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!
KnitSpinQuilt is now an Indie Untangled vendor — you can find a link to my shop on the Indie Untangled website, and I was featured in the newsletter last week.
This pussyhat bag was featured in the newsletter and is now only available for pre-order — I sold out of all the fabric I had in stock! This is fabulous news, because it means I can donate more to the Hispanic Federation this quarter — 30% of shop purchase prices will go to the Hispanic Federation’s Puerto Rico disaster relief efforts in 2018.
KnitSpinQuilt is at Flame Con this weekend!
Rainbow bags for sale at Woolyn this weekend in Brooklyn!
These bags (and more!) will be at Woolyn this weekend (on Atlantic Ave, in Brooklyn!) to fundraise for the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
This is your only chance to get them before Flame Con: after Flame Con, I’ll put them up in the Etsy shop.
Some news for you today. First of all, there’s a shop update on Etsy!
These goldfish bags are limited to only five more — ever! — so if you like them, snatch them up now!
I’ve been sewing up a storm, and here are some of the bags that are going out in the mail soon:
Second of all, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be vending in person at FlameCon in Brooklyn this August!
I’ll be spending a fair bit of time prepping items for that this summer, and there will be a couple of FlameCon exclusives that I’ll tease in late July / early August.
But don’t worry: I’ll also be stocking the shop more fully this summer than I have been for the last couple of months: turns out that working two jobs is less time-consuming than working four!
I’ve been busy with the start of the semester this fall – I’m teaching modern European history (French Revolution to Brexit) and keeping up with my own research and dissertation deadlines. But I had time to make up a few little bags, which will go up in the Etsy shop soon. For now, have a picture of them hung up at Woolyn, a new (awesome!) yarn store in Brooklyn, which I absolutely adore.
These little bags are just the right size for a tin of stitch markers, a Chibi yarn needle holder, a tape measure, and a few other miscellaneous notions. Or for a couple sets of d20 dice! They’re also great fun to make up.
If you want a bitty bag, you can buy one at my Etsy shop, KnitSpinQuilt, which is how I fundraise for the Flint Child Health Development Fund. I have time and a lot of fabric – other people have money. By making bags, charging a #FairFiberWage and donating my time and materials, I’ve been able to raise more than $1,800 for FlintKids so far this year, which blows my mind.
Linking up with TGIFF:
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.
While I was abroad this summer I visited the Wollmeise store in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm: I’ll post more of a summary of the visit in a week or so when I’ve sorted out all my photographs.
For now, I wanted to post about an exciting fact: we’ve hit $1,500 in the fundraiser for the Flint Child Health Development Fund!
In celebration, and because some friends asked, I’ve added a new product to the shop: manatee drawstring bags.
I’ve also added box bags to the shop for the very first time, starting with the manatee print. They’re available lined in mustard, teal, or coral, just like the drawstring bags above.
I’m delighted to be able to turn my time and fabric into donations, and want to thank those of you who have been along for the ride. I’m exploring getting my stitch markers into shops, and can’t wait to share a couple of non-fundraiser projects with you in the near future.