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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Holy Fabric Cutting, Batman!!!

A few months back I sold two machines... the Juki I never used and a Featherweight I picked up at an auction.  Having done so I purchased something I would use... an Accuquilt Studio Cutter.

This thing is heavy!!!!




They had a starter kit with the die sizes I wanted so I jumped on it.

Of course now, I have to find a place to set it up.

This room is not going to grow no matter how much I wish it would.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A year....

well, almost a year.

One whole year with out a post, and so much has happened in a year.  Where to begin.



We have temporary custody of our grandson, Eddie.  Our daughter is fine, just her life is a little nuts right now.  Grandpa and I have put our lives on hold to raise him and while yes, we wish we still had the freedom to come and go as we please we know that this situation is what is best for him.  We love him to death.

My school life has gotten better in some ways and not so in others.  A change in administration was good, much more support is felt.  However the environment of public education is what it is and I won't go ranting on that now.

My quilting life is spent in small bits and pieces.  During the school year not much gets done.  Having a two year old in the house doesn't allow me time to sit and hand piece nor do I get time in the sewing room unless he is napping (see statement about freedom in the first paragraph).  So I do what I can.  I have a few tops that need bordered and quilted.  One is currently with my long-arm friend, Donna, and I have two baby quilts that need quilted and bound...one is headed across the pond to Scotland.

So I am going to give this blog jump start the old college try and make a go of it again.  I hope that many of the people who were following me are still around and we can reconnect.  If not, then perhaps new friends will be found.

Have a great day!

Nancy


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The latest addition....

My husband and I have taken to vintage quilts.  We love to go antique looking and I am the one that usually hunts out the quilts.

This week we traveled to Williamsburg, VA to pick up our daughter Abby. She had an internship at the Virginia Shakespeare Festival at William and Mary and needed a little help bringing things back.  So during the course the world-wind visit, Kevin and I visited Dovetail Antiques and the Williamsburg Antique Mall.








This is what came home with us.  I love hexagons and find myself drawn to these quilts more than any other when we visit antique shops and malls.  So far we have found a couple of hexagon quilts/tops with the more 'traditional' green path, one with a purple path, and one with a black path.  This one, with its light yellow path, really called to me.  It is a summer quilt - no batting in there.  And some of the hexagons still hold their basting stitches.

Love it!!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Skype and Sew.....


There is something tremendously motivating about sewing with someone else in the room.... even if that someone else is on the computer screen and lives 1000 miles away.

Thanks so much Amy!! I had a great time.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

T-shirt quilt

I've always thought t-shirt quilts were cool and thought, one day, I would make one.  Never did I think it would be as a memorial for a former student.  His mother taught at the nursery school my twins attended and her son was there also.  I had the opportunity to be his teacher in High School for World Cultures.

Unfortunately he was in an accident in January of his senior year which proved fatal.  Chris was a great young man and I know he would have accomplished great things.

So I ask his mother for some of his shirts.  It has taken me two and a half years - mostly because I did not have a comfortable experience with this project.  I doubt I will make another one... but I am glad that the one I made was in honor of Chris.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Ok, break time is over....

Howdy all... I've taken my leisurely break from blogging and I know I need to get back to it.  So much has been happening this summer and we have traveled more this summer than we have in the past.  Taking kids here and there, taking a vacation (just hubby and me... so does that count as a second honeymoon?), and getting caught up on quilting.

I have an urge to try my hand at crochet.  And of course I never start with anything easy.  I want to try and make washclothes with crochet cotton.  And then I found this:


There is a tutorial at Once Upon a Pink Moon.   They would look so lovely in the sewing room.  Just what I need, another thing on my list.

With all of the traveling I have been busy working on my half-inch hexagons in the car.  Slowly but surely this is getting bigger and bigger and I'm wondering when it will be too much to work with while riding in the front seat.

The trip to Vermont allowed me to bring home my grandmother's treadle.  My sister no longer wanted it.  So now it is in the basement waiting for hubby to clean up and get it working.




Thank you all for being patient.  I just wasn't feeling like I had anything to say that didn't have to do with school and teaching - and that subject usually ends up with a negative twist.

So I hope everyone is enjoying their quilting time.  See you soon!






Saturday, May 3, 2014

Things change..

I'm afraid I'm not very good at blogging anymore.  I don't have a lot of time and really don't think I have anything interesting to say.  So I've decided it is time to make a change.  What that change is going to be I'm not sure.  I have to think on this... do I take the blog down or do I start fresh with something new.

I'll keep you posted.