Monday, February 8, 2016

The Name Game: Super Mom No Cape

We have a super hero playing The Name Game today, Susan Flemming from Super Mom - No Cape. That's a name that certainly catches your attention. 

Sue, how did you choose the name of your blog?

Me being dubbed Super Mom started out as a family in-joke shortly after
the movie The Incredibles was released in 2004. I had sorted out some
problem one of our children was having and said child remarked, “Super Mom
to the rescue!”
To which I replied, “No Capes!”

If you’ve watched the movie, you’ll recognize the reference right away. If
not, you can watch a clip of it here...
So when it came to naming my blog back in April 2008, “Super Mom – No
Cape!” seemed the perfect choice.

I can’t tell you the number of blog comments and e-mails I’ve received
from people telling me how much they love the name.

Were there other names you considered and can you share any of them
with us?

I think I might have toyed with a couple of different ones, but as Super
Mom - No Cape really was perfect, any others that I may have come up with
would have quickly been rejected. It's so long ago now that I can't
remember what they might have been.

Now that you are recognized by Super Mom-No Cape, are you happy with it or do you wish you could change it to something else?

It's just such a fun name and brings so many smiles that I wouldn't change
it for the world.

In my blog banner underneath Super Mom - No Cape! is the subtitle: One
mother sharing her knowledge with others.
Dave's and my children are all grown now, so I've transitioned out of
full-time mothering but one never really stops being a mom. Your role in
their lives simply changes.

The things I share on my blog are all a direct result of whatever is
happening in my life at the moment. You’ll find a bit of everything from
sewing to quilting to embroidery to knitting and crocheting. There are
recipes and household tips as well.
(Note: Check out Sue's weekly stitchery link party on Mondays)
Increasingly, my most popular posts by far are my sewing tutorials. I have
several more of those planned over the coming months.

I do hope you'll come visit and if you like what you see, stay awhile and
explore my archives. And I'd love it even more if you decided to subscribe
so that we can get to know each other even more.

Many thanks to Sue for playing along this week. Please take some time to check out her blog and follow along on instagram at @supermomnocape. 

You won't want to miss next week's edition of The Name Game. Greg from Grey Dogwood Studio will be here! 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Really Random Thursday, 2/4/16

Let's start out with some color, shall we? For obvious reasons, I could not resist purchasing this from here.
I started cutting two packs of solid charms from Lecien. Such a pretty pile of trimmings.
It ultimately turned into a quilt called Semaphore. It was designed by Elizabeth and is perfect for charm packs, don't you think?
I'm sure glad I took a picture of my engagement and wedding ring. 116 weeks ago when someone started an Instagram hashtag called #showmeyourweddingring, or something like that. A couple of weeks ago, one of the little marquis diamonds fell out and I never could find it.
Mark and I had been talking about changing out the marquis ring guard to something else. While my original diamond is small, it is really high quality, and the little diamonds on either side just never sparkled. The jeweler told me that it is because of their shape, not because they are inferior, so that was good information. But then I lost one.

So we traded it in and now my ring looks like this. Isn't it pretty? My original diamond even looks larger. Yay for nearly 43 years of marriage!
I had the greatest afternoon on Tuesday because I was able to spend a couple of hours visiting with Stephanie (@stephiepeterson). She was in California on business, and she was only 1 1/2 hours away. It was wonderful visiting. But the time was waaaay too short! Good thing we will see each other in Minnesota in July. 
Do you know anything about the name of the street you live on? A few months ago, there was an article in the paper about some local women who have been friends for decades. The maiden name of one of them was Sample, and the article mentioned that "the Sample family has a long cattle ranching history...." I'm pretty sure that's the origin of the street we live on. If not, I'm going with it anyway. And I'm glad I took this picture because we have lived in this house for nearly 27 years and I can never remember the name of the street that t-bones into our street less than a block away.
I saw this in a magazine yesterday. Big fan of: 
1. Paint chips, and
2. Perpetual calendars.

I definitely MUST make this (sorry for the glare in the middle...but you get the idea).
I can't remember where I saw this. Sometimes we tend to take care of everyone around us, but not ourselves.  Keep this handy. Read it often.
Your turn.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Name Game: Selfsewn

Welcome to this week's edition of The Name Game.
So back in 2013, I had sent an invitation to Clare from selfsewn to play along. She responded with answers to all the questions and sent some beautiful pictures. I put all her information in an email folder. I'm not sure what happened. It's not that I lost interest in The Name Game, because I find it all so fascinating, but for whatever reason, I stopped writing the series. 

