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What I have been up to…

July 31st 2015

I know that I haven’t been blogging much lately and what I have posted has been mostly fleeting thoughts just to say “hey!”  If you have been by at all then you know that I have finally published pattern designs which has kept me quite busy sewing.

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Using Aloha Girl fabric by Fig Tree and Co by Joanna Figueroa for a new pattern.

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Photographing, which is WAAAY harder than it looks.

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Folding and stacking

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and stuffing patterns.

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The good news is Checker Distributors has picked up my patterns, they have been found all the way in Iowa!

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And there has been a lot of Instagramming. It seems there is a huge quilting community there which I love! Most of my online sales have been from Insta-peeps and I appreciate that so much. The encouragement, stories, de-stash sales and general support is wonderful! So I have been more active posting over there, you can follow me here. (elaine.summercrafter)

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I have also joined several swaps (crazy I know) there is the Home Sweet Home Mini Swap (#homesweethomemini) where we make something “housy.”

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The Beach Bound MQS (#beachboundmqs) which was a no brainer, right?

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I made my first Dresden as the sun. (More on that in a future post.)

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And another “no brainer” of course, was the Christmas Swap and there are two. The Most Wonderful time of the Year 2015 (#themostwonderfultimeoftheyear2015) and a Christmas Craft Swap 2015 (#christmascraftswap2015).

Swaps are great because  they are good “down” projects to get your mind off of “work” related items. and sewing for fun. Swaps are also a good opportunity for making “quilty and crafty” friends since I don’t have any in person. On Instagram, I am not a “follower” collector, I prefer meeting and greeting authentic, genuine  people who love to quilt and craft and share their creations via IG. This commonality is important to me for general camaraderie and friendly support and encouragement. It really helps me connect with people who understand me and my love for quilting and vise versa.

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Another recent surprise I had was an invitation from Pat Sloan to be on her American Patchwork and Quilting podcast (click on link to hear some interviews).  Yep, I’m still pinching myself on that one. My interview will be sometime in September so I’ll keep you posted.

With Pat Sloan at Fall Quilt Market 2014

With Pat Sloan at Fall Quilt Market 2014

 I had reached out to her on one of her blogs regarding the quilting business some time last year (?)  and she was so gracious to answer all my questions via email and she gave me some great tips. I also had the pleasure of meeting her at Quilt Market 2014. She is generous and sweet, I have found that to be a common thread among quilters I meet.

Hoping to get back to some tutorials as I finish up some of those swaps and share them right here on the blog. Thanks for stopping by.

Making New Friends

August 14th 2014

Have you heard? I am designing fun and easy quilt patterns, perfect for beginners. Yep, I want everyone to try quilting and see what a great addiction fun it is! I tell you it’s like a mini-vacation; reduce stress and make something pretty all at the same time. (See my quilted vacation bag?)

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Yep, and this year I get to go to the International Quilt Market in Houston during the fall. I am SO excited!

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I’ll get to schmooze, mingle and network with quilters and designers that I have admired and learned from over the last few years and hopefully make some business contacts and “quilty” friends of course, because quilters are the kindest, generous people.

I am currently working with Morna McEver Golletz  who is coaching me through the quilt pattern business and it’s been so beneficial. She first asked me how I found her and I said “I looked up ‘quilting coach’ and there you were!” Thanks Morna!

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“Morna McEver, CEO and founder of the International Association of Professional Quilters and International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, has been where you are. She turned her passion for sewing and quilting into a business.”

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And speaking of generous people….one of the new friends I have made, who has also worked with Morna, is Jo, The Fat Quarter Gypsy. She’s already been to market and is kinda showing me the ropes, electronically that is.  She’s sharing all kinds of pertinent info with me as she goes through her process. I think that’s so kind and generous of her, I am so appreciative of that. Like she says, “We help each other, it’s the name of the game.”

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So I want to help her by sharing her designs with you. She’s been real busy creating these great modern patterns that you gotta see for yourself, they even have size options so you don’t have to think! Click here to take a look.  A couple of my favorites are Zignosis

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and the Granny Dot. I just love this one!

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And look at this wonder, Secret Garden, perfect for jelly rolls!

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So it’s back to quilting and designing for me, hope to show you more of my patterns very soon.

By the way, have you signed up for my newsletter? Upper right hand corner, go on sign up, You’ll be the first to hear about my patterns and I promise not to drown your inbox. ; )