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Day 5 - 5 or so Days of Holiday Happy

December 3rd, 2010

5 or so Days of Holiday HappyWelcome to Day 5 of my 5 or so Days of Holiday Happy - 5 or so days of celebrating Gnoma Claus from my Holiday Happy fabric.

Today is kind of a mish-mash of holiday fun stuff. My Gnoma Claus goodie today is a Firefox persona featuring Gnoma.  If you don’t have Firefox, you can download it here.

If you’re running your Firefox browser and you want to dress it up with my Gnoma Claus persona - all you have to do is mouse-over the Gnoma graphic on my persona page and click “Wear It”.  How easy is that!  Here is Firefox’s FAQ if you have any questions/need help.
Holiday Happy Firefox persona

Some holiday sewy-quilty goodness… the 2010 Fat Quarterly Special Holiday Edition. I was honored to be asked to do a little review in it, and FQ so kindly sent me the issue. I was BLOWN AWAY by the content and the style. Mad crushing love for all things Fat Quarterly and the people behind it. The issues are PACKED full of goodness and the style is so crisp, clean, modern and fun.   I’m going to subscribe to all of their issues. Genius.

I’m being featured right now on the Fat Quarterly Blog, and aside from being so giddy about that - in the post I mention my “Project Runway” inspiration quilt that’s in the 2010 Winter issue of Quilts & More
Quilts & More - Winter 2010

My inspiration - Project Runway’s Season 7’s wall in their apartment.  As soon as I saw the wooden wall adornment… I knew I had to make it into a quilt.  (Yay Seth Aaron!)
Project Runway apartment - season 7

Quilts & More Winter 2010 named my quilt/project “Rectangle Reverie”, but I call it Project Rectangle.  Kits for Rectangle Reverie with my Holiday Happy fabric are available at The Material Girls Quilts, (one of my favorite quilt shops!).  I just have to add… I still can’t believe Mondo didn’t win Season 8.

Project Rectangle - aka Rectangle Reverie
My dear friend Sarah of Anyone Can Quilt machine quilted it… AND she did so on her home sewing machine! Amazing. Sarah also took this beautiful photo. The girl can quilt AND take photos.  And she can cook.  If I didn’t love her so much I’d hate her (and I’d gnarl at her).

SuperDad aka QuiltDad John has ALREADY made my pattern and used Melissa’s gorgeous new Swoon to make it in.  Sooo yummy!  John’s beautiful photo of his beautiful quilt:
Rectangle Swoonerie

I love seeing what inspires people, and loved seeing (and was so wow’d by) Heather’s and John’s recent inspriation quilts… and of course I always love seeing what the Grande Dame of Inspiration makes!

I’ll give a little charm pack of Holiday Happy to one lucky commenter who answers the question of the day (or just leave a comment).
Q: What inspires you/has inspired you?  Fabric?  An object? A person?  A place?  An event?

EDITED IN 12/8/10:
Winner picked for this day has now been picked (by random.org), and is… comment #80 AnnieO of Annie’s Quilt Orts! Congratulations, Annie!

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[See what others have made @ HH flickr group]
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For more holiday fun, check out Where Women Create 12 Days of Christmas, Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas and the Awkward Family Photo “awkward yourself“, (that’s me in my “The New Jan Brady” phase - I’m imagining what my imaginary boyfriend George… George Glass… is going to surprise me with for Christmas).

12 Days of Christmas
My Awkward Photo - me as The New Jan Brady

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149 Responses

  1. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    As always Monica, laughing out loud while reading your post. Thanks for the humor! My inspiration really is my Mom. Who is now the angel on my shoulder encouraging the inner artist in me. I’m with you on PR & Mondo. He should have won!!!!!

  2. The fabulous Maribeth allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by websites like yours, with more great projects than I could ever finish in my lifetime! Also I love magazines.

  3. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    hey mon, you look goood in yellow…hey, wouldn’t that be the perfect opportunity to convince lecien to bring your hh in flannel, too (or terry cloth)?? *lol* the suit reminds me a bit of the teletubbies :)
    okay, what inspires me? humpf. dunno. am i inspired? i think i only ’steal’ ideas from others…even if it’s only nature :). i keep my eyes open for great patterns in my urban surroundings (after reading cherri’s book i just have to).

    xoxo, julia

  4. The fabulous WYO Di allegedly said:

    So glad to have “discovered” you and your inspiring and uplifting blog! Quilt on!

