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I’ve been tagged, News for ATC Trade at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach, and a Fat Quarter Giveaway!

27 May 2008

Art quilter Mary Stori tagged me earlier this spring and as I just enjoyed a three-day weekend, I had a little time on my hands to finally put to paper a few bits about me. (And if you want to skip all that and jump to Quilt/ Collage news and the Fat Quarter Giveaway, move along to #7!)

7 Tidbits:

1. An embarrassing fact: Most women love chocolate, but for me––and please, let’s not explore this too deeply, people––it’s Fluff. Given a full jar of the gooey, marshmellow-y stuff, I will scrape it clean.

2. I am capable of spending money before I even get out of bed in the morning. This is because while I slowly wake, my favorite thing to do is browse iTunes and download music. I love classic rock, alternative, indie, and I also (coincidentally) recommend Mad Pokey Radio on Live 365, Internet radio---––a lead from my super hip photographer, Larry Stein who always has the coolest music playing while he shoots the art for Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors.

I listen to music all day at work and change my playlists frequently, combining old and new tunes. My current playlist on my iPod:

    “Supernatural Superserious”-R.E.M.
“Do Do”- Big Spaceship (This has got to be one of the silliest songs around, but it’s got such a chipper tune, it makes me smile!)
“I Love to Move in Here”- Moby
“Fool’s Gold” - The Stone Roses
“Do You See My Love”- The Dirtbombs
“Young Folks” Peter, Bjorn, & John
“Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”- Radiohead
“If It’s In My Mind, It’s On My Face”- Seal
“Radio Nowhere”- Bruce Springsteen
“Don’t You Evah”- Spoon
“(This is for the) Better Days” - The Bees

3. I often watch movies while simultaneously reading a book. I read a lot of fiction, and in case the movie is bad, I always like to have a book to fall back on.

4. We have an adopted rescue cat we named Dickens who weighs nearly as much as our adopted Golden Retriever mix, Sophie. The vet from Tufts University Animal Hospital thinks Dickens has got some kind of wild cat in him, but he’s the gentlest of creatures:


A shot with Dickens and Louie (who thought my bin of Westminster fabrics would make for a comfy bed):


5. I have a tendency to re-watch and dissect movies and HBO series over and over again while I'm in my studio. (Some may call this obsessive behavior!) Favorite flicks and series I watch include The Sopranos, American Beauty, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine, The Office, Fargo, Goodfellas, Sideways, the Godfather trilogy, Best In Show, Bridget Jones, Pride and Prejudice (the BBC/A&E version, thank you very much), Calendar Girls, and of course, Sex in the City. (Is anybody else besides me counting down the days until the movie is out?)

6. I recently returned from Quilt Market, and here's a snap of Susan Brubaker Knapp and myself in the Quilting Arts booth.


Susan's beautiful calendar quilt will grace the month of April in our 2009 Quilting Arts Calendar. For more Quilt Market news, check the blog of up-and-coming fabric artist Melissa Avarinos from Cape Cod, or the read the story of Kathy Mack seeing Eddie Vedder outside her hotel in Portland. (Lucky girl!)

7. Speaking of movies and music, the International Quilt Festival/Long Beach show in July will be featuring an exhibit entitled, "The Silver Screen." For those who missed out on entering a quilt, here's an opportunity to celebrate your love of movies and all things entertaining. We will be featuring the ultimate ATC trade in the Make It University!™ section and strongly encourage you to bring ATCs with any kind of entertainment theme: movies, music, TV shows, favorite quotes or lyrics. For this particular ATC trade, there is no limit to the number of ATCs you can bring/ trade. You are invited to make these ATCs from paper, fabric, both, or of other media. If you have 50 ATCs, you can trade all of them, so I hope you get busy over the next couple of months and plan to come to the show!

Fat Quarter Giveaway

  Being an 80s movie junkie, the first five people to correctly tell me the names of the movies that correspond to the following quotes will win a stack of fat quarters that I will ship to you. (Be sure to leave your email in the comments area and I’ll email you for your address.)


1. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”  (I’m starting off easy.)

2.  “I want my two dollars!”

3. “Life goes by pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” (Another easy one.)

4. “It is so nice when you can sit with someone and not have to talk.”

