Monday, September 11, 2017

The Dia de los Muertos Bodacious Patchwork Doggy Quilts Sold Out

Last year, I purchased this vibrant Dia de los Muertos fabric. It was on clearance. It's a popular print and I knew by the following year I'd be inspired enough to incorporate it into something. Last Monday, when I was straightening out our biscuit/craft room, I pulled it from the holiday fabric shelf. To be honest, I had forgotten all about it. I put it on the table beside of the 10 pieces of wood and 2 dowels that were soon going to be doggy themed wood pumpkins.

My lineup of Fall DIY Dog Mom Projects was coming to life!

On Friday, the 10 DIY doggy themed wood pumpkins were finished and, after posting them online, sold out within a few hours.

I spent Saturday at my desk getting work stuff done and tackling the last bit of housework. That evening, after dinner, we enjoyed a backyard pit fire and a few glasses of wine with our dear friend.

The following morning, yesterday, after our morning coffee, I put the paint stuff away, cleaned the table, and took out the fabric, thread, templates, and sewing machine.

It was time to sew. 

In addition to the Dia de los Muertos print fabric, I also used a black and white paw print fabric that our dear friend had given me last month. The design for both Bodacious Patchwork Doggy Quilts was the same except for the center solid fabric. One quilt would have a muted blue solid. The other a deep royal purple. The solid fabric on both quilts would feature 2 dog bone shaped appliques.

By 5 p.m. yesterday, I had the front of the first quilt done. It was the first seasonal quilt I've made. I'm always hesitant when it comes to making seasonal quilts. Not everyone likes to buy these items that aren't year-round. However, I'm learning to step out of the box.

One of the biggest lessons I've learned with online marketing is that your preference isn't everyone else's preference. 

Today, after I finished the front of the second quilt, I knew it would be difficult to part with these beauties. That difficulty blew through the roof when I sewed the back of the quilt to the front. I used a medium weight, rich gray fabric. It's soft. Warm. And, I could vision using these quilts as lap blankets while working from the sofa during the cold weather months.

Back to reality.

I posted both quilts for sale at 3 p.m. today. The quilt with the purple solid center sold in under a minute. The solid blue centered quilt sold about an hour later.

This all happened well before Lisa arrived home from work.

I didn't announce the news when she got home. Instead, I waited.

It took about 20 minutes before it happened.

"The quilts came out awesome. Did you post them yet?"

I tried with every ounce of my being to keep a poker face.


Poker. Face. Fail.

"They sold. I can tell by the expression on your face."

Lisa gave me a high five.

"So, what's next on your DIY Dog Mom Project agenda?"

"You'll see..."

Stay tuned.

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