  5. The fabulous Carla allegedly said:

    You always make me laugh. My inspiration has to be the many magazines and quilting books I read. I love them all. My mind races with so many ideas and what to do. Plus my quilt shop (www.quiltersharvestshop.com) inspires me everytime I walk in the door. Karen and her staff are super creative.

  6. The fabulous Jody Herbert allegedly said:

    Fabric definately inspires me. I love it and can’t seem to get enough! Also designers and the fantastic patterns they create - they definately inspire me.

  7. The fabulous Cherry allegedly said:

    Yes, I laugh out loud when reading your blog also. I just got my fabric today and can hardly wait to start on a project (or two). I get my inspiration from going into quilt shops and magazines. Have a great weekend.

  8. The fabulous Ruth Fidino allegedly said:

    My sister Cherri is a total inspiration. She’s jam packed full of ideas.

  9. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    Wow. That’s a really tough question… I’m not sure I could really put a finger on exactly what sorts of things inspire me… I do know that sometimes I just see a fabric (like yours. Have I told you yet how much I love it? I meant to.) that sends me off on flights of quilting fancy. Sometimes its books, magazines… Everything I see on your blog basically makes me drool… Um… I don’t really know what else to add. I always just figured inspiration will eventually walk up and smack me in the face. If I’m lucky… I never really stopped to think too much sbout it. Now that you mention it, that might be my problem… :)

  10. The fabulous Christina allegedly said:

    Lady you inspire me! You are a powerhouse and that is an awesome quilt design! Good eye.

  11. The fabulous Susanne allegedly said:

    Traveling and reading magazines have always inspired me. I love looking at things wondering how could I make that? Now, crafty blogs are where I look for inspiration. Too many ideas, sew little time.
    Thank you for the wonderful 5 or so days.

  12. The fabulous Connie allegedly said:

    Looking at beautiful fabric, magazine and everyone’s blogs inspire me now. Originally it was a friends mother who was always making quilts.

  13. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    Thank you for the Gnoma Claus persona Monica! Cute!

  14. The fabulous DianeY allegedly said:

    I wish I could say that the flowers and beaches inspire me, but I frankly get the most inspiration from blogs and Flickr! Or sometimes just a new line of fabric. So glad you clued us in on your PR inspiration-I was really curious! And I can’t believe Mondo didn’t win either!

  15. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    Blogland inspires me. Ya’ll are so creative.

  16. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    NEW COLOR COMBOS (like “HOLIDAY HAPPY”, who’d ever choose pink+aqua for Chrismtas?)

  17. The fabulous Liz Boswell allegedly said:

    what inspires me? Blogs, designers like you, quilt shops, hell…even the tiles in the bathrooms of places inspire me. Once I looked at the soles of a pair of sandles. What did I see? apple cores! that inspired me to make a mini apple core quilt. won a 3rd place ribbon at the lcoal county fair! (mauh) Liz

  18. The fabulous MollyP allegedly said:

    Love to read your blog! So funny! The Project Rectangle Quilt is fabulous. The solid framing makes the prints pop like Rice Krispies. I must say, the Jan Brady photo scares me a bit. Keep doing what you do, Zombie Queen!

  19. The fabulous Bailey allegedly said:

    I definitely find a lot (most of my) inspiration from other bloggers/crafters. I feel like I’m only creative when given other people’s ideas.

    Thanks for the chance!

  20. The fabulous Betsy Lynn allegedly said:

    Love your blog!
    I find a lot of inspiration off of blogs and Flickr. There’s a lot of fabric that as soon as I see it I know exactly what pattern to use.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. The fabulous kitty allegedly said:

    All of the blogs I follow provide oodles of inspiration for me. I also like to search flickr if I’m interested in something specific.

  22. The fabulous ~Michelle~ allegedly said:

    Fabric always inspires - and my love of the fabric is directly proportional to my inability to find a way to use it (too many ideas swirling around in my head, lol!) :)

  23. The fabulous Norma allegedly said:

    I had no idea you could do that with firefox! I’m gnomafied now!

    Lots of things inspire me, objects, colors, toys, fabric, a design, floors, etc etc.

  24. The fabulous Charming's Mama allegedly said:

    The answer to your question is yes, and that last picture is a riot!

  25. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    You look like you belong in a Snuggie commercial :) Vintage items inspire me - mostly old linens & quilts.

  26. The fabulous mean sarah jean allegedly said:

    Material Girls has been my favorite quilt shop since I discovered it a couple years ago. it is always trouble (for me) when i go though. everything they have is so cute. i wish i could buy the store up!
    i am so so glad they carry your line. even though i’ve already bought it, i still have to look at it everytime i go in.
    i am inspired by the person i am making the quilt for. each of us in unique, and quilts should be too.

