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Laverne’s Baby Love

February 6, 2012

Laverne and Me and Baby Makes Three

Hello Everybody,

Before I begin, I want to apologize for my lack of posting. It has been an extremely busy January and I just couldn’t pull off all the things on my agenda and blog at the same time.

Again, I sincerely apologize for letting you down. I’m being a sucky BFF. Please forgive me.

Thank goodness we didn’t get those matching BFF tattoos last summer. You would have been really regretting it about now.

Things are still busy for me, but the most demanding projects on my Wanna Do List are out-of-the-way. From here on out, I’m gonna work harder at posting more consistently.

I am thrilled to say that one very important item on my Wanna Do List is complete. I completed this project a week or so ago, but didn’t want to post about it until I could adequately celebrate this milestone.

You see, this project was so important that I thought it needed its own song, so I contacted my friends Salt N Pepa and asked them if they would be willing to do a remix of their multi-platinum selling song Push It, in honor of my latest achievement.

Being the amazingly generous ladies that they are, they said “Sure”  and even offered to help me rework the song to fit the moment. I was so flattered and touched by their offer to help, that I immediately took them up on it.

Over the past few days we have spent many coffee-filled hours in the studio, crafting the right lyrics and adjusting the melody to fit the moment. We spent even more hours in dance rehearsals, in case they choose to add this song to their concert tour.

(Imagine a flashback sequence.)
Oh . . . the fun we had making this remix happen.
These memories will surely last a lifetime. Maybe one day this story will be a part of VH1′s Behind the Music. Ah yeah . . .  good times . . . .

Now that each lyric and note adequately convey my emotions, I am overjoyed to report that we have taken Push It to a whole new quilty level.

So without further ado, please join me in welcoming Salt N Pepa to the blog stage where they will perform our lastest collaboration . . . Quilt It!

(Imagine Push It soundtrack playing in the background.)

Ah, quilt it
Ah, quilt it
Quilt it!

Oooh, baby, baby
Baby, baby
Oooh, baby, baby
B-baby, baby

Spit up on this!
Ah, quilt it

Hey!
Crawl up on this!
Ah, quilt it
Spit up on this!

Ah
Ow! Baby!
Salt and Pepa’s here!

Sal sal salt and Pepa’s here!
Salt sal sal sal salt and Pepa’s here!
Salt and Pep, Salt and Pep, Salt and pepa’s here!
Salt and Pepa’s here!

[Now wait a minute, y’all
This quilting ain’t for everybody
Only the sexy people
So all you fly mothers, get on out there and quilt
Quilt, I said!]

Salt and Pepa’s here, and we’re in effect
Want you to quilt it, babe

Coolin’ by day then at night working up a sweat
C’mon girls, let’s go show the guys that we know
How to become number one in a national quilt show
Now quilt it

Ah, quilt it – quilt it good
Ah, quilt it – quilt it real good
Ah, quilt it – quilt it good
Ah, quilt it – quilt it real good

Hey!
Ow!
Quilt it good!

Oooh, baby, baby
Baby, baby
Oooh, baby, baby
B-baby, baby

Yo, yo, yo, yo, baby-pop
Yeah, you come here, gimme a kiss
Better make it fast or else I’m gonna get pissed
Can’t you hear the music’s pumpin’ hard like I wish you would?
Now quilt it

Quilt it good
Quilt it real good

Ah, quilt it
Ah
Ah, ah, ah
Spit up on this!

Boy, you really got me going
You got me so I don’t know what I’m doing
Ah, quilt it
Ah, quilt it
Quilt it

Boy you really got me going
You got me so I don’t know what I’m doing
Ah, quilt it
Quilt it
Ah, quilt it
Quilt it
Quilt it, ah
Quilt it,ah
Ah, quilt it
Quilt it
Quilt it

Thank you, Salt N Pepa for that breathtaking and tear-inducing performance. It is forever burned into my memory. You are amazingly talented performers and your vocal gymnastics coupled with these touchingly poignant lyrics have changed me forever. I feel blessed that you have honored my blog (and my readers) with such an enthusiastic and moving performance.

