by Anita Mae Draper
This week we've been celebrating DeAnna Julie Dodson's new release of The Key in the Attic: An Annie's Attic Mystery. As such, each day has revealed a bit more about DeAnna, and her books in this series.
Since Friday is our usual Self-Help day, I thought it appropriate to tell you about two favorite things of DeAnna's that help her unwind after a busy day or deadline. Or rather, I'll talk about one of her favorite things and we'll see if you can guess the second.
Hint - they're both shown in today's header.
I first discovered DeAnna's love of needlework when she appeared on my Author Memories blog with the post, Grandmama's Mirror. Although the mirror was nice, it was the crewel embroidery crafted by DeAnna's grandmama circa late 40's to early 50's which made the mirror special.
Hint - look in the mirror.
|Crewel embroidery circa late 1940s or early 1950s|
created by DeAnna Julie Dodson's grandmama
Talking about her grandmama, DeAnna said, "Besides her crochet and embroidery, she made dozens and dozens of quilts, though those were "working quilts," made to be used. Like my little doll dresses, they were loved out of existence long ago..."
It's easy to see where DeAnna got her love of needlecrafts - she was born with it.
As a needlecrafter myself, as soon as I saw DeAnna's post, I zipped over to her website. I wasn't disappointed. On her FUN page, she lists several things that make her smile including, Quilting and Cross Stitching.
Answer #1 - Yes, quilting is the first answer. Can you guess the second?
The following quilts photos are taken from DeAnna's website Fun Page, but they're not how you see them displayed on her site. Instead, I've cropped them down to show you part of them since I want you all to go over and see the wonderful completed designs for yourself. I apologize for the loss of detail in the photos.
|by DeAnna Julie Dodson circa 2004|
This red and black quilt was DeAnna's first attempt back in 2004. I think she did great.
Hint: DeAnna says, "It is now a favorite napping place for Emily, Elliot, Eloise and Elizabeth."
|"Purrfect Christmas" by DeAnna Julie Dodson circa 2004|
Hint: DeAnna calls it, "Purrfect Christmas."
|"Catfish" Quilt by DeAnna Julie Dodson circa 2005|
DeAnna's Catfish quilt is very unique since the fish are catching the cats using mice for bait, but you have to look close.
Hint: I don't think the catfish are one of DeAnna's favorites. However, she's from Texas, so I could be wrong.
|"Cats and Kittens" quilt by DeAnna Julie Dodson circa 2005|
DeAnna says, "This colorful quilt was designed, pieced and machine quilted by myself." Her website gives credit to the person(s) who did the quilting on those she didn't do herself.
Hint: The name says it all.
|"Katarina" by DeAnna Julie Dodson circa 2007|
DeAnna and her sister called this Elizabethan cat print, Katarina.
Hint: Katarina in this case is not the hurricane.
|"SunBonnet Kitties" by DeAnna Julie Dodson circa 2006|
Hint: DeAnna has a black one who likes the kitty in this quilt.
So, have you quessed what DeAnna's other passion is? Yes, it's a....
|"Kitty Girl" in 3D by DeAnna Julie Dodson, 2007|
Ta Da. Cat!
I think DeAnna's quilting is something wonderful to see. She gives away many of her quilts as gifts or donations and even has a Writing quilt.
About her grandmama's legacy, DeAnna said this when she visited Author Memories, "Dad tells me she would be delighted to know that I'm a quilter, cross-stitcher and embroiderer, too, and am rarely without some kind of sewing project going. I try to make her proud."
Brava, DeAnna. I can tell, and I'm sure she's smiling down at you.
DeAnna's new release is from the series, Annie's Attic Mysteries where the each book combines the love of crafting in every entertaining mystery.
Question: Do you like reading books where a location, event or craft plays the role of a character because it's so ingrained in the story?
Although the Annie's Attic Mysteries is set up for a subscription to the series, if you'd like to buy just Letters in the Attic or The Key in the Attic, (both written by DeAnna Julie Dodson) you can contact Customer Service at (800)282-6643 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. [CST] Mon. - Fri.) or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.