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!
I am getting excited about my tour about town tomorrow, seeking out all of my favorite local businesses to support on Small Business Saturday! I support small year round, but I do understand how exciting it can be for a small business to have a banging start to the holiday season, so I am going to do my best to hit up all of my favorites. Speaking of hitting up your favorites (wink-wink!) I would like to share our own small business specials and events coming up. Josh and I both are offering a sale in our Etsy shops through Cyber Monday for 10% off $100 purchase, 15% off $200 purchase, and 20% off $300 purchase! That’s a pretty big sale for us, so if you wanted to do any holiday shopping with us, it will not get better than this! UNLESS you are within driving distance and would like to come shop with us in person this upcoming weekend, December 5th and 6th. We will be at our annual Big Oaks Winter Sale out on the lovely 300+ acre farm of our friend Carey and Brant Slay from 10am-5pm both days, and you can get directions if you plug this address into Google Maps: 10747 UNION PLEASANT GROVE OMAHA, GA 31821 In addition to all of our work, Carey will be selling all of her wonderful wood fired pottery. We will have a friendly, open buffet of snacks and tea to eat while you browse, chat, and take a break from the holiday chaos under the mighty boughs of the Big Oak trees. We offer great in-person discounts and will have a variety of items from all four of the Etsy shops on display. I love to “clean house” at the end of the year to make room for new products, so a lot of things will be greatly discounted. This is a great opportunity to shop small and get lots of beautifully made gifts for your friends and family. These pictures from last year’s show speak for themselves and we hope to see you there! If you would like to see links to all of our Etsy shops in one place and start shopping early, click here.
This lightweight summer-time blanket features happy, slanted rainbows that were originally a watercolor painting. I don’t know why I wanted to share this today, except maybe that my heart is full of rainbows? HAHA that would be because all of the canning is finished (for now at least), all the laundry is done (for now at least), and I have nothing to do today but work and take the kids climbing this afternoon. That is a good day in my book! I dyed nearly 20 yards of fabric yesterday as well, so that task (for now at least) is also caught up. That leaves me, my iron, my sewing machine, and a stack of projects to tackle for today. I am about to turn the music up and get started! So back to this sweet little flat sheet, or summertime blanket. Use them to keep the sun off babies in their carriers, or to cover them up as you go in and out of stores in the summer, because lets face it…It can be 105 degrees outside, stores still keep it a cool 68 degrees, even in summer. This is large enough to transition into the toddler years too, as a flat sheet for a toddler bed, measuring 33″ x 55″. They are made out of 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and printed with low impact dyes. I always picture using the sheet for something else when the kids graduate to a big kid bed, like a pillow case, or using it as a wall for a fort. THAT is really the end game for these…Fort walls. All you need is a couple of clothes pins and BAM! You have a sunny, rainbow filled fort! Hahaha…Ok, I’m off to get sewing. I hope your Monday is as bright and sunny as the day after a rain, and your heart is full of rainbows!!
This astrological year started a new project, The Pillow of the Month. Each month, two new pillows are added to the collection; that month’s zodiac symbol and its corresponding planet. I am running a little behind, and actually need to get started on my Leo and Sun pillows really soon, but for now, the lone wolf Pluto will have to do. There is no real birthday associated with Pluto, except for Scorpio, which historically shared both Mars and Pluto, but now is coupled primarily with Mars. But seeing as how Pluto has been decommissioned as a planet, this pillow felt timely, considering the recent resurgence of the debate as to whether or not Pluto should be considered a planet….I for one, feel that Pluto should absolutely be considered a planet because having only eight planets in our solar system is surely unlucky! Bring Pluto back to its former glory and give it the credit it deserves so order can be restored and we can go back to having NINE planets in our solar system! It is already such a long way from all other planets, and can very rarely attend the Sun’s fancy tea parties. Let’s not throw sand on the playground just because it lives so far away and is so very, very small. As I was reminded this week at the Springer Opera House‘s showing of The Little Prince, even the smallest of planets can yield wonderful lessons and great adventures. As it may be with Pluto. We may never know if we turn our backs on this distant rock in our solar system….Anyway, to see the facts on this pillow, if you’ve heard enough of my childish gibber, click this very grown up link here. I am off to go tend my Volcanoes.