Worms and Flowers


Posted in Quilting by Lzyjo on November 23, 2009

PhotobucketHi 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.Photobucket 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 Photobucketthey’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 arPhotobuckete 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.

PhotobucketYou 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.


Photo from IndieFixx

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.


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  1. tina said, on November 23, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    I just love that taco! So cool! Good luck selling!

    Thanks so much, Tina! The taco are so much fun to make! Thanks so stopping by!

  2. Faith said, on November 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Oh, my. That taco is the CUTEST thing! LOL Is it just for decoration, or is there a certain purpose for it?

    Good luck with the gallery in Nashville. That’s exciting news! I’d wondered where you’d been. You’ve been busy quilting up a storm. :o)


    Thanks so much, Faith. They are faux food pincushions, but they could be used for decorative purposes! Sorry I’ve been such a lame blogger, but I really have been busy! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. fairegarden said, on November 23, 2009 at 7:23 PM

    Hey dual persona Lzyjo, I love your title, Quiltfingah! You are so full of enthusiasm, love all your wares, especially the pierogies and tacos, too cool. That sounds like a neat gallery, love that they showcase local work too. That is what Asheville is so good at, supporting local businesses and artists. It’s good for all. 🙂

    Sign, Ashville! Even East Tennessee, like Gatlinburg, have a much for evolved craft scene. There can never been enough places for local talent. There are two places near Franklin and both of them are jammed full. I wish I had a financier! Thanks for stopping by Frances, I appreciate your sweet word. 🙂

  4. Gail said, on November 23, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    I will look for your quilting at Art and Invention when I go~~ and go I will after I get back from visiting my sweet son. I am excited to see your work!! Gail

    I didn’t even know you had a son! I hope you have a lovely time visiting. I LOVE Art and Invention, it’s my new favorite Nashville thing! Maybe we’ll bump into each other there! Have a lovely Thanksgiving, Gail. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Jen said, on November 25, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    I was thinking of that old song “Soulfinger” when I saw the title. (Probably a little more obscure than James Bond!). I really wish I live in Nashville so I could check out the gallery and hot dog stand. But at least I can go to your Etsy shop !

    OMG! Jen! I LOVE that song SOUFINGER!!!! Nashville has cool things about it, like good weather, but you’re not missing THAT much. Thanks for stopping by Jen!

  6. ourfriendben said, on December 8, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    As a native Nashvillian, I’ve always thought Nashville had a lot to offer in terms of creativity and talent, but the Garage Mahal has just about killed me! (And then I Dream of Weenie. Mercy on us!) I too love your taco and pierogi pincushions, are they on your Etsy store? I’ll be in Nashville in January, but won’t have a car and doubt that I can persuade my father to haul me over to the gallery. (Sigh.) I’m also delighted that you named your QuiltFinger after “Goldfinger,” one of my favorite Bond movies. (Must be something about gold—two other top faves are “The Man with the Golden gun” and “Goldeneye.”) Whenever I sing the Goldfinger theme song, I can’t resist singing “GoldFINGAH” as well. Too bad I don’t have Dame Shirley’s voice! Incidentally, how did you manage to get the WordPress snow on your blog? I love the snow effect, but it’s sure not coming up on Poor Richard’s Almanac. Sigh… —Silence

    Thanks you for precious comments! Sorry I haven’t had a chance to check my comments. I did a quick search and I think the snow is only available in December. It’s in the Extra section.

  7. Gail said, on December 11, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    I wanted to email you before I head over to the shop…but couldn’t find it in my email folder….I thought I had it. gail

    Oh, too bad. My email is Lzyjo@bellsouth.net. Feel free to email me if you ever see anything you like. I’ll give you my “gardeners discount” 😉

  8. karen said, on January 17, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    just wanted to say thanks for your lovely comment, hope you are well, Karen.

    Aww, Thank you for stopping by, Karen. It’s always a pleasure to look at your gorgeous embroidery. 🙂

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