Friday, August 11, 2006

Stack #9 is quilted

Dearest Anonymous,
I am so happy that you wrote me about your distaste for my current quilting style. I know you are being totally honest and I so appreciate that. I also noticed that you changed your opinion, a sign that you are flexible, which makes me love you even more.

As an artist who feels the need to grow and evolve in my work, I have taken this new direction very seriously, since it makes me happy. I know I run the risk of leaving some of my fans in the dust as I speed by, intent on discovering where it is I am heading.

I should say that I have oodles of quilts in my closet, under the bed, in the garage, and packed up in Rubbermaid bins, that have all that fancy quilting that you love, and if you truly feel that I have gone loony, and left the dazzling quilting out of my work for good, then I would offer up to you any of these former works, as COLLECTOR'S ITEMS!


Since I have gone off the deep end, leaving my sense of color on the pier and made a quilt with only a teeny bit of yellow (omigod!) it might be worth mentioning that on my tombstone too.


There is a new look afoot here, but if you want the same old Melody, she can be had. For a price.

36 comments:

  1. I ADORE YOU!!!!!!nuf said

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  2. I love the saturated, limited color pallette. The designs are strong. And only a pro could use simple quilting to such great effect.

    Keep pushing! It's inspiring.

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  3. I love lurking on your post but today I HAD to comment! Your post made me LOL! Literally! Good for you for doing what your "muse" dictates not your fans or in this case former fans! I've been reading your blog for a while, and last month in one of my magazines I saw your article! I bragged to my hubby "Look, I know her! Her blog is in my favorites LOL" So to your critic =P~~~~~ xoxo melzie (also another MELODY btw!)

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  4. You tell 'em girl!!!

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  5. Oooh, this is my favorite stack of all your stacks. I kinda want to lick it...

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  6. Mrs. Mel - I love your work (old and new)! I learn so much visiting your blog. I do have one question - is this stack also done with the feed dogs up? Does that mean you are actually turn the quilt as you go? (I guess that was two questions).

    Thanks!

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  7. I love this quilt the colours are so rich and deep, its got to be one of my favourites. Just had another look at the close up picture, wonderful stitching.

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  8. Well... thhhppppttttpppptttt! to anonymous and YAY YOU!! Love the quilting swirls in this one.

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  9. Love the curved quiloting lines - nice contrast to the linear design.

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  10. Oooh, this is verrrry interesting. Love the contrast between the linear upper left and the circular lines. Yummy!

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  11. Anonymous1:32 PM

    LOL, you crack me up Ms Mel. Thanks for your reply and for understanding. I might tag along behind on your new venture or get left behind.

    Don't think in my readings that I haven't noticed your stock of quilts and yes I would definitely love to own one in the future, right now we have college and pre-college kids. But if I am ever asked what I would like for a 'special' event, then it would be one of your 'old' quilts, without a doubt.

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  12. To the Goddess of Color, Quilting and Fusion, As I told you before, I'm 58 yy and want to grow up to be you. Your true fans are going to embrace you new style and know that pleasing one's self is the most important part of art. You go girl!!!! Jan

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  13. LMAO. I haven't been around for a while been busy lol...Today you made me laugh Mrs Mell. A sense of humour is always good....Ah bet Anonymous sits on her can all day and does nothing. Ah also bet, that when she does get up to go somewhere, (probably the bathroom)...that she has to make two trips cause she can't drag all her can in one trip...

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  14. Sherrill Pearson2:49 PM

    Rosy needs to check her vulgarity and immaturity at the door before she sits her own big fat butt down at the computer and insults people who have an OPINION that she doesn't agree with.

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  15. I love your new style of quilts and the colors are wonderful. They are so rich and inviting. I would love to buy one!

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  16. Oh I just love those little stippy stipey tiny details. And the combination of the hand embroidery and the machine quilting! (And of course, I always love your attitude!)

