Current fabric trends and a head’s up

Isn’t it funny how I spent my last dime (OK, nothing new…. I am always spending my last dime) but still…. spent my last dime to make sure that I had every possible color and color combination of chevron, because EVERYONE wanted it.  I got sick of looking at it, after a while, and I could see the trend starting to turn.  The geometric prints emerged (can I just note that I am in LOVE with them?) and then the quatrefoil was the newest and greatest thing.

I CAN say that I was smart enough to start selling it off and not replacing it, opting instead to get the new upcoming quatrefoil ordered before someone else could beat me to it.  🙂  OK… I am NOT that clever, but I did get in on it early and I gave the local fabric manufacturer a head’s up that it was going to be the “new chevron.”  I got to return a while later with an “I told you so” as they were out of stock on many of the more popular colors (gray and red.)

So, here is a head’s up for all of you before the craze starts and people are trying to make Christmas gifts and they just HAVE to have the most trendy fabrics…. METALLICS are the newest “in” thing.  I have already had people looking and looking for more of Camelot’s Nightfall collection, but most of them are sold out.  They JUST came out with a Heavy Metal Collection, so GET ON IT NOW or it will all be gone before June and you will just be out of luck.  🙂  There is my FREE tip of the week for you.  I will spice up a post for next week with some nice pics.  Until then, here is a free pattern I LOVE using Heavy Metal from the Camelot Fabrics website.  http://camelotfabrics.com/pdf/2014-fall-collections/Q-022B_HM.pdf

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

New shop name? New products! And we fail Puppy Kindergarten…. LOL

This is me and my dog, Kyah, on the day that she turned 4 months old….  so about 2 weeks ago.  She is fun, but also a LOT of work.  Anyone who has ever owned a Rhodesian Ridgeback knows that they can be stubborn, high-maintenance divas.  I love it…..  and I am equally as stubborn so, rest assured, I always win.  She has almost completed Puppy Kindergarten, yet she still would rather play with the other dogs than to come when given the command.

Kyah and me at 4 months

Kyah and me at 4 months

I recently split my Etsy store into 2 different store, one for fabric and one for completed items.  I have Christmas stockings, pet collars and leashes, and recently some pet blankets.  I then realized that I have mostly pet items in a store that was to be primarily for quilts and such.  My quilts are mostly gone before I can get them finished, so that is a type of backfire.  However, I have a LOT of pet items in a store that is called “Sew Stitchin Awesome.”  So, I have decided that I need to move my pet items to a store more appropriately named, so I have decided to name the new store Wag Swag.  It will take me a long time to get it up and running, but I will get it done eventually.

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I have been working on making some dog collars, and new blankets out of faux fur and minky  I also have drawn out a dog bone shaped blanket, but I have yet to get time to make one.  I have been working on a tutorial for making your own dog bed, and I will get it posted once I get a chance to finish it.  It is hard to find time to get everything done.  Spring has come early this year, and my yard is in need of some serious attention.

I have also been hand dying some hemp webbing for collars, and I am nearly ready to start putting prints on them and making those into collars.  Where does time go?  Kyah and I did a 5k this past Saturday to raise money for Animal Rescue centers.  I encourage everyone to download a free App called Walk for Dogs.  When you walk your own dog, the site donates money per mile to a local animal shelter or rescue that you choose!!  Such a great cause, for FREE….. and you get some exercise in the process!

Never enough time….

Man, if I could just stay at home and work on all my “brilliant” crafting ideas…. I would have a lot more crafts?!!  LOL….  I am expecting my first order of faux fur to make some doggie blankets and crate pads for my new puppy, and a “tunnel” type of bed for my Doxie.  They LOVE to bury themselves, in my blankets, and mess up my bed.  ???????????????????????????????

