Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Make it a Great Holiday!

Hello All! I can't believe its nearly Christmas time again! Gosh this year went quickly! Before I share my newest Etsy shop ideas with you, I just want to say "Thank you!". I'm just so grateful for our amazing sewing and quilting community. I am so appreciative to those who stop by just to check if I'm still here, yes I am. I'm incredibly blessed by everyone who stops by my Etsy shop and supports my little business. I've met so many new people this last year. I've collaborated on some fun projects and new ideas. I've been uplifted and humbled by your amazingly, glowing reviews. You have no idea how they make my day! I'm constantly inspired by the many YouTube videos that helped teach me a few new tricks. I'm in awe of the talent and creativity of my fellow aritisans on Etsy, YouTube, Pinterest and in the blogisphere. You keep me fresh, give me ideas, help me feel connected to something really amazing. Who new a little fiber could bound so many of us together. I wish you all so much joy and creative energy this holiday season and well...always! You are my gift!
My second reason for connecting with you today is to encourage and urge you all to create gifts for those in your world. Since my mom ooohed and ahhhed whenever I gave her a gift from my hands, I have made many gifts each and every year, yes, even as a grown up. I think there is no better present than one from the heart. Don't worry if you don't think it is perfect, it is. Don't fret that it isn't trending, who cares. Don't think it has to be grand to be appreciated. If it comes from you, it's like no other gift in the world. Go make something amazing! Here are just a few favorites of mine, (to receive and give) * A book of recipes, hand written makes it heirloom worthy * A sewing kit in a jar. Add some thread, buttons, a litle scissors, a seam ripper. Perfect for anyone heading out on their own in the world. * A coupon book for dog walking, home baked cookies, a shoulder to cry on, a hug when most needed. * Warm hand knit socks, a crocheted scarf, embellished store bought mittens...especially when you live in the midwest! * A photo of you and the gift recipient in any kind of frame. Now that we have spent so much time apart... we need to see eachother anytime we want. * A note reminding them of why you feel in love, why you admire, the best thing about them in your eyes...gifts that only you can give. I could go on... what can you add?
Ok, enough of my drippy sentiments. This is the time of the year when I'm over flowing with mushiness. Its why I love the holidays so much! I just added some fun Earrings to my shop. Material girls such as ourselves can always use a little bling. How about a set of earrings with thimbles? embroidery scissors, modern quilt and patchwork inspired beads or even little bitty sewing machines in a variety of colors. How fun are these?.... Order them on a card or in a box. Most are $10 and under!
I have so much to say but my computer time is done for the day. There is just never enough time. I hope you all enjoy the season as much as I. Don't stress out, keep it simple. Its all wonderful! Jill

Monday, August 9, 2021

New Quilting Clip Pouches, Zippered Bags and Needle books!

I just love a challenge. For some time I have been itching to try something new. One day I looked around and noticed that I have acquired an over abundance of fabrics. I love my pincushoins but they really don't require any real yardage. So I decided to try some zippered bags. When looking at other Etsy shops, I saw some really amazing pouches, so I knew that if I decided to add them to my shop, they had better be good and I needed my own personal Fiberluscious touch to make them fun and as always functional. So, I started with my Tula Pink Fabrics. Her large imagery just seems to tickle me. So I started with her Homemade collection. This pouch has a mini pincushion to use when traveling!
Then I saw this amazing Freda Kahlo fabric from the Viva Mexico Line. It's so fun and I love the colors! That line have some awesome companion prints which in turn, inspired a new needle book!
I found that quilting clips work so great when sewing long seams and adding zippers. I know, I know, I am the pincushion queen. But, those clips are really fun and easy to use for certain projects! I kept them in a hard plastic bowl. I often work late at night and fishing for clips sounded like noisy maracas! So I decided to create a small pouch and give it little side pockets so the clips were easy to grab. That inspired my cute, boxy zippered pouch for clips. They are so fun and a bit addictive to make!
Both bags can be purchased with or without a companion piece. The large zippered bags can be purchased with either a mini pincushion or a small needle book. I loved the pincushion but after some reflection, I wondered if a needle book might keep pins and needles a bit safer when traveling. All future large zippered bags now come with the needle book. If you want a mini pincushion, just ask!
The large zippered bags are approximately 10 inches wide and 9-10 inches deep. I put in a 3 inch gusset so your bag will stand up on its own when needed. Each bag is quilted and lined. I use a layer of cotton batting in between the layers so your electronics can travel safely. I hand stitch the lining closed. I use YKK zippers. Each zipper has a fun set of little charms. A simple lobster clasp makes the charms easy to remove. That enables you to wash your bag or pouch as needed. I recommend a surface or hand wash for little bits of dirt, but your bag can be thrown into a washing machine and dryer without fear of shrinkage. I prewash all my fabrics!
The little boxy clip containers are also quilted and lined and contain a fleece batting. They hold their shape so well. I added pockets into the sides. They makes it easy to put your clips right at hand instead of digging inside for each clip. They are approximately 5 inches long and 3 inches high and wide. They hold up to 150 clips without a problem! They come with or without a set of 7 clips, 2 large and 5 small. They are color coordinated and fun to use! This bag also comes with some fun charms and is washable but must be hand dried to help it keep its shape.
I must give a nod to the very talented and generous Anna Graham for sharing her wonderful tutorial on her blog, Noodlehead. Her "Open wide" zippered pouch inspired the design of my large pouches. The way the zipper is put in allows for easy access to the contents of your bag. I've adjusted the size and lined and quilted my fabrics. I added a handle and the cute clasps, but it's her genious that inspired me enough to give bag making a try. Check out her shop and tutorials at noodle-head.com. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee and put your feet up. You might be there for a while! Just look at how much stuff fits in these bags!
Its hard for me to keep them in stock but right now I have 5 bags in my Etsy Shop, Fiberluscious. The large bags are $20 for the pouch alone or just $25 for the pouch and needle book. The cute boxy clip containter is $18 for the bag and $20 for the bag and clips together! If you don't see the bag you want in my shop, just ask! I'd be happy to make one for you in the fabric and style you like! I hope you stop by and check them out. I have modern prints, bright motifs, tradional designs ... something for everyone! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, following my Pinterest boards and for everyone who has supported my shop. I often think that I have the best job on the planet, outside of being a grandma to some amazing grand kids! I'll try not to be a stranger. I still haven't shared my new carded pin collections with you! Bye of rnow! Jill

