I recently had a very pleasant surprise! I was nominated for the Liebster Award by my fellow quilter Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. Sherry and I met through the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers group. I have been following her blog ever since. Sherry has an eye for detail. (Check out her her Tips and Tutorials.) Sherry and I have continued our collaboration as members of the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long! group. The Quilt Along starts August 1st!
The Liebster award is a blogger to blogger nomination to help blogs gain more exposure. It was started in 2011. Liebster, in German, means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing and welcome. I believe that is what we quilt bloggers are all about. In my blog, I try very hard to create a space where everyone is valued and kindness is foremost. That is why I am so honored to be nominated by Sherry.
According to the 2017 requirements for the nominations, I am to include a short commentary on a blog I follow. I enjoy following Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl. It isn't just because she was our leader for the 2017 New Quilt Blogger group. I like following her blog because she is not afraid to take a risk. I also admire how she is so positive and supportive of other quilters. Yvonne is a modern quilter. I like the way Yvonne takes the time to discuss her design process. I can't really call myself a modern quilter, but I enjoy reading about the movement, and I am certain that it is affecting my design choices.
Sherry has asked her nominees to answer a few questions:
Who inspired you to sew/quilt?
That is easy. My Grandmother inspired me to sew. She was a professional seamstress who worked in a clothing factory. At night, she sewed for me and my sisters. She made my wedding dress and all four of my bride's maid dresses. Around Christmas, she made barbie doll clothes to sell and dressed donated dolls for children whose parents could not afford Christmas presents. I loved going to the fabric store with her. She mainly shopped the remnants and sale fabrics and was frugal with fabric. I admired her generosity and cheerfulness.
What is your favorite quilt/sewn project/craft?
My favorite quilt is the quilt that I made for my husband. It is a Pioneer Sampler
by Eleanor Burns at Quilt in a Day. I made it from a kit with a few of my fabrics thrown in. It was the second quilt that I quilted on my longarm. What makes it so special is that I finished it just as my husband was released from the hospital. He regained his strength by sleeping in his lounger under that quilt. He keeps it on his chair even now. We call it our healing quilt. Whenever one of us is ill, we lie under that quilt.
How do you bind a quilt? Tuck or Join the ends? Hand sew, or machine sew the binding?
I sew the binding ends together by machine. Then, I sew the binding on the quilt using my sewing machine's walking foot. Finally, I turn the binding along the edge and sew it down by hand.
What is your favorite color?
I really like red and blue. However, I use many different color palettes. I like variety. When making a quilt for a gift, I try to use the recipient's color preferences.
If you could meet anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Well, I have already met her! I met Eleanor Burns at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2010. Eleanor Burns is the quilter that I admire the most because she taught me how to accurately piece on a sewing machine. She is a quilting genius! I attended her 2012 induction into the Quilter's Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana. It turns out I used to live in Marion as a child. What fun it was to be there again and cheer her on! It is a small world.
Do you work on one project or many at a time?
I always work on multiple projects at once. I used to feel bad about it because I thought I should finish a project before starting another. However, I have made my peace with that idea and now embrace the messiness of working on many projects at once. It just suits my personality better. I like to let ideas simmer sometimes.
What is your favorite quilting/craft item you can’t live without, besides your machine?
I don't think that I could live without my thimble. I enjoy hand sewing. i used to quilt by hand, so it became a close friend. Now, I mainly quilt by machine, but I still like to hand sew for relaxation.
What is your favorite podcast/movie/tv show?
That is a tough question. I enjoy Star Trek, Star Wars, and the Lord of the Rings movies the most. Yes, I am a science fiction/fantasy fan!
Sola Ajisafe of Alice Samuel's Quilt Company. Sola lives in Nigeria and is on a campaign to promote quilting. She has a fresh point of view that I enjoy. Check out her Quilt Gallery to see what I mean. I first met Sola through the New Quilt Bloggers group, and she is a designer for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long! as well.
Sandy Maxfield of Sandy Star Designs. Sandy was a part of the New Quilt Bloggers group earlier this year too and is a designer for the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-A-Long! Check out her art improv quilt and her tutorial on half-square triangles.
Here are the questions I’d love for them answer:
I hope you check out everyone’s blogs during the Liebster Award season. You may discover new blogs that you want to follow!
This post was originally published at JANDA Bend Quilts.
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.