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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Kutztown Folk Festival

Happy Independence Day!!! It's been a beautiful Summer thus far... and continues this weekend, so that we can all celebrate our independence with outdoor gatherings... and good old fashioned events like county fairs and folk festivals! Since my home is only about 1-1/2 hours away from Kutztown, PA... and the weather was perfect yesterday (80's, sunny and low humidity)... I decided to hop in the car, pick up a friend and venture out to see the many talents of Kutztown's PA Dutch community!

The grounds were busy with people walking around and enjoying good eats, birch beer and sarsaparilla on tap, many fine hand crafts... story times and petting zoos for the kids... and quilts! This fair is famous for it's Quilt Barn... :-)

A quick walk around... see the booth that says "sausage" on the right? Yep... that was my lunch.. bratwurst with kraut and mustard!!! Yum!


Need more money to shop? Here's a "mobile atm"... lol!


And into the Quilt Barn we go...


So many quilts... each marked with size and price... three rows of folded quilts along the perimeter of the building... each section had a helper, should you wish to see more of a particular one... all for sale... some marked with a price and some marked with opening bids for the big auction at the end of the festival...


This one is my favorite...


And here are some close ups... (click each picture to enlarge)












 These ladies were in the center of the barn... enjoying some hand quilting!














I had hoped to get some pics of the other artisans goods there... but my camera's memory card had filled up quicker than I had expected. This festival has everything from hex signs, to Pysancki decorated eggs, hand painted dowry chests, jewelry, silk embroidery, wood working, metal casting, iron works, hand blown glass, redware, and wooden shaker boxes... and food... LOTS of PA Dutch yummy food... :-)

Did you miss the event this year? Well... for a link to the website, click HERE... sign up for the newsletter and get notified when next year's event will take place... you won't be disappointed! :-)

Happy Summer!

~Sharon

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June List

Yes... we are already a third of the way through the month of June.... I've had my list "sort of" ready for about 4 days... just needed some light to get a pic. Here's the pile...


To make some neat sense of it all... the projects are as follows:

1
Woodland Yuletide
(needlepunch)
A 2014 holiday release by Country Stitches. 
I had purchased the thread kit along with the pattern...
in hopes that I could actually have it finished by Christmas 2014. ;-)

2
Block 5 of the Tavern House Wool Quilt BOM
I had hoped to have had this completed by last September (2014)
So, I'll try for one Block a month from now until done.
Maybe have it ready to hang no later than THIS September?

3
Temecula Quilt Co.
From last year... it's a mini quilt... log cabin type design.
Should be able to start and finish this in a day?

4
Coin Purse
From Minick & Simpson
This little project has a GREAT story to it...
stay tuned for the finish when I'll explain how it came about. :-)

So now that this list has been announced and is in plain sight of the public eye... I'll have extra incentive to complete these little projects... and build yet another list... for July! ;-)

And, while I was sorting through stash to find some projects for this month... I also found a couple more cross stitch kits that I posted on eBay tonight. Click HERE to view... a couple are patriotic in design... great Summer stitches!

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Day Dreaming

Yah... I've been doing a lot of that... mostly watching videos... some on Youtube and some on Craftsy. Yes. All of them have been about quilting! :-)

I've watched a dozen or so videos on Spring Quilt Market... and seeing the newest fabric line "Farmhouse" from Fig Tree Quilts has me wishing for September... lol!


Joanna Figueroa has also designed some fabulous patterns that use this fabric beautifully... difficult to pick a favorite... but, I do have the patterns for "County Fair", "Juniper" and "Picnic"... just waiting on the fabric... *sigh* Check it out for yourself at the Fig Tree & Co. website... click on the blog link to see even more spectacular pics of the Farmhouse fabric line...

Craftsy has been a wonderful source of quilting how-to and supplies for me... I've taken "Simple Fresh Quilts" by Joanna Figueroa and loved her style of teaching. There's quite a few patterns included in the price of the class. So, well worth checking it out for yourself.


And since I enjoyed that class so much, I signed on for her newest class, "Smarter Strip Quilting"


Haven't watched it yet though... been researching new sewing machines. Looking for a "next step up" from what I have. The main features I am looking for are more precise stitch control (length and width) and perhaps a larger area between the needle and arm of the machine (so I can quilt my larger quilts myself)... day dreaming of a Janome 7700... though the price would keep it a dream unless I win the lotto or a sizeable jackpot at a casino... lol!

My other pastime is reading the blogs of fellow quilters, rug hookers and cross stitchers... and I've taken notice that one main trait of the folks that seem to accomplish a good amount of finishes are folks that make a monthly list of goals... so I think that I'll settle down for the evening and make a good list for June...

If you enjoy wool applique or cross stitch... I have a few more items listed on eBay HERE...

See you soon with a list of what's to do in June...

Until next time... stay healthy & keep on smiling!

~Sharon




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