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Exciting news: I could use your help!

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So, a crazy thing happened to me last week. I got an email from sweet Pam Kitty Morning, congratulating me on being nominated for an award. I didn’t know what she was talking about (and kind of dismissed it at first) but out of curiosity did a search online for more details. Then I found an email in my inbox (which I originally thought was spam) from the folks at Bloglovin‘ saying I was a nominee for this year’s Bloglovin’ awards . . .

Bloglovin HM awards

. . .which turns out is kind of a big deal, sponsored by H & M, with a real live awards ceremony in New York in September. What the what?!!

When I went to look at the site with the other categories and nominees I about died. We’re talking uber chic and fashionable people! Holy smokes. Talk about feeling like “one of these things is not like the others”.  I’m just this dorky suburban mom, with four kids, who pets fabric and cuts it into little pieces, and then blabs about it on the internet.

Bloglovin Best Sewing Blog nominees

I have been nominated for Best Sewing Blog I am beyond blown away. Not only to be included as one of these nominated blogs, but to be in this kind of company of other sewing blogs. There are some AMAZINGLY inspiring sewing blogs out there – I know this because they constantly inspire ME and have done for years now.

I’m still a little in awe of the fact that I was even nominated in the first place! I surely wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the kindness and encouragement I’ve found from you who actually come and visit this space of the internet. The supportive nature of this community is HUGE.

Here is the list of all the categories and nominees.  You can CLICK HERE TO VOTE (scroll down about 2/3 of the way to find the Best Sewing Blogs. Be sure to enter your email address at the end so that your vote will be counted).

I would be most grateful. 😉

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116 Comments

  • Reply
    Lucy
    August 9, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Congratulations!!! You have my vote!

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    BEtH
    August 9, 2015 at 5:25 am

    CongratulatIons! That IS really exciting news. I went and voted for you! I didn’t know anyone else in your category. Honestly, I hardly knew anyone else on the ballot! Shows how “with it” I am, haha. Well, I am so happy that they recognized at least one of my favorite blogs and I wish you the best!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:29 am

      Thanks Beth! I’m not super “with it” myself! 😉

  • Reply
    charlotte m.
    August 9, 2015 at 5:38 am

    Congratulations. I went and voted and I hope you win!

  • Reply
    Emma Jones
    August 9, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Congratulations on your nomination. I always turn to your blog if I get stuck with my quilting – you are my reference book!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:29 am

      I love hearing that! Thanks Emma!

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    Carol woosley
    August 9, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Done! Congratulations and good luck!

  • Reply
    linda
    August 9, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Congratulations! Vote is cast for you – hope you win! (Maybe I should stop deleting my spam folder without checking for nominations – lol!!)

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Hahah! I know the feeling! What else is going to spam that I’m missing out on?!

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    Buffy
    August 9, 2015 at 6:14 am

    Voted! AWESOME honor, richly deserved! Hoping for a win for you!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Buffy. That means a lot.

  • Reply
    M-R @ Quilt Matters
    August 9, 2015 at 6:45 am

    I am not surprised at all! Congratulations!

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    Kathy
    August 9, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Congratulations! I voted for you. You cracked me up with your one of these is not like the others line. I love your blog and have found wonderful inspiration in your posts. I hope you win. You are an awesome blogger.

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Kathy – that means a lot. 🙂

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    dolores
    August 9, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Congrats girlie….man am I out of it….I recognized your blog and two others on the total ballot. Kinda glad I’m not in the “know”…means I don’t spend all my time plugged in!!:)

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:32 am

      I’m not super “in the know” myself! That’s a good thing, right? 🙂

  • Reply
    Melanie C
    August 9, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Congrats! I do enjoy your blog…glad you were nominated. Voted 🙂

  • Reply
    Noel
    August 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Midway, UT loves you, Amy! I hope you win, wouldn’t that be the bees knees?!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:33 am

      That makes my day because I love Midway, Utah!! Thanks Noel!

  • Reply
    Hedy
    August 9, 2015 at 8:54 am

    I voted for you Amy, hope you win !

  • Reply
    Gail
    August 9, 2015 at 9:07 am

    You got my vote.. good luck. So exciting.

  • Reply
    Annieo
    August 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Great news! I follow your blog because you’re genuine and a good writer, aside from your wonderful designs, fabric petting and sharing eye candy, and competent sewing skills! Congratulations ?

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    Dede Bliven
    August 9, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Just voted for you Amy! This award is well-deserved. You are informative, inspirational and always upbeat and positive! Thank you so much for your time and passion in our quilting/sewing community!

  • Reply
    Judy Hudgins
    August 9, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Congrats! Since I follow you on bloglovin’ I will vote for you. I feel like it’s a vote for me too!

