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Inauguration Day

January 19th, 2009

Tomorrow being such a historical day, I wanted to participate in Prez-O’s Inauguration in my own little way. My husband is sofa-bound after knee surgery, but it’s rather good timing - since we’ll get to watch the inauguration together.  To be a part of it all and to remember the day in an extra special way…  a bee flew in my bonnet…

A few years ago, my youngest son and I had the privilege of going on a “ride-a-long” on the US Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast from Astoria to Portland for 2003 Rose Festival. A little redwork I made while tooling up the Columbia River on the Steadfast into Portland, and I incorporated that into my Portland drawing.  I actually stitched this while on board. I did do the piecing later at home, because nothin’ says “thanks for ride” like hauling a sewing machine on board a Coast Guard cutter.
Rose Festival 2003 in Redwork

Last week, my super sweet friend Jennifer sent me a darling Bareroots “little stitchies” pattern called “America Stitchery” (and she also made me this… GASP it’s sooooo cute!).  I thought how PERFECT this would be to stitch while watching the Inauguration.  I was auditioning my fabrics as I caught the tail end of We Are One on HBO - and Beyoncé was singing America the Beautiful.  I had an OMG moment.  Now FOR SURE I’ll be making the little stitchie tomorrow. Oh happy beautiful day!
Inauguration Day at Casa de Zombie
I’m taking some creative liberties, and my fruiten plains are going to be in aqua.  Aquamerica the Beautiful!

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30 Responses

  1. The fabulous Ashley Ann allegedly said:

    Cool! I hope the husband is on the move again soon.

    My son Felix saw your calavera and told me that he likes the “happy birthday skull.”

  2. The fabulous rachel allegedly said:

    still laughing at the coast guard comments.

    okay i’m good now.

    SUPER, and i mean, SUPER cute pressie from jennifer!!!

    i can’t wait to see what you stitch up!!!

    p.s. thoughts on big love last night???
    i gotta know.

  3. The fabulous tam allegedly said:

    Hello! Love you blog so I added you to my fav’s! The “Oregon” redwork is beautiful-great detail!
    Have a wonderful week!~Smiles~Tam!

  4. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    Well it is going to be wonderful. I have inauguration ball fabric! I’m going to show it tomorrow. I got it on ebay after the election. It is cute.

  5. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Can’t wait to see it! And can’t wait for tomorrow!

  6. The fabulous Elizabeth allegedly said:

    OMG, I love the way you are so excited about our new President. I am from Washington, DC and miss the “inside the beltway” life I had there. Your new project will be a wonderful way to remember this historic occasion. E

  7. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    Aquamericana! I LOVE it.

  8. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    Beyoncé, as was everyone, was fabulous. But my OMG moment was Mary J. Blige singing “we all need somebody to lean on”. The expectations are so high, can he possible deliver. Pray for us all.

  9. The fabulous cherry allegedly said:

    How gorgeous…you girls that quilt just mistify me..with your talents. I would love to get into it…love moda fabrics..would love to make a quilt with some of them. I am sceeeeeered though. All that straight cutting. cherry

  10. The fabulous MichelleB allegedly said:

    That redwork stitchery is fabulous! My goodness. I can hardly wait to see Aquamerica the Beautiful. Love the owl pillow, too. What a hoot!

  11. The fabulous Ellen Crimi-Trent allegedly said:

    hello Monica are you as excited as I am about tomorrow?? You have to check out this site my friends company created… www.helpbushpack.com you will love it!! By the way interested in making a quilt with my new Clothworks line? I am not sure if they would make my design or not but I can also find others who are interested. Anyway I can talk about it later when I can give more info. Since this would be in some mags I thought of you!

    Celebrate tomorrow!

  12. The fabulous carol browne allegedly said:

    Yay! Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    In the inauguration department, I’ve heard people here in Vancouver are having a celebration downtown. Some people are taking the day off work and everything. I can’t imagine how excited you guys must be.

  13. The fabulous jen duncan allegedly said:

    Today was an awesome day.
    I believe tomorrow will be even better.
    For the first time in a long time I am hopeful and proud to be an American.
    I want that owl pillow pattern! I have never seen anything SOOO cute!!

  14. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    Hello petal
    I love your HOOT.. how friggin’ cute..

    anyhoot.. I love the colours your picked for your new project, and so not like you to think out of the square with colour choice!