When I decided to bring the series back, I opened up my email folder. Imagine my horror when I found not only all of Clare's information, but also M-R Charbonneau's from Quilt Matters! So embarrassing. I contacted them both, with huge apologies. And they both graciously agreed to play along, and revise their original posts. Whew! 

Welcome, Clare. Thanks for giving me a second chance. And an opportunity to share your beautiful work.
How did you choose the name for your blog?
My goal when choosing a name was to link my love for sewing with my love for gardening.
I like  'play on words' that when said aloud can have more than one meaning. Selfsewn or selfsown is a term used in gardening and sewing, a match made in heaven!
My sewing style does sometimes stray away from 'the norm'
which is also often the case with selfsown seedlings in the garden.
With something selfsewn/selfsown you never know what you are going to get!
Were there other names you considered, and can you share them with us?

I have been blogging for quite awhile, my first blog was called summerfete which I loved,however I began to sell crafts at Christmas fairs and the name no longer fit. Blogs, like people evolve over time. I began calling myself selfsewn life, which was sweet but lead to all kinds of confusion. So I took the plunge and began a new blog with my new name.
Now that you are known by selfsewn, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else? 

I love my name, I hope it remains with me for life...and like Picasso, after my life. I always label my quilts selfsewn, I like to think of someone in the future learning about their vintage selfsewn quilt via the internet... I also get a massive thrill when favourite gardening presenters say selfsown on television, it's like my own secret advert...a bit like joining the name game which also came as a thrill, thank you Cindy x

Thanks for being here this week, Clare! 

You can follow Clare's beautiful quilting adventures on her blog and on Instagram at @selfsewn. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sister Sampler Quilts Blog Hop/The Name Game Special Edition: Gen X Quilters

I'm a fan of sampler quilts, so I have been a fan of AnneMarie Chany for a long time. She takes traditional blocks and incorporates them into the most creative settings. When she asked me to be part of a blog hop to get the word out about her new book, Sister Sampler Quilts, I didn't hesitate for a minute to say yes!
If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you may be aware that every other year I make a king-sized quilt for an auction where all the proceeds benefit Third World Relief. I chose AnneMarie's Moccasin pattern for the upcoming auction in April. Isn't this an amazing setting?  I needed the quilt to be larger than the original pattern, so I included some Vice Versa blocks as well.
It's being quilted by my husband's cousin--we work in tandem every other year--and I can hardly wait to get it back!

I totally "borrowed" the fabric selection from Kristi Owens (@71 stitches on Instagram). She graciously gave me the list of fabrics she had selected and I was able to track nearly all of them down and duplicate the quilt she made.

I had originally planned on making the Vice Versa Sampler in shades of blue (before I was totally sidetracked by the Moccasin design!), and without a doubt, this will be made for an upcoming auction.

The premise of Sister Sampler Quilts is that blocks are made in pairs. In Sister's Ten Sampler and Bonfire Sampler, the blocks can be the same (identical twins) or made from different fabrics (sisters).

However, in the Vice Versa Sampler, one block has the lights, darks and backgrounds in the most common location, while the sister block is just the opposite. I LOVE this concept!
Vice Versa blocks, Bear's Paw
I decided that in addition to showing some blocks from AnneMarie's book, it would be fun to have her play The Name Game for her blog, Gen X Quilters. So here we go.
How did you choose the name for your blog?  

Does anyone actually start a blog on a whim?  ​Yes!  I did.  I didn't even really know what blogs were when I sat down at a screen and decided to invent one.  I had looked my cousin-in-law's photography blog as she started a business and decided I wanted to do one too.  So without a single clue, I created a blog called Quilting Chronicles.  I think I only lasted there for a month or 2 while I tried to figure out what a blog was all about.  Somewhere in there I discovered the reason I wanted to begin a blog: To meet other quilters.  I had been sewing alone in my basement for 5 years.  Alone.  Alone.  Alone.  None of my friends quilted, let alone sewed.  Every time I went into a quilt shop, I was the youngest one there by 20, 30, 40 years.  I realized I wanted to meet someone who was in my age group and also enjoyed quilting as much as I did.  At the time, I was a young mom and balanced my hobby between raising babies and growing new ones.  I decided to revamp and called the new blog Gen X Quilters as a desperate call for friends.  :)  I figured that no matter what phase of life you are in - your generation never changes.  And you have an inexplicable bond with those who grew up in the same times as you.  When I am 70, I will still be a Gen Xer, hopefully retired and looking for someone to go on the Quilt Shop Bus Tour.  I have met SO many wonderful people through blogging of all different ages.  And it's pretty clear that true quilters quickly become obsessed.....

