#76 Shoot for the Moon! NEW STAMPS!

Stamps!

I am on a roll to get all 50 states done for Houston – October 2011! I am also working on a new Block of the month of Holiday Houses! Lots of work in process! Here are the 5 newest! More to come!


Chuppah!

I finished and mailed my sweet niece and nephew their chuppah – they said they loved it. I hope so! I was so stretched on that project creatively, mechanically and emotionally! I will post pix soon. 

Quilting Arts TV

I am shooting an episode of Quilting Arts TV with Pokey Bolton on August 29/30 – later this month. I will be demoing my method of raw edge applique. It will be in the 900 series of programming.

I sent in all my paperwork to the producer. There is quite a bit of work and preparation that goes into a 9 minute spot. There is a long list of what to wear, what to say and how to say it. I will be sure to give you a full report.

NEW ZEBRA Facebook Page

Please go to my facebook page Debra Gabel and click on the Zebra Patterns Link on left side “Pages” menu. Once you are there chose “LIKE.” That will be where you will updates on everything Zebra Patterns is doing! Please tell your friends and there will be specials and give aways!

Hilton Head

Heading off for two weeks in Hilton Head SC! YEA! It has been a long hard year and we all can use a few weeks of R&R!

Chuppah in progress….

As promised I am going to bring you along for the ride on the construction of this chuppah!

So here we go!

I bought 5-6 different silk fabrics in hues of purples. I bought blizzard fleece in black for the batting. I did that because when I first started construction I thought the edges might be visible. But after making a few sample leaves I knew it was much better to pillow case turn each leaf. So below you will see the finished sample leaf.

Finished Chuppah Leaf

Finished Chuppah Leaf

The way I did this leaf was in several stages. First I made a heavy cardboard pattern that I would use to trace with chalk pencil onto the silks and fleece. Below is the cardboard pattern.

Cardboard leaf pattern

Cardboard leaf pattern

Knowing that I needed to make many of these leaves, I decided making a cardboard pattern was the best way to make a strong pattern that could be used over and over. I used the rotary cutter and positioned the cardboard template on top of the batting and cut the leaf shape free motion about 1″ beyond the edge. I had to leave extra because I am going to pillow case turn the leaves. I cut all the batting for all the leaves I think I will need, plus a few extra. Then I took the pattern and traced with chalk onto the silks. I cut all the silks about  3/4″ beyond the pattern edge. I did that for all the top silks. Then I repeated that process and cut all the teal backs. Lastly I used black misty fuse and I fused all the backs to the fleece. Once fused, I added top silks to the top of the teal silk, making a sandwich of fleece, then teal backing, then the top silk. The good side of each silk were placed right sides together and then pinned. This was done because I will pillow case turn the sandwich. The teal is flat as a pancake fused with misty fuse to the teal. The top silk will flip and then both sides will be right face out with fleece in the center. See Below.

Layers

Layers

Today I got all of the leaves cut out of the fleece, the silk tops, and the silk backs. It is very important to me to create these things production style. It makes the project go faster. It gives me a real sense of accomplishment and it makes me energized to go to the next step. Tomorrow I will plan to sew outer edges of all of the leaves. The next step will be to turn each leaf and topstitch the edge. After the topstitching there is a small opening in each leaf that needs to be hand sewn shut. Next I will mark all the inner cut outs with the template in chalk. Then it will be time to stay stitch each cut out. Then I will make all the cut outs and satin stitch bind the raw inner cut out edges. That will complete all of the leaves. Then it will be time to layout the leaves and connect them. Oh and mid-day I realized I was going to be short on the teal backing! So I jumped in my car and went to G Street fabrics for more silk. Luckily they has 3 yards left!

Below you will see how I left the studio today with all the leaves piled into colors and ready to be sewn. More to come….

Ready to sew

Ready to sew

HAPPY DANCE!!!!! Second book off to C&T!

Yippie! I am sending off my second book manuscript and samples to C&T publishing! It is a book of World Cities to be a companion book with Blocks Across America!~ Click on link to see how I feel!

It has been a long haul with many “life” interruptions! And at the same time this book is due we are packing for salt Lake City’s International Quilt Market! Can you sayINSANE?

Shoot for the Moon #46 – Writing a Book and making a chuppah



Ross and Michele Chuppah for June 26, 2010

As well as giving lectures and vending at shows the past 8 weeks, I have been making a chuppah for my nephew Ross and his beautiful bride to be Michele. (Pix above) They will marry in late June.The chuppah finished at 110″ x 110″. It was made with beautiful muted printed batiks. Each leaf has personal information  on it. (birth dates, names of grandparents, sibs, parents, all the names of the wedding party, graduation dates etc) There are several leaves left open to add important dates as they live their lives together. I sewed the whole chuppah on my tabletop Bernina.

Well I can tell you writing a book – especially the type I am writing is not for lightweights! As most of you who are following this blog I started designing the blocks right after Fall Market of 2009. It took me until the beginning of 2010 to get the patterns designed. Those 2-3 months were easy compared to the work involved in writing and prepping all the images for the book. My publisher is amazing! They are so organized and professional! I have been learning so much about professional publishing! I LOVE to learn new things. It is fascinating how a book is made. There are 5-6 people on a team that moves the book through the company in a very methodical steady pace.

There are surprises along the way. Who knew it was VERY common for the name of the book to change during production. That said, guess who’s title has changed? That is correct, my new title is Blocks Across America. The team said that while “Where Ya Been?” is catchy and memorable it is not very search-able on the computer. That makes so much sense! Think about quilters looking for a Wyoming Pattern – they would never type in the Google search – Where Ya Been? – but they might type in “Blocks” and “America”. That is why they are the pros! A simple thing like the title being search-able can result in increased sales.

I was concerned with the usability of the book for the quilter if they wanted to make a copy of the pattern. Again – the team suggested a CD! Brilliant! That is so great for the end user. Not only will they get a color picture and a translucent pattern but also a CD with all 51 patterns ready to be printed out to their home computer!So pretty much for the past 72 hours I have been working as much as I could possible work preparing 51 more pattern files with all the pieces broken out into easy to use black and white shapes. That was intense – but it is done and I am doing a happy dance. Correction, I am thinking about a happy dance in bed! Tomorrow I will do a happy dance – too tired right now! lol.

Now that I am well into the process of  getting a book printed I am SO ready to write another and get it right from the start! There were many learning curves as far as understanding the procedure and prepping the files. I could have saved countless hours of work had I better understood what was required. The publishing company sent a 60 page book with detailed instructions. Even with everything spelled out I needed to actually “do it” for it to all make sense. I have already got the first revised manuscript and I read and sent that back to them.

Last week we shipped out all of the samples for photography. That was be a big task as well. Then it was back to the regular business! Yesterday we had a huge graduation party for my oldest son Brooks who is graduating from High School. We had 200+ people at “Camp Gabel”! CRAZY! I know- it is so crazy!Friday my friend Nancy and my parents and I made potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, broccoli salad, fruit salad,  bread pudding, watermelon slices and ziti for 200!Overall the party went great. The party was from 2-8pm! The weather was iffy. The rain held off until about 6:15. We all retreated to the tent and below the leaky porch! All of my friends got to tour the new barn/studio. Most of them were amazed to see how we have made a passionate hobby into a viable business. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun! Brooks will be off to University of Maryland in fall of 2010. He will swim for the UM Division 1 swim team and will be attending the Smith business school in UM. This summer he is working for First Mariner Arena Baltimore and for Red Head Graphics in Columbia. He is a great kid. I am so excited for him to start his college experience and follow his entrepreneurial dreams!

Stay tuned for more updates of my entrepreneurial dreams!



ENOUGH Cross Words

This is my entry for the Racism quilt call for entry from my Obama Quilters group.  We decided to create a show of quilts with a focus on Racism.  At the end of this posting in blue type  is the Call for entry. I have been baking this concept in my head for months. Yesterday was the day!

I decided to do a 100% computer generated quilt. I used Adobe illustrator and used many advanced features to create gradients, transparencies and complex layers. The name of the quilt is ENOUGH – Cross words. Every time I thought about the topic – I just kept thinking – ENOUGH! Isn’t it 2010? Have we not learned that humans are humans? If they have blue eyes or brown eyes – does that matter? If they are tall or short? white or black? Come an – ya’ll – ENOUGH! We are all one race – the human race! If you listen to the words of Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas – it totally sums up the whole issue.  Read these lyrics…they are so great – that is why I included them over the whole quilt (bel0w). We saw them in concert last week which is what put the whole concept together for me.  I used the crosswords to incorporate type and the black and white boxes repeated well to include my striped element that is found in most of my quilts.  The orange-pink Swiss cheese element is something that I created a few years ago for a project featuring the concept of ubuntu. That never came to be – but the ubunto image  fit perfectly in as a message and in design. I will post more photos when the quilt is quilted and embellished.

One Tribe- Black Eyed Peas
One Tribe, one time, one planet, one race
It’s all one blood, don’t care about your face
The color of your eye or the tone of your skin
Don’t care where ya are
Don’t care where ya been
Cause where we gonna go
Is where we wanna be
The place where the little language is unity
And the continent is called Pangaea
And the main ideas are connected like a spear
No propaganda, They tried to upper hand us
Cause man I’m loving this peace
Man, man, I’m loving this peace
Man, man, I’m loving this peace
I don’t need no leader
That’s gonna force feed a
Concept that make me think I need to
Fear my brother and fear my sister
And shoot my neighbor or my big missile
If I had an enemy to {enemy}
If I had an enemy to {enemy}
If I had an enemy, then my enemy is gonna try to come and kill me
Cause I’m his enemy
There’s one tribe ya’ll

One tribe ya’ll
We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
Forget about all that evil, that evil that they feed ya
Let’s cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
That evil that they feed ya
Remember that we’re one people
We are one people
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}

One tribe, one tribe
One tribe, one time, one planet, one {race}
Race, one love, one people, one {and}
Too many things that’s causing one {to}
To forget about the main cause
Connecting, uniting
But the evil is seen and alive in us
So our hopes are colliding
And our peace is sinking like Poseidon
But, we know that the one {one}
The evil one is threatened by the sum {sum}
So he’ll come and try and separate the sum
But he dumb, he didn’t know we had a way to overcome
Rejuvenated by the beating of the drum
Come together by the cycle of the hum
Freedom when all become one {one}
Forever

One tribe ya’ll
One tribe ya’ll
One tribe ya’ll
We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil {evil}
Forget about all that evil {evil}
That evil that they feed ya
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil {evil}
That evil, that they feed ya {feed ya}
Remember that we’re one people
We are one people
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}

One love, one blood, one people
One heart, one beat, we equal
Connected like the internet
United that’s how we do
Let’s break walls, so we see through
Let love and peace lead you
We could overcome the complication cause we need to
Help each other, make these changes
Brother, sister, rearrange this
The way I’m thinking that we can change this bad condition
Wait, use you mind and not your greed
Let’s connect and then proceed
This is something I believe
We are one, we’re all just people

One tribe ya’ll
One tribe ya’ll
One tribe ya’ll
We are one people
Let’s cast amnesia
Forget about all that evil
Forget about all that evil, that evil that they feed ya
Let’s cast amnesia
Let’s cast amnesia, forget about all that evil
That evil, that they feed ya
We’re one tribe ya’ll
We people, we people
One tribe ya’ll
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}
One people, one people {One People}

Let’s, let’s cast amnesia
Lord help me out
Trying to figure out what it’s all about {what it’s all about}
Cause we’re one in the same {one in the same}
Same joy, same pain
And I hope that you’re there when I need ya
Cause maybe we need amnesia
And I don’t wanna sound like a preacher
But we need to be one

One world, one love, one passion
One tribe, one understanding
Cause you and me can become one

Racism: A Dialogue in Quilts

An Exhibition by The Obama Quilters

Call for Entries: Make an art quilt, focusing on some aspect of racism.

Artwork should be dedicated to promoting a dialogue about the subject, in all its many complex forms, in a contemporary art quilt.

