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The Ron Swanson Along - the ultimate grand finale

November 17th, 2012

So I had this little quilt along. A little 12 “days” of block making. Cut, sew, press and then bam - a Ron Swanson quilt. And then this happened:
Ron Swanson Along - RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

So long, wonderful story short:  I make a quilt and then decided to share on my blog how to make it.  Because who doesn’t want to help blanket the world with warm and cozy Ron Swansons
The Ron Swanson Along
I happen to show my friend Dana as I’m making it, and she then has a bee fly in her bonnet - and takes my finished quilt (aka RonQuilt) on a grand adventure around SoCal and secret TV shoots (she works in the television industry) and the photos are sprinkled throughout the quilt along days (links at the bottom of this post), and then culminating with a visit to the Parks and Recreation set for a mano-a-mano meet-n-greet between RonQuilt and Nick Offerman (who plays the beloved and iconic Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation). For the record - yes, I did poop my pants. Also for the record - best day ever when I saw these pics!
Ron Swanson Along - RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

What a nice guy Nick Offerman is. Not only did he indulge my quilt fantasy (and I’m told it was his idea on staging that hallway shot and that he really had a lot of fun with it), but he signed the back of my quilt as well - and in true Ron Swanson-esque fashion.
Ron Swanson Along - RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

None of this could have ever transpired had it not been for one of the Parks and Recreation’s producers who made all the magic happen. Not sure if he wants to be mentioned by name here, so for now he’s Kickass Awesome Producer Guy. When Kickass Awesome Producer Guy FedEx’d me back my quilt, he also include actual photographs - how flippin’ sweet! It’s all just so nice and dreamy and fun and special and magical and holy shit bally. More for the record: I offered to send my quilt back should Parks and Rec ever want to have a RonQuilt vs Knope Wyatt Unity Quilt smackdown (#quiltfightclub). And of course my friend Dana played the major role in this, so if you’re on Instagram and wanna see for yourself how awesome she is - you can find her at danahannah310.
Ron Swanson Along - RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

All the solid fabrics in my RonQuilt are Robert Kaufman’s Kona Cotton and the prints peppered about are scraps from my stash and from my Winterkist line. I told the nice people (nice is an understatement) at Robert Kaufman about my choice of fabrics, and I let them in on The Big Secret and told them I was going to have a grand finale giveaway once the Parks & Rec magic happened. I asked if they’d like to participate in my grand finale, and they so generously sent me not one but TWO Kona Roll-Ups for me to give away!
Ron Swanson Along - Kona giveaway / RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

Both rolls are the exact solids I used for my quilt - all the colors in the Kona Silent Film bundle as well as the Kona Cotton White. Both rolls would be for a great starting point to make one’s own RonQuilt.
Ron Swanson Along - Kona giveaway / RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

In addition to the two Kona Roll-Ups, I’m adding into the giveaway a bundle of fat quarters (ish - some pieces are bigger than a fat quarter, and some smaller) from my Winterkist collection in the graphite colorway.
Ron Swanson Along - Winterkist giveaway / RonQuilt vists NBC's Parks and Recreation

To participate in the give-away, just leave a comment and I’ll have Random.org draw a number this coming Thursday morning (22 Nov 2012, PST). If you like, you can tell me what you think Nick Offerman wrote above his signature (hint: it’s written in Ron Swanson voice) on the back of my quilt.  I’ll post the winning name (along with what Nick Offerman wrote) sometime that afternoon. EDITED IN: The giveaway has ended.

-  Make a Ron Swanson quilt: Ron Swanson Along
-  See, join and show Ron Swanson quilts: RSA flickr group
-  My fave stores for Kona (and Winterkist):  Sew,Mama,Sew! & Sew Modern

Nick Offerman's Swanson-esque handywork on my quilt label

The Ron Swanson Along
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345 Responses

  1. The fabulous Jana allegedly said:

    This is the coolest quilt. AND then to have Mr Quilt pose with and sign it: PERFECT. Congrats on that.

  2. The fabulous Dan Rouse allegedly said:

    Holy crap!

  3. The fabulous Jayme C. allegedly said:

    Dear Monica, Here you go! It was a real honor having this super freaking awesome quilt with a blurry portrait of myself visit our office today. Enjoy sitting under my huge head. Keeping you warm and cozy, Ron Swanson.

    Okay so I’m not that creative, and to be honest, I’ve only watched Parks and Recreation a few times before we cancelled our cable services. But I hear its hilarious and I really love your quilt! So glad this whole experience came about for you!!!

  4. The fabulous Tammy allegedly said:

    O.M.G. How amazing is that?!? Super cool quilt & super-duper cool story to go along with it!!

  5. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    I die from the all awesome. Seriously wow.

  6. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    All I can think to say is,wow that is so cool!

  7. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    Wow, what a neat story! I have only just discovered Parks and Recreation and have seen a few episodes, but I don’t have a clue what Ron Swanson would have written. Can’t wait for the reveal! Thanks for the giveaway chance.

  8. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Eek, that’s so cool, Monica! You are a superstar!

  9. The fabulous Carol in E TN allegedly said:

    How awesome is that? Congrats to you!!! I love Kona cotton and would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. The fabulous Bari allegedly said:

    Omg Monica. You might be my coolest friend. Yup. You are.

  11. The fabulous Sonja allegedly said:

    Holy crap Monica this is AWESOME!! Omg frame those shots! I’m giggling like crazy over here!

  12. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    Oh this is AWESOME!!! Thanks for bringing your awesomeness to P & R - I was hoping something awesome like this would happen! Yay!

  13. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    What an awesome grand finale! I heard them talking about Ron Swanson on an NPR podcast the other day and your quilt was the first thing I thought of!

  14. The fabulous Jemellia H. allegedly said:

    You totally kick ass! You deserve all the eggs they have!

  15. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    HOLY CRAP. That just couldn’t be more awesome! xoxo

  16. The fabulous Ellyn allegedly said:

    wow! no idea what he said but what a thrill for you! Awesome!

  17. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    That is so awesome!!! I can’t even imagine his reaction! I really don’t know what he would have written but I’ve seen every episode of Parks and Rec so if he was speaking as Ron Swanson, I’m sure it was hysterical - I’me excited for the reveal of the rest of the note!

  18. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    I am living vicariously through you. This is me of the most awesome things to ever happen! We are quilters for gosh sakes, we don’t mingle with celebs! So happy for you and it couldn’t have happened to a more awesome person.

  19. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Props to You!!!!!!

  20. The fabulous Ella allegedly said:

    That is beyond cool. I’m going to have to go with “You had me at RonQuilt.”

  21. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    That is a great thrill to have THE man and the quilt meet in person! How exciting.
    Congratulations on your great work.

  22. The fabulous emily allegedly said:

    That is SOOOOOO Awesome
    Congrats on the quilt meeting the man :)

  23. The fabulous paulamw allegedly said:

    That is F’in awesome!!!!!! Congrats and thank you for the tutorial because I am making two of these bad boys for Christmas presents -

  24. The fabulous Shannon allegedly said:

    I’ve never watched this show, but my cousins think it’s awesome that there is a Ron Swanson quilt pattern.

  25. The fabulous Katie B allegedly said:

    I can’t tell you how much joy this post brought me. It’s the perfect combination of two of the things I love most in this world: quilting and Ron Swanson.

  26. The fabulous Beth allegedly said:

    Of course he was awesome — he is a crafter himself — wood, not cloth.
    How awesome! You rock!
    (good luck with your poo-ed pants)

  27. The fabulous Pamela S allegedly said:

    Congrats - this is really awesome! I hope to see it on Parks and Rec and can’t wait to find out what was written above his name!

