quiltin'... sugar dish & point me

well, i survived the arts & crafts show last weekend!  it was very much a learning experience for me, my daughter (who stayed with me all afternoon), and my husband (who made my display).  it was a new show in columbus.  there were lots and lots of vendors... and not so many shoppers.  i heard this is typical for a new show.  here is my area at the show:

the lime loft 'booth'
this week was spent getting a few things done that had been put 'on the back burner' while we were getting everything ready for the show... especially a little quilting!

i am taking a class at sew to speak with the amazing, wonderful mary of molly flanders!  it started last monday and we are making the point me quilt from denyse schmidt.  she is full of tips & tricks to help us out in lining up our points. thank goodness!

so, she gave us home work (and added twice as many triangles to my quilt... which i think will look great!).  and here i go...

lots of 4 1/2" squares!
ready to be cut into quarters...
cut up and divided...
so, once the squares were sewn, they were then cut into quarters, then ironed open, trimmed of their dog ears, and arranged into larger triangles...

a completed triangle!
 at this point, i have sewn 5 triangles... only 11 to go... before monday!  yikes!

and also this week, i was able to bind and complete my sugar dish quilt!  finally!!  it is being sent to some friends in new jersey who have opened their home to us many times over the last 4 years while our son has been at west point.  hope they like it. 

pretty colors! fabric: hometown by sweetwater.
i think the hand quilting turned out nicely.

i really, really love all these polka dots!
so, now to get back to work on my floorcloths... and the 13 triangles for the point me quilt... and i must finish my elevated envelopes which were supposed to be sent out almost a month ago... and... :-)  such is life, right? 

happy saturday!!

~ julie


omg, do i have everything??

so, in less than 4 hours, i will be setting up for the avant-garde arts & crafts show here in columbus.  i know, i know, i should have signed up for the show months ago... i should have started preparing months ago...  shoulda, woulda, coulda...  i am famous for deciding to do things at the last minute. well, maybe not famous... but... i do like to 'wing' it at times.  and here i am updating my blog and facebook page while a list of 'to-do's' wait for my attention.  soon enough.

in the meantime, i wanted to share a couple of the new floorcloths that i finished up last week for the show!  i think they are beautiful and hope the someone will think the same of them today.

this one is a little smaller, but i really love the english linen pattern.
since fall is around the corner... i thought some fall colors might be nice.
a simple, but unique green & white checked with some worn lovin' in spots.
for that last shot, my daughter climbed out on our trellis and took pictures looking down... i wasn't going to do that, but i am glad she did... i like how the shot came out. 

come by the show if you are in the area!  it is being held at the greek orthodox church (555 n. high street, columbus) right beside the north market!  1:30-6:30pm.  $3 admission. 

hope to see you there!  (and happy sunday, too!)

~ julie


show prepology

this weekend is my first arts & crafts show... that is... my first time as a vendor in a show.  i have, of course, journeyed to many a show and purchased lots of lovely items. but, this is different.  i have been working with my husband (he is just the best) and my daughter (crazy amazing) to design a holder for all my floorcloths so that they are easy for folks to see, yet, doesn't take up too much of the booth space.  i must be honest... it has been challenging.  in a good way.  at this point, i have turned the engineering of the floorcloth display unit over to my sweetie... and i have moved on to working on a few more floorcloths before sunday.

two floorcloths in the works!  i am loving the polka dotted one!!

in addition to working on the floorcloths, we have been excited that our herbs have been looking good this year. 

oregano, rosemary, and basil

sage, thyme, chives, and more sage 
and something new this year: we have some collard greens growing.  yep, collard greens! there were some left over plants at a garden near my husband's fire station and they said to take them.  so we have 2 collard green plants and a tomato plant growing outside our window, too.  i think we might be eating some collard greens this week... any suggestions about how to cook those? 

collard greens & a tomato plant
so, life is alive and well in our home right now (even if i seem to have been missing in action on the blog scene lately).  and we will continue to be busy forever through next week. 

if you are in the columbus, ohio area... stop by the Avante Garde Arts & Crafts show at the Greek Orthodox Church on North High Street (beside the north market & across from the convention center).  it is open from 1:30-6:30 and admission is $3/person.  more info here.  125+ are expected at this wonderful show!  you don't want to miss it! 

happy wednesday!

~ julie