Monday, February 20, 2012

The Name Game: I'm a Ginger Monkey

Did you see who is here today? Katy from I'm a Ginger Monkey! She even wrote her own intro--love that! Thanks, Katy.

Hello - I'm Katy and I blog at I've been quilting for about 4 years now and am 1/5th of modern quilting e-zine (or digital magazine) Fat Quarterly ( Along with the other guys from FQ we have our first book coming out in May with Lark books, called Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop, which is crazily exciting and more than a little bit scary! I live in the UK with my husband, our 2 children, 2 fat cats and a pain in the butt chihuahua puppy. Thank you to Cindy for having me on the blog today!
 Do you have your own copy of this issue? Paper piecing is popping up everywhere. This is a great issue! And I definitely have my copy of The Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop preordered. 
How did you choose the name for your blog?
 My blog name was originally my name on a parenting forum when my youngest was a baby. I'm not a ginger monkey, but he is. Not a real life monkey, but a ginger boy who happens to be a little monkey. Although in actual fact, he's always been pretty good. My blog header has been 'Monkey Do' for a good few years, but the URL remains I'm A Ginger Monkey.

Were there other names you considered, and can you share any of them with us?
 This quilt possibly has one of my all-time favorite names: Technicolor Yawn, aka Scrap Vomit. 

No - there were never any other names, it was always going to be I'm A Ginger Monkey, my twitter, my flickr and my blog are all that same name. I like the continuity!
Katy was one of the three  people who guided us through the Single Girl Quilt-along

Now that you are recognized by your blog name, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?
I've been Ginger Monkey for so long now I can't imagine being anything else. It doesn't necessarily make any sense, but I can't imagine being called Katy Quilts or something that makes more obvious sense. I sometimes find myself confused by blog names and who is who if they have a name similar to someone else. I'm a ginger monkey - I am, or at least, I'm not, but I haven't found anyone else with a similar name, and people tend to remember it, which is always useful! I can hide behind the name, it doesn't have my name in the title, it's not necessarily me (although it is me, obviously!) and if I were to wake up one morning and decide I hated quilting (never going to happen, but you know what I mean!) my blog name doesn't reflect anything that I make. I can blog about any old thing and the name still fits. 
Katy just announced that she will be teaching English Paper Piecing at Sewing Summit in October. As she says, EPP should be taught by someone who is English, right? 

Thanks, Katy, for playing the Name Game today. It was such a pleasure to have you here!

If you aren't already reading Katy's blog regularly, please go over and say hi, and spend some time looking around. These is a LOT to see!


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Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

Thanks Katy - and Cindy.

Deborah said... #

I'm a Ginger Monkey is certainly a catchy blog name. I've been a faithful reader of hers. Such inspiration.

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

I love Katy's blog and this is a wonderful interview!

Katy Cameron said... #

I always wondered why she was a brunette ginger monkey lol

Mrs Flying Blind... said... #

She really is one of the bestest x

Unknown said... #

thank you Cindy!!!!

Esch House Quilts said... #

I love this series on how people come up with their blog names. Thanks!

Unknown said... #

this is how we all pick our blog names... thanks for this entertainment and inspirations!

Sarah said... #

Love Katy :-)

Kris from Duke Says Sew What said... #

I am another faithful reader of Katy's! Just bought my first issue of her E-zine to read on my VC. These ARE fun to read Cindy! Enjoy your retreat!