Spool Blocks, Doll Quilts and Auditions

Boy, oh boy!! Have I been busy. It is like a fire has been lit under my bee-hind.

I have so many irons in the fire it is hard to keep track. For you too, huh!!

Well, two sets are finished. They can be used as doll quilts or holiday table toppers.

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One more is about finished. Decided I wanted gold polka dot circles appliqued to the quilt back. This is how I will probably place them.

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More on the Sneak Peek from yesterday…. I am using some of my scrap blocks to make a Spool Block quilt. The first one will be a mini one. Table topper or wall hanging. Here are the pieces assembled.

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And here are six blocks I made using my scrap blocks as the centers. Cool, huh!! The blocks are made using the snowball block technique.

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So far I am liking how to make them. Haven’t sewn the blocks together yet. Need to decide on the borders. I am thinking I should use this red dotted swiss instead of the red polka dots with larger irregular dots. Though the irregular is my favorite type polka dot fabric.

Two fabric auditions…

Got this green print yesterday at JoAnn’s. Wasn’t 100% what I was looking for but the color seemed about right. At least it looks better than the solid green.

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And I think these fabrics will go well together to make up table mats.

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Most of this stuff I am making is for my craft show. The only one I have for this winter. It is the second weekend of December. So I have been putting finishing touches on some stuff made but not finished. And making “this” to go with “that”. I still have to get price tags on everything. And I want to do a dry run and set up my display table. Two years ago my display table made the local newspaper. Maybe the same will happen this year.

More photos coming up…

Tutorial on how to make the spool blocks can be found here.


Craft Show Check List


It is that time again. Spring. And with it comes the urge to spruce up your home, inside and out. Also time to update your wardrobe and accessories with the latest spring colors. And where better to find unique and one-of-a-kind items than at your local craft fairs and craft shows.

If you are an exhibitor, sign up early, especially if you make and sell jewelry.  Seems everyone is selling jewelry these days!!  And the alloted slots fill up fast.

Having a successful show begins with organization.  Make a checklist and check off the items as you pack them.  Feel free to use the list below and tailor it to your needs.




In addition to your tables, display cases and stands, don’t forget to pack the following..

  1. inventory (items for sale)
  2. inventory list
  3. price tags
  4. cash box
  5. change (coins & small bills)
  6. invoice receipt book
  7. sales tax chart
  8. calculator/cash register
  9. charge card processing machine
  10. pen/pencil/marker pens
  11. paper pad
  12. business cards
  13. mailing list
  14. bags (different sizes, paper & plastic)
  15. wrapping paper
  16. table covering (bring an extra one just in case)
  17. chairs (if not provided, check first)
  18. scissors/knife
  19. signage/poster board
  20. tape
  21. paper towels
  22. garbage bags
  23. extension cord
  24. power strip
  25. light source/bulbs
  26. camera/batteries
  27. toolbox/tools
  28. dolly/cart
  29. rubber bands
  30. glue
  31. mirror

If your craft show will be held outdoors, pack these additional items, as applicable.

  • hat/head covering
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • mosquito repellant
  • tent/poles
  • rope
  • plastic covering (in case of rain)
  • umbrella
  • ice chest/beverages
  • snacks (always welcome)

Have a very successful craft show. Happy Selling!!

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