  • Reply
    Louise
    August 9, 2015 at 9:21 am

    Eeeeeep! What exciting news. The nomination is exciting, but win or lose you are a star! Good luck.

  • Reply
    hellen
    August 9, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Congratulation – I just voted for you!

  • Reply
    MISCHELLE
    August 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    That is so exciting. I voted. Good luck!

  • Reply
    Paula
    August 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Congratulations! You shouldn’t be surprised. You inspire us every day. I love blogs. I get some great ideas and often find help for problems I’m having. Please keep sharing your knowledge and projects with us, and good luck with the award.

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    Brita
    August 9, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Yay, you!

  • Reply
    sew surprising
    August 9, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Voted and so well deserved, enjoy your blog as well as your incredible generosity and inspiration 🙂

  • Reply
    Kristi
    August 9, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I voted! Congrats on the nom and good luck on the final voting!

  • Reply
    Linda
    August 9, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Congrats Amy ! Been following you quite a while-love your blog! Voted for
    YOU !

  • Reply
    kathleen
    August 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! Vote submitted. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim a
    August 9, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Just found your blog the other day while googling. Love what I’ve seen so far, so voted for you!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    August 9, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    wow! That is really exciting!! The list of categories and blogs is really impressive! I LOVE that they even have a sewing category!! You totally have my vote!

  • Reply
    Rhonda
    August 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Congrats! You’ve earned this recognition.

  • Reply
    Kay :-)
    August 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    DONE!! Yours is the first sewing blog I found and the one that convinced me I could quilt!

  • Reply
    Margaret Parks
    August 9, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Congratulations Amy! I just gave you my vote!
    Hugs,
    maggie

  • Reply
    Sue Palmer
    August 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations!!! Been and voted.

  • Reply
    Shelley
    August 9, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Congratulations! I voted and wish you the best!!

  • Reply
    Jane Thomas
    August 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Just cast my vote for you. Good luck!!!

  • Reply
    Sarah Craig
    August 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    How could I not vote for you? I’ve loved your blog ever since I found it! Congratulations on the well-deserved nomination!

  • Reply
    Kathy Whetstine
    August 9, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Good going, just voted, good luck!!!! Just being nominated is awesome!!!!

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    T
    August 9, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    What is your URL? It’s required to cast the correct vote.
    Absolutely thrilled for you!! You’ve taught me to quilt & I thank you for that!
    Best,
    T

  • Reply
    Allison
    August 9, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    Done and done!! Crossing fingers for you!!

  • Reply
    amy
    August 9, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    How exciting!!!! I VOTED! Wishing you all the luck. You deserve it!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thank you Amy! That means a lot.

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    Jenni
    August 9, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    You so deserve this! You inspire all who venture here. We can relate to your “suburban mom” life. I have learned so much from you and have dared to try new techniques. Thank you, and keep up the good work!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Aww, thanks Jenni! That means a lot!

  • Reply
    Sharon
    August 9, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Hi Amy congrats I voted for you. Hope you win and have fun. See you in February at quilt con. Cheers!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Sharon. I’m looking forward to Feb!

  • Reply
    Rosemary
    August 9, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting and a trip to New York on top of it? Wow!! I voted for you … now can I go to New York with you? LOL I wish you the best of luck. Congratulations yet again!!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Thanks so much! Not sure how (or if) I’m getting to New York at this point (I’d need to get myself there somehow) but if I make it you can join me! Lol!

  • Reply
    Cocopatch
    August 10, 2015 at 1:14 am

    congrats and done! good luck!

  • Reply
    Lizzie
    August 10, 2015 at 3:02 am

    Holy cow, how’s That for a real shot in the arm?!! Congrats! Heading over now….

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

      It’s totally nuts! Never would have expected it. Thanks Lizzie!

  • Reply
    dora
    August 10, 2015 at 3:34 am

    voted! Hope you win!!

  • Reply
    Erin
    August 10, 2015 at 3:51 am

    how fun! Congratulations! I voted for you!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

      It’s still kind of crazy. Thanks Erin!

  • Reply
    Marie
    August 10, 2015 at 3:55 am

    You got my vote. Congratulations!

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    August 10, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Just voted for you ~ Yay for you!

  • Reply
    Alesha K
    August 10, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Just voted , Congratulations and good luck!

  • Reply
    Janet
    August 10, 2015 at 6:07 am

    You’ve got my vote! I’ve always enjoyed your blog. Good luck!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:17 am

      Thanks Janet. That means a lot.

  • Reply
    Terry sharp
    August 10, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Well deserved Amy. Look forward to your blog in my ‘mail box’. Always interesting and lots of useful information. Just voted for you – good luck!

  • Reply
    Quiltdivajulie
    August 10, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Wow! Voting done. Congratulations!

  • Reply
    Rosalyn Schultze
    August 10, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Well deserved honor…you have my vote!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

      Aww, that’s kind of you. Thank you.

