Hello! I hope you all had a nice Christmas with whoever you were able to spend it with. I am sad to see several of the items I shipped out well before Christmas still have not arrived. I just wanted to give a quick update from the little I know.
As I’m sure you are all well-aware, the US Postal Service is overwhelmed with an unprecedented amount of package deliveries, and understaffed due to Covid. I am not going to reiterate that here, but I just wanted to share a quick example. If you ordered something from me and received a Tracking Number, I PROMISE it was dropped off at the US Post Office for processing, but they don’t scan all the items right away. I have been watching all of the orders I shipped out to see what was scanned, what is still “label created” and allegedly not moving, and what has been delivered. Yes I have been tracking them all for over a month. I think it bugs me even more than it bugs you because I created and shipped as quickly as I could to get the orders in your hands in time, and the Postal Service failed me and millions of other Small Businesses this year.
I checked in on all the packages again this morning, and I have a screen shot of a good example. This doesn’t give away the item or where it is going, but you’ll see in the screen shot below that the label was created December 15th. It said Pre-Transit for 10 days as if I had it still sitting in my office, not dropped off to the Post Office. I dropped it off right away, but it was never scanned. Suddenly (10 days later) it has reached a regional postal processing center in New York. Luckily this package has a NY destination so I am hopeful this will be delivered very soon.
I appreciate that most have been understanding and patient about the delays. Once I mail the package it is at the mercy of the Postal Service, which again, they are overwhelmed and understaffed. I am still working my way through a few last-minute orders that came in just before Christmas. If you had one of those, I am hoping to make them all this weekend and get shipped out early next week. Thank you so much. Hope you are all having a Wonderful Holiday Season!
Just a quick post – it’s not much but I am so happy that I was able to create something from start to finish that will also help my son with math this year! I have more that I am making, but for now I was able to finish the first 5 of many math wheels. I really want him to pop out the numbers and just know them in his head, so I am hoping these will help the end result. From the first placement stitch to the final satin stitches I created the math wheels. It may not be a perfect design, but I think it is a great start for my first design product. I just thought they turned out so cool, I had to share! More coming soon.
I don’t know how you are doing but my brain is about to explode. 2020 is clearly a year to remember – or rather forget as soon as possible. The pandemic. The senseless killings and riots. The call to action for a movement long overdue. Working full time, trying to learn new things and come up with and create new products. Trying to learn digitizing so I can create my own designs. The “feels like 107″… Impending storms on the coasts… where does it end?
I have also started a new Facebook Group for My Rainy Day Designs for Exclusive Designs previews. And when I start digitizing I will post some designs there, sneak peeks, etc. until I am ready to start selling designs! See more here and join me today!
To see more information and the rest of the new items: Visit Etsy.
I recently found the magical world of fabric vinyl and snaps. And will be branching out to eyelets and rivets soon. I made some Superhero key rings and dropped them off at a local shop this weekend and he was so excited and wants more – he even sold a few that night! That shop will be getting the Superhero and Star Wars themed items, but there are soooo many more that I want to make! As time permits I will be adding about a billion to Etsy. Right now they come with snaps around the keyring so that if you want to remove the keyring and attach it to your bag or something else, you will easily be able to do so. In the future I will have the option of adding rivets for a permanent key ring, but I don’t have that tool just yet. But aren’t these super fun?! Find these in the Key Fobs / Bag Tags section – and many more will be added soon, so check back!
The Allergy Key Fobs include allergies to: Dairy, Egg, Fish, Peanut, Shellfish, Soy, Tree Nut, and Wheat.
Superheroes currently listed: Aquaman, Baby Groot, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, Flash, Green Lantern, Hulk (glows in the dark), Punisher and Venom.
The Holidays were so busy and I was focused on so many other projects that my Kona Color Burst quilt top was in “half done” status for awhile. This weekend I powered through and did 2 blocks on Saturday and the final 6 blocks Sunday morning and sewed them all together. Finally done with the quilt top!
Then I ventured outside… It was “Feels like -11º” and very windy. I tried to get a shot of the quilt top on a serene white background – but instead you see my bootprints. You should have heard me yelling at the wind. These were the best shots I could get for now. I can’t wait until it is finished and I can try to get some better shots – and it might be warmer.
I cleared the board and started from scratch, with one colorful square at a time. I have been wanting to make this pattern for awhile, and with 365 colors to play with, it seemed like the right time. I took all the colors and a few neutrals, and built from the center out.
To make this easy, order one of each of the following charm packs, precut by Robert Kaufman Fabrics: Kona Cotton Pastel Colorstory CHS-692-85 Kona Cotton Bright Colorstory CHS-693-85 Kona Cotton Dark Colorstory CHS-694-85 Kona Cotton Neutral Colorstory CHS-695-85 Kona Cotton New Colors 2019 CHS-851-42
This pattern uses the majority of the colors, but just one of each. You will also receive a Bonus PDF on how I create my blocks, and my method for keeping them organized and sewing them together with the least amount of seams. And a new PDF with the charm pack color order and labels to print.
I made this with 5″ squares, for a finished size of 76 1/2″ x 76 1/2″.
I know I posted a couple weeks ago that the Kona Color Card Patterns were updated – but I updated them again! Two reasons: One, because I found Robert Kaufman’s charm packs to total all 365 colors and easily put it all together – I even have a PDF now with how they are sorted through the charm packs, top down. All you need to do is print the labels, label the fabrics and start sewing. Plus this makes the finished size even bigger and snugglier – I know that is what I am after, when we all try to share the quilt on the sofa for movie night!
And two: I moved one square of the Color Burst layout as I was sewing it together. And when one square moves, they all move. But this is it – no more moves, and it is almost halfway sewn together. I will have a Color Burst Quilt Top completed photo for you soon.
For now, below is my final floor layout and a photo of the bottom row sewn together. I am excited about it all coming together and what that will look like – definitely different than the computer version – but I had to start with something!
Find the Kona Color Card Pattern Set (x4) and the Color Burst Pattern here on Etsy. If you want to make one or more of these with the precut Robert Kaufman Kona charm packs, order one of each (per quilt): CHS-692-85, CHS-693-85, CHS-694-85, CHS-695-85, CHS-851-42. And 5 sheets of Avery 8167 labels. This Color Burst shown below will be just over 6′ square when finished.