Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AVA Gallery Hop and American Quilt Society in Chattanooga!

Well, I have been neglecting my blog in an enormous way.  Just kind of hit the blogger block and needed a break.  But, with further ah-do....I'm ba-ack!  Many new projects...ideas....happenings....and more importantly....I have a new website under construction.  My creative Facebook page is up and running and invite all to check and like here!  Bam!

So, excited about the upcoming week.   

First:  Chattanooga is hopping with cultural art events!  This Saturday is our city's AVA Gallery Hop....check it out here.  Wonderful event where our community opens their galleries and anyone and everyone is invited to visit.  The Chattanooga Workspace takes this community event to heart!  We have so many artists participating...and to the first 75 visitors we have an awesome gift! (tease...tease)
Put this event on your 'to-do" list!

September 6th 2:30-8pm!

This is our fabulous gallery at Chattanooga Workspace!


September is the American Quilt Society Convention in
Chatta-Vegas, Tennessee!

The whole city is rolling out the quilted carpet!  So many events and exhibits are planned and I can't hardly contain myself.  Check out the details of convention here.  Please take a moment and see what this is about!

And the cherry on the top of this event sundae is the event below.

One of my besties has the most adorable...inviting...quilt store around.  Check out her website here.  She is featuring a beautiful Quilt Trunk Show with local quilters works of art.  I had the privilege of seeing the largest pile of stunning fabric goodness ever assembled!  Plus, she is opening a pop-up store with quilting kits, fabric, cards, and most anything you might want quilty!  And to make this a wee bit more dreamy, many of the artists of Chattanooga Workspace will be offering some of their many forms of creativity as well.  It is just a plethora of awesomeness!

Just want to show you a little special work of art...they are called "Dewdles"!

On of the Chattanooga Workspace members is Hollie Berry of Art Instinct.  Check it out here.  She rises early in the morning and creates a beautiful quilt block in the dew of Coolidge Park.  One of kind....short lived....block of quilty beauty!  All of this leads up to the AQS convention next week.  

What can I say.....I am about to pop!

Check everything out....and look for the launch of my new website!  Got a wee peep last week....I can't wait to share!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Quilt Pin!

Back in the studio after a week at the beach!  Nothing better than a few days of no responsibility....great sleep...delish food....and oodles of laughter.  Oddly sitting and stitching and watching mindless, somewhat pathetic reality shows (i.e. Real housewives of _____) can be so much fun! 

Officially jumped back into the studio today and started stitching.  It began with a sliver of quilt...embroidery...bauble...and a vintage greyhound cracker jack prize.  A wee bit goofy and I blazoned my feed sack purse with my new quilt badge....kind of like it!

#artsymerchant #embroidery #vintagequilts #quilts

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Folk Art Embellished Quilt

The previous post told the story of how the quilt came to be....this is the story of the quilt after I embellished it.  Lots of visual stimulation......


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vintage Baby Quilt!!

One of my junking peeps found this lovely little quilting nugget.  I graciously took it off her hands for a tiny sum.  The measurements are a perfect size...approximately, 2'x2.5'.  Some of the silk strips have decayed, but nevertheless, it is fabulous.  

I hope to give it some new life....just trying to figure out how that is going to happen....
stay tuned.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Yo-Yo's and Mixed Media!

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Alexa Lett artsy-craftsy merchant

Working on some yo-you love!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Locket!

Just had to share a little treasure I found at an estate sale a few months ago...

Was doing my typical hunt for fabric, quilts...and sewing notions, when what did I see?  but, a old shoe box of thread, needles, ric-rac and hemming tape.  Knowing this was going to be mine, I asked the price with a pleading look of, "please be cheap", and the kind lady said $5.  I immediately snapped it up...continued my search for other little goodies and paid my fees.

When home, this little box went in the stack of other little boxes that needed to be sorted and organized.  About two weeks ago, this began.  Now, for the very reason I find this type of shopping the the bottom of the shoe box filled with notions, was a square, black locket.  Thinking it was a cool shape, and always a fan of lockets, I cleaned it up.  It was so pretty and unusual I took it to a jeweler.  Had my initials engraved and added a little stitchiness with my sweet friend's mug and I am in love with it.  

I did spend $12 on engraving and little elbow grease in cleaning, plus a silver chain, but look what I it!  The jeweler estimates it was hand made in the 1940's....and was a rather nice piece.

All this excitement in the bottom of a shoe box for $5.

And they say treasures can't be found any more.....