Friday, March 26, 2010

Sunshine Bloggers Award

Penny from Penny Quilts left a comment on my blog yesterday to say she had nominated me for a Sunshine Award for bloggers who "inspire others with positivity and creativity". Penny had been nominated for this award and as part of accepting the award Penny had to nominate 12 bloggers. I was one of them! This is the first award I have been nominated for so I am quite surprised!!! Thank you Penny!
I write in my blog mostly to encourage myself to actually finish everything I start.......I'm still working on that! lol

Penny certainly is an inspiring, positive and creative quilter. She has made the most amazing quilts using foundation piecing and now she is making art quilts. Those are 2 skills I have never tried and I admire anyone who can. Penny also has an amazing skill with words. Her posts have left me sometimes laughing, sometimes crying, but always leave me thinking! Penny also has the 2 most gorgeous samoyeds you will ever see!!!

The rules for accepting the award are:

1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
2. Pass the award to 12 bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Well, it has been a very difficult decision to narrow it down to only 12 bloggers. I have found many more than 12 positive and creative bloggers!

After much consideration here is my list:

Lurline's Place was the very first blog I saw. That was when I didn't even know what a blog was!
What a wonderful introduction to the world of blogging. Every post on Lurline's blog has the most gorgeous projects. I have had the pleasure of meeting Lurline and she is even more charming and gracious in person than she appears on her blog.

Carrie from A Passion For Applique. Goodness, there have been days when I have spent hours reading all the wonderful links Carrie has in her posts. Carrie also has some great tutorials that I have used.

Jan from Be*mused is another blogger I spend lots of time reading. Jan has lots of different inspiration that I have found nowhere else. After reading Jan's several of Jan's posts I have been inspired to try something new. I love learning new skills!

Ranette and I have become real friends even though we live half a world apart. We started exchanging emails when I saw the Antique Quilt on her blog last year. I just had to make that quilt and with Ranette's encouragement I have managed to make a good start. The centre pieces of that quilt were the tiniest pieces of fabric I had sewn by machine at that time! My most recent inspiration from Ranette was the Klosjes!! Goodness, they are addictive! Ranette always has a positive outlook on life and is a joy to know!

Kaaren of The Painted Quilt is a talented artist in paint and thread. Every month Kaaren shares her skills with everyone with a small stitching project. The first one of these projects I saw inspired me to look at one of my mother's paintings and turn it in to a stitchery. (it is still a WIP)
Kaaren is always trying new things too. She has a lovely cross stitch project on her blog at the moment. I have also seen some amazing quilts on Kaaren's blog.

Kathie of Inspired by Antique Quilts is also another blogger where I have spent hours looking at links. Wow, so much inspiration here! Kathie also has some of the most gorgeous fabrics I have seen on her blog. Lots of books, lots of great quilts; big and small, and lots of great information.

Micki of Irish Muses is my twin in Ireland ( we share the same birth date!!!) Micki's blog is a mixture of the most beautiful photographs of her corner of county Donegal in Ireland, some of the most gorgeous and skillful quilting you have seen, and now her latest interest; cards!

Karen of Living Life at LeeHaven is one of the most positive people I have ever had the pleasure to "meet"!! Karen is also making spool blocks, amongst several other projects. Karen posts make me smile, make me think and make me thankful for what I have.

Cathy of Cabbage Quilts is next. Cathy works with the most gorgeous, bright and colourful fabrics that always make me smile. Cathy is a very talented and creative quilter. I love how Cathy takes a quilt pattern and puts her own ideas in it. I wish I had that talent!! I have also had the pleasure of meeting Cathy and she radiates joy!

Danielle of Daantjes Heart lives in Holland. Danielle is a very talented quilter. She is also making the Antique Quilt and is a looong way ahead of me! Danielle has recently changed to a bilingual blog, so it is easy to read her posts. At the moment Danielle is making a quilt with tiny, tiny baskets on it. There is lots of great quilting to see on Danielle's blog. :)

Janet of Quiltsalott not only has the most amazing WIP in her banner, but has a blog full of projects I would love to try and books I would love to read. Janet shares lots of tips and tutorials. I have learnt lots from Janet's blog and I have been inspired to try new things.

Lori of Humble Quilts recently ran the Cheddar Cheese and Crackers Quilt Along. Well, I have never sewn anything so tiny on my sewing machine!!! Without Lori's encouragement and wonderfully clear instructions I would not have challenged myself to make that quilt. There are lots of inspiring quilts on Lori's blog.

Thank you every one of you for inspiring positivity and creativity!!!

Hmmmm, I still have at least 12 more blogs I could list!!

OK, time to leave comments on my listed blogs.

Happy sewing everyone! :)


  1. Thanks so much for the award. I am honored. You are so kind to add me to the list of so many great blogs.

  2. Miriam,
    Congratulations on your award! You are very inspiring with your gorgeous quilts.
    I have been so busy with wedding plans.

  3. OH Miriam thank you so much, I am so touched that you would give me this award, I am so happy that you like my blog.
    I always love visiting yours and just looking at your applique projects, I am always inspired

  4. Thank you so much for the award and it is especially nice getting it from my twin. You are so kind!

  5. Congrats on the award Miriam, you truly deserve it :0)


  6. I have my Internet back, Miriam and also little tears of happiness in my eyes - I am so happy for you receiving this award - can I single out 12 people? - maybe it will have to be a lot more!
    Big hugs, dear Girlfriend! - Lurline♥

  7. Congratulations Miriam on receiving the award, you might write to encourage yourself to finish, but your blog encourages and inspires all of us too. I love that you put photo's of your beautiful garden in too. Thank you so much for choosing me for an award too, I am thrilled and I'm glad I met you last year, maybe we will meet again someday. xo