Monday, July 23, 2012

iPad in Summerlove

Summerlove from Canton Village

Remember this pretty stack of warm florals spiked with teal?  It's a selection of Summerlove prints from Canton Village Quilt Works.  I had been searching for a reason to "need" some of this line, particularly the Ginger print, so when the craft show was a "go" I moved quickly.  (It's also quite possible that Shannon's Wellen Tank tutorial was the last straw, but I digress.)

iPad sleeves 

Last week iPad covers were on my "to do" list.  I started off working with the Tokens of Love print, which turned out to be my absolute favorite, even if it is a bit sweet with it's lilacy-pink background and fluffy bouquets.  It's often that way for me - I feel like my first version is the bestest.  After that, it's hard to find something that's as shiny and fun.

delicious florals

I quilted the Ginger print the same as the Tokens of Love print.  It's pretty - especially from the back, but I can't get over the way the quilting on the Tokens of Love print so delightfully frames each bouquet.

my favorite!

And, did you see that the quilting just happened to line up on the closed flap too?  It's the little things!

If you're wondering, my iPad cover pattern is something I finagled myself.  I drew from these two tutorials, consulted the Apple site to verify size and used a large serving platter to cut the curved flap.  After I made the first, I drove over to try it on my sister-in-law's iPad.  Happily, it fit snug!

in Summerlove fabrics

This morning I made the patchwork version, strip-piecing 2" wide cuts from several different prints.  And you know what?  This is the first time that I didn't love the way the collection came together in small patchwork.  I'm pretty sure I would have liked it better had I hand picked 2" strips from my scrap bins instead of combining Summerlove as a collection.  And I love the collection... but apparently more so in big pieces.   Oh well!  Living and learning.

iPad cover
 
You can find these Summerlove prints at Canton Village Quilt Works, along with other Art Gallery fabrics like Poetica, the Oval Elements and Rhapsodia.  I think I'll be searching my stash for more prints I'd like to feature whole, without any piecing, for my next iPad sleeves.

"meh" patchwork

But, I'm still wondering how many of these to make.  Very much enjoying the making, but it's hard to keep eating up fabric (and time) feeling so unsure about marketability of the iPad sleeves and coasters. 

Anyone have a crystal ball?  Thanks that would be great!

21 comments:

  1. I love the iPad covers. Ipads are pretty popular as are readers. I'd make at least a half dozen and see how they go. ,the thing is with the ipad, a lot of people have smart covers etc. to protect but give it a whirl. The fabric choices are aewsome.

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  2. I'll venture a guess that a dozen of those would be a good start. I just thought I'd offer you a place to start. I will be the scapegoat if you need one. :-)

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    1. Oh, good, as long as I have a scapegoat =)

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  3. These look great! Such fun colours.
    I added a little pocket on the front of mine to hold the charger cord. That way it never gets lost, ans is always right there when you need it or travel.

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  4. Ahh, gotta love an excuse to buy fabric ;o)

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  5. I think both items are excellent things to make. :) People are going to be buying for Christmas too and both would make wonderful presents!

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  6. They're really cute. Sure to sell like hotcakes.

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  7. very nice!such cheery prints too :)

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  8. They looks awesome! So many people have I-pads or even the kindles and E-readers. I'm sure they'll be buying them =D

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  9. I would think both iPad covers and coasters would be good sellers as they are both fairly small and fun.

    Just my thought - no idea if any buyers out there think the same :)

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  10. I hope that you sell them at a profitable price (this sounds funny) for you. I love your labels. Do you make them or have a site where you purchase them? fmoore11589@comcast.net
    I have tried to find a place where I can buy a few for myself.

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    1. I agree - price/profit is always a concern. We'll see... I got my tags from Gutentags on Etsy, but she doesn't seem to be taking orders now: http://www.etsy.com/shop/gutentags

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  11. They look great! it is nice to have something that no-one else will have. I love how your first one matches up with both the quilting and pattern. My number for items is usually 10.

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    1. Ok, so more than 3? Joking, kind of... I already made another =)

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    2. Hahahaha! yes more than 3! there is always another market or Etsy for leftovers!

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  12. The colors and fabric you've picked are sure to be marketable. I would think these would make great gifts, nice work!

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  13. I think you have to offer around 10 - 12 or they will think it's just something left over from your last craft fair. Oh and Rachel - Step away and look at the patchwork again. It's really lovely! I think you were just too close to the subject.

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  14. It depends on the price. These are very marketable. Doesn't everyone have an IPad? If not, they have a kindle/nook/ereader of some sort. Maybe make a smaller version for the smaller readers. Also, consider gender neutral fabric? I do love this line.

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  15. I was going to say what Angie said ... I LOVE the prints you chose (and I think the patchwork is my favorite) - but I think they are very girlie ... maybe some gender neutral ones or different styles of fabrics would open your market up a bit more (boys and girls who don't like pink also have iPads). Of course, it has to be fun to make.

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    1. I agree, Laura. I tried to make a "boy" journal cover and gave up halfway through. That just may not be my forte! And yet, I can surely make some less girly covers. I'll add that to my list!

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  16. I love the patchwork one myself, but it does need a little "something"...maybe sprinkle in a couple of the aqua squares in a larger size to provide more balance with the pink (which is the color that really stands out and pops). I absolutely love your ideas and everything you make Rachel...such an inspiration.

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