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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.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

The weekend with Eddie

We had quite the whirlwind visit with Erin, Lester, and Eddie.  Lester's birthday isn't until September, but I couldn't wait and gave him his quilt early.  Eddie, the little squirt, wouldn't sleep in his Pack-n-Play so we 'camped out' on the living room floor surrounded by quilts.  And in between, he enjoyed going to Red Robin and playing with Grandpa.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Who needs to sew when the Baby of the World is here!!!

This is my grandson, Eddie, who we have not seen in three months!!!!  I'll let the pictures do the talking.



Where has the time gone???

Well it has been a while since my last post.  So much for my resolution.  I have been busy with school and the annual season of testing.  All of the teacher/quilters out there know what I mean.

I haven't done much in the way of piecing or quilting. My husband had to meet some friends over in Fairfield (near Gettysburg) at Needle and Thread so he could be fitted for a coat for his re-enacting and well... he FORCED me to go with him and well.... yes, I had to bring some things home.

Today we are awaiting a visit from the grandson (oh and his mom and dad too).  So I'm going to try and sneak in a little sewing time and watch an archived Quilt Cam from Bonnie Hunter.  I manage to get quite a bit done with her talking in the background.

Have a great day!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us.....

Yesterday was our 28th anniversary and we spent the day antiqueing.  The first quilt is one we saw in Dover,PA a couple of months ago.  I love the plates and the cheddar... and the border... AWESOME!  We left it there, but Kevin picked it up on the way home from Dover, DE in February.



The pink basket quilt we found yesterday in Hagerstown, MD.  I love all of the detail in the quilting.  Kevin actually made the decision to bring her home before I said anything.

Getting ready for Mother Nature's last Hurrah of the season.  Hoping the first day of Spring brings some warmer temps.

Have a great day!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Cleaning up and remembering the journey...

Today is a day that, under our contract, we earn in exchange for the conference time done after school hours in November.  If Snowmageddon had to happen, I'm glad it happened yesterday so many of us, and the students, get a five-day weekend.

I have been meaning to take some time and clean out some of the drawers in my sewing room. In a way, its a reflection on my journey as a quilter.  I am amazed at how much I have evolved over the last 20 years.  My first piece, a wall-hanging, was done after the stillbirth of our son.  It hangs in the kitchen and is a constant reminder that quilting, for me at least, is a form of therapy and relaxation.

On the more humorous side, I find myself thinking how many times I "jumped on the bandwagon" so to speak.  I have a drawer full of rulers, gizmos and gadgets that I had to have and have never used or do not use anymore.  I'm not really sure what to do with them.  So after clearing out somethings that did go in the trash, I was able to rearrange the contents of many of the drawers and make access to things more user friendly while taking the things I don't use and putting them in other drawers.  Needless to say there are now empty drawers that while could be filled with new 'stuff' will remain empty.

Perhaps some time soon some of these rulers, gizmos, and gadgets will be put up for sale on the blog.  I'm not sure though as I have not had too much success with selling my no longer needed books and fabric.  We'll see.  They aren't harming anyone or anything by sitting in a new drawer.  Perhaps they are admiring their new home (personification at its best... that would be the English teacher in me).

So I sit in my sewing room contemplating my journey, watching the trees move in the wind,  grateful that the sun is at least melting away some of the snow from yesterday and patiently wait the next round of snow due to arrive over night.  It's only a small storm, 2-5" predicted... the light powdery stuff that is easy to push off... to where who knows.. we are running out of room as I am sure others are as well.

Have a wonderful day quilt friends.  Take a moment and drive down memory lane.  It is amazing what memories there are.

Quilty Hugs,

Nancy


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Another Sew Day....

Snowmageddon has stopped for now, thank goodness.  So while it snowed, I sewed.



I started this project last summer, and decided I needed to finish things, or at least move them along, before turning to another start.  It's called Anita's Arrowhead and was in Quiltmaker Magazine in 2011.  The fabric is Moda's Dogwood line from a couple of years ago. I love Dogwood trees... but have yet to be brave enough to plant one.

I am moving slow and steady so that the pieces truly fit and they are squared down (as Bonnie would say) to the correct dimension as the pattern calls for.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day.

Nancy

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!!

I love using the crock pot.. I just don't always get to use it during the week.  I leave for school by 6:15 am.. and finding a recipe that I can start that early that won't be all dried out by the time hubby gets home is sometimes difficult.

But I think I found a winner.



This is Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili... and it is awesome!  Cooking on low for 10 hours.... definitely fits the school week schedule.  I will have some fresh chopped cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar cheese for on top.. plus some home baked corn bread.

Click on the name of the recipe to link to the Skinny Taste blog.  If you are so inclined to make this, let me know what you think.

Enjoy!





I am slowly culling and clearing out books and fabrics that I know I won't use in my lifetime.  Please check out my two Sale pages.  If you are interested, please email me - do not leave a comment on the blog.

