The Craziness Continues

The blocks of Scrappidy Scrap Scrap are stacking up! 5 more done! Best thing about these quilt blocks: if my machine stitching is a little messed up, I don’t bother taking it apart to start again. I keep going because at this point, this quilt is already all over the place, a stitch out of place or sequence here and there isn’t going to hurt. Laalalallalala!! This project is really fun!

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Craziness

Well I may start blogging regularly again. It’s been a crazy year and a half while we tried (and succeeded) to raise 23,000$ for cancer research. I thought of nothing else but fundraising when I wasn’t working. I crafted a little but only for the 3 sales we did for the fundraiser. I started to feel like I was losing myself but now that the goal is achieved, I have more room to breathe and to spend time on crafting. It’s quite a nice feeling!

I have a lot I want to do for the shop but I decided to leave that aside for now. My etsy sales have been suspended for so long, a couple more weeks or even months won’t hurt. I have been reading the novels in the Elm Creek Quilts series and enjoying them quite a lot. Easy read, entertaining and oh so motivating! I just want to quilt all day. However, since that’s not an option and since I have a TON of materials to use, I decided to be a little selfish and spend my newly recovered time on a project just for me: my very first crazy quilt. They were talking about one in The Quilter’s Legacy and I thought “yeah, I can do that!”. Then I can watch TV wrapped in it! Awesomeness!

The novel talked about the history of the Crazy Quilt, how it started as a utilitarian quilt, the one made from scraps, just to keep people warm, that might have been hidden under the “pretty” quilt. I like that idea. Over the years, it has changed into a “pretty” quilt itself as quilters started to use all sorts of fabric scraps, velvets, satin, linen, as well as a slew of decorative embroidery stitches and colourful threads.

As appealing as the hand quilting is – every time I read an Elm Creek Quilt novel, I just want to hand quilt and hang out with a whole bunch of quilters -, I decided to make my first crazy quilt with my awesome machine. It does have over 429 stich options, might as well use them!
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Since I don’t have any muslin for the base of the squares, I decided to use fabric I found in my great-grandmother’s cedar trunk. That trunk was a moth-ball smelling goldmine!! Took a little effort and time to get the smell out of the fabrics but it was well worth it! I didn’t notice it at first since it just looked like a pile of beige fabric, but they are actually all sugar bags that she un-sewed and washed. How cool is that? I don’t know what she intended to keep them for but I hope that she would approve of my use of them. DSC_0035

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and I dumped out my bin of scraps. DSC_0041These are the scraps that I decided to keep because I thought I would use them one day. I had about triple that amount but I sorted them a while ago because I needed room for all my fabrics. I donated the ones I knew I didn’t want to use to La Fabrique Ethique de Montreal. She can use them in her classes and I like the thought that people who are learning to repurpose clothes can use the scraps and give them a second life.

I have been having so much fun so far! After the fundraising where I have to be organized and calculating, it is a great relief to use my free time in such a, well, free manner! I am quite proud of the results. Even though it takes longer, I like changing the threads on the machine every time I put a new scrap in. Technically none of these fabrics and threads go together. And yet, used in this manner, they really work well together, in my opinion. Here are my first 4 squares:

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I can’t wait to see how the finished quilt will look!! I think I’m going to call it Scrappidy Scrap Scrap. It has a nice ring to it. Reminds me that life is just darn fun! Scrappidy Scrap Scrap. Scrappidy Scrap Scrap!!

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OOPPPPSSSS!!!

I learned a lesson today. That lesson is: when you try to manage too many things at once, you lose track of a lot.

This week, I got 2 orders on Etsy. Yay! The second one was for 3 small loaf orange bread bags. I only had 2 left. Crap! As it turns out, when you make a listing with colour options, the software doesn’t really know that quantity of each. I did have 4 in inventory, 2 green, 2 orange. Etsy, and therefore the buyer, didn’t know that. And I didn’t think about it before because I haven’t taken a second to look at or update the shop. OOPPSSS!

Thankfully, I did have an orange baguette bag left so I was able to cut it down to fulfill the order. But I lost time and I lost a baguette bag. As the boyfriend says, I’m more in the “get yourself known phase” but still I’d ideally want to be able to say I got the Fleur de Pixie name out there without losing money for it.

Live and learn people! Live. And. Learn. I have deactivated all bread bags listings for now until I can make sure the inventory matches the listings. The 4 listings that are still active in the shop I am certain of so I won’t run into another problem like this again.

That is all. In the end, the buyer gets her order and I still sold 4 bread bags this week so I’d say it’s still a pretty awesome week!

Fundraising sale this weekend for Just Another Hill. Fleur de Pixie (ie me) has graciously accepted to donate all the profits from the sale of bread bags, Christmas bags, and Christmas ornaments to Just Another Hill’s fundraising efforts for cancer research (ie for my project). Fleur de Pixie is a wonderful, wonderful enterprise!

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It’s that time of year!

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This makes me happy.

Getting ready for a fundraising sale on December 14! Fundraising for what? If you don’t know already, click here.

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Blanket in Action

Nothing is cooler than seeing something I make being used, appreciated and loved, especially seeing this blanket with a colourful assembling history bringing warmth to a newborn.

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Life is good.

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