Friday, May 14, 2021

Mail Call

Y'all may remember then I had my "fame moment" and got "cancelled."  I posted about it here.  You  should know that I was not really cancelled.   Oh no!  Jeanne Robertson just saw an opportunity to be funny - and took it.  Her philosophy is "Always Look for the Humor."  I think that is great advice.  And I try to follow it. 

Fast forward to May 8th: 

That is right!   She finally pulled my name for a prize.  I have been watching for over a year and steadily sending in questions for the guests.   I have had a great time doing it.  (I hope the video works for you.)

Then on Thursday afternoon, this arrived in my mailbox:

Now you may be wondering why I didn't cover her address - simple, it is on her website so it is public information already. 

And inside the envelope was this book - 

And inside the book was this:

Interestingly it is on a label that isn't attached to the book - YET.  I love to have autographed copies of books.  So I will be affixing the label inside the book.   

Oh yes,  if you want a copy of the book for your very own - you can order it at Jeanne's Website. She will even autograph yours also if you want her too.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I will try to get a new post up pretty soon.  I am hoping for photos from the gallery opening where my quilted notebooks and some quilts are being shown.  If you are near Guntersville Alabama, you can go in and see my work along with the work of some other quilters.  
The gallery is The Mountain Valley Art Gallery at 440 Gunter Avenue in Guntersville, Alabama.  



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Stay Creative 


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Saturday, May 08, 2021

Another Project Finished

The notebook cover for the commission is finished.  I did the quilting Friday morning and the construction Friday afternoon.   I decided to quilt in the red initial panel with red thread.  Then I used that red thread a few more places before switching to a variegated blue thread.   I was truly just having fun while I quilted it.  There is one section that I think "could'a done better" but I don't think any non-quilters would notice it. 

Front - Initials Covered

Back

Pocket with Label

So, now I am on to other projects - or not as the mood strikes. Ha ha. 


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Thursday, May 06, 2021

Another Project

Once I had developed a plan for the notebook commission,  I got started.  The very first part you don't get to see.  Why you ask?  You see, the request was for initials on the front.  I opted to do a nice embroidery of the initials with a swirly embroidery underneath it.  As the colors requested were "red, white, and blue" added to the fact that she also loved the hand dyed fabric in the notebook that she saw, I did the embroidery in blue and white on a red background.   Then, I started piecing some of the "quilt top" for the notebook cover. 

Photos were sent for fabric approval, and I was ready to roll.  Once I started, I could not stop until I was finished.  I think she will LOVE this. 

For the sake of privacy,  I have covered the initials with a pad of sticky notes.  But you can see some of the white swirly design peeking out from the bottom of it.  The hand dyed fabrics look more blue than they are in the photo although the other blue and red are very accurate. 

This gets trimmed down a little after it is quilted so I will try to do another photo when it is finished. 

The question now is: What color will I quilt it with? Blue? Red? White?  I am sure I will quilt the part around the initials with red.  But as for the rest,  I am undecided.  White seems like the simplest choice.  I could switch colors a few times ---but--- the piano key bit would make me crazy switching that much. We will just have to wait and see what happens.  


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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Some Fun/Useful Quilting Time

Now that I have delivered my things to the art gallery,  I have some time for fun sewing and quilting.  
My sister-in-law was admiring a table mat that I had given mom.  It is great for putting a hot casserole or other dish on the table or sideboard for a family style meal.  The mat protects the top from heat and/or scratches.  

Of course that gave me the idea to make one or two more.   She will get one of these and possibly both. 
The first one is made of a few leftover strips from some batiks.   I think these were some I won in a giveaway, but I am not sure. 
I did some pretty simple quilting on it and added a machine sewn binding. 

The other one is made of scraps of all kinds.  I sewed the pieces together randomly and just played.  It was already pieced and just waiting for me to decide what to do with it.  Since I was "in the mood" for making table mats, the decision was easy.  

This one is all "straight line" quilted with a few places where there are "maze" areas. 
I really just had fun with it. It was no stress.  It also got a machine sewn binding. 
I see fabrics in this one that go back for years.  I really do save all those scraps because, they will eventually get used if I live long enough. 

I gave a "nephew-by-choice" a quilted notebook for his birthday.  Since we were all
vaccinated, we were able to have a get-together and enjoy a meal and some time together.
One of his relatives, that doesn't know me quite so well,  saw it and fell in love. 
So now I have a commission to make one for her.  I need to choose the right fabrics from my stash as I don't want to buy any more fabric for a while.  For some reason, I think I have enough to last me a few years. Ha ha. 


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