Thursday, October 25, 2012

The sew-in and the craft fair!!!

I told you I had a sew-in at my place early last week...

It was awesome! I was joined by Kausalya, Sneha and Ruby! And we had a lot of fun!
Yes, fun that included fabric, sewing, eating and a whole lot of laughing!

We started off right after the girls arrived! Here's Ruby and Sneha with the rotary cutter!

I wonder what could be so hilarious in The Practical Guide to Patchwork! 

We had lunch at 5 pm! So we decided to go out for some chaat instead of dinner! We shared a lot over paani-puris and bhel!

 That was when the poor waiter wasn't sure whether we were laughing at something he said or we were just - you know, crazy!

I gave the girls those hexie strips remaining from DH's quilt! They are taking them out of my sight! I just dont want to do Y seams again!

Did you know it took two people to iron?

I taught the girls how to make my samosa pouches! I also gave them lessons in quilt planning and FMQ!

We made some aprons for the craft fair... Here's Kausalya modelling for me!

This was one of the most exciting and fun sew-ins ever! I know there will be many more now! Its addicting!

Now coming to the second part of my post - The Craft Fair!

 So how was my craft fair???

It was SUPER!~!! I sold about 60% of the stuff I took there! Considering that a lot of it was for display and I sold mostly smaller items, it was a HUGE success!

So here's a photo treat for you guys!

My booth design was highly inspired by Rachel from Stitched in Color. She did this fabulous series on how-to's for a craft fair that included EVERYTHING you needed to know! Check out the series here. Never hurts to bookmark it! She was so cool when I asked her if I could use her idea for the backdrop! Thanks for the inspiration, Rachel!

So here's my booth!

I had two tables, but the second one was set at a right angle leaving me to enter my booth from under the table! So I moved things about that gave me a perfect display space for my pillows!

I got a new board made...

Isn't it adorable?

I used jelly roll strips of Kona Solids from my stash for the backdrop! It looked so cool! And it gave me an easy way to hang all the sample mini quilts... (though I did not get a single order for them ~~ I guess Sangli is not yet ready for them ;).. Ha!)

On the table were my quilts - sample as well as those for sale!

I sold 7 quilts! That was awesome!

And here was my hottest selling corner! Anything I put here, just got sold fast! I have no idea why!

There were crayon rolls (I sold about 50 of them! - I had made only 10 so I made the other 40 at night after coming home!) Aprons! - I sold 10 of them and I had taken only 3 with me! Kitchen Napkins! The eyeglass cases! ALL of these were sold!

This is a look at my least selling corner! I did not sell ANY pillow covers - a friend buying 3 after I said they're not selling does not count, right?

I was surprised to see that I did not sell many Samosas either! Now that was a bummer! I had made 20 and I sold just 5!

Didn't they look as delicious to others as much as they look to me?

No idea!

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  1. A sew in sounds like so much fun! My mom and I sew together every friday night which is about as close as I get!

  2. That sew-in sounds like wonderful stress therapy, too, Shruti. I had a Samosa cake for my lunch yesterday made with chick peas and curry - yum! Love your booth. All in all, it sounds like it was a success. xo

  3. What a great all the photos!

  4. Congratulations! Your colorful booth is very inviting. I know how wonderful it is to sell a quilt in person. That's great that you had such success with them!

  5. Looks a wonderful stall and I enjoy sewing with friends too

  6. Your blog is full of color and photos, just lovely. A comment on what you didn't sell, I find items not on the front table don't sell so well, and smaller items sell better than larger ones, and also color trends at the time influence what people buy, rather than what the item is. Also look at the type of people who do the buying? I find here they are predominantly older females buying presents for children. Congratulations on what you did sell.

  7. Your sew in looks like so much fun and your stall is wow... amazing so glad that you had a great time.

  8. I love your elephant mini-quilt!

  9. Glad it went so well! I think the samosas are awesome too, I'm surprised more of them didn't sell. Maybe they are too whimsical and fun instead of boringly practical or something ;)

  10. You look like you had sew much fun with your sewing friends! I'm just beginning to make local sewing friends, so I haven't done too much getting together yet...but I will!

    Thanks for liking to the craft fair how-to, also! I've been thinking about trying a craft fair, so I will definitely go look at that.


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