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!

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The newest quilt

Well, my daughter HAD to have this quilt….  because she LOVES purple and she loves dragonflies.  It has wool applique for the antennae and applique heads.  It wasn’t the fastest quilt I have ever put together.  Regardless, I finished it…… right in time for her to decide that she no longer likes purple nor dragonflies.  Looks like I will list this one in my shop.  LOL…..

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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!!

Strut Your Mutt 2014

Well, I have survived my first booth at Strut Your Mutt… and I do believe that I have found my niche in the retail world.  I had a great time making items for the booth, and it was what I would call a huge success.  I am looking forward to next year!  Our booth looked like this:

strut your mutt booth 2014

I learned a lot about what sizes are most popular, and what people like the best.  I even sold some shirts that I made….

strut your mutt booth 2014 2

I have ignored my blog and Facebook page while i was getting ready, but I am back and ready to get things organized.  I had to separate my Etsy stores because the finished items were getting lost in the fabric listings.  🙂 I named the store with the finished items Sew Stitchin’ Awesome.  I am going to go to Petaluma, CA and do their Farmer’s Market in a few weeks.  I am excited to go and visit friends and experience my first Farmer’s Market.