Wednesday, April 9, 2014

IndieMade

I have had my shop Twisted Sticks on Etsy now for a little over 3 years.  I have enjoyed so much making beautiful home dec and personal items for my customers.  It has been a true joy and pleasure creating, whether it be a custom item or an item I have made and placed in my shop.

I have had great feedback and have sold 178 items.  Something I never would have thought I would have accomplished when I first started this journey.

Over the last year I have been a little discouraged with the changes in Etsy and the opening up to more resellers and manufactured items.  I feel they are losing the original hand crafted ideal.  I feel I am getting lost in the shuffle.

In order to try and reach more customers I am also starting a shop on IndieMade.  I will be selling the same high quality, one of a kind home dec and personal items.  I will also do custom work if contacted.  I look forward to this new endeavor.  I love what I do and hope to be able to continue spreading my hand crafted unique fabric creations far and wide.

This site enables me to be able to do so much more with linking to my blog and adding personal touches to my shop site.  I will be adding new items and working to set it up just right!

Please stop by and check out my shop.

http://twistedsticks.indiemade.com/store

Till next time!

Patty

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

National Craft Month


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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WIP - When Planets Align

Today I am working on a new pillow design.  I fell in love with some charm squares I have and wanted to use some of the turquoise and green.

I took 8 of the 5 inch squares and pieced them into two 4 patch blocks.
The opposing blocks I just cut a piece of white with turquoise dots.
Once I had the blocks sewn together I did some machine quilting from corner to corner.  It is easier to do that before the applique goes down and then I don' t have to stop and start where the applique pieces are placed and it also gives a nice firm base to do the applique.




I cut some circles in various sizes.  I place the fabric circles in the center of a circle template.  I like to hand gather around the circle with a pearl cotton as it is stronger and won't break when I gather it around the template.






Then I spray a little starch and press with an iron to get a good crisp edge and remove the template.

The circles are all finished and I can now place them on my base fabric and hand applique them down.


I love to do hand quilting so I decided to use Aurifil size #12 to do some quilting around the circles.  I used color #2810 for the quilting. I went around the appliques plus I did some circle quilting in the opposing 4 patch squares.


Once my quilting is finished I am going to turn this into a pillow. I have chosen a striped fabric for the binding and have cut it on the bias so the stripes would run diagonal and be more interesting.

The backing will be the same turquoise dot that is in the front blocks.

I had so much fun working on this. I find the longer I quilt the more I love using the bright fabrics that are available now.  I still like the traditional darker colors, but I am tired of winter and needed to so some bright projects!

Should be posted in my shop today!  Till next time, God bless and happy quilting.

Friday, February 14, 2014

WIP Wednesday- Thinking Spring

I just can't stand this winter weather anymore!!  I am needing to do something bright and spring like. 

I purchased a fabric strip bundle a few months ago and decided this was the perfect time to use some!  The fabric is "Honey" by Kate Spain for Moda.  The fabric came in a bundle of 5 inch strips, which is nicer then the charm packs as it gives the quilter a little more fabric to work with.





I am going to use my favorite technique of paper foundation to make my blocks. I have chosen to do 4.5 inch finished spool blocks.  These fabrics will be so pretty with a pure white background.




I made 9 of these blocks and I am going to join them with the same white fabric so they will be floating in the white background.  I am using 2 inch joining strips and then a 2.5 inch border strip of a floral from the collection to bring it all together.

I am very happy with how this has turned out and it is so spring like!!  On to quilting and then binding which will be a Moda marble periwinkle fabric.










Happy quilting and bring on spring!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sewing by number

Decided today to do a Valentine project.  I chose to do some paper foundation as it is so precise.

My tools of the trade and pattern


I printed my pattern on newsprint weight paper.  It tears away very easy.  I have access to a local store that sells packs of 100 for $1.00. I just put it in my printer pick the size I want from my computer program and print as many as I want.

The fabrics I chose are red, black and white. One of my favorite combinations!


The method I use is the add a quarter ruler and postcard method.  I lay the postcard on the line of the next section number I am going to sew.  The paper bends back over the postcard very easy. Then lay the ruler along the edge of the postcard. The raised lip lines up right along the postcard and then trim the excess fabric away leaving a nice 1/4 inch.

I like to put a dab of fabric glue stick on the number 1 spot to hold the piece of fabric in place.  Then move on to the number 2 spot.

This pattern was in in two sections. The bottom of the heart and top.  They are sewn together once totally finished.


I decided to use the same dotted fabric used in the center heart for the border fabric.  Then I repeated the flowered fabric for the binding and backing.

As you can see the foundation piecing is great for precise points.  It makes for a quick little project without having to cut all the small pieces ahead of time for the block.  There is a little waste with sewing this way, but I feel it is worth it and you can use leftover scraps which is great.


All ready for quilting!!

Please visit my shop to see the finished pot holders.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177586377/valentine-pot-holders-heart-pot-holders?ref=shop_home_active_1