  15. The fabulous Sanja allegedly said:

    oh, i watched the show last night. and loved it. and i’ll also watch the inauguration tonight. mr. obama and his wife are so different. in a very positive way. i like that they don’t act arrogantly. the change will come!

  16. The fabulous Jennifer from NY allegedly said:

    I love Bareroots stuff. I can’t wait to see your stitchery! Your colors are awesome as usual! And that Portland quilt, mmmm! I loooove redwork.

    I just watched the inauguration and found myself smiling from ear to ear the whole time. What a great day.


  17. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    Oh it’s going to be wonderful! And that beautiful Beyonce… whenever I see or hear her I can’t stop picturing her falling on stage. One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. I dare you to youtube it. Oh, and Kelsey Grammer falling on stage is even better, because he says so properly, “oh dear God…” How did I get here? So sorry M, can’t wait to see your Inauguration quilt! Speedy recovery to the Mr.! x

  18. The fabulous Carol allegedly said:

    Hello and HEJSAN from Sweden!

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve added one of your adorable Obama “cherries” to my blog…I LOVE IT! And I wanted to put something on my blog in HONOR of TODAY! (found what I was looking for on “My Own Place” with Mel…. so I clicked and found you!) I LIKE your blog and will be back!

    I’ve cried with JOY so many times today…that I can’t see straight at the moment! (Or maybe it’s the champagne!?)

    IT’s time for bed since there’s no more TV coverage here….ENJOY the DAY…this moment in history!

    Carol in Sweden

  19. The fabulous Kris allegedly said:

    Knee surgery…Don’t we just have so much in commom!!! Hope he’s up an around soon!! Hugs to you!!!

  20. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I don’t see a thing wrong with hauling your sewing machine onto the cutter. A girls gotta have her tools.
    So I didn’t know you were an artist too. My goodness, what can’t you do??

    Here’s to change my friend and to our new President and his family. WA-HOO!! (clinking my glass together with yours…)

  21. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    I love your Rose Festival redwork! It was my dream as a little girl to be a Rose Festival Princess (but my parents had to ruin it by sending me to a private high school)! Sigh. I even had the wave down.

  22. The fabulous Mary Ann/Ca allegedly said:

    It was such a wonderful day! I may have to steal your idea and do the America stitchie as my memory keeper. Thanks for a grand idea!

  23. The fabulous Shari allegedly said:

    Love that redwork. What a wonderful way to commemorate a special occasion!

  24. The fabulous Ravenhill allegedly said:

    Just LOVE the aqua! You will have to share more soon as I am dying to see it completed!

  25. The fabulous amy (sew~amy) allegedly said:

    That Jennifer is wonderful. The pillow is as cute as a button. Love your stitchery.

  26. The fabulous lilyhaven allegedly said:

    Beautiful, as always! It was a wonderful day. :)

    I just wanted to say that I wrote about how much I love your blog on my blog. If you want to take a gander…


  27. The fabulous kathleen allegedly said:

    I love your red work, that’s awesome!
    I hope the MR. is feeling better soon, and is on the quick road to recovery. Watching our new president take his oath this week, left me feeling really hopeful.. and proud. I recorded it for Shawn so he can watch when he comes back down South. Yes, he’s still up north working on the house… yikes!

    I’ll have to bring Gigi puppy up North this summer for a visit… maybe we can teach her to play red dot?!

  28. The fabulous Betty @ She's Sew Pretty allegedly said:

    What a beautiful and special quilt! Tuesday was a very good day!! Come by and visit my blog when you get the chance. I’m giving away a teddy bear and book in honor of Barack Obama. I’d love it if you entered my drawing.

  29. The fabulous Grommie allegedly said:

    I just happened upon your blog because of my love for Zombies and I had to tell you… you are so darn cute. The fact that I enjoy sewing and quilting probably help my enjoyment of your blog.

    I will be back.

  30. The fabulous Nanna J allegedly said:

    What lovely gifties you received! She’s got your number, doesn’t she? The “Hoot” pillow is just too cute, too.
    What a wonderful way to celebrate THE Day!! I love the fabrics you chose - can’t wait to see it completed. Aquamerica the Beautiful, indeed! WOO HOO!!!

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