We Support You!! Eight Days A Week!

Thank you so much Madame Samm and Pat Broe for such a fun pattern and blog hop.  We all used this wonderful retro pattern by Madame Samm, which you can purchase by e-mailing her:  madamesamm@me.com for $12.00.  Madame Samm created the pattern and the original quilt to help a friend who was facing a cancer diagnosis.  Throughout the blog hop I have read touching and interesting stories about each blogger’s experience with cancer or other serious illness.  Every project has been touching and thoughtful.

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When I first signed up for the hop I was clueless about what I was going to create, although I thought it should be fun, practical and inspiring.  Our family has experienced a lot of loss, cancer, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, heart disease…. I would love to give each one of those who I’ve lost one more hug.  However, with each of those losses I was fortunate to see family members care for each other.  My quilt is for the care givers.  Those are the people who care–Eight Days a Week, 25 hours a day.  I was inspired by The Beatles song “Eight Days a Week” by Paul McCartney and John Lennon:

Hold me, love me, hold me, love me

I ain’t got nothing but love, babe

Eight days a week

Eight days a week

I love you

Eight days a week

Is not enough to show I care

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I was also inspired by an exhibit of ‘envelope’ quilts which were made for Veterans and shown at the AQS show in Paducah last year.  Each block had an envelope pocket made of fabric into which people added notes, or gift cards, or other trinkets.  Earlier in the year a group of friends created a friendship quilt for one of us who had been experiencing health issues.  Each of us wrote a message on our block to encourage her.  All of these ideas tumbled around in my brain until I had a lightbulb moment!  I made each of the bra cups, fully lined and padded :), into a little pocket, just the right size for a little note of encouragement or a gift card.  Because each caregiver ‘loves’ Eight Days a Week, there is a bra for each of those days.  In keeping with the retro feeling, I hand embroidered each with the days of the week..
And yes, there is an ‘itsy, bitsy, teeny, weeny, yellow polka dot bikini’ in there as well, because we all need to laugh and smile, even if it is through tears.  You may notice some of the straps are twisted and some bras are a little lopsided, because my sense of humor is twisted and lopsided, er, not my sewing.
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Please visit the other talented bloggers on the hop:

Tammy 4 all seasons

Welcome blog hoppers!! My  ‘season’ is Spring and I had an absolutely delightful cross stitch pattern by Brooke Nolan to stitch for my Tammy Bag by Madame Samm.  The Tammy bag is the perfect size for a hand stitching project.  The ‘pinny’ by Cori Blunt is a perfect accessory for the bag–I will no longer put my pins and needles in arm chairs now that I have this pinny.  I starting taking photos outside, hoping that ‘Spring’ would come despite the cold temperatures and snow.  However the cold chased me inside to complete them.Bag back

The back of the bag has a pocket with a “faux” binding, a convenient place for a pattern.  The back of the pinny has a thread catcher and a place to store your needles.

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I placed two divided pockets in the interior of the bag to store my scissors, reading glasses and other supplies.  I found this lovely aqua gingham in my stash and I knew it would be perfect because each of Brooke Nolan’s designs has some gingham depicted in cross stitch. I was so excited by the prospect of cross stitching again that I stitched all 3 of the remaining seasonal designs and got a good start on the Tammy bags and pinnys for them as well.

Other Seasons

Please come back and visit me to see the finished projects.  Please visit all of the people on today’s hop:

Lovelli Quilts (you are here)

It Seams To Be Sew (has been moved to the 16th)
Cheryl Wilkinson will post to Ipiece2-Mary
Stitchen’ My Life Away
Thank you Madame Samm and Mary our wonderful cheerleader.  Have a quilty day!
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Blogger’s Quilt Festival and Wacky Witchy Way

I’m entering Wacky Witchy Way into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival which starts today.  Voting will start November 1.

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I was inspired by the great fabric line from Maywood Studios, Black Cat Crossing.  Although it is a Halloween seasonal fabric line, most of the prints are very versatile and can be used in many quilt applications.  My houses could be witches are wearing hats put on with flair.  Or, my witches could be houses with crackled eyes.  I made free-motion free-standing lace spider webs, there is a tutorial here.  The spider web quilting is a design by Jessica Schick.

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Witchy Closeup

 

I will be adding my link to the Original Design Category in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  Don’t forget to vote!

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Santa Fe Block Design Challenge, and a Giveaway

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A  friend of mine was talking about my designs at dinner a couple of weeks ago and she challenged me to take one block design and use it in several quilt designs.  I’ve really appreciated it when other designers on qdad (Quilt Design a Day) have done this.  The slide show above shows my designs for the week, the block in each one is the Santa Fe block.

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According to Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns, this block design was first printed in the Ladies Arts catalogue, Quilt Patterns:  Patchwork and Applique, published in 1922.  The seems complicated in that there are 77 pieces in it.  However, it can be pieced using beginner/advanced beginner skills.  Next week I’ll show you how to piece it to ensure accuracy.

In the mean time, I promised a giveaway today, and there will be one next Friday as well.  Next week the giveaway will be the Traveling Stash Box #5, it had a little adventure on its way to me, involving mis-deliveries, confused possessions, etc.  However, it is in my hands now and I have added some treasures to it.  I will give it away next Friday, so please come back.

Today I will be giving away a jelly roll from Edyta Sitar’s new collection at Moda fabrics.  The colors in this collection would be so pretty in the Santa Fe Block, in fact I will be using this collection in my tutorials for the block next week.  To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below, I will choose a winner on Monday at 12:00 pm, Central time.  I can only ship to addresses in the United States.

4329JR Have a quilty weekend!

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Quilt Design a Day featured on Sew Mama Sew

There are a series of interviews about Quilt Design a Day (Qdad) on the Sew Mama Sew blog: Amy Gunson of Badskirt, Anne Sullivan of Play-CraftsMichelle Wilkie from Factotum of Arts and Stacey Day of Stacey in Stitches.  Amy is featuring her first pattern and a giveaway.  I really enjoy designing for Qdad, it is daily practice for my creative ‘muscle’ and a wonderful, supportive community.

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My first design April 8, it took another month of fits and starts before I started posting regularly.

When I first started designing daily I was not sure that I would be able to keep it up, and I was afraid that my designs would not be ‘good enough.’  Now with a portfolio of more than 120 designs behind me, I still feel that fear, but now I know that I can use it to design and quilt.  There are stages we all go through as we design daily:

Fear–Can I do it?  Will it be good enough?  Will others like my designs?

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Boredom–What, didn’t I see that rock/door/ice cream before????  We joke about seeing the rock/door/ice cream before, yet we still design.  Purple again?!?!?!  We don’t always like the palettes, but that is part of the challenge.  It has helped me to design in spite of my color ‘allergies.’

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My first design using EQ7’s Serendipity

Search for additional challenge–trying new software (purchasing new hardware just to try out new software, lol.), learning new functions in our design software, designing in a series, designing on a theme and designing with a particular block.  For example Anne Sullivan’s Alien Flora, and Amy Gunson’s Woven Slashes series.  Recently a longarming friend challenged me to design several designs using the same block.  I’m now halfway through my week of designing  with the same block.  Come back on Friday to see a slideshow of my designs with the Santa Fe block  and for my first giveaway.

Linking up with Anything Goes Monday and Patchwork Times’ Design Wall Monday

Have a quilty day!

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