Saturday, August 23, 2014

texture

http://issaino.etsy.com

I was starting to dislike the white background I was using for my items because I was having trouble getting the white just right. I thought I'd try something a little bit different and use different textures from outside so I packed up a couple of my items on my way to work and when I found something that look interesting I dropped them on the ground and snapped a picture. I'm sure I looked silly walking through the parking lot dropping things on the ground and then taking pictures.

My favorite right now is the asphalt with the blue handicap lines. I'm still doing research though. Click on the picture to buy one of those pretty little pouches. They want to come home with you.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

super excited and super busy



Yowzers! I just realized how much I've got going on right now and it makes me happy and super busy. It also gets me closer to where I want to be. I love how the Universe works. So here's what's going on over here:
  • I found a new apartment and I'm working on coming up with the deposit so I can get moved out of my current apartment ASAP. This means I'm working on packing and selling off some of the crafty supplies I don't use.
  • I've been listing a lot of zipper wallets/coin pouches on etsy (to help come up with the deposit for the new apartment. And I've decided that if I can hit 100 sales on etsy by 9/1 I'm going to host a giveaway. 79 sales down, 21 to go. Stop by and pick something up!
  • I just sent off some issa.ino goodies to Gather Shoppe in Bloomington, IN. That's a new location you can find my goods.
  • In a few weeks you'll also be able to find issa.ino goodies at Mass on Main in Carmel, IN. That's two new locations.
  • Coming in December I'll be participating in Yelp's Bazaar here in Indianapolis at the Central Library.
  • And I'm working on putting more into keeping in touch via social media and hopefully getting back into blogging more. (maybe once a week?)
  • Lastly, I'm working on a secret quilt.
Yep, so it's pretty busy around here between getting product made for the consignment shops, Yelp's Bazaar and my own etsy shop on top of packing and then soon moving and other regular activities (oh and also still working on 100 Quilts, 100 Kids when I can get some time in there).

See, busy. What am I most excited about? Moving.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Quilt 007 - laying enchanted bricks


I don't know how to name quilts, it's so much easier to just number them. I tend to give them "old" lady names like Bernadette and Gertrude. I may just stick with numbering them for the time being. This quilt was made from the leftover fabric I had after making 18 churn dash blocks. I was able to get three 41" x  41" quilts out of 18 fat quarters. That's not bad. I still have some scraps left too. I'm thinking either a mini quilt or pillow.


Quilt Stats:
  • Size: Approx. 41” x  41” 
  • Pattern: bricks
  • Fabric: Enchant by Riley Blake
  • Quilting: straight line horizontal an inch from each seam
Quilt 007

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilts 001 - churn dash


This is the first quilt completed for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids. I finished it probably over a month ago, but I just got around to photographing it today. All it needs is a good washing and it'll be ready to be the first in the donate pile.


The backing is a solid pink. Nothing fancy. I had a hard time getting the quilt to stay up on the lion things rump. The wind was not my friend.  


 Quilt Stats:

  • Size: Approx. 41” x 41” 
  • Pattern: churn dash
  • Fabric: Enchant by Riley Blake  
  • Quilting - straight line quarter inch from the seams in each block

Quilt 006

Friday, May 16, 2014

busy little bee

Over the last week and a half I've completed about 5 sewing projects and I have a couple more in the works. I can't get enough of my sewing machine. It bums me out some days when I have to go to work or go do other things. Here are a couple of photos taken with my SmartPhone.


  • Pattern: Random HST 
  • Fabric: Sweet as Honey and Bella Solids
  • Quilting: 2 inch grid
  • Size: 41 x 41 after washing
This is the fourth quilt that I've completed. I'm so in love with Sweet as Honey. I've got to get my hands on more of it before it's gone. It was hard color matching these solids, but I got through it. I had a third color picked out, but it didn't match at all when it arrived in the mail. That's okay though, because I think this quilt turned out just fine without it. I originally picked out the bee hive print for the binding, but then after I received some other fabric I ordered for the dress below, I switched them out. I think both projects look much better with my second choices.


My first Staple Dress. As you can see, I REALLY love Sweet as Honey. This dress was super easy to put together and I've already ordered fabric to make another one. For the pockets and neck and arm facings I used the bee hive fabric as a nice contrast. I love it. The weather is pretty cold here right now, but when it warms up I can't wait to wear it. I wouldn't mind 4 - 5 of these dresses to rotate through the summer. A black one, another solid, chambray and maybe two more prints. I thought about bringing the neck line down a little more into a scoop. We shall see. This is my first time making a dress, not sure I should go messing around with patterns just yet.



