Saturday, September 14, 2013

And Just Like That...

...the states on the American Flag Quilt are done!

I've finished up the very last state square, Hawaii, the Aloha State. It joined the union on August 21, 1959, rounding it up to 50 states.

I'm still far from finished - I have a couple of quilt squares and a lot of backstitching left to do - but this is a huge milestone! It's kind of bittersweet, too. I'm going to miss this piece so much when I'm done!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

So Close Now!

I've picked up the American Flag Quilt just to soothe my soul after the disaster of the craft fair. It's coming along so well!

This is Alaska, the Last Frontier. It was the second-to-last to join the union, on January 3, 1959. Which means...I've only got one state left!

I know it looks all lonely there on the bottom by itself, but I have a plan! Since I had to reshuffle a few things when I miscalculated the fabric size, I'm determined to stick it out. I only hope it'll look good once it's done!

Big kisses,

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Now That I've Recovered...

I've had a crazy couple of days. The craft fair was all day Friday, and yesterday was the last day my in-laws were visiting, so my husband wanted to make his famous steaks for lunch. This is always chaos, because my husband's philosophy of cooking is just to throw a bunch of things in the pan and see how it tastes. This goes against every fiber of my being - I'm very much a go-by-the-recipe cook.

And then of course we had to take them to the airport late at night. It's sad to see them go, knowing that life has to go back to normal now. It's always so much fun to have visitors, isn't it? Even with the little inconveniences and the running around being a tourist in my own city. It's so quiet without them now!

Anyway, I've been meaning to give a report on how the craft fair went. One word: miserable!

My table

The last time I did this craft fair I didn't exactly clear my table, but I sold about half of my things. This time? Three items. Honest to God. I sat there all day, from 12 noon to 9 pm, and I only sold three things. I don't know what it is about this craft fair, but there seemed to be more interest in the hand-made jewelry than in needlework.

My mother-in-law's knitted socks

I don't think I'm going to be doing this again, to be honest. There's an annual Christmas bazaar back home in Kuwait, and I've already made a deal with my mother that I'll send her my pieces for her to sell for me. There's a huge expat community from the West there (as opposed to here, where the majority are expats from the East), so I might do better there.

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Oh, well. Nothing ventured, right?