  28. The fabulous Allegory allegedly said:

    That is soooo fantastic!! I can’t even imagine how exciting that must be for you.

  29. The fabulous Amylouwho allegedly said:

    So amazing!! What a great story!! Did he write something like mmmmmm. Bacon.

  30. The fabulous Robin allegedly said:

    OMGosh! This is all too fabulous. I have been casually following as your quilt came to be and then starting traveling…..I thought seems like something goofy I would do. The post is fantastic but my favorite part is that you said you pooped your pants! I always pee mine!

  31. The fabulous Deidra allegedly said:

    I’ve never seen P&R, but I followed Ron’s adventure through the blog. Awesome!

  32. The fabulous Chen allegedly said:

    This is so awesome! Congrats!

  33. The fabulous Anna allegedly said:

    This is amazing, you have a great friend!

  34. The fabulous Amber allegedly said:

    OK here’s my guess at WWRSS (What Would Ron Swanson Say):

    Crying is only okay in two places: funerals and the Grand Canyon. But I cried when I saw this quilt.

    Ha ha - I am SO excited for you - beyond cool!!!

  35. The fabulous Cynthia allegedly said:

    Wow that is soooo fantastic!!!squeee!!

  36. The fabulous Peggy M allegedly said:

    I caught the story on your blog. What a Happy Zombie ending to your quilt story ! I have no idea what Ron’s character would say, but I am betting it was funny !

  37. The fabulous mean sarah jean allegedly said:

    What an incredible ending to your Ron Swanson quilt a long!! Thanks for sharing all those great photos with us. next time you need to travel with your quilt! :)

  38. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    NO WAY!!!!! This is just THE coolest thing ever!!! I’m so excited for you. I am also sporting poo’d pants, to show omg solidarity. Now I’m off to show my first born these pictures, as Parks and Rec is her favorite show. xoxoxokmamf!!

  39. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    What an absolutely perfect culmination to your quilt fantasy Monica! Did he write that you should always let him keep you warm?

  40. The fabulous Allison allegedly said:

    wow! so awesome, i’m speechless :)

  41. The fabulous Cori allegedly said:

    “You had me at meat tornado.”

    This is BEYOND awesome!

  42. The fabulous JO allegedly said:

    Beyond awesome finale. I have no words beyond that.

  43. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, what a cool thing to happen! I love this idea for a quilt, it looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

  44. The fabulous Skooks allegedly said:

    MONICA! I would have pooped my pants too. I am so jealous. Now you MUST pick me and send me this fabric so I can make my own Ron Swanson quilt. YOU MUST!! And what did he write? “Give me all the fabric and thread you have.” HAHAHAHA.

  45. The fabulous katie @swimbikequilt allegedly said:

    You are awesome!!!!!!!!

  46. The fabulous Lesley A allegedly said:

    All I can say is OMFG! What I really want to say cannot be printed here! I can’t even hazard a gues at what THE Ron would say…I’m so excited for your quilt!

  47. The fabulous Adrienne allegedly said:

    Winterkist + Greys = slays me!

  48. The fabulous Vicki allegedly said:

    what a great quilt!

  49. The fabulous Sharon S allegedly said:

    Holy smokey, you rock! You are one lucky gal. I thought it was great when your quilt was on “tour”. Who knew you would top that! Always can count on a great story & a laugh here in Happy Zombieland.

  50. The fabulous Julia allegedly said:

    Unbelievable story! It’s official: your Ron Swanson quilt is a star!

  51. The fabulous DianeY allegedly said:

    Awesome is right. He must have said Gimme some of that Monica!

  52. The fabulous Felicity allegedly said:

    Holy sh!tballs. That? IS AWESOME.

  53. The fabulous Robbin allegedly said:

    Amazeballs! What a lucky Zombie!

  54. The fabulous Ellen allegedly said:

    I am really happy for you and I was hoping during the quilt along that the “real” Ron Swanson would somehow learn about it. What a great ending.

  55. The fabulous Jona allegedly said:

    IN. SANE. I’m almost crying right now. I can’t even imagine a better ending to your Ron Swanson Along (who could’ve imagined?). It’ surreal and amazing and you deserve a Quilt Emmy!!!

  56. The fabulous Darcy Childress allegedly said:

    SO ridiculously awesomely awesome. What would Ron Swanson say…”I don’t sew, I don’t know anything about quilting or the womanly arts but I know art when I see it.” teehee! Good work! And what a great friend!

  57. The fabulous Kati allegedly said:

    That’s awesome!!

  58. The fabulous Lee @ Freshly Pieced allegedly said:

    OMG!!! So AWESOME!!! Ron effing Swanson is standing in front of YOUR QUILT! : )

  59. The fabulous kelli allegedly said:

    OMG! I lit-erally cannot believe that Pawnee saw the Ron Swanson quilt! Ah-mazing! I cannot even begin to think about Ron would have said — but it will make its way onto a t-shirt fo’sho


  60. The fabulous Berene allegedly said:

    Holy shit show, that totally rocks! Only someone like you could have pulled that off. (I’m sure Dana did her bit, which is of course splendid too, but she wouldn’t hang with you if you were a lame duck.) Congrats crazy lady.

  61. The fabulous Jill allegedly said:

    oh my goodness. I don’t think I’ve seen anything *that* fabulous in, well, ever. I know how tickled I am; I can only imagine what you’ve been feeling…

  62. The fabulous Amanda allegedly said:

    That is so awesome! Congrats on the Ron Swanson “meet up”.

  63. The fabulous Amira allegedly said:

    Amazingly exciting… Totally cool.. Congrstulation on such a great QAL and such an interesting quilt

  64. The fabulous Chanda allegedly said:

    Holy crap! That’s awesome!! I just love this quilt, and it’s amazing adventures. I’m a big Parks and Rec fan…and every time I watch it, I think of your quilt. How fantastic is this quilt story!?! Love it!

  65. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    Wow! That’s super cool! Very excited for you! Thanks for a chance to win!

  66. The fabulous ellen allegedly said:

    Great quilt and quilt adventure I love it!

  67. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    That is just the coolest thing
    I have ever heard. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  68. The fabulous Cathy allegedly said:

    Omg. Howbfantastic! I have no idea what hecwould write but iagine it to be dead pan and hiarious!

  69. The fabulous Rachel allegedly said:

    Too cool! I’m impressed that you kept this quite. I’d be bursting.

  70. The fabulous MissMary allegedly said:

    Hmm, this may be my cue to start watching P & R!

  71. The fabulous lorena allegedly said:

    How cool is that?!?! Fun times people, fun times! ;)

  72. The fabulous Ali M allegedly said:

    woohoo! That is awesome, and reminds me I’m behind on episodes. I hoped something like this would happen when I saw how great your quilt was.

  73. The fabulous Nouveau Stitch allegedly said:

    The next time I hear anything about grannies and quilting I’m printing out this post and shoving it up someone’s nose. Bam! You are now my quilty hero.

  74. The fabulous Erin allegedly said:

    So awesome! I can’t wait to hear what he wrote on the back. I snapped a picture of it at quilt guild, I feel famous in a 6 degrees of separation kind of way. I hope they feature it on the show!

  75. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    You Lucky Duck! I LOVE Ron Swanson and Leslie Knope on P&R! It’s my fave sitcom. I wish I could come up with something grumpy Ron would say but I’m drawing a blank.

  76. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Wow! Congratulations!

  77. The fabulous Kathie L allegedly said:

    what a perfect ending to your quilt adventure!! did Ron say “Here’s the beef!!”?

