Friday, August 5, 2011

Who's your Hoochy Mama?

 Who's your Hoochy Mama?

Mary Lou and Melanie Bautista McFarland
have put together a fun book of fast fun projects in
their funky way of working with fabrics.
Wanna win a copy to see for your self? 
You too can find your inner  Hoochy Mama!

Hoochy Mama refers to a technique in their book... Just FYI. ;-)

I had a few very serious questions for Melanie, and Mary Lou,

Which came first the 
"Freddy Feathers baby Chick" or the egg?
Melanie said: Of course, Freddy! He's so far out of the box he doesn't
need an egg to deliver.  In fact, we made up a "Frederica" 
and she's a fashionista!

MaryLou said:
Boy that is an age old question. I think Freddy came first but 
then he needed a Mama right? Hmmmm.

Victoria: I find great inspiration in saying 
"I will NEVER make..."  
Usually when I say this, I end
 up making at least one maybe 10 of whatever that is...
I made a crack once that I would never make a
COW quilt, I am now making a cow quilt... 

You actually have a PURPLE cow quilt 
and you were MOO-ved by the same poem! 
That takes me back to first grade, 
when I had to memorize a poem about that purple cow...
(I still know it!)
Let me recite it for you.
by: Gelett Burgess (1866-1951)
I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one:
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I'd rather see then be one.
What is something you've said you'd 
never make and now find your self making
 or have made?
Mel swore she'd never quilt a thing - we both prefer to send out 
our quilts for stitching. But she's caught the bug & 
so far is doing really terrible, 
awful stuff, but still trying to
make a go of it.  Hoping "bad" is the new "good?"
MaryLou said: I never knew I would be 
so fond of cows...
I have made three and I want to make many much fun! I may have cows on every 
wall of my house...and I am not even a farm 
girl! Cowlicious, Cowabunga,Moochachoo's, 
Moo-goo-gaipan, Mooryland, Amoorica,and 
many more...try one they are easy quick and 

So, One last very serious question, 
that we all want to know...

 Did the Freddy feathers CHICK cross the road to eat 
the Chocolate Whacky Cake?
 The How sweet it is cupcakes, 
the Ice cream cones, 
or the Lollipops?
MEL: Yes, the chocolate cake would be Freddy's choice -
Mel's a certified "chocoholic"
and consumes anything chocolaty, 
even chocolate-colored fabric.

MARYLOU: He crossed to the road to get 
either Jamba Juice or See's candy and then
tried to run back to work it off...

(All very cute patterns in their book! 
win a copy or buy one now!)

I can tell these two had a lot of fun making this book, 
published through Martingale & Co.

A great book to push yourself further out of your box!

Tell me something you said you would never make, 
then found your self making
  in your comment,  
Add yourself to my Followers list in the side bar.

I will pick a winner
 Tuesday, August 9th, 9 a.m.

***ALSO! the winner of the***
Layer cake is Shannon! 



  1. I said I would NEVER make a handpieced quilt. Now I'm 1/2 way done with a handpieced hexagon quilt and I not only love what I'm making, but I LOVE handsewing. Who would have thunk?

  2. I said [thought] I would never make a BASKET quilt.
    Then I started a block-a-day-for-a-month idea while waiting for my second grandchild to be born. Those were fairly standard pieced baskets. The quilt is still not finished, lying around here in pieces. Granddaughter is 13.
    But later I saw an article by dear Gwennie with Wacky baskets. I went right to town and led by quilt bee on a group project to make one for our guild raffle, and another for us to keep in a bee lottery. Those were huge successes!

  3. I said I would never make a hexagon. And I have for the Rockin Robin quiltalong. I also said I would never be able to paper piece...and I had so much fun the first time I tried, I chose it as my block for my month in a quilting bee.

  4. Hey Victoria! When I first started quilting, and saw some art quilts... I said to myself that I would never be drawn to that kind of art or even dare make anything like that will embellishments, etc. Well, that is what I love to do now... who knew!???

