Today’s featured item of the day is this lovely stained glass quilt. It is a generous crib sized quilt, measuring 34 x 54 and is made from organic cotton materials. The top is a print from our latest series of fabrics. Picture this. My oldest son was on a campout, the youngest son was spending the night with his Grandparents, and the girl and I had the house to ourselves. We hosted a takeover of the living room, put two large yard sale tables together and brought out every dormant paint brush, colored pencil, marker, and turned on the cheesiest movie from my 80’s childhood, Sixteen Candles. Then we started playing. Taking chances with color and designs, because amongst the movie and snacks and hanging out together, the last thing either of us was concerned with was creating overly careful designs. We just wanted to enjoy the process and we did. It’s like the unicorn of parenting, a night like that. This was one of my daughter’s designs. We named it Stained Glass Window, because obviously…it resembles a stained glass window. Aren’t we so clever. It is made from 100% organic cotton on the top, and 100% organic cotton on the back which has been hand dyed a pretty sky blue, which also serves as the binding. It was wrapped around from the back of the quilt to the front and machine stitched to the quilt. I have a feeling this will continue to be one of my favorite prints for a long time.
You get two for the price of one this week! Today’s message will share the Featured Item of the Day as well as the special deal of the week. As predicted, I slipped from my goal to do two posts a week. Anyone who knows me even a little bit would not be surprised at all by this, especially since I always bring up what a challenge it is for me to be consistent in almost every post. Just consider it a growing pain of a very awkward blogger and we will all get along just fine! Back to the Featured Item of the Day! This quilt. Just take a long look at this quilt. This is the organic cotton equivalent of cloud gazing. You could look at this and see all sorts of fun illusions. For instance, I see the reflection of a dragon flying over a lake, insects, and a bony pelvis…Ok, you get the idea. There is a lot to see! These are hand dyed from organic cotton, including the coordinating backing material. I have a goal to do more of these soon, in larger sizes up to a twin sized quilt, so keep an eye out for those. The rusty-red color was made from spontaneously combining two different dyes, so it is unique and one of a kind.
NOW, for the coupon code you’ve ALL been waiting for! This week’s deal is extended through NEXT Friday, September 9th. It is a free organic cotton bunting (also known as the triangle flag banners…) with any $100 purchase. Pretty sweet, right?! They make any room feel like the occupants might just break out into dance, or singing, or other party-related behaviors. All you have to do to take full advantage of this offer is choose the triangle bunting you want from the Clearance Section (<— Live link) of my shop and add it to your cart with the rest of your purchase. As long as your total before shipping is $100 or more, you can get a $19 discount during checkout absolutely free. This is the cost of the bunting, so it will discount your entire order for that amount. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! The coupon code to enter during checkout is FREEBUNTING19 . See you next time!
It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for sharing a new product for the week! This makes two weeks in a row that I have actually nailed this little goal of mine, which actually makes this THE most “pulled together” time of my entire life. No kidding. I thrive off order and chaos in equal measure, and see the balancing of entropies as the ultimate “LEVELING UP” of life. To have a little chaos, a little order, and a constant flowing dance between the two. Anyway, I distract myself. The featured item of the day is a simple product, but a brand new one for Kari Goodwin Quilts. These organic cotton knit blankets are great for a lot of reasons. Here are a few:
- Four different sizes available! From newborn baby to kid off to college with their first dorm room, there is a size for everyone. The material is fairly stretchy and lightweight, and would make a good swaddling blanket. In the larger sizes, the material is heavyweight enough to make a good throw style blanket.
- Made from the only material I use, GOTS certified organic cotton.
- These are printed in the USA with my own exclusive designs, made by me and my kids, which my favorite activity with my kids, so the purchase of this item actually encourages and supports art in my household! (not kidding.)
- With this product I strived to bring the best materials for the LEAST about of cost to you. As such, these blankets are simply serged around the edges, which is great for the stretchy material, and they go together very quickly. This allows me to pass on the savings to you, while still offering a great product, full of creativity and uniqueness.
That is all, back to work for me! Happy Monday Ya’ll! Here are links to my Etsy shop karigoodwinquilts.etsy.com and my website karigoodwinquilts.com . Be on the lookout for these new items to hit the shops soon!
Short, sweet, and to the point! This week’s special is an extra 25% off all Ready to Ship Clearance Items at Kari Goodwin Quilts, either on Etsy or the new stand alone website! Cut and paste this coupon code during checkout for 25% off! >>>>>>HPATSS25 <<<<<< If you’d like me to make it super easy for you, here is a link to the Clearance Section of the website! The Clearance Section has all of the banners, bunting, burpies, bandana bibs, and some minky quilts as well that are already marked down really super low! This deal will be available for the whole week, today through next Saturday. Now, I am off to sip my coffee and just wait for the sales to flow in! No, just kidding. I will be sipping coffee, but the rest is yet to be determined.
