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Monday, October 17, 2011

A Week of Quilting, Craft Fairs and Flea Markets - Part I

Every year during the second week of October, Northwest Arkansas is abuzz with thousands of out-of-state visitors.  The reason?  It's craft fair week.  There are numerous fairs which take place for 2-4 days each.  It's literally a haven for those who want to experience arts, crafts and shopping in a beautiful autumn setting.  This year was no exception.

This year, I decided to take a week of vacation during craft fair week to make the most of this experience.  Of course, on the days preceding the fairs, I made the most of my time by quilting and spending time with my family.

One of the quilting projects I completed was a split nine-patch quilt top.  I saw one of these quilts on my latest addiction, Pinterest, and KNEW I had to make one.   The color choices of green and orange are not colors I normally gravitate to when quilting, but for some reason,  I couldn't resist.  A local shop was selling the bright and cheery fat quarter pack containing these colors and I knew it would be perfect for the split nine-patch quilt.  To really make the colors pop, I added white and darker green fabrics from my fabric stash.  Now, I'll be honest, some of my blocks on the quilt turned out a bit wonky, but I don't think it was too bad  - all things considered.

I also completed a Trip Around the World quilt for a gal I work with as a gift for her unborn baby.  The baby - who is a boy - has a nursery decorated in retro colors of forest green, olive green, brown and a splash of burnt orange.  I decided to make the quilt so it would complement the colors of the nursery.   My co-worker received the quilt at her baby shower this past weekend and loved it.

In Part II of my post, I'll fill you in on some of the highlights of craft fair week.  Stay tuned...

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1 comment:

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

Love your quilts! How fun. And we never did get our picture taken together. I got home and was looking through my pics on my camera and realized that we forgot. Sorry I was so distracted that day. Hugs!

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