  27. The fabulous vivayne allegedly said:

    Lots of things inspire me. I am a digital scrapbook designer and I love nature as an inspiration! Other things that inspire me are home decoratingbooks, children’s clothes, quilts and advertisements. As a matter of fact, even your Holiday Happy line has inspired me to make digital scrap kit with those colors!

  28. The fabulous byneedleandthread allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by lots of things. I love finding fun colour inspirations in everyday places. This is my last chance to win! fingers crossed!!!!

  29. The fabulous Becky M allegedly said:

    Oh, I love project rectangle. That mag is going on my to-get list! My inspiration? Everything! I try to always be paying attention to design details from tiles to textiles. Love reading blogs and magazines too.

  30. The fabulous Jane allegedly said:

    Mondo, what was up with him not winning, really!!!
    I am inspired by others quilters and what they make, I think maybe I could make something like that??!!

  31. The fabulous Christine M allegedly said:

    I love your Project Rectangle quilt. It looks great. I get inspired when I see what other people are making.

  32. The fabulous Pookie allegedly said:

    Right now I seem to get most of my inspiration from old quilts so I’m super-duper excited to go to the American Folk Art Museum quilt exhibit next week. Squeeee!! (As for Mondo, ooh, that was so frustrating!)

  33. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    Great question, Jan….(wink). I think fabric really inspires me and lots of blogs. Happy holidays!

  34. The fabulous Andrea Harris allegedly said:

    Good grief, woman, you are so funny! whenever I see your blog in bold on my google reader I make sure I have nothing in my mouth so I don’t choke or snort LOL

    Inspiration come mostly from things…just like that wooden trellis thing you’ve featured, I would immediately sketch/photograph that as well. I recently took a photo of the upholstery of the local pizzaparlor booth. crusty cheese and all.

  35. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    LOVE that new doo and the cozy yellow feety jammies! Hmmmmm….. my inspiration is usually music ….and movies …. not the new stuff …. usually the older stuff from the ’40’s -> 60’s …… oh, and coloring books and colored pencils …..

  36. The fabulous VickiT allegedly said:

    The best inspiration for me is all of you awesome quilters online. You all have much more experience than I do in picking fabrics that go so well together. And then like you with the experienced ‘eye’ for things just like you showed above with you designing a quilt based on wood you viewed on a tv show. I just don’t have that kind of imaginiation although I wish I did. I’ll be happy being able to follow in your footsteps however. :)

    YES Fat Quarterly is the next thing I am going to be subscribing to as soon as my next disability check arrives. I’ve been dying to subscribe but haven’t been able to afford it yet. I cannot wait because from what I have seen it looks like an awesome ‘magazine’.

    You look mighty nice in your Jan Brady jammies. Just so very sessy. Woohoo

  37. The fabulous Kathie L allegedly said:

    I get inspired by what I see on blogs these days. The internet is a wonderful resource. Kathie L in Allentown

  38. The fabulous Jenny allegedly said:

    im inspired by the blogs i read, the flickr pages i troll and nature.

  39. The fabulous Becky in Georgia allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by color. A certain color can inspire me to think of a shape, design, or even a certain feeling. Have a wonderful weekend! Going to try your Firefox thingy.

  40. The fabulous duff allegedly said:

    keeping warm, I see…hilarious!
    My inspiration comes from feeling the fabrics in a quilt shop–the nicer they feel, the more I want to figure out what I can do with them.

  41. The fabulous Laura K allegedly said:

    I am inspired mostly by my kids. Most of what I make is for them so I have to make something they will like. I love Material Girls quilt shop too! I used to live near them and bought stuff there all the time but alas my husband got a job offer in California so we are back here now. I sure do miss Utah though!

  42. The fabulous Nichole allegedly said:

    I’m mostly inspired by nature, but really see things everytwhere, ene on TV like your PR quilt! Love it - and I love how it looks inHoliday Happy. Thanks for the chance to win, and for another laugh.

  43. The fabulous Virginia allegedly said:

    Definitely fabric! Nothing like a quilt magazine to get my creative juices flowing.

  44. The fabulous Becky in Georgia allegedly said:

    Thanks so much for the Gnome persona. This is so cool!

  45. The fabulous Shannon allegedly said:

    What inspires me? Great question. Since I am still learning…everything. Color, pattern, fabric, magazines, blogs, web sites. Wow, just about anything with pictures. I just bought the Better Homes and Garden magazine and love it.