  5. i said i would never start new quilt without finishing the one i was working on, hahahahahahha!!!! i never thought i would use the word hoochy, much less want to be a hoochy momma. or be a free-form piecer. life is good!!! :>)

  6. I said I would never applique, but have done a bit of it since.

  7. Hi Victoria,
    I said I'd never make clothes for myself ever again... Never liked the things I'd made, the fit, the color were always wrong. I just started a pair of shorts for vacation. We'll see if I actually wear them, or cut them up for a quilt.
    I'd love to make my daughter a portrait quilt of her 4 kids. Gotta get some good pictures on vacation.

  8. I said I would never do free pieced letters but then I made a whole banner for our church with free pieced letters surrounded by free pieced stained glass blocks.

  9. Ah, Yes! I Wrote the "Purple Cow" --
    I'm Sorry, now, I Wrote it!
    But I can Tell you Anyhow,
    I'll Kill you if you Quote it!

    -- Gelett Burgess

    I swore I would never sew anything ever again. Uh huh. After a 30 year hiatus, I'm making American Girl doll dresses, and attempting to quilt. I'm not very good at it, but I love it anyhow. Alas, my poor knitting is suffering.

  10. I said I would never do english paper pieced hexagons. Now after sewing together 1200+ of them, I'm handquilting it-the other thing I swore I wouldn't do! It's been fun, but I know for certain I will never do either again!

  11. That book looks amazing. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    I said that I would never, ever do needle turn applique, I like to achieve quick, quilting reselts and needle-turn just takes too long - mmmmmm however, I promised some friends hat I would teach them this technique... what have i let myself into is the question on everyone's lips!!!

  12. I'm already a follower and I never thought I would make a quilt featuring a kitty cat, but I did and it was fun!

  13. I made paper pieced hexagons in my teens and swore I'd never make them again but now they're all over blogland and yes I'm making them again!

  14. I said that I would never make clothing of any kind... however.... never say never... I'm making a vest for a friend and it's driving me nuts!

  15. I saw this book on another blog and thought - I NEED this book! I"m so much a reproduction, traditional quilter - but something about that chicken just makes me want to make him! I promise - he will get made if I win this book! I swore I would never, ever make an artsy quilt. Well last year for our guild we had a challenge called "Butterfly Fantasy". Well Butterflies are just not my thing - too cutesy. So yes - I had to make something not so cutesy. I ended up making an artsy fartsy quilt called "Butter Flies". Yup, I had sticks of butter and tubs of butter flying around ears of corn, stalks of cookies and buckets of popcorn!

  16. I always wanted to hand applique but thought it was too hard and knew I would never try it.

    Guess what. I finally tried it and love it. It is my favorite technique.

    I've been a follower for a while and absolutely adore you.


  17. i am a follower V...and, as for the "i would never make" question...i recently made my daughter a quilted Pokemon pillowcase for her birthday...if i would have ever conceived this ridiculous project, i would have said i wouldnt do it...but she loves it and that makes it all worthwhile, huh?

  18. I said I'd never make Half square triangles. and that I'd never machine quilt. hahahahaahaha!

  19. I have followed/ worshipped you from day 1

    I also said I would never ever start a quilt while I was still working on one - LOL

  20. Hello! I said I never made an improv project and, guess, now it's my favorite' true "never say never"!
    Thanks for the chance to win! xoxo

  21. I love Marylou's fun quilts. I thought I would never get into machine quilting, but I do love making things and trying new things with it.


  22. I thought this book was so cute after I saw it on Em's blog and her making a cute cow quilt too.......I just ordered the darn book from Amazon! why fight it, the book is calling me :0).

    Happy sewing, can't wait to see your cow quilt :0).

  23. OMG...I gotta have that BOOK!!! I thought I'd never want to do machine I LOVE it...quilts, playsets...more quilts!

  24. I said I would never do hexagons, but I have started some to contribute to our guild's big hexie project. Not as bad as I thought it would be.
    I really like this book and would love to win another one for my sister-in-law who really wants to make purple cows.

  25. I said I would never FMQ. Heh. I'm almost done with my 1st FMQing on my grandson's quilt and I LOVE it. Whoda thunk?
    I would love the giveaway book.
    I follow you and them!

