Raffle Quilt

My goodness, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything. One of the reasons is we decided to rip the icky, ucky Berber carpet out of our house and lay laminate flooring instead.

Here’s another project–my quilt guild’s raffle quilt for this fall. Obviously, everybody worked on it, but it is one of my original designs 🙂 I’d love to win it for myself (no dogs on the bed if that happens!!!)

2010 Hoffman FabricTanka, my first Hoffman Challenge quilt, is finally back from its cross-country travels, and I’ve started in on 2010’s Hoffman Challenge quilt. Here’s what the fabric looks like–gorgeous, isn’t it.

Also been making my swimsuit cover-ups for the kids in my daughter’s preschool class, and doing a brisk business of it, if I may say so. I think I’ve sold over 10 of them in the past month.

Finally, there’s my almost complete Christmas project, “A Cuppa Christmas Cheer” that I’m hoping to have done this week. I’ll post a pic of it when I do.

Is that busy enough to excuse not posting? Hope so 🙂

Craft Show Follow-up

Well, I know it’s a bit late, but here’s an update on (and some pics of) my first craft show.

According to all the other vendors, it was a very, very slow day, so I don’t feel bad about only selling 3 items. But I did learn some important things:

Stuff to bring (other than the patterns, of course)–snacky food, mattress and toys for the Punkin (she liked her little cave), quilting project of my own design, comfy chairs and plenty of table space, something to donate (I didn’t realize it, but I guess it’s common custom to ask the vendors for donated door prizes and such. Took me by surprise.)

What not to do: Bring a computer (didn’t have time or electricity to use it and it was a pain to haul around), not check tablecloths beforehand (luckily we were able to hide most of the stains), work on a non-original quilting project (I was working on a Ricky Tims Convergence quilt, and had to keep explaining to people that no, it wasn’t an original. Bad for drumming up business.). Also discovered craft fairs right before Christmas not good for selling patterns–already finished items (such as these swimming cover-ups) are much better items.

How to chat with people despite being a very shy introvert: bring a quilting project and work on it while sitting at your table = instant conversation starter. Also, display at least one of your quilts (I had Cup O’ Joe hanging on a portable garment rack, and put the for sale pattern right in front of it.).

I’m looking forward to doing this again, though the next show I’m trying to get info on is a quilt show, not a craft show. I’m hoping that it will prove a better place to sell my patterns.

Swimming Cover-Up

Swimming Cover-up The YMCA recently opened a branch here in the boondocks of King George, and my daughter loves the pool. We’re there at least five, sometimes six times a week.
However, the Punkin is a skinny little thing, and only lasts about 20 minutes before she turns blue with cold. And the locker room is even colder than the pool. A cover-up is almost a necessity.
So when I realized she’d grown out of her old cover-up, I decided to make her a snuggly warm new one. Cost–$4 for the towel. Took a bit of time in labor, since all the blue binding is hand-stitched on, as is the ribbon decoration. It did have a cute little J up on the chest, but it fell off in the wash and I haven’t found it yet. Bummer.

Unusual Fabric Source

I have now joined the same club as Scarlett O’Hara and Maria von Trapp and made some lovely outfits from curtains.

Well, just one curtain to be exact. My mother was auditioning this beautiful brown fabric with the embroidered vines for her new bedroom, and I decided it was just too pretty to leave in the bedroom.

There really wasn’t enough to make a full skirt, but I found the darker brown fabric on sale at Jo-Ann’s and between the two was able to make matching skirts for me and my daughter (she’s still at the age where matching Mommy is a cool thing 🙂 Not sure I’d use that kind of fabric again–it shreds like crazy (thank goodness for my serger), and every needle prick made the tiniest of runs in the fabric.