Today, on Black Friday, 2020, I bring you a little quilt montage and a Black Friday special for my fledgling artisan luxury soap company, Soapworks Factory!
First, let me tell you that we have 15% orders of $15 or more and free shipping with orders over $75. We have beautiful magnetic-closure gift boxes, and 7 options to customize them. If you love my quilting, I have a feeling you will love my luxury soaps. They are packed with Olive oil, Shea Butter and Avocado oil. They are all plant-based and infused with only steam distilled, plant-based essential oils. Good things for your skin! Look us up at www.soapworksfactory.com.
Ok, on with the first quilt…. This one was pieced by the wonderful Amy Valentine, who works at The Little Shop of Stitches (you can shop them at www.thelittleshopofstitches.com). The little shop has a brick and mortar store that is utterly lovely and also sells online. Visit them! I did this quilt as only my second longarm quilting services job and was completely frightened to touch this with my needle. Sometimes, we are our own worst enemy.
Onto our next beauty! This quilt was pieced by my friend, Darlene Griffith, who happens to own an online christmas fabric shop! In need of Christmas fabric? Why, you can shop at www.quiltedchristmas.com. Darlene carries so many patterns and fabrics and what a great online shop she has.
And here is a beauty done by Melanie Hitch. This is one of her One Block Wonders and it was the first One Block that I ever quilted (I have since done several due to this picture! Melanie is such a wonderful friend of mine.
Next up is a VERY special quilt from Elaine Miller. This was still very early on in my longarming career and this is still one of my most favorite quilts. The colors are breathtaking and my collaboration with Elaine was simply a fantastic lesson in learning. That she trusted me with this one was something I really was humbled at.
Ok, here is a another quilt from Darlene Griffith. This quilt was from the book “Red, White and Quilted” and showed quilts that were remade from their old version and longarmed by current national longarmers. Margaret Solomon Gunn takes full credit for the longarming pattern done here, as I was asked to merely replicate what she had done in the book. So, this is NOT my design, but I did freemotion and rulerwork it according to how Margaret Solomon Gunn did.
Next up? Why, it’s the talented Joyce Hite, my national show quilt partner. This is “Portland Rose” and I actually incorporated some self-designed digital patterns onto this quilt. The center medallion, the border corner and the heart quilted blocks were digitally created by me. The remainder of the quilt was done freemotion and with rulers.
And, here we have another beauty from Joyce Hite. I digitally created the pearl border (just the circles of it) and did freemotion and rulerwork on the rest of it. Joyce perfectly pieces and how she does it baffles me.
The last quilt of this “trunk show” is by Melanie Hitch again. I remember her telling me, when she handed it off, that this was a quilt that she had lost interest in and didn’t care for any longer. When she got it back, she exclaimed, “well, you once again turned a sow’s in into a silk purse”. Ha! it was always a silk purse in my eye. I just added a little “glitter” to it.
Well, I hope you liked that little trip down memory lane. Please don’t forget all the small businesses that are struggling this year. 2020 has not been an easy year on any one of us and I’m so thankful that my family has all remained healthy and happy. Please take care of yourself and please, even in these hard times, find a little time to be creative. It is so important to our mental self.
Should you wish to shop my fledgling small business for luxury soaps (and shave soaps!), please visit me at http://www.soapworksfactory.com. I could certainly use your business as we pay off these holiday bills! Come see our gift boxes and peruse our web shop!