Monday, September 10, 2012

The Name Game: Cluck Cluck Sew (and giveaway)

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You can't imagine my excitement when Allison from Cluck Cluck Sew said she would play the Name Game.

Do you read her blog? A couple of weeks ago I went through all her archives. Seriously. Totally worthwhile. Not only that, I met her in Kansas City at quilt market so now we're friends. Hah--me and like 10,000 other people. Anyway, this will be a picture-heavy post. Because she said I could choose whatever pictures I wanted. And then I couldn't stop. But you will be happy that I had no self-control!

How did you choose the name for your blog?
Tutorial here
I grew up with chickens and love love love them.  While visiting my parents and trying to think up a name I heard the chickens clucking down in their coop as they do once a day when they lay an egg (because ouch that must hurt!!!).  Inspiration hit and I named the blog Cluck Cluck Sew.  Now looking back it was a weird name....but I still like it 5 years later. 

Were there other names you considered, and can you share any of them with us?
I honestly can't remember any of the other names I considered.  I was going through my bird-loving faze when everything in stores had birds/nests/eggs on them, so it probably would have been something bird-ish anyways!  I'm not very creative with my naming quilts and there's a good chance it would have been something lame. 
 Tutorial here

Now that you are recognized by Cluck Cluck Sew, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?
I'm still happy with my blog name.  Even though its kind of weird I think it makes it unique. I've been in a quilt shop more than a few times when someone has said, "Are you the chicken blog lady?" so I guess associating me and the blog with a chicken isn't the worst thing in the world!  I can't think of what in the world I would change the name to even if I I guess it would be the same!

Allison, I took this picture in Minnesota in July. This one's for you.
Allison's quilts are bright and cheery. She has lots of tutorials on her blog for all kinds of things, including quilts. AND she has a great line of patterns. 
AND she is generously giving away three patterns! That means three winners! So head over to Cluck Cluck Sew and check out her line of patterns and come back here and tell me your favorite. I'm warning you--it will be a hard choice!  I'll choose the winners on Wednesday and Allison will either mail you the paper pattern or send you the instant PDF.


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kgibson said... #

I think Cluck Cluck Sew is a great name! I love so many of the quilt patterns. My favorite is Pow Wow!

Sarah said... #

Definitely a hard choice but I'd have to go for Seville. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said... #

I love the name Cluck Cluck Sew, it's fun (and I am a big fan)!! You weren't kidding, choosing a favorite pattern is tough, but I think Spin Cycle wins for me :)

Susan said... #

Cluck, Cluck Sew is a great blog! I think my favourite pattern is Spin Cycle! But is is a difficult chice! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa England said... #

Lots of cute patterns to choose from! I think my favorite is Sophie.

Gill said... #

I love Allison's patterns!
My favourite is 'Spin Cycle'

Joyce said... #

I like all the above, but if I could have one, it would be Shortcake. Thanks for the chance!

ItsNurseJessi said... #

I think my favorite is "Ziggy Baby." Any or all would be welcome! LOL.

Katie B said... #

Fun! Pow wow is my fave!

B Greene said... #

It is so hard to choose, but I think I would go with Seville. It was one of the very first things I ever pinned on Pinterest :-) Love this series - your interviews are always so interesting!

Archie The Wonder Dog said... #

What a great name for a blog! I love all Allison's quilts - they're so colourful! It was hard but I think I love 'Seville' the most...

Quilt n Queen said... #

This is a difficult question, I have a number of 'Cluck Cluck Sew' patterns and after much thought, I have decided, today's favorite is Pow- Wow. I love her blog name!! Thanks for the chance, have a wonderful week!

Ellyn said... #

I love them all! I guess I would pick spin cycle as today's favorite!

Sarah said... #

I love Cluck Cluck Sew patterns! My favourite is Pow Wow. sarahleighATinternodeDOTonDOTnet

J.J. said... #

I love Allison and cluck cluck sew! I am crushing on pow-wow , although all of her patterns are amazing!

Liz DandeliondD said... #

Cluck cluck sew is one of the first blogs I ever read.
I would love to win Pow Wow too.

Malmbergs said... #

I am always impressed with her blog and the ideas she comes up with. I think I would choose her Seville pattern. Lovely!

Alison V. said... #

I LOVE HER PATTERNS! I have two of them! I really love the spin cycle pattern and would pick that one if I could win!

marciekoch said... #

I've made a few quilts from Allison's patterns and would love to make the Pow Wow one next!

