9.20.2011

10-for-10 Interview #7 - Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy

Today's interviewee gets my award for "Made you Snicker" blog title of the year. I love it and, yes, it's what drew me to her blog. Turns out a name can be very important! And I'm so happy that Elizabeth from Don't Call Me Betsy agreed to be interviewed!




That's right - a real photo!! She traded her quilt photo for a real photo just this week. I like to think she changed it just for me... LOL.  So glad to finally "see" her!

Elizabeth's blog is nothing short of amazing.  I'm still trying to figure out how in the world she cranks out so many quilts...I've pretty much decided she must run on two hours of sleep a night.   She has seven different tutorials, two quilt-alongs (Kaleidoscope...which I still have trouble spelling... and Sliced Coins), and enough eye-candy on her Finished Quilts page to keep you drooling for days.  She's also a fellow Summit-goer, so I'm thinking of checking her back for a hidden battery compartment when I see her.  ;o)


Some of my favorites of her quilts are...Garden Prince,



Warm-Cool Diamonds,



and Drunk Love, yet another "best name" award winner...lol!



And now... on with the interview!!


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If you won $3,000 today and had to spend it today, what would you buy?
This is totally going to be a predictable answer, but I would buy fabric. Lots of it. I think I would buy a few big rolls of batting first, though - I always get irritated when I realize I'm out of batting, so that would be handy. Then, I'd stock up on a bunch of solids, and then treat myself to some fun prints. I'd go on a fabric diet for the year after that. Or try, at least :)

What color scheme or fabric line are you loving right now?
I think that I'm really into turquoise and aqua right now, especially when paired with gray, which is why Simon + Kabuki's Juicy Blossoms collection is really calling my name at the moment. I'm also a huge fan of Joel Dewberry's latest Heirloom collection.

What is one (sharable) thing from your "bucket list"?
Write a book. My son was just asking me the other day what I wanted to be when I grew up, and "author" was the first thing that came to my mind. I've always written in various ways over the years, and blogging is the latest incarnation of my writing, but I would really love to write a book.

Is there a sewing technique or quilt block that you would like to try?
Hand-sewing hexagons. I have been intending to try it since about December of last year. I have the papers, I have some fabrics cut, I just don't seem to have the gumption. I'm not a huge fan of hand-sewing, but I know I will continue to not be a fan until I improve my hand-sewing skills, which naturally takes practice. I'm hoping that when I travel to SLC in a few months for the Sewing Summit that I will finally try them out, since I'll be away from my machine!

What hot trends do you see coming our way?
That's a good question. They say that everything old will be new again, and I think the retro trend of modern quilters re-interpreting traditional quilt blocks will definitely continue for some quite time. I also think that another trend that is coming down the pike is more abstract prints. Jay McCarroll's Habitat collection felt so fresh and different from the other "modern" quilt fabrics available, and I think that there may be some other collections to follow in its very urban and uber-fashionable footsteps.

What kind of movies do you like and do you have an all-time favorite?
My all-time favorite movie is probably a tie between "The Princess Bride" and "Moulin Rouge." I adore musicals - when I was growing up, my mother worked in a dinner theater, so plays and musicals are real near and dear to me. I also really enjoy good comedies, and "The Princess Bride" never fails to crack me up, even though I've seen it a million times.

When you’re faced with a lack of motivation, what do you do to get re-energized?
Make a new playlist for my iPod with some good, upbeat music that makes me feel inspired. I tend to make a soundtrack for pretty much everything in my life, and sewing is no exception. Right now, I have ten different sewing-related playlists on my iPod.

What one piece of advice would you give a new quilter?
Don't be afraid of making mistakes. And don't knock yourself down when you make mistakes - they're learning tools. Don't hesitate to ask questions - I think most bloggers, like myself, are always happy to help!

What is your favorite finished project to date?
I think my favorite finished project at the moment is probably my Hooty Supernova quilt - it's the one I snuggle with most frequently these days, and I just adore the colors in it, they're so cheery.

You have an unplanned evening alone with no responsibilities – what do you do?
I think it depends whether I'm in the middle of a good book or a good quilt project, but the evening would definitely include some reading and a good bit of sewing. And music, definitely some good music. Whenever I get some unexpected time to myself, the first thing I do is make a playlist!

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OK - so I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm super interested in Elizabeth's playlists!  Ten...just for sewing?!  I'm amazed.  Maybe we've found her power source after all....

Now for the giveaway!  For those just joining us, we've been giving away a four-pack bundle of fat-eighths with every interview.  Each bundle is different, but all are from Joel Dewberry's newest line, Heirloom.  The fabric for all the bundles was generously donated by Cathy at Wondrous Woven Fabrics - so please go visit her store and say thanks!




