Liebster Award

Natalie at Threads and Bobbins has nominated me for the Liebster Award!  Thanks Natalie!  I hadn’t heard of it before – here’s Natalie’s explanation:

“The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. Awesome! Blogging is about building a community and it’s a great way to connect with other bloggers and help spread the word about newer bloggers/blogs.”

How fun is that?

Natalie posted questions for myself and the other bloggers she nominated to answer.  So here they are, with my answers.

What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?

(She’s British.  Can you tell? 🙂 Hehe) My favorite thing to do in my spare time is quilting, probably.  I also love to read and I watch a lot of tv.

Would you blog for a living if you could?

That’s an interesting question.  Sometimes I think about how nice it would be to quilt for a living (which would work out to basically the same thing, wouldn’t it?). There are so many quilts I want to make and I never have enough time! Also, any time I get frustrated at work or I have a bad day, I wish I quilted for a living. I would always rather be sewing. Always. I envy other bloggers who seem to have so much time to devote to their quilting when I feel like I hardly have any.

However, I think if I quilted for a living it would be less fun.  I suppose blogging for a living would be much the same – I might not enjoy it as much if it were my job. Also, I don’t think I could afford to make this my living, so I guess the answer is no.

What has been your favourite holiday?

I’ve been very blessed to travel extensively.  I studied in Cairo my junior year of college, and while I was there I traveled throughout Egypt and I took trips to Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.  I was fortunate to be in the region when things were relatively calm.  My senior year graduation present from my parents was a pilgrimage to Israel, run by one of the priests at my university.  I’ve also been Hungary a few times to visit family, and my parents like to take lovely vacations and to take their children with them.  I’m not sure I could pick a favorite vacation. Two summers ago we traveled to visit family in Hungary and then we went to Austria and Switzerland.  Three summers ago we took a cruise from Venice to Istanbul and back.  Both were amazing.  I also have very fond memories of my study abroad travels and my pilgrimage to the Holy Land, most of which I am unlikely to ever repeat.

Is there anywhere you would love to travel to but haven’t yet been?

I’d like to see more of turkey. I’ve only been to Istanbul and Ephesus. I’d also like to travel to Ireland and see the whole United Kingdom. I’ve been to London and Oxford to visit friends who studied there, but that’s all. I’d also like to visit Morocco and Malta.

If you could be a vegetable, what would you be and why?

This is a hard one. I guess celery. I like celery, especially in my Bloody Marys!

What is your favourite social media platform?

Definitely Twitter. I’m on facebook but mostly to chat with my cousins in Hungary. Theoretically I stay in touch with friends from high school and college, but really since I got out of school I haven’t bothered with Facebook. I use Twitter for that.

What is the best free day out that you have had?

I almost forgot to answer this one!  I don’t really know how to answer it, actually.  If I take a day off from work I usually stay home and sew.  I know, I’m boring.

What is your favourite dish to eat?

I’m vegetarian but within that limitation I eat almost anything. I love food. I love Italian food and pizza -those are comfort foods for me. Even more so, Hungarian food is comfort food. It’s hardly the healthiest cuisine so we don’t cook it much, plus the recipes tend toward the time-consuming. However, to me it’s so delicious. I make an amazing Hungarian mushroom soup and I love Hungarian cherry soup and sour cherry soup. I think those two are my favorites. My grandma just made sour cherry soup this weekend, and it was such a treat. I haven’t made it for myself in a couple of years because pitting cherries is too much work, but apparently you can cheat by buying them canned, so I’ll have to start doing that.

Do you like going in the sea and why?

I love going in the ocean. I grew up about an hour away from the ocean, but we had a swimming pool so we spent a lot of time in the water. I’m hardly an amazing swimmer but I like being in the water.

How often do you read other blogs?

I read other blogs pretty much every day. Until maybe February (?) the answer was never, but this year I’ve been investing more time into my own blog and integrating myself – slowly – into the quilt blogging community. I like to see all the amazing things people make.

So there are my answers!  Now for the people I’m nominating.  Natalie did 10 but I’m going to keep it a little shorter and only do 5.

1. Kelsey at Lovely and Enough

2. Marie @ Stokes Croft Stitching

3. Amy @IndigoCottageQuilts

4. Margaret @ Pieces of My Heart

5. Shelley @The Carpenters Daughter who Quilts

Here are my ten questions for them:

1. What is the first quilt you ever made?  Do you still have it?

2. What’s your favorite color to use in your projects?  Does it differ from  your favorite color in general?

3. Do you find quilting/crafting to be a communal or a solitary past time and why?

4. What’s your favorite book?

5. If you could make a quilt or other craft project inspired by a movie, what movie would it be and what form would the quilt/project take?

6. Is your craft area total chaos all the time, super neat, or somewhere in between?  (And if it’s really neat, what’s your secret?  Mine is like an explosion of fabric…)

7. What is the one thing you can’t live without, every single day?

8. What’s your favorite month/season/holiday?

9.  What’s your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?  (It can be the same as #1!)

10.  Why do you blog?  (Whew!  It was hard coming up with ten questions!)



7 thoughts on “Liebster Award

  1. Thank you for the nomination! Cherry soup? That sounds delicious! I love cherries. Is it sweet? What other ingredients go into that? I think I feel the same way as you about blogging for a living. I told my boyfriend if we won the lottery, I would work part time for an exciting startup company and part time doing my quilts. I don’t think I would want to do them all the time!

    • The cherry soups are sweet cold soups – you cook the cherries with some sugar (more sugar for the sour cherries) and then you add sour cream to make them a little creamy. I can send you the recipe!

      I agree! I love my quilting but I think in part because it’s my escape from my work. I think it quilting/blogging were my job it would feel too much like an obligation.

  2. Thanks for the nomination too! 🙂 …and celery is an interesting choice! I’m vegetarian too but unfortunately the fussy kind who hates mushrooms among other things.

    • That’s funny, I was much pickier before I became a vegetarian and now I’m more adventurous when it comes to my eating. The vegetable question was hard! 🙂

  3. Thank you for the nomination!! (Although I may need a few days to post the answers!) It sounds like you have had a lot of interesting travels – you should do a blog post with some pictures about the places you have visited!
    PS – I also think you should post the cherry soup recipe – it sounds intriguing!!

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