Anonymous said... #

Kaleidescope is my favorite :)

Carla said... #

I really like her inside out pattern. Thanks to both of you ; )

Melanie said... #

My favorite is Spin Cycle. Thanks to both of you!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said... #

I just bought Spin Cycle and haven't made it yet. My next favorrite is Inside Out! Great iinterview.

Vio said... #

Seville is my favorite pattern. They're all so great, though! Thanks for the chance.

Susan said... #

I love all of Allison's patterns, but would really like to make Spin Cycle. That one just really makes me smile.
I've been following Cluck,Cluck,Sew forever and love her blog and all the tutorials she is so kind to have on it. I think she may have been reading the great and funny book "Click, Clack, Moo" to her kids when she thought of the name of her blog. It's a kind of wacky book, but ever so fun. Kind of like modern quilts. :)
Thanks for the giveaway.

Mama Pea said... #

That is a tough one! I like Spin Cycle and Bizzy Kid. I am so glad you have no self control. Always love your Name Game posts. Thanks for the giveaway!

Laurel said... #

i've been reading her blog for a long time - love it! i think my favorite pattern has to be seville - it's been on my to-do list for ages.

Toni said... #

I don't think Allison has ever made a quilt that I haven't completely loved! She is so talented and seems very sweet. Right now Spin Cycle is my favorite. Thanks!

Aunt Marti said... #

I own 7 of Allison's patterns! But Joyfully is one I don't, and I think it would be great for the December Strip Club project.

Anonymous said... #

Just ordered her 'basketcase", but 'shortcake' is next on my list!
Love her blog too.
Corine, Canada

Judi said... #

I'd love to have the pattern for Seville. I made my daughter the Kaleidoscope quilt to take to college this fall,(blogged about here and I'm sure I'll be making another of those for myself sometime. I love the way it turned out, but the next one will definitely have some solids rather than all patterns so the sections stand out better.

Anonymous said... #

I have several of her patterns already, and I think I'd love to have "All Patched Up" to add to my collection. I enjoy following her blog and hearing about all of her adventures w/her three little ones.

Thanks for the chance to win! 8-)

Carmen said... #

I love them all, but if I had to choose I'd say Pow Wow! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Lee said... #

I love peppermint twist, easy bake and swirly pop! thanks

Michelle Corey said... #

I have Seville and the zig zag patterns already. I think I'd probably add kaleidoscope and either chain reaction or off track.

lindaroo said... #

So hard to choose, but Spin Cycle is such a cheery quilt, it's my favorite for today!

Needled Mom said... #

I have followed her fabulous woek for some time. She is amazing. I love all of her patterns but would love to have the Seville. Thanks for sharing Cluck, Cluck, Sew with us.

~Laurie~ said... #

LOVE Cluck, Cluck, Sew and her patterns. She has a way of combining color and pattern in the most eye catching way. So talented!!! Today, my favorite pattern is Spin Cycle ;)

Sharon said... #

I love Allison's patterns, especially Basketcase.

Unknown said... #

I've been loving Seville since the first day she posted it!!

Allison said... #

I'd love Bizzy Kid!

Katie said... #

I'm torn between Pow Wow and Inside out... I guess I'll go with Pow Wow. They are all great!

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Sharon L said... #

Off Track and Joyfully are 2 I don't have and really love. The combinations would be endless!

RaeLyn said... #

I have a few of Allison's patters (Love them!) But I think my current favorite that I DON"T have is Seville. Fun stuff!

ThirdMargaret said... #

I have several of Allison's patterns; they are well-written and such fun to make. I have also used several of her tutorials with great success. (thanks, Allison!) I don't have Spin Cycle, Pow Wow, or Inside Out yet, so any of those would be a great addition to my collection. Thank you for the fun post and giveaway!

Rebecca said... #

LOVE her patterns! I think Seville is my favourite, but it's a tough choice :)

~T~ said... #

I love Seville, too. And I'd always wondered about Allison's blog name. Thanks for sharing!

Erin M. said... #

Thanks for sharing. I enjoy hearing how people come to their blog names. I went to her shop and think I like Inside out best. None of those pesky HST.

DianeY said... #

I've always lov Ed her patterns, and you're right! It's hard to choose! for today, I will say Seville - tomorrow might choice might be different!

Carolyn B. said... #

My favorite is Off Track. And thanks for letting us know about her name choice!

Kim said... #

My favorite is Kaliedoscope!