  46. The fabulous Marjorie allegedly said:

    Currently I’m working on 3 quilts, 2 inspired by paintings and 1 by petroglyphs.

  47. The fabulous Marcia W. allegedly said:

    Most of my inspiration comes from my mother and the wonderful flowers and plants that she grows. She is an encourager and I’m fortunate to live with her (she is 80 years young). Thanks for the “to be day 6″….

  48. The fabulous Pauline allegedly said:

    I’m sorry to say I am not gifted and talented like yourself. I’m inspired by the awesome designers like yourself…from the countless blog sites I follow and from the great quilting magazines and books. I can spend countless hours reading blogs and magazines. My BFF Mama Spark is also a great inspiration to me. If I win I’d share it with Mama Spark. She loves Holiday Happy too. Thanks for the chance:)

  49. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    I make quilts for others, and usually the giftee provides the inspiration. If it’s a charity quilt, I consider what little girls like, what combination is good for a QOV. And sometimes inspiration comes from friends and fabrics…

  50. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    I get inspiration from friends, blogs, you, floors, walls, patterns I see everywhere … Thank you for the giveaway!

  51. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    My inspiration comes from web sites like yours. I can not do anything on my own so I just follow the instructions of someone else. I am kinda new at this so I need all the help I can get.
    I love the Gnoma Claus persona. I am wearing mine right now. Thank you so much! pam

  52. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    FOOTIE JAMMIES!!! I SOOOO want those! I had a pink pair just like those when I was just about Jan Brady’s age — you’re rockin’ the photo. And the quilt patterns — that pattern is FANTASTIC — I Love it!!! As for what inspires me? The WIVES, obvi!!!

  53. The fabulous Jansie allegedly said:

    Hi there, to answer the question of the day: I am inspired by the beautiful fabrics that I am blessed to have. I believe each fabric is meant to be turned into something special and if I listen closely, it will let me know what that is. :)

  54. The fabulous Lissa allegedly said:

    What inspires me?? pay day for starters! LOL Talented peoples blog, I am always blown away at how clever people are.. I love this quilt pattern, and your inspiration was a wall adornment? why can’t I think of these things! LOL


  55. The fabulous Maria allegedly said:

    I get inspired by just pulling fabric out and rearranging and playing with it.

  56. The fabulous Laura Tawney allegedly said:

    Right now I’m mainly inspired by the blogs that I follow (yours included) and my wish is for more time for quilting!
    Laura T

  57. The fabulous marjatta allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by fabric, blogs, magazines, books…..just not enough time in my days!

  58. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    You are seriously the best!!! I am in love with your Project Rectangle quilt and can’t wait to make one of my own. So excited to share the day at WWC with you tomorrow!


  59. The fabulous Carol in E TN allegedly said:

    You are so funny! I always love reading your blog. I am inspired by all the creativity I see on blogs, colors and I am always looking at my surroundings for ideas for quilts.

  60. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Really love your quilt and the quiltdad version too. I am inspired by things around me…recently have taken pictures of carpet in two hotels for inspiration. I love to look around for it when travelling and take lots of funny pictures when I am seeing the sights!

  61. The fabulous kade allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by all of the great projects I see on these blogs.

  62. The fabulous Lynn Osborne allegedly said:

    I am inspired by all of the blogs I follow! Thanks for the chance to win.

  63. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Since I have discovered blogs my quilting style has changed radically, I’ve gotten twice as much done and I have laughed until I wet my pants…(oops can you say that on the internet? a different kind of Wiki LEAKS I guess)

  64. The fabulous Texana allegedly said:

    The internet is an incredible source of inspiration…unfortunately, sometimes I am so inspired I can’t drag myself away to work on my own stuff…I just want to keep reading blogs and looking at all the great pix of what everyone is creating.

  65. The fabulous Alisa allegedly said:

    Well, let’s see. I’m often inspired by the fabric. I am drawn to certain fabrics without quite knowing what to do with it. It sits around for awhile until an idea comes to mind. Thanks for the give away chance.

  66. The fabulous SewLindaAnn allegedly said:

    I am inspired all the time by the projects I see on blogs, in magazines and books. Sometimes I’m inspired by a need to do something new. Organizing my sewing room inspires me because I remember all the stuff I have and think of things to do with it.

  67. The fabulous Debbie St. Germain allegedly said:

    I get inspired by too many things, so I have all these ideas running around and now I need to take the time to sit down and play for awhile. I am inspired by fabrics though, have different types and I like to look at them and think what they would look good in.