Art Gallery Fabrics are at the top of my list. Wanting to make something a little more simple, I worked on these two pillow cases. I bought some pillows a few weeks ago, but had been procrastinating on getting the pillow cases made. Indian Summer is neck and neck for my love with Sweet as Honey. So freakin' cute. I just need to buy some white sheets so the pillow cases match my bed and now I want to make a whole quilt. AGF are so soft. I like to lay in bed and rub the edge of the pillows in my fingers while I watch YouTube videos. I also grab for the inner seam and pinch it. It's comforting for some reason

The last two projects I completed I don't have pictures for as of right now. The first was  black maxi skirt with pockets. I love that it's so easy to add pockets to dresses/skirts. Working with knits isn't as nice as quilting cotton. I got pin straight into the cuticle. Ouch! The second was a fifth quilt with a modern aztec pattern. I found some fun fabric that said, I love to read, on the back and thought it'd be perfect for a friend. Super cute. I ran out of fabric and had to make the quilt work and it did. I hope my friend likes it.

I'm currently working on  couple more quilts for #100Quilts100Kids. I hope to have the tops finished this weekend. I'm waiting on the backing and binding to come in the mail and then I'll finish them up and add them to the pile. I'm also working on a new quilt holding bar. I stained the wood a nice dark brown today. I love it. Not sure if I'll seal it. I kind of like it just the way it is.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Meet Gertrude


She's here! After waiting for what felt like forever, Gertrude is finally here or Gertie for short or Big G when she's feeling gangsta. Ha! I decided on the Singer 9960 and picked her up on Amazon for half off. I looked at a couple of other machines, but this was the one that was in my budget and had a lot of the things I was looking for (the table, drop in bobbin, variety of stitches, etc.).

I'm happy to have a new machine to work with and so far she sews like a dream. Quiet and many options. I think I have every foot I'll ever need. I haven't gotten to play with her too much because it's Mother's Day card season and card supplies have taken over my craft table at the moment. I'm trying and failing at finishing up cards so I can get back to sewing. One more week or less maybe.

I have many projects planned now that I have Gertrude and have bought a lot fabric over the last couple of weeks. It's like fabric heaven around here for me. I still have a list of fabric I want to buy for even more projects. I'm turning into a fabric junkie. I'm okay with that. I need to limit myself when fabric browsing though. I get so sucked in and then it's two or three hours later and I haven't gotten anything accomplished and I'm slightly disappointed because all the fabric I'm lusting over is somewhere that is not in my hands.

The universe needs to let me win the fabric lottery or just the lottery in general. I do have some plans that I will be putting in action so that I can get my hands on some more fabric. My pesky job kind of gets in the way though.

I'm looking forward to finishing up some of the quilts I've started so that I can share them here. I have some plans to rework my 100 Quilts project to make the fabric decisions easier. I wish I'd thought of it sooner.

Anywho, I shall leave you with the photo below just for fun. Creeper status. I was out visiting a friend at his art show.




Sunday, April 13, 2014

fabriclust, labels and mother's day

This photo has nothing to do with quilting, but I wanted to share it anyway. 
That's a bacon grilled cheese on Belgian waffles. Best sandwich idea I ever had.

I'm in deep fabriclust right now. I want all the fabrics so I can make all the quilts and all the pillows. Then I want to build forts with all the quilts and watch movies outside under the sky. I've been torn with spending money on fabric and depositing any extra money I have in my Disneyland and car funds. It's such a hard decision. Geesh money, why are you always keeping me from having fun, being great and doing good? Ha!

After many months of going back and forth about how I wanted to label the 100 Quilts, 100 Kids quilts I finally designed and ordered labels for them. I almost gave up because I couldn't come up with a design that I liked that would also be easy to attach and leave me space to add extra information.. I ordered them from spoonflower along with labels for my own personal quilts as well. They will hopefully ship by Tuesday. I'm looking forward to getting them so I can start finishing up this pile of quilts I have sitting in a tub.

100 Quilts, 100 Kids No. 7 (Sasparilla)

I've been using large prints for the quilts at this point, but have decided to switch to solid fabric for the backs because in the long run solid fabrics are less expensive. I even happened upon a source that sells Moda Bella Solids for $4.99/yd. That's about half the price of a print. Much better on my pockets. I'm also looking for a source for cotton thread. I totally forgot I'd need different colored thread for quilting. I've got a few spools of some basic colors, but I need a few more spools.

100 Quilts, 100 Kids No. 8 (Simpatico, I won this fabric in a giveaway a year or so ago)

The quilt holder strip that I had attached to my wall fell off a few weeks ago and I haven't bothered to reattach it just yet. I decided I want to repaint it before I put it back up. When it fell it was probably about 2AM and it scared the shit out of me since I have it in my bedroom. I thought someone was trying to break through my wall.


With all this quilting going on and knowing all the quilts I've been working on will be donated, I was getting a little bummed that I didn't have a quilt for myself. So I picked up some Honeycrisp and when I finish this next quilt top I'm going to work on a small quilt for myself. I suspect I'll have a good amount of scraps left and I'll be using those to make another quilt for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids.


