Sunday, July 29, 2007

My First Kit!

Over the past several months I've been mulling over various ideas for a web-based business. While I still haven't finalized my plans and ideas, I am experimenting with creating complete crazy quilt kits, using my own floral fabric as well as hand-dyed fabrics and ribbon from various sources, plus beads, threads, etc.

These kits would be intended for people just getting into crazy quilting, who don't have stashes built up, or who don't want to do the designing or color choosing, but want the fun of the sewing and beading.
I would include patterns and stitch guides as well....

This kit here is actually a birthday present for my niece. She really enjoyed working on her little jewelry pouch while we were in Michigan together, and asked for another project. So I created the "B" this morning and printed it up....then pieced a large block--really a small wall-hanging--and gathered her embellishment materials. I hope she enjoys working on this! I LOVED putting it together.

Here is her "B"...

...and here is her project, with lots of trim, beads, and threads to choose from. I did fuse some lace around the central letter because, well, I just wanted to!

I would be willing to create custom kits for sale while I am working out the bugs of my commercial ideas...already pieced, and with embellishment supplies included for you to use....so if you are interested, email me at aaller@airspd.net and we'll discuss size, color, and price....it won't be inexpensive but it will be special!

11 comments :

Possibilities, Etc. said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so proud to be here at the "birthing." I am sure it will be a great and wonderful success - how could it not??

Barbara C said...

How about selling your floral monograms? Maybe with a few beads or trims for good measure? I'm sure you'll find a good niche.

Charlene said...

...or how about different options for amount of extra embellishments needed? Great idea!

Pat Winter said...

Allie, this is a great venture for you. I sell my Bliss kits and Embellishment kits in my Etsy shop for the same reason,people who need a bit of guidance or inspiration. I enjoy the wonderful feedback when you know you have offered something needful. Good luck and enjoy!

Rian said...

Congratulations!! What a wonderful way to preserve the beauty of your flowers. I wish you all the success in the world.

Debra Spincic said...

How does the quote go. . ."The journey is nothing, it's the first step that is the hardest" (very loosely paraphrased). Good Luck with your new enterprise!

Granny Fran said...

What a fantastic idea! This kit with the B is luscious and so were the ones you put together for your class. I'm so glad you plan to include some of your own flower fabrics because they are so special.

Granny Fran said...

Me again. Check out what Sande (Simple Pleasures, Holy Treasures)is working on. It's not a crazy quilt but it has some of the same feel.

threadspider said...

What a lovely idea for your first venture into the marketplace! I too am thrilled to be at its inception and can only echo what others have said.
I can also imagine (and covet!)
colour coordinated packs of fine fabrics and threads and embellishments which include your lovely floral fabrics or monograms.

Kay said...

Best of luck with this, Allie. They certainly will be special, and there must be a need out there.

Susan said...

That's a wonderful kit that you've done for your niece. I'm sure that there will be a lot of takers on this!