Current Project: Old Fashioned “Friendship” Style Quilt

I’m wanting to start a new series on the blog for all the current projects I have going on. The big sewing related project I have at the moment is an old fashioned friendship style quilt for American Civil War reenactments. I’ve been wanting an old fashioned looking quilt for both my home and for events, and my Mum came up with an amazing idea for the quilt.

One day after I told her that I was going to make my own quilt she started telling me about friendship quilts and that she had an idea for my quilt. She came up with the idea of embroidering all the events I’ve gone to and all the events I will go to on all the quilt blocks. The quilt will keep me warm and it’s a way to remember what events I’ve been to and where they were located.

So that’s what I’m going to do! After the quilt is made of course. I’ve been working on and off on this quilt since either the end of 2017 or the beginning of last year…..I can’t remember which one exactly. I’ve decided that this is the year that I finish the quilt and my deadline for the quilt is before an event in November. I can totally finish it before then, but you know things happen, haha.

At the moment I have eight completely finished quilt blocks with borders, and about seven or eight on their way to be completely finished. I’ve sewed the majority of the quilt blocks by hand off and on and that’s what took me the longest to do. I quickly became bored and tired of sewing the blocks by hand, which is why I’m sewing the borders on the blocks with the sewing machine!

The above blocks are called ‘Calico Puzzle’ and the one below is called ‘Log Cabin.’

The next two blocks are called ‘Kentucky Crossroads.’

For the life of me I can’t remember what the above three blocks are called at the moment. I’ll have to look into that later on. I’m hoping that by the end of May I’ll have all the blocks with their completed borders sewn on! Then I can start piecing them all together! What projects are you currently working on?

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Princess Stitchery

Today’s cottage industry interview is with Sarah Young who manages Princess Stitchery.

What does your business make?

Aprons, Pot Holders, Hot Pads, Mug Rugs, Bowl Cozies, Crochet Dishcloths, Embellished Dish towels.

What inspired you to start this business?

I enjoyed sewing and wanted to make things for others to enjoy.

How long have you been making and selling these items?

I think it has been about 5 years.

Where did you get the name for your business?

Princess Stitchery. Princess comes from the meaning of my name and Stitchery is what I do…sew :)

How do you sell your items?

Mostly at craft shows or farmers markets. I do have a Facebook page where people can order from.

What’s your favorite item you make?

Humm… Probably the retro style apron

Do you think you’ll continue on making new items and selling them?

Yes!! Just this year I added the bowl cozy and have a few other things I want to add to my business in the future.

Who taught you to sew?

My mother taught me to sew when I was about 10 or 12. I did not do much with it after that till I was about 17 or 18.

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?

Make sure your business is something you willing to stick with for a while…it is a commitment not just something to do for a little while and then move on. A business requires time, if you are not willing to put the time into what you do don’t do it!! It also is an investment…be willing to put your own money into it till you are able to start really making a profit…so consider ALL your cost!! If all that has not kept you from opening your own business here is one tip that was passed on to me. Keep your business to a select theme. In my case I chose things for the kitchen. Others choose baby items or clothing. It makes a big difference!!!

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An adorable half apron!

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Mug rugs.

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Crocheted towel with button closure.

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A cute embellished dish towel.

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Cherry print retro style apron.

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A tribal/Aztec style kitchen apron.

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Some bowl cozies.

 

If you’re interested in seeing what else Princess Stitchery makes click here!

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Gone With the Stitch

So here lately I’ve seen more and more people talk about cottage industries. Now a cottage industry is a business started in one’s home. A few people I know have started their own cottage industries and I wanted to highlight them. They were so gracious and let me interview them. The first interview is with Sydney Martinez and she manages Gone With the Stitch.

What does your business make?

Mainly crocheted beanies and messy bun beanies, but I really can crochet anything as long as I have a video to follow. I’ve also done scarfs, hooded scarfs, purses, and baby blankets and now washcloths.

What inspired you to start this business?

Nothing really. After I crocheted a few things I just had a thought that I might be able to sell a few things and make a few extra bucks.

How long have you been making and selling these items?

About five years ago. Stopped when I got diagnosed with MS and started back up here recently to completely get my business up and running.

Where did you get the name for your business?

Gone With the Wind is my favorite movie so it’s a play on words with that movie cause with crocheting you are doing stitches and when I get started I’m ”Gone With the Stitch.”

How do you sell the items? 

On Facebook mainly to local friends and family members.

What’s your favorite item to make?

Right now the Messy Bun Beanie. I like finding different patterns for them that have different designs to them. Also when someone asks can you crochet this or that I enjoy trying something new.

Do you think you will continue on making new items and selling them?

Most definitely. There’s still a lot out there I haven’t even tried to crochet. I’ve barely started.

Who taught you to crochet?

YouTube. But I did get my Great Aunt Fay’s crochet hooks given to me.

Do you have any advice for people who are thinking of starting their own home business?

If it’s your dream and you really want to do it then do it!! You only have one life to live so live it your way!! Also don’t over price your items but price them enough that you are making a profit, and first orders should come first.

Here are a few pictures of items Sydney has made:

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A little Poke ball backpack and Pikachu character.

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A set of 4, 100% cotton face cloths.

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An adorable Bella Rose messy bun beanie.

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Crocheted headbands.

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Hooded scarves.

If you’re interested in seeing what else Gone With the Stitch makes click here!

“Shop small, shop local”