Joel Dewberry Bundle 7


To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling me which of Elizabeth's finished quilts is your favorite.  Be sure to click over - she has many jaw-droppers to chose from!

Additionally, followers of Elizabeth's blog and/or followers of my blog get up to two optional bonus entries.  So leave a separate comment for each blog you follow. 

Limit three entries per person...one for the giveaway itself, one for following Elizabeth's blog, and one for following my blog.

Comments close at 11:00 am EST on Saturday, Sept. 24th, and I will draw a random winner at that time.

Good luck!

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133 comments:

  1. My favourite in Elizabeth's finished quilts in 2011 is "Garden Prince" (or Garden Fence). Thank you for the opportunity to take part in a giveaway! Lovely fabrics!

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  2. Very hard to choose a favourite! But I finally settled on Modern crosses baby quilt, that I just love, and will make one myself. Putting some of the lovely fabric from Joel Dewberry in it would be great! Thanks for a great giveaway, and making med discover new fantastic creative blogs!
    Gunilla

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  3. ...and of course I will follow the new (to me) blog also! Gunilla

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  4. ... together with your blog!:)
    Gunilla

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  5. I love Super Nova and it's double sided too. :)

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  6. I love Drunk Love. The title and the quilt are both fav.

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  7. Maybe it's because I'm surrounded by boys, but I love the Rockets and Robots quilt. Also the Warm/cool HST. Much respect for finishing that monster!

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  8. Great interview! My favorite quilts are Mod Zoology Baby Quilt and Bottled rainbow ticker-tape.

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  9. I'm a follower of Elizabeth's blog!

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  10. And I'm a follower of yours! Great interview!

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  11. I am a new follower of stitching by starlight.

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  12. I am now a new follower of dont call me betsy.

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  13. I am a follower of dontcallmebetsy!

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  14. I am a follower of Stitching by Starlight!

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  15. I love Elizabeth's Warm/Cool Diamonds. My favorite movie is the Princess Bride, too. I knew I liked her!

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  16. Hi. I love Elizabeth's Blissful 30's quilt. I like it because she used my favorite fabrics and because she treated herself for her birthday.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway! I am following you on Facebook.

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  18. I am also a follower of Don't Call Me Betsy (both on email and on her blog)!

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  19. I love the bookshelf mini quilts- they are adorable!! Byt they are all beautiful, it was hard to choose

    Kelsey
    kreed1287 @ gmail.com

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  20. I follow stitching by starlight

    Kelsey
    kreed1287 @ gmail.com

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  21. I follw Don't call me Betsy as well :)

    Kelsey
    kreed1287 @ gmail.com

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  22. My favorite is Elizabeth's mini bookshelf quilt!

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  23. I'm a follower of both blog's--you 2 are so talented--thanks!

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  24. I'm a follower of Stitching by Starlight.

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  25. The Warm/Cool Diamonds quilt is my favorite. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I'm a follower of Elizabeths and came over from her blog!

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  27. My fav Don't Call Me Betsy quilt is Drunk Love. Sweet! I'd love one of my own!

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  28. i love the garden fence, although her mini bookshelf one made me want to jump up and go make one!

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  29. i am following you through google reader

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  30. i am now following don't call me betsy through google reader!

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  31. I love her Kaleidoscope quilt. She is definitely amazing and I love everything she makes!

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  32. My favorite quilt of Elizabeth's is Kaleidoscope! It was such a fun qa, and I absolutely love the quilt I made!

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  33. I follow your blog! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. And yes, I came over from don't call me betsy cuz I follow Elizabeth's blog too...

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  35. I love her stacked robots twin quilts. Oh, and her bookshelf mini quilts. Oh, and... okay, so I love them all! ;) I'm also incredible impressed by how much she gets done!!

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  36. I'm a follower of Elizabeth's blog.

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  37. I love her Garden Fence quilt muchly.

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  38. My most favorite quilt that Elizabeth has made is her kaleidoscope quilt. That is a hard choice to make because all her quilts are gorgeous and unique.

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  39. I follow Elizabeth's blog too.

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  40. I loved the Urban Lattice and all the mini-bookshelf quilts. I also followed Elizabeth's kaleidoscope quilt along.

    markkarenj (at) bellsouth (dot) net

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  41. What a grand interview I love the blissful thirties. I also am in love with the QAL's i'm SLOWLY working on

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  42. And…I found you through my many forms I follow Elizabeth.

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  43. I really love the bottled rainbows quilt. :) It is so 'happy'!

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  44. I follow Don't Call Me Betsy! How could I resist, after all. :)

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  45. I follow this blog and have for a while now. I just love it!

