Light-hearted Q&A


I thought that it would be fun to have a light-hearted Q&A blog post today, in honor of the fact that many of my quilting peers are getting to meet each other “in person” in Pasadena at QuiltCon. Feel free to answer any of these that speak to you in the comments; let’s get started!

Q: If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete?
A: Swimming, most likely in the backstroke.

Q: What’s your favorite smell in the whole world?
A: I find this one surprisingly difficult to narrow down! Summer evenings: the smell of cut grass, local BBQs, and fresh air.

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get home from a trip?
A: Pick up and pet Puppy The Cat and unpack!

Q: What would you name your boat if you had one?
A: Wabi-Sabi

Q: What quote or saying do people spout but is complete BS?
A: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

Q: What is the dumbest way you’ve been injured?
A: That time I was 6 years old and decided to ride my bike with my eyes closed (because, duh, that’s a genius idea!) and I plowed into a neighbors mailbox, knocking the mailbox off the post and getting scratched up by the rusty nails…

Q: What weird food combinations do you really enjoy?
A: I have a casserole recipe that calls for Pineapple and cheddar cheese; it’s surprisingly delicious and very dessert like.

Q: What was the most unsettling film you’ve seen?
A: The Life of David Gale.

Q: What is the first song lyric that you know you mishear that comes to mind?
A: Chevelle, “Mexican Sun” The actual lyric is “Scheming devils | Never make it through” but it sounds a lot like “Screaming turtles | Never make it through” and my husband and I have a claymation stop motion video idea that we always talk about in regards to our mis-hearing of the lyric.

Q: Are you wearing socks right now?
A: No, I’m barefoot.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
A: “Don’t let your highs be too high or your lows be too low.” – Jim Niehoff

Q: Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
A: Yes. All. The. Time. In sets of 8. (Yay marching band.)

Do you have any favorite questions you like to ask?


  • What was your favorite quilt at QuiltCon? Did you participate in the Charity quilt project? What did you buy at QuiltCon? Will QuiltCon be in Pasadena in 2020? Thanks.

  • Very fun questions and answers. The best advice I ever received was to remember that what you say isn’t necessarily what someone else hears. I do have a question, how does your engineering background help you with designing quilts (assuming it does at all)?

  • I’m a step counter too! I love the smell of gas, exhaust fumes (maybe thats explains a lot?)…I know…so very weird!! What a fun set of questions and answers Yvonne!

    **to clarify…I don’t sniff gas or fumes, but if a car goes by that emits the fumes…how can I help but smell that?!

  • Fun questions, Yvonne! Riding bike with your eyes closed?! Well, I think we’ve all had some moments like that. Mine was tapping my “pet” turtle (outdoor turtle that lived in my sandbox) on the head. He got fed up, bit my finger and held on. Haha. It was only fair, right? I deserved it. My favorite smell — fresh cut limes 🙂 Enjoy your day!

  • That was fun. Thanks for sharingyour answers. My injured answer….too many to tell but…the time I grabbed the cutting end of scissors and my brother had the handle end. Cut a slice of skin from top of my finger. I KNEW I had to go to the doctor to be stitched (early 50s) …but no! Skin still attached so Mother said it would grow back ( which I seriously did not believe). She cleaned it with alcohol and iodine and wrapped my finger up for a week….yep! I am looking at the scar right now. Lesson: There are consequences to actions….don’t EVER grasp the sharp cutting end of a tool……even if it IS my turn with said object!

  • Band geeks unite! I loved marching band. I honestly don’t know why it isn’t considered a sport. How many football players can walk a pattern, in step with the rest of their team, while playing a musical instrument? I love music. I majored in music. Yet I am not currently performing or teaching, which is a little sad. I’m a lousy teacher, though. No patience! You either have a sense of pitch and rhythm or you don’t. Is it clear I was a performance major?