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  17. Anonymous4:36 PM

    Bravo, j'aime vraiment beaucoup votre blog, je peux le lire grace au panneau de traduction, Je suis une quilter de Suisse et je sais que vous venez l'année prochaine à St Moritz, mais j'habite à l'autre bout de la Suisse, la partie française, et le workshop est très cher. Continuez à nous enchanter avec vos quilts colorés Merci
    Marianne Bender-Chevalley
    http://malice1618.skyblog.com/

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  18. Very tasty (tho I won't lick). I am loving the simplicity of the quilting. When I did the quilting on the first piece I did in your workshop (wow...was that TWO summers ago???) I actually found that the places I *didn't* quilt were actually more impressive than the areas I did.....wish I had left more unquilted but, hey, that's how we learn and it WAS a class piece (tho it has long since been sold....and I miss it).

    We all grow and change or we turn to dust....and there certainly isn't any dust settling on you!!

    You continue to amaze and inspire...

    teri

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  19. I love all of Mrs. Mel stuff.....it's always new and different and inspiring...it'a always a pleasure to visit...

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  20. They say a fish gets caught by it's mouth....what happened Sherrill? Looks like you lost the Anonymous character and came on as yourself? hahahha...What's so imature about my opinion? it's just an opinion...was I right? hahahahahahah...you made my day...

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  21. Sherrill10:14 PM

    Dearest Rosy

    Ah say there Rosy chile, you just keep digging yourself in deeper, give it up.

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  22. But I love to dig....hand ova di shovel gial.....

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  23. Melody, what can I say? I just love the hand dyed fabrics you use and you really have an eye for composition. I bought some hand dyed fabrics from you but I am still waiting for that special moment to use them. It's difficult to want to cut them up! Thank you for all the information you provide. Blogging wouldn't be the same without you.

    Joanna

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  24. Rosy (the name really doesn't fit)
    Why don't you act your age and have at least a little bit of class. Your garbage may have a place on Dave's blog but not here. Are you that angry that you have to attack someone whose opinion is different than yours? With immature bathroom humor no less? Grow up! Get some therapy!

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  25. The graphic impact of the colors in this quilt coupled with the line of the quilting is simply jaw-dropping. I just gasped when I saw it. Thank you for sharing your work and your ideas with all of us.

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  26. Anonymous1:02 PM

    Sherrill and Meg, The commentator and her vulgar comments deserve no attention. They belong elsewhere and this she knows.

    Thanks to you both for being respectable.

    I can't imagine that voicing an opinion would evoke someone to retch such vulgarity.

    My apologies to Ms. Mel.

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  27. Hey, Melody, what a great banner!

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  28. I love coming here for my daily dose of literary and artsy genius.

    You rock!

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  29. Contessa Mydknight6:02 PM

    I luv this new direction;color,quilting & exposed batt. It's amazing that these are sketched beforehand,they still retain the spontaneity from the workshop #1. Change is constant.

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  30. It's so eay to say "anyone can do it" until you try. There are lots of Nancy Crow imitators out there who forget that Nancy developed her eye for design over years of planned quilts before she started to "improvise". Improvise is not a shortcut.
    Naturally, Mel, I like some of your new quilts better than others. But that's just personal preference, mostly. Certain colour schemes, a certain balance of complexity/simplicity - we don't all like the same thing. But you sound so excited about your new work - isn't being passionate about what you do the first and most important thing?

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  31. Oh lord, now there are three of them...oh poor things...it must be rough....Garbage Meg? what garbage? oh you mean the two trips to get to the bathroom? oh did you make it in time? hahahhahaha..I know, I'm so vulgar...lordy lordy hahhahahaha

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  32. Happiness. I wish on you all of the happiness you have given us rebounded back on you. Therefore, if it makes you happy, do whatever it is until you can't do it any more! I absolutely love the new quilting style, but I know that is not really important in the context of this discussion :)

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  33. Anonymous6:39 AM

    Make that four Rosy, I stopped reading Dave's blog cause of you. Sickens me to see it here. Mel, I love your honesty.

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  34. Anonymous2:44 AM

    That's a great story. Waiting for more. lexapro opinion

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Hello,
So nice of you to drop by. I love your comments, and if you would really like a reply, please email me at fibermania at g mail dot com