Friday, 14 July 2017

I've been nominated..........

for an award.

The Liebster Award.  I was nominated by Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life, thank you so much Wendy.   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.  That is why I feel so honoured that Wendy should nominate me, that she should have such a high opinion of my blog is very humbling.

If you haven't come across Wendy's blog before please pop over to say 'hello', she is the kind of blogger who likes to share, she doesn't just say 'this is what I did look how clever I am', Wendy will tell you about the mistakes she made and why she did what she did, what I call an honest quilter and blogger, I love to hear the warts and all versions and not just the prettied up ones.  But that's me, call a spade a shovel.

If you would like to know more about the Liebster Award and all the rules pop over to The Global Aussie.  Speaking of rules, I'm supposed to tell you a load of random stuff about myself, so settle down with a nice cup of tea (on second thoughts you may want to make that wine, you may need it) and get ready to be bored inspired (pass the bucket).

1. Who inspired you to sew/quilt
That's a hard one.  When I was a child I remember my mother sewing and knitting clothes for me and my sister, of course it was a different world then, people wore homemade clothes a lot more and there wasn't the pressure parents have from kids wanting to be dressed in the latest fashions and having the right brands on their clothes, parents today have a hard time.  Next I remember sewing at school, yes really, I learnt knitting, (after a fashion), sewing by hand and machine, and some basic embroidery.  I can't say I was particularly good at it but I did enjoy it, I made a skirt I never finished, and an apron to use in our cookery lessons.  I think I did more than that in the three years of classes I had, I was obviously so awestruck by the experience it went completely out of my head............

2. If you could meet one person you have never met who would it be?
That's another hard one, I've been trying to think of some clever and insightful answer without much success.  I could have said my great grandparents who were a tailor and tailoress and from where I got my love of sewing (I think), I bet they could have taught me a thing or two about the right way to make clothes that last.  I could say my mother but she was always a bit busy to teach me with four children and a house to run.  On the other hand i have such a love of reading so I could say Enid Blyton who was my favourite author as a child, or Monica Dickens who wrote One Pair of Hands and One Pair of Feet.  As I got older Catherine Cookson was a favourite, she is from my part of the world and wrote stories about life in the 18th and 19th century in Northeast England and more recently Diana Gabaldon who writes the wonderful Outlander series, who said Jamie?  Short break while I swoon..............  Just now I'm reading Ken Follett's Century trilogy, I just started the third book.  All of these authors have influenced me in some way but I think the person I would really like to meet is a lady called Sarah who was my husbands great grandmother, to me she is the one who has had the greatest influence on his life and shaped him into the man he is today, it could be a very interesting conversation.

Hmmmmm........I need to make these answers shorter..........

3. Last movie you saw in a theatre
Easy, Rouge One, that tells you I like Scifi.  Did I ever tell you one of my mothers favourite sayings when I was a child?  I guarantee you won't have heard it, it is exclusive to the small village my parents lived in when they were first married, although thinking about it I haven't ever heard anyone but my mother use it.  If I came in from play looking a bit dirty and dishevelled  she would say 'look at you, you're just like one o' Raggie's.  This was at a time when televisions were a bit pricey for the working man and even small villages had a cinema, my parents used to go to see a film and on the way would call in to the local shop run by a man called Reggie Noble, for sweets (yes I did use two spellings, I tried to get Man's accent for effect), let's just say they didn't buy any sweets that didn't have wrappers on. (See, it did have a connection with films)  On a side note she also used to say 'You're like hinkydink, what d'you think'.  She always had a way with words my Mam.

4. What kind of music do you like?
All kinds, but there again I'm not a huge music fan in that I  don't have music constantly playing or the radio on, I love silence, it gives me time to dream my dreams while all the quilts I dream of making dance through my head, and fill my soul with it's own music (I did hint you would need a bucket).  I do love Sting's Fields of Gold Album though, I like Katie Melua too, Norah Jones, Adele, and I like swing, and jazz.  Husband loves the Yellowjackets, they are just a bit much for me, although I once saw them play live and they were wonderful, I do love their Christmas album though, Peaceround, all but one track is instrumental, just think of Christmas carols in jazz.

5. What is your favourite quilt/sewn craft project?
Another easy one, the one I am currently working on, but of course I can't show you that as it is top secret, but you can see it in my next post which will be on the 19th July as part of the 12 Days of Christmas in July hop.

But as I am so short of pics this post this pic has a special place in my heart, it's my very first quilt I made, which was at a class.  Every block was hand made, and all the points of my card trick block match!  That's the advantage of doing it by hand, you can take your time and wiggle it.

6. Favourite candy bar?
I'm not big into sweets, it is very rare I would buy any, but I absolutely love ice cream, preferably vanilla, or vanilla with cherry sauce and whole cherries, although I once had some wonderful ice cream in France in a town near La Rochelle, there was two flavours, Violet, and Rose, delicious.

7. Would you ever travel the world in a camper van?
Funny you should say that we have just been looking at motor homes, one in particular.

I know they are bigger than camper vans but this one is the size of a camper van just about at less than 6 meters in length,  but coach built so it's well insulated, and just the right size for the two of us and our two four legged girls.  AND the UK company, Elddis, is based four miles from where we live, have a look and see what you think.  Only we couldn't travel the world, in fact we couldn't leave the country, little Indi can't be immunised because she has a history of meningitis, sad.......  She is ok now though and has recently finished her medication, after 15 months.  We could tour England, Scotland, and Wales though, and we could go across to Ireland too.

