Friday, 9 April 2010

Dancing with bags

I have been making more “Dance in the rain” quilts. I made the first ones a couple of years ago and gave them to some special people in my life. The new ones have the text printed onto Lutradur – much easier on the old hands. The background fabric is a well washed and worn linen table cloth. No surprise there, huh? I just love the different textures together; the old linen, the traditional quilter’s cottons and the modern Lutradur.

The dark orange
The turquoise
The brown
I’ll probably use them as gifts; it’s nice to have some small quilts ready for a visit or party. I have also been thinking about selling some of my small pieces on Etsy. I have had some requests, but I have been very hesitant so far. I want to keep the joy of quilting, the fun, the playing and experimenting, but sooner or later I have to face the fact that I cannot keep all my little experiments; probably sooner than later. What is your experience with selling your work on Etsy; will it be a suitable place for my type of work?












I am also one step closer to the goal of finishing a dozen shopping bags as I finished these 4 on my friendly little sewing group on Wednesday; 3 blues and a colourful soccer bag for grandson for toting clothes and stuff to kindergarten.



He loves it, so I might have to make a smaller one for him to play with as well. With the first batch of 7, I have only 1 more to finish for now. I have another batch of 12 that I’ll finish later, some of them are already in progress. Although I’m a more than a bit bored with them, they are great projects during my sewing group time – not much thinking and more time for talking.-)






Now I’ll link this to Amylou’s Sew & Tell; pop over and have a look at all the fabulous projects.

26 comments:

  1. Sooo cute!
    What kind of printer do you use for printing on Lutradur? Will it work with laserprinters?

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  2. Hi Nina Lise,

    I love looking at your experiments...and having been away, there are a few to look at.
    I would have to say that I quite like this one...maybe its the saying :)

    Hugs, Sharon

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  3. Your quilts are adorable. I admire you taht you can make so many bags. I hardly ever use a pattern twice. I definately like the challenge of different quilt patterns.

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  4. Lutrador... I've never used it, but it looks so versatile. Your work has inspired me to look into it! Great Friday finish!

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  5. great job with those bags...i love the saying on the mini quilts...they look wonderful. you are so talented.

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  6. I love the "dance in the rain" quilts! What size are they? I've been thinking about etsy also since I seem to be accumulating small quilts but I have some questions I haven't yet been able to resolve.

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  7. I bought my shopping bags for $1 each but have already had to repair them. I should get busy and make some too...they are much cuter! My favorite saying is similar to your dancing in the rain. "Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance".

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  8. I love that quote - what a sweet gift for "someone." :)

    I've had an etsy shop for about a year and I think it would be just your speed. It's not like you need to have a huge inventory (as you would for a boutique or a physical store). You're as busy as you want to be. I say go for it. :)

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  9. Those quilts are great. Looks like printing on Lutrador is a snap, it comes out so clear.
    Yes you should esty, but only if it is fun.
    And I bet your stash of things made is as big as your stash of tablecloths by alot. Bags too!

    xo

    Corrine

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  10. Love your quilts and the saying is so perfect. I've never used Lutradur. I hope I can find it where I live. Looks interesting. Love you bags too. So colorful!

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  11. I absolutely love the colors of your quilts, always. Love the orange with the turquoise, very nice!

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  12. Ack! You are SO productive; I'm envious. :-)

    I've never seen anything like the "Dancing in the Rain" quilts. How adorable! (Plus, I really like the sentiment.)

    Your bags are totally awesome. I can see why your grandson loves them.

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  13. I think Etsy would be perfect for you. You can have as little or as much listed as you want. They are a nice community of creative people and fairly easy.

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  14. Thanks for posting this today. It's been raining here for days (well, actually today the sun is out). If anyone needs to remember to dance, it's me here in rainy Vancouver! I would LOVE to buy one of your sweet mini quilts. I'm also considering Etsy. The nice part is that you sell directly to customers...no wholesale/retail mark up, so you can get fair value for your work, time and materials. You can always give it a try! (I'll be your first order for a dancing in the rain mini!!).

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  15. Everything about this post is lovely! Happy! And vibrant! Thank you for sharing what you've done this week with us!

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  16. Love the blue bag fabric. I love hawaiian fabrics. where did you get it and what is it called?

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  17. Love that quote/saying. It's perfect! I think my fav is the one in brown. I don't have any etsy advice, but I sure like coming to visit you each week!

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  18. A wonderful saying on wonderful quilts! You are very creative and productive - and I should take a leaf out of your book - or a patch from your stash! I went through a couple of drawer fulls of table cloths last night, but they all turned on me: 'your mother stitched me...remember mormor? She embroidered this with love... oh, no, the first table cloth you ever embroidered... oh, Marit, how can you deface that cloth...' aaarrgghhh! How can I get past that? But who will ever use them again? Still, I feel like a criminal even thinking about it. I went to bed, dejected, thinking about your lovely work. All I can come up with is a cupcake quilt on a bright yellow laminated tissue/paper/plastic table cloth (used at our Easter Fayre) - perhaps as a wall quilt for my one year old granddaughter? I'll let you know if it works. In the meantime I must look into Lutradur. Might the transfer paper used for printing on T-shirts work the same?

    I would seriously look into opening an Etsy shop, if I were you. I'm thinking about it for some time in the future, but I'm not as productive as you!

    I have another week, don't I? But consider me as having joined your challenge.

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  19. your creations are always so unique and fun!

    As far as etsy advice goes, I'm no expert, but I know it takes a lot of work promoting your shop and finding buyers. I like what some people do where they do an update every 3 months or so (like once a sesason), that way they have time to keep making things without feeling the daily need to have a bunch of stuff in the shop.

    Good luck whatever you decide to do!

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  20. How wonderful are those three pieces?? I love your sense of humor and the whimsical way you express your talent... just lovely!

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  21. I should really make some more shopping bags with my stash fabrics. Love the soccer print!

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  22. Wowsers!! Loving the small quilts!!! Great reminder!! Thanks for the encouragemnet!
    Blessings,
    KT

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  23. I love the lutrador quilts...so cute...it is easy to sew through and I like that! I just used if for the first time on an art quilt....it is in a blog post under the L is for Luke......Let me know what you think....I love the bags too...you are going to town on these!

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  24. Nina Lise, I love your dancing in the rain art quilts. Such a great message and quilt to give to a friend. Nice idea to have extra on hand as well. I like your bags too. Thanks for sharing!

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