Katy of KatyQuilts nominated me for The Liebster Award. I have been following Katy for quite awhile and her blog is one of my personal favorites. Whether she knows it or not, she provides so much inspiration to me as a blogger, through her beautiful quilts, her love of her family and her faith, and her lovely blog. If you aren’t familiar with Katy, please visit her blog and say hello. Thank you, Katy, I’m delighted and humbled that you would choose to nominate me!
So what is the Liebster Award? The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
The official rules for the award can be found at The Global Aussie. According to the rules, I’m supposed to share some random facts about myself, so here’s the questions:
Who inspired you to quilt/sew? I grew up around fabric with a grandmother who was a seamstress and my mother who made clothing for me as a child. While they inspired me to sew in some ways, I honestly have to say that my brother and sister-in-law are the two who lit the spark in me to quilt. They still inspire me, and you can see that we have a good time together, even when we’re not quilting.
If you could meet one person you have never met, who would it be? My great grandmother, who made this quilt. I’d love to talk with her, hear her stories about her life, and ask her about this quilt and why she made it.
What was the last movie you saw in a theater? I honestly cannot remember! I think it was probably Unbroken. Most of the time I stream movies at home so I can do some hand stitching while I watch.
What kind of music do you like? My tastes in music are pretty varied. When I quilt, I’m likely to be listening to mellow music. Lately we have been following a couple of our favorite indie folk artists, Josh Garrels and Holly Arrowsmith.
What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft?
Any quilt with points in them — New York Beauty, Pickle Dish — anything with spikey points in them. I just want to try making them to see if I can.
What is your favorite candy bar?
Truthfully, I don’t eat many candy bars. BigJ claims I am a coffee and chocolate snob (he’s right). Give me good dark chocolate any day over a candy bar. But in desperate times, I’ll nab a Snickers.
Hand Quilt or Machine Quilt?
When I started quilting, I hand quilted my quilts because I had no confidence to try machine quilting. Most of my attempts turned out pretty poorly. I’m determined to learn how to free motion my quilts, but in the meantime I use my walking foot to quilt many of my tops. My larger quilts now go to Connie, who machine quilts them on her long arm.
Orange — bright, vibrant orange. No pastels, thank you.
Favorite Quilting/Crafting Item?
My rotary cutter. I grew up cutting fabric squares for the church quilting ladies, using a cardboard template and a scissors. From the time I was little my mom used to say I would cut just about anything I could get my hands on — my hair, my dog’s hair — so she put me to work cutting quilt squares. (My dog was thankful.) It was a long, slow process. Now I’m thankful for my rotary cutter because it so fast and much more accurate!
Do you work on one project or many?
While I have a stack of projects to make, many works-in-progress tucked in various places in my quilt cave, and a few of them by my machine, when I’m actually working on a project, I’ll work on that until I’m done. Sometimes I’ll take a break and work on something else, but not often.
My Nominees for The Liebster Award
Both of these women inspire me as a quilter and often brighten my day when I read their posts. I hope you’ll take a moment and visit their blogs.
Happy stitching, friends!