Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Destashing and Moving....

De-stashing a huge fabric stash plus moving the shop to the log studio and putting things online is a huge project that is leading me to several quilting and crafting UFO's and a whole list of new ideas. I bet on any certain day, many of you have been overwhelmed with your fabric stash so lets work together to get some things done for the holidays. Here are my goals for this shared project:
  • We vow to use what we have without spending more
  • We vow that if we have to buy more, we limit it to less than 20.00 ( I will have project packs for what we do here on our website for less than 20.00 to help you keep this promise to yourself.)
  • The projects we take on will have a purpose.... a specific gift, donation, decoration, or something very useful.. I have many projects in mind that will fit into these categories.
  • We will organize any scraps left over in a specific way and put to good use those pieces we simple cant stand to work with any more.

The results will be personal satisfaction, a visible destash, gifts that are handmade and given from the heart, and room to buy more fabric in 2017. So who is in? Comment here or email me with your ideas too so we can share.

That being said, here is the first assignment.

Decide what needs to be destashed first. Pick a box full of fabric, a shelf that is driving you crazy, or a drawer you want to organize. Separate darks and lights. This is how I do it.
  • Fold and sort big pieces and put them on your shelves or bins.
  • Take everything 1/3 yard or less and place them near your cutting area
  • Using zip-lock baggies or clear shoe boxes decide how you will store the newly cut pieces. Plan on a time when you can do nothing but cut.
  • Plan on a big box, bag, or tote for the useless scraps. We will be using these believe it or not in a great project.
Ideas for yardage:

1 yard of fabric or more works for large projects when combined with matching fabrics . 1 yard works for aprons, totes, pillowcases, children's quilts, large table runners, backs for quilts, etc

3/4 to 1/3 pieces work for pet beds, totes, zipper bags, market or garden bags, candle mats, table runners, wall hangings, etc.

Pieces less than 1/3 yard can be cut into appropriate scraps to use in scrappy quilts using a specific type of block. For instance, we will be using 3 1/2 inch squares, 4 1/2 inch squares, and 5 1/2 inch squares to start with.  We will also be using 1 1/2 inch strips and 2 1/2 inch strips and 3 1/2 inch strips. You get the idea. When we have a stash we don't know what to do with, cutting them into specific measurements helps us to be productive when we want to sew and we don't want to think.

Lets start with sorting and folding.... Meet back here on Monday for our first project. See you then.


Monday, June 20, 2016

Big News- Primitive Spirit is opening a studio and online shop....

News from Primitive Spirit- Wildwood...... Wildwood is what we have named our log cabin.

We are hard at work getting the log cabin studio ready for a fall open house and also getting inventory built up for our new website and online store. We are also excited about our own original designs for your primitive decorating and crafting which will be exclusive at the studio and website.

Up first...prim pin cushions. Pumpkin, owl, snowman, crow, and sheep to name a few. I will be designing a new pincushion for every month so keep a look out. They will be online at our new website in the next few days selling for 11.99. and if requested possibly in kit form.

We have new fall fabric in as well as a few bolts of the new Civil war prints so keep an eye out for these too. Online shopping seems to be the way to go but Wildwood, the cabin studio will also offer a great opportunity to see the hills of Brown County and do a little cash and carry for original and one of a kind primitives in person. And don't forget we will still have great fabrics.

The new website is www.primitivespiritwildwood.com    When you visit, fill out the contact form to be added to our email list for sales, open house dates at the studio, and classes. We cant wait to show you our little cabin in the woods.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Spring 2016

It is Spring again and it seems that life gets in the way of all I need to do to promote the fabric shop. Here are the big changes coming to Primitive Spirit.

1. We are opening a studio in our log cabin on our property here in Brown County. It will serve to enhance the store front for the rest of 2016 and hopefully help us to move our focus to a bigger online presence with sales going into 2017. Our goal is to have the studio open for holiday open houses and special occasions while giving us a place to display and do our shipping from our online sales.

2. We are of course going to have an online website e-commerce site... still under development but initial pages can be seen at www.primitivespirit-wildwood.com .  The addition of the name Wildwood is what we will call our cabin. It lends itself to a more specific marketing platform.

3. We will begin soon to post free patterns and more quilt, wool, and stitching ideas with photos here on the blog and on a more regular basis. Also with that we hope to have a few block of the month or quilt design challenges with prizes too. One of my personal goals is to encourage the creative side of every reader for all skill levels so hopefully these types of activities will keep readers engaged and interested.

4. My personal goal is to design... fabric, patterns, and such as well as to write more. Publication is the final goal with any cool project but initially the designs and ideas will be for our customers and readers... you will see and experience it first. Yea for you. More coming on this in the weeks ahead.

5. As with most quilters and sewers, we are givers too. Primitive Spirit will collect small quilts for the NICU at Eskenazi Hospital's NICU and for Quilts for Kids which is a group out of Lafayette. More on this specifically in future blog posts. Another way we will be giving back is to be collecting items for survival baggies for the homeless. These bags will include travel size hygiene products, socks, and sewn pillowcases. More on this coming soon.

Between writing, designing, sewing, quilting, and working as a NICU nurse, plus being wife, mom, and grandmom to the greatest grandkids on the planet, my husband and I will be at the shop part of most days this summer. We generally don't open till 12 most days and sometimes we close at 3 due to our work schedules but our hearts are here in Brown County and we love our life. The shortened shop hours has been a big push to get the online store open so customers don't feel so cheated.

So Spring is here bursting with new plans. Stay tuned and soon there will be even more ways to shop for our hand dyed wools and homespun cottons, reproduction fabrics and the occasional holiday fabric. We look forward to serving you.