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!