Monday, October 17, 2011

The Name Game: Cut to Pieces

Angela is here today from Cut to Pieces. I'm sure many of you are well acquainted with her. And if not, you will love all the pictures, just a small sampling of what Angela has to show you on her blog. Not only is she a quilter, she is a "chef" at Moda Bake Shop. So let's start with her most current pattern, Picket Fences.
Angela, how did you choose the name for your blog?

Choosing a name was difficult.  I struggled with it for a long time.  I knew that I wanted to be able to keep the name indefinitely and I needed something that I felt represented ME.  I didn't want to use a name that others expected from me.  
I already had an Etsy shop which I had started a couple of years earlier, named Tweedledee Designs.  But at that point I was focusing on making baby items for sale.  So the whimsical name was very appropriate for that "company".  I joined Flickr with that name as well.  But it became clear to me about a year ago that I was no longer focusing on baby items and wanted to have a name with broader appeal.  

There were some other things I thought of as well.  I didn't want the name to be too "cutesy" for ME.  I love it with others, but I didn't think that it was the right fit for me.  So I stayed away from anything with "Sew" in it...despite the fact that when I asked friends on facebook what name they liked the best all the ones that used "sew" were wildly popular.  lol.  

I'm a bit of a dork though and I still wanted to use something that has a play on words.  Cut to pieces could mean how I felt, what I was doing, or has the sweet way of sounding like Cut 2 Pieces...which is what I also do!  I liked that the name has a bit of an edge to it with the word "cut" because I'm not always feeling "Sew" wonderful. ;)  And this name gave me the opportunity to be able to morph my content into whatever I chose.  I'm not locked into being a quilting ONLY blog.  I could suddenly become a scrapbooker or clothing designer and the name would still be perfect!

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

Yes, as mentioned above, I considered a lot of names with "Sew" and many with "Quilting/Quilter/Quilts" in them.  These were all the blog names that family and friends actually liked.  But for some reason that made me want to do "Cut to Pieces" even more.  I liked that they didn't quite get why it was a name for me.  After all, Tweedledee Designs was so "sweet".  I considered that as well, but as I mentioned above, I wanted to step away from the overly juvenile nature of that name.  Though I still adore it! (And it's still the name of my occasionally running Etsy shop.)  Just to be ornery I even considered Tweedledum...the slightly off version of Tweedledee. ;)

Now that you are recognized by your blog name, Cut to Pieces,are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?

Am I recognized by my blog name? That's fun! Yes, I do still like it.  I'm working on developing a logo for the blog and redoing it so that it is even more ME.  The only hard thing has been switching my flickr name over to match my blog.  I became one of those people with too many I had to change my flickr name to be a hybrid of my previous Tweedledee Designs and my current Cut to Pieces.  Tweedledee Designs was too hard for everyone write out anyway, so it always got shortened to that's the part I kept.  And I threw in the Cut to Pieces with some scissors, just to make things even harder to write out. lol

(Another Moda Bake Shop design)
My one regret is that there is a small online company in Australia maybe that makes something that has the dot com version of my name.  So I can't switch over.  My computer savvy brother always gives me a hard time for that.  But thankfully, blogs are pretty much an industry standard in the quilting world right now, so I'm good.  I'll figure something out later if I NEED a dot com. 
This book just arrived in the mail the other day.
Angela has two blocks on the cover! I think she has eleven blocks altogether in the book. Awesome design skills!

I hope you will head over to Cut to Pieces, say hi to Angela, and check out all the awesome designs she has to share (and her new blog design is easy to navigate, so spend plenty of time looking around).]

Thanks for stopping by, Angela. It was lots of fun having you here this week!


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Unknown said... #

Cool post! Angela's is one of my favourite blogs to spend time at :-)

randi--i have to say said... #

angela's blog is great! she is so creative and so sweet. that's a great combination!

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

Yay for Angela, and the book - mine should be en route from Amazon right now!!

Needled Mom said... #

Wow! What amazing work! I loved the pictures.

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

Another great post and I loved all the photos - such gorgeous quilts (and blocks)!

Poppyprint said... #

All of Angela's blocks in the book are fantastic and I love that they are original and well thought-out. Another great installment of The Name Game!

felicity said... #

I do love this series. Angela's modern blocks for the book are fabulous!

CitricSugar said... #

I started reading her a little while ago, mostly because I have begun to draught off your blogroll. :-) Heehee. The best way to find ideas is to read those that inspire the people that inspire you.

JariJari said... #

i'm subscriber of her blog post. I love her choice of colours and makes her quilt/ blocks look awesome