Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Slow and steady wins the race....

I've decided that I need to think about me with my quilting and not worry about deadlines, steps, keeping track of yardage, etc.  So I have been busy trying to get a few things moving.

#1... Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice.  This is the extent of my mystery participation so far.  Honestly, I haven't finished Easy Street , last year's mystery quilt, so I am really not in the mood to start another.

#2 ... Cutting out spool pieces.  This was Bonnie's leader/ender challenge a couple of years ago.  I managed to get 729 different Bowties (the previous challenge) so what the heck!! Yep... 729 different spool fabrics.... and NO NO NO.. the there are not 729 different backgrounds.  Checking myself in to the psych ward was not on the holiday agenda.

#3... binding.  I have a couple of quilts that need binding.  This one is Beth's film fabric quilt made over Bonnie Hunter's "Jared Takes a Wife" pattern.  I love this pattern... thematic and scrappy all at the same time.

So to you and yours a Happy Holiday season.  We will be moving Erin and her family from Paoli, PA to Clarksburg, WV this weekend, so the baby of the world will be staying with Nana for a day or two.

Quilty Hugs!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It was all Kevin's idea.....

Absolutely Beautiful
Kevin called me at school yesterday while I was eating lunch and told me that there was an estate sale starting at 2 pm and there were quilts listed.  He was off work yesterday having planned to retrieve a child from college. Anyway, I said I'd meet him there after school and take a look.

I couldn't leave them behind.

Has a Poly-cotton  feel... but I loved it anyway

A summer quilt - top and back, quick-line machine 'quilted'

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Leader/Ender Spools

I did it, I broke down and did it.  I started going through my 1.5-inch strip drawer and cutting pieces for Bonnie Hunter's leader/ender Spool challenge from last year... or was it two years ago.  Doesn't matter, I'm doing it.

As with the previous bowtie challenge, I am trying not to duplicate.  I have about 170 cut so far, just out of my strip drawer.  I'm not sure I'm going to be able to get 729 this time (that's how many bowties I have) because this time I'm not using the light strips.  I plan on using a Kona natural as the background so that my eyes have a place to rest with all the patterns, colors, and textures of the dark fabrics.

Of course, there is yardage to cut into yet.  It's just a matter of finding the time.

Our oldest daughter, Erin, received a new clerk position with a Federal magistrate in West Virginia, so Nana and Grandpa will be on full-time baby duty over most of Thanksgiving while they look for a place to live.  We will get the job again around Christmas as they have to get moved so she can start her new job on December 30.  It's an odd time to move, and I am hoping that they don't hit any major snow in the WVA mountains.

Here's the latest picture of Eddie and Grandpa.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Been a while.......

Left this behind today in Berkley Springs , WVA....way beyond my budget.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Giving myself permission

I have been really busy with school stuff.  Everything I didn't get done over the summer I am doing now... one step ahead of where I need to be.  It was my choice to push school work aside to deal with family issues and even though I ***** and moan sometimes I deal with it.

I played hook from Sundae Quilters today... I just couldn't bring myself to pack up stuff and leave the house another day.  I wanted to stay here with Kevin and just be me.  So after working most of the morning on stuff for school, I gave myself permission to sew a little.  I turned on Quilt Cam that was archived from a week or so ago, pulled out the cheddar bowties, and started putting blocks together.  I got 12 blocks done!!!! I couldn't believe it.  This is the first fabric manipulation I have done in over a month.

Thanks Bonnie... having the opportunity to watch Quilt Cam and sew 'with you' when I find the time means the world to me.

Have a great day!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

My weekend....

Kevin and I were out and about yesterday.  He had a friend make a sack coat for his Civil War re-enacting and had to meet her at Needle and Thread in Fairfield.  So there I went... kicking and screaming to a fabric shop (one of my favorites by the way).  I did get a couple of pieces, one to add to the 30s stash and two that are already purposed for the future.

Afterward we went antique looking in Emmitsburg, MD and Hanover, PA.  There were a lot of pretty quilts but I didn't bring any home.

We then drove north to Carlisle and on the way stopped at Peter's Orchard.  SOOOO much fruit.  I bought a half bushel of apples and this morning I processed 11 quarts of applesauce.  I haven't canned in ages and forgot how much I really enjoy the satisfaction of doing the job and knowing what is in it (or not in it).

When we got to Carlisle we decided to visit Bedford Street Antiques and low and behold the quilt that has been tempting me for three months was still there and still on sale.  Kevin looked at me and said "Get it... you've been thinking about it for a while." I LOVE THAT MAN!!!!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend too!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Catchin' Up....

The first week of school is done and I have survived.  I have a good feeling about this year's group.  There are a few squirrels but that is normal for 8th grade.

