Today is a shout-out day to some bloggers who I love following. I was prompted to do this when I remembered this afternoon that Craftsy is hosting its first ever blogger awards. Between now and October 14th, Craftsy is accepting Blogger nominations in several categories. Of course, my nominations are in the quilting category.
So, who did I nominate? I really couldn’t decide between 5 different bloggers, so I figured I’d nominate them all and let the Craftsy team sort out my indecisiveness for me. Seriously, how can I possibly pick a favorite? Here are my current top 6 quilty bloggers that brighten my day.
Christa Quilts – Christa hosted the first quilt along that I ever joined, and look at the quilt that I was able to make with her guidance. I say that deserves a shout-out in the quilting/tutorial category, does it not? I also love Christa for her generosity. She’s in the middle of a year of giveaways, since I’m a blogger who only recently started taking blogging seriously, I like that Christa will post on occasion about developing a blog and a quilting business. Good insights abound. Now, I just need to get around to cutting my Modern Tree Quilt fabric this weekend, so I can get moving on Christa’s next quilt along.
Then, I nominated Paula over at The Sassy Quilter. She’s one of the first bloggers that I really started to interact with as I was beginning to quilt more intensively, and her replies to the comments that I put on her blog are always a bright addition to my email inbox. I wish I lived more in her neck of the woods, so I could join the quilt guild that she started because it would be a blast, and I’d be able to learn so much from her. I nominated her for quilting/best photography; I’ve linked my readers specifically to her post revealing her Prism quilt. Seriously, go look. Great quilt and fantastic photos!
I also nominated Sarah Quilts in the tutorial category. Sarah is so cool because she wants to see new quilters join the fun by making the quilty world accessible. And, she’s always dreaming up ways to help them do that. She just finished up a tutorial series called Your 1st Quilt, and I love that new quilters can go over there, access the tutorial, and feel like they have invited Sarah into their living rooms for a cup of coffee as she shares her advice.
Then, I nominated Melissa at Happy Quilting. How could I not? I was in her quilt along at the same time I was working on Christa’s quilt. (Yea, it was a busy time.) And, I still smile every time I see this picture because I love, love, love how this quilt turned out. It’s on sale in my Etsy shop, and I must just shed a tear when it sells and I let it go to it’s new home. But, I could make another and definitely would consider it because Melissa writes one mean tutorial. I also recently bought her In Your Neighborhood pattern, and I think once I finish it, I’ll be giving Melissa another shout out for helping me make another quilt that I fall in love wit.
I definitely nominated Ashley over at Wasn’t Quilt in a Day in the photography category. I wish they had a humor in quilting category because Ashley would win hands down. I often find myself chuckling when I read her posts, and sometimes I just downright laugh right out loud. She’s hilarious, and she’s good hearted too. As a matter of fact, you can go check out the quilt that she just posted. Ashley’s sister is raising money for childhood cancer research by shaving her head, and Ashley made a quilt that will be awarded via a drawing to one of the people who donated money to her sister’s campaign. There is still time to donate. Oh, and Ashley is a teacher too, so I feel a special bond with her when she writes about how her grading is messing with her quilting mojo 🙂
Finally, I nominated Katie over at Swim, Bike, Quilt. I first started following her during a blog hop for the MicroMod line of fabrics, and I won the fabrics I used in my spool table runner from Katie. I also have downloaded Katie’s Star Bright Quilt pattern because I love it and want to make it (and perhaps in the spirit of Sarah can teach some of the girls at school to quilt by using this easy pattern). Again, I wish Craftsy had more categories because I’d put Katie in the “blogger who gives back” category. She organizes the 100 Quilts for Kids drive each year, and I can only imagine how many hours she dedicates to the cause.
There you have it. I think if you go take a little blog hop around to these six ladies, you’ll see why I couldn’t narrow it down to just one nomination. I’d be thrilled for any one of them to get some attention shone on their piece of the blogging world.