Sunday, May 30, 2010

Quilt Haiti: Mission accomplished!

Thank you. Thank you, Tammy Gilley for coming up with this great concept. Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful collaborative project. Thank you for waiting patiently for me to finish my end of it. Thank you to Jennifer Paganelli for providing the backing and for creating all of the beautiful scraps that made up these 30 squares. Thank you to the girls at Make and Mingle for inviting us to use their space to hold our "bee".
This quilt will be raffled off for $5./ticket or 5 tickets for $20.00. If you would like to be a part of the raffle, leave a comment and I will send you the ticket. You can send me a check, or pay via Paypal. It will be on display at Witchypoo in Wilton, Ct from today, Sunday May 30th-Tuesday June 1st. It will then be at Make and Mingle until a winner will be chosen Friday June 11th. It is 74''x 90", 100 % organic cotton batting, with a candy striped backing. The money will go to Marilyn W. Dugan Foundation, Inc. who has done a lot of work to raise funds and bring supplies to Port au Prince.
There were enough quilt squares to make 2 quilts, the 2nd one- hopefully done by June 1st, will be going to Haiti with Tammy's people sometime in the month of June.
I have to say, I can't wait to collaborate on another quilt like this. It really was a joyful experience. Next time, we'll make it a pot luck! It's going to be hard to let go, especially for Ollie, but I know it will go to a good home.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Runaway apron!

Before I even had the chance to photograph it, this butterfly apron flew off and onto Natalie's dress form for at Make and Mingle. I love the Alexander Henry mod print I found there, and the heavier weight gives it a little more substance. The "self belt" is actually functioning and the bakelite vintage buckle was snapped up at Make and Mingle, along with the pink vintage button on the pocket. I think this one maybe pattern worthy.
I am hoping to do my hammock sample in the same fabric. Come and join us for that class, and have your custom hammock done for Dad before his day of worship... of we course, we worship you everyday, dear....
Thank you for all of your kind words, Natalie! I feel so inspired when I'm at your studio. I can't wait to see what comes next.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Some quilts have made it to Haiti!

Thanks to the amazing work done by Rebecca from Haiti By Hand, Tammy of Tammy Gilley Studios, and The Quilt Haiti project a few of the quilts I have made for Jennifer Paganelli and her fabric line (Sis Boom) have made it to Haiti already! The collaborative quilt we did at Make and Mingle should be done soon... promises promises.... I swear!
I think that this may be one of the most beautiful pictures I have ever seen. Being thousand of miles away I feel so helpless. It's nice to know we could provide some comfort.
Thank you to Jennifer for creating such joyful fabrics, sure to brighten anyones day- just look at that woman's smile!
Thank you Rebecca and Tammy for all of your love and hard work.
More quilts are on the way, and we are raffling off one quilt at Make and Mingle- email them for a "virtual" raffle entry once the quilt is finished. As soon as it's done, I will post.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Promo for the book Little Birds

New look for old shoes.

It was too chilly to wear the beautiful sundress that Jennifer Paganelli had made for me, so I had to do something quick! I ended up with a cute little blazer from anthropologie and skinny jeans and good jewelry. Too casual? So I decided to dress up and old pair of black Steve Madden flats with these cute ribbon rosettes from Make and Mingle. You can buy some (and cool flats,too) just like these there, or rosettes from from M&J Trimming.
Or make your own! I am going to teach my Pillow Addicts Anonymous class at M&M how to embellish with rosettes tomorrow. I'll document the process- sometimes successful, sometimes not...always fun!
....and share with a tutorial tomorrow!

They've got your back.

Genevieve's sorority sister, Meredith Marchese, lost her mother to breast cancer just a few weeks ago. Vieve and her AST family members thought it would be nice to have a quilt made to honor her, and to remind Meredith that they are always there for her , and they've "got her back".

Each girl chose a fabric from the Sis Boom fabric line and their name was then printed on muslin and framed within the fabric square. At the center, a special square in remembrance of the mother. The quilting pattern was ribbons, like the pink ribbons that symbolize the fight for a cure for cancer.
This project was a labor of love and I think a great way to show how much they all care.

Vieve's College Graduation.

Our daughter, Genevieve Rose, just graduated (with honors!) from college to begin her career in PR and Media Branding. Here she is with us and surrounded by her beautiful family of AST (Alpha Sigma Tau) sorority sisters. Never having gone to college, my concept of a sorority terrified me. What I found was that being a part of this group of girls gave our daughter the support and love she needed when she was far from home. Thanks, girls for watching over our daughter and giving her the confidence to move forward on her own.
We also learned after listening to the commencement speech and all of the names of graduates, "Rose" had to be one of the most common middle names in 1988!
Congratulations , Genevieve. We are so proud of and happy for you!