Stocking the Shop

It is all about Christmas prep this week. I feel like an elf in Santa’s workshop except rather than making toys, I have been creating items for my shop. This is the biggest shopping time of the year and I try to take full advantage of it with regard to my Etsy shop.


A friend asked me to make a set of burp cloths to gift to a friend at her work. It gave me a push to add some new baby items to my shop. Sewing with these soft flannels is a blast. Putting on a little music and creating little cuties for babies makes for a lovely afternoon. If I had to pick a favorite, it might just be the duck and dots print. I love yellow and gray together.


Here are a few of the Chemex Cozies I have recently listed. It is a challenge to be sure that I have lots of colors and choices available. The upcycled burlap pieces sell very quickly but they are a beast to create. There is always so much mess from cutting and stitching burlap; it just flies around the sewing room and fills my sewing machine with debris. As for colors, it feels like deep colors and basic patterns sell best. Also batiks – those are usually snapped up quite often.


French press cozies are another strong seller in my shop. (Remember I wrote up a tutorial if you would like to make some for Christmas gifts – they are a fast project for the coffee lover in your family.)

I am also working on a baby quilt — I cut into a bundle of Maureen Cracknell’s Fleet & Flourish line. It is going to be adorable. I think I may soon share this as a finish. We will see. Our house has been passing this winter germ fest to anyone who enters. Julia had it and then I caught it and it turned into pneumonia. Now Ray has it. Ick.  Don’t come near Grass Valley or we might infect you! Hoping you all are staying healthy this season and enjoying whatever time you can find in your sewing room!

Remember, I am hosting a giveaway where one lucky person will win a copy of the 2017 Quilter’s Planner. Be sure you have entered as this is one very cool prize! The giveaway will remain open through Wednesday Evening (tomorrow). Good luck! I will post the winner on Thursday morning.




13 thoughts on “Stocking the Shop

  1. jean f

    perhaps a light weight interfacing fused to the back of the burlap before cutting would help with the flying frenzy of feathery fibers. worth a try. good luck on this FUN!

  2. Preeti

    I agree with you it is so much fun to work with cute fabrics that are soft to touch too. Hope you have a successful sale season. Living with Paul (who is sniffly again) I have a very strong immune system. Sending lots of healing hugs to you and your family. Is the baby quilt for your new grandbaby?

  3. Claudia W

    Although I wish I could come to Grass Valley, I won’t be visiting! I am still trying to run down the pharmacy that might carry the flu shot that isn’t based in egg. I’m allergic to eggs and can’t get the regular shot! So far I haven’t had a flu shot and (Knock on wood) haven’t received the flu from anyone, I am being really cautious this year, my health isn’t 100% and I live in a colder climate where everyone is indoors a lot more.
    I love your items for your Etsy shop! All are really nice. I like the duck and dot bi fabric too. So cute!

  4. Kristi

    HI Bernie! Any chance you were at bag day this morning? I talked to a really nice person about finding treasures from great designers while we were going through the flat folds. I came home and looked at your picture on your blog and thought…oh my gosh! I think it was you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Bernie Post author

      I thought that was you! When you talked about your ten year old son, I almost said something. But I felt so silly. What if it was the wrong person?!? Darn it, I wish I would have been a little bit more bold! Well, at least we sort of got to meet in person. โ˜บ๏ธ There was such a great selection of flat folds today! Take care Kristi.

    2. Bernie Post author

      And the funny thing is, I had no visual knowledge of you. Something just made me think this was you. I think that is interesting. Hope we can find each other at another Bag Day!

  5. Kristi

    I had the same feeling! I typically go to an exercise class after shopping, so I was in a bit of a hurry and probably didn’t make a good impression. I should’ve listened to that inner voice telling me to slow down and say ‘Hi’! I did end up buying two pieces of Joel Dewberry! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes, lets run into each other again!

    1. Bernie Post author

      That is so sweet-ok, so now we know! Good choice with the Joel Dewberry prints – there were some really pretty pieces. Hope to see you again- maybe we can have coffee sometime.โ˜บ๏ธ

    2. Kristi

      I found you on Instagram! Since I’m not a blogger myself, I’m trying to get to know Instagram as a way to share with my quilty friends!

  6. Linda

    Bernie sorry about all the illness! Hopefully all will end well before Christmas.
    Your shop is full of beautiful treasures. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Can’t wait to see the Fleet & Flourish quilt!
    I want to run into you when I’m shopping, like Kristi! ๐Ÿ˜‰


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