  78. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Best. Story. Ever.

  79. The fabulous Ursula allegedly said:

    Oh my gosh!!! That’s so amazing! I was hoping that was going to happen! I’d poop my pants too. Congrats! I don’t know what ron would say but I’m sure it’s funny.

  80. The fabulous Laura allegedly said:

    I love the Ron quilt! What a good sport he is!

  81. The fabulous Eve allegedly said:

    Wow-that is really the ultimate finale. Congratulations-what an awesome project you’ve shared-thanks!

  82. The fabulous Dell allegedly said:

    Too cool!

  83. The fabulous Brenda allegedly said:

    I have so enjoyed watching your RonQuilt’s journey!

  84. The fabulous Aubrey allegedly said:

    I was so surprised with the awesome when I saw the Pinterest post that I came here right away and whooowheee that is so amazing! I’m sure the quilt is very proud of itself too!

  85. The fabulous Sharon feigl allegedly said:

    Hi Monica,
    That must have been so exciting for you. Your fabrics are simply awesome.
    Hugs, Sharon

  86. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Only in your world could this happen! How exciting!!!!

  87. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    wow wow wow! awesome experience! tks fr the chance!x

  88. The fabulous Mickey White allegedly said:

    I hate to say it , but , I’ve not seen the show . I saw some of your quilt a long and thought you did a fabulous job ; the quilt is awesome . You have a wonderful friend ;and ; HOW EXCITING FOR YOU! !!

  89. The fabulous craftytammie allegedly said:

    eep! so cool! My fave quote of his is: “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” That’s pretty much my philosophy for life. congrats on your awesome quilty/fangirl experience!

  90. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    Great great ending to a fun story. “Ron” probably said something about Boy Scouts and being prepared…..

  91. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    OMG! You are one seriously lucky lady! I pink puffy heart Ron Swanson. Can’t wait to hear what he signed.

  92. The fabulous wobblybobbin allegedly said:

    Holy Freaking Crap! That’s awesome! hmmmm. What did he write… in Ron Swanson voice, “Nice try, but there can only be one Ron Swanson.” Can’t wait to find out for real :)

  93. The fabulous carrie allegedly said:

    Wow, that is so freaking cool! What a great finale!!

  94. The fabulous Meredith allegedly said:

    My guess from watching the show would be a reference to eating meat maybe while snug under your quilt. He is the best on that show. Remember the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. He always makes me laugh.

  95. The fabulous Jacqueline allegedly said:

    This is stunning. Amazing. Glitterific! Thanks for sharing your awesomeness and the gift of fabric to make our own!

  96. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    How fun! Love Parks and Rec!

  97. The fabulous AnnMarie allegedly said:

    What a great quilt and story!
    Since I NEVER watch TV, I have no idea about what he could have said, but I love the fabric.

  98. The fabulous Paula g allegedly said:

    That is so flipping cool!

  99. The fabulous Sivje allegedly said:

    Monica!!!! That is so cool!!!!!! Congratulations!

  100. The fabulous KathiD allegedly said:

    Reason #107 why you are my idol.

    “You had me at ‘meat tornado’.”

  101. The fabulous Alisa allegedly said:

    Wonderful story, I love parks and rec, And your quilt

  102. The fabulous Four dogs and one quilter allegedly said:

    Freaking unbelievable! Have no idea what he said but I bet it was sweet.

  103. The fabulous Rhonda allegedly said:

    I must admit I have never watched this show. If I had made a quilt like this it would be of Gary Senise and if he signed my quilt… Pee my pants for sure! Congratulations!

  104. The fabulous Jo Ann allegedly said:

    I have no idea what he wrote. I have sadly missed out on this show so far. I think I could see a Sheldon Cooper quilt made from tgese great fabrics!

  105. The fabulous Diane W allegedly said:

    I don’t watch the show, but I love the end of the story! Thanks for the giveaway.

  106. The fabulous Heidi allegedly said:

    Oh wow! I have been following your pics on here and on instagram of the Ron Swanson Quilt travels, this is amazing.
    Have no idea what he wrote, best guess something along the line of “Didn’t know a quilt could be this manly” (I’m sure his was much funnier)

  107. The fabulous cheri c allegedly said:

    Yeah for you!! and Yeah for us… love your new line and how great it would blend in with your last line I already have, and I loved just as much!!

  108. The fabulous Jenelle allegedly said:

    Holy Crap! That’s awesome Monica! I have no clue what Nick wrote you, but I wonder if it had something to do with bacon? :) Treasure it always!

  109. The fabulous Jennyroo allegedly said:

    I love Parks & Rec… Aziz Ansari and Nick Offerman are my favourites. As an aside, my 6 year old has curly hair and when it gets a little long on top it gets a bit fluffy; we call him Jean Ralphio (only Parks & Rec fans will get that!). Love the final piece of the story of this awesome quilt. Fingers crossed for a chance at that sweet prize!

  110. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    OMG THAT IS SO FRIGGIN COOL! Now, will you please finally put some squirrels on your fabric?? :) heehee

  111. The fabulous Jen allegedly said:

    How. Utterly. Amazing!!!!!! So happy for you. (Having word creativity block — no quote from me!)

  112. The fabulous Catherine allegedly said:

    ‘Your work is appreciated. Eat some corn’. Genius. I adore this quilt. Even my husband would love cuddling up to Ron. I must make this!

  113. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:


    So I want you to know, I’d never even HEARD of Parks & Recreation until you started this quilt a-long. And then it kept coming up in my newsreader. So I decided I’d watch an episode.

    I did not make a quilt for your quilt along. Instead I watched every episode of every season and it is now my favorite show ever. So thank you thank you thank you thank you. Now I know just how insanely jealous I should be about this whole thing. (answer: TOTALLY)

  114. The fabulous Kelaine allegedly said:

    “Straight down the middle, no hook, no spin, no fuss. Anything more and this becomes figure skating.”

    So awesome!

  115. The fabulous Joanna allegedly said:

    Holy cow! How freaking awesome is that?!?! So cool!

  116. The fabulous Colleen allegedly said:

    That it sooooo cool!!!!! What an amazing story!

  117. The fabulous Diana allegedly said:

    Don’t watch TV, but love the quilt. Thanks for the giveaway.

  118. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    What a friend you have in Dana! That woman rocks! And what a great story - I think it should be featured in an episode. That being said, we don’t have cable either. But maybe Ron said, in a manly fashion, “Good, now I can always be on top.”

  119. The fabulous liz hietkamp allegedly said:

    I’ve….never watched the show…but what a cool idea!!! what a great giveaway!

  120. The fabulous Melissa Draper allegedly said:

    I want to believe he wrote something about breakfast foods… That is so great!

  121. The fabulous Andrea allegedly said:

    This story totall gave me goosebumps. How totally freaking surreal!!! Yay!

  122. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    Ron might have written - “Monica, I am thankful that you spent several countless hours immortalizing me into fabric, for the next one it out of meat.”

    I find P & R to be one of the funniest shows on TV. What a great use of fabric and talent. Might have to make so I can cuddle up with Ron on Thursday nights.

  123. The fabulous Susan allegedly said:

    White + shades of gray + Winterkist = just what I want for a beautiful quilt! By the way…congrats!

  124. The fabulous jeanne e. allegedly said:

    that is awesome sauce! i can’t even imagine what he wrote, but i can’t wait to see. i love your quilt and plan on making one because i also love ron swanson…

  125. The fabulous Christie allegedly said:

    Holy cow that is the most awesome thing ever! Also, quilt fight club needs to happen, and soon.

  126. The fabulous Terri C allegedly said:

    That quilt is so awesome ! You are a star yourself now, love that fabric!