To top off the end of the week, Erin, Lester, and Eddie came to visit for the day.  I so needed some Nana love.  I miss him so much and would love to be able to be Nana all the time.

Now I'm trying to convince grandpa he and I need to go out for ice cream :)

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

This is me

Four days before school starts.....

Friday, August 16, 2013

How to spend a beautiful day with the hubby.....

Kevin took the day off today.  Our plan... to visit Needle and Thread near Gettysburg and get fabric to border my Easy Street mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter.  Kevin found a piece of fabric that he can use to make a vest for his re-enacting.

Then we went to look at antiques.  We spent some time in New Oxford at a couple of shops.  Lots of pretty quilts and very expensive price tags.  One quilt was a pieced Bear Paw and the tag said applique.  A couple of older quilts had been machine quilted over the applique... what a shame.  But overall they were pretty to look at.  I particularly liked the red and white quilt, especially the two 'mistake' blocks in it.

In another shop, there was a 1908 shuttle bobbin Singer Treadle.  It was in rough shape, some rust and would need work.  The price tag was way too high to bring home.  I hope someone adopts it and enjoys it.

Finally on the way home, we went by a yard sale and Kevin said "there is a black machine sitting in the yard."  We turned around around there was a 1956 Singer 201.  It needs cleaned up, and honestly I'm not sure what to do with it.  It still has the cabinet hinges attached to it.  I knew that at 3:45 in the afternoon they would most likely be open to an offer.... so $10 later, it came home.  I'm thinking of calling him Sputnik.

Erin, Lester, and Eddie will be here for a visit tomorrow.  My Nana arms are aching for some baby love.

Hope you had a great day!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pre-cuts for sale

I have decided to part with my most of my pre-cuts.  So, if you are interested, please leave a comment or email me at nabender62@gmail.com and I will get the shipping figured out at the post office and then send you a request for payment through Paypal.  I must have your email address to request the payment.  If you do not use Paypal and need to send me a money order that is fine. Email me and I can send you my address information.  US Shipping only please.

Strawberry Fields Jelly Roll $18 each + shipping

Happy Camper Jelly Roll $16 + shipping   SOLD

Boutique by Chez Moi Jelly Roll $16 + shipping   SOLD

Bali Pop Mint Chip $16 + shipping

Crazy 8 Honey Bun $13 + shipping

Nostalgia Honey Bun $13 + shipping
Portabello Market Jelly Roll $12 + shipping  SOLD

Breath of Avignon Jelly Roll $18 + shipping

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Flea Marketing with my honey....

Kevin and I intended to go to an estate auction this morning, but when we got there there were box lots and box lots of a lot of nothing.  The only thing I found interesting was a British made Singer Spartan... but, since I wasn't finding the quilts that were advertised and he wasn't seeing anything worth wanting, we decided to leave.

Since the day had been blocked out for us to spend together, we traveled south to a couple of flea markets and did some exploring.

This quilt came home with me.  As Linus said, "I think it just needs a little love."  There is some wear in the fabric, and the binding is shot, but for the price I couldn't leave it there.

The treadle.... well if I dated it correctly by the serial number, it is an 1871 shuttle bobbin Singer.  I am waiting to hear back from the dealer if there is any wiggle room on the price.  It even had the wooden 'box top' or whatever it's called.  Kevin just gave me the 'we have two' look, but I've never seen one this old.  There was another treadle behind it, but I didn't take all the stuff off of it and open it.

Of course the most important part of the day is that our grandson, Eddie, is one month old today.  Don't you love this picture.  He just knows how cute he is.

Hope you had a wonderful day too!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

English Paper Piecing Group on Facebook

I started a group on Facebook today for people who are working on English Paper Piecing or are interested in it.  The name of the group is English Paper Piecers.  If you are on Facebook and would like to be a part, please look us up.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Epic save...

I've gone back to hand-quilting on the Sun Bonnet Sue lap quilt I'm making for Abby.  She wanted it hand quilted... and honestly I think a pattern like this is one that demands hand-quilting.

Last night I made that 'kick myself in the head' mistake... I went to snip the thread tail and snipped a hole in one of the dresses.  UGH!!!! (of course what I said should not be printed here).

I tried to satin stitch it with green thread... it looked like crap.  Of course Abby said she didn't care.. but I did.

So tonight I carefully took the mangled dress of the quilt and got ready to make another dress.

I got the box of 30's prints out and made a new dress and sleeve.  The sleeve was created first, stitched to the hand, then all of that was stitched to the dress.  The dress was basted to the freezer paper and pinned on.

Everything went well and Ta-Da!!!!!  The quilt is saved.  Tomorrow we begin to hand quilt again.

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The most awesome Grandpa.....

That about sums it up

While driving in Lanacaster .....

