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:
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?
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Ron Swanson Along
[print yardage/cutting info] [print block layout] [print face map]
[Day 1] [Day 2] [Day 3] [Day 4] [Day 5]
[Day 6] [Day 7] [Day 8] [Day 9] [Day 10]
[Day 11] [Day 12] [Day BEST DAY EVER]
[Ron Swanson Along Flickr group]
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