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Hello Quilting Friends! Welcome to Issue 12 of The Daydreams of Quilts Post. So how can a quilt inspire spring cleaning? Well, this morning I needed to baste a quilt that I am sewing for a silent auction at my church. To baste the quilt I needed to clear the kitchen floor and mop it. In taking a look at the floor it was immediately clear that a simple mop wasn't going to do it. So I got a scrub brush and bucket and got down on my hands and knees like Cinderella and scrubbed the kitchen floor. Once that was done I thought, "Well I may as well clean the range hood. It's been driving me crazy looking at it." So I cleaned the range hood and those silly mesh vent covers that never really come clean. Then I thought, "Well, the fridge is almost empty so it's a good time to clean that." I scrubbed all the shelves and drawers from the fridge in the kitchen sink. Then I thought, "This sink is looking really bad." So I scrubbed the sink with steel wool. Then I looked out the window and saw that the Venetian blind was dusty and the window needed cleaning. So I cleaned those. Finally after all that I pieced and pressed my backing and basted my quilt! So you see, even though quilting is more fun than housework it can inspire housework sometimes too! :)
Here is the quilt on the freshly scrubbed floor. This is the "Spiced Chai" quilt from the book "Vintage Quilt Revival". I decided on a throw size for the silent auction as people did not seem confident the quilt would bring in what it was worth so I went with one that was easy to make and not too big so we can keep the reserve bid low.
Here are some interesting links I found out about this past week:

I was having an email conversation with a fellow quilt blogger and we were talking about how much work it is working in the quilting business and not a lot of income seems to come in. She pointed out this post from very well known quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blog about how much she works and what she pays for with the money she brings in. Then she published this follow up post afterward. It is very interesting to see this perspective from a very successful quilter in New York City who has her own studio outside of her home.

Coincidentally this post came out just last week too about the real cost of running an online class. I had no idea.

Craft Industry Alliance published an article on making your own work space work for you.

I really enjoyed the "While She Naps" podcast interview with the acquisitions editor at Craftsy. If you've ever thought of pitching them a course idea, or you think you might want to in the future, have a listen to it.
Craftsy is having a Pick Your Prize giveaway until April 30th. Click here to enter. All month long, you have a chance to enter to win a prize or your choice from the Craftsy site, worth up to $100! Giveaway begins 4/2 @12:30am MDT and ends 4/30 @11:59pm MDT, open to residents of U.S. and Canada only.

If you are getting going on gardening, as I am, you may also be interested in Craftsy's Gardening Week. This is the best time of year to start a garden, after the last frost passes! Dig into gardening this week with 50% off select gardening classes click here for this exclusive deal for my readers.
That's what I have to share with you this week. I had hoped to have another pattern or two done but spring illnesses have struck and slowed me down a bit. I did catch up on my Minecraft Quilt Along blocks which you can see on my Instagram account. I posted them yesterday. I think I might have to throw in the towel (or the needle?) on the Splendid Sampler. Some of those blocks are taking forever! Have a great week!
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