Monday, August 18, 2014

Moments on Monday with Nancy August 18, 2014

What at week!!!  I wasn't able to get much sewing done because we were so busy doing other to the Iowa State Fair!!!  I am always so amazed at that place when I go.  If you have never been before, try and make it. It really is so worth the trip. I think I have a daughter talked into going next year and she lives in Oklahoma. (we'll get to that later)  Bob and I rode the motorcycle with another couple to the fair on Thursday and what a perfect day it was.  It turned out to be not too hot and the traffic wasn't bad.  The quilts were awesome and there were many.  I also was interested in all the needlework projects, so much talent to be seen.
People still make clothes? 
just a few of the quilts much to look at.

I love the Fair Isle knit hats. They were beautiful.
And this was just in ONE building. (upstairs)  Of course I looked at a lot of other neat stuff too and got to see part of the Talent Show. The plants inspired me so much I am now convinced to get into gardening.  (I have never liked to garden)
What a great day at the fair.  Looking forward to going again next year.

That was on Thursday and then on Friday, I was minding my own business getting a glass of tea (recovering from the day at the fair) and I just happened to look out the window and noticed that someone had driven up.  The young lady standing beside her  car and stretching  just happened to look just like my granddaughter that lives in Oklahoma City...what is going on!  I hightail it outside to find my daughter and my grandson and the surprise was mine!!  They had driven up for the week end to surprise me and that they did.  What a fun week end, of course we had to go to the zoo. 
At the zoo.  I think the whole week end was even a big hit for this guy.
He loved the quilt I was working on.  Finished up sewing on the
label while they were here. We were even able to get in some cards
which my granddaughter enjoys beating up on the old folk.

So today it is back to reality.  I am up in my sewing room where I am fixing to start cutting out the pieces for the new block of the month that begins in November.  It is going to be so pretty and so sweet.  All those tiny little flowers.  I have had people tell me that they aren 't even flower people and they love this quilt.  It's just a sweet quilt.  I have a really helpful set up and can get the pieces cut out and labeled.
This makes it very helpful.  When I'm ready to work on a square, I feel like
I get to go shopping and pick out the pieces I need to make that block. :0

Monday, August 11, 2014

Moments on Monday August 11, 2014

What a week!!!!  Not much quilt project working but was able to get in some family time this week end. There was a lot of much needed rain this week that I'm sure was really appreciated by the farmers. It sure is green around here making lots of opportunities to use the mowers.
We had a great time Saturday with the grandkids.  Grandpa was able to get the mower wagon out and haul the kids around.  What squeels of delight we heard from those two. (or should I say three) I think Grandpa enjoyed it every bit as much as the kids did.

I was able to get the binding sewn on the truck quilt that I made for my grandson. I seem to have a struggle sometimes with choosing the binding.  One time on a quilt, I had chosen a binding without much thoought, pretty routine. Got the binding cut and pressed and as I was sewing it on, I decided I didn't like it at all and went with something else. (what do you do with yards of binding? I'm sure something will present itself to me)  Several years ago I bought a few yards of a black and white striped fabric.  In fact it was one of those deals to finish off the bolt. Even at the time I didn't know what I was going to do with it but bought it anyway. I have been having more fun with that striped fabric and have put it in several projects. The latest being the truck quilt.  No matter what color of fabric I put up next to the edge, nothing seemed right. So out came the black and white stripe. I love it!  It just seems right to me. 
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This proves that when you see that piece of fabric that you really like, and just have to 
have, but don't have any idea or reason to buy it; the project will find it. Maybe not immediately
but sooner or later.

Until next week....wishing you the very best.
Happy quilting,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Moments on Monday August 4, 2014

AUGUST!!!!  Where did the summer go?  I've been just minding my own business and all of a sudden it's August!  My oh my....what's a person to do.?@#!

I thought I would get a jump on things and start planning a small little family reunion with the kids, their spouses and their kids.  Only the place I wanted to go is already booked for next summer. So now I have to start all over....Anyone have any suggestions?

Been busy getting caught up on a few projects, one of which are these baby wash clothes I've been making for new babies.  I used a white towel and cut 6" squares and used scraps of pastel fabrics for the binding.  Teresa's quilt binding 101 tutorial sure comes in handy. :)  I like to have some of these on hand because they do make a nice addition to a baby gift.

I have a new project for work!!!!  I love new projects!  Teresa will be starting a new Block of the Month in November and I get to make the sample.  It is going to be so pretty....look at the first block.

I'll write more about the blocks and my processes in the coming weeks.  I'm really enjoying the challenge.  It looks like it could really be hard, but the secret....there are NO "Y" seams. ;)  More to come next week.

Tomorrow I have the Running Stitchers Club at the shop and I'm working on Janice Vaines' fans out of her Embroidery & Patchwork Revisited book. 
There are 36 blocks and each block will have embroidery on them.  I am really looking forward to learning all the different stitches. The blocks are sewn together and then embroidered on like a crazy 
quilt.  This will definitely be an on going project.  I am really surprise that the piecing isn't taking that long to do.  However I'm sure the embroidery will take longer.

