Monday, July 15, 2013

The Name Game: Sew Wrong Sew Right

Molly is here this week from Sew Wrong Sew Right.

I'm so glad Molly is here because I have a fun little story to share first. Mark and I were at quilt market in Portland in May. So as we were walking down the aisles, which is pretty intimidating because it is such a huge show, we paused at Angela Walters' booth, and there was Molly, who was helping in her booth. Now we had never met before, but she totally blew me away when she said, "Aren't you Cindy from Live a Colorful Life?" I am not used to anyone recognizing me. I mean, that just never happens to me! And then she said she regularly followed The Name Game and Really Random Thursday! So I'm thrilled to have her playing along this week.

How did you choose the name for your blog?

I decided I wanted to start blogging a few years back after being an avid blog follower for years.  I was jumping full force back into quilting after a 2 year focus on my etsy shop- and I wanted to get to know other quilters and share my experience, both good and bad with the quilting community.  I told my better half Jeff that I wanted to start and blog and the first thing he asked me was "what are you going to name it?"  That sent us on a several day long tangent of coming up with blog names and checking to see if they were already taken... We got some real winners in that brainstorming session... but I settled on sew wrong sew right because I think we all have those moments of pure joy when something goes sew right and also those moments of terror and dread when something goes sew wrong.  I felt at the time that many bloggers weren't sharing much on their process, just showing glamorous photos of perfect looking finished projects- and to me that didn't feel authentic.  I wanted my readers to know that I make mistakes too, and that the lessons learned from them are the most valuable ones.  I hope that my followers laugh with me when I fail and cheer with me when something comes out just right... those highs and lows are what make our journey as quilters so memorable.
 Were there other names you considered, and can you share any of them with us?

Oh boy were there ever some other potential names-  let me just start this by saying that one of the things I love most about Jeff is his uncanny ability to make me laugh- every single day.  He reminds me not to take myself too seriously, and the harder I try, the more funny he gets.  So I spent a few days trying to think of the perfect blog name, and he is constantly interjecting with names like "I'm Sexy and I Sew it"  (yes a really lame riff on the even lamer song "I'm sexy and I know it") - I mean come on.  That one still makes me laugh till this day though, and that is why he is so great- but that name was a no go.  He eventually came up with the one I picked, so he is not all fun and games, sometimes he is a little bit brilliant too! :)

Now that you are recognized by Sew Wrong Sew Right, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?
 I am happy with my blog name, and I don't really think I would change it if I could.  It is weird though, now that I am taking on customer quilts- I wanted to start a name for that business and it made sense to use my blog name or tie it in somehow- but I didn't think including the sew wrong part in my business name was such a great idea, as it wouldn't exactly inspire confidence in potential customers.  So for my business I chose Sew Right Quilting Service- and I think it ties it all in nicely.  Overall, it has been a good name for me, and I think I will stick with it!   
Thanks so much Cindy for the chance to share my name story on The Name Game- hope you all laughed a bit!

Thanks for playing this week, Molly. Even though you didn't choose "I'm Sexy and I Sew It," well, at least you know how Jeff views you!

Please stop by and say hello to Molly. As for me, I'm hoping we become really good friends.

The Name Game will be on hiatus until September 9. I'll be posting now and then in the meantime. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer.


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charlotte said... #

Thanks for another fun post Cindy. I do love the name game. Have a great rest of the summer.

Needled Mom said... #

Her work is really lovely. It was fun to meet another wonderful talent in the quilting world.

Molly said... #

Yay, my day has finally come! This turned out beautifully Cindy, thanks so much for the great feature, and to everyone reading this today- Hello and thanks for reading!

Anonymous said... #

Jeff sounds similar to my husband. He looooves to tease me about my sewing obsession.

Vicki said... #

Thanks Cindy and fun that Jeff takes part in your passion. Your work is absolutely beautiful!

Grandma Theresa said... #

Fun interview Cindy, this is Molly's mom. It is fun to visit other blogs that Molly is inspired by. Of course I thinks she is so amazing but that is because she is Molly my daughter, On top of that I love her quilting.

Molly said... #

Thank you so much Vicki- I appreciate your kind words about my work so much. As for Jeff, yes he is very open to helping out with my quilting and getting involved when he can- he always gives his expert opinions on fabrics and designs- and keeps me giggling all the while- he is a true gem!

Molly said... #

Yup- sewing and quilting are endless fodder for teasing around here... but if you can laugh about something- then at least you are smiling and having a good time, and who says quilting has to be so serious all the time anyway? :)

OPQuilt said... #

I'll pop over to Molly's to say hi, but how many Name Game Girls do you have now? Fun post.

Mary said... #

So cute that she recognized you! Molly is adorable and I envy her sewing space!

ChristaQuilts said... #

What a fun post! Thank you for introducing us to Molly. I'm sure I would recognize you too if I saw you out and about in Quilty Land :-)

trish said... #

I am new to the name game and todays post was so fun to read!! :0)
I cant wait to read the name games from the past and also visiting Molly's blog!