We are on our way to visit Erin, Lester and Eddie and what pulls past and then in front of us but the giant Turkey Hill cow.  If only that were a giant tub of ice cream.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 2, 2013

20 days....

Our first two inservice days are in 20 days.... so I'm trying to think of what I want to accomplish in the next three weeks.

I made a list of projects that are in various stages of completion.  I have been, for some unknown reason, avoiding the completion of Bonnie Hunter's mystery Easy Street.  I have no explanation for avoiding it.  It just gets pushed aside.  So today I have it laid out on the floor and if I accomplish nothing else today it will be putting the blocks together... oh and to make a peach pie.

Since I cannot get into my classroom until Tuesday as they are scrubbing and waxing the hallways, I am not going to apply too much effort to school work.  I want to go in to school so I am immersed in 'the zone'.  I concentrate better in there.  I also have to go through my classroom library and pull out books that are either too young or never circulate and offer them to other teachers.

I know some of you, or your children, have started school.  A former student and her family just recently moved to Indiana and started school yesterday.  They have a really interesting calendar... 9 weeks on, two weeks off.  I think that would be awesome, but I don't see it happening here.

So to all of you I wish you a pleasant day.  Kevin and I are headed out tomorrow to see Erin, Lester, and Eddie (aka "The Baby of the World"). Nana needs some baby love before school starts.

Quilty Hugs!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Etsy v Amazon

After combing through my collection of quilt books, I have two stacks ready to sell.  Now my question is whether to put them on Etsy or Amazon.  Would I reach more quilters through Etsy and advertising on my blog?  Decisions, decisions.

Input is appreciated.  Thanks so much.

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Finding a balance (VERY DEEP)

I'm not good at that.  When I do something I want to do it 100% and be the best I can be.  I also know that being 100% spot on all the time is an unrealistic expectation, but I continue to try and then beat myself up over the fact that I'm not perfect.

Too deep for you?  I'm sorry.  I'm in a funk, and right now I need to talk/cry it out.

I love teaching.  I love working with kids.  But anymore, I am not happy.  I'm tired of working in a profession that is blamed for the ills of our nation.  I'm tired of working in a profession that is being used as a political pawn..... politicians making a test that students must pass and if they don't it's the teacher's fault.  I can't make a child do his/her homework, I can't make him/her study, I can't make him/her read, I can't insure that he/she will be in the right frame of mind to take an exam... let alone the high stakes tests.   But when the child fails... it's my fault.  So the state's answer is rush head-long into adopting the common core standards, only to now put them on hold... but still say we will be using a new test in two years... but we don't know what the standards are... but we have to be ready... but we don't know for what..... UGH!!!!!

Needless to say my attitude is bleeding over into other things.  I am not finding any joy in working with my fabric.  I can't focus on it  I can't figure out what project I want to work on... if anything.

I am also worried about my grandson.  Suddenly he is not doing well with his eating and sleeping.  Erin is taking him to a new pediatrician who has brought up the possibility of reflux.  I wish I were closer to them.  I would love to be a Nana 100% of the time.... see, beating myself up again.

I apologize to anyone who is offended by this post.  It's my blog and I feel I should be able to express my feelings/thoughts on it.  The delete button is on your keyboard... feel free to use it.  Right now I want to crawl into a dark space and close the door.

Have a good day!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

To be a Nana...

Abby, Beth, and Kevin came and visited a day
I am home after a week of being with Erin, her partner Lester, and my new grandson, Eddie.  He is a good baby... making all of those adjustments that new babies make.  I hated to leave but I have to have faith that the new mom and dad will learn to trust their instincts and realize that yes, they will make mistakes and think they are the worst parents in the world.

 The most important thing I told them was to realize that their lives, their routines, their needs, wants, and normality...well it is all on hold for a while.  Everything revolves around this new baby.

The funny part of the week was watching this squirrel try and stay cool with everyone else last week.

I miss my baby boy.  No one in my house is crying for Nana.  It feels so quiet here.

Friday, July 19, 2013

More baby love.....

He 's so cute! Or have I shared that with you already?

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I'm in love........

I finally got to Paoli around 1:30 in the afternoon yesterday.  The traffic around Lancaster was totally NUTS!!!!

Anyway, I was fine, until I got to the sign-in desk on the maternity floor and then the tears started flowing.  I walked in, gave Erin a big hug and kiss, gave Lester a hug and then ....... Baby smells!  Baby cries!  Baby love!

Yes I know, I shouldn't have held him for three hours.  But he was soooooooooooooooo cuddly.  And, apparently, he prefers the bottle, and this is the most he has eaten and slept since he was born.  Needless to say, that helped Erin relax a great deal.

They come home from the hospital today.  I will be staying with them until the 18th, then I head home for Abby's tonsillectomy on the 19th.

Have a great day!