Wednesday, April 25, 2018

2018 Spring Clean your Studio...?

This really was the kick in the pants I needed and I am sure there will be major moments of studio envy but I am pretty in love with my own now too:)

Spring Cleaning NEVER sounds fun but I would be in my Happy Place, right? ! ?? !! 
It really hasn't been very happy lately though because we didn't move on our 3-4 year schedule (no military transfer since Jim retired in 2016) so stuff started piling up. This is what greets me immediately as I walk into my studio....Overwhelming!
If I make the photos smaller, will it make the mess appear smaller too??? 
Before Left
Then about 1-1/2 years ago, I started seriously training to become an appraiser and more stuff started piling up.
Talk about Books gone Wild due to appraisal training and the generosity of others plus guild bargains.  There are close to 50 books in this pile plus vintage/antique fabrics for categorizing.

Mermaid workshop sample
To which my husband replied, "you should always be able to see your floor".  Go Away. I don't need that kind of negativity:)

It may not look tidier to some but it is SO MUCH better!

As we look around to the right of the room, you will see my 12" square cutting surface and maybe a 24" x 12" sewing area. The rest of my space is piles of fabric/items I never officially unpacked because I wasn't sure we were staying here...We are:)
Before right

Then there is the closet.  I was so excited to have a whole closet with shelves but I could never decide what to do with the empty, hard to get to, space behind the wall to the right or the best way to utilize the rod across the length of the closet.
Stuff has just been crammed in there for 6 years. 
Before closet
Three months (3 years-whatever!) before Cheryl even posted about this hop I had seen a cabinet that I wanted for my room because I knew it was a disaster and needed an overhaul.  It was the cutest 'Gentleman's Cabinet' in a cream over maple wood.  I asked the shop owner if they would take less, "yes".  I promised myself once there was a bit extra in my budget I would get intervenes!
Finally I made it there and then there were 2 other pieces that were so cool and I had to choose.

I felt like Goldilocks.  One cabinet was too much wasted space. One cabinet was Perfect (a vintage metal Doctor's cabinet with glass shelves and a light came on when you opened the doors) but too expensive. Back to my little cream cabinet that was just right in space and price:)

New cabinet progress
Linen drawer -organized hankie samples
 A place for my vintage hankie/embroidered linens collection!
 More progress being made!
( I can start showing bigger pics now for more impact:)))
Grandmas Thimbles found
Amazing what you will find when cleaning....
My grandmother's thimble collection!

Biscuit Love
Look who else is happy about the clean space he now has.
This is Biscuit:)
No more trying to Cram in under because there is actual
room to stretch out and be comfortable:)

task lighting
I FINALLY have a bit of task lighting too!
Thank you IKEA!
Can you see the small light off the top of the bookshelf? 
I have multiples of that little light. 
It was $15 and works wonders because it has a gooseneck
style that can be positioned anywhere.
I can see my cutting mat, my smaller piles make sense
now and have an order to them, and a couple
of new items were added to make me smile!
Here is one of the new pieces that I
picked up on my way to Paducah. 
It said it was a planter but it hadn't been used and
I can 'plant' fabric inside there instead:)
The whole closet didn't get straightened the way
I may have liked so I won't bore you
with another pic of that.  Instead you can see the cute
little ship's captain desk that houses my bead
collection along with a few 'proud of me momentos'. 

