Friday, June 24, 2011
A day in the life of Green Fairy Quilts!
Hello All! First of all, for all of Madame Samm's readers we are putting all of our Bella Solids pre-cuts on sale for 25% off. This is just for you readers and it is only for today - so hop on over and get your pre-cuts here.
Madame Samm asked me to tell you a little about our crazy little life here at Green Fairy Quilts. We (Clint and Judi) are a husband/wife team and we run our own business from home with four kids ages 7 months to 6 years old - it can be a juggling act. Clint runs the business and website, while I design quilts for my pattern line, long arm quilts and keep up my blog.
A typical day for me starts with kids, kids, kids! I am a full time Mommy and when the little munchkins are asleep for nap time I venture into my part of the office. My studio is just perfect for me! I absolutely love being able to create in this room - it isn't typically this clean! HeHe ;)
This is where Clint starts his day - 7:00 am and he is already filling website orders from overnight. He keeps busy buying fabric, updating inventory, answering all the customer service emails and adding every product to our website. Add in bookkeeper and he has a full time job just keeping this place running! I am so grateful for how hard he works, and how motivated he is to work and provide for us. In our online only shoppe we carry all of the Moda pre-cuts and we have recently added Riley Blake Designs pre-cuts. You can see what a typical day for Clint is like here and you can sign up for our newsletter here.
Occasionally our littlest munchkin wants to be held instead of napping and I give in and let him watch me quilt. This only works on quilts that have an allover design on them. :)
This is my "Masterpiece." I wanted to make a very special quilt, showcasing the quilting and not the fabric. That is why I chose three colors of fabric and used very plain fabric. You can see more quilt pictures here.
This is the back of one of my customer's quilts. This particular quilt took me over 80 hours of quilting and while I was 9 months pregnant too - it was a relief to finish this quilt - but also rewarding to see it completed in so much detail. If you are wondering, I free motion quilt on my A-1 long arm. You can see more of this quilt here.
Another huge accomplishment for me was quilting this Dear Jane quilt for one of my customers. It took me over 70 hours to complete the quilting. I can tell you now that I am sure I will never attempt to make a Dear Jane because I got up close and personal with how small and how many pieces are in this thing! You can see more pictures of the quilt here.
Another part of my day is designing, I love to come up with my own designs and write the patterns for them. I have over 40 designs and this is my "Carry All Tote," pattern. I had so much fun putting these two totes together and I use them as my purse/diaper bag. These bags are also big enough for my laptop to tote around in.
An all time favorite pattern of mine is called "Dahlia." It is my first pattern where I did all custom quilting on the sample quilt. So, naturally I love it the best because it showcases my two loves - designing and quilting.
I hope you enjoyed getting to know us a little better. We work hard and love that we can work together and be home with our kids. We also have a charity where we take quilts over to kids in need in Romania. We have scheduled our trip for our 4th annual charity trip in September. You can see the last video of our trip here.
Thanks and have a wonderful weekend!