Hi there! It’s been an exciting couple of weeks, at least for me. I worked hard on the quilt for my mom (in law), but didn’t quite get it finished. We visited her yesterday for her birthday. We gave her the quilt and told her she couldn’t keep it. How bad is that?! Well, she loved it and didn’t mind that it wasn’t done. All that’s left is the quilting and binding. I say that like it’s nothing, but I’m doing all free-motion quilting. I really need to practice. If I were better at it, I may have finished. I had to take out most of what I had done because it looked so awful. Now, I’m back to about a quarter of the way done. I’m using a square flower motif that I learned from a tutorial by Lori at The Inbox Jaunt. She helped me with my first (large) quilt for my cousin David and his wife. I didn’t even know that I had to quilt it before I added the binding. She was very nice and gave me good tips. She does excellent free-motion quilting and has a bunch of tutorials. I’m also using a lot of outlining. I hope the quilting turns out as good as the top did.
I’m also full to the brim with ideas for market and Etsy crafts. I’ve been doing a lot of prep work in between working on the quilt and living life. I even skipped the market last week, although, I did go and visit for a while. I got chewed out for not being set up. Not really, but some of them did mess around with me. It looked a little sad because there were so few vendors last week. I think most of them didn’t come because the main road in is under major construction and is detoured. If you don’t know your way around town it might be confusing and you still have to cross the non-road to get to the park. Business has been bad because of it, at least that’s what we think, so the vendors might be skipping out. I have a whole new appreciation for the people who do these markets and take the time to set up and take down and make sure they are well-stocked for the events. It’s a lot of work.
Like I said, I’ve been doing a lot of prep work for new crafts and also trying to implement some marketing strategies. I had shut down my Facebook page, but I reopened it so that I could start a Gardengirl Creations page. I want to interconnect this blog and Facebook and Etsy and even Pinterest to try to boost sales of my crafts. I do have some outside orders from word of mouth business, two pillow beds and a t-shirt quilt. Those will really help a lot to get the ball rolling I think. I’ve been putting my disorganized thoughts to paper so I can organize them better and I’m really excited to see where this all goes.
Well, I’m off to bed. Tomorrow I’m going to bounce some ideas off my friend and have a little down time shopping with her.
Have a creative day!