Now for a bit of a brag before I leave you:)
"ROBIN'S WREATHS" at Paducah
in the Authors Section!!!
This was created in the mess you witnessed
above and I am still on my high from
being in Paducah this past week. 
AQS members receive a magazine called
AQ magazine as part of their membership.
"Robin's Wreaths" will be the series quilt this year as a BOM.  
If you are not a member, consider becoming one. 
There are many other benefits like all the
access to their digital content as well (a treasure trove in itself).
I do hope you will follow me on FB: 
Instagram: @nestlings1 and sign up for my newsletter
by emailing me at

STAY TUNED for more studio envy coming your way: 
April 23 - Lori Crawley Kennedy -
April 24 - Jennifer Thomas -
April 25 - Robin Koehler -
April 26 - Andi Barney-
April 27 - Misty Cole -
April 28 - Carolina Moore-
April 29 - Heather Pregger -
April 30 - Linda Bratten -
May 1 - Lisa Reber -
May 2 - Teresa Coates -
May 3 - Lisa Chin -
May 4 - Jamie Fingal -
May 5 - Sam Hunter -
May 6 - Jessee Maloney -
May 7 - Rhanda Parrish -
May 8 - Sarah Vedeler-
May 9 - Jessica Darling -
May 10 - Melody Crust -
May 11 - Debby Brown -
May 12 - Cheryl Sleboda -

Thursday, March 22, 2018


I know the title, CHARITY AUCTION, isn't very exciting and naming is NOT a strength of mine, but it is exciting if you are a quilter and like to get caught up in the action of a good deal:)

When I moved to Florida (almost 7 years ago now-WOW!!), I joined a guild named Hidden Stitches.
I loved the name and that it is an Applique guild...How exciting is that!  Then I learned that their philanthropic outreach is for a program that one of the members had founded and once a year they hold a Live Quilt Auction and Luncheon to raise their yearly funds. 

Live quilt auctions are a hoot!  Our auctioneer, Brenda, is Fantastic and watching the bidding wars can be hysterical.  I myself have been involved in one or two:)  You can't help but get caught up and the money goes to a great program for disadvantaged children.

There is also a boutique where fun things (sewing and non-sewing) can be found.  This year we are doing scrap grab bags...Say that 3 times fast:)  Who can resist a mystery bag?  My daughter used to spend her allowance on the ones at Claire's Jewelry in the mall. She would be so excited to see what she got in her bag and it would crack me up!

So here are my donations to this year's event which will be held this Saturday (24th) in Largo, FL. Christ the King Lutheran on Oakhurst Rd. Come join us!
Tickets are $15 and include lunch and more entertainment than you are prepared for:)
I know we have seats left if your calendar is empty and you want to come see what we are up to.
 Autumn Vines is a lap quilt for the
Live Auction that features one of my pumpkin designs on it.
This is the March basket designed by Sue Garman 
for her design named, Bouquets for a New Day.
I hand appliqued this before machine quilting it.
Lastly, this sweet little piece is named, Winterscape. 
I know people are over winter but next year this will look
darling in someone's home with original, 
hand embroidered, snowflake corners.
The last 2 pieces will be part of the Silent Auction. 
Hope to see you there.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Hola, Mexico!

This past November, Jim and I finally took a 'resort' trip. 
We had never done anything like this before and it was amazing!
We went with our dear friends, Tony and Della,
whom we have known for 28 years now (wow!).
We were all stationed in Guam together in 1990.
It was an early start to the day and there were Bloody Marys at Tampa Airport for breakfast, but really??? They all took naps and I did some applique on the way to Miami:)
 Miami Airport Fish Kaleidoscopes.
After a LONG day of travel, we finally arrived. 
It was dark when we got there and this was our
first view off our balcony.

We stayed at the Paradisus and it was Lovely!!
Here I am getting some stitching in while the other 3 went to get massages:)  It was Jim's first one ever and he Loved it!!
I went and got my first pedicure ever.  
My feet did look really nice and I wasn't as freaked out as
I thought I might be so I may do it again....?

My inspiration: The Paradisus logo and one of
my favorite trees ever, the Poinciana! 
It was in full bloom and so beautiful!
My husband's inspiration....Racks of cooked meat! 

