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.
Thank you all for your continued patronage during my absence. I know it isn’t polite to show up without an excuse, so I brought one. My first quilt is finally done!! YAY!! I’m beyond ecstatic!
It’s the quilt sandwich. Just a little big. I had to clear out the biggest room in the house and even then there was not enough room to walk all the way around it. It took approximately six to eight hours to baste the quilt. Good thing I bought a leather thimble!
As I mentioned before, I used my Kenmore Mini Ultra Sewing Machine, as the name implies, it is smaller than a regular machine, about three-quarters the size of a standard machine. As soon as I stuffed the quilt under the harp of the sewing machine, it became painfully obvious that my machine was not intended to quilt a full sized quilt, but I managed to do it anyway, at the expense of my hands and wrists, which were extremely painful at the end of a days quilting.
I only hand sewed the binding on the two short sides, before giving in the convenience of the sewing machine. It took over an hour for me to invisible stitch 90″ of binding, so after two hours, I finished the last sides on the sewing machine is under ten minutes.
I’m right proud of myself. The only sewing experience I had was sewing in Middle School, so I’m hardly experienced, yet I managed to finish a quilt that is properly sized and square! It was really hard to believe that it was finally done after so many long hard hours of work. It is finally sinking in, after sleeping under it for a few days.
Blog sites always warn against mixing topics, but it’s hard for me to resist sharing some of my other interests. I have just started quilting. To be precise, I ordered my first quilt book on 7/8 from Amazon.com. Of course it shipped media mail, so it took its time getting here. It’s been about 4-6 weeks since I first became interested in quilting and now my first quilt is partially finished! It’s still hard for me to believe, several days later, that I actually created this quilt from many many small pieces of DH’s old shirts, old sheets, and a pillowcase! As you can see, I am a firm-believer in using and re-using things as many times as possible, or as is so hip now-a-days, upcycling.
I made a huge mistake when I bought striped sateen sheets, on clearance at the department store. I had no idea then, but the sateen weave wears-out much quicker than percale. It wasn’t a total loss as I was able to make lovely coordinated swagged curtains that just happen to match the wallpaper border.
I am excited and proud. It’s right fulfilling to see the design take shape and literally come-together. It went a lot faster than expected. My Mini Ultra sewing machine from Kenmore really kicked-ass. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I started, but already it has proved to be an enjoyable and exciting hobby. There are many steps that make perfect segments. It’s relaxing and calming to sit and quietly pin and sew. It’s very rhythmical and I see how it would have made an excellent past time in the days of yore, before TV.
My main reason for writing this post is to encourage anyone who has ever admired quilts, or wanted to quilt, to start. When I was first learning about quilting, a lot of articles I read were very discouraging to beginners, claiming that no one with only sewing experience would be able to do it. That is obviously not so. After completing this top, I have concluded that it’s easier than it looks and anyone who has ANY sewing experience can accomplish it. There are a lot of free resources and how-tos on the web. Quilt.com and The Quilters Newsletter.