New Business and Some Old Finishes

NEW BUSINESS: Just recently I began a small finishing business for your projects. There is a new page which you can look at on the top of my blog called Finishing Services and another for Finishing Estimates.

Here are a few items I finished in the past couple of weeks.

An elegant Needlepoint Ornament for The Southpaw Stitcher which is dressed with a red velvet backing.


Briar Rabbit looks quite handsome finished as a flat-fold with his regal gold cording.




The small project bag I made (6″ x 7.5″) can hold threads and small items for stitching. The inside is a pretty as the outside. This bag and the next larger one are both lined and interfaced with a stabilizer.


The larger red paisley project bag (11.5″ x 13.5″) will hold most size patterns and stitching in progress. I love the charms I found for the zipper pull. The needlework is antiqued with instant antique spray. These project bags can be made any size and can be made with your needlework on the front or plain. I plan to make several for myself!


OLD FINISHES: An old FINISH from my PhD list (projects half done) (and number two monkey on my back) is my 101 x 101 inch red and white quilt. HAPPY DANCE!! If you recall on one of my previous posts I showed this quilt stuffed under my home sewing machine. I managed to quilt around all the blocks and sashing, then I did the quilting in the sashing and cornerstones. At this point I began to free-motion quilt the blocks…DISASTER!!! The quilt was simply TOO heavy, TOO bulky, and just plain TOO big for me and it broke my sewing machine. So I found a long-arm quilter who agreed to finish it even though I had it half done. Finishing the 404 inches of hand sewn binding was quite satisfying. I was able to check it off my PhD list without all the nightmares trying to stuff it into my machine. I will NEVER attempt to free-motion another LARGE quilt on my home machine. To be perfectly honest, I think I am sorry I participated in this block of the month.  It turned out to be very expensive and now I really don’t like it.  C’est la vie!  Although it fits my full size guest bed nicely (draping way down like a “bedspread”) and it even fits my king size bed (albeit it could be somewhat wider). It will be good for a change of decor from my other quilts.


My number one monkey the King Sized Red/Green/White Triple Irish Chain is making steady progress. There are only one and half rows left plus one of the four borders to go. My Friday quilt friends haven’t been here for most of June due to vacations or commitments for all of us, but I did do a LOT of quilting on my own to speed up the progress. WHOO HOO…the end is in sight, literally!


Happy Summer…keep cool while stitching! Amities, Averyclaire


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anne
    Jul 07, 2015 @ 10:14:12

    Love the finishes, Karen! Good work on both the needlepoint piece and the “easel” type cross-stitch! And I absolutely love the project bags. The red quilt is gorgeous!
    I must get stitching faster so I can have you finish something for me! 😀


  2. Virtual Quilter
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 04:50:51

    What an interesting business! Lots of challenges, but lots of variety!

    I rather like the red and white quilt … perfect for the Christmas season. The Irish chain is going to look great. That I want to see finished as soon as possible.


  3. stitchingthedream
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 06:10:32

    Your finished are lovely. I am useless at finishing my sewing projects so I will definitely be checking out your finishing service.


  4. Southpaw Stitcher
    Jul 08, 2015 @ 22:18:27

    I love, love my ornament! You picked the best color for the cording. Your rabbit flat fold is just gorgeous, as is your newly finished red quilt. The Irish Chain quilt is stunning now and will be even more so (if possible) when finished. And I think I really “need” one of those zippered pouches!


  5. Marlene
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 04:05:05

    What beautiful finishes! I especially love the flat fold, though all of them are wonderful. I’m not sure what you don’t like about the red and white quilt but I think it’s gorgeous. I am a bit partial to red and white. 🙂 blessings, marlene


  6. Brigitte
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 05:02:38

    These finishes are so lovely. Good luck with your new business. And that red quilt is just a dream. Gorgeous!


  7. Sheryl
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 13:31:08

    Beautiful work Karen. The quilt is gorgeous and I love the red paisley project bag.


  8. Margaret
    Jul 09, 2015 @ 17:41:05

    Good luck with your finishing business. Your finishing looks beautiful! Love seeing your quilts. You are a stellar quilter.


  9. Carol
    Jul 10, 2015 @ 10:35:00

    I’m sure your new business will be very successful, Karen–your finishing is gorgeous! The project bags look so lovely and are so very useful… And that quilt–oh, my!! Just wonderful… I always look forward to a new post from you 🙂


  10. Annie
    Jul 13, 2015 @ 16:45:34

    Your finishes are superb! Hope your business takes off. Your prices look very reasonable.

    I love your finished quilt. Great idea to let someone with a good long arm machine do the quilting. Frankly, I can’t imagine even doing that much binding! Your quilt in progress is another lovely piece. What a talent!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: