May 6, 2012

What If?

In the February/March issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, they announced a "What If?" challenge where participants were to make a 12"x12" art quilt based on our "what if" curiosities. For the challenge, I made this art quilt named "What If I Could Sing?".

I wasn't picked as one of the challenge finalists but I'm am positive that I was next in line! Tee-hee! I had fun making it though, and that's all that really matters.  It's all about the joy of the process for me!

The dress was Mondo inspired (from Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars), and is made of burlap, dryer sheets and fabric. The bird, my favorite part, is needle felted with various yarns and has a sequin eye, Mizuhiki legs, and a mini decorative Christmas light ornament for a beak. She's a yellow warbler.

Miss Wobbles loves her close up shot!

It's all on canvas and the window is a separate piece of canvas. The floor and microphone are fabric with the exception of some rick rack as you can see. The wall is painted and reminds me of snowflakes which is not surprising since I always have snow on the brain! I foresee more snowy visions in the near future too since the temps are already in the 90's here in north Texas leading me to believe we're in for one very long, and overly hot summer!   

I have always wished that I could sing but as the saying goes, I can't carry a tune in a bucket.  Frankly, I wouldn't be able to carry one in a change purse! Or a thimble!

I always belt out rockin', country or bluesy tunes in my mind though. They are show stoppers too but it's the singing out loud part that seems to be a huge problem. I sound like a cross between a cricket, a donkey, and very old windshield wiper blades.

I usually sing in the car but I confess that I have an increasing fear that I am going to cause a massive, multi-car pileup even with the windows up! I am certain that my voice is beginning to rust the entire car from the inside out, and I'm convinced that the engine is slowly melting. I just know that it will soon die forever and ever if I keep subjecting it to my vocal vibrations!

I have considered singing in the shower but I'm sure the water would freeze in mid-stream and who needs that! Or possibly the water would rapidly ricochet like bullets off the walls, back and forth, back and forth, up and down, up and down.  My life could be in peril folks!

I tried taking my voice into a Jiffy Lube and Tune shop for a Tune Up and they looked at me like I was loony.

So I sang!

Every employee quit!

I won't do that to those poor people again!

I guess I'll just suffer in singing silence.

Have a great day my friends!

Tootles All,


  1. Such a lovely quilt Donna! The details are amazing. And hahaha...I can't sing either.

  2. I remind you! "There are things only you can do, and you are alive to do them. In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song and you owe it to God to
    play them both sublimely." SING ON MY FINE FEATHERED FRIEND!!!! XO :0)

  3. Wow Donna! It is fantastic, and should have won! I just love it, and I sure can't sing either~ LOL ♥♥♥


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