I think it's time that I can share a little "secret" project that I've been working on. I'm really excited about it!
So, remember how I told you that the
2011 International Quilt Market is in Salt Lake City this year?
[que: freak out]
Well, that's just a hop, skip and a jump away from my house.
And remember how I told you that I am going to have a booth there?
[O.K. I'm starting to feel some anxiety up in my throat now.]
[No, really. As I figure out how to word this post I'm starting to loose feeling in the upper half portion of my body. I'm thinking I may not be cut out for this...]
* Focus Amber *
O.K.. So anyways. There's going to be a really fun "booth hop"
that a bunch of us Utah based designers are hosting. It's called,
All Dolled Up in Salt Lake City!
Each of us has been asked to design a block based off of a doll template we were given. All of the blocks will be put into a quilt or two and one or two lucky
"market go-ers" will get a chance to win them!
Wanna see my block?
Here she is:
Yeah. That's right. All hand-appliqued.
[That's why she was a week late.]
Anyways. It's kind of based off of me [long brown hair and blue eyes],
with some references to my grandmother [Gigi].
I had to put a 4-patch on there because that's how my grandmother learned to sew. When she was a little girl her mother gave her a basket of scraps and taught her how to hand-sew 4-patches. She "went to town" and made enough blocks to make a small blanket for one of her younger siblings. She grew up in the 30's, thus, the pinafore.
Two of my great loves are represented ~
Family and sewing.
And, I love the socks. I use to wear socks like this when I was a little girl.
But I didn't grow up in the 30's. I grew up in the 80's.
I have to tell you, that I had some help designing this. I am not an artist, nor a graphic designer. I am a quilt maker. I design quilt blocks. With squares, and triangles, and such. I am really good at drawing stick people. But not so much real people. So. I had a neighbor friend of mine (who is a great artist) put my ideas on paper. I told her what I wanted (I even drew out a sketch. You should see it. It's hideous!) and she brought me back a presentable (paper) version of what I described. I felt kind of bad that I needed some help, but trust me when I say you would not want to see my attempt at drawing this up all on my own.
So the appliqued version is going into the prize quilts and I also get to make one more block to hang in my booth. I'm going to embroider it since I am a little burned out with applique for now. As you can see, she's all traced on and ready to go!
I think there will be patterns available of all of the blocks at a later date. I'll let you know when they're ready.
I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of these blocks around in the next few days/weeks. I can't wait to see them all. I know Mary and Lila have both posted about theirs already. You should check them out!
O.K. I know. I do long posts. I'll go.
But don't forget to enter my giveaway for my new pattern [Mod Meadow] and a kit. Click HERE if you haven't entered yet. Giveaway ends tomorrow night.