It's time to get supper started so I'd better sign off.  Chicken on the grill.  It always amazes me when the husband grills and it sounds like he cooked dinner.  Someone has to get the meat ready and the side dishes made...hmm....Until next week...
My very best to you all...
Happy Quilting,

Monday, July 28, 2014

Moments on Monday July 28, 2014

Hey there!  We just got back from Ragbrai late Saturday night and it's taking me a while to adjust to living like a normal person again. Sleeping in a tent for 6 nights is nothing I would like to make permanent. But it was a lot of fun and it's wonderful to be  back home.

Isn't this crazy?  There were so many people all week long. My three riders made it safe and sound.

Bob and I had a great time hanging out at the concert in Mason City Wednesday night. The crowd is amazing and it wasn't too hot.

Had a great time during the week but I only got to visit two quilt shops and didn't have a chance to work on any projects. Poor me!!! But I did manage to find two new projects to work on soon. :) 

I'm anxious to get to the quilt shop tomorrow and see what new things Teresa has added.  I would love to see what y'all have been working on. (or at least hear about it) 

Until next time...happy quilting,  Nancy 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Moments on Monday July 14, 2014

Hi everyone!  Hope everyone had a good week.  I know I did!  I had three projects  on my list of things I wanted to get done before RAGBRAI  next week and I got them all done.!!  Imagine that. Sounds like a reason to celebrate to me. ;)

Remember last week I told you I'd have pictures of my latest quilt....Well ..... I have it ready to put on the quilter. :) This quilt is from the same book as the Princess Quilt from last week, Colorful Quilts for Playful Kids by Janet Pittman. I had such a fun time putting this together with the different characters driving the vehicles.  This is for my grandson's second birthday.  (any excuse to make a quilt) Teresa and I will look for a cute themed motif for the quilter to quilt this.  I'm anxious to get it quilted.  He not only loves trucks (like most two year olds) but he LOVES Dora, so it should be fun to see his reaction. :)

Tomorrow I get to visit a grade school friend who is on her way from Oklahoma City to Sioux Falls.  She is an avid Snoopy collector and guess what I have in my stash?!!!....Yep...Snoopy fabric complete with a little Woodstock.  Teresa has the free pillowcase pattern on her web site and I thought that would be a perfect project to sew up in honor of our meeting! ;) 

I wish I would have taken some pictures of the beautiful new fabric Teresa has gotten in at the shop. All I can say is OMG!!! is it ever beautiful. She has some fun stuff in too!  Like this bicycle fabric that I made the cutest bag out of...(third project)

We are finally getting caught up with our quilting in the shop and actually have a quicker turn around time than we normally have.  That's good for you who have a project you need to have quilted soon.

Next week I will be driving the Sag Wagon on RAGBRAI.  For those of you who don't know what RAGBRAI is, it's a bicycle ride that a bunch of crazy people go on that takes them across the state of Iowa.  It usually starts in a town that is located on the Missouri on the West side of the state and ends up on a town that is on the Mississippi on the East side of the state. It lasts the entire week and I will be driving the support vehicle.  (I find the camp sight, yes I said camp complete with tents)  Hopefully I will be able to share some fun pictures with you at our next meeting.

Until next very best to you all,    Nancy

Monday, July 7, 2014

Moments on Monday

Hello everyone! Nancy here and I'm back! Actually I never left but crazy busy just like everyone else. I'm working on my fourth quilt since January and if that isn't enough to keep me busy, Teresa has upped and moved the shop! But I'm sure y'all know that already.

First I want to talk about me and what I have been doing at home. Like I said, I have finished some quillts and a table runner with matching napkins just in time for the Fourth of July! Imagine that!  I was able to put to good use Teresa's 60 degree angle table runner pattern. How cute is that?!!!

Last October at Quilt Market in Houston, I came across a book by Janet Pittman with the cutest patterns.  I couldn't resist the Paisley Princess quilt that I made for my two year old granddaughter Lola.  (she's such the diva)
I think it was a hit!

OK.....enough about me and what I've been up to at home, now let's get on to the good stuff.
If you haven't been to the new shop, you should really try and make it out.  It's such a beautiful drive and Teresa is always getting in new things.   I'm working one day a week and one Saturday a month which makes it like Christmas sometimes.  Last week we got in seven boxes!! There was some really gorgeous fabric.  I can't wait to see what we're going to do with it all.  What fun!

                                                The new Janice Vaine books are in!!!!!!!!

 I've been practicing my fans that Janice demonstrates by using the back basting method of appliqué for the Running Stitcher club.
 I'm looking forward to getting started on the embroidery stitches that Janice so clearly illustrates throughout her book.  We meet the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00 to whenever. (usually it's until 3:00 or 4:00) If you are at all interested in crazy quilting or are working on any hand work, come learn with us.  We would love to have you join us.  If you can make it, please give us a call so we'll know how many to expect.

Well....I'd better get busy here.  It was fun visiting with you. I just started another project, another appliqué. I'll have pictures next week. See you then!

                                                               My best to you all,    Nancy

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Women of the Bible Pattern Series Begins

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