One Lovely Blog Award

Recently, I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.  I’ve seen this award making its way around the blog world.  It seems like a great way to spread the love among bloggers who have a real passion for what they do and perhaps to introduce you to a blog that you may not have known about.

One lovely blog


There are three things required of me to accept this nomination.  The first is to acknowledge the person who nominated me.  I had the pleasure of meeting Cheryl in person at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, Texas.  Before that, we had been virtual friends through our blogs. Cheryl’s blog, Meadow Mist Designs, is a great place to interact with other quilters and to find information and inspiration.  Cheryl publishes her own patterns, she’s co-hosting the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop, and she just kicked off a Midnight Mystery Quilt Along that includes a pattern designed by her (and it’s free).  She is a very busy and talented lady!

The second thing I need to do is tell you 7 facts you may not know about me.  Hmmm.  This could be embarrassing tricky, but I’ll give it a try.

1.  I have a type B personality.  I’m extremely patient and forgiving. But my sewing room is (almost) always a mess.  It’s kind of an organized chaos situation. I would much rather be sewing than cleaning.  But I can cook really well, and I do make my bed every morning!

Sewing room table @ The Crafty Quilter
CLEAN & Organized Sewing Room @ The Crafty Quilter


Messy & Disorganized Sewing Room
Messy & Disorganized Sewing Room


2.  I walk my dog, Cooper, along with Mr. Crafty Quilter every morning, rain or shine, around 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. for 45-60 minutes. Once in a while Mr. Crafty Quilter will go solo and let me sleep in.

cooper on a leash


3.  I’m always trying to lose 10 pounds.  Currently, it’s 20 pounds.  Menopause has not been kind to me.  Enough said; I know I’m not alone.

4.  I never finished college.  I have an Associate of Arts degree and I was heading for a major in deaf education.  But, I was working full time and then got married at age 22.  Followed two years later by child #1, which was followed by three more children.  But you know what?  I always wanted to be a mom when I grew up!  It’s been my dream job, and I’ve been very fortunate to stay at home and raise my kids.

Family 2015
Father’s Day with the younger three and my oldest with grand baby #1!


5.  I’m not very chatty.  I don’t like to talk on the phone much, and my version of a story is always going to read like the Cliff notes and not the thick novel.  Mr. Crafty Quilter is the exact opposite.  He’s a natural on the phone.  He can talk to anyone, anyhow, anytime (and usually for a long time).  We’re perfect for each other.

me and dad at regale


6.  I make my own deodorant.  And it works!  You can find the recipe I use here.  I’m also converting to organic and natural skin care, but it can be expensive.  So, I might start making my own facial products, too.  Our skin is the biggest organ of our body.  If a product isn’t safe enough to eat, then I don’t want it on my skin, especially my arm pits!

7.  I love being alone.  I could go for days without any human interaction and I would be just fine (of course this is only a theory, since I haven’t had that luxury – yet). I love being at home alone.  I love shopping alone.  I love going for a hike alone.  I love driving alone.  But I don’t go to movies alone or out to dinner alone. There, I’m not a complete loner.

Well, that list only took me three days to come up with!  Now onto the final thing I need to do (and my favorite).  I get to nominate 7 other blogs for the award.  And here is my list (in no particular order):

Amanda @ The Patchsmith

Lani @ Simply Fresh Vintage

Lea Anne @ Podunk Pretties

Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Amy @ Amy Made That!

Elaine @ SummerCrafter

Sheri @ Sunshine in the Attic

I hope you all have a great day!


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  1. Great post! I loved learning all sorts of new things about you. I don’t think that your messy sewing room is all that messy (you should see mine right now 🙂

  2. Congratulations Julie! I love your blog and enjoyed learning more about you. I’ve also just made 2 more of your bucket bags. My family loves them and every time I see one of them that is just seeing the bag for the first time, I get a new order for one! Great pattern and easy to make.

  3. What a delightful post! I’ve enjoyed every one. And I’ve enjoyed your lessons on TQS as well!

  4. Now I know why I love your blog I have similar traits except I don’t like cooking and I don’t have a dog any more.
    Congrats on the nomination.Love your work room and the quilts on the wall.
    Looking forward to the baby pics.

  5. How exciting and congratulations!! I came across your blog by accident a few months ago, after googling images for table runner patterns. I didn’t know what bloglovin was and I never subscribed to it till I came across yours webpage. After seeing all your quilting, crafts, and fun projects I was impressed and excited-couldn’t wait to get started on making some of the same things! Since then i have done my first QAL (Spring Petals) and have signed up on several other blogs either recommended (Sew Thankful Sundays) and other suggestions. It is nice to meet you through your website and now through your Seven Facts 🙂 you are so kind and down to earth and it is pleasure receiving your posts and communication. I am honored to be a subscriber to your blog and i know this award totally suits you!! Congrats again!! 🙂 Thank you for your inspirations!

  6. Love, love, love reading your blog. Short and to the point . . . You truly have a great gift!

  7. I also enjoy reading your blog. You are very talented and very generous to share your skills with us. I first found your blog when I was trying to improve my machine applique skills. You have taught me a lot. Type B, No 1 and No 7 are pretty much me to a “T”. And I often describe my entire life as “organized chaos”. I am the only crafty stitcher in my immediate family so I am glad to hear another person admit to it. It is fun to read the comments from the others. Congratulations on your nomination.