  • What fun questions!
    I could not think of a sport, because I am so not the athletic type and cannot do any outdoor sports because of a sensitivity to sunscreen, so I asked hubby. He suggested rhythmic gymnastics. I would be alarmed by somersaults, but I think he is right: I would love poncing about with a ribbon.
    I did not know that some people count steps!
    I like to ask people what their superpower would be if they were a superhero.

  • Fun idea Yvonne. First thing I do when I get home from a trip is greet my kitty and then head straight to the bathroom. And yes, I’m wearing socks. It’s 20 degrees outside.

  • Well, now I want to know what instrument you played, and if you still do. I was never in marching band, but I still play the flute in my community band. Hope you’re having a blast at QuiltCon!

  • Weird thing I like to eat is salami and peanut butter. I know it sounds gross but it is kind of awesome. The most unsettling movie I ever saw was Requiem for a dream. It was basically a never ever, ever do drugs movie. Even hearing the main sound track gives me chills.

    Did you attend any classes at quilt con? Favorite teacher?

  • This was fun.I do count steps, once ran up a slide (aged 6), didn’t stop in time and fell straight off the top. Favourite smells are old-fashioned roses and the air after rain in late summer – green and grassy but you can smell the autumn coming too.

  • So fun, best financial advice was from my Dad when I was a teenager, he said ‘if I get paid a pound and spend 19 shillings and sixpence I’m happy, if I were to spend a pound and sixpence I would be unhappy. Never spend money you haven’t got and you won’t go far wrong.’ The news is always full of people in debt, credit is too easy and people get into trouble, like a young man I knew personally who got to the point of no return and is no longer with us. My Dad didn’t give me advice often but it was always worth listening too.

  • “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will break your heart” is a better version. Otherwise a BS saying is “it will quilt out” (There is no excuse for sloppy craftsmanship!).

    The first time I broke my arm was by doing cartwheels down a hill. To my credit the hill didn’t look that steep at the top, and I was only ten.

  • Such fun questions and a way to get to know you better. My favorite smell is baking bread or cinnamon rolls. I’m also curious about what instrument you played.

  • Fun! I competed in rhythmic gymnastics for 7 years as a kid, so that would definitely be my Olympic sport…not that I was ever anywhere near that good, lol. My favourite smell is the ocean. Something about that salty air is just so wonderful. I’m wearing socks – it’s -12C outside so socks are still mandatory for a few months yet. And I don’t count my steps myself, but my Garmin keeps track for me (7735 so far today). I said to my husband today “One of these years I’ll get to go to QuiltCon” and I can’t wait to actually get to meet blogging friends in person!

  • Olympic athlete: speed skater. I used to speed skate as a young child. I was about. 8 when I was in a group race with Anne Henning whom I beat. Unlike me, Anne Henning stayed with the sport and medaled in the 1972 Olympics.
    Favorite smell: cilantro
    Boat name: our last boat was FreeZone
    Quote: “Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile.”
    Injury: falling off the end of my piano bench and breaking my collar bone. My mother had just polished the bench, I was practicing and my brother sat down beside me and gave me a big hip bump and I went sliding off the end.
    Unsettling film: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Even my dog hated it.
    Advice: “Let it go.” From Elsa in Frozen
    OMG I didn’t think anyone else counted steps!!!! I thought I was weird and wouldn’t admit it to anyone.

  • It was nice to see you at QuiltCon! You were sure working a lot. As soon as I got home from QuiltCon, I laid down on the couch. Normally I’d unpack but I’m beyond tired. Tomorrow I’ll admire all the pretty stuff I bought!

  • This was fun.

    1) My favorite smell is magnolia trees when they are blooming, orange blossoms run a close second.
    2) A weird food combination is grilled cheese sandwiches with strawberry preserves or grape jam. I haven’t tried it with apple but that’s probably good too.
    3) I don’t remember the name of the most unsettling film I’ve seen. But one that was unsettling was the story of Jim Morrison’s life. More recent unsettling movies were The Cove and Blackfish.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)