Vice Versa blocks, Mosaic No. 5
 Were the other names you considered?  

Since most of the beginning of my blog career was done on a whim, I can't say I spent a lot of time brainstorming on a name.  I'm more of a jump-in-feet-first kind of person.  So I wanted to get writing and sewing right away.
Vice Versa Blocks, Shoofly
 Now that your are recognized by your blog name, are you happy with it?  Or do you wish you could change it to something else?  

Most of the time I'm happy with it.  There are days when I wish I chose a prettier, more flowery name.  Something cuter and feminine.  There are other days where I consider switching to use my own name. 

AnneMarie agreed to some bonus questions too. :)

What is the best piece of quilting advice you have received?

 I found my local long arm quilter in 2010.  From the beginning, she encouraged me.  At that time, modern quilting was getting started, but certainly didn't exist locally for me.  My quilts were always a little bit different from what she normally saw and she encouraged me to pursue something further.  I thought she was crazy.  I don't think I would have had the guts to showcase my work online without her commentary and advice in the back of my head telling me that my sewing was good enough.  I think we naturally doubt ourselves and our abilities.

What is your go-to snack food for quilting?

Ummmmm.  I'm a bit of a loony health nut.  I don't eat while I sew.  What if food got on the fabric?!?!?!?!!?!?  I drink a lot of tea in my studio. :)

Beyond designing, what is your favorite part of making a quilt?  

Hands down, piecing.  I absolutely love to sit at my machine and piece.  There is something about watching the blocks take shape that I just love.  That and the soothing hum of my sewing machine.

I hope you will check out AnneMarie's blog because there is a wealth of information, tutorials, block library.

Also check out her new book. Sister Sampler Quilts is beautifully written, Along with three creative samplers, there are some great tutorials--half square and quarter-square triangles, flying geese, curves, etc. It will make a great addition to your quilting library.

If you have missed any of these posts, there is a lot more inspiration so please check them out.

Monday, January 18  
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Introduction
Sara Lawson / Sew Sweetness

Tuesday, January 19 
Leah Day / Free Motion Project
Brenda Ratliff / Just A Bit Frayed

Wednesday, January 20
Faith Jones / Fresh Lemons Quilts
Angela Pingel / Cut To Pieces

Thursday, January 21
Lynne Goldsworthy / Lily's Quilts
Amy Friend / During Quiet Time

Friday, January 22
Christa Watson / Christa Quilts
Violet Craft

Monday, January 25
Lee Heinrich / Freshly Pieced
Melissa Corry / Happy Quilting

Tuesday, January 26
Karen Lewis / Karen Lewis Textiles
Amy Gibson / Stitchery Dickory Dock

Wednesday, January 27
Sherri McConnell / A Quilting Life
Melissa Mortensen / Polka Dot Chair

Thursday, January 28
Heather Valentine / The Sewing Loft

Friday, January 29
Cindy Wiens / Live A Colorful Life/You are HERE!
AnneMarie Chany / Gen X Quilters - Wrap Up

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Really Random Thursday, 1/28/16

Let's start today with an addendum to the mostly Minnesota post from last week. Apparently, this is the latest rage--putting frozen blue jeans outside.

Mark remembers spilling water on his jeans when he was outside doing chores on the farm. His jeans froze too, making it really hard to walk. Who would have thought it would be art?

Last week we celebrated a 4-year-old birthday.
Happy faces.
Breakfast was in a town about an hour away and I had hitched a ride with Christa and the kids. On the way home, we stopped at Bravo Farms. They sell local produce and cheese they make themselves, among other things. They also have a great play area for the kids and a petting zoo, all in a rustic setting.

Funny signs all over the place.

Mark and I went for a drive Saturday afternoon. The clouds were just beautiful with the sun shining on them.
Mark saw this t-shirt while eating lunch.
I now have a little Legos sewing studio.
We went to the Harlem Globetrotters, always a fun show.
This was the sky yesterday morning. These pictures totally doesn't do justice to how gorgeous it was. No, we don't really have a railroad crossing in our back yard. Just lots of signs....

And this is my feeling as January draws to a close.
How about you?