This exhibit hopes to examine the most complex and seldom discussed, most problematic and insistent, of all the issues in our culture today.

“Racism: the use of race to establish and justify a social hierarchy and system of power that privileges, preferences or advances certain individuals or groups of people usually at the expense of others. Racism is perpetuated through both interpersonal and institutional practices.

Challenging misconceptions about race: The idea of race has a complex and convoluted history in the United States and its development over the past few hundred years has left a legacy of misconceptions and confusion about race among many Americans. In a country founded on ideals of freedom and justice for all, notions of race served to rationalize slavery, justify the near-elimination of Native Americans and their cultures, and privilege people viewed as white.” From the American Anthropological Association:

http://www.understandingrace.org/resources/glossary.html#r

Requirements:

  • Work must be finished and available by April 30, 2010
  • Be available to be exhibited and possibly travel on tour for up to 2 years
  • Have a hanging 4“ sleeve
  • Contain a label with required information
  • No size limit, although for quilts larger than 4’X4’ please give advance notice to determine display availability
  • All quilts must be self-insured and transported at the quilter’s expense

Venue & Display Dates: To Be Determined

I reserve the right to deny acceptance of any quilt that would not be appropriate for public display.

Curator: Jeanette Thompson, jevirgo27@gmail.com

Stay tuned – more to come….

More news! Quilters Newsletter – my Obama Quilt is on page 32!

Can you believe it? I got a few emails from my friends Laurie in Chicago and Michelle in Philadelphia – that the Obama Quilt Show during the Inauguration is on page 32-34 of this months Quilters Newsletter! (June/July issue) What an amazing surprise to come back from market to see! I bought a copy and here are the images. I scanned the cover so if you decide to go get a copy you will know what to look for! I also received an email it is in a French Quilt magazine! Crazy!

Quilters Newsletter -Obama 1

Quilters Newsletter -Obama 2Quilters Newsletter -Obama 3Quilters Newsletter -Obama 4

1st Place in Beverage Challenge and my Quilting Arts 2010 Calendar entries.

I Love Pina Coladas and Getting Caught in the rain

I Love Pina Coladas and Getting Caught in the rain

Today I went to my quilt guild in Bethesda – Nimble Fingers Quilters. This is the group that created the “Beverage” Challenge. Guess what? I won! I won a free pass to any upcoming class. My Pina Colada quilt was a hit. I have included a small pix of the quilt.

Then I frantically drove home to try to get the 2010 Quilting Arts Calendar Challenge finished. The theme is “Fresh Picked”. I chose to do strawberries and kiwis. I went out last week and bought the fruit and took several pix. After that I made some sketches in my sketch book. Finally I got a sketch composed the way I liked and then I made a vector drawing in Adobe Illustrator and out put the AI drawing on a 13 x 19″ piece of EQ Printable cotton fabric. I saturated the colors. I out put three different color combos. Then I took Portfolio Oil pastels and I over sketched the output. Once I got the image output and over sketched I sandwiched it it quilted them I made one with hard edges on the fruit and left one with yellow lines on the edges. I took some pix of the final two pieces and the pix were pretty good – but I had terrible paper for out put. There was no time to go get more – so I did the best I could and sent a CD in case they liked the concept and wanted to see better pix. Who knows what will happen! I gave it a shot! So below are two pix of the entries. You were allowed two entries.  I am liking this sketchy style.

At the meeting we heard Art Quilter/Mixed Media artist Lesley Reilly speak about transfering images to fabric. Tomorrow I have a workshop with her in Bethesda. I will let you know how that goes tomorrow. Lesley has written 3 books and is a regular writer for Cloth Paper Scissors.

This weekend I am lecturing at the MD Woman’s Art League. I am also teaching my last class of Art Creations at Patches. That is such a GREAT class. This group of students are VERY talented. I hope to post their projects so you can see what they have done. BUSY! BUSY!

In the meantime I am making 12 butterfly patterns for the next Block of the month pattern I am working on. Crazy! Better busy than being bored! More to come….