  127. The fabulous Jan allegedly said:

    That is so cool! I love the quilt and your designs! Thanks for the opportunity!

  128. The fabulous melissa averinos allegedly said:

    holy shit, monica. that is crazytown bananapants ! give me that quilt and shit.

    “While I do not generally approve of crafts, I will make an exception in this case.” —Ron Swanson

  129. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    Thats so awesome to have the Parks and Recs crew acknowledge your quilt! I’d love that bundle to make a Gwen Stefani quilt.

  130. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    Best freakin post ever!!!!!!!!! LOVE and have had such a great watching the Ron quilt adventures!!!!!!

  131. The fabulous Jamie allegedly said:

    This has got to be one of the best quilt stories I have ever heard! What an amazing trip! I can imagine how totally exited you are. Super congrats!

  132. The fabulous Becky Greene allegedly said:

    AMAZING!!!! I have loved following the adventures of the RonQuilt and really hoped it would end up on Parks and Rec!! Congratulations! Wow - absolutely priceless quilt and story!!

    I think Ron would say “If you can’t sleep under a blanket of meat, this is perfectly acceptable. (Lame attempt at channeling Ron - can’t wait to hear the real inscription). Thanks for sharing!

  133. The fabulous PinkBunnySuit allegedly said:

    Wow!!! What an awesome keepsake for you to have with your quilt.

  134. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    This is the perfect finale! You brought together my two loves (quilting and this show) and then totally upped the geek out ante. I would love to know what he wrote, but I’m too excited to start my own Swanson Quilt to think.

  135. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    WOW WOW WOW I have enjoyed watching the adventures from afar (Australia)and what a huge way to end it and round it all up. Huge hugs, Sharon

  136. The fabulous Angie allegedly said:

    Oh I was so hoping this would happen with your quilt! Now that it has, it’s even better than I imagined! Yayyyy! I love P & R, but I am not that funny (unless by accident), so I’m just going to laugh at everyone else’s guesses at what he said!

  137. The fabulous Carolyn allegedly said:

    Monica, Here you go! It was a real honor to be with this, the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen. Sincerely, Ron

    Monica!!! I’m so thrilled for you. I have a website you might like:

  138. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Totally king of the hill, top of the heap… how are we every going to top this..oh thats right we won’t!! And I have to tell ya, I just started to buy Parks and Recs by the year to keep me company while sewing…your fault of course.

  139. The fabulous Jill Dorsey allegedly said:

    Holy Mary; mother of God, I just pooped my pants too! How can you ever top that? I hope he wrote something about bacon. And steak. And breakfast.

  140. The fabulous Rachel V. allegedly said:

    I love Ron Swanson!!

  141. The fabulous Jane Swanson allegedly said:

    You had me at Meat Tornado! Seriously, how awesome is it that your quilt made it to THE ACTUAL RON SWANSON?!

    If I win your giveaway, I will use it to make a FRANKIE HECK quilt from The Middle. I adore her!

    BTW, my name is really Swanson!

  142. The fabulous Holli allegedly said:

    Totally awesome and how fun for Quilt to have actually been so close to Ron!!

    “It was a real honor getting my picture taken with this quilt. I prefer bacon”

  143. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Love the photo of the guy posing with the quilt that resembles his face! Awesome!

  144. The fabulous Catherine (Books_Bound) allegedly said:

    This is easily the coolest thing I’ve ever seen on a quilting blog. If this happened to me, I would just quit quilting and die of happiness. After I posted it to Facebook so everyone could publicly acknowledge my awesomeness, of course.

    I think he wrote:
    “There are three things I like in a woman: dark hair, athleticism, and a practical skill set like making quilts.”

  145. The fabulous Marisa allegedly said:

    Shut up. And look at me.

    How cool! Awesome quilt and giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

  146. The fabulous Cecillia allegedly said:

    That is beyond awesome! :)

  147. The fabulous Kate Wolf allegedly said:

    Ron on Ron action! *swoon*
    in the history of all awesome things, this tops the list!

  148. The fabulous Cameron H allegedly said:

    I was so hoping the Rons would meet each other. Hooray! I can’t wait to find out what he wrote.

  149. The fabulous PaulaK allegedly said:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I enjoyed watching your quilt come together.
    Your little Gnoma Clauses are sweet!

  150. The fabulous Tamiko allegedly said:

    Holy moly Monica!!!!!!! So freaking excited for you! I love pnr!

  151. The fabulous Holly allegedly said:

    “I won’t publicly endorse a product unless I use it exclusively and I really believe in it. My only official recommendations are US Army issued mustache trimmers, Morton’s Salt, and Robert Kaufman’s Kona cottons.”

    Monica, this is the most amazing thing ever! I love your quilt and I love Parks & Rec and I love that the above photos exist. Thanks for making my day!

  152. The fabulous Barbara allegedly said:

    That’s cool! Barbara from Italy

  153. The fabulous Aunt Spicy allegedly said:

    I would have left a comment even without the giveaway, cause this is just insanely awesome! Seriously, that is just about the coolest quilt experience yet! Does the comment include something about meat and bacon?

  154. The fabulous Nicole allegedly said:

    So exciting for you!! No idea what genius he wrote but I’m sure it’s awesome.

  155. The fabulous Val allegedly said:

    It’s so awesome when celebs take time out to reach out to their fans. Shows they really care. I have no idea what he wrote, but I’m excited for you for all your excitement!

  156. The fabulous Liz DandeliondD allegedly said:

    Wow that really is awesome.
    I had to do a double take when I saw the first photo.
    I think he said something about his big head keeping you warm and cosy ;0)

    Great giveaway.

  157. The fabulous Cat allegedly said:

    oh my gosh MONICA!! I was doing cartoony-google-eyes at the computer screen - I cannot even imagine how excited you were when you saw those pics for the first time!!

    I think Nick-as-Ron wrote “it was a real meat-tornado moment to put this quilt at the top of my pyramid of greatness”.

    Oh honestly. My Ron-quilt is in my to-finish-in-the-Christmas-holidays pile. And it WILL be finished. I am going to print out that pic of your quilt sneaking up on Nick/Ron, and stick it up next to my sewing machine.

    Thank you - and Dana - and Nick/Ron - for your awesomeness, and for sharing. Cat x

    PS bring on the #quiltfightclub

  158. The fabulous Sharyn r allegedly said:

    That quilt is totally awesome and a work of quilting geniusness!!;). And to have Ron sign it and have photos taken is way way very special:). Have a great week: Sharyn.

  159. The fabulous Eva allegedly said:

    How fun! Can’t believe quilty Ron met real Ron! Would love to make a Ron quilt, he looks a bit like my dad and would love to make him one for Christmas!!

  160. The fabulous Annemart allegedly said:

    Isn’t it amazing to see your quilt featured like that?! After receiving cpr, bet you had a drink on that one! And what he wrote? Not the faintest…

  161. The fabulous Sew Create It - Jane allegedly said:

    When I first saw the pictures…I thought “wow that guy is a real look-a-like”…then I read further! He really should look like the original! LOL

    Best story ever!

  162. The fabulous Siobhan allegedly said:

    Seriously, that is just about the coolest thing ever. I love Ron Swanson, and I love that the actor is married to one of my favorite actresses, Megan Mullaly. Obviously a total legend.

  163. The fabulous Margaret allegedly said:

    Fabulous. My daughter is a huge Ron Swanson fan and while she was touring around the US last summer I kept her posted with your quilt along. She loved it!

