A Very Maudlin-Free Monday, Indeed (& Fabric Giveaway!)

UPDATE: Congratulations to Adele-loving Kathy Schermerhorn! You won the fabrics, and I will email you for your shipping address!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I sure did…starting Friday night when the Boston police caught Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, MA. Alive.  What happened in Boston is just surreal to me, I know this area very, very well, and to think of terror like this happening so close to home, I had that same awful pit in my stomach I had during 9/11 when there were two planes out of Logan. I don’t think I was alone in crying tears of joy and relief that it was over this past Friday night, and hopefully we can get some answers out of this guy for why he and his brother would intentionally cause such incredible hurt and angst on what was to be a celebratory day.

At any rate…it was a gorgeous, sunny weekend in Houston, and on Saturday afternoon I unpacked my supplies from the Cincinnati show and washed my monoprinted fabrics I had created in Open Studios.

my fabrics

They don’t look like much now, but I have some ideas for cutting them up into 4″ squares for hand stitching, much like Linda McLaughlin’s work that you can see here.

As it is Monday and the start of a new week that I know will be so much better than last week, I thought it was time to give some fabric away!
How about this little stack:

Fabrics for orange giveaway

Just answer the following question and I will randomly select a winner in the next day or two.

Question: I am always on the hunt for new tunes to listen to while in my studio. What are you listening to now?

Me? I added a new tune to my playlist this weekend that I heard on satellite radio, and it feels pretty appropriate as we triumph over such a senseless act and take back the spirit of Boston and the marathon…



Love you, Boston!


111 responses

  1. I think Mumford & Sons is great music to sew and quilt along with. I agree with every word of your post – here’s hoping for a very slow news week!!! Thanks for the chance to win this happy fabric bundle.

  2. I’m learning to play ukulele (so much fun!), and I’ve just downloaded music from the always amazing Jake Shimabukuru, specifically his album Peace Love Ukulele.

  3. I listen to a bit of EVERYTHING when I quilt – from Sarah Brightman to Smashing Pumpkins. My preference usually depends on my mood and time of day.

  4. Well, I love Jim Brickman for pure instrumental music that both calms and energizes me all at the same time. But I really enjoy listening to a couple of Christian Artists. J.J. Heller and Mia Koehne. Just discovered Mia and have just about played holes in her latest CD.
    Love the fabrics!

  5. My playlist is full of bits and pieces but I always love Mindy Gledhill, her album Anchor is wonderful and TED talks, always something new to learn. Cute fabrics too, thanks for opportunity, it’s going to be a good week!

  6. Hallelujah. I like instrumentals and mostly classical or “wordless” instrumentals to listen to. It allows the right side of the brain to take over. (or hopefully not go to sleep)

  7. I’m an old lady. My go to music is Credence Clearwater Revival, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and the newest added is the non rap songs of Queen Latifah.

  8. While we try and shake last week off, we can’t pretend it didn’t happen, but we can be thankful for fresh beginnings and hope for tomorrow. And a giveaway is a fun way to begin any week! I love listening to The Avett Brothers! Have you ever? They’re fun and super fun live!

  9. After all the tv news I have been watching, I am listening to the birds out back and some plain ole peace and quiet!

  10. Dear Pokey,

    Love your blog!!  I finally got back to my quilt room yesterday to have my sister help me make a crib skirt for my grand daughter.  We enjoyed listening to our old favorite rock-n-roll bands from the 70’s and 80’s.

    I hope I am lucky enough to win the beautiful collection of fabric in today’s post.

    God Bless Boston and all its citizens!!

    Loretta Bogaard


  11. I frequently create new stations on Pandora depending on my mood – I find a lot of new and interesting artists on it that I normally wouldn’t stumble across. Avett Brothers and Modest Mouse are also favorites in the quilt room.

  12. I LOVE this fabric! I am not in my sewing studio… I’m in PT REHAB. just haD double knee replacement. I’m listening to a CD Called SPA DREAMS and embellishing a quilt with some Swarovski crystals. Have a great day!

  13. I tend not to listen to music in my studio, but when I do it is usually something classical. Never lived in Boston, but am so glad they found this suspect so quickly!

  14. Lately I’ve been listening to Spyro Gyra. They are fantastic! Their style is so versatile. Soothingly ethereal one minute and wild and jazzy the next. So good.

  15. I’m listening to the album “Love” from my favorite band, Cloud Cult. And thank you so much for the giveaway, I did NOT buy all the prints in that color line somehow!