Strawberries and Kiwis #1

Strawberries and Kiwis #1

Strawberries and Kiwis #1 Detail

Strawberries and Kiwis #1 Detail

Strawberries and Kiwis #2

Strawberries and Kiwis #2

My entry form - shows my photos and sketches before I used oil pastels

My entry form - shows my photos and sketches before I used oil pastels

Two more pix from Obama Opening

As promised I have two pix from Gary’s camera. One is of the whole group of artists that attended and one is of me with my Obama quilt.  It was a grand evening that I will always fondly remember.

deb-and-obama-quilt

Obama Quilters that Attended Opening 2-13-2009

Obama Quilters that Attended Opening 2-13-2009

Obama Opening – Last Friday

Last Friday Feb 13, 2009 the “Obama Quilters” met in DC for an artist luncheon at Sue Walen’s home and we all went to the opening of the Obama show at the Crafitz Art Center. It was a grand opening. The college told us it was one of the largest receptions they ever had. They are only open during the week M-F. There has been such a positive response to the show that they are opening on Saturdays for the next 3-4 weeks as well. I have selected a few pictures of fellow artists who participated. Susan Shei of Ohio was there as well as many great artist’s from as far as California. Several quilts sold that night at the opening. My Obama quilt was sold to a local physician in Howard County before the show. I have some more pix I will post later this week that are on Gary’s camera.

Susan Shei showing us her Obama Doll

Susan Shei showing us her Obama Doll

The show opening speach 2-13-09

The show opening speach 2-13-09

Obama Quilters at Luncheon

Obama Quilters at Luncheon

More Obama Artists at Lunch

More Obama Artists at Lunch

More Obama from Lucky

More Obama from Lucky

How Fast can you make an art quilt?

Last week I had a few meetings with a friend – Cathy Kleeman who mentioned that SAQA is having an art quilt exhibition in Chicago and Long Beach. The Exhibition is called “A Sense of Humor”. I thought – oh- that sounds like fun! One small problem – it was due today! I strated sketching two days ago – came up with a design and started making the whole thing yesterday (Thursday!) Yep! I finished it by 5:47pm tonight. I had 13 minutes to get the entry, check and CD of quilt in the mail to be postmarked by 1-30-09! I was on hyper speed! It has been a crazy week. We had 2-4 inches of ICE! I have been chipping away at my drive for the past three days! We had no school Monday – Wednesday and my 13 year old has been home with the flu! FUN! But I had it in my mind I was going to get that darn quilt in! I did it! See pix below! It is 30″ x 38″. My artist Stement was simple: “I used to think this was funny…hot flashes…now that I am 47… ah …. not so much! LOL” See the pix of the whole quilt and the detail I sent in for the submission. It is a juried show so I will be notified my March 16th if I got it. The cool thing is that the entries that get in will be published. It is a comment on Hot Flashes! Hormonal Harriette drapes herself over a chair with a fan and handkerchief with the winter cold rushing inside freezing the poor kitty’s whiskers!

Is it Hot in here?

Is it Hot in Here?

Is it Hot in Here? detail

Is it Hot in Here? detail

Is it Hot in Here?

Is it Hot in Here?Detail 2

That was a crazy ride to try to get this quilt done in 48 hours! It was relatively big too! 30″ x 38″. So now I am exhausted! I will bed down early because I have to teach a class in Mt Airy tomorrow. It is my Art Creations Class. I love that class!

Did I mention that we also got a new puppylast week? It is a lillte girl Bijon that we named Lacey. I have a pix below. Cole and I are taking her to puppy classes. She sure does pee alot! I have to take her out in the middle of the night – which is not a big deal because I cannot make it through the night with out getting up to pee myself!

Lacey Belle Gabel - born Nov 8, 2008

Lacey Belle Gabel - born Nov 8, 2008

So besides, shoveling ice, caring for Austin with the flu, making a quilt in 48 hours – I have been patterning the Philadelphia City Stamp. I will start the samples next week! I got an online order for one  already!
I will let you know if I get in the SAQA show with my “Is it Hot in Here?” quilt!

Stay warm – enjoy the superbowl – or at least the super sales at all the quiltshops on Superbowl Sunday! :)

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