Memorial Day ~

To all of those who gave their lives in service to this country, its values, its grand vision of liberty and justice for all, we thank you for your ultimate sacrifdownload (5)ice.  Today through Wednesday, I would like to extend a special Thank you to the servicemen and women of our country with a special 20% off at Kari Goodwin Quilts, today through Wednesday with the coupon code REMEMBER17.  Enjoy the holiday in remembrance of the Fallen, and I hope peace is with you all today.  <3

Also, just to keep my loyal followers “in the know”, I am working on a new website where you can shop directly from Me without having to go through Etsy.  I would love it if you would go take a look at www.karigoodwinquilts.com and bookmark the site so you can keep up with my progress!  I hope to soon link this site with that one, but I am still trying to work out the particulars.  More details to come!

Today’s Featured Item! Organic Stained Glass Quilt

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, dsc_0300-1the 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.
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Only Two More Days of Free Shipping!

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

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Quilting Pattern Inspirations…

 

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 IMG_7835designs 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.  IMG_7826

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.

Crickets and Daydreams…

SO, the crickets are chirping in my head this week.  The busy, buzzy hmm of Halloween business is over and this should be the week to get the creative juices flowing again!  It *should* be, but as I said, the crickets are chirping up there and I don’t really know where to start.  I have some projects to make for Goodwin’s Custom Crafts, baby bedding, nursing pillow covers, but I am waiting for the fabric I ordered to arrive so they can be made.  I am caught up with most other things (SHH – Like saying Macbeth in the theater!) and I should be excitedly plotting my next quilt or set of projects, designing new fabric, or creating some cute Christmas il_fullxfull.614197662_cf9kbanners for my Etsy shops and making the absolute most out of these few days of relative creative freedom between the busy seasons.  Instead, I am sitting here, staring at my to-do list, contemplating a nap.  I always do this…go through a lull between the seasons.  I could be chasing that creative high and pushing through to get some new things listed, or getting ready for our big holiday show, but really, I just want to rest…To take a moment with my rock collection, stare out the window and daydream, watch some mindless TV and fold laundry, or wallow in bed with the kids.  The pressure to “Act fast or this moment will pass!” is there, yelling in the back of my head for me to pull it together and seize the day!  But the more tempting, subtle little message rolling around in my head is to walk away and enjoy the slow moment.  Let it wash over me and give into it.  The creativity will come back.  It always does!  But not if you are pushing and forcing it and being a brute with yourself.  So today, I surrender.  I give in to the laziest version of myself, and will wait quietly for the ideas, passion, drive, desire to create to come back to me.  We will reunite again.  Perhaps after some daydreaming.

Today’s Featured Item – Lush Cozy Cactus Quilt

IMG_2258Hey howdy hey!  Look who’s back!   Today I will share with you a fresh and brand new quilt that I JUST finished sewing this morning.  Actually, I finished it yesterday, but I just finished sewing on the little flowers today.  I have to give the credit for that sweet little embellishment, IMG_2261which in my opinion just MAKES this quilt, to Josh!  He mentioned it in passing when I was designing this quilt a few days ago and trying to find a good match for the cactus top.  I wanted to pair it with this rich sunshine golden-colored cotton for the backing, and it just wasn’t working.  He said that it would have worked great if I had drawn some little flowers on the cactus tips, which gave me the idea of adding them as embellishments to the quilt itself.  That got me to thinking about a IMG_2264whole range of fabrics that I could design that would be intended for little embellishments like that.  That is still a very new idea I am hatching, but an exciting one!  So here she is, the Lush Cozy Cactus and Red Desert Bird quilt.  I am the WORST when it comes to getting creative with names and such.  Unless it’s totally random, like this quilt *would* be named The Darla if I were so inclined to give it a name just for the sake of it.  Have a GREAT Friday and a wonderful weekend to all from me and Darla!! 🙂 IMG_2270