The Signature Quilt

One of my many interests besides quilting is geneology. I love it when I find ways to combine the two interests together. In an earlier post I had commented about a signature quilt that I was working on for a family reunion. It was finished and raffled off.

The finished quilt was appr. 48″ x 48″

The reunion is held in Evanston, Wyoming and people come from all over the area to attend. Everyone really enjoyed helping create this quilt, knowing they were a part of something that would be passed down for generations to come.

At the end of the day the quilt was raffled off and the lucky winner was able to take it home with them

 

Making this special signature quilt was a two-year process. The first year I pieced the quilt blocks and sent them to the reunion to be signed. After the reunion my Mom sent the blocks back to me to be sewn together into the quilt.

I enjoyed making the quilt this way. It was a great teaser to let them see the quilt blocks and have no reference as to what the quilt would look like when finished. As part of the quilt we included a photo block of the common ancestor we all hail from. It was then quilted on my domestic sewing machine. It took 20 sewing hours to complete the quilt. I can’t wait to get started on my next signature quilt, maybe it’ll be yours!

How do you measure success?

The Ripson Bridge festival was on Sunday. I was one among 70 vendors there. Crafts galore, so many it was hard to decide where to look and browse first. Thanks to a connection with my friend who sells Pure Scentations candles, I had a prime spot. There were a lot of “looky-lous” and a few people even took business cards. A few festival goers even stopped long enough for us to have a conversation before they moved on to the next booth.

My first attempt at a booth setup.

I had been warned, “don’t be disappointed if you don’t sell a thing.” That was sage advice, especially coming from seasoned craft fair vendors. Of course, AFTER the fact it’s easy to tell just how wise those words were. I had heeded them, in the  recesses of my mind, but was still overly optimistic that I’d make it rich on my first craft fair. It’s easy to take the compliments that friends and family give you and build a pedestal for the products that you’re trying to sell. After all, they wouldn’t lie to you about something so important, would they?

Even though I only sold fourteen dollars worth of product (the space rent was 40), I’m still considering this a success. I did after all sell something! People took my business cards, and I’ve got my foot in the door! I didn’t have the items that others were looking for, but have also learned how not to market my items at this particular craft fair. Plans are in the making for improving my offerings and their marketing for next year’s festival. I’ll be giving my new ideas test runs at a show or two before then. Next spring should give me sufficient time to perfect my ideas and build up product! I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted as to where and when my next show will be. Until then you can always browse what I’ve got for sale at www.facebook.com/HSHquilts.