabbed a pack of charm squares, a tutorial from Elizabeth Hartmann, and off I went!
I used an old thrifted sheet for the backing and cut a queen batting in quarters, so I suppose there are three more baby quilts in my future!
The quilting was all done by eye with a walking foot — I just let myself stitch where it looked appropriate, and see what happened! I’m quite pleased.
The backing isn’t quite as pretty — there are a couple of places where the top thread (white) pops through because my tension wasn’t quite right — but overall, I’m delighted with it.
Now to find it a new home! I’m thinking about putting it up on Etsy to help me fundraise for the Hispanic Federation, because god knows Puerto Rico still needs help!
Saturday, May 12, there will be an exciting event in NYC: the first Moms & Makers Market in NYC, intended to fundraise for Moms Demand Action.
KnitSpinQuilt will be vending at the marketplace all day long (11am-6pm) with a full selection of three sizes of project bags, stitch markers, notions tins, and a couple of small surprises – stash savers that smell of lavender (packaged in plastic to keep the table safe for those with scent sensitivities), and even some wine glass charms, many of which work as stitch markers for larger needles!
There will be a brand new subway-themed bag available in several sizes at the market – and nowhere else until after the market is over and done!
The market includes a silent auction and a raffle to raise money for Moms Demand Action and will take place between 11am and 6pm at the Loft at W83 Ministry Center. KnitSpinQuilt has donated a hedgehog bag and set of stitch markers to the silent auction: a $35+ value that could be yours if you attend and bid!
The street address for the Loft at W83 Ministry Center is 150 West 83rd Street, New York, NY, between Columbus and Amsterdam, and the venue is accessible: there is also an outdoor terrace where people are welcome to sit and knit, and bring their own snacks.
Take the 1 train to 79th or 86th Street, or the B to 81st Street or 86th Street. Or take the M7/M11 southbound on Columbus Avenue and get off between 83rd/84th streets, or the M7/M11 northbound on Amsterdam and get off between 83rd/84th streets.
If you can’t make it there in person, there will be a major shop update on May 14! I’ll keep you posted!
This month’s update is all about sea creatures: Sea turtle stitch markers and manatee bags.
These bags usually sell out fast, so click through if you like mustard, teal, or coral, and get one for your very own project-safekeeping! 30% of the purchase price will be donated to the Hispanic Federation’s ongoing Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts, which are still sorely needed.
Keep an eye out for more news soon: KnitSpinQuilt will be in New York City at the Moms and Makers Market organized by Knitty City on May 12, and box bags are in development.
These two sets are a teaser for a new product I’ll be debuting at Flame Con: wine glass charms!
The blog may be a bit Flame Con centered until August, but never fear — I’m still fundraising for Doctors Without Borders for all of 2017!
Items that debut at Flame Con will be available for non-attendees after the con is over.
Hello, all! I’ve been quiet because keeping up with Etsy orders, school, and work has been keeping me quite busy, but I’ve got some news to share with you!
First of all, in 2017 I’ll be fundraising for Doctors Without Borders. The work they do around the world is sorely needed, and their charity ratings are excellent and overheads are low.
Secondly, I’ve been thinking about moving the shop to a new platform for a while: the fees Etsy charges take more of my fundraising profits than I’d prefer, and so this year I’ve taken the leap to a new site. You can now find the shop at knitspinquilt.com. I’ve done the math, and moving to a Squarespace backed shop will allow me to donate a larger percentage of my prices to charity.
I’ll be transitioning away from Etsy gradually: for now I’m letting listings expire as their time comes, and I’ll be setting up new links on social media to direct traffic to the new site over the next two months. I hope to have everything moved over by the end of April, 2017. New products and exclusives will be released on the new site over the next few weeks and months.
You’ll see when you visit the new site that I’ve changed the percentage I’m donating to 30% of purchase prices. This is because I have had so much more traffic than I ever expected, and I simply can’t afford to donate materials costs and overhead anymore: you have helped me donate $3,000+ to charity since 2015, and I love that so very much, but since materials and overhead are the majority of my expenses, I can’t do that out of pocket anymore. Grad school stipends at my university are generous, but NYC cost of living isn’t low!
I will always be transparent with you about what I’m doing and how I’m doing it, and why. Please comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!
Some of you may remember that I made a Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt a few years ago as a wedding present for friends, and another one for a friend’s baby.
The larger quilt was queen size: here it’s being held up by my father (6’4″) who is standing on a chair:
The smaller quilt was for a baby:
Both were made using the Quiltville Scrappy Trip pattern.
I initially thought about doing a pieced back for the large quilt, and I’ve had blocks 12.5″x12.5″ cut for ages with no purpose. Instead I decided to use them for a new, small, scrappy trip around the world quilt.
The newest quilt will be a lap quilt, in differently-formatted blocks: they’re blocks of 4 instead of blocks of six. The colors are a departure for me, and I’m not sure I’m going to want to keep it in the end, but it’s been really soothing to get back to my machine for a quilting project again.