Comments interspersed. with some gentle snipping ...
Well, I'm just pleased as punch, most especially because this is a whale
of a load off Suzie's mind, I know (and I have somehow managed to miss
BOTH of Suzie's calls -- Suzie, remember that Friday night is
> She said that the package had
> just arrived this morning in Payson but had been given to the
> wrong carrier who turned it back in, so she was hand delivering.
Now, see, folks? THIS is the BEST rendition of "going postal"! (right,
The backing is a
> really cool chili fabric in bright red, green, yellow, orange
> tones and black. The front is made of a bajillion different
> fabrics in the gold family, the bird is all different blacks &
> greys, blue lettering and different red fabrics for the zia.
> There are pins from different shows and signitures from all over.
> Bravo Ms. Sarah!
Thank you, Ms. UN ... and THANK you for NOT mentioning that gawdAWFUL
machine applique (never again, as long as I live :-) )!
> I think I may just take TDB with me tomorrow and show it to my
> Quilting Guild. Like BBL is so fond of saying, "When you talk to
> your guild about RCTQ, their eyes glaze over and they look at
> you like you are from outer space."
Happens to me, too -- and even at the LQS's ... well, we'll SEE about
that, when Mama and I take in a foot-high stack of "Mother of a HUG"
blocks on Saturday to find a sashing ... mebbe that'll help, a LITTLE
bit ... :-). And so, Didja? Take it to your guild meeting?
> Doin' the boot scootin' boogie for TDB on the Mogollon Rim.
And I'm pleased, too. But it occurs to me that a couple of things
should be said about TDB, given its recent "adventures" (haven't seen
Ragmop's FUNNY set of speculations about the TDB adventures -- mebbe
it'll show up, or maybe it was just to me ... Ms. Mopplet, kind soul
that she is, knows I don't get all the posts, and forwards some to me,
including her responses, from time to time).
Now. I was pleased, folks, when TDB sorta took on a life of its own,
with its own Social Director and its own web-page (for crying out
loud). And pleased when it seemed to serve not only as a
"gathering"-banner, but an ice-breaker, for folks who've never laid eyes
on each other and might be a bit tongue-tied, in the beginning. And it
made one hell of a fine story to tell -- and the story kept getting
better, as it gained the signatures and pins and other embellishments.
And yup, I was looking forward to seeing it, after its globe-trottings
And lordy, I know Suzie felt AWFUL (which was the main source of my
BUT. TDB is, to me, a THING. If I'd had any huge emotional ties to
the silly banner, I'd NEVER have sent it to California (yup, uninsured,
to boot), and I'd never have agreed that it could go ANYWHERE, really.
This may be another aspect of my not having a*** of trouble giving my
quilts away, when they're finished; and my not giving much of a flip
whether the quilt is "properly appreciated" by its recipient. When I'm
finished with a quilt, I'm FINISHED with it. I wish it joy and good
treatment (and to that end, I send a letter with it, on "the care and
feeding of your quilt") -- but I don't make quilts for any particular
reason other than the joy *I* get from the making. Although I actually
broke that rule when I made TDB especially for the Dallas Quilt Show 2
years ago or so (and WHAT a good story!), I still felt no particular
adoration for it.
If it could make for more fun Gatherings, and more fun stories, then it
REALLY would have far exceeded its original purpose -- and that's fine.
The point of all this is that I'm delighted that this VERY silly quilt
got to be a whole lot more than any of us, two years ago (especially as
Susan Allen was cracking the whip and insisting that I could NOT wave it
with the PINS still in it). Hoever, if it should again take a "detour",
or just plain drop into a black hole in transit (or get beer spilled on
it, or whatever else), I'll not weep. Yes, I'd LIKE to see all the sigs
and pins and the like (especially given that Ragmop has already put
"Kilroy" quite to shame -- my spies are EVERYWHERE, Raggety) when the
time comes ... but if it should meet with some accident (or simply
decide to go home with one of the pilots, as Mppp suggested), I'll just
be delighted that it was the source of a whole lot of FUN, for quite a
long time. That's a lot more than I EVER intended it to be.
So. Don't anybody worry about That Damn' Banner, as far as I'm
concerned. If it doesn't reach you (whether in time or not at all),
then have ANOTHER kind of fun, and attach a piece of YALLER fabric to a
mop-handle, for crying out loud, and gather under THAT! Or some strips
of fabric to a mop-handle (it SHOULD be a mop-handle, though, to carry
on the tradition begun with Donna and Wayne and Mr. and Mrs. Cannon, at
the El Paso airport) ... and then tell THAT story! If it never gets
back to me, I'll not be distraught. Hope it does, just for the fun of
thinking about all the places it's been, and feeling the sigs and
chuckling at the stories (again) ... but if it doesn't, that's OK. I do
NOT recommend that everyone fall into a "send it insured" flap. It
didn't begin its travels insured, after all.
I did note that the Dallas show isn't at the WTC, this year. Too bad
... I really WAS hoping for another encounter with the "officious twit"
(aka "quilt police") :-)
Now y'all gwan and have some FUN with That Damn' Banner -- which means
"don't WORRY about it!"
Sairey (who, with not-at-all-sincere apologies to Bruce and Paul and
Dean and Chuck and the other guys (and especially Mr. "Licence to
Thrill" :-) ) simply cannot resist noting that the ONLY REAL
explanation for what happened to TDB is that "it" is really a GUY-quilt
-- and when it got lost, refused to ask directions! :-) )