And from one of my absolute favorite flicks…

5. “They're kissing again. Do we have to read the kissing parts?"

Or another line from the same movie:

“Since the invention of the kiss there have been five kisses that were rated the most passionate, the most pure. This one left them all behind. The End.”

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debbi wrote
on 27 May 2008 11:20 AM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better Off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally 5. The Princess Bride
Beth wrote
on 27 May 2008 12:36 PM
1 Dirty Dancing 2 Better Off Dead 3 Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4 When Harry Met Sally 5 The Princess Bride My email is
Nancy in A2 wrote
on 27 May 2008 12:37 PM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better Off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally 5. The Princess Bride
Laura wrote
on 27 May 2008 12:54 PM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better Off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally 5. The Princess Bride
Alyson Olander wrote
on 27 May 2008 1:06 PM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally" 5. Princess Bride :-)
Alyson Olander wrote
on 27 May 2008 1:07 PM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally" 5. Princess Bride :-) Drat, I forgot to put in my e-mail address on that last one:
Thien-Kim wrote
on 27 May 2008 3:18 PM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally 5. Princess Bride Thanks for the giveaway! thienkimlam @
Belinda wrote
on 28 May 2008 6:18 AM
Love the kitties! I'm not a fan of Fluff but I love my iPods!!! Belinda Spiwak
Maggie wrote
on 28 May 2008 7:25 AM
my daughter took me to see Dirty Dancing on stage here in Toronto recently. Awesome! She has never seen the movie! Imagine! bad bad mom I am!
Caron Mosey wrote
on 28 May 2008 8:38 AM
What a huge, beautiful cat! Has to be a Maine Coon Cat. Caron in Michigan
Miss Snips wrote
on 28 May 2008 8:47 AM
I guess 5am on the west coast is too late to put in my list but I'm doing it anyway... !. Dirty Dancing (which I knew right away) 2. Better off Dead (I love John Cusak!) 3. Ferris Buellers Day off ( it rang a bell but I had to google it to make sure) 4. When Harry Met Sally (this one took some thinking and a google search to find -- I didn't know it at all) 5. Princess Bride ( I could picture it being said but this too I had to google to jog my mind) Congrats to the winner -- someone way ahead of me, but then I don't really need more fabric (that badly, do I?) Love the cat pics, everybody should have two cats...
Melissa wrote
on 28 May 2008 10:38 AM
Either you are a little, tiny thing or that is the biggest, darn cat that I have ever seen! Dickens is beautiful!
Cheryl Sleboda wrote
on 28 May 2008 11:00 AM
Wish I could be in Long Beach to trade ATCs, but it's the same weekend as a big comic book show I am going to for work. Maybe next year! Have fun!
Ruth Balster wrote
on 28 May 2008 11:11 AM
That's one big cat . . . I think I'm too late, but . . Dirty Dancing Better off Dead Ferris Bueller's Day Off When Harry Met Sally The Princess Bride I'm glad someone likes rewatching movies as much as I do!
Lisa wrote
on 28 May 2008 11:16 AM
She IS a tiny thing! LOL But that cat really is huge.
Doreen Kinkade wrote
on 28 May 2008 11:53 AM
Dickens is beautiful. That would be a Maine Coon. They are large cats. See you in Long Beach.
Veronica Richmond wrote
on 28 May 2008 7:37 PM
Wow, can you believe I was stuck on When Harry Met Sally but hooted so loudly my husband came running, the second I saw the second quote. My favourite line from that movie is, "Sorry your mom blew up, Ricky". Thanks for the giggle. Since I own it, I'll need to pull it out and watch it again soon. Maybe a John Cusack film festival. I've got enough to do that. Friends and I have a Paul Gross Appreciation Film Festival scheduled for the end of June. All 3 of us own the fantastic series Slings and Arrows, one has Aspen Extreme (thankfully not me) and I have Men With Brooms. Great to sew by.
Terri Stromberg wrote
on 28 May 2008 7:39 PM
1. Dirty Dancing 2. Paper Moon 3. Moonstruck 4. When Harru Met Sally 5. The Princess Bride Lisa is right - Dickens is a Maine Coon, which is why he is so big and so sweet. We grew up with one, and they're the best!
