Friday, April 29, 2016
So Rain drops keep falling on my head!, and April Showers do bring May flowers, whether some believe it or not... As some of you know I have had a trying and emotional few weeks. saying good bye to my youngest who joined the military. He is doing awesome and I could be more proud. I have been working like a dog on my business and trying to keep up with oh so many projects... With that said, I am torn as whether or not to zig zag the edges or to put ric rack. But for now I would like to share my April Showers Quilt with my fellow Ambassadors. I fittingly enough call this project "Rain Drops Keep Falling on my Head" With the amazing colors that were provided to me I start off with the vibrant blue sky, the brilliantly glowing orange in the sun, The simplicity of the colors in the flowers, and the fact that the umbrella not only symbolizes the how many of you in this elitist group have covered me with the utmost of support. More so than others as I do have a truly tremendous friend here, and she knows who she is... Truth be told I couldn't have done as much with my business without her.
The little dude below is a sad ghost who like many of us hate to be rained on, and wouldn't want any of us to have anything to rain on our parade. I do hope all of you like this project and I want to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy May Day this coming Sunday. I will be hanging with my oldest who will turn 23 on Sunday
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016
In 2010 my life took a very different turn. I decided to leave long time health care to pursue a totally different career. I had no idea what I had planned on doing after leaving my job, however I think I have chosen a career that suits me very well. Truth be told I do have a long line of very talented people in my family. Artists, musicians, cooks, builders, and crafters alike. I suppose picking the art of designing and quilting is something I feel has shown me, my friends, and family as one that comes naturally.
My first quilt I made totally came out super ugly, and I am talking the sewing, the seam allowance, and the quilting, however I made the quilt top, quilted it by watching YouTube videos and bound it... I wasn't very happy with how it turned out. And just for clarity and explanation the little white feet on the left side of my quilt is my son's. He was helping me hold this up while my husband was taking the photo. This was a block of the month for advanced quilters called "Imperial Splendor" from JoAnn Fabrics. I had fun doing this quilt from beginning to end. But after I finished this quilt I knew from that point I wanted to learn more and more about this art.
|See those little white feet!|
So now 6 years into quilting 6 quilts being published, two radio interviews on Military Mom Talk Radio with Sandra Beck & Robin Boyd, teaching, lecturing, and doing everything quilting, I have figured out this is what I was put on earth to do. Whether it is writing a story, designing a pattern or just quilting a customer quilt, I feel things have turned in a very positive direction.
All good things do come to those who wait. This a true statement. I was told this from many different people in this business. I was also told ask questions. If you don't you will never know the answer. So I read articles, chatted on line with people, took classes, watched You Tube videos. Soon I had the answers to question that have puzzled me and other wanting to learn how to do things in this field. I am thrilled on how far I have gotten in such a long time. I was told by an editor from a magazine that I often look at. "Sally, look outside the box" Don't just look at design or color. Look at what speaks to you". The depth of design and color does flow into one another. I have learn so much from so many this particular person had me think so much outside the box that I submitted a design to this magazine and with a huge surprise I made cover in this magazine...