Monica is a super friendly and super awesome quilter from the Pacific Northwest. She runs the blog Happy Zombie and designs the cutest fabric for Cloud 9 and Lecien. Check out her patterns and finished quilts! Her favorite quilt is one that I have a new-found appreciation for, as a new watcher of the show “Parks and Recreation.”
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt hands down is my Ron Swanson quilt. I made him, I mean, I made it for the purpose of doing a quilt along and engaging people who 1) might not have been previously interested in quilting; 2) are new to quilting or have never quilted and wanted to dive in with an easier pattern; 3) to have an ongoing communal project on the internet; 4) because Ron Swanson is f’ing AWESOME. While I made the quilt and started the quilt along in 2012, the quilt along never sleeps, never stops. People are encouraged to start it any time and there are no time constraints or deadlines. Ron would want it that way.
I used Robert Kaufman Kona solids in my quilt, in addition I used scraps from my stash to add some design elements to my quilt. I have an Echino scrap of a bird that I put on Ron’s head. Stuff like that.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
My Ron Swanson quilt (or “RonQuilt” as I call him… I mean it, now) was shown at QuiltCon 2013 and he, I mean it, won 1ST PLACE in the piecing category! What was fun about having him, I mean it, out in public was seeing the reactions of people. Up close RonQuilt just looks like a bunch of random squares stitched together, so it was fun to watch people back up and then see in their faces the excitement when they realized it was “Ron f’ing Swanson”! Also fun to hear the older generations take a stab at who they thought it was on my quilt. I heard (and was told) JFK, Rock Hudson and Cary Grant.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
The best memories are of everyone… People I know and people I don’t even know alike. The best memories I will always have and always cherish are the smiles and joy it brings to people, especially the story that goes with it (below).
What do you like best about the quilt?
I love what happened right after RonQuilt was made. My good friend Dana, who works in the television industry, took RonQuilt on a whirlwind trip to iconic SoCal destinations and took gobs of pics for me. Dana also knows someone at Parks and Rec, and the next thing you know my RonQuilt is FREAKING AT Parks and Rec and THE MAN HIMSELF (Nick Offerman) is taking pics with it! One of the show’s producers told me that it was Nick who staged all the photos. OMG. So crazy awesome and clearly Nick Offerman is just as awesome as his Ron Swanson character! BTW, Dana is on instagram at “danahannah213.” She’s hilarious and posts the best photos of BTS TV stuff, life in her crazy neighborhood and of course quilting stuff. Dana is the designer and maker of the famous Texas quilt at QuiltCon 2013 that was showcased here there and everywhere (even by Martha Stewart!).
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
By “grow,” I’m going to assume you want to know… Did I eat all the bacon and eggs? And that would be yes.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
Nothing. I wouldn’t want to change a thing.
Where is the quilt now?
He’s, I mean it’s, resting gently in a quilt cupboard waiting to go in a place of honor on one of my walls. He, I mean it, comes out every now and then to travel with me. Nick Offerman signed the back of my quilt, plus it’s got Ron Swanson essence all over that quilt, so I don’t want it to get dirty and have to launder it.
Would you like to add anything?
My mom said I should have made a quilt of Ellen DeGeneres, that “she’s famous.” I replied that Ron Swanson was indeed famous, and she said in her sweet German accent and in true mom fashion, “Ya sure, because YOU made him famous.” Bwahahaha!
If anyone wants to see all the amazing photos and/or to jump in the Ron Swanson Along pool; jump in, the water’s warm and the pool is always open.
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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