  16. I have many artists I listen to while I quilt…right now vacillating between Playing for Change:Songs Around the World, Mika:Life in Cartoon Motion, and IZ:Somewhere Over the Rainbow…(that’s Israel Kamakawiwo’ole)…it is impossible not to be happy while listening to these artists…

  17. Mid-day news then the ‘Country Hour’ (not country music but stories of agriculture)and after that the classical music with interviews on ABC radio national. Thats down under here in Australia.

  18. I love of listening to Carol King, James Taylor, Carly Simon.. You get it, those easy going songs that still have a beat and message.

  19. Friday night I went back in time and rediscovered the 1939 original released Kate Smith version of God Bess America.

  20. I can’t help but listen to show tunes while I sew– something about creativity breeding creativity.🙂 My favorites are Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, My Fair Lady, and Wicked. I also like listen to songs covered by the cast of Glee.

  21. I love the peace and quiet of living on a farm. I’m listening to my chickens & ducks discuss the tasty bugs they are finding in the yard.

  22. Some Jamaican music at the moment, it always makes me happy. My nephew turned me onto Augustus Pablo, Alton Ellis etc., Spotify has a great radio station, love the beat, some sunshine a little breeze- now where is my drink!

  23. I like to listen to good instrumental music when I need to concentrate but most of the time I love good old classic rock that I can sing along with.

  24. I love to listen to our local christian radio station while quilting. Can always use more fabric and you chose some beautiful fabrics for the give away.

  25. Has to be ZZTop or Aerosmith..love it when Steven Tyler sings “Sew this way!” (Wait.. Maybe that ‘s what I sing!). LOL

  26. Wicked Strong! That’s Boston! I love listening to contemporary Christian radio on Pandora. Selah station is one of my favorites.

  27. Usually put on one of my fave CD’s, but am now trying out listening to books on CD.
    Love to do those things while my hands are busy sewing, quilting, embroidering. Great give away fabrics!

  28. I am stuck in the 70’s. I have to listen to Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush” daily!! I am trying to expand my music horizons and am now listening to “Florence + the Machine” and Lana del Ray, and Kate Nash. Gotta stay away from Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Moody Blues, etc….I am 60 yrs old and keep forgetting that. I usually watch/listen to Netflix while sewing and surf on my ipad. I am currently working on my postcards, mug rugs, and ATC for HOUSTON’S INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL. A bus load of Rio Grande Valley Quilt Guild is going. Six are going from my St. John’s Quilters charity group.

  29. I often listen to classical music (Cincinnati has a great classical public radio station – fabulous music, no commercials).

  30. Usually when sewing I have to listen to New Agey or Celtic music…I LOVE Kate Rusby and Enya….however housework or my outside job requires more classic rock…I saw people suggest Pandora…its awesome!

  31. I’m listening to The Rolling Stones!! Thanks for sharing a great song and a new artist for me – very inspirational!

  32. I often listen to recorded books when I’m piecing or doing straight line quilting. Adele, Mumford & Sons, and the soundtrack to Wicked are some things I listen to when FMQ.

  33. I usually listen to an audio book or the televison which my wonderful husband put on the wall for me!I liste

  34. Lately, I’ve been listening to loads of audio books – but when I’m not listening to those I’m listening to Bjork. She transports me to a magical world!

  35. I feel so sad for all the hurting people in Boston. I usually like to listen to George Winston, Jim Brinkman, and other new age pianists (Pandora picks them for me) but last week that soothing music seemed sad, so I switched to Bach and Handel (great for machine quilting!). I’m enjoying reading everyone’s suggestions here. It will definitely expand my musical horizons! Thanks for the giveaway! That fabric is awesome!

  36. Dear Pokey,
    You are a dear woman with a huge heart. We are all hurting for the lost lives and terrible injuries, and another loss of a feeling of safety. The world is a very challenging place. I wonder if we ever will get answers to this and to other sad,sad tragedies that have happened here and throughout the world.
    As those little quotes go we need to be brave and carry on, practice kindness, and pay attention to the world around us.
    Thank you for your lovely art work and your kindness.

  37. My favorite new music find is Steve Martin and Edie Brickell! I have liked them both individually but would never have thought of them playing together!


  39. I’m so sorry but I rarely listen to music throughout the day. I enjoy the peacefulness and hum of my machine purring. However, I was super excited to hear Stevie Wonder last night on DWTS. All of his tunes are soothing yet complex.

  40. Try Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, “original Recordings” 1969. The San Francisco sound wasn’t all crazy feedback and rock. Thanks for your lovely writing on Boston.
    Tina in San Diego

  41. Steve Earle has a new album that I think is going to be good. I’m mostly hearing previews right now on various public radio shows.

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