January 22, 2015

Instagram 1000 follower giveaway!

1000 Instagram followers calls for a giveaway!  You could win this amazing Doe fat quarter bundle (thanks Fat Quarter Shop!) and my Escape pattern, perfect for fat quarters.  To enter, follow me on Instagram (@eschhousequilts), repost the photo on Instagram (I use the "R&R Free" app) and #ehq1000 so I know you entered.  Entries close Saturday, Jan 24, midnight EST.  You can only enter this contest on Instagram!

January 9, 2015

2014 Mosaic

I was scrolling through my Pinterest account looking for a specific photo and realized I never did a mosaic for 2014!  Better late than never :)

1. River Run, 2. Escape, 3. Linked, 4. Cooler Weather, 5. To-Do List, 6. Smooth Sailing, 7. Waves, 8. Holiday Sweater, 9. Dashing, 10. American Notebook, 11. Secondary, 12. Sedimentary, 13. Daisy Pillow, 14. Zephyr, 15. Mode Mondrian, 16. An economy of red
These photos represent 5 new patterns, 6 Sew Solid Sunday projects, 1 project for a book, 1 magazine project (I did at least two more, but don't have good photos of them yet), 1 quilt for MQG members and 1 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton solids.  They are loosely in reverse chronological order with An Economy of Red (pillow) being one of the first projects I finished in 2014.

It is such fun to look back at the previous year!  I've added an album of mosaics to my Flickr account to keep them all in one place.  Has my style changed over time?  I'm not sure - each year includes some projects I loved and some that I'm not as wild about.  I'm just going to keep sewing!

Now - on to 2015!

January 5, 2015

Make It! Patchwork

The editors of Modern Patchwork have a new special issue publication just out.  Called Make It! Patchwork, it features 27 fun and fast patchwork projects.  Many of the projects are small and can be made from your stash in no time at all.

Two of my projects are included.  Twinkle is one of my all time favorite quilts - I just love a Carpenter Star pattern!  This one is a fun, fast version using a charm pack.  It finishes at 40" square - a perfect baby size quilt.  I love the soft palette of the original quilt, but wouldn't it look fun in some great kid prints or brighter colors too?

My Car Trash Bag pattern has to rank up there as one of the most-used things I've ever made.  I've had one version or another of this trash bag in my car for years!  It keeps all those bits of paper, wrappers, tissues, etc from spreading all over the car. What a great place to use up small pieces of your favorite fabrics!

I have to give a shout out to two other Michigan quilters included in the magazine:  Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts and Lori Miller of Lori Miller Designs.  Rossie's project is Stalactite and Stalagmite Table Runner and Place Mats featuring improv triangles.  Lori's This and That Carry-all Tote includes some small paper pieced blocks in a roomy tote that she finished with straight line quilting.

What are you planning to make this year?

December 29, 2014

Difficult decisions...

I'm sorry to say that, as of January 1, I will no longer sell patterns outside the US in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.  If you live outside the US, stock up now!

I'm forced to take this action by new European Union VAT tax laws that go into effect on January 1.  Without going into too much detail (if you want details, google it - posts are everywhere!), I am not able to comply with the new laws.  Unfortunately, Etsy and Craftsy do not allow me to block sales to certain countries.  PayPal allows me to choose US only or everyone, so after January 1, PayPal payments from non-US accounts will be rejected.  At first, I thought I would have to close my Etsy and Craftsy shops completely, but as the majority of my sales are to customers in the US, this allows me to keep them open for those customers.

Third Street Neighborhood
This was a very difficult decision as I love that the quilting community is worldwide and it feels completely wrong to limit my sales to the US.  Unfortunately, this is the best solution available to me at this time.

The new law currently affects digital sales only, however, in order to restrict my PayPal account, it must apply to my paper pattern sales as well.  In addition, I will remove the option to pay by direct credit card from my Etsy shop to avoid EU sales by credit card.

I am hoping this is a temporary situation.  I hope the EU adjusts the new law to include a threshold sales volume under which these laws do not apply.  My understanding is that they have clearly stated that they will not do this.  It would also help if Etsy and Craftsy were able to provide more specific and detailed information as to where customers reside.   Although, even if this information was easily available, that still leaves me needing to keep track of 28 different VAT rates in the 28 EU countries and filing quarterly reports.

I am investigating other changes I can make to the way I sell my patterns online so that I can remove these restrictions and comply with the new law.  Realistically, this will take at least several months as the situation continues to evolve.

To be clear, this does not affect my wholesale or distributor sales and shops can still purchase paper patterns from me the way they always have.

Two questions will inevitably come up:  1) How can the EU tell you what to do?  and 2)  How would they know if you sell a few patterns to EU customers so what are the odds of getting caught?

The EU has every right to make laws concerning trade that affects their citizens.  As someone who would sell to their citizens, I must obey their laws the same way I expect them to obey ours when they sell to US citizens.  It is about mutual respect.

This same respect does not allow me to ignore a law I don't like.  I don't cheat or manipulate my US taxes and I won't do that to another country either.

As I said, I am hoping this situation will be temporary.  I imagine an enterprising individual or two will come up with a business solution for those of us in this situation!  Thank you to each of you reading this for allowing me to do what I love!

December 23, 2014

Winter Night

My Winter Night pillow is the last Procrastinators Unite project for the year!  I hope you've enjoyed these ideas and projects!

I love the beauty and serenity of a dark night covered in snow.  It speaks to the peace so many of us hope for during this season and always. My Third Street Neighborhood and An Evergreen Bias patterns come from the same thoughts.

This pillow does have a few pieces to cut, but, once that is done, the piecing is quick and easy.

I'll be taking a few days off for the holiday celebrations with my family.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and peace and happiness!

PS  Don't forget patterns in my Etsy shop are 20% off with the code Xmas20 now through Dec 26.

December 22, 2014

Classic Stocking!

Classic Stocking
Procrastinators Unite - there is still time to make a  new stocking or two!  The original version of my Classic Stocking was a scrappy one with lots of little pieces of neutrals (see below).  I made it about two years ago for the younger of my two children.  It was time my older child had a new stocking too!

I took time and personality into account in selecting my fabrics.  I opted not to go with so many small pieces and to use one piece of amazing fabric.  Misha has a life-long fascination with Japan and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit there for two weeks about seven years ago.  I'm honestly not sure if the writing on this print is actual Japanese or not, but the feel is right!

Scrappy Classic Stocking
Using one piece of fabric made this project a lot faster and the whole thing only took me about two hours,  Given that the one piece of fabric was lighter weight than the original scrappy version, I used a piece of fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric to give it a bit more body.

(I'm hoping Misha isn't reading my blog this week and I can keep this a secret until Christmas morning - wish me luck!)

December 19, 2014

Holiday Hot Pad!

Since yesterday's Procrastinators Unite project was a pretty large one, today we have a super fast project - the Holiday Hot Pad!  Our house is where 20 or so members of my husband's family gather every holiday season, so we have lots of food.  I designed this hot pad specifically to fit under a 13" x 9" pan.  I have several and use them all the time - even when it isn't the holidays :)  Such a perfect host(ess) gift or present to yourself if you are the one hosting!

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