  164. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    OMG! In following the Ron I was so hoping a pic would come up with both Rons and here it is! The real Ron is so true to life to the quilt :D This has been hysterical, thank you! Still an amazing quilt!

  165. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    After this awesome quilt, I think I have to check out Parks and Recreation….

    Congrats on the pic!!!

  166. The fabulous Connie allegedly said:

    This is the best. quilt. ever.

  167. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    OMG this is so wonderful. Congratulations! You are an even bigger celebrity now. You never know what will happen when you come up with an idea like this.

  168. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Your love for Ron Swanson is completely understood here. I’m flabbergasted by your brush with greatness in having this quilt come into contact with the man himself. I have no idea what he wrote, because I ‘litrally’ can’t think straight, what with all the Ron Swanson awesomesauce that is in your pictures above. Now, it’s breakfast time and I’m going to go make myself all the eggs and bacon I have.

  169. The fabulous Liz allegedly said:

    Wow. How fun. Great work of art!

  170. The fabulous Rori Jensen allegedly said:

    Who would have thunk it! The ultimate finale to your quilt adventure! Congratulations!

    My son at college has been watching Parks & Rec on Netflix and I think I may have to check out a couple of episodes.

  171. The fabulous freakadoodles allegedly said:

    This is awesome. I am so excited for you!

  172. The fabulous Marla allegedly said:

    Flippin’ amazing. I hope he wrote something about your quilt being almost as good as bacon.

  173. The fabulous Archie the wonder dog allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness, how wonderful! I love the corridor photo - what a great idea!! I’m afraid I still don’t know (even after reading all your QAL posts!) who Ron Swanson is (or what ‘Parks and Recreation’ is except it’s on the telly!) so I’ve no idea what he wrote on the back of your quilt but I can’t wait to find out! Have you stopped grinning like a loon yet? I wouldn’t have!

    P.S. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a duck’s a*se hair style so maybe you could dream up an embroidery pattern to capture the image of the back of Ron’s head?!

  174. The fabulous Ellen M. allegedly said:

    What an amazing quilt. I’m sure he was very flattered! Some people are immortalized in marble, some in cotton! Thanks for the chance to make my own!

  175. The fabulous jackie allegedly said:

    This has been too too fun to follow. Crazy fun quilt and quilt-along, Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing this all with us. Can’t wait to see what’s next!!!!

  176. The fabulous Chris allegedly said:

    Wow! This was a grand finale. Congratulations and what are you going to do next?

  177. The fabulous Miss. Genevieve allegedly said:

    I am so happy your quilt got to meet its namesake! Amazing job as always

  178. The fabulous Carolyn allegedly said:

    Duuuuude!!!!!! This is so incredibly awesome!!!!! I am so blown away my mind is going completely blank as I frantically try to think of something Ron Swanson would have to say about this!!!

  179. The fabulous Andrea allegedly said:

    “I’m going to lay under this and eat bacon.” So friggin’ awesome. Ron Swanson is my hero!

  180. The fabulous aprilshowers allegedly said:

    That is awesome! When I saw it on Pinterest I assumed it was Photoshopped. That is amazing it actually happened!

  181. The fabulous Carol M allegedly said:

    What a grand story! You must be so thrilled!

  182. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    Wow, this is fabulous! Thanks for the giveaway too!

  183. The fabulous sharon allegedly said:

    What a great friend to engineer such a surprise!

  184. The fabulous Christie allegedly said:

    WOW! Best quilt story EVER!

  185. The fabulous Jenifer allegedly said:

    Wow, I so love this!!!!! Thanks for sharing !!!

  186. The fabulous mjb allegedly said:

    So awesome that it ended up there!

  187. The fabulous laura allegedly said:

    you realize nick totally needs his own ron swanson quilt, right? like maybe we should split it up so it’s not too much work for one?

  188. The fabulous Marjorie Nath allegedly said:

    I haven’t seen Parks and Recreation, have seen ads and such but no programs yet,we only get a few American programs right now on Dish. Of course, you must realize that with that autograph (and I have no idea what he wrote)on the back of the quilt, you now have a collectors item. Thank you for the chance at the great giveaway.
    Marj in Mexico

  189. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    I was telling my son and dil about the Ron Swanson quilt and they wanted to know if they were going to get one ~ I’d love to win the giveaway so I can make them one! How exciting to have your quilt signed by Nick and for him to play along so wonderfully!!!

  190. The fabulous Barb bachmann allegedly said:

    Way cool

  191. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    “I also think it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of quilts when they can have the awesome Monica make one and I can stand it front of it”

    xoxoxoxo!!!!! Congrats MSS!!!!!

  192. The fabulous Kimberlee allegedly said:

    OMG! THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER, WORTHY OF ALL CAPS! My cousin met Nick when he spoke at her collage. Super jealous! I think Nick/Ron said something like: Well done, you made this with your hands, let’s go eat meat.

  193. The fabulous James allegedly said:

    Too much fun. Loved the tour, but the final meet-up brings it all together. Congrats.

  194. The fabulous Lisa Gutierrez allegedly said:

    This is AMAZING! A quilt fight on Parks would be my crafty dreams come true.

  195. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    How absolutely fabulous! Congratulations. Very very cool.

  196. The fabulous Paula allegedly said:

    This is sooooo cool Monica! Congratulations! I would completely freaked out too! This quilt is such creative idea - I don’t know how you come up with them …


  197. The fabulous MC allegedly said:

    So incredibly awesome!!! I really want there to be a Knope vs Swanson quilt smackdown. I have no idea what he wrote but can’t wait to see!

  198. The fabulous Angie C allegedly said:

    Awesome quilt! Congratulations and Thanks for the chance to win!

  199. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    Amazing experience for you! I would have pooped my pants too!

  200. The fabulous Meghan allegedly said:

    Holy crap! Anything that makes you poop your pants in pure delight is awesome!

  201. The fabulous Jude allegedly said:

    Awesome! Totally! I think he said that your quilt rated high on the Swanson pyramid of greatness! Or he said you made his meat filled tornado of a day! Love the quilt, the journey and the totally awesome ending!

  202. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    How totally awesome and fun is that!!! I’m so glad this happened for you.

  203. The fabulous Lauren JH allegedly said:

    Don’t have a clue what he wrote, but I would love to get my hands on the fabrics up for grabs in this giveaway! Love your fabrics, quilt designs and blog! Thanks so much!!!

  204. The fabulous jenny allegedly said:

    soooo crazy cool!!

  205. The fabulous Kari M. allegedly said:

    That is totally EPIC! Aahhh i love it!

  206. The fabulous erin allegedly said:

    Thant is such an awesome picture- love that your quilt got to meet it’s inspiration!!

  207. The fabulous Cortney D allegedly said:

    GIVE ME ALL THE BACON AND EGGS YOU HAVE! OMG- this is so awesome. It is like quilt Inception. I would love to win this so I could make my own RonQuilt. I would also LOVE to see a RonQuilt vs. Knope/Wyatt Unity Quilt-off.

  208. The fabulous Tiffany allegedly said:

    How FREAKING cool is this!!!! Wouldn’t it be amazing if this quilt snuck into a scene or two? Haha. I bet Nick said something having to do with bacon. :)

  209. The fabulous Claire allegedly said:

    Omg how awesome! We don’t have parks and rec in the UK but I still want to make this quilt send have asked for season 1 on DVD for Christmas. I’d love to win the fabric especially the Winterkist! Thanks.

  210. The fabulous montse allegedly said:

    No way!!!! Best ending to the Ron Swanson quilt trip!!!! I have no clue what he might have written, anxious to see as P&R is one of my favourite shows ever… Treat yo self!
    And what a terrific giveaway, thanks for the chance to win! Gnoma in graphite are my favourites ever!!!

