A Quilt a Month: November

Okay!

Here it is, like I promised! My November Quilt!

So this picture was actually taken later than November because, well, no reason at all actually. The customer who bought this quilt ordered it in October but has not been able to pick it up yet. Just recently (March 2016) I decided to add a label on it and go ahead and take pictures. So besides the label just added recently, this quilt was actually done during November.

The back is pink satin and minky fabric.

Simply lovely

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Princesses! And frogs! And Castles!

How fun is that!?

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International Quilt Show 2015

I went to the international quilt show this past weekend and it was great!!!

I took a handful (about 90) of pictures and want to share them with you!

Enjoy the pics and crazy awesome talent of these quilters:

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This one below is the frequency of the word “LOVE” quilt show 007 quilt show 008 quilt show 009 quilt show 010 quilt show 011   quilt show 013   quilt show 016

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Okay so this lady made this quilt…..this you guys is her FIRST QUILT! YA…HER FIRST!!!

It took her 3 entire years to make it!

WOWZERS!quilt show 019 quilt show 020 quilt show 021

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A quilt of hanging quilts on a line of quilts on a quilt….wha?!quilt show 026 quilt show 027 quilt show 028 quilt show 029 quilt show 030 quilt show 031 quilt show 032 quilt show 033

I signed a quilt! Maybe you will see my name in a couple years!quilt show 034

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This one is made out of sweaters:quilt show 069 quilt show 070 quilt show 071

Below is the GRAND CHAMPION:quilt show 072 quilt show 073 quilt show 074 quilt show 075  quilt show 077 quilt show 078 quilt show 079  quilt show 081 quilt show 082 quilt show 083     quilt show 088

It’s made completely of triangles!triangle quilt

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So that’s basically it! Enjoy my dears!

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Jeni Baker Interview

Happy Wednesday Y’all!

I have been quilting since I was about 9 years old but when I turned 16 I really discovered my passion for quilting and opened up my own business. I first heard about Jeni Baker about two months ago when I had won an excellence in quilting scholarship. In the gift bag I was given was one of Jeni’s new magazines. Her work was so beautiful and since I want to become a big-name quilter as she is, I decided to use her as my interview subject. Because I really wanted to know how she got her business and fame started, I decided to interview her. The interview took place early Monday Morning via Email. I read on her website that she responds to emails quickly, so I figured I would give it a shot. Below are the questions I asked of Jeni and her responses.

ENJOY!

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Hi Caroline,

That’s so sweet of you to think of me! I’m happy to answer your questions!

1. Are you self-employed, or work for a quilting company?
I am self-employed. I work with many different quilting companies, but on a contract basis, not a permanent basis. I run my own company, In Color Order LLC, producing sewing patterns.

2. How did you come to be a quilter, and what makes you stand out from other big-name quilters/crafters?
I started quilting when I moved into my first apartment in college. It can be difficult to stand out, but I think being a young quilter in the industry helped me stand out in the beginning. Now I think I stand out because of the work I have done designing fabric, producing my own line of sewing patterns, writing my first book, and contributing to magazines.

3. What are your main duties and responsibilities and what do you spend the majority of your time doing?
I do a little bit of everything. I am responsible for running my entire business from designing new quilts for patterns, writing magazine articles and posts for my blog to shipping out orders from my online retail shop and working with distributors who order my patterns. I spend a lot of my time working on the computer, I wish I had more time to sew!

4. What do you like most and least about your job?
I love the flexibility of my job. I am able to work from home and generally can set my own hours (as long as my deadlines allow). Being your own boss has a lot of perks, but it can also be difficult because every problem that comes your way is yours to deal with alone. It can be hard not having someone else to help out when things get busy or stressful.

5. What has been the most difficult aspect you have had to encounter while in this job, and how did you address this situation?
I think the most difficult thing I have had to encounter in this job is watching products not do well. Since I create my fabrics and patterns myself, and they feel like an extension of my creative mind, it can be difficult not to take it personally when something doesn’t do as well as you think. I have struggled with this.

