I am not a designer…not a model…not a photographer but as per usual, Kalissa had me doing all three.
You all might remember me telling you that Kalissa and are where busy at my last doctor’s appointment designing shirts and sweatshirts. It was great. We had uninterrupted time in the waiting room with now kids running around. I would tell her to move the design and little this way or that way…and she’d do it.
Kalissa is not a quilter so sometimes she questions what I say so we need to call and consult with Kelli so I can prove that quilters really would a shirt that says, “Quilter: Cutting up fabric to sew it back together”. All of us quilters have heard someone questioning our sanity because cutting up fabric just to sew it back together is exactly what we do.
Once I proved to Kalissa that this was a good saying then the work started on what to design to go with the saying. We debated about whether a sewing machine or what should go with the saying. We came up with this…
We thought it was a very classic look.
From there it was a question of what to put the design on…sweatshirts, long sleeve t-shirts, or simply t-shirts. There are so many guesses and decisions that go into coming up with a single design.
Because of shipping and supply problems, we have to consider all of that too. We ended up with a dark gray hoodie.
Kalissa and I have come up with many designs through all of this and I have a load of quilt related clothing pieces. I’m pretty conservative on money I spend on clothing, but this sweatshirt, I bought. Oh, my word…I love it. I get hot really easily and don’t often wear sweaters or sweatshirts because of it. If I do, it’s a zip-up. This is lighter weight…perfect that you can wear a t-shirt under it and not get too hot…on top of that, it is so-so-so soft inside. It’s an amazing sweatshirt! I’m so excited about it.
Kalissa told me to tell you that if you are interested in ordering, she doesn’t recommend sizing up like many people do when buying hoodies. This brand is the perfect amount of loose in your regular size. Note I am wearing a large. That’s the shirt size I wear too. You can see it’s the perfect amount of roomy.
We gave you a sneak peek of this shirt the other day… This is long-sleeved t-shirt. This one I love too. It says cut, sew, press.
Here is a picture of us working on this one while we were in the waiting room. You can see the design changed from this initial workup.
This one too is so soft and just the perfect long-sleeved t-shirt.
We were on a site where a person could buy some sewing-related clip art and found this sewing machine image. We bought rights to the image and then were stuck. We loved the sewing machine but didn’t know what we could put with it to make the design rock. I was thinking sewist or quilter. We didn’t like either. Then we tried different fonts. We didn’t like anything.
We lamented that we went and spent money on the image and then it looked like we weren’t going to be able to use it. UGH.
Then a few days later Kalissa was at my house with her laptop and said, “What if we put the word ‘MACHINE-ist’ under the sewing machine?” I told her I liked the idea. Kalissa worked her magic and came up with this design.
I love this one too. It’s a little different. I think it’s perfect for all the people who already have a couple of quilting shirts and it’s different because it says Machine-ist instead of quilter. So fun!! This one currently only comes in short sleeve t-shirts.
The gal that prints our shirts for us is a master printer. She gets our designs aligned so perfectly on the shirts. It’s always a flattering look.
We are super excited about this design…
Kalissa went out on a limb and tried something else new. Check out the quilty stationery. Isn’t it so cute? I already had her set some aside for me. Some of my quilt friends are getting this as a gift for Christmas.
Kalissa tried to explain to me everything that was in a set but then she left and I sat down to write this blog post and I don’t remember how many of each item is in a set.
I think they are so cute.
That’s the quilty things that were in this new release…but there is more.
Kalissa worked with one of my former childcare moms who is an artist and friend to our family. Kalissa commissioned her to come up with a bouquet of flowers for her “Be Kind to your Mind” shirt.
I love the shirt…I love the flowers…I love the saying.
I think being kind to our minds is something we all need to do a little more. This is the long-sleeved shirt.
…and this is the short-sleeved version.
The short-sleeved version is the Bella Canvas brand…the long-sleeved is Color and Cotton.
I told Kalissa to save one of the short-sleeved ones for me. I love it. The color is great and as I said, I love the saying…and artwork.
Kalissa and I have worked on these shirts designs and photography for well over a month. We wanted to get them all out to you in time for Christmas orders. We hope we ordered enough to meet the demand but that too is hard to guess. I suggest ordering early if there is something you are interested in. We can’t guarantee if we’ll be able to reorder if everything sells out.
HERE is a link to Kalissa’s Etsy shop where you can find all of the goodies. If you’re looking for a unique gift for a friend or yourself, you won’t find these anywhere else. If you were interested in one of the shirts she previously offered, but never bought one, lucky you. They are all on clearance now. She’s trying to make room for more designs…yes, we’re working on more. It seems to be never-ending…(in a good way!!)
I’m trying to get her on board for a cross-stitch design. Would any of you be interested in one?? Please say yes…that way maybe I can convince her to take a risk on cross stitch shirts!!
We have so much fun doing this together…We can’t wait to see if you guys like the designs too.