I’ve done 3 craft shows in the past 2 years with what I’d call minimal success. The most fun part about craft shows is talking to customers and to other crafters. In preparing for a craft show last Christmas, I made a bunch of baby quilts. I sold ONE. Yeah – one. At a discount. To a friend. My “hottest-selling” items were fabric fused cards, but even they weren’t flying off of the shelves. Craft shows are HARD. Most of the crafters out there would agree with me, I think. Especially with crafters who like myself create the product by hand from start to finish. There were a lot of booths selling embellished items – pre-made denim bags with fabric and feathers fused to them. I’m not saying this is wrong, but it’s hard for people like me to compete.
So my point in bringing all that up was that I had a bunch of baby quilts left over that I thought, “What am I going to do with these?” Well, it’s August, and I’ve finally given away my last one.
I look at this quilt, and while I like the design still, there are things that I would do differently today if I were to make it again. Weird that in less than a year, I feel like I’ve learned so much. I think I would quilt it differently, maybe greater spaces between the lines and maybe mitre the corners. This quilt went to our neighbors who had twins. The little boy got a not-so-exciting flannel blanket. I had originally intended to finish the courthouse block quilt for the little girl and when that didn’t happen in time, I decided to give them the dress quilt.
BUT tonight, the courthouse block quilt TOP is finished! I’ve taken a picture of the back – just a peak. You all take such beautiful pictures that maybe posting the back will keep me humble.
I think the back is almost as pretty as the front. I love how all the seams come together at 90-degree angles, with just a few wild threads springing up here and there. I really like 90-degree angles. They’re square and predictable. I like that, especially since I hang out with unpredictable little people all day.