Heidi Staples said... #

I love Pow Wow! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

Alexis said... #

Picking just one is so hard! It was hard to narrow it down to three. I think I'd have to pick Pow Wow as my favorite. Thanks for the chance to win. I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed for this one!

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Heather Jensen said... #

I love Sugar Dish! I just purchased a ruler for making dresden plates, so this would be a fun quilt to make with my new ruler!

Davy said... #

I love Kaleidoscope. I love the picture of the one her mom made the blocks for, with the baby crawling across it! So pretty.

AnnieK said... #

Easy choice for me, I've already been coveting "Seville." Thanks for the chance to win!

Jocelyn said... #

I love all of Allison's patterns but would choose Spin Cycle. Allison is such a talented quilter & has always been so helpful when I've had questions. Hers was one of the first blogs I started reading. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jocelyn said... #

I love Allison's patterns, and have made one that she posted on her blog a couple of times. They are easy to follow and turn out beautifully. I love her Basket Weave pattern. Thanks for enlightening us about where her blog name came from :-)

Anna @FreshDewDrops said... #

I just love Cluck Cluck Sew. It was one of the very first blogs I came across when I started my quilting journey about three years. I think I would take a copy of her pattern Shortcake. I have seen several of these pop up and they always look so pretty.

Terriaw said... #

I always wondered where Allison's blog name came from. Great story! I love her pattern designs and great variety.

Jessnmary said... #

I'm liking the peppermint twist!

Tessa @ TheSewingChick said... #

Great post, Cindy. I love the name game and it was great to hear from Allison. I always thought she got the inspiration for her name from the children's book, Click Clack Moo. It's about cows that type - hilarious! Bizzy Kid has always been my favorite Cluck Cluck Sew pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Claire said... #

Seville, no Spin Cycle, wait - ummm Dottie...gosh I just love them all but if I have to choose just one...Spin Cycle

Anita said... #

I think my favorite would have to be Seville, but it's a close second with Pow Wow and Ziggy Baby! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Julie said... #

I'd like to try Spin Cycle. I've made Skipping Squares and love how it turned out. I always check the Cluck Cluck Sew blog to see what new things she has come up with--thanks for the chance to win~

Nicole G said... #

I love the Pow Wow. It looks so happy!

Amira@littlemushroomcap said... #

I love Seville!

jill said... #

I love all her patterns but pow wow and spin cycle are ones I would like to make. Thank you for the chance to win

hollymade said... #

My favorite is Spin Cycle. Love it!

barbara woods said... #

i love spin cycle thanks for the giveaway

Kim P. said... #

You're many patterns that I like! But after careful thought, I would pick the Easy Bake. My niece has recently asked for a new quilt and I love how busy this quilt looks, truly an eyeful so I believe she would love it. Plus, I like the idea of making it with a layer cake! Easy.

Ann said... #

Hmm, picking one is indeed a challenge... I'm going to say Off Track, and bookmark the page for additional perusing.

Kristy @ Quiet Play said... #

Love hearing how people chose their blog names! Plus all those gorgeous photos! Love!

Really love the Kaleidoscope pattern! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

Peter & Kelli said... #

Bizzy Kids is my favorite! Thanks for sharing with us!

Anonymous said... #

I have been following Allison's blog for a while, and I love seeing her projects! I am new to quilting, but I love the Bizzy Kid quilt. My goal is to work up to making this quilt.


ALC said... #

I love her blog! I would try to make Seville. I think it is beautiful.

eastsunvb said... #

Ziggy baby!

Annabanana said... #

Pick just one favorite??? Well, Spin Cycle is up there at the top!

FlourishingPalms said... #

Off Track... just like I operate most of the time. Thanks for the chance to win.

Mary Jo said... #

Cluck Cluck Sew is a wonderful name. Great patterns and such a cute baby.
My favorite is Spin Cycle and Ziggy baby.

Tamie said... #

I would have to chose Spin Cycle although there are several that are great. Thanks for the interview.

Carrie said... #

Allison's blog is the one that inspired me to learn how to quilt! And now I'm hooked. I've been dying to try her Spin Cycle quilt!

Betty said... #

I've been a long-time follower of Allison's blog and love watching her (and her family) grow in blogland! Love Off Track - aren't we all there at some point? Thanks for spotlighting such a great blogger!

Ellee said... #

Basket Case caught my eye. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Deb said... #

I always wondered how she came up with that name...and I agree, she is an awesome designer. I have been wanting to get Spin Cycle for a while now. I love that design.

