Friday, February 22, 2013

Nashville Releases

I really should make the title of this entry - Snow Day. Early this week, the esteemed weathermen were predicting a foot of snow. As each day passed, the predictions lowered. Then...it started snowing. I drove into the bank drive-thru seeing a flake or two & came out the other side to a massive downfall. 10" later the kids had that most blessed of events...a Snow Day - and on a Friday to boot!

Here is a peak out into our backyard. 24 hours ago, it was nothin' but dead dormant grass!



I started releasing pictures on Facebook yesterday of my 3 new designs that are officially available next weekend at the Nashville Needlework Market. I was so nervous to put the pics out there - what if I hit enter & all I heard were crickets?? Well not only did you not let me down...I couldn't get off Facebook all afternoon what with answering messages & questions. (Imagine how I explained to my DH what I did all afternoon..."yes honey, I was on Facebook all day...but it was for work...really!")

When I made the decision to start Hands On Design & design on my own, I planned to take a different approach to what I put out there. Since these would be from just me, I wanted to make sure they told a story...a story that reflected who I am and what I am all about.

1st up to be introduced is actually #3 in the line-up and while mother's are not supposed to have favorites...this one is:)


hd-3 Under A Quilt is stitched on 30ct WDW Cocoa with hand-dyes from GAST, WDW & CC. The frame is East Side Moulding.

The story behind this one is that, it wasn't even in the original lineup! I hemmed & hawed about what should be my first releases...I mean, I've been designing for 5 years, but this was starting all over again! I had heard this saying before & stuck in the database of my mind for another time.

While driving home from a college scholarship weekend with my family, my brain went wandering as we drove through the NW IA countryside (filled with it's share of barn quilts I might add). I saw a flash of something that was the beginnings of this design...and for once, I had no pen & paper with me. I kept drawing it in my mind (later my husband told me he could tell I went to "that place" I go sometimes when thinking about a design). We arrived home, unpacked, pet the cats & dog, and 4 hours later, this was complete.

What makes this even more special is I recently gave a quilt to someone who is very special to me and is going through a rough time right now. I had no idea what that quilt would end up doing for her and ultimately, me...a long distance hug.

I hope you will enjoy this piece...so many of us stitchers are also quilters. Enjoy the little quilt block too. I will explain more about those another time.

Have a great weekend & Happy National Margarita Day!

Cathy

3 comments:

  1. That's a lot of snow...too much at this time of year, huh? We had a new inch this morning, but it's starting to melt. Will be like that the next several days, we're told.
    Love the new piece...and the story behind it!

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  2. Well you certainly sound like a busy lady. With children being raised and your new business and beautiful designs. So inspiring to me. Keep up the great work.

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  3. Acá no se ve la nieve en esa cantidad, ha nevado muy pocas veces en las grandes ciudades. En el extremo sur, muy al sur nieva, pero tampoco tanto. Y como estamos al pie de la cordillera, en esos pueblos, más deshabitados, nieva. Pero ver caer nieve como me imagino será allá, no. Y las veces en que extraordinariamente lo ha hecho, ha sido agua nieve que se va.
    Lindo tu trabajo en punto cruz. Yo bordé muchos años punto cruz, regalé mucho y me quedé con algo. Acá no se valora demasiado el trabajo artesanal, por lo que no vale la pena vender. Ahora estoy haciendo otras cosas, vintage que me encanta, escribo, y hay días en que no hago nada.
    Un gusto de conocerte Cathy, a ver si me vas a visitar.
    Un beso
    Maru - Chile

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