I made this crate cover a few weekends ago, but I haven’t put the door on it, yet.  I was having a hard time trying to decide what color of fabric to use, but I want it different than the print on the crate cover.  🙂  I am working on some furniture upgrades for some of my kids, and I will see how my doggie blankets turn out.  I saw some on sale for $100 and thought I could make it for less.  I was so wrong… fake fur is super expensive.  Now I know…..  I will see what I can come up with over the weekend.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend!!

I should be ashamed!!!

I think I should just fire myself now.  I have not even kept up on my blog… so shame on me!  My fabric Etsy store, forsewitseams2, has been keeping me super busy.  My other Etsy store, sewstitchinawesome, is more fun because I actually get to sew stuff.  I primarily make dog collars and leashes, but I have some quilts on there and it was crazy around Christmas because I made Christmas stockings and Halloween stockings.  I am going to stock up on those, this year!

Here is what is new:  for the For Sew It Seams (2) Etsy store, we have been getting in a TON of metallics.  And they sell almost as quickly as I get them in.  The Art Gallery collection Littlest has become suddenly popular, and I keep running out of it.  For the Sew Stitchin Awesome store, there is a LOT of new stuff coming.  I have been dyeing hemp to make hemp collars and leashes.  I also ordered a whole side of leather, in different colors, to cut myself and make some cool collars from.  I also have already started on the dog bone stockings that I sold out of last Christmas.  This coming year, I am doing some out of denim.

On top of all this, I got a new Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, and she starts Puppy Kindergarten tonight.  I am so excited.

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I blame her for my lack of time.  She thinks that my Yorkies are play toys, so I spend part of my day protecting them from her awesome, big paws.  I will post pics of the hemp and leather collars once I get them finished, as well as the bone shaped stockings.  I plan on doing Strut Your Mutt again this year.  Can’t wait!!

Breast Cancer Awareness

I was asked by a special friend of mine to make a quilt in honor of a family member of hers who had passed away as a result of breast cancer.  She specifically asked me to put on it “In loving memory of Lorayne.”  I have a few persons I know who have also suffered this tragic disease, and are survivors.  As a mother of 5 daughters,  I take this matter very seriously.  ???????????????????????????????

 

I don’t know if they will find a cure during my lifetime, but I hope they do.  I plan to make another quilt to be auctioned off to raise money for breast cancer research.

**The fabric used for this quilt is Riley Blake’s Think Pink collection.  The pattern and templates for the bra and wording can be found for free at http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/media/uploads/Free_Quilting_Projects/2013/RBD_thinkpink.pdf

Upcoming events!

Summer is starting to get away from me!! I have some upcoming events and it seems like I am running out of time. I live in Highland, UT, so I am setting up a booth for the Highland Fling. It takes place the first weekend in August. Not long after that, I have a booth at the Strut Your Mutt in Sugarhouse Park, Salt Lake City. I have been playing around with some designs and items, and I will do a tutorial for the blog as soon as I get a chance.

burlap dog bone stocking

Here is a burlap dog stocking I made for the Strut Your Mutt event. I will be finishing some other items for the Highland Fling before the weekend is over. Pics to come shortly!

Quatrefoil is the new chevron!!

mini quatrefoil FQ bundle

When I was inside of the Riley Blake warehouse, about 6 months ago, I told them that I thought that quatrefoil was going to be a big thing, like “the new chevron.”  I warned them to order a LOT when they got some.  They didn’t heed my warning, and thus they are now out of their new collection until August.  LOL….  I TOLD YOU SO!!!

I had to go in search of more quatrefoil, and I found some at Fabric Finders.  It is more expensive than I am used to paying, but since they offer such unique products, I am going to give it a try.  I “discovered” them at a booth during the trade show I just attended.  I kept seeing fabrics I liked, so I would ask what manufacturer they are, and every one of them was from Fabric Finders.  I was approved, ordered, and it shipped all on Monday.  Great customer service!!

I am excited to get the new prints in!  These quatrefoil are smaller, so they would be good to use for applique, as well.  🙂  YAY…..  I will be having some family in town, so I will try to work on some projects while we are sitting around chatting.  Pics will be coming soon!