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March 10 Founder’s Day sale: 50% off HGBG quilts!

Here’s a hot tip: Thursday March 10 is the second annual Founder’s Day Sale, at Honey Girl Books and Gifts LLC! Original children’s books and quilts of all colors and styles. “Cozy, with an edge.”

That means 50% off select items… for one day only. Posted below are all the items that will be on sale!

Original Honey Girl pillows, front and back (“His” and “Hers”)
Frankenstein quilt, No. 3
Back, Kimono Silk Quilt, No. 3
Japanese Kimono Silk Quilt, No. 3
HGBG T-shirt
Seattle Quilt, No. 4
Detail, “A European Childhood” quilt, No. 2
“A European Childhood” quilt, No. 2
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Right in time for MLK Day: Respect Quilt no. 14, and a quilt sale!

Respect quilt no. 14 is now done, and heading off soon to Atlanta, GA to celebrate a great American writer: Tayari Jones! In the joyful spirit of love and brotherhood, I am also offering a sale of 50% off all “Seattle” and “Respect” quilts now until Friday January 21, 2022, on etsy!

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Announcing the HGBG T-shirt model search (and fund-raiser for Fusion Kung Fu)!

Hello clever people who read this blog!

To evade the ever-building gloom of rain in the PNW, we’re launching the coolest look for fall: the HGBG T-shirt! The Ts are modeled here by me and Honey Girl on this cloudy morning.

First ever HGBG – FUSION KUNG FU Fund-raiser

FREE T FOR THE FIRST 10 MODELS!

Conditions:

1. You agree to model an HGBG T for use in HGBG advertising (no names, your photo will simply serve as a model of the T-shirt on our two websites: https://www.honeygirlbooks.com/ and https://www.etsy.com/shop/HoneyGirlBooksGifts ).

2. In order to participate in the FREE T-shirt give-away (FIRST 10 PEOPLE ONLY):

a. You request a free T-shirt by email to juliawsea@gmail.com.

b. In your letter of request, you agree to email me at least one photo of you wearing the HGBG T-shirt, in jpeg format (cellphone photo), within 48 hours of receiving the T. You designate the preferred size: Youth Medium; Adult Small; Adult Medium; Adult Large; or Adult Extra-large. You provide me with a mailing address.

RESULTS:

a. You keep your word, and thereby not only look cool in person and online, but also feel good about life and spread positive energy through the universe.

b. (FIRST TEN ONLY): Your generosity will prompt a donation of $100 to the Go Fund Me campaign underway for Fusion Kung Fu and Movement Arts: an awesome woman-owned martial arts school in Seattle (where I am learning the Japanese art of Aikido, as in the photo below, of an Aikido uniform with a Fusion hoodie).

BTW: This is how we keep cultures alive, by taking matters into our own hands. This is an example of an alternative economy that serves a local community and the brave folks who run small businesses. In this case, both businesses are run by women. That this fund-raiser serves to keep our bodies and minds in top form, by propagating the strong yet peaceful practices of Aikido and T’ai chi, is simply icing on the cake.

P.S. Thanks to Luvvie Ajayi Jones and her book, Professional Troublemaker, which gave me the courage to launch this campaign with photos of myself. –embarrassed yet proud emoji !!!

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Dreaming in Quilts, the exhibit

Photographs by Megan Swann, Seattle, June 2021

Photographed at West Seattle Grounds coffee shop, the new hot spot (air conditioned) in the North Admiral neighborhood!

Quilts available exclusively from Honey Girl Books and Gifts LLC.

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RESPECT Juneteenth

This year and from here on out, I believe it is appropriate to recognize Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas, and is celebrated on June 18-19 this year. (Hope our government does the right thing and makes this a national holiday; yesterday’s announcement was a great step in that direction.)

To celebrate Juneteenth, I’m offering a discount of 50% off all custom-made “Respect” quilts and wall-hangings! Decorate your house with a soulful message. Two days only, June 18-19, 2021.  Check it out on Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/HoneyGirlBooksGifts

The quilts are made primarily of fabrics designed by and/or purchased from Black businesswomen in the USA, and $100 from every sale is donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the USA. Every Respect quilt includes the square seen above (though the “respect” is implied rather than shouted: it comes out indirectly, in the symbols, textures, and images on the quilt… “)

“Respect” quilt no. 9, top, bottom, and back, custom-made for Janice, May 2021
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Literary home décor made in Seattle, vient jusqu’à Paris!

Bonjour!  J’ai le plaisir de vous annoncer la venue imminente de Honey Girl Books and Gifts en France!  Dans ma valise il y aura:

Contactez juliawsea@gmail.com

 

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sad and happy

Today is the sad day when we commemorate the one-year anniversary of a dear person’s death, but the light outside is so bright and golden, it’s as if she’s telling us, “Get out there and enjoy!” She was always one to tell you to enjoy–enjoy every day, or pretend to until you feel better. She was right.

I’ve been staying busy by making “Alice in Wonderland” quilts for my upcoming trip to Paris! Hoping to find some retail placements there. But Seattle is pretty wonderful today too: just look out that window behind my sewing machine and you’ll see why.

 

 

The day comes to a close, a big loving dog awaits her walk downstairs, dinner smells good, and I cannot think of a thing to complain about.

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Lately it feels like the Universe is smiling upon me: a friend from grad school called me up after a silence of 15 years, and a friend I had as a young professor at Notre Dame just got back in touch–after living all around the world, she now lives less than 2 miles away!

Coincidences are happening.

This is all the more remarkable since I am not on Facebook. (It proves that people can find you, if they really want to.)

Let my quilts bring you good luck too:  there are only three more days to pre-order your quilt for Christmas giving and to benefit from the great offer: 25% off any quilt from Honey Girl Books and Gifts, until 10/31/19:  enter code 19 at checkout.

Off to the dog walk now… the city beckons beautifully as dusk falls.

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All done. Now what? Make more! and they’re on sale!

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We work so hard to finish projects, and we forget each time how the end brings a pang of sadness. I’m no longer needed to this creation. Its destiny is already unfolding, as my client mentioned using it as a Christmas gift for his little grandson.

I’ll make other quilts, of course, but none will be as this has been. None will have its own blog! It’s unlikely any of the other quilts will end up in Spain either. And I am all out of those pillow cases embroidered by my mom (“For Him”), though vintage bits of fabric with embroidery can be found at most any Goodwill or antique store.

Since this quilt is already spoken for, I’m going to whip up another “European Childhood” model starting now, so that it can join my repertoire.  The HGBG stock now includes: the “Western Pacific” design and the two Alice in Wonderland quilts, large and small. (Custom designs upon request).

If you want to get in on the good feelings, order your own quilt now! Get a 25% discount with code 09 on the HGBG website until 10/31/19!