Probably in the next week or so I'll be switching into card making mode since Mother's Day is coming up next month. My goal is to have at least 50 cards made. My goal is also to sell ever last one of them. I mean...everyone has a mother. So if you're looking for a beautifully made card for mom, send me a message. I'd love to make one for you.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WIP it - getting crafty

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I don't think I did any sewing last week. I spent half the week hanging out and eating good food in Chicago and the rest of the week laying down trying to be still because I hurt my back. Not sure what the deal with my back is, but probably once a year it takes me out of the game for a few days to a couple of weeks. It's a pain.
I was perusing the internets this past week looking for plans to make an end table and a microwave cart and came across an kids art display. Once I saw it I knew immediately that it'd be perfect for holding quilts too. It was super simple to make and it cost me less than $3 in supplies to make. It's just a strip of 1 x 2 x 6 wood and some clothes pins. I painted it a dark teal to create some contrast and attached it to my wall with poster strips. That's apartment living for you. It holds quilt tops just fine, I'm not sure how it'll do with quilts. I'll find out eventually.

finishes:
  • more texting gloves
  • glasses display rack
  • quilt holder display
in progress:
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 001 - stacked coins
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - basket weave
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 003 - stacked newspapers (my computer ate the picture of this one)
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 004 - beginner's quilt along
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 005 - beginner's quilt along and then some
  • Telissa's napkins
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 006 - under the stars
no progress:
  • everything else
 
100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 006 - under the stars

I'm still trying to figure out how I want to make my labels. I had one idea, but scrapped it. I have another idea to keep them simple, but haven't worked on the design. I really need to work on that this week. I think it'll go on the top of my to do list. I also need to work on some Valentine's cards since the blessed "holiday" is just over a week away. I've sold a few via my website already and I'm hoping to sell a handful more. They're usually a good money maker for me and I could use the extra funds right now.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

WIP it - i'm a winner

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I applied for a job at a handmade consignment shop here in town. I think the interview went well, though I could've answered one of the questions a little better. I'm normally not negative, but I don't think I got the job. I'm a bit disappointed. But, in other news, I won a $25 etsy gift card from another blog. I've already got a bit of fabric picked out for more quilts. A little bit of chromatics, hello petal and safari moon. I'm excited.

 
100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - basket weave
finishes:
  • more texting gloves
in progress:
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 001 - stacked coins
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 002 - basket weave
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 003 - stacked newspapers (my computer ate the picture of this one)
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 004 - beginner's quilt along
  • 100 Quilts, 100 Kids: Quilt 005 - beginner's quilt along and then some
  • Telissa's napkins
no progress:
  • everything else
The tops and backs of most of my in progress quilts are complete. I just need batting and labels so that I can sandwich them together, get them quilted and finished. We'll see how long that takes. I don't know the names of some of the patterns so I'm not sure what to call them. I might just start giving them random made up names.

I've decided after I finish making Telissa's napkins and maybe a few more for myself that I'll probably never make them again. I do not enjoy making such small hems. It takes me entirely too long and I lose interest quickly. Unless there's an easier way? Thankfully she isn't in too big of a hurry to get her napkins.



WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, January 10, 2014

Handmade Promenade - a huge success

I'm happy to say say that the Pop Up Shop was a ginormous success for me this year, even though I got a late start. I ended up almost quadrupling the sales that I had last year. While I was a little disappointed at my late start, I'm super proud of what I accomplished in such a short time.

This was the third year Handmade Promenade did a Holiday Pop Up Shop and this was the third year I participated. It's awesome to see this event grow and become more successful every year. I'm looking forward to what next year brings.

This year HP and a few other shops along Mass Ave set up shop in Carmel to cater to those who might not want to drive all the way into the city to get their handmade fix. Only a few vendors from HP were invited to participate and I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a part of that group.

In order to prepare for both locations I crocheted just about every moment I could. On the bus on the way to and from work, at work (not while I was clocked in), on the way to and from the gym, in the car running errands with a friend. If I was in a space to crochet, I was crocheting. I designated a couple of days to staying home and sewing as well. I was able to get quite a bit of product in, though I did have to sacrifice sending out product to a couple of the consignment shops I sell in.

A week after the shops opened up I received an email asking for more texting gloves (a newish product for me). I was excited to get that email. I got busy and made as many as I could. About a week before Christmas I asked what my current sales were and I'd already hit a grand with about a week and a half to go before the shop closed. I'd already doubled last years sales at that point. If that was all I made I'd have been totally fine with that. Of course a little more doesn't hurt.

I was a bit bummed I wasn't able to participate in another holiday pop up shop in Bloomington. I just didn't have the funds for the application fee or for the supplies to make more product. My guess is that had I been able to have my items in that shop as well I probably would've made enough to take a month off from work. Not being able to participate in that shop taught me to be prepared for the holidays. If want to be able to quit my day job, I've got a lot of work to do.

I've already started working on making product for next years shops and I'm starting to really work on my online shops. There is a lot of work to be done this year. While all the stress of trying to get everything done was worth it, I don't want to go through all that stress again this year. And...I want to be able to apply to a couple more shops and my first craft fair. I want to be totally prepared. Mix in making quilts for 100 Quilts, 100 Kids...it's it's own full time job.

Welp, I'm off to finish up another pair of gloves and maybe take a nap.