Getting Ready

I spent quite a bit of time over the weekend preparing for a quilt show coming up this weekend. I decided to attend the show as a vendor and several months ago, I bought a booth for the vendor area. I got the smallest size booth they have and will give it a go.  My wonderful sister is coming to help me – this way if it is busy I will have help and if it is slow, she will commiserate with me.  Win-win for me!  She has great ideas and is very talented as a decorator so she has been a huge help as I collect what I need for the booth.

I used some green Ta Dot fabric (Michael Miller) and a piece of Crescent Bloom by Anna Maria Horner to make two work aprons for Patti and I to wear.   (Both of these fabrics are still available in my shop, though there is very little left.) The aprons were really a quick project and I just sort of made them up as I went. Check out the measuring tape twill that I used for the waist and the apron strings.  So cute! (Have to say the apron looks a whole lot cuter on my model than on me!!  🙂  )

Using the same fabrics, I made a bunting to hang across the front of one of the tables. Love these colors and they coordinate well with my logo.

Because this is my first time, I am trying not to spend tons of money. I did have to get a few things though. I am going for a bright, colorful look which will hopefully invite those shoppers to come and browse. You probably remember the banner I posted a few weeks ago.  My husband made me a frame with PVC pipe yesterday to hang it from.   People will definitely see that banner!

Pricing, oh my gosh — all the pricing that needed to be done. I have a small assortment of stitchery kits and a few projects for kids to make. Summer is coming and I thought it might be fun for some of the women to work on simpler projects with their grandchildren or children, as the case may be.  I made up a sample of this little pincushion kit. Isn’t it sweet? The kit includes everything needed so I think a young person could be quite successful making this. I have also marked a large assortment of fat quarter bundles and had to put pricing on the bolts (something I don’t normally do since it is just me down here in my little shop.)

Fat quarters! I have cut all sorts of fat quarters. This is a gamble because I have no idea how many will sell. I hesitate to cut too many because than my fabric is chopped up. But I have a good size collection. I think I would rather run out than bring home a billion fat quarters. If you are a local reader, I hope you will come by and say hi on Saturday or Sunday at the quilt show.  Members of the Pine Tree Quilt Guild will enjoy a 15% discount this weekend. Hurray for being in the guild!

Finally, let’s all congratulate Sally! Her name was pulled as the winner of the giveaway of a copy of No Scrap Left Behind. Sally, I have sent you an email.  Please respond in the next day or two. If I don’t hear from you, I will pull another name on Wednesday. Thanks so much for all of the comments and ideas on scrap storage. So many of us do keep scraps but there were a handful of honest quilters out there who don’t choose to keep them. It’s all good!  Those that don’t want them seem to give them to their guild members or other quilty friends. Sounds like a good idea to me! There are still more bloggers sharing their projects on the blog hop this week. Keep checking them out and maybe you will still add a copy of the book to your library!

I doubt I will post again this week. I still have quite a bit to do in preparation for the show. Hopefully, I will be back to tell you of a successful experience after the show!

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20 thoughts on “Getting Ready

    1. Bernie Post author

      Oh my gosh Nancy — how silly of me. It is the Pine Tree Quilt Guild show. It is on Saturday and Sunday, June 6 & 7 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.. It will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley! Are you in Northern CA??

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks Angela! We will have a great time. If nothing else, this gives me a chance to spend the whole weekend with my sister. Doesn’t get much better than that. 🙂

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  1. Linda

    Oh Bernie I love those aprons! How great they look with your sign. I’m so glad you have your sister helping you – I bet you are so busy you won’t have time to do any of that “commiserating”. Good luck to you! 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you Linda. I think the booth will look really cute. Pictures will be posted next week for sure!! It will be lots of fun and if we are busy selling fabric, that is a bonus. 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I’m sure it will be fun. Even if it isn’t a huge weekend for sales- it will be fun to chat with local quilters I haven’t seen for a while. Plus my sister! It’s all good.☺️

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  2. Mari

    You’re going to do so great! Everything looks wonderful, including the aprons (and the model!) I hope you have a great time and sell out of everything. Remember to take a bunch of business cards, too!

    (In your response to one of the above comments, you said the show is June 6 and 7. I hope you meant May! 🙂 )

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  3. Sandra

    Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I hope you gain a ton, not just monetary-wise, although that will be nice too right?! LOVE the aprons, of course, as you know, blue and green is my own favourite combination. And that pincushion is adorable!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thanks for the good wishes. I am looking forward to this. It will all be new to me. I was just thinking about what I have left to do and I need to go get change. Will people pay with cash? How much change do I need? All these little details, right??

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  4. JanineMarie

    Your apron and bunting are adorable and showcase your logo colors so well. I’m sure your booth will be a quilty magnet. I think selling fat quarters is a great idea. Have a fun weekend!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you. I think I am just about ready. I need to cut a few more fat quarter bundles tomorrow and then lay it all out and see what I really have. It reminds me of laying out all the Christmas gifts after shopping to see what was really accomplished. I have so many piles downstairs and I need to organize everything. So that is the task for tomorrow! It will be a fun experience.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Thank you – the timing of your comment couldn’t have been better as I stand in front of all the bolts hoping they will be loved by the quilt show visitors. Thank you Cheryl!❤️

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