Friday, May 04, 2007

Quilt Opportunity! Tommy Dixon Benefit Fund

Dear Friends and Family,

My dear friend and fellow longarm-quilter Sharon Dixon is offering a unique opportunity for you to win your choice of either a traditional log cabin quilt or a contemporary batik quilt. Both of these queen-sized quilts were ribbon winners in the 2007 West Houston Quilt Guild Quilt Show. If you win the drawing, you will get to choose the quilt you love the best! Shipping will be free. (Be sure to click on the pictures to see a detailed view.)

Traditional Log Cabin Quilt, Queen-sized, pieced and quilted by Sharon Dixon.

(Detail of Log Cabin Quilt.)

Contemporary Batik Quilt, Queen-sized, pieced and quilted by Sharon Dixon.

(Detail of Contemporary Batik Quilt.)

The drawing will be held at the FML meeting on June 30, 2007, and the winner will be notified by phone.

Tickets: $1 each, six for $5, or A Baker's Dozen (13) for $10.

Tickets may be purchased in either of two ways:

1) Send a check payable to the Tommy Dixon Benefit Fund. Mail the check to:

Melody Montez
21 W. Woodtimber Court
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Please make sure your address and phone number are either on your check or included with your payment. If you would like your ticket stubs sent back to you, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. (You do not need your stubs to claim your quilt.)


2) Pay via PayPal ( ) to this email address:
If you pay via PayPal, please add 50 cents if you want your ticket stubs mailed to you. Be sure that your name, address, and phone number are included in the PayPal payment comments. (You do not need your stubs to claim your quilt.)

Proceeds from this Opportunity Quilt sale will go directly to the Tommy Dixon Benefit Fund, to help pay some of the expenses incurred from his recent heart attack. As some of you may know, Tommy had a massive heart attack on March 27. He had to be transported by Life Flight to the Houston Medical Center for treatment, and was in CCU for more than 5 days. He is home now and doing well, but the Hospital, Life Flight, Emergency Room, and Doctor bills are enormous. Due to Tommy's lifelong battle with Diabetes, he is unable to obtain insurance, so this is a devastating financial burden that Sharon and Tommy are trying to pay off in any way they can.

If you have any questions, please feel free to write me at the email address shown below, and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Thanks & cheers,

Thursday, May 03, 2007

A few more from the Gallery Show

Adorable Cathy brought pictures from her camera to the last BTB meeting, and generously shared them ... so here are the last of the pics from the Beyond the Borders show at the Copper Shade Tree Gallery in Round Top, TX.

Above, I'm standing with Gerald Topola, gallery owner, and Susan King, the day after the Opening Reception. (Notice my "fascinator" hat that I just had to buy from neighboring gallery owner Marilyn Barbour.)

Here I am with "Dragons Need Love Too" (along with the Journal Quilt Book in which it is pictured). I was so thrilled that a local artist bought this piece, and she and I have since become friends!

Explaining the "finer points" of my mixed media piece, "Midnight at 20,000 Leagues".

Cosmic Twins

When I first met my sweet friend Ophelia several years ago at QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium), we instantly bonded and decided that we must be Cosmic Twins. Here are my two favorite pictures ... one of our bus-ride to some galleries (which we ditched half-way through, like two kids playing hooky) and the other of our celebration of Susan (Lucky) Shie's wonderful art quilt, "The Chariot", in one of the galleries (which we were glad we didn't miss!)

Sweet Ophelia ... hereafter to be known as Opie Von Schnopie.

Despite geographic distance and the time that has passed since we've been able to get together, we've maintained our correspondence and friendship, and have recently decided to have a monthly challenge/exchange, just for fun. Here are pics of our first exchange ... ATC's-only-bigger ... i.e., postcards.

Above is Opie's adorable Friendship postcard ... paper, paint, collage.

and here is mine ... Photoshopped image of my cat Mariah, 3-D embellished & stitched w tulle to allow it to travel safely thru the mail.

This is going to be fun! (Right, Opie?)