8. Favourite colour?
I don't have one, no really, I don't have a favourite.  I love yellow and gold for walls but I can't wear it, I really like blues and greens too (I do wear those colours), there again red is my colour for clothing, but I would only use it as an accent in my home.   Pinks and purples?  Not for me sorry, I'm not a pink girl.

9. Favourite quilting/crafting item?
I love good scissors,

I have two pairs of Dovo scissors, small and medium I bought ten years ago, a small pair Appliquick with serrated edges, and a pair of stork embroidery scissors I bought about 25 years ago.  Of course I have a pair of large shears which I rarely use and a pair of pinking scissors too which I have only used a couple of times, but these are my favourites.

10. Do you work on one project or many?
I prefer to work on one but I am invariably working on about three.

One I keep for when I go to my quilt group,

one is my current (soon to be finished) project (yes I know you are fed up seeing this pic).

The third is often a swap which I have a deadline for, or some other small project.   I have finished my current one which of course is Top Secret (next post, I already told you).  What will I do next??????

 On top of which I have my bee blocks to do every month, two of them.  This in a block I did last month.

Now for the bit about my nominee, this is the hardest part. I have thought long and hard, there are so many bloggers I would like to nominate although according to the rules a lot are ineligible.  So, I have decided to go with my heart and nominate only one, a very special lady who has been quilting since before it became fashionable.  She has a wonderful eye for colour and a kind and giving heart, she humbles me with her generous spirit and has my utmost respect.   I nominate Paula, from Paula B Quilts.  If you haven't read Paula's blog before please pop over and say hello, stay a while and get to know her, I promise you will love her too.

Lastly I am going to do a shameless advert, today is the first day of the Christmas in July Blog Hop.  For the next twelve days the hop will be hosted by Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict who will guide you through making a Christmas Quilt, doable during the hop.  Every day Sarah will introduce two or three bloggers who will share their Christmas projects too, my day is Wednesday 19th July.  There will be a giveaway too announced at the end of the hop, and I'm not talking charm packs here, A layer cake or jelly roll will go to one lucky winner each day, one entry per comment on any of the blogs involved, and a special overall price of a fat quarter pack, one prize per commenter to share the love.

Here are the bloggers participating over the twelve days.

Friday, July 14th

Saturday, July 15th

Sunday, July 16th

Monday, July 17th

Tuesday, July 18th

Wednesday, July 19th

Thursday, July 20th

Friday, July 21st

Saturday, July 22nd

So pop over to see Sarah for the first post and have a wonderful 12 days, but don't forget to come back and see what I made and I will show you how to make it too.

Until then,
With smiles from,
Kate x

Linking up with
Finished or Not Friday
TGIFFI hosted by April @JANDA Bend Quilts


  1. Congratulations on your award! Beautiful Quilts!

  2. Hi Katy,
    Congrats on your nomination! So many things you shared to comment on - I love the motor home. I have visited those areas you mention, and I can just imagine you driving around Scotland, Wales, Ireland and of course England. It looks like the perfect size for those narrow roads (more narrow than we have in the USA), and visiting many quilt shops. The landscape will inspire you to walk/hike and just enjoy life and your family. It just makes me smile thinking about it. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. love the little camper van you show - we have a small motorhome that is bigger but small by US standards - just right for two to live in a couple months comfortable but not year round. Ours is 26 feet long

  4. Well Kate, I've found out more about you that I did not know! LOve your poodle!

  5. Congrats on your nomination!-well done, Susan in Mississippi

  6. Oh Kate, what a fun post! I've enjoyed getting to know you a bit more through the questions, which had me smiling and chuckling! And no, I'm not tired of seeing your circles quilt -- I love it! The poodle is cute too. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Well done on your nomination - you always have something of interest to read about (I know I rarely leave comments but I do read all your posts) :) My Brother/wife have a camper van and have travelled around England/UK and as far as France, Spain, Italy - you'll have a great time. I see you are in the links for next Wednesday so you'll be getting another comment from me again very soon haha Love your quilts x

  8. How nice to get to know you a bit more! Thanks for sharing all your Liebster answers :) It's very sweet that Wendy nominated you!

  9. Thank you for telling us about yourself, so good that you have been nominated, I always enjoyed your posts. I think your first qhilt was a Lynn Edwards one,must first I made entirely by hand from one of her books. When my children were small I also had a motor home similar to the one you show, we travelled all over the British Isles in it, we spent a lot of time in your area as my mother in law lived in Cullercoats. Best of luck in the nomination.

  10. congrats on the nomination so good to read all about you feel I know you a little better now. I too am a Katie Melua follower but Chris de Burgh is my number 1

  11. Congratulations on your award . Loved hearing more about you . Monica dickens ! Loved her and had forgotten her . Looking st your stork scissors reminded me , mine seem to have gone walk about . Looking forward to yiur Christmas in July spot

  12. Congratulations on the award. Loved the story about your mother and love that your answers aren't all easy. Looking forward to checking out your Christmas in July project.

  13. Wow! That is a LOT of information packed into one post! Can't wait to see your reveal day for the Christmas in July blog hop.

  14. What fun to be chosen for an award, and such a delightful self interview! Can't wait until your day for Christmas in July!

  15. What a nice, chatty post! It was good to know more about the real you, where you live, and what brought you this far in quilting. Thank you for taking the time to be so thoughtful. As for a tiny camper van and travelling with your pups, I think it sounds magnificent! The worse thing for me about going away is leaving the 'girls' so I think it would be a perfect way to see your world nearby. I hope you make it happen.

  16. Congratulations! Of course you totally deserve it. You're such a dear.


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