Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Jackie from Canton Village Quilt Works tagged Sew and Sox as one of her favorite blogs. I think it has more to do with being a fellow Red Sox fan than anything else but I still do appreciate it (Thanks Jackie!). Turns out, when called out by a fellow blogger, you have to complete a short assignment. Here's my go at it...

The rules are:
1. When tagged, place the name of the person and URL on your blog
2. Post the rules on your blog
3. Write 7 things about yourself
4. Name 7 of your favorite blogs
5. Send an e-mail letting those bloggers know they have been tagged

Helen, who tagged Jackie, had a nice format that I will follow:

1. Living arrangements
I live in New Haven, CT, USA with my husband. We are planning to move as soon as we can sell our house (which is taking longer than expected. Damn that sub-prime mortgage fiasco that is freaking everyone out!) We'll be moving to my husband's home town not far from here.

2. Schooling
I have a BFA in graphic design. The extra "F" makes it sound fancy but it just means I took a few extra academic classes.

3. Favorite food/drink
Pizza. Definitely pizza. The perfect food. It is delivered to my door, tastes great with soda, beer or wine, and is even better the next day when reheated in the oven. I am also spoiled living here in New Haven, though often disputed by those with less discriminating tastes, we have the best pizza anywhere.

4. Morning or evening person?
Neither. I go to bed early and would sleep late if allowed. I can also fall asleep anywhere and at anytime, just about. In fact, pajamas are my favorite clothes and my bed is my favorite place in my house. Excuse me...zzzzzzz....

5. Since when have you been quilting?
I'm not sure. My mom may be able to help out here (Hey, Mom, leave a comment if you know). She took quilting classes when I was a kid and I know that I asked her to then teach me too. I remember working on a log cabin block that I was going to turn into a pillow. I think I started hand quilting it but I don't know what came of it after that. I certainly haven't been quilting consistently since then. I started a nine patch quilt about 5 years ago that is lost in a box somewhere...not yet fully pieced. And then this fall I made a couple of quilts for Christmas gifts.

6. Pets
We have three cats. Casey and Rauiri (pronounced roar-ee) are sisters and were adopted from the pound. They are both black and about three years old. Izzy is a calico cat that I saw walking in a cemetery near our house. She was far too young (about two months old) to be out by herself so I brought her home. She is now one and a half and, as far as I can tell, very pleased that she found a nice home with other kitties to play with and warm radiators to lay upon.

(left to right: Casey, Rauiri, Izzy)

(See that big smudge of brown on her nose? She was so dirty when I found her that I tried my darndest to wipe that off as well! Poor kitty.)

7. Vacation

We've been to Ireland twice and France once in the last three years. We'll probably stay continental for the next few years since those European vacations can get expensive. We have had some really nice trips to Boston (for a week that included two Red Sox games and a tour of the park...really fun), Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and Portland, Maine. A friend just moved to San Fransisco so hopefully we will visit her soon.

And now for the blogs I have chosen to tag, in no particular order. It was hard enough to narrow it down to seven:

1. Anina of Twittletails - because she may not have been the first one to post a tutorial on paper piecing hexagons but she posted it at the very moment I was contemplating trying it. And I love it when bloggers read my mind.

2. Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts - because she just organized an online quilt-a-long and is planning another one. And I think that is what this whole online thing is about really: leading, tutoring, encouraging, sharing, etc.

3. Mette of Erleperle - because she is making the cutest little patchwork pincushions. And the latest ones have vintage embroidery as well.

4. Peg from Ivy Arts - because she is posting on a quilt she is working on as-she-goes much like I am. It's fun to see someone else's creative process at the same time.

5. A joint tag to Jennifer of Moving Hands and Alex of Moonstitches- because they both went to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival and posted lots of excellent pictures.

6. Melissa of Tiny Happy - because hers was one of the first craft blogs I stumbled upon. I was inspired to make this bag from her tutorial in the fall and, while I haven't finished it yet (all my fault, the tutorial is very easy to follow), I appreciate the pattern. And she takes really nice photos.

7. Ellen of The Long Thread - because she has been posting Valentines Day project ideas almost everyday so far this month and that's just really nice. (I love the heart shaped soaps. They look like candy.)

Thank you all. I'm sure I forgot someone.

(I was unable to email Ellen of The Long Thread and Peg of Ivy Arts. I'll leave comments on your blogs.)


Jackie said...

Thanks Jen, I loved reading more about you!! Yes, while it is true that your love of the Red Sox intriqued me, more importantly the combination of sewing/quilting and the Red Sox picqued my interest. You know that quilters who love the Red Sox are a unique breed.

Keep on quilting and thanks for all the links to the new blogs. I will definitely be visiting them.

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

I've accepted your challenge Jen. Thanks for the tag. I'm off to visit the other tag-ees.

Anina said...

Gee, thanks for tagging me!

Jmom said...

Sorry, but I can't help you with dating your quilting interest, Jen, too much time has passed. However, I do recall when I took quilting classes Cabbage Patch dolls were the big rage.

Jen said...

Thanks Mom! Using my handy Cabbage Patch Dating apparatus I was able to date the beginnings of my quilting lessons at 1983 (+/- one year).