  68. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by all the beautiful patterns I come across online and in print. I’ll see a pattern I like, and i’ll change it up to make it mine. A lot of the time I just wing it, and hope for the best.
    I’d love to be able to design my own patterns, but I’m just not brave enough for that. Maybe one day when I grow up! :)

  69. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    I love your Rectangle Reverie. I am inspired by quilt bloggers. There is no end to their creativity and I hope I can catch some of it from them.

  70. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    I am inspired by quilt blogs and by looking at wonderful fabric in the LQS and on the internet…especially YOUR fabric!

  71. The fabulous Karen a/k/a The Lazy Quilter allegedly said:

    My misspent youth inspires me! :)

  72. The fabulous gina s. allegedly said:

    Spring. Flowers bursting forth in all their beauty after months of long cold dreariness. How can that not inspire anyone??


  73. The fabulous Libby allegedly said:

    I tend to be most inspired by seasons and life events.

  74. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    Anything retro, pink, aqua or yellow and all Christmas pre 1970’s. I love it all and am inspired by it daily!

  75. The fabulous Jill Majers allegedly said:

    I think sometimes it’s just a random thing, something I see or something that I love (sunflowers). Sometimes it’s the fabric. Ooh I love fabric!

  76. The fabulous Hayley allegedly said:

    My grandmother inspired me the most. From picking up quilting to choosing my career path, she has always been there.

    My grandma was one of two sisters left that quilted in my family. She taught me, and now I am the only one in the family that carries the tradition on.

    My grandma was also the reason why I became a massage therapist. She had slipped on the ice one winter and had broken her shoulder and opposite knee. It was a physical therapist that specialized in massage therapy that helped my grandma be able to walk and use her shoulder again. I wanted to be able to do things like that, and it set me on my path.

    She is also an inspiration for strength when everything seems lost. She survived cancer, not once, but twice. She passed away 3 years ago, but she still inspires me to this day.

  77. The fabulous Beth T. allegedly said:

    I am inspired by architecture and architectural elements, especially tile, brickwork, the play of shape and color against each other.

    I am motivated by the many, many, many people for whom I want to make quilts. I’d best stay busy if I am going to gift everyone at least once.

  78. The fabulous Leslie Schmidt allegedly said:

    I’m torn between inspiration and intimidation. I love reading blogs like yours and seeing new fabrics and real quilts in shops. I love magazines where I can rip off other peoples’ ideas. I’m not really very creative, I guess. That was a great interview you did on Fat Quarterly.

  79. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    My mom is the inspiration for me and my daughter. She sews so beautifully and has a great eye for color. I see lots of things i want to try, but I only have the courage because i know I can count on her to make it right.

  80. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    Oh, Jan, I made some yellow footie pajamas just like that when I was in 8th grade! Thank goodness I had better hair :)

    I am inspired by designers like you who share your great pattern ideas for we quilters to use as jumping off points with our favorite colors and fabrics to twist and make our own. Thanks for sharing your brain cells!!!

  81. The fabulous Tabitha O. allegedly said:

    I can be driving down the road and be inspired here in New Mexico usually when I have no ability to write my ideas down of course…ah well we can’t all be Marsha now can we?!

  82. The fabulous Katy allegedly said:

    what on EARTH is that picture? I want my head on that picture, like RIGHT NOW.

    Anyhooooooo. Thank you for the FQ lurving. Lurve you too (like you know that already)

    What inspires me? Oh crap. I dunno. I get very excited by tile and brickwork and will take photos of it a lot. Too much.

  83. The fabulous Colleen allegedly said:

    I love to start my day off laughing! thank you - I am inspired by random things - can be at the grocery store or out on a walk with my dog! thanks for the lively blog -love the fabric!

  84. The fabulous Gill allegedly said:

    Love the photo!
    Always inspired primarily by my wonderful family

  85. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Wow! Thank you, Monica, for giving us a feast of goodies to wrap up your Five or So Days of Holiday Happy!

    My inspiration might be similar to yours. I found myself sketching the floor tile pattern at the hospital and drawing the background wall pattern on a local tv show. I guess quilters do that?

    I understand your quest to cook well - I make great oatmeal, but that’s about it. I saw something on Hungry Girl you might like to ask Santa for this year - Matryoshka Doll Measuring Cups! I believe they’re from Anthropologie and think they’d be so cute in your kitchen.

    Can’t wait to get started on all the holiday projects you’ve taught us and all the goodies on the Christmas links you provided!

    How cute are you in your jammies?!? You share the best pictures!

  86. The fabulous Samantha allegedly said:

    I love to be inspired by fabric. In fact, one of my favorite things to do is to browse through fabric stores, feeling each bolt of fabric and knowing just the perfect thing to make from it.