Darlington Delights said... #

Joyfully....I love it. I'm all into Christmas right now and this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Olivia said... #

I love the Dottie pattern but they are all beautiful!

Cherilyn said... #

Spin cycle is my favorite pattern. This was a fun post to read. I have been a fan of cluck cluck sew for a long time it is fun to know how she chose the name!

Kay said... #

I looked at the patterns and decided on Sugar Dish because it has dresdens in it and I love working with dresdens. Juice Box was a close second though. Thank you for the giveaway. I have been sewing for almost a year now and often read Cluck, Cluck, Sew. It is a great name because it is so memorable and I never confuse it with other blog names.

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

I love Cluck Cluck Sew! You're right they are amazing patterns and I really love Inside Out :)

Ellen said... #

Although there were several patterns that drew my heart in, Juice Box is my pick. I remembered when I first saw this pattern and how I wanted to start sewing immediately. I need that inspiration today! Thank you for this mini shopping spree.

Linda Shields said... #

I love her pattern Juice Boxes. And I am so glad she introduced me to your blog!

Kristi said... #

Swirly pop is my favorite, but not by much! I've followed her blog for a while now and love it!

Anonymous said... #

I love Cluck Cluck Sew and am a frequent reader! Dottie is my favorite pattern, which I plan to make soon. Allison's raw edge circle quilt tutorial is great - I made one for my son.

annepareti at yahoo dot com

artsycraftsyivy said... #

Gosh, it's hard to choose! I'd go for Pow Wow if I won.

S Stitching said... #

I admire her blog, too! The Kaleidoscope pattern is my favorite.


Siobhán said... #

I have wondered how the name Cluck Cluck Sew was chosen! I knew instantly what pattern I'd choose--Spin Cycle--though Pow Wow is a close second. Thanks for the opportunity!

Jeanne said... #

It was a tough decision, but I think I like Basket Case.

OPQuilt said... #

My goal today is to fill your mailbox with my comments. But when I saw you had 100 comments, I'm thinking--will you ever see any of these? Great post about Allison's blog. Because of you, I do pop in there once in a while, and I do like those birds you photographed.

Okay, now I just realized you are doing a giveaway. I'm not entering, but it looks like you have a lot who are. Way to go!


Doris said... #

I do read her blog, and she has some fun, simple quilts... Fun to read about the name!

Unknown said... #

Def. Bizzy Kids, it looks like something I could actually do.

cyndiofthevortex said... #

I love Peppermint Twist!

robin chapa said... #

Shortcake! Omg..... I've been meaning to order that one for a couple of months now.... I LOVE it! :)
Thanks for a chance to win!

Kali said... #

Only one pattern?!? I absolutely love Seville and will definitely be making it in the future!!

Susana Neiger said... #

"All Patched Up" looks like my favorite of the patterns. But I've gotta say, thanks for the picture of the rainbowy-looking "strip and flip baby quilt" with the link to her tutorial. I LOVE that. Now I want to make one of those, too!!!

Helen L said... #

I love Allison's blog (been following it for a few months now.) I love her "Pow Wow" pattern (just saw it done up in a quilt store I visited yesterday!), and Inside Out, and my first love, Seville!!! And she has cute kids too!! :-P

Rhonda D. said... #

So many great's hard to choose just one! I really like
Sugar Dish. Thank for the chance to win!!


Iris said... #

It has to be inside out. I've had it in the back of my mind to make for my twins boys for such a long time! I love CluckClucksew, through whom I landed on your blog and this name-game is very funny and original. Thanks for a chance to win

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Kathie said... #

I've been following Cluck Cluck Sew for a while and it was fun to read how her name came about. I love her pattern "Off Track"!

Heather G said... #

Love love love cluck cluck sew...been following her for a while. I am so inspired by her projects. She has so many great patterns but I really love her pattern Kaleidoscope

Haley said... #

My favorite is Shortcake.

Heather said... #

So hard to choose...but I really like Bizzy Kid!

The Rx quilter said... #

ohhh dottie, tea party and pow wow...I have been following Cluck, Cluck, Sew for about 2 years and anxiously await each new post! Lisa in Texas

Megan said... #

pow wow is my favorite, but they're all pretty fun!

hueisei said... #

I love all especially the Spin Cycle.

Anonymous said... #

Oohhh, her patterns are all so cute! I like a lot of them especially kaleidoscope, inside out (but not sure of the level on that one) and shortcake!!! So many fun ones to choose!
Patti from Indiana