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Just last Saturday I decided to put some of my bags that I have been designing on Etsy.  I put up a Cross Body Purse that I made for myself and liked it so much that I felt it would do well on Etsy.  This bag was my first sale!  I had a lady I play ice hockey let me know she was very interested in a purse, and then just tonight I sold my first purse on Etsy!  Click here for my etsy listing.

Alexander Henry Contigo Blue Cross Body Purse on Etsy through CanaryQuilted

It was so exciting to see that someone in this world likes the same thing I like!  I love this bag, it is light and hangs nicely so that it doesn’t get in the way as you go about your day.  It holds just enough to get around, but you can’t fit the kitchen sink in it!

Cross Body Purse with Grape Juice Batik and feather quilting available on Etsy through CanaryQuilted.

The first purse that I sold she requested a purple batik that I had in my stash, and it turned out very nice.  I used the purple batik (name of the batik is grape juice) on the flap front and lining, and I used the grape juice as the lining of the purse.  I quilted some feathers on the outside to give it some detail.  I used purple thread so that the batik would show, but the quilting gives it some features also.  The black and the purple work very well together.

The Cross Body purse I sold on Etsy was exactly as I listed it.  She wanted the Contigo fabric in Blue, with the sugar skull on the front.  I was soooo excited, I love this fabric, and I love carrying this little purse around.    I have all the fabric cut and I will be assembling this purse and mailing it very soon!

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Last year I participated in a Mug Rug Swap at Quilting Gallery.  This swap was sooo much fun, I was assigned a person who had given me their preferences (Americana) and I was to make two mug rugs and send them to her!  She didn’t know who she was getting mug rugs from, and I also received two mug rugs from an anonymous person.   Once I received my mug rugs, I was so excited and I still use them today! Quilting Gallery has a new Swap taking place now.  It’s called an ATC Swap, ATC stands for Artist Trading Card, and they are 2.5″ x 3.5″!  This will be such a fun challenge again on such a small format, and to look at the tutorials of people who have already made some, it looks like such a fun challenge. Read the rest here -→

Canary Quilts Logo Fabric

I wanted to share this great piece of fabric I just purchased from spoonflower!  This is one of two logo’s my husband made for me to brand the items that I make. Spoonflower is a company that allows you to upload your own design and have it printed on a variety of fabrics.  I love this service because it lets people be independent fabric designers and show and sell their designs online, and it also lets you personalize any of your projects with a design of your own. Read the rest here -→

I wanted to bring to your attention a contest that is going on over at “The Printed Bolt” website. They put out a call to anyone who was interested in designing fabric to enter their Repeat: A Design Competition.  I found out about this competition after they had already chosen their top ten competitors, but I think it will be a lot of fun to see what the challenges are, and see how all these aspiring fabric designers interpret the challenge. I find this fun because I think about designing my own fabric and with a graphic designer in my house we are really interested to see what designs come out of this AND how the judges look at each design.  All the designers come from different walks of life, some are artists, some are graphic designers, and one is a regular person like me, so I am very interested in watching how this whole challenge and competition plays out. Read the rest here -→

Final Baltimore quilt finished

The Mary Werner-Stone Baltimore Quilt that have I have been working on is finally totally complete.  I became stuck on what to quilt in the border, but when I was browsing some of Karen Machetti’s (Creative Longarm Quilter).. I saw a bamboo pattern she made in an Asian quilt for a customer and love it.  I also have bamboo hard wood floors throughout my house, so I had great inspiration and reference! I machine quilted this on my Janome Horizon machine.. I probably have at least 10 hours in the machine quilting over the course of a few weeks.  The machine quilting was probably the most fun I had on this quilt, trying to come up with a pattern for each individual block was very challenging. Read the rest here -→