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  46. i love the garden prince, gate quilt it's beautiful.

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  47. i love the urban lattice quilt- the colors are amazing!

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  48. i follow don't call me betsy- i am still itching to do the kaleidoscope QAL!

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  49. So many beautiful quilts but Fresh Greenery Urban Lattice quilt is my favorite!!

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  50. I follow here :) Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!!

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  51. The Princess Bride is my favorite movie too! I follow Elizabeth's blog.

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  52. It's so hard to choose a favorite quilt, but the Rockets & Robots Oh My is definitely at the top of the list.

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  53. My favorite quilt of Elizabeth's is her prince charming garden rail quilt. The colors are wonderful.

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  54. I love the warm/cool diamonds quilt!

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  55. Garden Fence is my favorite quilt that Elizabeth had created.

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  56. I love Garden Fence - I need to make this one myself!

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  57. I Don't call me betsy's followers

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  58. The warm cool diamonds is my favorite.

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  59. I am a don't call me Betsy follower.

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  60. That was a hard task, but my eye went right to Elizabeth's Kaleidoscope! So beautiful ... I love how the blues pop against the white! Thanks for the give away!

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  61. I've been wanting to make a quilt for my enclosed porch and Garden Fence looks just perfect for that :) VermontPines@aol.com

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  62. My favorite is the Garden Prince quilt -- I love Prince Charming! I also really like the sewing ninja mini. :D

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  63. I follow Don't Call Me Betsy in my reader!

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  64. I follow your blog in my reader, too. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  65. I really love the warm/cool quilt. Love all the fabrics in there.

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  66. I already follow Don't Call me Betsy.

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  67. I just signed up to follow on your blog. Really loved reading the past posts. I also work full time, run and love to sew. Thanks for the chances!

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  68. My favourite quilt is 'Alex's Garden Princes' quilt - the pattern is at the top of my to-do list, I've even bought the fabric!

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  69. Alex's Garden Prince is my favorite:) Thanks for inspiring me and the chance to win some great fabrics!

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  70. I already follow DCMB blog:) Thanks again!

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  71. I am now following you, too:) I love the brown quilt in your banner the best-est!!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  72. My favorite of Elizabeth's quilts is Garden Prince.

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  73. I follow Elizabeth's blog via Google Reader.

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  74. I love her Garden Prince (Garden Fence) quilt. Her version inspired me to start mine.

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  75. I follow Elizabeth's blog. Thanks!

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  76. I love her Warm/cool Quiltalong quilt - she did a wonderful job with it!

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  77. I'm a follower of Elizabeth's blog!

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  78. I love the garden fence. mcerb8628@elmore.rr.com

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  79. I am a follower of Elizabeth's blog. mcerb8628@elmore.rr.com

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  80. I am now a follower of your blog. mcerb8628@elmore.rr.com

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  81. I am now a follower of Elizabeth's blog.

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  82. Great interview and that is a cute name for Elizabeth's blog. All of her quilts are gorgeous and I really like the Bottled Rainbows Ticker Tape. That looks like one I'd like to try.

    Thank you again for all the interviews and introducing us to great folks and their blogs. As well as a big Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. I'm a new follower of Elizabeth's blog. Looking forward to going back and reading what she has already posted.

    Thank you for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  84. I'm already a follower of your blog Angie.

    Thank you and Wondrous Woven Fabrics for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. What a great interview. I would say her warm-cool diamonds is my favorite quilt. It has a lot of movement.

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  86. My favourite has to be that gorgeous warm-cool diamonds quilt :)

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  87. I'm already following Elizabeth's blog!

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  88. I follow you (and I won a giveaway here the other day---I'm still in shock)

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  89. Hard to choose just one favorite quilt. Love the rainbow ticker tape one. Thanks for the giveaways

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  90. I love the greenery latice quilt the best!

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  91. I am a follower of Elizabeths blog!

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  92. I like the Garden Prince Quilt best. Very cool layout.

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  93. I am a follower of Elizabeth's blog.

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  94. I am a follower of Stitching by Starlight.

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  95. It's a bit hard to choose from so many beautiful quilts, but I think my favourite might still be Blissful Thirties.

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  96. And I'm a follower of Elizabeth's blog.

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  97. My fave quilt of Elizabeth's is her Double-sided Hooty Supernova Quilt...but I love them all!

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  98. Without even a thought it's her Warm-Cool Diamonds. I am soooo in love with it.

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  99. I LOVE the Garden Prince! The greens and pinks make me think of Spring.

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  100. I now follow your blog!

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  101. My favorite quilt is Alex's Garden Prince quilt! Love the pattern! :)

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  102. I'm a follower of Elizabeth's blog!

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  103. I'm a follower of your blog! :)

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