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A Quilt and a Craft Fair

Is it just me, or does the world always get really crazy in April and May? Months ago, I blithely signed up to help out our church youth group by vending in their craft fair at the end of April, and providing a quilt for their silent auction in June.  Both dates seemed so remote at the time, and suddenly, they’re eminent.

I decided to do a scrap quilt for the auction donation.  I’ve been a fan of Cynthia Brunz’s website, Quilting is More Fun Than Housework, for a long time.  She does the most amazing things with her scrap bins, and makes it look so easy.  I picked her Scrap-a-Palooza Quilt #3, pulled out a bunch of fun brights and a background gray, and started stitching. What did I learn?  Her quilts are so easy, and fun to make!  I had this top done in less than a week while the kids were home over spring break.

Brightly Woven quilt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it’s going to be hard to part with.  Each of these snippets tells a story.  Most say “hey, this was in your daughter’s quilt”, but that’s what pinks are for, right?

detail

 

 

 

 

 

I quilted it with more hook and loop swirls,  in the same variegated thread as my daughter’s quilt.  I worried that the variegated thread contrasted too much on the yellow blocks, but it’s kind of mellowed since, and doesn’t seem as jarring to me now on the finished quilt.

backing fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

I splurged a bit for the backing, and bought this fun sea turtle print.

This quilt will hang in my booth at the craft fair, both for a pop of color, and to help advertise the upcoming auction.  So, if you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area next Sunday, stop by and say “hi!” Here’s a link to the show with more information.

craft fair

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll have some handmade stuff available, and sale prices on some of my best patterns.  Vending at a craft show is a completely new venture for me, but I’m looking forward to it.  Next week, I’ll have pictures of the booth mock-up, as well as a cheap but cute way to display patterns.

Happy Stitching!

emily

7 comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    That quilt is so happy! I love it! Hoping the craft fair is a fun adventure 🙂 (And, yes April and May seem busier than Christmas time!)

  2. Laura says:

    That quilt is the perfect ray of sunshine for the auction! Thank you for the link…I intend on checking out Cynthia’s blog!

    Have fun at the craft fair!

  3. Kathy says:

    What a fun quilt!!!! Let us know how much it goes for… Makes you happy just looking at it! Best of luck at the craft fair! Wishing myself there!

  4. Chantal says:

    Such a lovely quilt! It will bring “a pop of color” to your stand for sure. Just love it. Great job. Good luck with the craft show and the auction.

  5. Hillary says:

    This quilt is so much fun!! I love the bright colors and the contrast of the grey to really show off the woven effect! Awesome!! What a great way to draw attention to your booth and people ready for the auction!

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