  87. The fabulous Sharon Hughson allegedly said:

    I love the internet and all the inspiration there. Blogs are great and I recently started keeping up better with mine. Quilts and fabric inspire me the most. I’m gong to try my hand at designing next year.

  88. The fabulous Shannon allegedly said:

    My little girl inspires me. She gets so tickled when I make her something. She is always so happy when I give her something I have made, ie. baby clothes for her dolls, small quilts for her barbies, I made her a pink poka dot apron for her to wear while helping in the kitchen. It is always more rewarding for me, I guess it is my luxury to get to feel so good about giving her somthing so small and easy and seeing the enjoyment in her eyes ! I watch her play pretend and take scraps and tie and fold them together to make things that she can play with. I got my Singer 15-91 about 4 months ago, and she has been chomping at the bit to learn how to use it. Last weekend she got her first lesson, quilt strips for a denim quilt for her baby dolls. She was so proud of herself. It really tickled me.

  89. The fabulous aztel2000 allegedly said:

    I think I am inspired by so many things–fabrics, quilt magazines, meeting with other quilters. I love to look through old magazines and books and invision what a design would look like with different fabrics or borders, etc. And I am inspired by you and other bloggers–there are so many creative people in the blogoshpere!
    Karen in Breezy Point

  90. The fabulous Dana allegedly said:

    Everything seems to have the ability to inspire me. Funny, I’ve made two quilts now because I saw a wall on a show and said that would make a quilt. Thanks for my cute Firefox.

  91. The fabulous elena allegedly said:

    Mainly inspired for my flickr friends (including you), sometimes by magazines and with the lovely tiny things of my life (sunny day, birds, park nearby home, cats…).
    Thank you so much for this chance to win. Your works are lovely! :D

  92. The fabulous Marianne allegedly said:

    Oh, I am so inspired by the talent of others such as yourself and of course the wonderful, glorious fabrics available. So mamy projects, so little time. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.!!

  93. The fabulous Jody allegedly said:

    My Mom was always my biggest inspiration and my biggest fan.
    Love your Holiday Happy soooo much.

  94. The fabulous Marsha allegedly said:

    I LOVE, LOVE your website!
    I am inspired by something that will jog a long lost memory from childhood… and of course colors and patterns.
    One recollection of days gone can tell a wonderful new story.

  95. The fabulous Traci allegedly said:

    WHERE did you get that picture of me in my yellow jammies? I swear I have that same one!

  96. The fabulous brittany allegedly said:

    love your fabric & ppl in my life are my inspiration

  97. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    I’m typically inspired by “things that should be quilts”. I have a file of pictures on my computer and they are pretty much random pictures of floors, tiles, buildings, etc. When I’m lagging behind on a family outing my sweet hubby now automatically knows that I’m probably taking a picture for my inspiration file…

    Jennifer :)

  98. The fabulous Cheryl Arkison allegedly said:

    That awkward yourself is awesome!

    I can’t pin down one thing that inspires me. I never know what will compel me to create. A word, a picture, a scene, a carpet, a hotel ballroom, my kids, even boredom. The problem is finding the time to translate it all!

  99. The fabulous superstitches allegedly said:

    I can get inspiration from a variety of sources. I love looking at blog pics. Magazines are another great source of inspiration.

  100. The fabulous Carrie allegedly said:

    Oh all of those things inspire me at different times! And pretty little blogs are quite the inspiration too! I wanted Mono too (He was robbed) I love the quilt!

  101. The fabulous Rhian allegedly said:

    The materials I use inspire me – gorgeous fabric, or hand-dyed yarn, just give me so many ideas of what I want to make with them!

  102. The fabulous Sarah Z. allegedly said:

    I am inspired by the women in my sewing group who make it look easy!

  103. The fabulous Denniele allegedly said:

    I don’t think just one thing inspires me….I can be wandering along and wham it hits me! So I just need to be open to all sorts of suggestions!

  104. The fabulous Sivje Parish allegedly said:

    Monica, I loved your Christmas Traditions over on WWC. It sounds like you had a wonderful family.
    What inspires me? My family, color, tradition, vintage pretties, other creatives, you and Mary Engelbreit.
    I can’t wait until my new house is all settled and I can get back to creating!!
    Happy Christmas!

  105. The fabulous MoeWest allegedly said:

    I am inspired by colors and shapes all around me. And by the ideas of others in blogland!

