May 6, 2018

Top 100 Quilting Blogs: Thank You Readers!

Almost 12 years of blogging, over 9 million views, and average that was once 3 new posts a week that has slowed down more than a bit, I'm still here, still sewing, crafting and most of all quilting!

So, it was lovely whenever my creative efforts are recognized. Thank you,
Anuj Agarwal, the amazing Founder of Feedspot for the honor of being selected from the top 200 blogs they list to appear as #65 under the Internet's "Top 100 Quilting Blogs"!

#65: Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands


Anuj Agareal wrote:
"I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Michele Bilyeu Creates *With Heart and Hands* has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Quilting Blogs on the web.

I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Quilting Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!"

Thank you, Anuj! I am most certainly honored as well!

Please do check out the list, scroll past the top rated ones to find mine at #65 and give it a quick click of acknowledgement and then come on back to read here! And yes, it is a promotional site so know that there's a fee to actually join the feed, itself, but you can check  out the list,  click at least on their web hyperlink and enjoy.

My blog has so much content, as many readers have commented "I could spend on day just reading on your blog alone, oh wait...I have!" Love that! Thank you readers!

Please do check out all of my primary sections, pages, and sites and my now almost 5,000 free patterns and tutorials!!! Just switch to full desktop view ..even from your mobile see more than just the current blogs. 

It can get very interesting and often a bit nutty around here...from grown children, to my little grandchildren, to my cats and chickens, to visiting squirrels, opossums, raccoons, coyotes, deer, to stray dogs, cats, a cow in our garden, a horse on a deck, three pigs in our chicken coop, get my drift!  

And the craziest of all might just be me! 

(I almost never sleep..haven't since I was born..but I live life to the fullest and have so many interests and things I love that I'd better live to be very old because I want to keep going and do most of my to do list! And it's a long one!!)


Love my chickens, all of my beloved cats, and now my grandcats and a grandpup. They've all loved quilts and yes, even the one day old chicks sleep under a quilt on top of their warmer!!

 Now, back to sewing, quilting, crafting, wildcrafting, decorating and creating new things to share with all of you! The past week has been dedicated to my precious littles..grandchildren ages 3,2,1 years old. 

Yesterday was the "Awesome 3000" area wide fun run for all ages. My own children now in their 30s and 40s ran the "Awesome" every single year it was available from beginning in elementary school to their senior year in high school!

It is near and dear to my heart and makes me cry and cheer and clap for every runner with a full heart! 

 Preschool Group

We held our littlest 1 year old grandbaby and watched the 2 and 3 year old run their little hearts extended out with determination and joy. And please forgive this grandma for especially cheering for her 3 year old granddaughter who crossed the finish line first among the gigantic crowd of 3 and under year olds, (non competitive all in fun but I can't help but be so proud!) and my precious little grandson, age 2 who ran and ran and finished the entire 300 meters...3/4 of a college track loop. So fun to watch and so proud of ALL of the kids who ran!

Love children of all ages, love their energy and spark, and love most of all their sense of fun, exuberance and joy in all they do! Way to go Salem runners! What a fun run for all ages from kids to the proud friends, parents and grandparents watching them!

Now,back to creating lovely and fun experiences with heart and hands in my own life with that same energy, spark, and joy that children carry in their lives and in their hearts! 

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.


Joyce Carter said...

Congratulations, Michele, you are truly one of a kind. I love reading your blog.

Winifred said...

Congratulations Michelle that's brilliant news. You really deserve it.
Cats & quilts just go together don't they. I love your workroom & that vintage Singer is absolutely gorgeous. God bless.

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Wow Michelle! Busy as ever right? Your life is so full and wonderful. When DO you sleep by the way? You are amazing and congrats on being number 65! I believe it and cheer you on as you give so much of yourself to others. Your grandbabies are so lucky to have YOU for their grandma! Take care of yourself and get some sleep!!!! (hee hee). Don't know how you do it. Hugs... Marilyn

Susan said...

Congratulations on being #65. You deserve it. Your blog is one of the few I still read. You and your blog inspire me. I am in awe of all you do. And yes, you can brag on your children and grandchildren all you want.

Michele Bilyeu said...

You are one of my dearest, dearest readers, Marilyn and always in my thoughts and prayers!!!

Michele Bilyeu said...

You are the absolute best, Joyce Carter 💓

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you, Susan!! And thank you so much for stopping by and hanging in with me and the rest of the blogging survivors who are regular people who just plain keep on keeping on, blogging and sharing whatever, whenever we can!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Congratulations!! You should have been higher on the list, but #65 is an honor for sure. You share so much here and we all love you so much.
xx, Carol

Unknown said...

Thank you for all the sharing you have done and will do, It is truly inspiring, and makes me want to do more. Take time to enjoy your family, especially the "littles" and all your animal children too. Your quilts and prayer flags have given me so many ideas . Thank you for being you!

Celia said...

Congratulations Michele. I'm delighted for you. You're amazing.

Michele Bilyeu said...

You're pretty amazing too, Celia. We just face, achieve, and strive to live facing different challenges.

But I thank you truly for your reading and your commenting as you do.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you so much, Joyce Mostard! What a lovely comment!

Readers like you warm my heart and mean so much to me!

May your day be as lovely as you are!

O'Quilts said...

sooooo wonderful and well deserved xoxo

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you so much, Diane! You know how much I enjoy you and your own blog with your happy/sad crazy to so hard you have to decide whether to laugh or cry life...we get one another! 💜

Quiltgal said...


Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you so much Debra Graham! I so appreciate you're reading here!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you Carol...great comment! 🤣 You are so dear!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Blessings right back to you dear Winifred. Your loyalty is treasured,as are you. And I love that 1964 Singer featherweight dearly! It gets a lot of use and is so dependable!