Was I ever touched. I had never heard of this, but it is a terrific idea as a way to recommend other blogs to your readers, and thus, find new blogs, and make new friends. Moreover, it really makes a person's day when they hear they've been nominated. :-)
The idea of this award is to basically spread the love, by nominating other bloggers, mostly newer ones, that I think should be recognized. This way, we bring attention to blogs that we think are lovely, that we enjoy reading, and that we think others should too!
I can so relate to Lisa's title of her blog, as when we used to spend the winter months here in Canada, I'd long to feel the sunlight soaking into my bones, couldn't conceive of, in the cold dark days of January, ever again being outside with bare arms and legs and feet!! Lisa and I are also similar in that we both enjoy creating traditional as well as modern quilts. I love the intricacy of traditional piecing but I love the simplicity of modern quilts with the impact being so often the quilting itself.
So in accepting this award, I have agreed to do three things. One is to thank Lisa, and to point you in the direction of her blog, well worth a read.
The second is to tell you 7 things about myself. Here goes!
1. My mum sewed clothes for us, but never liked it; however she loved to knit and taught me, as well as let me use her machine once I was 12! Her mum, my nana, was a seamstress, so I guess those genes skipped down to me, as I loved sewing and handwork from the get-go. My Auntie Phyl, who reads this blog, was a terrific seamstress herself, and gave me some coaching in various areas from choosing fabrics (we both love ultrasuede) to my first machine purchase in 1979, an Elna, which I have to this day.
I started quilting when my friend, Shirley, helped me make a Grandmother's fan pillow in 1995 I believe. She was taught by her husband's grandmother, who is my husband's great-aunt (got that?!) and, just as she was taught, so I, too, cut the pieces out from corrugated cardboard templates I made (I was not impressed), sewed them together, topstitched them onto a sandwiched square and piece of polyester batting, put lace at the top edge of the fan before topstitching, then made a ruffle for the outer edge of the pillow, layered the whole thing with a back, stitched and flipped it right side out, stuffed it with polyester stuffing and sewed the opening closed! It was made out of broadcloth (65/35 poly/cotton) and the fan wedges were cut from scraps from garment making, scraps that included wool challis, rayon, cotton and polyester! But scraps! I always thought, and said, that winning the block of the month was my first foray into quilting, but it came to me while writing that no, I made that pillow first...and with scraps. I love fabric, the more the better, and I love scrap quilts. I don't think I have that pillow anymore; another victim of a major purge before the big move. But I was bitten, and a few months later, I won the block of the month at the local not-yet-a-quilts-only-shop, so started taking some classes, discovered ROTARY CUTTING (cue the choir sound) and I was off to the races.
2. I love summer. We spend about 4 months of the winter in Florida. I love water, both being in it and gazing at it. So I feel particularly blessed to be able to spend time at the azure Gulf of Mexico, a mere 30 minutes' drive from our North Port home, as well as to live the rest of the year on one of the beautiful Great Lakes, Lake Erie, where it is a mere 30 seconds' walk down to the beach.
|Dot to Dot placemats (made last month in a class in Sarasota with Angela Walters-in person!) on our patio, Lake Erie in the background|
3. 3 is my favourite number. It won me a prize last night at our guild meeting.
|Everyone got a free pattern; I won the bag from Laura Coia, our guest speaker and video-blogger SewVeryEasy|
I actually won 3 prizes all told! I have never won before. I also won these two:
|Fabric, two tape measures, one retractable, a bee clip, and a steam pressing cloth|
|A lovely batik; it will be added to my growing collection of black and white fabrics|
another blogger's pattern, thanks Joanne, and loved the process, I'm currently testing hopefully two (I need to stop spending 2 hours already writing a blog post) of another blogger's patterns, thanks Cheryl, and I'm now entering the pattern-publishing world. Most of all I just really enjoy sharing my thoughts, my quilts, some of my life goings-on, and chronicling my creations.
4. I love laughter. Hearing it, doing it, creating it and sharing it.
|Okay, and I love Downton Abbey!|
|btw Brady, my 6-year-old grandson LOVES dandelions|
6. I recently had a pretty major life change. I am just shy of 3 years into not working full-time. I now teach yoga, just 3 classes per week, and I love it. I love teaching, always have done. I taught French and English for 30 years, quit a little before pension-eligible age and moved 2000 miles across the country to Kingsville, Canada's southernmost town. In the 80s, we lived for 5 years in Essex, 20 minutes north and east of Kingsville; both our daughters were born in Windsor, and we often would drive to Kingsville. Many a time we'd say how much we'd love to live here amongst the beautiful painted ladies, the majestic brick houses, the stately old trees and shimmering blue waters of Lake Erie. Little did we know it would eventually come to pass.
|My beloved Lake Erie, taken April 24, the day after we got home|
7. I have mainly done traditional quilts
|Seaside Rose, pattern and fabric by Three Sisters|
|Pocketful of Sunshine|
|a secret I can share soon!|
|WIP - another of Cindy's Scrap-a-Palooza quilts, this one also going to be a quilt for a senior in a wheelchair|
And it wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention my quilt inspector, Bella
my beloved Pitbull, Rocco
|May 3 in front of the exquisite gardens of Mettawas End B&B, Kingsville|
and my strong and silent but so very loving, Rottweiler, Naala.
|March 1, 3 days before her 8th birthday--she twists and turns her head à la Pug!|
Buzzin' Bumble by sweetheart Lara (she's been nominated more than once, but I was first, just sayin')
Canuck Quilter by Joanne
Confessions of a Fabric Addict by Sarah (hers is not exactly a smaller blog, but I just love it and read every post)
Pink Doxies by Julie
poemsforproles by my talented Uncle Frank
PugMom Quilts by Nancy
Quilt Paradigm by Judy
Quilt Kisses by Jasmine
Quilting is More Fun Than Housework by Cindy (another whose blog is not exactly smaller, but the first I followed and, as with Sarah's, never miss a post)
Shimmerette by my hilarious daughter, Brianne
Vicki's Crafts by Vicki
Remember the Bloggers' Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side! Voting starts in TWO days, May 22! Viewers' choice can be voted upon right HERE right NOW! My two quilts are Gears, here and Seashell runner here. So many delicious creations!