Back on it

I’m thinking of doing some craft fairs just before Christmas. Just one or two, selling purses and bags and maybe some of the other stuff like resin jewellery I’ve been meaning to get rid of for ages. I might take some quilts too, not that I expect them to sell. I’ve sent off for a few application forms, and my next step is to figure out if it will be viable, in terms of if I have to pay $200 in business licences (i.e. not viable) just to do the two shows.

My Weekender bag - next time I'll improv piece but not QAYG- the thickness is too challenging!

My Weekender bag – next time I’ll improv piece but not QAYG- the thickness is too challenging!

If it is I want to make more patchwork bags, maybe like my weekender bag, plus some smaller things like wallets that I can make reasonably quickly. I don’t plan to sell volume, if I sell one or two items but at a higher price, I’ll be happy with that.

In book news I’m happy to report that I only need to make a sleeve for initial photography and write up one project, then I can submit it for my October 3rd deadline. There are other deadlines for other things after this time (like printing out my patterns full size for the illustrators, making the individual step by step things for real photography, signing forms and labelling quilts) but the hard work is DONE! I decided to treat myself by working on a new project (for Popular Patchwork)…

Eight blocks down, 28 to go. I’m also thinking about a name for it. I’m thinking something along the lines of “Downtown Crosswalks” right now. I’m also going to get on with my bee block commitments this week because I’m feeling guilty about falling behind, and I need to start on my Quiltcon entry soon too. After that I have dress alterations and three quilts to finish, oh and I was writing a new Quilt Workout pattern…

I do have a question for you though. Does anyone have any tips for destashing? I used to be so good at it in the UK on Instagram, but there doesn’t seem to be the appetite for it over here, I think it may be because postage is stupidly expensive. I don’t get any biters on IG and I had some limited success on Facebook, but I like to destash, it’s good for my soul and it means my stash doesn’t stagnate. Often I will get a fat quarter bundle, use most of it, put some in my stash but then have pieces left over to sell on like these Uppercase FQs. At the minute though I have no outlet! Do you think it is worth putting this kind of thing on eBay?

$12 CAD plus postage, if anyone is interested....

$12 CAD plus postage, if anyone is interested….

I’ll leave you with some snaps from straight off the camera (no cropping, editing, etc). I’m getting too lazy to Photoshop these days, anyone else feel the same?

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  1. Jen
    Posted September 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Ebay is a good idea, etsy too. There might be a local quilt group/guild that has a sale/swap table.

  2. Lorraine
    Posted September 19, 2016 at 11:01 pm | Permalink

    You and the word lazy should never appear together-i am always amazed at how much you achieve
    I’m looking forward to your book reveal.
    Happy stitching, Lorraine

  3. Posted September 19, 2016 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    You don’t need to photo shop with pictures like that! Amazing views! Good luck with the craft fairs and book 🙂

  4. Susan
    Posted September 20, 2016 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    LOVE the bag!

  5. Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    Ohhh I’m loving the new project!! You lazy….. that word isn’t even in your vocabulary! Photos are lovely tho.

  6. Kelly O.
    Posted September 20, 2016 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I think Etsy is a great place to destash– or you could use your blog…

  7. Posted September 22, 2016 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never edited a photo in my life! I just can’t bring myself to care enough. does the finishing of the book mean we’ll be seeing regular posts from you again? When I first started sewing, I bought fabric from ebay as I didn’t know where else to get it from.

  8. Tomomi McElwee
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

    I too have some plan for Christmas fair and need to make some bags. Doesn’t mean I have sold them before but have to try. Looking forward to hearing more about your book!

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