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.
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?
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.
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.
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.