Friday, April 27, 2012

So now I'm in trouble!

Well, I'm completely embarrassed! Becky gave my blog an award, even though I've completely been neglecting it of late! What can I say...I'm getting married in 4 days!  I really do promise that later this summer I'm going to become blogger extraordinaire...including a tutorial on half-square triangles using a method that I really love and doesn't seem to be that common (a take-off of the grid method).  Hmmm...maybe next weekend...after the wedding!

So, first, let me tell you about the award!  It's called the Liebster Award (German for favorite) for bloggers with 200 followers or less. As a recipient of the award, you have the chance to thank and link back to the blogger who gave it to you as well as passing it along to five other deserving blogs.

Becky is the only bloggy friend to whom I've ever sent something (a sheet set for a charity project that she was doing), and it's funny, because having never met her, I feel like she is nonetheless a good friend.  I know she is cheering for me right now and awaiting pictures from the wedding!

The Liebster Conventions says that you should:

1. Thank your award presenter on your blog and link back to him/her.
(Thanks again, Becky!  I'm really very honored (and inspired to do better!)
2. Copy and paste the award to your blog.
3. Present the Liebster Award to 5 blogs that you think deserve to be recognized (see below).
4. Let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
5. Have faith that your followers will spread the love, too!

Well, I have to choose my other bloggy friends who leave such nice comments and also consistently inspire me to want to make more lovely things with their great examples and tutorials!  Thanks, y'all!

1.  Leslie of Leslie Unfinished

I particularly like the way Leslie's blog is set up, especially with her page of finished projects.  I want to do that!  I am most assuredly going to follow her lead on some flannel blankets with homemade piping, and the pinwheels quilt is on my list, as well.  (I really need to make a list, like she does!)  I'm also going to follow her lead and start sewing clothes again.  I'd thought I would make an outfit for this weekend, didn't happen!  Some year!

2.  SarahZ of Prairie Patchworks

I've always loved old barns with a passion...there's just something about them.  And what better than a blog for barn quilts.  I just love the whole concept!

3.  Cindy of Hyacinth Quilt Designs

Cindy shared her Garden Fence design, and I've made too many versions of it to count, I feel like!  (Not really, but one for Anne, one for my brother's duvet (just waiting to be basted), and one out of pastel batiks that I thought might end up as one large quilt, but it might turn into 4 baby quilts...I've got the stack of blocks just waiting to decide.  I am madly trying to finish my take-off of it...the reverse miniaturized garden fence, which looks nothing like the original, but I love it nonetheless!)  I've got about 6 more blocks to handquilt, but I've gotten pretty fast at it.  I can get it done by Monday...or at least I really, really hope so!)

Cindy constantly has wonderful ideas that inspire me.  I have no idea how many followers she has...probably way more than 200, but since I can't tell for sure, I'm sharing the award with her!

4.  Lyanna of Purple Panda Quilts

Lyanna has a great blog and shares my love of purple and gray.  She did a Stockings for Kids drive that really made me happy.  I'm hoping to participate next year! 

5.  Anne of Sweet Pea
Of course, my dear friend Anne is definitely the Liebster of all Liebsters.  Anne's daughter, Aileen, is almost 6 months old, and she is an environmental lawyer working full-time who nonetheless made time to throw me the greatest bridal shower ever!  And, Anne is the person who encouraged me to blog in the first place.  I loved her old blog, The Barefoot Quiltessa, but she changed the name.  I imagine that she'll get back to blogging again when she gets more than 1 consecutive night of sleep.  She has still managed to quilt up a storm, including a beautiful hand-quilted queen-sized quilt for her niece...the same niece for whom we made Anne's first quilt together almost 7 years ago now.  Time flies!
Well, speaking of time flying, I've let an hour and a half go by trying to make these difficult decisions (and trying to figure out how many followers people have), and now I really must go make dinner and prepare to clean house.  (I'd planned to answer the fun questions Becky tagged me in, but it, along with the pictures from my bridal shower, will have to wait.) 

But...for a few pictures, I thought I'd share the quilt I just finished binding after work tonight.  This is the storm-at-sea quilt I made for Talia and Aaron for the wedding 2.5 years ago.  I still need to make a hanger and a tag for it, but it is officially quilted and bound, so I want to switch to Anne's.  I plan to ask the wedding photographer to take better pictures of this when I give it to them, since I've still not read the lovely book Anne gave me for my birthday about how to photograph things for one's blog.  I really need to get on that, as is evidenced by these pictures earlier this week when I thought I was going to have time to blog!

The next time you hear from me, most likely, I will have a new last name!  Hooray!  All we have to do is finish cleaning up the house, and the festivities begin tomorrow with a mani/pedi with my bridesmaids (Talia and Anne) while Bryan picks up my parents from the airport (what a great wonder I'm marrying him!).  Then, we're having a nice dinner tomorrow night with a few of my friends and my parents.  Sunday brunch, then pick up my bouquet, then the official rehearsal dinner with Bryan's family (at least those that are local, plus his uncle is coming in from New York), and then Monday, we head to the courthouse and then to a lovely tea place for lunch/afternoon tea.  That night, we'll have dinner just with my parents and his mom.  The only sad part is that my brother and Bryan's dad couldn't make it to town, but they are here in spirit and will definitely be missed.

Anne, Aileen, Me, and Talia

Anne's image of our wedding!  I feel like such a princess!