  26. Our friend asked me to make him a Butt pad for his office chair. I really don't think he understood my creativity or my art/medium. When people know you sew they give you the most bizarre requests.
    After I made them a quilt as a housewarming gift and two baby quilts. He was hurt that he believed I made things for his wife but ignored his request so I broke down and made the butt pad!

  27. I said I would never use traditional looking fabrics...and low and behold...I am snapping them up like they are going out of style....that goes for the old school quilt blocks as well.. lol

  28. I don't know if I ever said it out loud but I certainly thought to myself that I never hand quilt a quilt. But now that I have handquilted a few smaller items I am totally reversing that proclamation. I would love to hand quilt a quilt.

  29. I'm a follower. The book looks like lots of fun.
    I'm not sure if I've ever said it out loud but I thought I'd never sew clothing for me but I've bought fabric, cut out a couple patterns and started a new blouse and remembered why I quit in the first place! Lol (it doesn't fit). Oh well, maybe I'll figure what I can do to enlarge it a bit when I'm not mad anymore. ;0)

  30. I said I'd never quilt 'feathers' and I'm in the middle of hand quilting double feathers. I already have over 120 hours quilting time and I'm only about 1/4th done. What a cute book! I loved the Purple Cow poem in school.

  31. I have learned to never say never, but I didn't think I'd ever be drawn to the bright, modern fabrics, but here I am, trying to use up my stash, so that I can purchase all new fabric!

  32. I never say never, but I never thought I'd make a miniature quilt, but I did and ... quite enjoyed it ;-)

    I'd love to win a copy of the book--a purple cow quilt is a design idea of my own that's been bubbling in my brain for a while.zinguiy

  33. I said I would never make clothing, but then I had a niece and there is just so much cute stuff to make for little girls thatni can't help myself!

  34. Well, quite a while ago, my best friend asked if I wanted to take a quilting class with her. I told her no thanks...I already had plenty of crafts, counted cross-stitch, crochet, needlepoint, and we had taken a basket weaving class together, and I didn't think I wanted to learn to quilt. She never fails to remind me, now that I've made probably hundreds of donation quilts for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic kids, and have a longarm. I've been pretty careful about saying I wouldn't do something since--though I've managed to avoid the A(pplique) word so far.

  35. Since I started my first quilt in 1969 and it was completely pieced and quilted by hand, I said I would never machine quilt a quilt. Ate those words several years ago :)!! And of couse I've been a follower for a while.

  36. I really don't like 30's reproduction prints. So I always said I would never make a 30's quilt

    And everyone knew it. So when I was Queen of the Lotto Blocks in the guild one year, I decided to make everyone do a 30's repro block.

    Of course I had to make some blocks to show everyone. I even had to buy two fat quarters with which to make the blocks since I had nothing in my vast stash of fabrics that remotely resembled the 30's.

    And guess what. I actually WON the stupid blocks.

    But When I put them together, I kinda liked them.


  37. Before my friend took a bunch of fabric dyeing classes in Houston I told her that I would never dyed fabric.....10 years later it's my business!

  38. I'm a follower and what a cute book! I said I would never hand piece a quilt, but I did one and it just needs quilting.


  39. i said i would NEVER do applique. well, since that remark, years ago, i learned to applique using freezer paper and i also taught classes in how to freezer applique. love it and so do the people that i taught.

  40. I never though I'd free-motion quilt but I'm using a quick quilt I put together to practice my skills. I'm not very good but am slowly getting better. Kind of scary but also kind of fun.

  41. I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance to win. Love your blog!!

  42. I said I would never make an article of clothing, I have issues reading the patterns,I guess I get confused easily. Wouldn't ya know when DIL asked me to try to make PJ's for the grands, of course I did it, what else is a grandma to do.

  43. I said I would never fix a quilt someone else had and I have now fixed several for friends. We just have to keep those quilts alive and loved! I am a follower. Thanks for the opportunity! I love the book.

  44. I said I would not do a hexie quilt nor a basket of flowers..but here I am doing a basket of flowers using 1/4 inch hexies (they are sooo cute!)

