Welcome to the beginning of my journey for Season 3 of Top Stitchers
! After taking an impromptu break from all things sewing I am thrilled to have my "sewjo" back and looking to really jump out and challenge myself and what better place than in Sewing Stadium
? As usual, the talented lady behind Top Stitchers is absolutely brilliant and came up with an awesome theme for myself and Brianne of Ali Cat & Co
Both of us are Top Stitcher veterans: I accepted the challenge for Season 1 and Brianne strutted her stuff for Season 2.This season our prompt is to channel our Spirit Animal
and we debut on November 17th. Before we go toe to toe or tail to tail Brianne and I sat down (on Facebook) to get to know each other a little better. After talking to her I am so excited to participate in this challenge with such a fun and talented lady. Brianne is a SUPER BAD bag maker who lives in California with her permanent roommate, 2 offspring and 1 feline and without further adieu here's my interview with Brianne!
What's your name?
Brianne Matlage aka Brizee aka B Money
Where do you live?
With who? Whom?
San Marcos, CA with my permanent
roommate, 2 offspring, and 1 feline
What’s the craziest (PG) thing you’ve ever done?
PG! HAHA! Jumped off a 20 foot rock into a river BEFORE
checking there were rocks submerged beneath me.
What would your best friend say is
your personality strength?
My independence. I can do everything myself.
What are 3 interesting factoids about yourself?
1. I was
born with an ear deformity. I was made
fun of a lot when I was little for my alien ear. Because of that, I would never wear my hair
up. Glasses sat crooked on my face. It was a stab to my self-confidence. When I was 24, I finally had the opportunity
to have it corrected. It was a long procedure and fairly painful. But now I'll wear those ponies without fear
of ridicule. I'm a real girl!
2. I graduated from University of Texas
at 19. I will say there is no reason for
such a young person to be in the 'real world' before you can legally drink.
3. I am a cereal connoisseur. The two
best cereals are Ohs and Target's brand Archer Farms Blueberry granola.
How long have you been sewing and why did you start sewing?
years. I started sewing right after my
oldest daughter was born. I wanted to
make her pretty things. Now I only want
to make myself pretty things!
What are currently sewing on?
I have 4 sewing machines. Janome Magnolia 7318 (now my daughters
machine), Janome MC 8200, Brother 1034D serger, and Brother PE 770 embroidery
I am currently working on FMA and a new Elsa dress for my daughter to attend a
Princess Tea Party.
Do you have other hobbies? Where does it (do they) rank compared to
I love to read. I enjoy being in an alter reality
full of murder, mystery, and magic.
Crafty wise-I like paint by numbers!
Both fall behind sewing.
Why did you join
Because Becca asked and I can't say no to a
fabulous friendly competition.
Our prompt is to pick an animal that
you feel you represent. How do you feel
about this theme?
I love animals, so I'm quite excited. I already have my game plan on.
What IS your
favorite animal?! Any and all cats
What is your LEAST
favorite material to sew with and why? Stretch
pleather. Never again.
What is the worst thing you’ve ever made? One of those ribbon shoulder tie tops for my
daughter. Yuck. Newbie mistake.
favorite thing to sew? Accessories. They are one size fits all.
Where can we follow your awesome work?
Well, there you have it. Be sure to check out Brianne's blog and follow her on Instagram. See you in Sewing Stadium!!