Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sara's August Blocks

Thank you, Alison! This was exactly what I needed for a busy August. Something I knew how to do and love doing. Can't wait to see this quilt together. As a matter of fact, I am anxious to see all of the bee quilts so far, together!
Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful summer we're having!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sara's July Blocks

Finished and in the mail on time, thank you very much! My comfort zone was certainly streeeetched this time around...circles and handstitching.

I had been wanting to try my hand at circles of some sort for a while now, so this was just the push I needed. Not sure I'll rush in to my sewing space and start a king size quilt like this, but happy I tried it at least!

This Bee is fun! If you're not already in one, I recommend seeing about getting yourself involved. New fabric and techniques each month for a whole year! What's not to love?


Thursday, August 5, 2010

July Sew Modern Bee Block for Nicole

July's theme for the Sew Modern Bee was circles. I had been eying up the tutorial for a Stripey Circle Block from the Block Party blog, and this was the perfect chance to try it. I thought that the fabric lent itself very well to something stripey! I hope you like it, Nicole!

- Donna

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Craftalicious Preparation

We're going ahead and making plans for the second Craftalicious Craft be held this year on November 13 in Ottawa. We've got the applications almost ready to go out, and we'll be able to announce to applicants around mid-September if they've secured a spot. The folks from the Craft Co-op are helping out this year and I gotta say, this guys are consummate professionals. They've got a mailing list set up, so if you're local and want to join us this year, get on their mailing list and you'll receive the call-out.

I'm still throwing around ideas of what I could make. Last year I went with an assortmet of appliqued baby tees, Christmas ornaments, candy and cookies, pushpins, magnets and hair pins. I also sold some of Sara's lovely things.

The shirts were a hit, I sold some candy and cookies, and the hair pins went over well, as did Sara's crayon rolls.

People asked alot of questions about the buntings, but I didn't sell one, which shocked me, since they were pretty and so well-made. I had whipped up a wicked bad one made of Christmas colours to decorate the front of my table, and several people tried to buy it. This year I decided to see if Christmas garlands will I whipped up 5 scallopy ones in Christmas fabrics. I figure if they don't sell, my home and office will look great come December.

Way back in the throes of near spring, I stitched up a few doll quilt tops, and I finished them up recently. I figured I'd make up little pillows and coordinating pillowcases and sell a few doll bedding sets. Not sure how many I'll get finished, but two sets done (minus the pillows, which I figure I'll do later in a bunch).

A few doll quilts for craft sale

So in addition to these few items and the gift tags I made with Holly, I'm definitely planning on making hair pins again and will make candy, only will package it in see through bags to show off its glistening buttery glow. (I tossed the unsold candy into the freezer and I did end up selling it a few weeks after the sale at a home based craft show...that stuff is like crack - important to give out samples!)

I've got a few other ideas up my sleeve which I'll share as I get moving on them...!

Have you sold things at a craft market before? What kinds of things do you like to buy at a craft sale?

- Donna