Hi folks, where did the month go? Does anyone know? I’ve been working really hard as my alter-ago QuiltFinger, cookin’ up a ton of quilted holiday items imbued with good cheer. I’m so excited to say that my Christmas pillow covers will be available at the Art and Invention Gallery in East Nashville during the month of December. If you haven’t been, you really should. Truly an awesome local gem. Be sure to check out their huge Holiday Party the evening of Saturday December 5th. I’m sure it will not disappoint. They have a ton of cute accessories, jewelry, pottery, and art (at all price points). Basically a gift for everyone. Did I mention they have, perhaps, the most awesome-est hot dog stand in the world. My “vegetarian” husband said he would have bought a hot dog, had they been open! You can read about the inspiration for the “I Dream of Weenie” hot dog stand, which is housed in a “real” VW bus (not a new fangled one.) See photo here in an IndieFixx article.
Not only has Art and Invention been named one of the top 50 Shops in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine, but they’re locally famous for their open studio, the Garage Mahal and their mid-Summer Tomato Art Fest. Art and Invention was rated the number two gallery (behind THE Frist!) by the Nashville Scene. As you might imagine, the owners Meg and Bret, are super sweet. This is from their website, “after working many years in set design for the film, theatre and video industry, working artists Meg and Bret MacFadyen had a vision,” and boy did they execute it, converting an old garage into the Garage Mahal and subsequently the Art & Invention gallery, all since 2000! Shops that showcase local talent are few and far between, even fewer match the gestalt that Art and Invention possesses.
My faux food pincushions are also available at Art and Invention. Pierogi pincushions and tacos, complete with faux lettuce, tomato and cheese, in addition to two styles of Christmas pillows that have very limited availability in my QuiltFinger Etsy shop. I offer potholders, household items, table runners and other items, like quilts, exclusively in my Etsy shop. Speaking of my shop, I’m having a huge sale until until 11/30, CyberMonday. Many of my items are 40-50% off, including Christmas items and nonseasonal, everyday pillow covers.
You may have already guessed that my alter-ego QuiltFinger is inspired by 007 antagonist Goldfinger, but it goes deeper than you think. You know how every year they have 007 marathons, especially after Christmas they love to do them. I watched Goldfinger again, while I was conceiving my quilting identity. QuiltFinger is not really inspired by the character Goldfinger, but by the incredible Dame Shirley Bassey, I highly recommend her performance of Goldfinger at Royal Albert Hall on YouTube, she owns that song! I just LOVE, LOVE how she
enunciates, finGAH with her mouth roaring wide like a tiger. That song is so titillating. I can’t help but imagine a QuiltFingah version when I hear it. Since then we’ve thought of a few other names. Quiltsmith, after my last name, and DH thought of, I love this super-sweet one, Homegrown Quilts, awww.
Art and Invention
1106 Woodland East Nashville.
Friday and Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m
Woodland is the main road with the bridge. Continue to the weird fork at Five Points (Woodland and 11th) and bear right, it’s immediately after that intersection on the right hand side. Their building and parking area is right along the alley.