Monday, July 30, 2012

Berry Picking Picnic Blanket

 Berry Picking picnic blanket

You guys are the best!  Thanks sooooooo much for your insights on the Craft Show Pricing post!!!  You've got my wheels turning for sure and I've already decided to make some changes, like rounding up to prices ending in 5's or 0's so it's easier to handle cash payments and so that folks might be less tempted to make me "rounded" offers.  I'll also be thinking about pricing my products so that I can offer combo deals and taking a strictly "no negotiating" price policy, which I think will really help my stress levels as a seller!

All I can say, is that if you are struggling with pricing your products, talk to people!  Talk to your friends, your family, and the online community.  It really helps to get lots and lots of opinions.  Also, one reader pointed me to Etsy Success:  The Art of Pricing of Pricing for Profit Workshop.  This is a fairly long video, but it really has a lot to say to folks who are make-to-sell crafters.  Good food for thought.

Berry Picking with AnnBeth

On with the making!   Last time I was at Ikea, I picked up 2 yards of this summery Annbeth stripe.  Since it's 60" wide and a nice, heavy weight, I was totally thinking "picnic blanket."  So.... off I went to Pink Castle Fabrics to find some fabrics to match!

Berry Picking Bundle

What do you see?  Reds, a touch of pink, aqua, teal, mossy greens, plum and a bit of dark brown for value.  No orange!  No yellow! That part was hard.  But it's always good to stretch oneself!  Working a color scheme from an favorite print is really straightforward, but still it helps me see color in new ways every time.

Pink Castle Fabrics has the full 20-print fat quarter bundle all cut up just for you in case you're after your own picnic quilt (or other patchwork masterpiece).  It's my Berry Picking bundle cause the kids and I soooo look forward to outings with our friends to pick strawberries in the spring and blueberries in the summer.  The red and purple berry-hues combined with the colors of leaf and sky reminded me of sunny days spent outside this year.  And that's definitely where this picnic blanket wants to live - outside!

um er... "Summer Weight Quilt"

So, um, I promise I won't call these "picnic blankets" at the show.  Nope, they're "summer weight quilts".  (According to Rachel of Suz Made Me Do it, "Summer Weight Quilt. Perfect for the beach, a visit to the park, a day at the lake, a picnic or a lazy day in your own back yard or even a summer quilt for your bed. 100% colorfast quilting cotton was used in the creating of this one of a kind quilt. It is 100% washable. 60 x 60." Yep, I've got some marketing signs to make for sure!)

i heart patchwork

I've also used mine as a party tablecloth, Easter egg hunt kiddy-coral and general photo op.  But, then, I heart patchwork.

butterflies, beries, and cloudes. oh my.

Did you notice all the butterflies?  Yep, and berries too.  Literal ones.  Watering cans... clouds floating along the sky...  I think it's safe to say this collection is all about being outside.  (Except for the clocks.  I think those are best left at home).

inspiration in AnnBeth stripe

Anyhoo, I'm happily enjoying the way this set coordinates with my inspiration stripe.  Apparently I can work without yellow.  Who would have thought?

Tidy


All of my "summer weight quilts" have an attached strap for tidy storage.  That's another one all rolled up and stashed in my inventory cabinet... along with a lot of other goodies from this weekend's Saturday sewing session.  I'll be back with more tomorrow!

26 comments:

  1. I bought that stripe last time I was at Ikea too! Isn't it pretty? You came up with beautiful quilt to match!

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  2. That's a great advertising spiel - and very effective. I feel the need to make a summer quilt, pronto.

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  3. I have not been to an IKEA since we lived in the D.C. area 12 years ago. I don't remember seeing too much fabric, way back when! Is the fabric sold off bolts? I think I need to take a trip!

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  4. Summer weight quilt is a genius name for it! Go you!

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  5. I love Ikea for backing, in fact I've got that fabric too lol
    I'm happy you found the link interesting,if a little long! Your summer weight quilt is made up of the most beautiful colours so I'm now off to have a look see at Pink Castle :D

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  6. This is my favorite picnic blanket fabric combo yet! Still haven't cut mine...

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    1. You make me laugh! Ok, how many do I have to make to get you to cut yours? Hmm? Is there a magic number =)

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  7. love it! I didn't even think about a tablecloth! I have a layer cake I could use up... hmmm.. :)

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  8. It's beautiful! And the stripe you were inspired by is totally awesome!

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  9. That is just beautiful! Now you have me wanting to make my own "Summer Weight Quilts" - genius!

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  10. Whatever they are,they're gorgeous.xx

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  11. What a great quilt! I need to make a summer weight quilt.

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  12. That makes a beautiful picnic blanket! I wish there was an IKEA nearby so I could check them out!

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  13. Very pretty, Rachel! I love that backing fabric. I hadn't thought about IKEA as a resource for quilting, but now I feel the need to peruse their fabric selection.

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  14. Wow what a stunning quilt! Loving the bundle of colours and prints! What a fun practical quilt with all those uses =D

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  15. mary/Sy Lake QuiltsJuly 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    What fun! I LOVE the colors in the new 'summer weight quilt". I recently made something similar: 8 in squares (when sewn)-- 10 rows of 10, so 80x80. I used 10 different kinds of Kumari Gardens in aquas. I used a muslin back and straight line quilted on the diagonal. Then I made some button holes across the top. Summer weight quilt--> shower curtain!

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  16. I really love this one - red & purple is one of my favourite combos right now.

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  17. BTW the Annbeth stripe is the perfect backing fabric for my do.Good Stitches quilt!! There's an Ikea less than a mile from my house!

    The fabric I had bought (Patty Young Sculpted Garden in Grass) reminds me too much of Xmas (the problem with buying online) so it has really dampened my enthusiasm to finish this quilt.

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    1. Oh, Great! It's awesome when random things work out like that =). I agree - red and purple are a total favorite. And they don't get used enough!

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  18. I just love these quilts so much. They are so nice, bright and they look like they wouldn't be that hard to make.

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  19. Wow! Hats off to you!! You are one amazing quilter. I read a lot of quilting blogs but as yet have never seen such variety not only in patterns but also in quilted things in any one blog. Your quilts are truly truly wonderful. Thank you for sharing them.

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  20. I'm so glad your community embraced your request for feedback and gave you such positive feedback. I'm especially partial to Rachel's suggestions. I've always found her to give me great feedback as well.

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  21. Awww, thanks Rachel! I love your plans so far!

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