  211. The fabulous Patty D allegedly said:

    That is amazingly awesome! I enjoyed reading about the adventures of the quilt through the blog. Congrats!

  212. The fabulous Caroline allegedly said:

    It doesn’t get any better than that, eh? Good on you!

  213. The fabulous Peggy A allegedly said:

    Awesome!I didn’t join in on this quilt-along; I’m waiting for a Tom Selleck-along.

  214. The fabulous Andrea C L allegedly said:

    so impressive!! and so cool that he signed it and took pics with it!! I love Parks and Rec. :)

  215. The fabulous Alison Hingston allegedly said:

    Love the Ron quilt. How fabulous for you and what a nice guy.
    Thanks for the chance to win the kona fabrics.

  216. The fabulous Pétra allegedly said:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I would be pooping my pants too how exciting.
    I’m sure Chris would say “This is literally the best quilt I’ve ever seen!”
    I think Ron wrote Monica, I am not sure why you made a quilt portrait of me but it is both practical and flattering. I will use it at the cabin. Ron


  217. The fabulous MoeWest allegedly said:

    This is awesome! It’s the icing on the Ron Swanson quilt. He has some nice things in his woodshop. I love the headboard.

  218. The fabulous Tina D allegedly said:

    I believe Ron’s mustache was featured in People magazine’s sexiest mustache category this week, so your quilt also celebrates his “insanely lush mustache.” Which is nice.
    Viva Ron!

  219. The fabulous Irene Garcia allegedly said:

    Super cool quilt! Thank you for the giveaway

  220. The fabulous Camille allegedly said:

    I keep coming back to look at this. I can’t help myself. You are just SO DANG AWESOME!!!

  221. The fabulous Karina allegedly said:

    This is AMAZING. I think he wrote, “It was a real treat to see this amazing piece of work…almost as good as a meat tornado.”

  222. The fabulous Grapes and hearts allegedly said:

    Monica, this is better than fiction ;o) Congrats on you Super-Happy-End of your RSA! And thanks for the chance to win that generous bundle ;o)

  223. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    I don’t know if I have ever been so jealous of the life of a quilt! I love parks and rec and absolutely squealed with delight when I saw the unity quilt! But I have a feeling your Ron quilt could totally take it down in battle!

  224. The fabulous Debbie allegedly said:

    I have been following you and this quilt around from the beginning. That first picture of Ron and the quilt in the hallway made me spit my drink out, I laughed so hard!

    Great job and great way to end the tour!

  225. The fabulous Megan H. allegedly said:

    All I can do is giggle. As I’m sure you did!

  226. The fabulous jenj allegedly said:

    ermagerhd. I was pretty darn shocked to see Ron there! Congratulations, you. Can’t wait to find out more about what Nick Offerman wrote. HUGE fan of the show. Huge.

  227. The fabulous Destiny allegedly said:

    Wowzers!! That is amazing! :D Have to let you know that I started watching Parks and Recreation because of your Ron Swanson Along. Love to watch while I eat breakfast–makes my day start off awesome! I live in Indiana and it makes me sad that Pawnee is a fictional place, because I would totally have to go there.

  228. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Your quilt is amazing!

  229. The fabulous Kristen allegedly said:

    That was just awesome to read. Omg, I would be dancing like a mad cat lady if that had happened.

    Woot, lady. I’m so darn tickled for you.

    Makes me want to create one, too. lol

  230. The fabulous Gretchen allegedly said:

    This is the most awesomesauce quilt adventure yet. Congrats on a completely cool quilt and and even better story to go with it.

  231. The fabulous barbara allegedly said:

    i would love to win thanks

  232. The fabulous marcella allegedly said:

    So excited for you! What a great adventure for your quilt.

  233. The fabulous ldpaulson allegedly said:

    Congrats, Monica!

    It’s been fun to watch this project since its inception.

    I expect Nick Offerman is tickled more than he lets on. Since he enjoys woodworking (he was a guest on Martha, no less!), he no doubt understands and appreciates what you’ve done more than the Average Joe.

    Here’s to more fun adventures at the intersection of quilting and pop culture!

    – ldp

  234. The fabulous Leah allegedly said:

    Very cool. I was hoping it would take a trip to NBC studios, I am glad it did.

  235. The fabulous Wendy allegedly said:

    How exciting! I must admit I’ve never seen the show - can I blame lack of cable and living in Canada? :)

  236. The fabulous Ann McGraw allegedly said:

    The Ron Swanson quilt is on my very long quilt to do list! I love it. You are one funny quilter.

  237. The fabulous rainjerette allegedly said:

    Holy Cow! That is amazing! I haven’t seen the show, but I love the quilt :) Thanks for sharing your fun with us!

  238. The fabulous Lexi Lucas allegedly said:

    Oh Monica!
    That’s fantastically amazing! I wish he’d signed a yard of fabric so you could cut it up and we could sew it to the backs of our quilts too. That is so cool. Thanks for doing an awesome giveaway too.

  239. The fabulous Lauren K allegedly said:

    Ahhh-mazing! I can’t believe you got it to the man himself! So funny & creative!

  240. The fabulous Lindsay allegedly said:

    This is awesome, what a great friend you have.

  241. The fabulous Emily allegedly said:

    This is really awesome! I love those pics!!

  242. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    That is the icing on the cake. Literally!!

  243. The fabulous Kelly allegedly said:

    You’ve inspired me to check out Parks and Recreation. I haven’t watched this show.

  244. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    This is SO cool! Great quilt. Great story. Great photos! I’ve laughed so much since you first started your Ron Swanson quilt-a-long. I watch Parks and Rec all the time but I still have no idea what he wrote … forgive my lousy memory for details.

  245. The fabulous *karen allegedly said:

    Best. Post. Ever. This made my day!

  246. The fabulous Shiv allegedly said:

    I think he wrote:

    “Round up whoever’s free. I’m going to need more Ron Swansons.” - 94 meetings S2E20

    Super awesome quilt! Shiv x

  247. The fabulous Bearpawquilter allegedly said:

    OMG! I thought making the quilt was a hoot. Then when I saw it traveling - even better! Pictures of Ron with the quilt trumps all of that. No clue what he wrote bcuz I have never watched the show. Need to start watching. I hear it’s funny. Thanks for the chance. N

  248. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Ahhh, so that’s what the instagram photos are all about. That’s Fabulous!!!

  249. The fabulous laurie allegedly said:


  250. The fabulous Lyn allegedly said:

    How cool and how fun! Congrats!

  251. The fabulous Jen @ A Quilting Jewel allegedly said:

    What a fantastic story to go with the quilt. Congrats on such a great grand finale.

  252. The fabulous Abby allegedly said:

    I think this may be the best story ever in the history of quilting. Holy crap. This is amazing - like, Treat Yo Self x 10000!

    What did he write? I will send this quilt back to you for all the eggs and bacon you have? Can’t wait to find out!

  253. The fabulous jody allegedly said:

    very much enjoyed the conclusion of this quilt episode … reading while woofing down BACON and EGGS!!!
    You deserve this - your quilt is splendidly gripping!

  254. The fabulous Calee allegedly said:

    OMG that is the COOLEST thing ever. I love Ron Swanson! So awesome that your friend did that for you too.

    And thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  255. The fabulous Morgan allegedly said:

    That’s so cool! I think I would embroider over what he signed on the quilt to make it last. I’m very eager to hear what he wrote!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  256. The fabulous Jamie allegedly said:

    Yeah for you! What an incredible quilt and I love those pictures that they took on set. I have really enjoyed this sew-a-long, it would be fabulous to get to make my own Ron Swanson quilt ;)

  257. The fabulous Susanne allegedly said:

    I was hoping this quilt-along would end up with Nick Offerman! Love all the grays in the giveaway.