I actually think it rivaled Madonna’s Superbowl halftime show—don’t you? Yo, Yo, Yo . . . You ROCK, Salt N Pepa!!!

Laverne's Baby Quilt: Detail 1

Over the past couple of months I have completed quilt tops made by Laverne Hubbard, because it felt like the right thing to do and it is easier for me to work on other people’s projects than it is to work on my own.

Laverne is my step-father Bill’s mother. She passed away in 1993, leaving a large stash of fabric and embellishments, along with three unfinished quilt tops.

I know it’s shocking—only three UFOs. I think she may have been an alien.

Okay . . . who got the UFO, alien reference didn’t you?
Ha! I kill me sometimes.
:-)

Bill asked if I would complete Laverne’s quilts so that they could be passed on to members of his family. I agreed and presented two of these quilts to my mom and Bill on Christmas Eve. You can read more about that event and see the completed quilts here.

Laverne's Baby Quilt: Detail 2

As silly as it may seem, the two quilts I finished first were the largest of the three. The last of Laverne’s tops to complete was a baby quilt. The feature blocks used in this quilt were meant to be embroidered, but I think eyesight, arthritis and time got in the way of Laverne executing them in the way she initially intended.

Laverne being the independent and enthusiastic quilter that she was decided to use fabric paint on the panels instead of embroidery floss. Laverne felt that getting things done was sometimes more important than making a plan, following a plan or even having a plan. She was very funny and I couldn’t agree with her more.

Laverne's Baby Quilt: Detail 3

You can see the original quilt top here, along with one of the others. Besides the quilt tops, I was given a treasure trove of embellishments—and as luck would have it—a bit of coordinating fabric from Laverne’s stash. You can see all of my sparkly treasures and the fabric here.

As I looked at the original quilt top, I had no idea what Laverne’s plans were for completing it. From what I know of Laverne, she may not have had a plan at all. She would probably made it up as she went along. Laverne was a bit of a renegade. I like that in a quilter.

Because this is a memory quilt of sorts and a legacy for Laverne, I thought it only fitting to use as much of the coordinating fabric as I could in the quilt.

I’m glad that I made this decision because it forced me to approach designing the quilt in a different way. I could have taken the easy route just to finish it, but challenging myself to use what Laverne provided pushed me in a totally different direction. Thanks Laverne . . . you’re a peach!

Full View of Laverne's Baby Quilt

Full view of Laverne's baby quilt.

Throughout this process I have learned a lot about Laverne and myself. Although I never met her, I know we would have been friends.

She was passionate, energetic and enthusiastic about whatever she did. I could see it in each piece I worked on. We wouldn’t have agreed on construction methods (I would have driven her crazy), but our love of fabric and creating would have made us life-long friends.

I feel honored to have had the opportunity to complete Laverne’s legacy and to share my journey with you. Now that this adventure has come to an end, I am ready to start another one.

My own projects have started their siren’s call and I am finally ready to answer them. My grieving process is a long way from being over. I seriously doubt that it ever will be over, but I am now at the point where I can feel and express my joy again.

You, my dear BFFs are one of the reasons why I am able to create again. The sincere joy, support and kindness you have given me over the past few months has been priceless. You have been my anchor in a very rough sea of emotions. I am forever grateful and in your debt.

Before I go I would like to give a special thank you to Salt N Pepa for their provocative and emotionally stirring performance. A long overdue thank you to Kathy Colvin for the amazing computerized quilting on Laverne’s quilts and last—but by no means least—I want to thank you, my BFFs, for patiently waiting for me to return to the blogging universe. You are the best friends a quilter could ask for.

Sharing my quilting life with you has been a gift that I didn’t realize I wanted or needed. You are special and I appreciate each and every one of you. You have brought a whole new dimension to my world and I am SO grateful. You’re just like Salt N PepaYOU ROCK!!!

Okay, I guess I’ve rambled on enough for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed the story, the show and the song. I have a lot more stories to tell and many many more things to share with you, so I hope you’ll come back again soon.

Laverne, Salt N Pepa and I would love to hear what you think the baby quilt.


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