Outstanding Blogger Award

FABRICATIONS has twice been nominated for the said award. Thank you Helen, creator of Paddy & Plunkett, of crawcrafstbeasties and Shirley of Handmade Habit for nominating me. I am proud and pleased to accept this award from two outstanding crafters. Thank you also for faithfully following and reading my blog about quiltmaking.

Acceptance of the award means I have to answer the sets of questions posed by Helen and Shirley. Then I compile a set of questions to pass on to a further set of bloggers that I have the pleasure of nominating.

So, here goes. Helen got Paddy and Plunkett (two of her incorrigible Beasties) to ask the questions.

The interview panel, who are also keen gardeners (photograph from crawcraftsbeasties.com)

Coffee or tea? (Or no hot beverages at all?)

That’s a hard one. Couldn’t do without either the caffeine of a good strong mug of plunger coffee or the refreshing taste of Rooibos [red bush] tea. I enjoy both coffee and this tea without milk or sugar. Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a member of the plant family Fabaceae that grows in South Africa’s fynbos. The leaves are used to make a herbal tea (Wikipedia).

Where in the world would you most like to visit, and why?

London. To see our daughter and because there is so much to see and do there.

What is the most delicious meal you’ve ever eaten, and where did you have it?

Braaied (barbecued) fresh Kabbeljou (Cape Salmon), a line fish, eaten at our kitchen table and cooked by The Woodworker.

What have you made that you’re most proud of, and why?

That’s also a hard question. I would like to think that the work I am most proud of is yet to be made. The quilt called A Full Bed of Roses, which hangs above our bed and is used as the signature photograph for this blog, marks the moment when I became an art quilter.

What’s your plan for today?

It’s Friday afternoon. I plan to spend the evening watching a Netlfix series and stitching the joining seam of a very large quilt that I finished machine quilting this morning.


Handmade Habit and FABRICATIONS were nominated simultaneously. Shirely was less tardy in responding and you can read her answers to Paddy & Plunkett’s questions here. This is a photograph of Shirley’s little doe dolls, her proudest creation.

Photograph from handmadehabit.com

These are the questions that Shirley asked.

What are 3 creative tools or supplies that you can’t live without these days?

My hands, needle and thread (as one item!) and my Bernina 1008.

When did you first start working with your art or craft medium? Why did you choose it?

I began to make quilts at the turn of the century (ha!). I was drawn to the beauty and calmness of quilt making after I finished my studies.

If you had all the resources you needed, what would your dream project be?

To make a very large piece, that I could pin up on a very large pinboard (about four metres wide and ceiling height) as I was constructing it.

What is your favourite season, and why?

Summertime. That’s when my garden grows and I do not have to wear lots of clothes to keep warm. And I can walk barefoot.

Name a place that inspires you to create.

My workspace, which has a view of the herb garden and is situated below the house’s handmade staircase.


Despite Helen and Shirley’s clear explanations I confess to being a bit perplexed until I read that the nomination and the award are the same thing (unlike the Oscars!). Back in 2014 Michelle Weber wrote a post subtitled Understanding Blog Awards.

She asks: Is there a nomination or voting process? and answers: “Not really, no. You’ll often see bloggers posting about awards and “nominating” other bloggers, but in this case “nominating” means the same thing as “giving” — there’s no real nomination process, and no voting at all. If another blogger wants to give you an award, they simply post about it.”

In short, these bloggers awards (and there are quite a few) are a way for bloggers to support and acknowledge one another. Isn’t it Lovely? says Michelle. And yes, it is.

Now it is my turn to nominate and ask a few questions. I would like to nominate the following because I learn from and am delighted by their writings. (To the people I have nominated: please don’t feel obliged or intimidated. There is no obligation to take up the challenge of answering and asking the questions.)

letting nature back in — nature and nurture in suburban spaces

tierneycreates — a fusion of textiles and smiles

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Laura Bruno Lilly — The road ends, but the journey continues

Chela’s Colchas y Mas — Quilting, embroidery and more

Claudia McGill and Her Art World

Zippy Quilts — modern quilts with a twist

The questions:

  1. For how long have you been writing a blog?
  2. What made you start?
  3. Why do you continue to blog?
  4. Have you ever met any of your fellow bloggers face to face? If so, how did it feel?
  5. Do you write regularly? If so, why?

If you do decide to pass on The Outstanding Blogger Award, this is the drill:

  1. Answer the questions
  2. Nominate up to ten other writers of blogs
  3. Compile a set of up to ten questions (the hardest part!)

24 thoughts on “Outstanding Blogger Award

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers to the questions, and then was completely surprised and delighted to be nominated. Thank you. Now I need to ponder some of the questions! Enjoy your evening – I hope you find something good on Netflix!

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  2. My favorite response? “I would like to think that the work I am most proud of is yet to be made.” Oh I like that attitude, Mariss…that and walking barefoot in the summertime.
    😉
    Thanks for the nomination. I’d like to participate – kind of a fun thing to do these days, ya know? – just need a little time to pull together an appropriate post.
    Enjoy your barefoot season while it’s still around!

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  3. Thank you, so much. Usually I don’t participate in awards, but you are special, I have learned a lot from you, and you’ve been so supportive of me. This buoys my spirit that you chose me. So. I will be happy to answer. Hmmm…I’ll do a little thinking and post soon! Thank you again.

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  4. Great, Mazzie — that you, your artwork, and your blog are enjoyed, recognised and awarded. Well done, and thanks for the Friday light.
    Love and hugs

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  5. A joy to read your responses, Mariss! I love the idea that your proudest creation is yet to come, and am an avid rooibos drinker, too (which I like to take with some honey). I also relate to the idea that craft begins in calm and beauty. Love how you put that. Wishing you a joyful weekend. 🙂

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