January 7, 2014

Well, this is interesting.

Over the weekend, I had a series of Etsy convos with a potential customer for a commissioned quilt.  A total of 12 convos back and forth.  Every customer is different; this was a couple, the man is the spokesperson, expecting a new addition, a baby girl in April, and they are very focused on the "quilt to be".  They'd decided on a quilt design, based on this photo that was on this blog, in June of last year.

This was taken at City Quilter, my favorite quilt store in NYC, when I was there in May.  They have chosen a fabric line, a border fabric and the binding fabric.  Yesterday they paid the 50% deposit and I ordered the fabric.

Since this is not one of my designs, today I grabbed some 5" squares from my scrap pile and made four sample blocks.  This was a test to see proportion, concentrating on the width of the  sashing strips.

I think I got it right the first time.  These test blocks will go into my stack for my Christmas project for next year.

I make quilts as my creative outlet.  I do custom quilts for the same reason, and to make my customer happy.  Bob and I always shake our heads when someone that we don't know, ask me to make them a custom quilt.  Out of all the quilters in the US, and all the quilters selling on Etsy, how do they choose me?  It's a mystery.  Of the custom quilts I've made I've only "known" one of my customers, she was a former blogger, who I'm still in FB contact with.  The rest have appeared via an Etsy convo.

This quilt will be a bit of a rush, because I need to have it in the mail by the end of March.  I saw my fabulous long arm quilter, yesterday, and came up with a game plan.  Right now, she has seven of my quilts, including another custom quilt, and this one will make eight!

May your bobbins always be full,

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