So whatdayaknow? I’m finally back to my blogging. . .it took long enough! My FACEBOOKING had eaten my blogging time. If you want to know what’s going on with me, minute-by-minute, “friend” me on Facebook. Anyway, long story short, I’ve been nagged and shamed into posting! Here ’tis!
Things have been hectic and I’ll get into that at a later post. All about my new magazines (all 4 of them!!!) with All American Crafts, a couple of new Mark Lipinski Home for Northcott fabric lines, HUGE licensing news with somebunny new on the horizon (I’m crossing my fingers), QNNtv’s Quilt Out Loud stuff (with permanent co-hosts Jodie Davis and yours truly), fabulouso stuff going on about The Alliance for American Quilts, my travels, new products and books I’ve found and love – and bought, etc. I’ll fill you in on all the down and dirty soon enough but . . .
I’m totally excited over this quilty thing that I’m involved with.
One is The Alliance for American Quilts. Today, I hit my local antique shops and my own stash so that I can finally get started on my Alliance Quilt Challenge. What? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Read on, cupcakes!
“Calling all quiltmakers! The Alliance for American Quilts invites you to enter “New from Old”, a contest for all ages that celebrates the past in the frame of the present.
The Grand Prize this year is a Handi Quilter HQ Sixteen Quilting Machine for Sit-Down Use! There are many other incredible prizes to entice you and the best incentive is helping the AAQ. All contest entries are a donation to the annual AAQ eBay auction. Click on This Link —–> Visit the “New from Old” contest page for complete information and a downloadable entry form.”
Now, of course, Daddy has actually sat and quilted on the Handi Quilter HQ Sixteen Quilting Machine and frankly, I like it. I like it A LOT! It is so worth the value and if you haven’t had a test drive on this sucker, make sure that you do! You won’t be sorry.
Now, I know, punkin, money is tight these days and maybe the fantabulous Handi Quilter has to stay on your wish list for now , so MY suggestion is to get off your rump and create a small ‘NEW FROM OLD’ quilt for at least a chance at the prize — you gotta play to win! So get the party started! I know I am.
I could’ve been a contender . . .
I have no idea what I’m going to do, but I’m going to do something. I found this ancient, falling apart, quilt and I’m trying to figure out how to cut it up and redesign it to use in my piece. I just know there is something in here somewhere.
It really is in crappy shape, as you can see — so I may have to deconstruct then reconstruct it for my Alliance piece if I use this suck-ah.
Then, I found these retro hand-embroidered napkins and their unfortunately stained matching table linen (also hand embroidered). I’m batting my head against the wall trying to figure out how to use these in my “NEW FROM OLD’ piece. The hand crocheted border alone would be worth cutting off and edging my quilt with in lieu of binding.
(Isn’t the term, “in lieu of,” the very creepiest? When I read it, I always think of: “In lieu of flowers the family wishes that donations be made to the Lindsay Lohan Fund for the Narcissistically Screwed Up.”
(Of course, not even Lindsay can hold a candle to the screwiest of loose screws, Jermaine Jackson, who actually named one of his sons, “JerMajesty!”) Wonder if anyone ever slips and calls the kid, JerHighness?
But I digress —
These ‘kins also came with a hand embroidered (and very stained) table topper that I could cut up and use as well.
I also found this weak and tattered hand-embroidered tablecloth. “Had to have it. Probably won’t use it.” That’s become my motto!
Can’t wait to hear your suggestions and your plans for what YOU”RE going to do for “NEW FROM OLD.” Heck, maybe I’ll just photocopy my OLD mug (smooshed nose and all) and transfer the image to NEW Printable Treasures for a Mark Lipinski-esque Shroud of Turin thingamajig NEW FROM OLD.
It just SCREAMS Easter!
Get thee to the Alliance web site by clicking here to find out all you need to know about the competition. Why shouldn’t that fab-o Handi Quilter be sitting in YOUR house?
AND . . .
How excited am I? I just got a review copy of my buddy Ann Hazelwood’s latest AQS book!
Pick up a copy by clicking —–> HERE! I’m having one sent to my Mom and Dad!
Until next time, turnips! Happy April Fool’s Day and keep coming back. xoxom