Monday, September 14, 2009

We Have A Name!

One stage of designing a pattern is always daunting. At some point you absolutely HAVE to come up with a name for it! I thought we'd do something a little bit different this time... I asked YOU to name it.

We received hundreds of ideas from you. Most had something to do with "Grandma's China" or Grandmother's China Cabinet". Great names and also the first thing that I had thought of for a name too! There were many, many fine names that ranged from pretty..."Memories Stitched in Porcelain", to whimsical..."China Palooza", lyrical... "If Dishes Were Wishes", literary... "Marmee's Best Dishes", and literal... "Flea Market Finds". Several entries came with stories about mothers, grandmas and favorite aunts whose pretty china brings back memories of Sunday dinners and tea parties lovingly given for little girls with clumsy hands.

I have to admit that my china collection doesn't come with memories attached (with the exception of one bowl and two Havilland covered tureens" It's mostly the product of my china....problem?? "Hello, my name is Meg & I'm a china addict." If it's round or oval, pastel or floral... it's going home with me!!! I don't care if it's a little bit chipped or crazed or if it's remotely valuable, it's MINE, MINE, MINE!!!! HA-HA-HA...(that's an evil, "I'm taking over the world one bowl at a time" kind of laugh by the way!)

Anyway, thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute. I've taken words or entire phrases from each of the entries & added them to the pattern. You'll be able to choose any you'd like and trace them onto the crazy quilt blocks on the quilt's borders!

Thank you again and..... hmmmm..... almost forgot!!!! The winning quilt name was "Pieces of the Past" sent in by Diane Stone. I chose it because the border's crazy quilt blocks contain sections of the plates as if they were pieces of broken china... it fits like a glove!!

The photos above are of the (almost) finished quilt center... I still have to applique the "frame" down to the quilt top.... and one of the crazy quilt blocks that Sheila is stitching on. To get the blocks done quickly, Jan & Cyndy drove down this weekend & sewed the blocks while I traced & colored them. The four of us have split the blocks up so that we can get them done ASAP!!!

Thanks again for all of your help!

xox Meg


little acorns said...

Oh Meg. . . how you do it. . . I can't even fathom. It is stunning. . . so beautiful. I cannot wait to see it completed! This would be such a fun project to work on with a group of ladies!!! (& then also go to vintage shopping together too!) So pretty!
xo, Bren

Perri said...

What more can I say ... but stunning... the name choice is so suited ... look forward to seeing the finished item. Congratulations!
Happy stitching, P

smorie said...

OMG this is sooo pretty cant wait!

marcella said...

Adorable quilt and a great name too! Congratulations to Diane!!!

Gracie said...

Meg, just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog and finding out what you and the girls are doing. It always puts a smile on my face. I collect china too and am so glad that someone else has the same addiction. The new pattern is wonderful.

Karen S. said...

What a beautiful quilt, and of my favorite things - dishes (china). I have collected and displayed it for years, on walls, tables etc, also have several sets in my china cabinet much to my family's dismay and great amusement. Seeing this quilt brought back the funniest memory of when my now 19 year old daughter was in 4th grade and came home and said quite amazed "Mom, did you know that the Great Wall of China is really a wall? We saw a picture of it in school today and there were no dishes on it!"

Susan said...

Oh YUMMY!!!! We would so be fighting over that china if it was sitting on a shelf waiting to be bought!!! Hey, who cooked while you guys got together and stitched like mad women this weekend?? Tons of hugs....Susan

Linda said...

You picked the perfect Name. "Pieces of the Past" Love it. I really love the quilt. Can't wait for the pattern to be out. You ladies did a fantastic job.

Happy Stitchin' Linda, Wv

Candace said...

What a perfect name! Can't wait to see the entire quilt!

scarlette said...

Wow, it is so beautiful. and the name is perfect. thanks diane. no to put too much stress on it but when can be purchase a copy - i am dying to start this one. or at least get it in the queue. again, the quilt could not have more wonderfully expressed our thoughts and memories about our old china.

Anonymous said...

such a great name. congratulations diane.

Renee' said...

Meg, I find such enjoyment with every stitch. By the way we just formed a Knot-y Girls Club at our local quilt shop. Hugs from
Knot-y Na

Carrie P. said...

Great name. Congrats to Diane.
It is going to be beautiful

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Meg this is just stunning! As always you are such an inspiration to me.
bunny hugs,