I realize that this isn’t really like a Japanese Boro Quilt – mine aren’t really random enough – but those quilts are so amazing that I am going to add some links to some pictures. They just blow me away. I’ve heard that what collectors tend to show are the back sides of the quilt. I can see why.
|Older picture, obviously.
A few years ago I opened an Etsy store. I listed only my jewelry. No bites.
I truly think that you have to have an established customer base already to sell things on Etsy. I let the shop go having learned that Etsy is a dead end for me.
So, somebody please explain to me why I just opened another one.
It means I have to have an inventory that’s just for Etsy, I have to keep up with the site, I have to deal with shipping and taxes. Yet, there it is.
I only have one item on there right now. I plan to list a wider variety of items: stuffed animals, jewelry and maybe even some vintage stuff. Maybe that will justify my many trips to Dig N Save.
If I mention my Etsy store on the tags that are on things I sell locally, maybe someone will check it out, right?
I used Marilyn Monroe logic:
“Ever notice how ‘What the hell’ is always the right answer?”
— Marilyn Monroe
Now that they are becoming a quilt, though, it brings to mind (vaguely) Japanese boro quilts.
|It’s Finished! Here’s the quilt on our messy bed. It’s exceedingly warm due to the wool backing.
|Here it is, backing side up. I had to cut the wool piece up and rearrange it just a little bit to make it more bed shaped. It weighs a ton.
|It looks a little creepy to stick an eye ball in a flower.
|Add a little linen….
|He’s one of my latest owls. Here he is in progress. Very colorful for a dreary winter’s day cheering up.
|One of the latest and longest lasting projects is my log cabin crazy quilt. It’s inspired by the amazing quilts by the women of Gee’s Bend. I was really taken with their corduroy quilts. Here are some close ups of my attempt.
|It has pockets! Everything except for the red and gold came from pants. That really caused some issues because the pants have been worn and have a lot of bias to them. I really had to embrace the chaos.
|The itch keeps you warm, you know.
|The backing is a wool remnant that I bought at Gayfeather Fabrics. It’s very warm but pretty itchy. So I decided to edge it with velvet to off set the itch factor, at least around the edges. I’m hoping that one pair of velvet pants will do the job.
|Here are the pants cut up and waiting. This is the only part of this quilt left to do. I’ll sew them into a large strip and then edge the quilt. I can sew one side with the machine (I hope) and the other will be hand stitched.
|But, not today. We are having a group of pre-teen girls over to make duct tape crafts with us today. They won’t want me around though I’ll need to stay close so I’ll be sitting in the kitchen, burning cookies and working with this:
|Keep your eye on this space to see what I plan to do with all this vintage bark cloth.
A stuffed animal is a purse with eyes!
OK, also arms, ears and a tongue and no purse strap.
But, it really got me started on a whole new obsession. I’ve been taking tweedy wool coats and cutting them out around the pocket to make an adorable mouth.
Then I add vintage button eyes and some trims and sometimes the
old woven tags from inside the coats and they just seem to come alive.
This frog’s head is from the lapel of the tweed coat used to make the dudes above his head.
This old skirt just wants a big hug.
There are a couple left at Confectionique.
My next step is to move beyond purse shapes to more complex
critters with heads and more shapely bodies.
I’ve sold a bunch through the library of all places.
They were available at a Susan Komen event about breast cancer awareness.
It wasn’t my original intent but they have become great comfort items for people who are going through challenges – both in terms of health and personal issues.
I guess people have been using their pocket mouths to
hold important talisman type items to assist in healing.
They have coffee and/or wine, good food and lots of local and fair trade crafts.
I had a great time yesterday making a new display.
Display in progress.
I was a little intimidated at first, I’ve never re-lined a suitcase and was planning to use fabric. But I found this site that used paper and went for it.