While at the pool one day, this little cutie came and stole a plate of nachos from one of our pool mates who weren't watching their food.  This is a Codi Mundi or Mexican Raccoon.
This was one of the walkways that led to the beach that we didn't spend any time at because it rained all 4 days we were there!!!
Us learning selfies so we would have at least one pic of ourselves:)
After breakfast Jim and I would do a short walk along the beach and that was the extent of our beach time.
Here is the one pool shot I have.  Again it rained every day so this was literally 3 hours of sun on the last morning we were there.  I felt so bad for my trip mates as this is what they had been so looking forward to...pool, beach, swim up bar, etc.  I was secretly thankful I didn't have to roast!
Did this restaurant know I was coming or what????!!!! 
Quilt inspiration on the wall-So pretty!
We tried roasted crickets and cactus while at this restaurant. 
The bugs are something I NEVER thought I would do but Jim persuaded me with that whole, "be adventurous", argument that we always used on the girls when they were growing up:)
They were actually quite good!
Time to go home and would you believe that this is the ONLY pic we remembered to take Together!!??  The days and nights really got away from us! Della and I would say during the day (when we weren't dressed up) to remember we need a pic of all of us:)  Finally at the airport in Mexico, we get our pic when we are heading home,  tired, and NOT dressed up!! 
It doesn't matter because these faces are my loves and it makes all the memories more special somehow to me:)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Houston 2017 (Catching you up:)

Houston brings so much with it....My Autumn Fix (VERY Important!), seeing beautiful quilts, being inspired, meeting with fellow professionals and making connections. 
Most importantly I get to hang with my sweet friend, Susan! We have known each other for quite some time now, work well together, and then get our antique fix together:)
Houston 17 Market
So after my Autumums came out in October (see here), I went to Houston with, Susan, of Suzn Quilts to be a booth helper for the premiere of her book, Dresden Quilt Workshop. This Festival Pin is SOOOO ME!!!

The black circle shows where Susan's booth was on the floor....
so much floor:)
While there we ran into some other professionals that we talk with online but hadn't met face to face before....
Susan finding her book on the shelf (above) and signing her life away (below).  She is so composed...I may have burst in the same situation:)
Once we got home to Susan's in Illinois, I had 1-1/2 days to antique shop with her!  We even hit a shop or two on the way from Houston to Illinois where she found a FANTASTIC red and green applique quilt for me (that is for another post!)!!
Because her book came out, we did Market and Festival back to back which ended up meaning 2 weeks away from home for me once you add in travel time.  Starting to see where I have been...:)

Monday, March 5, 2018

October 2017 Happenings

In the Category of,
Yes, I do, but I have been busy....
I will be catching you up and then you will understand why I have been absent!
And, in between all of this has been commission quilting, new designs, and lots of applique and embroidery!
My lovely man was invited to Chicago by our eldest to go to a Cubs game!  You may (or may not) remember that this time last year Jim's brother was fighting cancer and Jim sat here alone, worrying about his brother and watching the Cubs win the series while I was away.  This time, he flew into Indy where he and his brother drove to Chicago to go to the game together with our eldest.  They did lots of reminiscing and Imagine his joy to see his childhood team win in person:)

I am not excited that I hear this little voice telling me it is my
last year to do something big before I turn 50!!

 Great night at the game with the Lightning
celebrating 25 years as a team:)

Just because I love them, I thought you would too. 
Jim planted these lovely red vine flowers for me!

Can you believe that the Princess Bride is 30 years old??!!  This was a favorite of Jim and I as we dated and then we introduced it to our girls when they were young.  Jim is my Wesley!  He didn't say, "as you wish" but damn near close:)
Jim was getting a bit bored in retirement (I think, but he won't admit it) so he tried his hand at some woodworking.  He found an old treadle sewing machine to use the wrought iron sides as table legs.  Then he found some wood quilts that were being made / framed as art and thought that would make a great table. 
Why would I disagree:)

I picked the stains I wanted....

Voila!  A lovely table perfect for a quilter!  I now have somewhere to display photos since I hadn't fully moved in and now I will:)