Janet Swalwell wrote
on 28 May 2008 11:54 PM
What's Fluff? Obviously not what I thought - that's what collects in the dryer lint filter! Us Aussies haven't met Fluff yet, though it sounds interesting. BTW, love the kitties!!
Pokey wrote
on 29 May 2008 9:11 AM
I'm laughing that so many got the quotes right, but I'm also wondering if I made it too easy! I pondered which one to include from "The Princess Bride"...there are so many funny lines in that flick. As far as my cat Dickens, yes he's definitely mostly Maine Coon, and our vet requested a specialist to come in and measure his jaw line since it's unusually large. That's where they think he has some kind of wild something in him, but he truly is so gentle. He loves to hug all of the other animals--even those much larger than him. I posted a YouTube link a while ago with our Golden mix, and it can be found here: I'll take another one of him and our little dog soon––it really is such a funny sight when he wraps our Italian Greyhound in a bear hug...
Meg Lamey wrote
on 29 May 2008 2:29 PM
Your cat is beautiful, if you ever need a new home for his, just let me know! I was also wondering about the online conference that was going to be held in June. Is it still on or has it been canceled? Thanks
Karen wrote
on 29 May 2008 4:04 PM
Dirty Dancing Better Off Dead Ferris Bueller's Day Off When Harry Met Sally and my fave too: Princess Bride
Karen wrote
on 29 May 2008 4:24 PM
Followed by my email address: as above: Dirty Dancing Better Off Dead Ferris Bueller's Day Off When Harry Met Sally and my fave too: Princess Bride.
waterrose wrote
on 29 May 2008 9:37 PM
OH my goodness...that is the biggest cat I've ever seen! Between Princess Bride and Labyrinth and my son's obsession with both, when he was little, I can't even count how many times I've seen them.
Pokey wrote
on 30 May 2008 11:54 AM
Meg, We have postponed the concept until a later time, yet the workshops taped for the online conference are available via DVD. More information can be found on this web page: Thanks for your interest.
Susan Brubaker Knapp wrote
on 3 Jun 2008 10:17 AM
Pokey, My bet is on part Maine Coone Cat, and part Snow Leopard! Thanks for mentioning me on your blog! Susan
Barbara Lockwood wrote
on 5 Jun 2008 5:24 PM
Can soemone tell me what ATC is, and how can I find out about it at the Long Beach convention. Is it trade cards we make to swap? What are the perameters. Thanks
Laura wrote
on 6 Jun 2008 12:54 PM
Just wanted to thank you for the fat quarters. I recieved them last night & posted them to my blog today. Really like the colors, very fresh! Will be thinking what to do with them after I get through the project I'm on now.
Heather wrote
on 11 Jun 2008 9:52 AM
Hi -- could you tell me how much Dickens weighs? I've showed his picture to a number of friends and that's the first question everyone asks. By the way -- he's gorgeous!!!
Pokey wrote
on 11 Jun 2008 10:31 AM
Dickens weighs just about 30 pounds (maybe a little more). I have him to thank for such strong biceps since I carry him around quite a bit. ;-)
Laura Krasinski wrote
on 13 Jun 2008 6:30 PM
I just love your cat.. We have a rescued cat and last Sunday he broke his leg.. it was so sad... besides that my other cat had a bad abcess on his face.. you can see both of them on my blog ( if you have time) they are both doing much better now.. but, the leg has to be in the cast for 6 weeks..
Sandra wrote
on 17 Jun 2008 8:00 PM
Dirty Dancing Better Off Dead Ferris Bueller's Day Off When Harry Met Sally The Princess Bride appalmtngal at gmail dot com
Anita Karban-Neef wrote
on 18 Jun 2008 2:20 PM
1.Dirty Dancing 1987 2.Better Off Dead 1985 3.Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 4.When Harry Met Sally 1989 5.Princess Bride 1987
sandy darch wrote
on 19 Jun 2008 7:02 PM
I hope I'm not too late, I found your blog via the quilting arts newsletter email. 1. Dirty Dancing 2. Better off Dead 3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off 4. When Harry Met Sally 5. The Princess Bride I love all the ols movies and I saw sex and the city when it came out. very good! The felted eggs look great. I will have to buy some, I have made felted beads with some success, although the first few looked more like leaves than beads. sandy