  106. The fabulous Corinne allegedly said:

    I am having so much fun making those little bags. I just made 25 for my homeroom and tonight I finished 14 for a cookie exchange. I am putting my cookies in the bags. Thank you for the chart so I can make all sizes. Love the yellow pj’s

  107. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    You know I LOVE that quilt! You’re lucky I didn’t accidentally keep it. And when I say accidentally I mean totally on purpose. I must go now, I need to print out a nice 8×10 glossy of a sweet gal in her yellow jammies. You KILL me!!! xoxokmamf

  108. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Tough one! I find inspiration in other blogs and let’s not pretend that there is only one source that inspiration can come from, it really is everywhere.
    But I really love to geometric shapes and when I see something that should be a quilt, I just scribble it down(because I suck at drawing). A year later I pull out little notes from my bags that read “tree through the seasons” or “big building by the lake” or just “forest”. I normally have no idea what I meant but figuring out what I meant and then sewing it up is also a lot of fun!

  109. The fabulous Lisa from Texas allegedly said:

    Your blog is such fun and inspiration! Great quilt and I thought Mondo should have won also! Lisa in Texas

  110. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    Look at you in the feeties! :-) I’ve got you on my firefox browser now, thanks! Your quilt is awesome, I love how Sarah quilted it too and your inpsiration is so cool! What inspires me? Usually reading blogs like yours, no joke!

  111. The fabulous delia allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by beautiful fabric. It all sucks me in!

  112. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    I love coming to read your blog. Absolutely love your sense of humor!!! Those cute photoshop pictures you post are so much fun!!!

  113. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    I’m a fabric girl… most fabrics seem to “know” what they should be turned in to and then tell me. (Or maybe I am just hearing voices and I should be worried… hmmmm…)

  114. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Usually the fabric, but sometimes a pattern or object is somewhere to start.

  115. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Next to you :o), fabric inspires me and just being around others who have a love of creating. I love meeting new, creative people. Thanks for all of this fun 5 days of Holiday Happy, Monica!!

  116. The fabulous Shyla allegedly said:

    I get inspired everyday but lot’s of things. I love seeing the smiles on people’s faces when I hand them something I have made. I love that my children want nothing else on their bed’s but the quilt’s I have made. And my son has asked for a new one and I am thinking about the PR design that you have in the magazine (that I just picked up because of that quilt). I also find that by reading my favorite blogs like yours helps me create.

  117. The fabulous Chatty Cathy allegedly said:

    Hello! What inspires me is my children and seeing the fabulous things they can do! Craft-wise, I love getting ideas from the great craft bloggers (like yourself) that take the time to post their ideas on the internet and from magazines! Oh, to only have the time to just craft……. :)Thanks!

  118. The fabulous jodi allegedly said:

    Oh my heck! Your Awkward Yourself shot looks JUST LIKE my high school PE teacher and I’m NOT even kidding! LOL. There’s a flashback for me. ;o) Must find photo and send to you… Happy Holidays Ms. Zombie!

  119. The fabulous Sheryl allegedly said:

    My inspiration comes from my kids! They have such cool tastes and preferences and I love sewing and creating for them. Since their tastes change all the time, I am constantly thinking of new ideas for them.

  120. The fabulous Donna allegedly said:

    My inspiration comes from magazines, blogs, fabric and the people around me..whatever catches my eye.

  121. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Blogland is where most of my inspiration is currently coming from one idea leads to another and another and then another… Vintage book illustrations also get my creative juices flowing.

  122. The fabulous Mary Beth allegedly said:

    My inspiration is usually other people’s projects. Sometimes it’s the color scheme, sometimes the pattern.

  123. The fabulous Stephane in Alaska allegedly said:

    Your quilt is GORGEOUS! And I don’t know how you even spotted that wall applique– much less recreate it in such a breathtaking way!

  124. The fabulous Stephane in Alaska allegedly said:

    Um, I’m no genius but I went looking for your pattern and couldn’t find it. Does this mean I’m having some kind of brain fart or is it already sold out?

  125. The fabulous lisa allegedly said:

    I am insipired by my girls (lean towards girl colors, prints, and acutal patterns to make) but a lot from magazines, and other bloggers. I am so greatful for blogs and kind quilters who share ideas!

  126. The fabulous pat sloan allegedly said:

    i zombied my lappie!

  127. The fabulous Brittany allegedly said:

    I tend to be inspired by the person whom I am making the quilt for. I try to find a pattern and colors that they will hopefully like. However, I usually have no idea what the quilt is going to look like until it is done. It is always a surprise … how fun is that. :-)

  128. The fabulous Violet Craft allegedly said:

    You are hilarious! I love the quilt pattern and the inspiration is pure awesomeness!

