All About Rebecca Grace

The Face of Rebecca Grace
My name is Rebecca Grace, and I'm responsible for all of the shenanigans chronicled here at Cheeky Cognoscenti.  I was born in Minnesota, moved to New Jersey in 5th grade, and went to college in South Carolina.  My husband and I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1999 and I've lived here ever since.

I differ from most quilting bloggers in that I am a writer and designer who quilts rather than a quilter who blogs.  That's why I have so many blog posts about design process and methods than you see actual finished projects!  I don't have to tear myself away from my studio and force myself to write a blog post.  I have to tear myself away from the computer and force myself to go into my studio to turn all of these ideas into tangible textile realities!  

Me and My Sweetie
Somehow I managed to find the one man on Earth who can look past my grouchiness and various quirks and convinced him to marry me. Isn't he a cutie?  He's also "handy," unbelievably creative, and makes me laugh every day.  I’m also mom to two deceptively innocent-looking teenage boys.   I would include a picture of them, but apparently it's EMBARRASSING if your mom is blogging about you on the Internet...

Palm Sunday 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church-Providence
When I'm not working, mothering, reading, writing, sewing, designing, quilting, or causing trouble, I'm probably singing.  I sing with the Spirit Song contemporary choir at Christ Lutheran Church.  I love my church family and, whether you are new to the Charlotte area, visiting for the weekend, or haven't yet found a church home, I am personally inviting you to visit Christ Lutheran.  Shoot me an email to let me know you're coming and/or look for me after the service, and I'll make sure you get the VIP tour.  :-)

I also sing with the semi-professional VOX Chorus and do seasonal costumed caroling, with The Holiday Singers.  

So those are my excuses for the GIGANTIC PILE of unfinished projects in my sewing room!  It's a miracle that I ever finish ANYTHING with everything else going on around here!

Please note that when I review books, products, or tech gadgets on this blog, I do so because I am genuinely excited about something I found and I want to share with you.  I also want to plant a reminder for myself in case I want to buy it again and can't remember where I found it.  I have never received products for free in exchange for writing a review, and if anyone ever does offer me free stuff in exchange for a review I will be sure to disclose that in my review.  However, I recently began participating in the Etsy, Craftsy, and Amazon affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees via advertising links.  I may be compensated for purchases you make through some of the links in my blog posts (at no additional cost to you), and that helps me justify to my husband why I spend SO MUCH TIME working on this blog.  Thank you so much for your support!

So, what's a Cheeky Cognoscenti? defines a cognoscente as: "a person with superior, usually specialized knowledge or highly refined taste; a connoisseur" and "a person who has superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion."  The word is derived from obsolete Italian, and pronounced "con-yuh-SHEN-tee" in its plural form (cognoscenti with an "i" at the end).  My favorite definition of cheeky, on the other hand, comes from the web site The Very Best of British: The Americans' Guide to Speaking British: "Cheeky means you are flippant, have too much lip or are a bit of a smart arse!  Generally you are considered to be a bit cheeky if you have an answer for everything and always have the last word."  As you're probably starting to realize, I really like WORDS, particularly unusual, colorful, precise words with layers of meaning, words that are rich with imagery and flavor.  I enjoy the discordant anachronism of mixing these two words together, with their wildly different connotations and origins.  I'm not an expert on everything I'm interested in, but I enjoy learning as much as I can and believe that all things worth doing are worth doing well.  The "cheeky" part is a reminder to keep my sense of humor and perspective throughout the disasters of daily life and not to take myself too seriously.

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