Fall Festival

My mom’s church had what they hope will become an annual Fall Festival.  As part of that, I committed to producing crafts for a table.  We’ve done other craft fairs.  I’m not awesome at them.  I enjoy going to them, but as an introvert, I tend to struggle with engaging people to talk about my crafts.  Not that I don’t enjoy talking about them, but it’s hard for me to imagine folks enjoy listening to all the minutia.

But we had a pleasant morning and afternoon.  There were fun activities for my kiddos to enjoy, and I spent the day stitching up some little felt gingerbread ornaments.   Folks were polite and interested, which was nice.

IMG_7229My dear daughter made a design from popsicle sticks and was ridiculously pleased when people purchased them.  (She’s was so adorable, I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to buy them.  She worked very hard getting ready for the fair, and I was so happy folks responded well.)


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I spent a million years making turkeys.  I designed them on a whim, and I was just so pleased at how they turned out.  I still grin when I see them.  So cute.

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My plan is to attach one to the front of a jar and set the jar next to a stack of papers on the table.  Then people can add what they are thankful for throughout the week or day and read them during the meal (or before or after).  I didn’t have the heart to do anything specific this year, so they mostly just sat in their little coop.
IMG_7217Overall we had a positive experience.  I made a few sales, enjoyed spending time with my daughter, and helped raise money for parents’ church.  If the event becomes annual, I will be glad to participate again.  Hopefully we’ll fill out the table a little more.  :)




Little Chick Basket

My husband’s parents raise chickens.  My daughter and her grandma have been exchanging pictures for a few months now.  My daughter draws her pictures and my mother-in-law send pictures of her real chickens.  I thought I might make something “chicken” related for the two of them.  And then I saw the darling new collection, Locally Grown, from Creative Thursday.  And I love the little chicks fabric!

Little Chick Basket

I’ve also been wanting to try the Fabric Basket tutorial by Ayumi over at Pink Penguin.  It is fantastic.  Really easy to follow and the baskets are ADORABLE!  :-)

So, I made the little one for my daughter (her little kitty seems to have a new home), and I plan to make the bigger one for my mother-in-law.

Bently Found a Home


Doctor Who

A great many of my friends are HUGE Dr. Who fans.  I’d seen a random episode here and there, but the hubs and I finally decided to give it a try.  We watched the first season of the 2005 series and started with the ninth doctor, whom we LOVE.  We finished season one and enjoyed ourselves.  But we had a hard time adjusting to the tenth doctor (I know, he’s beloved), so we’ve been slower to get into season two.  However, a love for all things Dr. Who has nestled its way into my heart.  :-)

Recently I happened upon a fantastic tutorial over at Dog Under My Desk.  And so I gave it a go.  :-)

I was really excited to work on this and didn’t want to wait to order purse findings, so I used what I found at Michael’s, which wasn’t the best, but it’s working out okay.  And I ended up putting the zipper on the opposite side.  But overall it was a fun project. :-)  I bought her Essential Wristlet pattern and found many of her tips very helpful.

I have size issues.  I almost always imagine cyberworld “things” smaller or bigger than they are in real life, even when I have real-life measurements.  This is a decent size wristlet – almost more like a purse than a wallet, which is cool.  There is even a little pocket on the inside.  And, as I expected, I’ve already received requests from friends.  Next time I will try very hard to straighten my wonky stitching.  :-)


Pantone’s Color of the Year

You’ve probably already heard, but in case you haven’t, Pantone’s color of the year is Emerald.

So I bought a swatch.  It seemed to match Pure Elements Emerald quite well.  :-)

Then I learned of a quilt challenge on flickr, and I thought it might be fun.  Especially since I had some Pure Elements Emerald on hand.  I had been wanting to make a design with HSTs and initially thought I would just have a random design – with little pops of purple thrown in.  But my need for order won, and I ended up with a pinwheel design.  It finished at 24.5″ x 24.5″.  I’m happy with the results. :-)

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I’ve been slowly practicing my FMQ skills.  Slowly.  I find the prospect intimidating even though I have a very helpful BSR foot on my Bernina.  Yesterday, after coming home from my guild meeting, I decided I was going to finish a quilt I’ve had as a WIP for awhile.  I finished the quilt over a year ago, basted it several months ago, and finally decided to just go for it.

The stitches have multiple lengths and there are a few places the stitching caught on my foot.  Sometimes I found a great rhythm and felt very confident.  Other times I couldn’t figure out how to get the blasted thing through my machine.

But, I did it.  And overall I am pleased.  This is not a quilt that has any major plans.  I expect it will be nostalgic for me.  I finished the piecing on my old machine, while I was still practicing my quarter inch seam. Nostalgic. :-)  

I really love the look of straight line quilting, but I am looking forward to expanding my skill set for times when I want to do something else.  And, I am really loving the texture the quilting has now added to this quilt.  So, I am somewhat reluctantly looking forward to practicing more and trying again on another quilt in the future.  Maybe the somewhat distant future, maybe sooner…  We’ll see. :-)

The pattern is Full House, and I used Bliss by Bonnie and Camille.  (I love their stuff!)  I’m hoping to bind it over the weekend.  The fabric is so bright and cheery!