Red Pepper Quilts. I have been a huge fan of hers and over this time, we have had several great email conversations. When she started posting her work on Instagram, of course I followed her there as well, along with countless other fans.
blog), and I have had such fun going back through her feed. Being a grandmother myself, with uber adorable grandchildren, I noticed this cute little boy who popped up frequently in her feed. Somehow, Jan's pictures finally led me to her daughter, Molly Lam.
Tokodots. If you are a quilter, you will fall in love with her designs. If you are not a quilter, you will fall in love with her bright images and clean lines. Don't be surprised if you want to buy one of everything!!
In addition to introducing Molly and her work, I thought it would be fun to have a special edition of the Name Game.
1. How did you choose the name, Tokodots?
Tokodots came out of a play on words in Japanese. I came across a really rare word in my days as a Japanese interpreter (tokowaka) and my Japanese co-workers told me that I must have misheard it because it wasn't a word that any of them knew. It was a proud moment when I found someone who could explain its real meaning, and I was reminded that I should trust my instinct. The toko- part basically means "always" so paired with dots it made a lot of sense for me, and reminded me of a proud moment in my previous professional life.
I wish I remembered more of the names I had thrown around, but one that sticks out is Dot Days. I'm definitely glad that I didn't pick that!
3. Now that you are known by Tokodots, are you happy with it, or do you wish you could change it to something else?
I couldn't be more happy with the name. I'm sure it's confusing to some people, but I love that Tokodots is unique and often starts an interesting conversation about Japan and the world when I meet customers in person.
She chose Delta Breeze, one of my most favorite designs. Ever.
Here is Molly's interpretation. Aren't they fabulous??
I might have ordered over a dozen sets myself. :)
And now you have a chance to win a set for yourself! Molly and I are hosting a giveaway on Instagram beginning tomorrow, March 22, and you have two chances to win--leave a comment on Molly's account, @tokodots, and also on mine, @liveacolorfullife. The giveaway will be open until Friday, March 24, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
I hope you will have a look at all of Molly's fabulous designs in her Etsy shop (you can read about the Delta Breeze notecards here). Not only does she have sets of note cards available, she also has individual cards and art prints suitable for framing. Her series of origami prints has really captured my heart--wouldn't those make great mini quilts? Hmmmm....
I hope Molly and I have many more collaborations in the future.