have guessed that selling handmade goodness on Etsy would evolve into a blog, a
business, a book and new friends?I am
amazed and I am grateful.It's
impossible to have guessed how many creative people I would "meet" --
most only through blogs and luckily some in person.
these many years I have learned so much and I hope I have also given back in
wonderful being able to support my crafting habit/hobby through my little
business venture.I like not having any
strings attached to my creative outlet.As Frank Sinatra sang "I did it my way."
be good -- it all depends on how you look at it. I've done a little business reevaluation and like where I'm headed. Abby and I are excited.
I have decided to close the doors of Loft
Creations -- the business.Loft Creations maybe be
closing its doors but I'm opening a new little window with a new look. To everyone who has followed along, thank you. I hope you'll like our new space.
Stay tuned if
you still want to see what I'm up to. I'll
post a link to my new space very soon.My Loft Creations blog doors shall also remain open for awhile for anyone who has
purchased my book or patterns and want to use the tutorials. Also you may still purchase a copy of Uncommonly Corduroy on this site -- information is on my side bar. My
patterns on Etsy and Craftsy are still there if you're interested. New patterns are in the works.
Thank you to everyone who has followed along through the years.
Happiness is meeting blog friend, Kate Henderson, of Two Little Banshees. She is a fellow Martingale author. Her first book is Strip Savvy and I can't believe I forgot to have her sign mine. I had it with me too! Kate flew from Australia to attend her first quilt market. We took a selfie before we said our goodbyes.
I took precious few photos with my iPhone but if you click on my Facebook page (on my side bar) I shared some entries from Martingale and Robert Kaufman. It was so nice to share my book, projects and corduroy love up close and in person with shop owners. I'm so happy they were curious enough about corduroy to stop by my book signing. They were amazed at the softness of the 21-wale corduroy as well as the array of yummy solids and prints. Just the opportunity to touch and see it used in quilts and bags had many of them heading to Robert Kaufman's booth. Instead of "don't touch the quilts" it was "yes, please touch the quilts."
Although I've shared this little tutorial before and the link is under tutorials on my side bar, Martingale is featuring free patterns and tutorials by their authors. Please click HERE to see all of the free goodness.
Just a little FYI -- The ginger colored background is corduroy. :o) The print fabric is an amazing collection by Connecting Threads called Maple Skies. Even though this collection is no longer available I think is would look so pretty in their newest Hampton Hues collection.
Change the fabrics and colors to create your favorite season!
I'm off to Pittsburgh tomorrow. Abby will get one on one time with her boy.
I was super excited when Clothworks asked if they could use my String Beans pattern to promote their new collection, Cultivate Your Joy, by Peg Conley. The collection is just now shipping to shops. Peg will have her own booth at Quilt Market as well as lecturing. For a better peek at the fabric collection and more information please click HERE. Pretty, huh?
As if that wasn't exciting enough, Clothworks wants to use String Beans again to showcase Everything Blue II by Marsha McCloskey. This collection won't be available for 6 months but Clothworks thought you might like a peek and allowed me to share. I know, you want the fabric now! Gorgeous, huh? I love how one pattern can look so different.
My String Beans pattern can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops. Links on my side bar.
(pardon the wrinkles -- no time to iron -- I was having a photo shoot in my jammies at 6:30 AM)
Do you remember Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum? I wanted to make a non-corduroy version of Fairlane from my book so I selected Squared Elements by Art Gallery and Nocturnal Cotton Couture by Michael Miller. I think the strips look like Juicy Fruit.
(The original Fairlane before quilting -- 50" x 70")
As you can see from the previous photo, I used one fabric instead of 2 different colors for my "squares" at the block intersections. I also used 4 different colors for the strip placement. Juicy Fruit is a smaller version measuring 40" x 50".
I think most of us like to take a pattern and change it up to put our own personal stamp on it. For me that's the fun part -- one pattern, change the fabric, whole new look. Patterns of endless possibilities.
This will be the last post until sometime after quilt market. I have lots of catching up to do with my son, who is coming home TODAY. The mister, Abby and I are over the moon. Two years is a very long time to go without seeing your child.