Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A Gift and a Show

I'm a proud mama. This is my oldest son's band, The Letter Division. My guy is the one on the far right. They are a fun, talented group of musicians. Sunday night my hubby and I and Ben's Grandma Bev all attended his band's show at the Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. It was a great show and he would want me to tell you that this is the first time they played a show where you could get tickets on ticketmaster. How uptown is that! The venue was pretty nice and they had a really good crowd. The show didn't start till 9:30 (you can tell it's a show geared for the younger set...i guess those kids are just getting up around that time). That's a bit close to my bedtime, but we sucked it up, found seats at the bar and had a ball.




























I have had time for a bit of sewing. Did this tablerunner project from start to finish. Maybe I'm turning over a new leaf??? My folks are heading to Canada Thursday and they'll be stopping to see and stay with some family friends in Fargo. Mom asked me to make something for Claudia as a small hostess gift. This is what I made. I hope my mom is pleased and that it's something that will fit in Claudia's house.

The fabric is a combo of Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson's Farmer's Market (I adore that fabric) and some Flea Market Fancy (ooh and Joel Dewberry too thanks to Two Dogs and a Quilt!) I tried to make it fall-like, though I don't much like the traditional fall colors or that dark feeling. The back is the first block I made, which I didn't really like, but I combined it with yellow flea market fancy and it makes a nice back. I used orange thread to quilt it and that thread looks so cool on that yellow fabric. My mom said to make something like me, so I did. I love how it turned out. In fact, I'd love to keep this one. I tried a little something different for the label. Kinda cute.

My mom-in-law came on Friday and is here for the rest of the week so things are a bit topsy-turvey here. Not much time for sewing or blogging. I'll catch up with all of you when things settle down a bit. Till then, have a fab week!




57 comments:

Two Dogs and a Quilt said...

The tablerunner looks GREAT! I believe I see a little Joel Dewberry in there too. I don't blame you for wanting to keep this one, but the recipient will surely love it too.

Meagan said...

The label is so great! I love the stitching around it. (And as a redhead, I love fall colors, so of course I'm going to love the orange hues :))

QuiltedSimple said...

Holy cow! Ticketmaster tickets? Are they going to be in Cleveland or Akron any time in the near future? Let me know - I'd love to go see them!

The table runner looks so good - I love the colors of it - even though I like the more traditional colors, I could see this perfectly in my house too! If I were you, I'd want to keep it too!

Enjoy your week,
Kris

Alissa said...

Oh it's SO nice!! Really lovely. I'm sure it's going to be a much appreciated gift!

Exuberant Color said...

Very nice, she has to love it. It is your signature style.

I agree, getting somewhere at 9:30 is for the young ones. I like to be home before dark, LOL. You have to be proud though, the music industry is hard to break into.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I just used some of that fabric last night. I love that orange with the swirls. Its so cute. Sounds like a busy week. Those boys look Beatlesque.

Karyn said...

You should be a proud mama! I bet he's thrilled that his family supports what he loves.

The table runner is beautiful. What a nice, subtle choice of colors.

Marie' said...

You have perfect quilting stitches. I love all the fabric you used in the table runner.

Your son is so cool and talented.

Jackie said...

How cool is that, your son had a gig with tickets on ticketmaster! Congrats!! I love your table runner. Very beautiful colors and the quilting is great in the orange thread!

henny said...

Wow, it seems the boys would be famous soon :) Congrat for the mom and them!
Jackie, I had bought some fabrics, maybe I'll try to cut today and show it to my blog. BTW what is "sashing" ?

Linn said...

Beautiful! I love the tablerunner. I just can't give away things like that. It was so kind of you to make it for your mom. If you can finish it in one sitting, perhaps I could be inspired to make one for my house!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful...that's lots of cross hatch quilting!!! Great label. Now how cool is that about your son?

upstateLisa said...

That is past my bedtime!!! As always, another beautiful heirloom made by you! Beautiful quilting too!

~D Spack~ said...

Wow Jacquie, I love love love that little baby! You did a great job and grid quilting is my favorite! I made an almost fall "Fall Flirt" runner, liked it until I saw yours!!! :{

Rebekah said...

your table runner looks fabulous! The quilting is so well done :)

Cher said...

what a great gig for your son and the band to get! I bet you had a rocking time too. Great tablerunner-I think you did a very elegant label.

Stephanie D. said...

Congrats to son! You must be one proud momma!

Your mom's friend is one lucky recipient! It is so you.

Amber said...

The band pic is great - and yep, I think it's pretty huge to have tickets for sale on Ticketmaster!
I love the table runner - just gorgeous! The orange thread/quilting is so great!

MightyMom said...

it's adorable!

I am to orange as you are to purple ya dig?

I don't like the dark-y looking fabrics or the muted stuff much either so fall colors are not my favs....I'm a spring person actually. Where's my Easter Eggs???

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

How proud are you!? That's so great, tickets and everything! Their pic is cool. . . I love your table runner! I have been wanting to make my own - all those oranges are great. Have a nice visit :)

nicolette said...

Ticketmaster tickets. WOW! You must be a proud mama indeed!

And you made the coolest table-runner! You surprise me over and over again!

Lily Boot said...

beautiful shades of orange - we were only commenting this evening that we needed more orange in our life - and orange with white is gorgeous! I'm with you on the "new autumn" colours!

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

Do you know what kind of music they are playing? I can see why you want to keep the tablerunner. Love the label and your stitches are so even. I wish mine were like that.

apple cyder said...

