Monday, October 20, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy

Hello there.  What a week!  And.....it'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 then....my very best to you all.

Happy Quilting,
Nanc

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. 
Hmmmm......)

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,
Nancy


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.



Awsome....Right?

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.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy

Happy first day of Fall everyone!!  It's hard to believe I'm saying that.  Where did the time go?

I had one of my all time best weekends and I just have to share with you all.  Spent Friday, Saturday and most of Sunday with a few friends at the Quilters Cottage in Woodbine.  What a delight!  It was such a relaxing time and got a lot of sewing done. yay!  I can't wait to show you what projects I found in my closet! It was a little hard deciding what to bring.....but I think I made a good choice.  I only had time to work on three things....so little time.
I found these blocks in my closet and was able
to put them togetherr.  Nice design wall at the cottage.
As soon as I get the borders on it will be ready to quilt.
Women of Courage Block of the Month

Monday, September 15, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy

Can you believe September is halfway over? Where does the time go?
I had a fantabulous weekend. In laws from Texas were in town to go to the Fall Festival in Walnut. Spent Saturday with them looking at everything and was able to see a few things I didn't know existed! It's funny how much more you see when you are looking through someone else's views. ;) Wish I would have thought to take more pictures. They found plenty and found lots of bargains and even more important they were able to fit everything in their car to take back home.

Look at this cool zebra lamp I found.


All was not lost in the project room this week end. Hubby went off to Denver to a ball game and I quickly locked the door and got busy in my sewing room. A sneak peek at the Block of the month for November.

it is kinda blurry.....I'll be sure and let you see my progress as I go along.  


Tomorrow I'm at the shop.  I'm really looking forward to see what has come in since last week. 
This week-end I will be going to a retreat at Teresa's cottage.  I had better get into my closet and pull something out.  That might be a fun surprise to share with y'all next week. :D

Have a most wonderful week and as always...happy quilting.
my best to you all,
Nancy

Monday, September 8, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy September 8, 2014

Holy Cow!!! How did this happen....??? It's September, what ever happened to August? And where did the summer go? It doesn't look like there is going to be an Indian Summer and I just don't know if I'm ready to start complaining about how cold it is. It seems like tomatoes just started turning red and now it's time to start getting things ready for winter.  Just when my trip to the State Fair inspired me to try gardening and it's time to shut things down.  (I even got the neatest gardening hat)
I have been able to get one project completed this week.  The perfect bag to take to the pool.  (now it has to be the indoor pool) I've been meaning to make this bag ever since Teresa got this fabric in and I finally did it!
How cute it that?!  The picture doesn't do it justice, it's such a cute fabric.


I guess I am kinda looking forward to the weather turning cool.  Maybe then I'll feel more like getting into my sewing room (extra bedroom) and get some projects completed.  I have this closet in there that I put shelving up all around it.  I live in a hundred year old house so none of the closets are very big. I always say I'm not going to start on one more project until I get something finished in this closet.  Projects that are halfway done,  projects still in the dream stage  and projects not even thought of yet line my shelves.  The following picture is not for the faint of heart....

I'm  impressed by those people who say they always finish a project before they start another project. That would take such disipline.  I don't think their closet would look like this.  I haven't given  up hope though that someday I will succeed in getting projects finished.  There are some awesome projects in there. Trust me.

Until next week....happy quilting.

My very best to you all
Nancy