  258. The fabulous Glenna in TX allegedly said:

    What a super way to end the quilt-along. Would love to win! Thanks.

  259. The fabulous Chandra allegedly said:

    Awesome Nick Offerman action and a really truly exciting giveaway. I wonder if your blog will max out at 256 or I really be 257.

    I have no idea what pseudo-insulting thing Nick Offerman may have written but I look forward to learning about it.

    Now I feel like I should come up with an Amy Pohler quilt but my to-do list is pretty long already.

  260. The fabulous Gill allegedly said:

    Great quilt! but who is this guy???
    Off to google him!

  261. The fabulous Sarah P allegedly said:

    I am so thrilled for you… and for all quilting/ Ron Swanson fans. I think he wrote, ” This means more to me than a desk full of meat.”

  262. The fabulous Flaun allegedly said:

    That’s so awesome! Nick Offerman is a good sport. I love how into it he is!

  263. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    You are hilarious and this is so exciting!

  264. The fabulous Elizabeth J allegedly said:

    This is so freakin’ awesome! I bet you’re giddy with excitement!

  265. The fabulous Erin allegedly said:

    I think he would write “Amazing Resemblance ” or something about his great looks. Great job on the quilt.

  266. The fabulous Anne allegedly said:

    RON F*CKING SWANSON!!!!!!! OH my GOD MONICA YOU ARE MY HERO!!!! I really hope he wrote, “I’m a simple man. I like pretty, dark-haired women and breakfast food.” Cheers!! This is so awesome!!

  267. The fabulous Lynnette allegedly said:

    My guess is that he wrote: I have been developing the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness for years and this quilt is a perfectly calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement. I am off to have a mid-morning pre-lunch with my lady friend underneath and ontop it, but I will be back in time for lunch.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win Robert Kaufman fabric goodness and your own Magalicious Winterkish fabric!

  268. The fabulous Nancy B from Many LA allegedly said:

    That is SO COOL! What an awesome experience!

  269. The fabulous Carol H allegedly said:

    How cool is this! Congrats!!

  270. The fabulous Candace allegedly said:

    Yesss! This makes me so happy :)
    Can’t wait to see what he wrote.

  271. The fabulous amy allegedly said:

    That is the most coolest thing EVER! Crazy freaking good! And I’m glad I haven’t yet started my Ron Swanson quilt since I’m going to win the bundles. Very convenient for me. Sweet!

  272. The fabulous Jenny allegedly said:

    Ack, so cool! I can’t believe you’re making us wait to know what he wrote. Which I can’t predict, though I’ll say “meat” should be in there, and I like the “simple man” quote above.

  273. The fabulous Nancy B allegedly said:

    Wow! what a neat story…can’t imagine what he said, but looking forward to the big reveal on Thursday. Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  274. The fabulous Debra Rolfe allegedly said:

    WOW! Awesome!

  275. The fabulous Heather F allegedly said:

    I love this! Thanks for the chance to win beautiful fabrics and what a neat thing to have happen!

  276. The fabulous Bearpawquilter allegedly said:

    Have you checked out Oh, Frannson lately. Elizabeth is making a quilt out of your Winterkist line with the gnomes fussy cut and peeking out the windows. Too cute! What a compliment to you and your designs.

  277. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    I think Ron Swanson said, “I would personally rather warm myself with the skin of a bear that I killed myself. But this quilt would be a suitable substitute.”

  278. The fabulous Melissa allegedly said:

    How stickin’ cool is this? Looks like your quilt had lots of fun!
    A huge thanks to you and RK for the giveaway!

  279. The fabulous Jeifner allegedly said:

    “Now my only official recommendations are US Army-issued mustache trimmers, Morton’s Salt, the C.R. Lawrence Fein two inch axe-style scraper oscillating knife blade and goods by Monica S.S.”

    wow-can’t even believe that happened! Next up… world peace.

  280. The fabulous Jeanne allegedly said:

    What a fun post! I can imagine your excitement when you saw these pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  281. The fabulous CitricSugar allegedly said:

    I have no clue what he would have written but man, is that ever cool that you now have photographic evidence that he not only appreciated the quilt but understood the full meme scale of it….!

  282. The fabulous Joan allegedly said:

    Heck yea! I leaving a comment. I watch parks and rec every week. Ron Swanson…awesome. Loved watching the quilt come together too.

  283. The fabulous Hueisei allegedly said:

    Very awesome QAL. Thanks for sharing!

  284. The fabulous Camille allegedly said:

    I can’t imagine what he wrote but I know it’s goin to be uh-mazing!

    Did you geek out and comb it for hair so in case one day clone at home is available you could make your very own Ron Swanson? I know I’d never do anything that crazy …..

  285. The fabulous lisa m allegedly said:

    What a great ending! Dare I even say…one made in Hollywood!

    But I can’t guess on the note, because I’ve never seen the show.

  286. The fabulous Mary allegedly said:

    That’s an amazing tale! And thanks for the giveaway!

  287. The fabulous Melanie C allegedly said:

    This is awesome! Hubby and I love Ron Swanson (my father in law is so much like him :) )

  288. The fabulous Jude allegedly said:

    This new bit of news tops the chart of cool quiltyness!! I am on th edge of my chair wondering what he wrote???? I can’t wait for you to spill the beans! Rock on! In the world of quilt blogs, the quilt was first of all genius, and Ron signing it, as my grandson would say, was “epic”- you scored a Yahtzee!!

  289. The fabulous Mhairi allegedly said:

    This is the best story - I think you should print it onto fabric and sew it to the back of the quilt.
    As for what the note says: Something along the lines of make sure you have this the right way up or rumors will start. :D
    So glad this is how this story is continuing for you, a truly brilliant way to add to your amazing quilt.

  290. The fabulous Zafeira allegedly said:

    Those photos are just hilarious!!! I cannot stop laughing…this guy is great!!! And I haven’t seen the tvseries yet! But I loved your whole journey, and your posts about it! You are such an inspiration.

  291. The fabulous Leah allegedly said:

    Way cool! You must be so excited.

  292. The fabulous Steph F. allegedly said:

    What a grand finale to all your hard work!

    Did he mention cultivating a manly musk?


  293. The fabulous bettina allegedly said:

    Congratulations, that is SO awesome!!!

  294. The fabulous 3LittleBrds allegedly said:

    Eeeep! 8)

  295. The fabulous Carol Richard allegedly said:

    How cool is that!!!

  296. The fabulous Teri allegedly said:

    A hoot and a half!
    And you just totally deserve it, too.

    I just recently discovered you and LOVE + there’s the A-town connection (bornandraised, baby!)

  297. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    this is so fucking awesome!

  298. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    THAT is a great story!!!

  299. The fabulous Nanette allegedly said:

    You and only you could make this all happen. I know others helped but seriously, this is all you. And “Ron” of course.

  300. The fabulous kriswithmany allegedly said:

    What an awesome finale!

  301. The fabulous Megan M. allegedly said:

    WOW! Real-life Hollywood magic happening here!

  302. The fabulous Bertine allegedly said:

    My husband is so jealous. He loves Ron Swanson.

  303. The fabulous Carly B. allegedly said:

    oh my goodness! LOVE me some Ron Swanson. he probably said “Why thank you, but this would be infinitely better with a plate of bacon.” :) I’m making this quilt soon! (hopefully after I win this giveaway!)