Thanks,

Nancy

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Miniature madness..................

It's done.... the mini-block madness has bit me and I am addicted.

First it was 3-inch Cheddar Bowties... 729 different bowties.

Then it was 3-inch Spools ...  729 different spools.

This morning when I woke up to yet another snow day (we are now going to school on June 12), I looked at the Chunky Churn Dash quilt on the bed (ala Bonnie Hunter) and I thought "why not mini-size that block?"  It wouldn't take much.

So here it is.



Bonnie has given me permission to post the directions, so there is a tab at the top of the blog under my banner for a separate page.  If you would like a PDF file of these directions, please click the link embedded on the pattern page... I uploaded it to Google Docs and I am so hoping it works.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Almost 28 years...

Kevin and I will celebrate our 28th anniversary in March.  We've never been the type the 'has to have' the new things.. the new phone, the new car, the new TV.  But now that the kids are all but out of the nest, we decided to take the 'bigger' of the two bedrooms back downstairs and make it ours again.

We live in a 50's ranch that his grandparents built, and space is limited.  So measuring and measuring, and measuring again we figured we could fit a queen-size bed and other pieces into the room.

I love it.  And I have been waiting patiently for a bed big enough to put my red and white Pineapple Blossom (ala Bonnie Hunter)  on to.

Ok, back to the normal daily routine.  And I am waiting patiently for the first of two snow events (I love that technical meteorological term) to happen.

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

My mother is probably rolling over in her grave...

I never wanted anything to do with antiques growing up.  My mother would be shocked to know how much time I spend looking through antique malls and such now.  Of course, I am on a mission to find quilts, machines, and anything else that looks interesting.

Today I found and adopted a quilt and an antique machine.  The machine is marked Singer, but from I am  told on the Vintage machine list on Facebook, it could be a Wheeler and Wilson that was re-dressed after Singer bought them out.  I don't know if it will ever run, but for $5 I decided, like Charlie Brown, I needed bring it home and give it a little love.







The quilt I found at an antique mall in Dover, PA.  I am also in the process of making a Grandmother's Flower Garden like this with the green diamond path.  I wasn't sure how I was liking it, but seeing one made up it is making me want to work on it more.  I took a picture of my piece next to the antique.  Maybe some day someone will love mine enough to take it home from an antique mall.

The last two quilts I left behind, but I know where it is and I might try to talk Kevin in to going back to get it.  I love the golden fabric the maker used in the sashing.  And the border is incredible, especially at the corners.  The broken star was lovely, the border was really superb.

I also left behind a white Singer Featherweight.  Way out of the budget right now, but I know where it is too and who knows.... if I save my pennies......

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Let me take you down cause we're going to.... Strawberry Fields....

Channeling my inner Beatles....

One thing I accomplished over the holiday break was binding three quilts.  I didn't get a picture of Beth's before she took it back to Drexel, so that one will have to be show and tell (or bring and brag as a teacher friend called it) for another post.  But here are the other two.

First up... Strawberry Fields.  These soft, muted colors are not really me, but for some reason I fell in love with this line and bought a couple of jelly rolls and enough yardage to make the borders.  And, I found a Strawberry Panto that Donna (my longarmer) bought to quilt it with.  This one is going to my in-laws house today.

Next we have a Breast Cancer fundraiser quilt.  The fabrics are from Loralie... I love her ladies... they make me smile.  There is a local insurance agency that does a lot of Breast Cancer fund raising.  So I made the quilt and Donna graciously donated the quilting.

See?? I'm trying to keep up with posting... already made two today :)

Create Happy!!!

My word is TRYING.....

Happy Windsday!! It's very windy here in south-central Pennsylvania, and I'm picturing Pooh Bear and Piglet trying to make their way across the Hundred Are Wood, persevering in their attempt to reach their destination.

Bonnie asked for 'my word' in her latest blog post. There are so many words out there to choose from.  Mine, for this point in my life, is 'TRYING'.  Like Pooh Bear I am trying to get where I need to be and trying to be content with where I am.  I won't bore you with a rant on politics and education.. I think that statement sums it up.

I am trying to allow myself to take some time to sew every week and feel good that I am able to, at times, get in more than one day a week where I actually use a need and thread.

So where am I?

Kevin went to an estate sale on Tuesday night after work.  You know, the Polar Vortex Day.. when we had off school and there was no way I was going to leave the house.  I love this man.  He came home with two beautiful antique quilts to add to the collection.

Aren't they lovely?? Of course Smokey had to investigate.

Another thing I will be trying to accomplish this year is keeping up with my blog.  I've been very lax this past year for various reasons I won't delve into.  I enjoy reading what others are doing and I know there are probably faithful friends who wonder if I fell off the face of the earth.  No worries.. I'm still here.

So I am hoping that those of you who read this are trying and perhaps succeeding in your attempts to accomplish whatever it is you hope to accomplish.

Take care and we will talk again soon.

Nancy