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. 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 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!



  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!

  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.

  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