Monday, December 1, 2014

A Moment on Monday with Nancy

Whew!!!  What a whirlwind Thanksgiving!  We made a big circle visiting kids, grandkids and even a sister!  And boy did I have fun!  I even got to visit a quilt store in Albuquerque!  So much fun but it went way too quick!  My mother used to say that her kids are catching up to her......well I now really know what she meant.  How in the heck did my kids get so old?  heheheheh

While in Oklahoma I was able to visit with a sister.  That doesn't happen often at all.
Here we my sister and one of my daughters
(even captured my two year old grandson)
How fun it was to see everything through the eyes of a two year old for a day!  He gets around at top speed and reminded me why a momma needs to be young!

I sure am anxious to get back to the shop tomorrow. Teresa is back and I can't wait to hear about her travels.  Plus, it's always like Christmas there after I've been away for a while. So many new things to look at.  I'm working on a new project at the store and I love the layer cake I'm using.  It shouldn't take me too much longer before I'm far enough on it to share pictures.

You know, as much fun as it is to go and visit relatives, it always feels so good to get back home and back to a routine. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  

My very best to you all,
Happy Quilting,

Monday, November 24, 2014

A moment on Monday With Nancy

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Bob and I are on our way to New Mexico to spend with family. Yay! We get to see a grandchild!
Of course Bob's way to New Mexico is through Denver so we can go to a Bronco game. And boy what a game it was too! Just a little cold but such an exciting game.
While driving I did get a project finished. A gift for a new baby.

Before we left I was able to finish a little disappearing 4 patch from a Marmalade charm pack by

How cute is that? ( I think it's now time to find a new pattern.)

We've been busy at the shop. Teresa should be back next week. We've been busy finding room for all the new fabric that has been coming in. I'm anxious to hear all the things Teresa has been up to in Australia. My mind is going all over the place with new projects and I have to use so much self control reminding myself of things I really need to finish before I can start something new. (well a couple anyway)

One thing I have always wanted to do was a Cathedral Window quilt.  I saw a few at Festival and it managed to stir that longing again.But can you blame me?

All done by hand
Its so colorful. I actually have a collection of fabrics 
I've started for this quilt. The colors aren't exactly the same...( It's in my closet.:)

Here's hoping you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. We all have so much to be thankful. I know I do. :) If you are traveling, safe travels. My very best to you all!

Happy Quilting,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We made it to Houston and closed 2014 Market. Now we are organizing and getting things ready for Festival.  We had a great trip down.

That was last Monday.  We were so tired and that's all I wrote before falling asleep.  We had a great Market and a wonderful time at festival.  We are traveling right now as I write and we are now in Oklahoma. (my home state.  We were able to stop on the way down and have lunch with my daughter Amy.

Then it was back on the road to Houston. Made it with minimal stops and on of those stops just had to be at Quilts on Main in Holton, Kansas.  (Of course nobody was there because it was at 10:30 p.m.)

Quilt market and Festival is always great. I was able to make lots of new friends and get lots of new ideas.  I'll be sharing some of those ideas with you in the next few weeks.  Teresa and I made it back home safely and was able to fit (don't ask me how) everything in the car and then some.

As you can see we had very little room or anything else.  

I'm looking forward to sharing all my "finds" with you all.  Until next week, Happy Quilting!

My very best to you all,

Monday, October 20, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy

Hello there.  What a week!'s here.....time for Fall Market and Festival in Houston.  Teresa and I will leave tomorrow after we close up the store.  We've been busy getting everything ready to go.

This is one of the kits we're taking with us. The kit has two yards of fabric cut into 3" squares
I love how she packaged it, complete with pattern.  We will be playing our traders dice again which is always a lot of fun.

Well this past week was Mardi and Me club.  They worked with drunkards path templates and Teresa demonstrated the coolest presser foot for curved piecing.  I just had to get one myself and am anxious to use it.  (I have a pickle dish kit in my closet)

This is the project Teresa demonstrated for Mardi and Me Club using that special presser foot.  How cool is that!

Tonight I'm getting a lasagne ready for Bob to bake while I'm gone. (That should last him a few days while I'm gone) The next time you hear from me will be from Texas.  I hope to have some really neat pictures to share with you. Until very best to you all.

Happy Quilting,

Monday, October 13, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy

Greetings! I sure hope everyone is doing well. Bob brought me home a treadmill so I now have no excuses for not getting in my walk.  People say that if you do something often enough it'll become a habit and you don't feel right if you don't do it. That's what I'm hoping for.

