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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Quilt Kit Sales Question on: May 07, 2007 01:21:36 PM
Hi, I have a question about selling quilting kits.  I make quilts out of second-hand and vintage fabrics with organic cotton batting, and I'm thinking about starting to make some kits up that let people do the sewing themselves. 

My question is whether or not I should make the kits "all-inclusive," meaning that I provide the batting, thread, backing, etc., or whether they should simply be fabric kits, in which I provide the coordinating cut pieces of fabric and maybe coordinating backing fabric and bias binding. 

I'd like to sell these kits at fairs and whatnot.  Ideas? THANKS!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Matching quilts for a wedding on: April 11, 2006 07:33:52 PM
These are _gorgeous_.  The prof. quilting looks great and is a timesaver and a half, and they are very Denyse Schmidt.  I love them and would be honored to get them as a gift.  How beautifu.  Can you tell I'm impressed?  Wow.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: collar'd t-shirt w/ frenchish cuffs on: February 12, 2006 03:11:51 PM
collar = good choice.  frenchy cuffs = good choice.  zelda = good choice. 

the placket looks real clean, no wrinkles, so your sewing is clearly *fine*.


4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lining in Handbag on: February 10, 2006 06:59:50 AM

something about that illustration clicked for me.  I now understand about linings in a way I never did before!  Thank you, thank you , thank you!!!!!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is this vintage-cute-grandma, or just grandma? fabric advice needed please! on: February 10, 2006 06:53:08 AM
I'd say, rock that fabric.  it's nice, dark, got good colors in it, etc.  if you're woried about too much grandma, just fussy-cut the pattern to cut off some of the flowers, make them non-symmetrical on the clutch: grandmas would *never* not-center the pattern. (ha)

don't get too notions-y on that fabric though.  You might get real "grandma-wants-to-be-young-again."
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: An Underselling Discussion: crafting problem everywhere... on: February 05, 2006 01:43:46 PM
I think the problem IS epidemic, and I'm glad you brought this up.  I've been considering this for a long time.  I quilt, and would LOVE to be able to sell art quilts, as well as crib, twin and queen sized quilts, but the cost of time is prohibitive, especially when people can go to Target and buy a "quilt" for $30 or go on ebay and buy one for $100. 

I disagree that the issue has to do with finding cheap materials.  I've talked to a number of crafters, and they all say that they often underestimate the time costs so that their goods appear to be "reasonably priced."  This can sometimes be as drastic as putting their work at $5/hour (for skilled, skilled labor!). 

I think the best thing to do is to continue to sell for the price you think your work is worth. 
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: ___3.99 ValueVillage Sweater+Pig Lover= .... on: February 04, 2006 08:04:02 PM
yes, I agree that plastic would work better - if you get it wet, it doesn't matter so much.  Also, a real thick interfacing, or a couple layers of interfacing might work to just strengthen it up a little bit (the bottom, or sides, as well.)
8  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: collage shoes on: January 20, 2006 05:11:42 PM
utterly phenomenal.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Furniture decoration part2 on: January 18, 2006 06:55:36 PM
yes, it reminds me of a background you might see in a catalog, with gorgeous models lounging around the room, or sitting on the dresser or standing in front of the wallpaper, just looking gorgeous, in your gorgeous, gorgeous room!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Denim, Helicoptors and polka dots of course on: January 16, 2006 01:57:09 PM
I love your pink helicopter: how tough-girl-cutie.  I've always been unhappy with denim skirts - they never look right, are the wrong lenght, etc., but yours is adorable!
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