Thursday, December 18, 2014

Discontinuing Sales to the European Union

As those of you in the European Union probably know, there are new regulations effective January 1 that require all sellers, regardless of where they are located, to collect and pay sales tax on EU sales of PDF downloads. Unfortunately, this means that I have decided to discontinue sales of my patterns to customers in the EU, effective January 1, 2015.

I am so sad about this decision, I really am! I considered many solutions to this mess, including just ignoring the new law (since I suspect it's mostly unenforceable to those of us not in the EU), but unfortunately this seems to be my most reasonable path. I had a lovely time in Europe last summer and would like to go back there again someday without having to worry about unpaid taxes. : ) Hopefully they'll get this mess straightened out and add some exemptions for micro-businesses such as mine—if/when that happens, I'll be sure to add back EU functionality immediately.

And in the meantime, EU peeps can still buy my patterns for the next two weeks or so! So if you've been eyeing one, you've got 13 days to snap it up before it becomes unavailable! Click here to visit my shop.

Finally, just because I can't have a post without a picture, here's an Instagram photo of my studio Christmas tree, which I finally decorated the other day. Happy holidays to all of you, wherever you are in the world. : )

EDITED TO ADD: A few people have mentioned Patterns to Print as a possible way for me to continue selling to the EU—I am taking a close look at that! Regardless, unless the EU offers a full exemption for small businesses before Jan. 1, my BigCartel shop will no longer be selling to customers in the EU as of then. I will let you all know if I begin selling through an alternative outlet such as Patterns to Print.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Home Stretch

It's the Christmas home stretch, you guys. Are you ready? Not me, but it will all get done somehow. It always does, right? Right? : )


So remember that second baby quilt I needed to make? It's now officially for a boy. So I need to finish up one girl baby quilt and one boy baby quilt, like, yesterday. This photo shows how far I've gotten on the boy one—i.e., not at all far. : )

In other news, I managed to finish that Christmas stocking I've been working on, and it turned out great—except for the fact that it is strangely, comically gigantic. I mean, this thing is ginormous. The pattern says it should be 20" from the top of the cuff to the bottom of the heel, but mine is more than 26". A full 6 inches too big! (No, I didn't check my gauge before starting, and yes, I have now learned my lesson about that little oversight!) Anyway, I'm contemplating washing it and then throwing it in the dryer, in hopes it will shrink. Is that crazy talk? (It's alpaca yarn.) Any other suggestions, or am I just stuck with this oddly gargantuan stocking? It's like something Hagrid would knit. LOL.

Hey! This WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Pink Castle, and I think Christmas actually came early to WIP Wednesday land, because Brenda at Pink Castle is offering an uh-MAZ-ing giveaway this week. This bundle of Cotton + Steel fat quarters will go to one random winner. Comment on this post for one chance to win, and/or link up your own WIP Wednesday blog post or IG photo (with #wipwednesday hashtag) for a second chance to win. By the way, this is the November bundle from Pink Castle's Cotton + Steel club—a great way to get a monthly Cotton + Steel fix!

Pink Castle also has an awesome sale going on right now—20% off all imported Japanese fabrics with code JAPAN20. Sometimes it's hard to justify buying Japanese fabric, with the higher prices, but this sale kind of makes it hard to justify not buying them. : )

What are YOU working on this week? Here's how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

Scheduling note: WIP Wednesday is taking the next two weeks off for the holidays. Our next WIP Wednesday will be on January 7. Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year!



Friday, December 12, 2014

Fair Isle Sew-Along: The Big Finale!

Welcome to the final post in the Fair Isle Quilt Along! This week you should be ready to make the back, baste it, and quilt it! : )

So, this is where I admit: I haven't started quilting mine just yet. Yes, you heard me correctly, I have not kept up with my own quilt-along. LOL. My excuse is that I already have one Fair Isle quilt to keep me warm this holiday season. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. : ) But my top is done and ready to go—I just need to come up with some time to make the quilting happen! I have to admit, I'm sorely tempted to send this one out for long-arming.


First, let's talk about the back! For the back of my original Fair Isle quilt, I used the Riley Blake Christmas Chevrons, Medium Size. I can't even tell you how much I love this print for a Fair Isle back. You've already got the zig-zag rows on the front, so the chevrons play up that element nicely. I'm strongly considering ordering this same print again for the back of my new red-and-white Fair Isle!

But of course there are so many other cute options when it comes to Christmas fabric. You can keep up the reindeer theme with this one:

This Mid-Century Christmas print is perfect for a back:

Or go full-on folk art with something like this:


As for the quilting, I just went with a classic stipple on my original Fair Isle. I'm thinking about a nice diagonal cross-hatch for my new Fair Isle, which somehow seems to play in with the knitting theme.

But this is the kind of design where you could really go crazy with the quilting (long-armers, I'm talking to you!) You could quilt each row differently if you wanted to, to highlight the differences in the rows. I could see that being really fun.

Or you could do some star/snowflake details like Cornelia did (silberregen1 on IG). This is beyond my quilting abilities, but I love it so much! It's perfection for a Fair Isle quilt, don't you think?

Okay, this is it—it's finally time to link up your completed Fair Isle quilt! It's so exciting, I can't wait to see what you all did with the pattern! This link (along with all the Fair Isle Sew Along links) will stay open indefinitely, so you can link up your Fair Isle quilt whenever you finish it, to share with everyone who's working on the pattern now or in the future!

Thank you all for sewing along with me, I hope you enjoyed it! This is the type of quilt that's always more fun to do with others. Now go wrap up in your new Christmas quilt!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIP Wednesday: It's So Tinsel

Happy Wednesday from Christmas Central! Every year I'm surprised to remember how much work Christmas is. And yet somehow, every year, I manage to add even more work for myself by doing silly things like getting an extra Christmas tree or attempting to knit a new set of stockings for the whole family.

Which is a long way of me saying that I didn't do much sewing this week, I just checked off a few Christmas to-dos. Ah well.

But look! The stocking has a foot now! Or at least part of one!

And the tree is in da house. (Still need decorations on my white tree in the studio though.)


This week's WIP Wednesday has been brought to you by Westwood Acres. Westwood Acres just got in Follie by Lotta Jansdotter—love the colors in that line! And they've got all kinds of good stuff now available for pre-order, including Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and the upcoming Cotton + Steel collections. Head over there to check out all of their offerings!

What are YOU working on this week? Here's how to link up:
1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is www.instagram.com/freshlypieced). Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!



Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 

Disclosures

In addition to my paid sponsors, I sometimes accept free fabric, notions, or tools in exchange for posting about it on this blog or my other social media platforms. But I pledge that this practice will never change one of my product reviews or lead me to use fabric or other items that are not "my style."

I also am an Amazon Affiliate and receive compensation for items ordered via my Amazon links.

Copyright and Permissions FAQ

Can I make a quilt that looks just like one of yours? Of course! You don't need my permission for that. But remember, it's polite (and helpful to others) to credit your source of inspiration.

Can I share one of your photos on my blog or website? Probably! But please contact me for permission first. Use of my photos for commercial purposes is prohibited.

Can I pin your photos to Pinterest? Yes, please do! I love Pinterest!

Can I sell individual items made from your tutorials or patterns? Yes! But please don't open a factory and start churning out hundreds of them. : ) And please do not reproduce or sell the patterns or tutorials themselves. Thank you!