Monday, April 5, 2021

Outstanding Blogger Award

The last week was full of surprises and this week is starting that way too! I'm thrilled to say I have been nominated for the Outstanding Blogger Award by my fellow quilter, Melva, of Melva Loves Scraps!

This Outstanding Blogger Award is a fun honor, given from one quilter to another. It's a lovely way to support each other and acknowledge their contributions to the quilting world. Each nominee then shares a bit about themselves, answering the questions posed by the current champion, in my case, Melva. I encourage you to read the answers Melva provided in the acceptance of her award from Roseanne of Home Sewn by Us and Kathy of Living in Rapid City.

For my acceptance, I'll answer Melva's five questions, then nominate five more quilters for the Outstanding Blogger Award.

How did you get started with quilting?

I wish I could say I come from a long line of quilters, but no, that was not part of the sewing tradition that I learned. Mom stuck to making clothes and things for the house, and I followed in those footsteps until I saw 'Simply Quilts' in the early 2000's. 

That program blew my mind! The way that quilters manipulated fabric and shapes to make such stunning quilts - wow! Because the internet was still in it's infancy, I headed to the library to grab all the books available about quilting, teaching myself the basics and more.

What is your favorite block?

I'll admit, I don't have a favorite block, one that I make a lot of. For me, it's more of a style. Over the years, I've learned what shapes I like to cut and sew, preferring blocks with squares or strips, with an occasional HST thrown in. 

What I'm not fond of is odd shapes - diamonds, hexies, or shapes that make weird scraps. Though I'll occasionally try one of those shapes, I tend to stick to blocks that are easy to sew.

Do you participate in a quilt club or guild?

I am a member of our local guild, though participating via Zoom is not for me. I miss the extra activities of in-person meetings, such as fabric sales, block party, basket drawings, class sign-ups, and the mini quilt show. I look forward to the day in-person meetings return.

Have you ever entered a quilt in a competition?

Yes - several times! My most memorable was having Mediterranean Rose shown at the 2019 Houston Quilt Festival. Though the quilt wasn't in a judged category, it was still an honor to have a quilt in the show.

Otherwise, I prefer to stay local, hand delivering quilts to either our local fair or PIQF.

What is something you enjoy doing outside the quilting world?

Though I deem my hubby the gardener, I do spend time watering and trimming our landscape and potted plants. But my biggest 'gardening' joy is tending to all of my orchids, all 62 of them! They're my little children, and within the next few weeks, close to half of them will be blooming - yay!

Enough about me! Now it's time to nominate another group for the Outstanding Blogger Award and I hope they feel just as honored as I am! My nominees are:

Carol from Just Let Me Quilt

Joan of Moosestash Quilting

Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks

Emily of The Darling Dogwood

Anorina of Samelia's Mum

Questions for the nominees to answer include:

  • What was your first quilt and do you still have it?
  • What's the biggest quilt you ever made?
  • Describe your dream sewing space.
  • What's your favorite color to work with and why?
  • When your not quilting, what occupies your time?
I, and other quilt bloggers look forward to getting to know a bit more about you!

Happy Quilting!

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  1. hej susan,
    great you are nominated! your answers are really interesting, i learned a little bit more of your passion :0) hugs from denmark, Ulrike :0)

  2. Congratulations, Susan! I love your blog and your tutorials and patterns too!

  3. I love your blog and your creativity...congratulations! Thank you for the nomination!

  4. It's been lovely to get to know you a little more. Thanks so much Susan :)


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