Thursday, September 30, 2010

Customized--Award-Winning Speech Edition

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to make one of those acceptance speeches, you know, like "First I'd like to thank the Academy..."

When I got an email from Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew, asking me to make a pincushion for her friend, Mo Bodell, well, it sorta felt like being nominated for a major award.

I love Mo's fabric, Party Dress, and making a pincushion from this fabric was really fun. I hope she likes it.

*gasp* They just called me name. (trying not to stumble over my designer dress from Target as I go up the steps to make my speech....)

"First, I would like to thank the director (I mean, fabric designer)  for such beautiful designs. Your talent is amazing. I would like to thank  the producer (uh, fabric manufacturer) for giving me such great 'material" to work with. It makes my job so easy. I would like to especially thank the script writers for all the wonderful information you put on the selvages. Without you, it would be a lot harder to 'selvage my sanity.'

I would like to thank my fellow bloggers, who are a constant source of inspiration. This one is for you, Amanda Jean.

 I would like to thank the supporting actors who made this pincushion possible, especially  Robert Kaufman for designing "Crazy for Dots and Stripes," MoMo for allowing me to use just part of your name, and "Quilts," wherever you are--and you know who you are (because I don't remember...)

Further, I would like to thank Jennifer Paganelli, for having the most amazing selvages, and using lots of names in her fabric lines--Jennifer, without you it would be a lot harder to customize. And to Jean Ray Laury. You are a legend in the quilting community--a lot of newer quilters may not be familiar with you, but you followed your own path and made some amazing contributions, including designing six lines of fabric for FreeSpirit and having a quilt included in the 20th Century's 100 Best Quilts. And you come from central California, right where I live.
Finally, I want to thank my husband, Mark. You give me unwavering encouragement and support. Without you, none of this would be possible.

(Hope you all heard that last part, because they just cued the music for me to


  1. These are great! I love how you manage to find bits and pieces that are so perfect!

  2. ha those are great! i was there when kristen gave her's to mo and she was sooOOOOo thrilled!! we all drooled over it! ;)

  3. Congratulations Cindy! What an honor! You deserve this award. I adore the customizing you always put into these treasures. Definitely a challenging treasure hunt to find just the right words and names and themes. Bravo!

  4. I LOVE it! I really do!! You are wonderful!

  5. You are too funny! But for real, what a cool project to be asked to do! As always, they turned out super-cute...

    Jennifer :)

  6. You are so creative! Your pincushions and writing are so much fun!!!


  7. Those are so fun! I LOVE the way you personalise them! I just finished a big selvage quilt and had so much fun trying to arrange the selvages to have special meanings related to the blocks they were in. I like the way you wrote your blog post too!

  8. Such a cute post and your pincushions are amazing! I can't imagine how you do it!

  9. I LOVE MY PINCUSHION!!! it just arrived in the mail today. thanks a bunch, cindy. i adore it. it is SO SPECIAL and PERFECT!!! my husband was thoroughly impressed. my son asked if he could sleep with it. (no, of course not, are you crazy, son????)

    this was a great post. thanks again. it was a welcome smile at the end of a crappy day!

  10. Crazy-Mom's pincushion is perfect!!

    Loved your speech - just fell off my chair! :-) Been intending to email but I know you will understand the delay... Hugs!

  11. Hi,

    I love the pin cushion you made for Crazy Mom Quilts; it’s too cute! What a creative idea you had.

  12. How did I miss this??? You have made appearances on celebrity blogs!!?? You are awesome! But then again your ideas are award worthy ;-)

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