Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Janey Cutler - Britain's Got Talent 2010 - Auditions Week 4

At times I wonder, am I doing all I can, using my talent, is my talent worth persuing? I work and work . . . try new things and still I wonder . . . by chance this came along . . . take a moment to click and watch Janey Cutler from Britian's Got Talent, singing at eighty years old . . . No Regrets . . . I am once again renewed and ready to live a life full of love, joy, talent, family, religion . . . always moving forward . . . with joy . . .

Happy Quilting,Nancy

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bias Rose Tutorial

It is time for another bit of fun!!  Grab a bias strip, a piece of foundation and let's enjoy an new technique . . .

Bias Rose Tutorial
By Nancy Lindblom

Materials for one flower
1 1/4" x27" bias fabric strip
Foundation fabric

Fold one end under and place where you want the center of the flower. Place needle in down position through the fold, back stitch.

Now stretching some as you stitch, no tucks please, stitch through the center of the strip, turn, stitch again, forming a circle.

Repeat this until you almost come to the end of the strip, Place the second strip under the first and stitch, catching second strip, continue stitching until second strip is used.

Place end of second strip on top of first strip and back stitch in place.

All Done, Enjoy!

This is fun and easy.  Hope you enjoy making lots of them!

Happy Quilting,

Monday, May 10, 2010

Getting Things done

I just finished this cute bag that just makes me smile.  It goes to James Thompson, Ticking Fabric for Spring Market in MN.  I have other projects in the works for them.  This is great fabric!  Lots of nice body and soft as well.  They also make the Birdseye Diaper fabric.  Check them out, get their free patterns too!!

I was thinking I was not getting much done but I counted my list and since January 1, 2010, I have completed 86 things.  I was amazed.

I am on a weight loss program, self imposed, that is really going no where.  For moral support, my Sweet Man showed up yesterday with a two pound box of See's Candy, hand picked only nuts!  My very most favorite kind, YEAH!!  So much for weight loss . . . you know that will add five plus pounds to my already beautiful waist line.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Care to share??  We are considering a gym month by month membership to help with the problem.  I don't want exercise equipment hanging around with clothes on it, waiting for me to put it on Craig's List with everyone elses treadmill.

Happy Quilting,

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mothers Day

My Mom with a Giant Redwood Tree
My Mom Grace Anne Reuck Taylor

Her Mom, Minnie Ann Grovenburg Reuck

As Mother's Day approaches, I reflect on my own Mother.  She cooked, cleaned and sewed her life away, mostly for my Dad and my brother and sisters.  She gave all she had with great love to everyone.  She was never too busy to help care for grandchildren, bring something to a friend or have a kind word.  She loved to talk on the phone and read us what she was currently reading, like the Reader's Digest.  She made wonderful Chicken Potholders that I hold dear (and will never use).  She made prom dresses, wedding dresses and quilts.  Most of the grandchildren have an afghan crocheted for them that was six feet long and five feet wide, so it would cover them when they grew up.  She loved to laugh and go for rides.  Most of all she just was a Great Mom.  I read this quote and think of her . . . Happy Mother's Day Mom . . .

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails.

I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp.

I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children.

I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden.

I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder.

I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."

— Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Happy Quilting,