Sunday, March 28, 2021

I'm Back!

Where do I even start. Well, perhaps an apology is the best place. I'm so sorry its been so long... a whole year. Its been a crazy one indeed. From Covid to On-line school for the grand daughters to well, like, its just been busy. I want to thank all of my many new Etsy customers. It was so busy in my shop! I was stunned. I guess being stuck at home iwth a sewing machine and kids means that many of you deserved a new pincushion. I'll try to share some of my favorites here. I did have a computer crash and lost a lot of files, but I'll do my best. I have so much to share! The above pincushion is from a lovely collection called Farm Fresh, by Moda. I added a sweet crochet daisy from Crane Crochet. Isn't it fun! My newest creation is from that same line. This pretty quilted and zippered pouch is 9 inches high and 8 inches wide.
I am so ready to try some new things. I have been making myself sewing bags and pouches and wanted to share some of them with you. Here is one with its own Mini-Travel Pincushion....featuring fabrics from Carrie Bloomston called Wonder. She is so playful and fun. Each bag is $18. If you would like the mini pincushion, it is available as a set for $25.
These bags are great for holding all your sewing supplies. I can get my 10" Mundail in them! Check out my Etsy Shop and see all the new designs. I have tried to make one for just about anyone in any style. I'm just getting started. You see.. I also was busy orderin on-line during the lock down and oh my, I have so much fabric!!! Here is a fun bag with 2 matching pincushions. One is full size and you can find it in my Etsy Shop. The other comes along with a zippered bag. This fabric makes me happy!
I can't believe I didn't post about my Bee-Utiful Pincushions. I did share the 1st version in June. I ended up have 4 different styles and after making nearly 200 of them last year, (really!) I am sad to say I have a few scraps left of that fabric line.
That line inspired these fun bee pincushions
I have lots of new pin sets. I decided to add little assortments on a card. Not everyone needs 10 pins and if you buy them for yourself, you really might not want a gift box. So check out these assortments. The little pins are $9 and larger pin assortments are $10. They still make fun gifts. I see little lucite flower decorative pins in so many shops. I wanted to add them to my shop because they are so fun and bright. I found some pretty little Tulip flower beads and they are just so much prettier than any picture can show. I have some little glass flowers and some tiny millefiori pins. If you want a sampler of these little pins, that is also available!
I still love my standard size pins. I founds some really sweet new styles. I put them on cards so if you want to add to an existing collection, you can. The polymer clay pins are bright and lightweight. These TeaPot pins are really gorgeous. I have fallen in love with balls in glass and semiprecious stones. I even have some made of lava for some aroma therapy! A small assortment is also available. It includes any pins you see in my shop. If you want something special...Just ask!
Some of my new customer favorites are also my own. I love the Everything Cherry and Cherry Lemonade fabric Lines. They are bright and remind me of vintage fabrics. Here are my new all stars...
Well, I'm afraid I'm going to over load this blog post and crash this post. I just have so much to share with you. I'll be back soon. I hope you are all healthy and that this past year has not only given you strength in it challenges, but also blessings in some true family time. I hope you have aso been creative. Please share your thoughts with me and my readers. I hope to post more often. I hope to get some tutorials up some day. I miss making them. I thank you for stoppoing by! Jill