  • Reply
    Janet
    August 10, 2015 at 7:04 am

    Done! Congratulations!!!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    August 10, 2015 at 7:08 am

    From one dorky suburban mom to another, thank you for being such an inspiration- I just voted and am hoping that you win!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Three cheers for dorky suburban moms! Thank you Nicole.

  • Reply
    Martha cook
    August 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Done. Voted for you. Well deserved. Good luck. You earned it.

  • Reply
    CBarnes
    August 10, 2015 at 8:27 am

    You def deserve it….I ‘m on my 5th quilt EVER and YOU were the guiding force for me..I found your blog and beginning quiting tuts and I jumped right in and I’m in love with quilting

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Oh I love hearing that! I love bringing people over to this addiction, I mean, hobby. Thanks so much for letting me know!

  • Reply
    Allison
    August 10, 2015 at 8:34 am

    This is my favorite sewing blog, so I think it’s well deserved! I voted.

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 10, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Aww, thank you Allison! That means a lot!

  • Reply
    Barbara Long
    August 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

    I voted for you !!!

  • Reply
    Juliana
    August 10, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Congratulations!! Voting was an easy, quick process. Good luck!
    Juliana

  • Reply
    Christine
    August 10, 2015 at 11:29 am

    You have my vote!

  • Reply
    Elaine
    August 10, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Congrats! Cast my vote. You crack me up… one of these things is not like the other… but your blog and you are very special all the same. 🙂

  • Reply
    Lorinda Davis
    August 10, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Congratulations… You deserve it!

  • Reply
    Sara
    August 10, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Amy I love your blog Congrats I hope you win! Of course I will be voting for you!

  • Reply
    Quilty
    August 11, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Congratulations! My vote too!!

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    Estefania
    August 11, 2015 at 1:21 am

    Congratulations!! You really deserve it!! You must think you are an inspiration for lot of people too… I hope you win this award. I just go now to vote for you.
    Kisses!!

  • Reply
    Heather KnaPke
    August 11, 2015 at 5:17 am

    I voted! Good luck!

  • Reply
    Carol g
    August 11, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Voted, but I’m taking it back if I don’t get to see that pie making quilt pretty soon! Just love that fabric with the gray!

  • Reply
    Denise
    August 11, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Hi Amy, I have just joined your blog and voted. Good luck! I’ve not made a modern quilt yet but you have inspired me with your hopscotch pattern. I love the second one with the prints and neutrals. The photo with the rainbow sold me! Great shot and idea of your hubby.

    Also- I appreciate the links for fabric etc that post on the right of your site. Found some great ones that have me dreaming and thinking on. Your site is pleasing to the eye and calming.

  • Reply
    Eileen Keane
    August 11, 2015 at 6:12 am

    I love your blog and you’ve got my vote.

  • Reply
    Janie
    August 11, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Congrats!! Your blog always has beautiful color and photos and dorky suburban moms are so friendly and fun. I’m one too.

  • Reply
    Sandra
    August 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    I can’t find your contact info so am writing you here.
    Re your blog on Crafternoon–cute ideas. BUT I went to their website and not one single item is available to purchase. All are out of stock. A waste of time and effort. Thought you should know.

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 11, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      I just checked JoAnn.com and they have them in stock. http://www.joann.com/search?q=Crafternoon

      Is it the Hazel and Ruby website where they are sold out? I know they’ve been doing a lot of publicity this week and may have sold out sooner than they expected. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Reply
    Esther
    August 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    My vote was for you. Good luck 😉

  • Reply
    Janine smith
    August 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    I voted! How exciting for you! I’ll keep fingers & toes crossed. I also voted for you for Blogger of the Year.

  • Reply
    Deborah French
    August 12, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Congrats!!! I voted for you in your group – as well as for the overall BEST blogger. I hope you win, you deserve it. I certainly enjoy your bogs!!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      August 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      Well, that is very generous of you. Thank you. 🙂

  • Reply
    LaurelleC
    August 13, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Thumbs up from me!! congrats! x

  • Reply
    Carolina
    August 14, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    So awesome! Congrats on being nominated… I went and gave you a vote. 🙂 good luck!

  • Reply
    Des
    August 17, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Sooooo cool! I just saw this…this morning. Congratulations. VOTED!!

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    michelle Jensen
    August 25, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Congrats!!
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    August 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I voted! You make me laugh….you are so busy and passionately involved with your family and your hobby, that you didn’t’ even know about the nomination. It pays to have nice people in your life like Pam Kitty. Thank you for your dedication to your blog, I am a regular follower and have purchased/made a quilt from one of your patterns. I frequented you tutorials when I learned to quilt. Congratulations.

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      Aww, thanks Anne! That’s so sweet of you.

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