Black, Red, and Blue

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What is black, red, and blue all over?

STRETCHY THINGS!
(For those of you who missed my original post, I inadvertently chopped our son’s Black Stretchy Thing – his favorite toy these past four years – with a rotary cutter.) Mary Jo’s Cloth Store’s mail order department came through in a pinch and delivered three half yard pieces of 60″ lycra to our door. (Mary Jo’s is a fabulous fabric store 10 miles outside of Charlotte in Gastonia, NC, with an enormous inventory and fantastic prices.)

3 half yard pieces of lycra = 9 Stretchy Things = 1 conscience cleared

For those of you out there with nine-ish year old boys, I highly recommend lycra strips for hours of entertainment. As far as the $/entertainment value ratio goes, they are hard to beat. I just might have to take up a new hobby!

Thanks Mary Jo’s!

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Ninja Monkey, Eating Cupcake

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Where does inspiration come from?
In the case of our nine-year-old son’s artwork, part of it came from a trip to a new cupcake store that opened here in Charlotte called SAS Cupcakes.

Actually, the sketch is the work of two artists. (Our daughter took time out from her Ballerina Tutu series to draw the cupcake.) Eamon titled his masterpiece, “Ninja Monkey, Eating Cupcake!”
Here is another monkey, eating a cupcake.

2 trips to cupcake stores in one month = 1 ecstatic monkey

Inspiration comes from many places, and sometimes serves as the genesis for work we least expect.

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Hearts and Blossoms

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The other day I found myself north of the city of Charlotte and decided to stop in at Quilter’s Loft, in Mooresville. Quilter’s Loft is located in a beautiful old building with big windows, original wood floors, and plaster and exposed brick walls. There are two entrances: one opens directly onto a room crammed full of machines and embroidery products and the other sends you up an old stairway into multiple rooms and full of beautiful fabric. I can’t believe I didn’t have my camera, but next time I am determined to remember. In the meantime, you can visit Quilters Loft and see all the latest news from Erika, the owner.

I was drawn to some Valentine’s Day fabric by Moda, which happened to be on sale. (Our daughter loves anything pink and brown!) It was a perfect excuse to try out some new patterns I have been designing for my second line of fabrics for Robert Kaufman.

So far we have paper-pieced hearts…

and made some little blossoms….

What shall we do with them?

P.S. For those of you who have inquired, we have not yet found an adequate replacement for black stretchy, however we have not given up the quest!

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