We made it to Thursday! Celebrate with some free shipping from Kari Goodwin Quilts, either on Etsy or the new Pattern stand alone website. This platform is something new I am trying, which is offered from Etsy as a solution to folks like me who are testing the waters of having an independent website from which to sell. I like the website, but I would love to know what you think! Connect with me and let me know how you like to look, the listings, and don’t forget to enter FREESHIPPING for free shipping on any and all orders! Here is the link to the new website karigoodwinquilts.com or on Etsy karigoodwinquilts.etsy.com
If you had come to Goodwin’s Custom Crafts in the last couple weeks, looking for some updates or galleries, looking to connect or get in touch, you would have been very disappointed to find that we were not here!! Between Bluehost miscommunication and the kids going back to school, renewing my web hosting was the last thing on my mind. For a few days I contemplated letting the website go, but as with most things, the decision to continue with it came down to commitment. Or as is sometimes the case, a lack thereof. This website…is it for blogging? Sharing galleries? Linking customers who come looking for one thing to the possibility of sharing new products with them? Is it simply an effort to validate my “brand” (whatever that really means I am not sure I have one!!) or what? The answer came eventually to me, in a sort of small sadness that a connection had been lost. Whoever you are and where ever you are, I have a desire to connect with you. Here…Instagram…real life…And this is one way that I feel comfortable doing that. An invisible audience that can be, at least in my imagination, as kind and receptive as any loving audience could be! And I missed you. Whoever you are and where ever you come from, I confess I did. I am going to offer a weekly COUPON special to all of my blog subscribers, starting with free shipping on ALL orders from Kari Goodwin Quilts (formerly the quilt and baby shop of Goodwin’s Custom Crafts…But that is a blog post for another day.) Enter the coupon code FREESHIPPING during checkout at Kari Goodwin Quilts or Folks Linen. No minimum or maximum purchase rules, just simple and free shipping. Check back next week to see what the new coupon code might be and until then, happy shopping! ALSO…IF YOU WANTED TO CHECK OUT MY BRAND SPANKING NEW WEBSITE CALLED www.karigoodwinquilts.com YOU CAN USE THE COUPON CODE THERE TOO! (Can you tell I’m excited?!) Thanks and love ya’ll!
I was a big fan of Judy Collins when I was a kid. I liked to sing along to her music because I could mimic her voice. My favorite of her songs (or was it really hers, I don’t know) was Everything Must Change…Nothing stays the same…everyone will change, nothing, no-one goes unchanged, or something like that. You get the idea. True words for sure. We’ve had some changes here as well, as Josh has moved on from the woodworking business and is now gainfully employed again. I have restructured by business to bring my Sister and Momma into the fold, and my Sister now runs The Tree House Kid, and my Mom runs Folks Linen, leaving me with one shop…Goodwin’s Custom Crafts.
I have changed the name of my shop to Kari Goodwin Quilts after MONTHS of mentally seeking the shelter of a new shop name. Goodwin’s Custom Crafts was, after all, Josh’s name that he picked for his business forever ago and I just wanted to evolved from that and start fresh. I wanted a name that was cool and funky and defined my shop, but nothing came, so I just chose the simple, straightforward approach, as that pretty much defines me as a person anyway. I am at least straightforward if not simple. So Kari Goodwin Quilts it is. I already like how seeing that name on the top of my Etsy shop makes me think about my work, if it is living up to the name, if I am in fact actually quilting. I just renewed my membership for the Modern Quilt Guild and have signed up as a Super Volunteer for the show in Savannah, so I am super excited to be attending my first ever QuiltCon in 2017. My point is, I’m changing. I am trying to shed old skin and wriggle out the kinks in this new skin. It’s a skin I’ve wanted to wear for a while now, focusing more on my true passion of quilting. I can say right now, at this moment,I have six quilts in some, WAIT, no SEVEN quilts in some stage of the process. I am a little rusty and my work is still smaller than I would like for it to be, but I am moving in the right direction at least. Here just a few pictures of my Works In Progress or #wip, just in case you are an old Judy Collins fan like I was and maybe didn’t know what #wip meant! 🙂
