Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sewvivor- Natalie Ever After

I'm totally entering the "SEW-VIVOR" contest!  I've always wanted to do one, but I had a little baby the first season, and then I forgot about it.  But when I saw it was a quilting edition -- oh, baby, I'm so there!

This is a quilt I made for Quilt Market this year.  It's called Flower Tile, and it's my own pattern!  It's a perfect lap-sized quilt, measuring 50" x 66" (after washing!)  I love love love the color combination -- it really makes me so happy!  It's fun and girly, and for a flower quilt you really need that.  Plus, it's a little bit elegant, with the gold thrown in there.  A piece of art I pinned inspired the color palette, and I think it's the first time the actual quilt was BETTER THAN I PLANNED.  When does that ever happen?! It was really so, so much fun to work on!

My favorite block has to be this one:

My favorite block, with friend:

But Joel's favorite is this one (I know -- it's so soft and girly!):

And this is my favorite star:

I really hope I get in!

Okay, so here's the scoop on Survivor (the actual TV show).  I used to be an avid fan in the "Rob" years -- I saw him on the first season, and then I saw him and his fiancée on the heroes vs. villains season. But over time, I realized I was waaaay too invested in the lives of people who were not really real.  I know they call it reality television, but in reality they're fairly well scripted a lot of the time.  I'm pretty practical about stuff like that.  And while I really like the challenges, and the game, I really don't like all the contention -- especially when I think it might be just a little forced.  Anyway, it was fun and I'll watch it again, I'm just not as into it as I once was.  BUT... one night (a few months after the decision to not watch for a while) I WAS CHOSEN TO BE ON SURVIVOR. 

I remember it so vividly -- I was pulling into my driveway one evening after doing some errands, and my cell phone rang.  I answered, and heard, "Hello, Mrs. Smith. This is Andrea from Survivor, and we'd like you to be a contestant on the show."

My first reaction: I was so surprised and excited! And then I had to decline.  "I'm so sorry, I'd really love to compete, but I have a four-month-old baby that is still nursing.  I really wish I could, though, because this has been a dream of mine since the show aired."

The lady on the phone was so nice. "Oh, that's all right, Ms. Smith.  We can hold your spot for you for the next season."

Of course I accepted -- and then I woke up.  Yep, that was seriously one of the best dreams I've ever had.  And, lest you think I'm a reckless thrill-seeker, let me clarify -- I've never wanted to be on Survivor -- they eat waaaay too many gross critters for this picky eater.  As far as I know, they would never, ever hold your place for you -- they have so many applicants, I really think they'd just say good luck in the nicest way and let you go on with your life.  And, at the time, I didn't even have a cell phone.  But since that dream, I've had a secret desire to just see what would happen if I applied!


  1. Love how you've written this post! Very well done! And the quilt is gorgeous!! I think I will have a dream about Sewvivor and then I will wake up! Seriously, I am super excited to see what everyone does! Best, Kate

    1. Thank you so much! I'm super excited to see what happens. I've never really been able to "watch" the previous seasons, but looking at past posts has been so fun!

  2. Ah! The churn dash INSIDE the flower is killing me with its fabulousness! That is a wondrous quilt!

    1. Thank you so much! I have to say, this has been my favorite pattern to work on so far. :) It's nice to hear that someone else loves it too!

  3. i love the details that are inside the flowers that just add to the quilt as a whole.
    best of luck to you in the auditions!

  4. Great quilt pattern! And great dream!

  5. This quilt is beautiful and a great pattern!


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