Friday, 12 January 2018

Plans for 2018?

Hello all,

I currently have no WiPs and am trying to decide where to go from here. I have tons of fabric so one of my intentions for 2018 is definitely to work with my stash and maybe even destash some more fabrics I think I might not use (see instagram for current destash items).

https://www.instagram.com/thiscreativebliss/








I also am thinking I might try something new and will experiment a bit with more modern minimalist designs. I think I will use more solids




and will maybe even make some two or three toned quilts, something that would fit into a very modern home such as this one:




Or this one: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/204773114291730774/ or this one https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/204773114291730618/


What do you think? What should I make and what do you think would sell in my Etsy shop? I am determined to sell more and am happy to try some new designs this year.

Lots of love and happy sewing,
Nadine



Sunday, 7 January 2018

4 New Quilts

Hello all,
I have just listed a few new quilts, well not so new quilts, but mainly ones I just haven't shared with anyone.

The first one is a quilt that was published in Quilt Now, a baby quilt.







The second one is my Star Quilt, also featured in Quilt Now.






And the last 2 quilts are new quilts that are a bit larger than my usual quilts and ones I will be very sad to let go.

The Totem Quilt (love the swirls quilting)





The Tipi Quilt





Thursday, 4 January 2018

Travelling Quilts

Hello everyone
and please accept my apologies for neglecting the blog for so long, I think I haven't actually been on blogger for a few months now. I have to say it just doesn't come naturally anymore to post blog posts when it is so much easier to just post something on Instagram. It's all about the photos anyway. But even on Instagram I have been following people more than actually posting things myself. I know, how can anyone see my quilts if I don't share them.

So here is just a quick update on what I have been up to.

I have just sold a quilt to a customer in Sweden who wants it shipped to Barcelona, which just reminded me that my quilts have travelled far and many now live all over the world. I really want to make a map that shows where they all have gone to. So will have to work on that. Maybe I get one of those scratch maps, they look lovely.




I have also been very busy making more quilts but I keep forgetting to actually share them on here or on social media. So here is a quick overview (and there are many more that you can see in the shop):




So what's in store for 2018?

I often get requests from potential customers who are asking for larger quilts or larger versions of the quilts I have and I really struggle to make larger quilts as I cannot baste them in our house unless they are a reasonable size (I know, we just need a bigger house, but for that I will need to sell A LOT  more quilts:).

So I am wondering what sizes most people would prefer and how do I consolidate the difference between UK and US sizes? 

Would it be easiest to make larger throwsized quilts that would at least fit on a Twin bed? 

Let me know if you have any advice on this. It would be greatly appreciated. And feel free to communicate on the other platforms if those are easier for you. 

My sewing machines  

.. both struggling and constantly breaking down (and the third little travel machine I can't use as I simply cannot manage to thread it, my eyes are just not good enough for that, especially in dark winter lighting conditions). So I think I might have to get a new machine, the ones I have are quite old now and have done a lot of work over the years.

And what about Art?

Well, that is another plan for the year, I definitely feel the urge to paint more and also draw and get back into illustration. So watch this space.

I promise I will post a bit more often from now on but we'll have to see how it goes. I will probably need a reminder here and there.

Lots of love,
Nadine


Thursday, 4 May 2017

About time

Oh my, I can't believe how long I have been neglecting my blog. It just seems like time is flying by, there is so much to do and there is no time to blog.

Besides, blogging feels like a monologue, like I am communicating in one direction but there is nothing coming back. facebook is better for communication as there are easier ways to respond or like etc. .... but I don't use Facebook that much either, nor Instagram, even though I am on it every day.

I am maybe just not very good at communicating on the interwebs with people I don't know. How do you do it? Do you use blogging and social media a lot? Does it work for you? Do you ever yget frustrated that you get no response from anyone?

I have to say an added difficulty is the image issue. No point in doing anything online without adding photos, but that usually means having to screenshot things from the shop and then download and then upload here and it's a hassle that doesn't seem worth it. My laptop and computers are just very old and I can't use the cloud and and ...

Anywho, I have of course been very busy and have soooo many items that were finished but never posted here. Many are in the shop of course and many are not.

So here is one and there are lots more in the shop. I will have to figure out a better way to access and use my images (and to take images in the first place).

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/491610057/baby-quilt-colorful-quilt-baby-blanket?ref=shop_home_active_7

I will try to blog a bit more often and see how it works and then decide whether I just want to get rid of the blog at some point if I see no point anymore in talking to myself.

I hope you are all well and happy crafting.
Nadine




Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Which photos do you like better?

Hello all,

I could use some advice. I have just uploaded a lot of new quilts in the shop and this time I tried to change the way I photograph them. So the whole first page in the shop shows the new quilts and new photos while the second page shows the way I used to photograph my quilts.

I really can't decide which photos I like better. On one hand I think the white background on the second page looks really good and makes the colors and designs stand out. On the other hand maybe the new photos are better as they show the quilts in a more tactile way.

What do you think?


New photos:

Old photos: 




Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Two more quilts in Quilt Now!

Hello everyone,

I do apologize for keeping you in the dark lately but as a lot of my quilting projects are for publication I can't really share my secret sewing with you, yet.

But 2 recently finished quilt shave now been shown in Quilt Now and I am so excited I can finally share them with you.

My Flee Market Fancy Stars quilt was published in issue 11.




And the Crosses Quilt was published in issue 12. This is the quilt I was raving about in my Kona Solids WiP post recently. I hope you like it.



I absolutely love how both of them were photographed and displayed in the magazine. I absolutely love the crosses quilt, it is so modern and vibrant and I can't wait to ge tit back and use it around the house.

There are several other quilts coming up soon so keep your eyes on the magazine. I have also finished a number of projects for the shop and will share those with you very soon.

Lots of love,
Nadine


Saturday, 7 March 2015

I'm a quilting machine


I know, SHOCKING, isn't it. I can't believe I have neglected this blog yet again. I suppose when I need to decide between the fabric that is calling for me to cut it up and the computer calling for me to write a blog post, well it's obvious which call I tend to follow.

But I did finish another 12 baby quilts (2 have not been listed yet). I have been trying to use up some stash to make room for new collections, so I made some baby quilts for the shops. 2 quilts have already sold, you see I really left it too late and I am very embarrassed. I should have shown these to you sooner.

But if you are not too mad at me for not blogging more often please have a look at these quilts and let me know what you think of the photos (the links take you to all the other photos in the shop listings, I did not want to include all of those here).

I have treated myself to a new camera, a Canon powershot G16, and I am still trying to figur eit out. My greatest problem is asalways lighting and thse photos were all taken indoors in fairly bad lighting conditions and on an overcast day. I still have to lighten them in photoshop, no camera is going to change that, but I am still eager to improve them.

I love my quilts dearly and always find the photos never do them justice. So any advice is welcome.

I hope you like these.
Lots of love,
Nadine