Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sharing my Finished Quilts

Besides creating handcrafted wire jewelry for my jewelry shop and now venturing into metalsmithing, I also do other handcrafts - knitting and quilting. I just wish there were hours in a day to do all the things I enjoy!

Here are a few photos of several of my finished quilts - several fabric remnants from these projects are in my new fabric stash shop.

This small pink and orange wall hanging, one of my first quilting projects (completed in 1994), is paper-pieced and hand quilted - uses mostly silky Japanese prints and Japanese yukata fabric. I love vibrant colors and soft, silky florals!

This large wall quilt (Cherry Blossom) in pink and olive green was my first attempt at machine quilting. It also was the only one I finished in under 6 months - probably due to a tight deadline to have it completed for a quilt show! Deadlines do wonders for productivity! It, too, uses mostly Japanese floral prints.

This large wall hanging is my pride and joy! It is Hawaiian quilting - all hand appliqued, hand pieced and hand quilted. Don't ask me how long this one took to complete!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My New Fabric Stash Shop on Etsy

Just wanted to let everyone know that I just opened another shop - to sell fabric remnant stash, mostly Asian, Hawaiian, floral and butterfly prints - quilt-quality pieces in fat eights, fat quarters, 1/2 yards and 1 yard+ items.

Please check it out - . I still have lots of items to add so check back often for new listings!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentine Special: Free Shipping US and Canada

Next 2 wks (Jan 24-Feb 6), am offering FREE shipping US and Canada on my Valentine items -

Here are just a few suggestions for Valentine jewelry gift giving!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Haiti Donation just sold...

Ya-a-a! My donated pair of red bamboo earrings just sold on the Hearts for Haiti shop! Check out the Sold section of this shop - it is great that many items are selling.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Help For Haiti From Etsy Shops

An Etsy shop has been created for those who wish to help raise funds for the Haiti crisis.

From the Hearts for Haiti shop "This is an Etsy collective of donated items from hundreds of Etsy shops to raise money to rebuild Haiti. 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders ( ) in bi-monthly increments."

Check for details if you wish to buy or to donate items.

If you wish to donate, here are guidelines:

To Donate:

Please send the following information in an email to etsyforhaiti(at)gmail(dot)com
and put "Hearts For Haiti Donation" as the title:

Your shop name
Your location and country
Item Name/Title
Item Price (please do include this! we don’t want to undervalue your work :)
Item Description
10 tags
Materials used
Up to 5 clear photos of the item

*Please be sure to attach (or upload) all of the photos to the email. Make sure you are sending the sized-for-Etsy versions of your photos. If there is a problem with the photos being transmitted, we will let you know.

*Quantity: if you have a quantity greater than one of this item to donate, please note it here and remind us to RE-LIST it when it sells


♥ Shipping: All sellers must ship items at their own cost. We would like to encourage everyone who can to offer worldwide shipping but understand that some items need to stay domestic due to customs restrictions. If you would like to restrict your shipping parameters please be sure to note that explicitly in your listing!

♥ We will be featuring items with a heart theme in the shop. We hope lots of sellers will consider donating a heart item for the cause! (Though any Etsy-approved item is fine)

♥ When your item sells one of the shop administrators will contact you with shipping information. Please ship items within 3 days of purchase. If you ship on a different timeline please indicate that in the listing and ship accordingly.


Thank you so very much for considering a donation. It is wonderful that so many are willing to help the people of Haiti recover from this tragedy - - thanks again!

If you have any questions, please let us know!

Victoria van der Laan (

Wednesday, January 6, 2010