Monday, April 25, 2016

The Name Game: {Quilt} While You're Ahead

I have been following Monica's blog for years. While the name of her blog was the first thing to catch my attention, it was her writing style that keeps me reading. Monica has that rare ability to paint a picture with just a few words. I have probably told her many times at least once that if I could switch places with another writer, it would be her.
Not only that, but she lives in England and vacations in all the places I dream about. She is originally from Italy, is an avid reader, and reads a lot of her books in Italian! Okay, enough gushing. For now...

How did you choose the name for your blog? 

I discovered the world of blogs when I was searching the net for patterns for modern quilts... I had two small babies and sewing was my escape.  I literally stumbled into this community of like-minded people and was overjoyed!  I wasn't alone! I wasn't a freak! Stroking fabric was not something to do in secret anymore!!  Anyway, moving on swiftly, I can't quite remember the moment I decided to start a blog, it kind of happened... I'm pretty sure my husband came up with the name.  He's good like that!

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

I had the more pretentious name of "life for a while"... I'm glad I didn't go with that!!

Now that you are known by Quilt While You're Ahead, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else? 

I am still happy with it but I kind of wish it was shorter... try typing it in a hurry!! it's a finger twister... and also I tend to write about lots of other things not just quilting and so it's slowly moved to a "while you're ahead" more than anything.

Which is quite hysterical because anyone that knows me knows that 'ahead'... is not readily applicable to me!!  I normally scramble behind everybody else trailing destructions and dropping things left right and centre...

But hey... one can always hope!

I recommend that you go through Monica's blog archives. Pick a topic, any topic. And then just enjoy scrolling through the beautiful pictures (did I mention she is also a fabulous photographer?) and savor her writing. (You might be able to tell that I'm a serious fan girl). And follow her in Instagram too (@quiltwhileyoureahead). You'll thank me for time well spent.