  304. The fabulous debby wolff allegedly said:

    The awesomeness of this whole deal in amazing!
    I love Parks and Recreation, and I imagine that Ron Swanson might have said, “This is a very lovely quilt.”
    Not very original. Did you know that Nick is a craftsman himself? He is quite a professional woodworker and has written articles in Fine Woodworking magazine.

  305. The fabulous DeniseMarie allegedly said:

    Awesome! I have no idea what Ron may have said - but I can’t wait to find out!

  306. The fabulous Miss Kathy allegedly said:

    Ron Swanson might say something along the lines of : “How nice to see you made something useful.”

  307. The fabulous Wrennette allegedly said:

    Monica…..Since, I am one of YOUR fans..it tickles me pink that you have had such a lovely experience with your quilt of admiration…these fun things are just not known to happen often enough and you’ve been your usual generous self and shared it with all of us..thankyou.
    I would imagine that the object of your praise would say: “Monica you have immortalized me and I am forever greatful”….or at least he should have said it!!!! You deserve the joy you are experiencing.

  308. The fabulous carol allegedly said:

    I LOVE this show and his mustache! The BBQ episode was classic Ron. Can’t wait to read what he wrote to you!

  309. The fabulous Leslie allegedly said:

    I am so thrilled for you! This has been a fun project to follow! Congrats!

  310. The fabulous AnnieO allegedly said:

    O.M.G. That first photo is freaking hilarious! The magic of Hollywoodland plus your quilt equals fabulous! What a great friend Dana is.

  311. The fabulous kendascrafts allegedly said:

    Holy shit! That is the most exciting thing I’ve seen all day. So excited for you!

  312. The fabulous Ange @ GnomeAngel allegedly said:

    HOT DAMN! That is the awesome! Well done. That’s so cool. So damn cool!

  313. The fabulous SuzK allegedly said:

    I’m not real familiar with the show, so I’m not sure what he wrote. That being said, watching this quilt travel around has peaked my curiosity - hopefully it’s on Comcast’s On Demand. I think this is a brilliant situation and I love that he got to see it and be photographed with it. The quilt and it’s travels and really provided great enjoyment and giggles. Thank you!

  314. The fabulous Sarah allegedly said:

    LOVE, love, love it! So great that you are connected in the TV biz!

  315. The fabulous Whitney allegedly said:

    What a fun ending to your quilt-along!!!!

  316. The fabulous Diane ebel allegedly said:

    I’m not sure what I love more-the quilt or your post about the quilt meeting your inspiration! How cool that was for them to do that for you and congrats on having awesome friends! Happy turkey day! Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

  317. The fabulous Lynn Walker allegedly said:

    As a fan of yours and Parks and Rec, I’ve LOVED following the adventures of RonQuilt–and this is the best ending of all! I was so hoping he’d see it.

  318. The fabulous Susanne allegedly said:

    What an amazing story! I need to go and make a Johnny Depp quilt NOW! :)

  319. The fabulous Lauren Lynn allegedly said:

    That is freaking cool!

    I’m sure he said something about bacon or his mustache. Something infinitely manly, no doubt.

    I need to make one of these.

  320. The fabulous Colleen allegedly said:

    That is so awesome! I love pixelated quilts.

  321. The fabulous Lindsey allegedly said:

    Unreal. This is seriously awesome! I have no words.

  322. The fabulous wendy allegedly said:

    The photos of Ron with Ron are great! I have no idea what he might have written, we don’t have that show over here. We usually get American shows eventually… about 3 years later!

  323. The fabulous Britt allegedly said:

    This is so freaking awesome that I can hardly stand it.

  324. The fabulous Corinne allegedly said:

    Holy Crap, I agree holy crap what a quilt. What talent you have. Happy Thanksgiving

  325. The fabulous Sydney allegedly said:

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaat!?!?!?! That’s AMAZING!!! Like super awesome crazy kinda amazing!!

  326. The fabulous Hillary allegedly said:

    You had me at meat tornado!

  327. The fabulous Kerry allegedly said:

    I’m in the Uk and have never seen parks and Recreation- waah! I do think your quilt is awesome though- I plan to make one in a similar fashion of Stephen Fry.

  328. The fabulous Liz W. allegedly said:

    Monica, Congratulations on having fabric Ron meet in the flesh Ron!

  329. The fabulous Amy allegedly said:

    WOW! I’d love to have my name in the hat for the drawing. I don’t watch TV, so I am rather clueless about the rest of it…

  330. The fabulous Cortney D allegedly said:

    OMG! SO FREAKING AWESOMESAUCE! Thank you! I cannot wait to make my very own Ron Swanson Quilt. Best. Thanksgiving. Ever! :)

  331. The fabulous Denise Briggs allegedly said:

    When I saw your work in progress, I thought insanity….then as things progressed, I thought GENIUS. What a fun way to build a community. You keep having fun! Thanks for the smiles.

  332. The fabulous Hillary allegedly said:

    Too funny! I tag my quilts “Made with love, hugs and the occasional beer.”

  333. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    too darn cool!
    How fun :0)

    Happy Sewing and congrats on all your success with this quilt :0)

  334. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:


    You totally fricken slay me! I love that you’re in the world. :) xo k

  335. The fabulous Katie Sciarrino allegedly said:

    This is proof that you are awesome! Love every thing about this post and the master mind behind it.

  336. The fabulous Jan allegedly said:

    Very, very cool in every way! Your sense of humor and talent are so refreshing!! Big fan of the show - can’t wait to show my kiddo. Hope you saw the episode with Lesley’s quilt recently! I almost peed my pants when the family started cutting and writing on it!

  337. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    I REALLY love the picture of him standing there with his hands tucked into the front of his pants. This whole thing - your quilt, his character, it getting to his studio for pics is surreal!

  338. The fabulous sarah@pingsandneedles allegedly said:

    OMFG!! I am so so so behind with my blog reading! This is fantastic! I am so pleased that the Swansonalong made it to the Swanson! Wow! xxx

  339. The fabulous tammy allegedly said:

    Hello! i keep checking back to see if you have a newer post, but what post could possibly top this one?

  340. The fabulous Stephanie allegedly said:

    Oh my god o my god oh my god I couldn’t stop laughing and giggling and screeching and smiling best quilt ever! I love love love Ron Swanson so lucky for you for him to see your beautiful quilt…and sign it! Perfect for dozing up on the coach Thursday nights!

  341. The fabulous Jil allegedly said:

    Wow…. I lose internet for a few months and you seriously have become my hero. The life you lead woman! I am in awe. :) Stinking cool.

  342. The fabulous Penny allegedly said:

    What a great post Monica! I love that you got your Ron quilt signed by Ron! I bet you’ll never wash it again!!

  343. The fabulous Katie L. Cavanaugh allegedly said:

    I am so bummed…my buddy interviewed him the other day and did not realize that this quit had been made. If I caught him before the interview I would have totally asked him to bring it up, it would have been hilarious (the interview was social media related).

  344. The fabulous Jeanne Henry allegedly said:

    I saw your quilt at QuiltCon in Austin and I busted out laughing…. So much so that everyone in the area stared at me like I was a mad woman. I’m still laughing. Genius.

  345. The fabulous Patricia Faye allegedly said:

    My son & his wife love Ron Swanson in Parks & Recreation & asked if I could make a quilt for him. He helped me find your quilt-along. I made a couple of changes (2″ squares) & a few more colors- blues & browns. It turned out really nice. On the bottom border I appliquéd bacon & eggs & “Give me all the bacon & eggs you have” This will be his birthday present. I’d be happy to send you a picture if you’d like to see it!

    Thanks so much!


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