Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sawtooth Stars - Building Blocks Tuesday

Happy Tuesday!  I can't believe September is nearly over!  And it doesn't feel like fall here either; yesterday it was 107!!!  I guess I should be thankful that we haven't had nearly as many triple digit days as last summer, and it is supposed to cool down a bit by next weekend.

I'm just looking forward to fall.  It is my favorite season.  The cool breezes, the occasional rain shower, soup for dinner, not to mention the desire to get into my sewing room and make stuff.....Fall!

I made up these sawtooth star blocks as samples for my next commission project.  I find that it is hard for non-quilters to imagine how big the blocks will be without seeing them, so I made up this 12 inch one.

Sawtooth Star

And then this 8 inch one.  The recipient also needs to choose between the two different reds that I have.  I like this darker one best, but it will be up to her.

Sawtooth Star

In other news, I did finish my "Friends of the Forest" quilt in time for the Quilt Walk in Blue Jay on Saturday.  This picture was taken when I finished up that all over leaf design that I was really worried about.  As I suspected, when it was all done and you stepped back a bit, it worked out just fine.  I used a light blue thread that blended well with the animal blocks, but stood out from the navy background.

Friends of the Forest - all quilted

In fact, I wasn't the only one that thought so, because it sold at the show!  My daughter was a little dissapointed, but she knows that I can make her another one.

Participants displaying quilts in the Quilt Walk, like many shows, are given the option of including a price in the discription if he/she wants to sell their quilt.  I usually price my quilts according to what they are worth, to me.  After all, I know how much time and effort I put into them, plus I would obviously like to keep them.  For example, last year I displayed my flag quilt (top left pic in the header), and I put a price of $1500 on it.  I had a pretty good idea that no one would buy it for that price, but I also really loved the quilt.  If I was going to part with it, I most definitely wanted to be compensated for the nearly year-long stitching by hand that went into making that EPP quilt.  I am not one of those quilters that just hopes to get the cost of supplies back.  Now, I will admit that this Friends of the Forest quilt was priced a bit more reasonably because I knew that I could make another and would enjoy doing it.

How do you price quilts that you post for sale?

What blocks have you been working on this week?  I would love to see.  Link up your fabulous blocks.  You put a lot of hard work into them - show them off!  This free linky will stay open until the first Monday of next month, but I will repost it every Tuesday until a new month starts.

Quilter in the Closet


1) Please link up only to the page on your blog showing your wonderful blocks, not just the blog homepage.  Flickr and Instagram pictures are also OK.
2) Make sure to put your blog name as the description so people know where they are going or the name of your block!
3) Please grab my button and post it in your blog post or sidebar.
4) Visit other linky participants!

Thanks for reading,


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  1. Love your "Friends of the Forest" quilt! I can see why your daughter was disappointed that it sold. I tend to not let go of the things I make, although I'm going to have to start before much longer if I want to have a place to actually live.

    One of the best articles I've found to answer the question of pricing your work was written by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry and can be read at http://www.bryerpatch.com/faq/marketing.htm. It was written several years ago so some of the numbers may have changed a bit, but the way she walks you through and reminds you of everything you need to consider when pricing your work is so beneficial.

  2. what a wonderful quilt I am not the least surprised it sold I expect you could have sold it more than once. Blocks look good too. Have not sold my quilts still at the improving stage but do give some of them to friends. I know it is hard to get a fair price when you take into account how much time is spent on each one

  3. Of course it sold! It's beautiful! I price my quilts like you. It's okay if they don't sell. Quilter's that underprice their quilts to just pay for their supplies spoil it for the rest of us.

  4. Well done on the sale, I think it would have sold even at $1500 - it's beautiful


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