  8. Nice to learn a little more about you and you deserve the nomination, I don’t know what it takes to win but I rooting for you. I also like the listing of your nomination of others. I will be checking them out. Might make some new friends.

  9. Hi Julie, I enjoyed your comments about yourself. I love to stamp and quilt and my room always looks like a tonado hit it, but I get so excited with an idea I can’t stop to clean! Ha! I also like to do a lot of things by myself. We are both retired and I would kill for time home alone. I just can’t seem to clean etc with anyone around. So beware retirement is great, but it has its downside. Love your blog.

  10. Julie,
    Congratulation on your nomination. I have taken a couple of classes with you and For a beginning quilter you were so patient with me. I felt like I had all thumbs. Following your blog has been so much fun. Your sewing room is beautiful and that’s my next goal. If you come up with some recipes for skin care let us know. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Congratulations on your nomination, Julie. You certainly deserve it! Your messy sewing room is neater than my clean one and I absolutely love the quilt you have on the wall (the one with the flowers). That color palette speaks to me! I always enjoy reading your blog and shareall your tips and links with my sister who is beginning to quilt.

  12. Forgot to mark the boxes below. Would enjoy reading your blog as time permits–computer takes away often from sewing room time.


  13. For someone not very chatty, you write well and your blog is entertaining. I like being alone too but also very chatty–I don’t talk on the phone much any more because I don’t hear well on the phone(s). I am curious as to where you live however? Your life looks almost perfect. And I can see why you were nominated.


  14. How funny, we must be cut from the same cloth. I’ll jabber face to face with a friend, but I generally hate “chatting” on the phone. I usually prefer to be and do things alone, but I do treasure time with like-minded girlfriends, like going to a Quilt show. And yes, my DH talks and talks and talks. Glad to get to know you!

  15. Congratulations on the nomination. It’s well deserved, you do have a lovely blog. I knew I liked you – I can relate to all 7 points you made. 😉

  16. I understand about being “alone”. Sometimes I have been accused of being anti-social. I just like being alone.

  17. Julie – well said, creative as always, and so interesting to learn a little bit more about you. Kudos on the nomination!

  18. so good to get to know you better, well done on being nominated. Not sure what type B means? Like you I am an early riser but d not have dog to walk, early morning is when I do my blogging etc. a very tidy sewing room even when you think it is looking a mess, how good to have all that space.

  19. How exciting! Congrats on the nomination. I am also type B and have decided when I clean up and organize my sewing room…it is now, I don’t go in and sew. If it is a “mess”, I pop in and work on a project even if I only have 30 min. Hmmm, just realized that. Guess I’d better go mess it up.

  20. Another great post! Congrats on your award Julie. Beautiful picture of you and hubby… :-)) Love the list of 7.

  21. Your sewing room is beautiful and not messy at all. You have to walk through a path in my sewing or get lost.
    Joann H

  22. I just read the comment I posted and can’t believe all the mistakes! I’m laying in bed, so I’m not typing too well. Sorry about that!

  23. I enjoyed reading you list and we have a lot in common. (Except i would never get up at 6:00!) Stop by my blob sometime. I’m working on a Dresden
    plate quilt right now, but I have many ideas from you blog!

  24. Hi Julie, I just love your sewing room and the two quilts you have on the walls are so neat. You sound just like me when it comes to alone time! Seems like there are many of us like that. Your walking trail looks like you live in the country, very peaceful looking. As for winning the Love blog award, I hope you do. I love your stuff and I have been watching your tips on The Quilt Show, and enjoy those too. So good luck to you and thank you for all your work on the many things you share with all of us….Claudia

  25. I really love your blog, and your smiling face! I’m so glad you were nominated for the award – you deserve it. I’m going to have to check out 6 of the 7 blogs. I already follow Amy Made That. It was so nice to see the pics of your babies, and of Mr. Crafty Quilter. If you ever get tired of him, I’ll take him off your hands! It was nice to see that baby bump has grown. She’s due pretty soon, isn’t she? I’ve been thinking about you and that new love that’s about to come into your life. If you love being a mom, you are going to be delirious about grandmotherhood! It’s the best thing since sliced bread, let me tell you….8-) I hope you let us know about it as soon as you get scraped off of the ceiling…lol.

    xo Linda

  26. Gotta say – that just isn’t a messy sewing room! I am wading through mine trying to organize it. I paint, sew, journal, blah blah blah. Stuff everywhere. Went to buy more storage carts to kind of categorize painting supplies in one, journaling and mixed media in another, etc. Tons of fabric (I could open a store), more than I can use in the remaining years of life (I am 72). I enjoy your posts so much. A note: Enjoy the time you have with your family and your husband. My husband died an accidental death 9 years ago and I have too much alone time!

  27. I always love to read your posts and this was no exception. It was fun getting to know you a bit more and finding many similarities in myself as I read your list about you! And thank you for nominating me!

  28. Congratulations on your nomination! You sound so much like me, especially nos. 5 and 7. And with me, it’s more like 100 pounds I need to lose! Thanks for the list of new bloggers. I already read Podunk Pretties, and I have bought several of Amanda’s (Patchsmith) patterns. I love finding new people to read and learn from.

  29. I love your post! I really like the clip boards hung up on the wall!!! I am definetely doing that with current and future projects!!

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