MCM #43 – The Countdown is On…

Thanks for all the lovely comments on the Hot Pad tutorial. From what I’ve heard, lots of lucky people will be receiving these as Christmas gifts this year. How cool is that??

I was so busy in my sewing room last week, and this week promises more of the same. That’s a good thing! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen bits and pieces of what I’m working on. I feel like I’ve been fluttering from one project to another and I’m just a bit discombobulated. But I’m having fun and that’s what counts!

I’m going to share a few unfinished projects with you today. Hopefully they’ll be finishes later this week.

After much prodding and convincing from my friends and family, I signed up for a table at one of the largest craft shows in our area. It’s a bit scary, you know, hoping people will like the work that is on my table. Then there is the pressure of making a variety of items (but not too much) because really, I just don’t know what will sell. The craft show is in four weeks, so I need to keep my nose to the needle, pedal to the floor, and all that… 🙂

My plan is to use only items in my stash, but I know I’ll need to get a few things. For instance, I just don’t have the perfect binding for this table runner:

Charm Pack Table RunnerThis is a simple design using charm squares. It’s the perfect color for fall, and I had fun playing with the quilting.

I played with more quilting on this Christmas Tree mini quilt:

Christmas Tree Mini QuiltI really love the swirls for the background, and stitch in the ditch for the tree. Here’s a close-up of the swirls:

FMQ Swirls close upSo much fun!

I’m also making hexagon coaster sets. Here is the sample one I made:

Hexagon coaster

See that yellow template in the picture? It makes a 5″ hexagon shape. Imagine my disappointment when I found out it’s bigger than a charm square….

These coasters are fun and fast to make. I found a video on You Tube that shows how it is done. If you want to make your own, here’s the link to the video.

Last, but not least, are the zipper pouches I’m making. These are quick and easy to do, but I’m going to experiment with the zipper a bit and see if I can find a way to do it that makes me happier. I don’t like the way the zipper end is tucked in – in makes the top look funky.

Zipper Pouches

Anyway, that’s what I’ll be working on this week. I can’t say I’m crushing on all my projects, but I am seriously liking the tree mini quilt. I’m thinking of doing a red version. And you know, with blue and silver trees coming back into style, maybe an icy blue one, or icy purple one, or silver one….hmmm….

On now to what you’ve been working on. Here is a recap of a couple of projects from our Main Crush Monday party last week – I hope you had a chance to visit several of the posts and share the comment love. 🙂

Nancy of posted a tutorial on this adorably spooky Halloween cat flag. Looks easy, and so much fun!

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Have you heard all the buzz going around about Quilt Theory? It’s a new pattern company started by several bloggers that focuses on easy, one page quilt patterns. I think that’s a genius idea and am excited to see all the new patterns they release. Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl linked up last week (she is one of the designers and is seriously crushing!); you can read all about Quilt Theory in her post and see her newest quilt design.



Finally, look at Ariane’s hexagon star quilt. Be still my heart! This is so beautiful and I’m very happy she linked up to share it with us. Read more on her blog: Ariane Quilts

Photo by Ariane of Ariane Quilts

Photo by Ariane of Ariane Quilts

Okay, now it’s your turn! What has you excited to be in your sewing space this week? You can link up any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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19 Responses to MCM #43 – The Countdown is On…

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  2. Kate says:

    Lots of great projects. All of them should do really well at the craft show.

  3. Kathi Riemer says:

    Fun projects! You will do great at the craft fair. Focus on the fun, visiting, seeing interesting things, etc and it will be a blast.

  4. SarahZ says:

    Beth!!! I hope your Craft Fair table completely sells out, with orders for more!!!! I just love those pouches! And all your things <3

  5. Ariane says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my quilt! I’m so excited. I finished it today!! Yeah!!! I love all your little projects. It’s always nerve wracking when you try to make things to sell. It’s that way for me anyway. I think it’s great that you are using your stash for your items. I’m sure you will do well with your items. I especially love your tree quilt. The quilting is amazing.

  6. Good luck on the show. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

  7. Vicki in MN says:

    I wish you well with your craft show! I just finished my first one of the season and now will have 2 on at the same time, talk about stressful-have to divide in half and hope I have the right stuff at the right show!! I really like your runner:-)

  8. Susan says:

    You’ve got some great items for the craft fair – good luck!

  9. I hope your craft event goes well for you too. The items you are making look great.

  10. Zenia Rene says:

    I’m preparing for a craft show too! I love your hexagon coasters. I may even use your hotpad tute. thank you!

  11. Jasmine says:

    Good luck with your craft fair. Your collection of projects here look amazing!

  12. Dave Stemple says:

    I should have done simple quilting like this with my table runner….sigh 🙁

  13. Bonnie in Va says:

    Good luck with your event. I considered entering a craft fair at my community’s center but then realized I could probably make more money in less time if I just quilt a few quilts for customers. And, then my computer couldn’t find the long arm. ARGH. Hopefully in the next day or two I’ll be back at the long arm.

  14. Tish says:

    You are gonna be one busy bee for the next few weeks. It looks like you’ve got a great start for items for your booth. I can’t wait to hear our the sale goes.

  15. Q-Bits says:

    That’s a big project getting ready for a craft fair. Hope all goes well! My granddaughter loves little zipper pouches to corral all the little stuff in a big purse — I bet they will sell well.

  16. Karen Goad says:

    good luck with your craft fair booth – I hope you sell a lot and have fun. I never bother with things like that as in my area people always want to try to talk you down in price and don’t seem to realize how much it cost to make these items and the time put into it (even if you are making from scraps you paid for it at one time!)

  17. Nancy says:

    Thank you for featuring my Halloween Cat Garden Flag! A big shout out to you on our fb page:

  18. I hope that that craft fair goes really well for you. It looks like you have made great progress on items to have on display already. 🙂

  19. So many cute projects! The table runner is lovely; can’t wait to see how you bind it. The coasters are really tempting, but first I need to finish the projects I’ve got going now. Hope your craft show goes well!

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