It's chilly and rainy out today. The perfect weather for a big pot of chile. Yum....have it on the stove now for dinner tonight.  Not one pot of my chile turns out the same. I'm always trying something different.  Maybe we should have a chile recipe swap. I'm always looking good chile recipes.

Another busy week!  Our church makes noodles every year and I finally had the opportunity to help today.  Bob and I went in this morning (a little late) and was promptly put to work.  It is quite a production  needing 25 volunteers, many pounds of flour and around 40 dozen eggs. They also have 10 drying racks set up. It is quite an operation.

We had a lot of fun helping this week and I hope we will be able to help out again. They'll bag up the noodles we made today tomorrow night after they have had a chance to dry.  They will be bagged and weighed and ready to sell.  $3.00 a bag, not a bad deal. :D

All last week I was determined to finish the sample for the new block of the month we will have starting in November.  I am happy to say that I did get it finished but I didn't have time to do the applique I wanted to do.  I just ran out of time.  But I still love it anyway. Let me know what you think.

I'm taking it in tomorrow to get quilted and then Teresa will be able to take a better picture.  It is really a sweet quilt.  Much more colorful than you can see in this picture.  I do hope you have a chance to see it and sign up for it.  Surprisingly there are no Y seams.  All straight sewing.  (I think I need to make a deadline for a few projects in my closet.  Maybe I'd get some more things completed. 

On that note, I think my moment is up and I should say goodnight.  May you all have a fantastic week! I know I plan to.

My very best to you all,
Happy quilting,

Monday, October 6, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy

My oh my what a wonderful week I had since I last spoke to y'all.  Where do I begin, I have so much to share.  I guess I'll start with the quilt show in Des Moines.  Last Wednesday I caught a ride to the show with Teresa.  Once again this year, like all the other years, show cased so much talent!  While I was walking through the vendor section, I ran into Janet Pittman!!!  The one and only.... the same Janet Pittman that wrote the book Colorful Quilts for Playful Kids with the Princess and Construction Zone patterns.  I just wasn't thinking clearly and missed a photo opportunity. (rats)
Of course I had to make a complete fool of myself and show her the pictures on my phone of those quilts of hers I made for grand kids. :)

I'm sure you all saw the pictures Teresa posted in her blog of some of the  beautiful quilts.  My pictures didn't come out nearly as good as hers. (she takes such good pictures)  Since  I didn't notice any pictures of  the special exhibit of classic cars and trucksfrom the Des Moines quilt guild show I thought I would share.  One of my favorites was the pink caddie at the Sweet Shop made by Janet Fogg.


All the piecing, shading and quilting just mesmerized me!  Quilting is a lot like golf to me....very humbling!!
I was only able to go to the show just one day since Bob and I were going to hit the road and go to Colorado for the week end.  I wanted to get some sewing done on the block of the month and I have actually started sewing it together.  Really is looking good.  I'll share pictures of that next week. (maybe)

Bob and I took off on Friday to go to Colorado Springs to the Air Force Academy for the Air Force/Navy football game.  That place is so amazing. No matter how many times I see everthing it always feels like the first time seeing it. The pictures just don't seem to do it any justice!
Me and Bob on the trail to the chapel 

This is a partial picture of the prayer bench that  lines the alter in the chapel. They were needlepoint made by the
officers wives that were stationed at the Academy years ago.  They are really quite beautiful.

Unfortunately my pictures in the chapel didn't turn out so good. And of course I just realized I didn't gett any pictures of anything else. :(   We had a great time at the game and the best part.....
Air Force beat Navy!  Yay Air Force!!

Sunday we drove on up to Denver to go to a Bronco game.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Moment on Monday with Nancy

Well....another nice week end.  If this keeps up I'm going to be expecting the week ends to always be nice. :)  Bob and I hosted a fun afternoon with our church family.  Roasted hot dogs and had lots of sides to share.  Bob even hooked up the trailer to the jeep and took everyone on a  hayrack ride. (sort of)  (dang....I should have taken pictures)  Lucy was in hog heaven (I mean dog heaven)....those hot dogs kept falling off the grill for some reason.

I got a few things accomplished this past week.  (sigh)  I'm plugging right along on the sample for the block of the month.  It sure is going to be a pretty one.  Here is a sampling of the blocks. I can't wait for y'all to see them in person!

This happens to be my new favoite block.