    Would love to win the book..

  45. Well, same this book I saw on another blog and thought , "I need this book!" Reading is my hobby and planning to buy this from online shop soon. Leight earplugs

  46. oh I swore I would never make a hexagon quilt, well guess who bought paper piecing hexagons in every size paper I could find?????? hmm the wheels are spinning and I can't wait to start!
    oh The shoe quilt In this book I would love to make for my DD when she gets her first apartment (next year!) I would love to present it to her as a gift, she keeps saying she needs a two bedroom one for her clothes and shoes!!!! and trust me I never saw anyone that has as many shoes as she does! She would just love that quilt! how fun would that be to have that hanging in that room!
    hope your having a blast this weekend..

  47. I promised myself that I would NEVER start ANYTHING without finishing what I was working on - well, lo and behold, I have about 25 UFO's and counting!!

    And I signed up as a follower, so no more lurking for me....

  48. I said I would never do half square triangles... never say nevery!

  49. Hand applique, especially after I put it aside for a few months and I went back and looked at it and it was just as bad as I remembered. But 2 years later I'm trying again and am not horrified by what I've done ... progress

  50. Grandmother's flowergarden. I am making it with modern batiks and even hand piecing it. I also have the hexagons pieced and ready for a larger quilt, but pieced in rows.

  51. I would never make a hand pieced quilt with hand quilting in it- at least I am pretty sure that I wouldn't.
    I love the purple cow and Mary Lou's book looks like so much fun.
    Perhaps I will be the lucky one- I know someone will that is for sure.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Warmest regards,

  52. I said I'd never make a bag : it's my last work.I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance.

  53. I said I would never attempt foundation paper piecing because I didn't know if I could sew upsidedown and backwards.ha! Then I found a freebie on"paper panache" for a Quilt fairy godmother- unique for me) based on questions I answered) and I printed it off and am working on it now.Probably should have started with something easier BUT I tend to barrel into things!!!

  54. I said I would never sew curtains/drapes for someone else and as I look around, I have fabric for curtains/drapes to sew for my daughter AND for my sister AND for my niece!!! How did that happen???

  55. When I started quilting in 2002, the bullseye quilt was everywhere in every quilt store. I thought at the time it was the ugliest quilt ever. But it eventually won my heart and I made one and it is one of my favorite things...Silly quilt.
    I'm already a follower. Love your blog.

  56. When I started quilting in 2002, the bullseye quilt was everywhere in every quilt store. I thought at the time it was the ugliest quilt ever. But it eventually won my heart and I made one and it is one of my favorite things...Silly quilt.
    I'm already a follower. Love your blog.

  57. Well I used to always think folks were crazy saving the selvages and then using them....ummm so my husband sees me sewing some selvages one day and says what is that you use to say....saving & sewing selvages is crazy (*caught*). You know we should never say never it always comes back to bite us in the rear!!

  58. Don't know if I "said" it, but I thought I would never make a child. I ended up having 3! I know it's not quilting related, but I don't think there is anything in our craft that I didn't want to try! Maybe not finish..... Love Mary Lou's work, so would love to have the book. I am a dedicated free piecer!

  59. I found your blog via Quilting is my Therapy's blog. This cute little "Hoochy Mama" caught my eye. How fun! Thanks for the chance. I am following you and I said I would never make a quilt with a bunch of pieces. I thought 8" squares were small!! I have just finished making a flying geese border for the quilt made with blocks my bee friends from the flickr group, Bee Unique Bee Knotty made for me in April. I had asked for a part fussy cut, part traditional block, and the geese were perfect. It is all about birds. Does this mean I am old??? Ha! Thanks for asking!

  60. I said I would never make anything with a zipper,but I had to eat those words when I made a big tote bag. The zipper wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

  61. When I started quilting again after many years of inactivity, I said I would use up scraps and only buy fabric for the quilt I was working on. I know, I was living in a dream world. I simply reactivated my fabric addiction! TO FUN!! I'm already a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

  62. A whole applique quilt! I must be nuts! Already a follower.


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