This is very nice Jacquie. Love the sort of pale fall color scheme. I know what you mean about autumn colors looking too dark sometimes.

Cheryl A said...

Congratulations! You must be one proud Mama!

Darcie said...

Ooooh! Can't you hijack their car and come with?!? ;-) Lovely tablerunner!

WAY TO GO, son-of-Jacquie-and-his-band!!! How cool is that!!! Or...as they say now..."that is SICK!" Any YouTube vids of them?!?

amandajean said...

you should be a proud mama! I was laughing about your comment about "I guess those kids are just getting up around that time" :)

your table runner is oh-so-fabulous! I love all the orange.

kmsmaverick said...

I love the snappy snap- they look just like rock and roll stars! I love that they haven't graduated to musician sneer! They all have genuine smiles on their faces!

Incidentally, i also love the snappy snap of the quilt- it reminds me of an orange creamsicle. summertime magic.

ellen said...

What a wonderful gift. Who wouldn't love it? I have to admit I am a fall color girl and a redhead like Meagan. Congratulations to your son. That takes a lot of work and dedication.

em's scrapbag said...

The table runner is great. What a wonderful gift.

Cami said...

Wow, this is fantastic! I love the colors and I really really really love the quilting. I don't blame you for wanting to keep it, I'm sure that is what I would do. It sounds like your son is very talented! Music is hard to get into, so to get a show where you have to get tickets on Ticketmaster, WOW!

Jackie Russell said...

Tickets on Ticketmaster? Wow! I'm with you 9:30 is pushing bedtime for me. And I also prefer to be home by dark.

I love the table runner!

Shannon said...

I love orange!

Of course, had to Google the band and found spot on My Space. I love discovering new music....how do I hear more?

Sarah said...

Fabulous!

iknitipurl said...

Jacquie, it's absolutely gorgeous! If she doesn't want it I'll take it! I love the orange and I love how you blanket stitch your labels. I really need to label my stuff. Oh, and congrats on your son going uptown! :) He must have been really excited. I know you must have been proud.

Finn said...

Hi ho, love the cute guys! Hope he did his mom proud *VBS* The table runner is wonderful. So very neat and pretty.
Hurry back, we miss you, but family company is wonderful too! Hugs, Finn

Doris said...

Wow, Ticketmaster...that is the Big Time! Congrats to them...

Love that runner!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Wow - how proud you must be to have a son who is a musician - doing what he loves!! Your table runner is gorgeous - love the use of orange - just lovely.

audreypawdrey said...

It looks like you had a grand time, and ticketmaster tickets..that is awesome. I would go see them if they were in Denver (even though 9 is my during the week bedtime :)) I love the tablerunner. I have been thinking of making one because my in-laws are coming to our house for Thanksgiving for the first time ever! Yours is gorgeous!

sarahmurray said...

How cute your son is and how cool that he's in a band! Tickets from Ticketmaster?! Extra cool. And as for the table runner, wow, it's amazing, as all of your quilts are. I love it in all it's puckery goodness. x

henny said...

Jacquie,
thank you so much for the link you'd given to me :)
Should we sew right from the middle to the left or right in one block? (So the square would be in precisition place)

Kate said...

Love the orange! Wonderful choice of fabrics.

Miss Lady Bug said...

Have you though in compiling some of your projects in a book? It could include some patterns and indications. Your improvisational pieces are so great and you have such a fresh style that I think it should work!

Keep me a copy ;)

Liz said...

Stunning. I love the fabric and the quilting!

Gezina said...

Love the orange - my stash has some of that fabric. How did it every get there? Ha Ha!! How do you get everything done? I am so in awe of you.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous tablerunner, Jacquie! I think I'd have a hard time parting with it myself.

KCQuilter said...

The runner is fabulous!!! And congrats to your son--that is so cool!

Ruth's Place said...

Stunning table runner!
I think it's so cool that your son's band is doing so well, you'll have to place a clip of their music on your site :)

Beth said...

Congrats to your boy, and to YOU for the amazing runner. LOVE the orange quilting!

henny said...

Jackie,
thanks for binding tips on the link you had sent to my email (did you?). I've already cut the fabric and try to make pattern of nine patch. Please do a visit and take a look at my work if you still have extra time:). Thank you, thank you... a millions!

Alice Grace said...

Oh,that tablerunner is just too beautiful for words! Your work is flawless! I wish I could do something like that in what sounded like so easy for you!
Congratulations to your son and his band! I know that was fun.

nettie said...

I love orange. this is so perfect, and I too love the farmer's market line. I need to get my hands on some, but i am currently on a fabric diet....

Jackie said...

Their own gig with tickets and everything!! My oldest would be so jealous, but I'm not telling him. He just spent the afternoon shopping for a new acoustic guitar. What does your son play, or maybe he's the lead singer....That is really cool. Not only would I have been ready for bed at that time, but I probably would have been wearing ear plugs. Sad but true.
Your quilting skills make me swoon!

Levin (and Emily) said...

i love the table runner. i love the fabric and the colours - it's just gorgeous.
i wish you lived closer to me - i would love you to help me with my fabric choices etc.....
oh well, i can drool over the internet at your beautiful creations.
l
x

Pecos Blue said...

Congrats on the music and what a gorgeous table runner!

Colleen said...

How fun about the show!! Congrats to the boys!!

and what a nice gift that table runner will be!

Jackie said...

Well I did end up telling my son about your son's band, and then we checked out some songs, etc. on his myspace. We are very impressed!! Proud mama indeed!