  129. The fabulous Debby Moreau allegedly said:

    Hahhaha, you’re hilarious! I have to say that I am most often inspired by colour. I’ll just be going through my regular old day and then I’ll see something with bright fresh colours and immediately I want to create something.

  130. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    I have many inspirations in my life. My family, my hubby (who got me started with making quilt and my biggest encourager/helper at times, my military son in heaven, my oldest son in the navy, my grandkids & our dogs
    I love bright colors. I also love when something I see that brings back memories.

  131. The fabulous Karin allegedly said:

    You do such amazing things. :)

  132. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    Me, it’s things from fifty or so years ago. Some days I just want to go back in time, but then I wouldn’t have blogs (like this one) to add to the inspiration. I love that latest quilt, btw!

  133. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I am inspired by nature. When I’m in a bad mood or when I’m stressed out, I just have to take a little walk and things fall right back into place :)

  134. The fabulous Ashley allegedly said:

    I have been inspired a TON over the past couple of years from reading quilting blogs. I don’t even subscribe to many quilt magazines anymore, the blogs make me happy.

  135. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    I am usually inspired by a person and event. Like when I find out a friend is expecting a baby, all sorts of ideas start popping into my head for that person…things that I would probably only make for that one person.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  136. The fabulous Christine allegedly said:

    I’m inspired by objects everywhere. I always look at something and wonder if I could make it and make it better. Sometimes my experiments are better, sometimes not so much.

    Thanks for the giveaway & Merry Christmas!

  137. The fabulous Teri M allegedly said:

    What inspires me are blogs. And magazines too I guess. NOt real creative here but I check several blogs and see things I love and would like to make. I love that quilt, awesome!

  138. The fabulous WandaFish allegedly said:

    Your blog really brightens my day :) I get a lot of inspiration from all the talented bloggers and crafters out there but my biggest inspiration is my 3yr old daughter.
    Thanks for the lovely giveaways. I wish I could get hold of some gnoma panels here in the UK!

  139. The fabulous nanette allegedly said:

    You always make me smile. The yellow sleeper is too hilarious. Holiday Happy is being sewn into my 2010 quilt. Fun fun Love it.

  140. The fabulous Mama Spark allegedly said:

    There are so many things that inspire me. Fabric, blogs, photos on Flickr, friends works, just walking around and observing what is around me too. Thanks for doing this, it would be fun to win!

  141. The fabulous Sonia allegedly said:

    Oh my I love your pattern, seeing it has made me go I have to make one of those.
    Inspiration? Sometimes (and this may sound crazy) but it is like the fabric talks, I see it in a pattern. Ok that does sound crazy but I hope you get what I mean. I look at the fabric and patterns come??????

  142. The fabulous Kym allegedly said:

    I’m finding so many inspirational Blogs that have put me in the Christmas spirit!Loving “12 days of Christmas”!

  143. The fabulous Shellie allegedly said:

    I get inspiration from all over the place. The people I’m quilting for, the mountains of eye candy on the blogs I read, fun fabrics are all inspirations. Too much sometimes since quilting time is limited.

  144. The fabulous Megan M. allegedly said:

    Lovely stuff!

  145. The fabulous Marci Girl allegedly said:

    Magazines, magazine, magazines are my biggest inspiration, a page layout, an advertisement, an article…that is my favorite inspiration, and all I have to do is pick one up and get inspired!

    I am wearing your gnoma clause persona right now!

    marcijdebetaz (at) hotmail {dotcom}

  146. The fabulous ayumills allegedly said:

    Wow I can’t believe I just discovered your AMAZING blog! I really enjoyed reading your posts, going to see your photos on flickr, and knowing about your fabric, pattern, publication and wow I am just feeling really lucky I found this inspirational and happy place! Woohoo!
    I am very much inspired by lots of things but maybe mostly zakka items. I like to search them online.

    Thanks for this fun blog!

  147. The fabulous Rochelle allegedly said:

    Love your blog! I think we have similar affinities for color. With you on Mondo too. It seems that people who quilt are all in agreement that he should have won. He has such a way with color and pattern. I’d love to give him those words of encouragement!!

  148. The fabulous Elizabeth allegedly said:

    Bwahahahaha! When I told you last night that I loved the pattern, I had yet to see you in your lovely yellow footie pajamas. That is hilarious!

  149. The fabulous Tiffany allegedly said:

    Is there a way to get this pattern without buying the magazine? I think its not available anymore :( Such a lovely pattern!

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