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!