6. In your opinion what unique skills, abilities and qualities should a person holding this position possess? What recommendations and suggestions do you have for developing such abilities?
I think the most important thing you need to have to do this job is a desire to work hard. Working for yourself on your own schedule is very hard work. You need to be self-motivated and know that being self-employed involves a lot more work (often times with less pay-off) than working a traditional job. Having good communication skills is important too. Most of my business communication is done via email, so having good email etiquette and being polite in general is really important. Honestly, I think the best way to develop some of these skills is through practice. That’s true for the business side and the craft side

7. At what age did this passion become evident to you?
When I was 20, I am now 26.

8. Did you have any help getting to where you are now? Parents, siblings, friends, etc?
Absolutely, I couldn’t have made it to where I am now without help. I have very supportive family and friends. My husband is always here to listen to the issues I’m dealing with an provide advice. My Dad runs his own business too, so he has been a big help on dealing with the business side of things. I have two friends in particular that are my sounding boards for new ideas and designs.

9. Have you ever wanted to just quit? Maybe too much stress, etc. that it caused you to want to throw in the towel?
Yes! Just last week I had to end a business partnership that wasn’t working anymore. It was so hard, but it was the right decision for my business. It can be really stressful, especially knowing I am the one who has to make all the decisions.

10. And finally, what best motivates you and what ways would you recommend to motivate someone else who is trying to get a business off the ground?
I think the biggest motivator for me is being able to share my knowledge with others through my sewing patterns and teaching. And being able to provide for my family. My husband works long hours as a graduate student, so for me to be able to work from home and take care of the household is huge. My recommendation for anyone trying to get a business started is to be patient. I started my business almost 5 years ago and I have only started to see real, tangible success in the last two years. It takes time and a lot of hard work!

     Cheers,

     Jeni

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DIY sign: How to transfer letters

Thinking about Christmas yet? Me too.

Started Christmas shopping yet? Ha! You make me laugh…neither have I

Well guess what, here is a (VERY) easy tutorial to get you started and in the Christmas spirit (YAY!) You can make signs for your neighbors, friends, co-workers, family, cousins, uncles, the Grinch, practically anyone.

(OooOOooooO….and I’ll tell you a secret….come closer….this tutorial isn’t just for this sign………it’s also a tutorial for transferring letters to wood!!!)

Cool beans, I know!

I made this one for a friend who is practically in L O V E with music. She sings it, writes it, plays it, gosh she’s good! And she will probably say something cause I put her name in here but oh well, 😊

“Hello Miss Hannah!”

Okay, are you ready to be filled with DIY knowledge? Here is how:

what you need

 

 

 

  • Wooden board as your sign
  • Paint
  • A phrase printed out in your desired font (like above)
  • Pencil

how to make it

 

 

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Start by making your sign. I glued 3 different pieces of wood together to make a sign 9.5” x 9.5”. Just use basic wood glue and let dry completely.

Next step is to paint it. Pick a very basic light color as your background. I choose white, and then did my letters in bold colored paint.

Let the paint dry completely (this is always so hard for me. I’m not exactly the most patient crafter in the world)

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Here is the part I was telling you about…

HOW TO TRANSFER ANY FONT TO WOOD:

Print out your phrase.

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Flip over the paper and cover the entire back of the word with pencil graphite. Do this to all of the words.

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Yep, THAT easy!

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When you lift up the paper, the graphite on the back side should have left a faint line. (I darkened the photo so you can see it on the screen)

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That’s how you transfer, now all you have to do is fill in the letters with sharpie or paint. I did paint. You have to go nice and slow but the turn out is lovely dear! I also distressed it with 120 grit sandpaper.

Add a saw tooth picture hanger to the back if you would like it to hang, and voila! You are done sugar plum! Hey that rhymed!

Wait for it…… Wait……Wait……ok,

I’m a poet and I didn’t know it! 😄

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Did you like it? Tell me all about it on Twitter @DIYCaroline

Let me see yours!

Have super fun and enjoy.

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