Monday, December 22, 2014

A moment on Monday with Nancy

My oh my!  Where has the time gone?  I've been so busy getting things ready for Christmas I haven't even had a chance to check in with all of you.  But then y'all may not have had a chance to check in with me either.  I truly do love this time of year.  More so this year than in times past.  Must be that getting older helps you to look at things a lot differently.  There are times when I actually believe I know whats really important and let everything else go.  Which brings me to my next paragraph!

You all know what the holidays are like.  You have a room (or two) thats falling down around you and you are oblivious to it because you are focussed on what is really important.....Like making your first ever....wait for it....SOCK MONKEY! I have had so much fun making this one that I am convinced that the next ones will even be better because I won't have such a time restraint.



Ready to wrap up for grandson in Colorado. :)





I know that sock monkeys aren't the most important thing in life, but yesterday for me it was. The time I spent making that monkey brought me real joy. :)

Here's to hoping you all the Merriest of Christmas's!!!! 

My best to you all,
Happy Quilting,
Nancy




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 are....me 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,
Nancy


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
Moda.

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,
Nancy









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,
Nancy


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







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 things....like....going 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 ...so 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,
Nancy





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,
Nancy






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)
FUN...FUN....FUN


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 time....my very best to you all,    Nancy