This picture of my Chattahoochee Reflections quilt (sold in 2014) popped up in my “Facebook memories” today. I really did enjoy making this quilt…it’s the kind of thing I get a little sentimental about because it was a break through project for me and the first time in years that I tried “freestyle” or improv quilting. Funny how we circle back around…I started as an improv quilter a decade ago, and went through many phases in discovering my creative style, which is definitely still a work in progress, but hadn’t done anything freestyle like this for years at the time when I made it. It is the sort of quilt that I would like to think defines me as a quilter, but is that true if you only do it once or twice and the majority of your work pales in comparison? I have this plan for my future which includes a lot more time for quilting, as that is what I really love doing, and what has fallen to the wayside the most as I have helped to support our family financially as much as I possibly could. This has involved several big rearrangements of my life, including passing the torch for The Tree House Kid to my sister, Kaysen! She now runs the shop from Las Vegas and has inherited all my patterns and has done a great job running the shop since February. Also passing the torch for my other shop Folks Linen to my Mom who now helps make all the napkins and aprons, leaving me with just the one shop, Goodwin’s Custom Crafts. Some small changes have been made as well, including attaching my design wall TO the wall in my house and give it a permanent home, instead of pushing it from one empty space to another, and to rearrange my work space to help put the focus on my own fabric designs to be used for quilts, in a way that sort of “showcases” what I have available to use at any give time, and setting up my cutting mats and sewing machines in a very user-friendly and inviting sort of way. I have Folks Linen and Goodwin’s Custom Crafts (both on Etsy) on “vacation” and closed to new online orders for a while so we can get through these last couple weeks of school and I can focus on some cool local stuff going on. We will be at the Farm to Table dinner at Jenny Jack Farms next Saturday, May 14th, (excited!!!!) and after that, I plan on having a sort of Renaissance period for my business, which may include a name change and a refocusing on my talents and what I would like most to spend my time doing. I’m pretty excited about it, and my biggest goal is to make more time for quilting.
Sometimes a quilt sits around FOREVER and I simply can’t decide on a pattern to actually quilt it. When that happens I usually do one of two things…I either go very simple and quilt straight (somewhat…mostly straight) lines running down the quilt, or I go to this website and browse the really cool assortment of designs until something strikes me. Sometimes I am really focused on a project and have the quilt design and fabrics coordinate with the quilting design, as with this quilt called “Birds of a Feather”. Because the backing fabric of this quilt featured our Birds In Flight pattern, I chose a quilting design that (to me at least!) represented the close up detail of a bunch of soft, downy feathers. Not all quilts get this special treatment, but sometimes the inspiration just hits that way.
As of right now…No, as of the last two weeks, I have had the same quilt sitting on my table and I can not decide how to quilt it, so I’m going for lines. Simple, straightforward, back and forth. Sounds refreshing, actually. Click this link to be directed to my Etsy shop and take a closer look at Birds of a Feather.
Life is a process of constant edits. Like my Grandmother always says, (who is in her 90’s and I talked to for over 30 minutes on the phone about her blooming flowers this morning!) “Just when you start to make ends meet, somebody moves the other end!” I am constantly trying to reinvent myself, my life, my process, to be more like the pictures I see in my head. Sometimes, that is a very messy and inconvenient thing, but I don’t think I’ve ever thought to myself after such a decision, “Man, I wish I had just left well enough alone and not done that!” I like that process of reinvention because it moves me closer to my dreams. Eventually, you have to accept where you are and what you’ve accomplished, of course, but it’s the little corrections along the way that caught my attention with this project. I thought I was finished with this quilt yesterday. I pulled it off the stack of projects needing attention and found a backing for it that I liked…Indigo because that is my favorite color these days, and I proceeded to put it together, pinning here and there, and thinking of how it would be quilted. I finished pinning it and put it on my desk to begin and I thought to myself, “Wait!! THIS IS NOT FINISHED.” I groaned inwardly to myself, because of course I wait until after I am finished with the basting it to have a stroke of inspiration. I had already cut the batting to size, found the perfect backing, and spent almost two hours getting it to this point. But still, something felt like it was missing. I unpinned everything and decided that adding a big, chunky ol’ indigo border to the quilt was just what it needed. I had told myself this year I wanted to make bigger quilts, and not limit myself to just crib and toddler sizes, so adding the borders was the extra step I told myself I needed to start taking more this year. It would have been easier to just proceed with the quilt as it was, because pinning is not my favorite part of the process and it was already done, but I have learned that I am never happy with myself when I ignore those little voices. So I unpinned, added borders, and picked a new backing material, which luckily, is the perfect fit. So it was an edit…an erase and do-over, but I’m usually glad when I can make that happen, and now, the quilt feels finished! Happy Saturday y’all, and always remember to go with your intuition…You will be glad you did!