Last week while we were away on vacation, I received this lovely e-
mail Iris@crazydutchbirdquilts telling me that my blog is nominated for the One Lovely Quilt Award, along with nine other quilt bloggers. I am very honored and excited that Hudson Valley Quilts received this very unexpected award. I met Iris last year through the Plum and June’s Advice for New Blogger’s Blog Hop. Thank you, Iris. And thank you Beth for hosting the blog hop where we met.
Part of the award process is for me to share 7 things about me that you might not know. Then I will nominate 10 other blogs that are very lovely blogs too.
1. I have two masters degrees: an MBA, (Masters in Business Administration), from Syracuse Universtiy and a MLIS (Masters of Information and Library Science, with a speciality in youth services), from Long Island University.
2. My first career was as an in-house Recruiter and Human Resource Manager at two large law firms in Manhattan.
3. As you probably know, I love cats. Dogs are great too. I volunteer for the SPCA of Briarcliff, in Briarcliff, New York. My husband and I have raised over 40 when the shelter was at capacity. It is a no-kill shelter, and we are a foster home. This is why we support this local shelter so passionately.
There is one family, and one adult female cat I will never forget. The older female cat was abused, and the Vet did surgery to try and repair her broken leg. Sadly, it was unsuccessful. She had to have it amputated. We were devastated for her. They shelter wanted us to create a physical therapy program for her while she was recuperating at our home. None of us knew what physical therapy for a cat was, but we did a little research and used some creativity. Mostly, she really needed to get her confidence back.
We set up a mini obstacle course for her from one end of our living room into the second bedroom of our condo. Four times a day, I would have her do four heats of the obstacle course. After a few weeks, she was walking and running around confidently. She returned to the shelter for adoption. Six months later, she found her forever home. We cried many happy tears.
We fostered a new mom and her five 3-day old kittens. Watching the kittens grow up until they were seven weeks old and could return to the shelter for their vaccines and adoption, was such a treat. Everyday they would surprise me. It is always hard to bring fosters back for adoption if you’ve bonded with any or all of them.
One of the kittens in this litter was a little boy who looked just like Emma who is sitting on the masthead of this blog.
Biscuit and Emma
We adopted her when she was a year old from a rescue group. So we named the kitten Emmett, after Emma. The day came when we brought the family back to the SPCA, we cried, and really wanted to keep Emmett, and struggled with adopting a third cat. This little guy had us wrapped around his paw.
We have two cats who are very close, Biscuit and Emma, and adding a new one into the mix probably would have caused issues. Hard decision – ultimately the best one for Biscuit and Emma, was not to adopt another. We decided by the end of the day to go back and adopt Emmett But he was already adopted by a lovely family with two children. So fate stepped in and made us stick to our original decision.
4. I am the author of five non-fiction children’s books, which are not all under my name.
Crispus Attucks: Hero of The Boston Massacre
Nat Love; African American Cowboy
The Supreme Court and The Judaical Branch
The Importance of Being an Active Citizen
Booker T. Washington; Educator and Racial Spokesman
Three of them are biographies. Although none of the subjects are alive, I really enjoyed interviewing people and writing about other people’s lives.
I learned so much about how different and similar people are. Hearing what they had to say, and learning about what makes them alive was fascinating. This is why I enjoy interviewing people in our industry and featuring them on this blog.
5. My two amazing and cool, personal Rock ‘n Roll moments. (Growing up and even as an adult, I have been to many concerts, Rock, Jazz and Classical).
I saw The Beatles filming the movie, “Help,” in Nassau, The Bahamas. I was with my family on vacation.
And…while attending Ithaca College, I was at a Billy Joel concert. During one of his encores, the Piano Man asked for requests from the audience. He picked me.
I was so excited.
6. I love swimming. Going to a beach or lake is a haven for me. I also love swimming in the pool, especially an infinity pool!!
7. I love outer space. When I heard that Scott Kelly, the astronaut was going to spend a year in space, and tweet about it, I had to follow along. The photos of earth from outer space, as well as the photos of space, that Captain Scott J. Kelly is posting are amazing and inspirational. If you want to follow along with me, his handle is @StationCDRKelly.
I am nominating the following blogs, in no particular order for the One Lovely Blog Award. A big thanks to them for supporting and inspiring me, and Iris@crazydutchbirdquilts, who nominated me.
Amber@alittlebitbiased – Amber recently came out with a wonderful new book; Vintage Vibe; Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics.
Beth@plumandjune – Beth just came out with a fabulous new book; The Modern Medallion Workbook.
Faith@freshlemonquilts – Faith co-wrote with two other fantastic quilters and bloggers a book; Vintage Quilt Revival; 22 Modern Designs From Classic Blocks.
On another note, I am linking up today with WIP Freshly Modern Pieced, hosted by another favorite quilter and blogger, Lee Heinrich. I have been marking my king sized quilt for hand quilting, which is taking a very long time.
I am going to post a short tutorial on marking quilts for hand quilting. Once I start working on it, I will only show myprogress when I’m at the halfway mark, and then at the end. That will probably be in 2020!! Hopefully a lot sooner. Everything else I’m working on is being quilted by my Bernina 750.