Friday, August 10, 2018

Heritage Story: Green Strip Quilt


You have met Kay before here on my blog.  I adore working with her to finish these lovely works of art.

Heritage Stories
This quilt had rows of pieced swirl blocks and I wasn't sure at first how to best showcase them.  There is a suggested rule of thumb that using curved quilting on geometric and geometric on curves are good ways to accent a design so that was what I leaned on to quilt these blocks.  They are a variation of a Snail Trail so I decided on large concentric swirls coming from the centers and it worked. 
Heritage Stories

The alternate rows were a strip of preprinted Calla Lilies.  I have said this before, let the fabric tell you what to do.  Any other design may have distracted from the lovely florals so a gentle outline and some freehand swirls was all that was necessary to accent the great design already done for me by the fabric designer.
Kay sent me green thread to work with and although hesitant at first, I fell in love with how well everything shows!

Lastly, the borders....look at that print!  I didn't outline EVERY detail but there was enough here to outline key features and provide enough quilting to keep consistency across the quilt.
It is so exciting watching a top come alive into a finished quilt one stitch at a time!

There are more #heritagearchitect stories to come....
In the meantime, Kay wrote a couple of sweet posts that you can read below.  We were finally able to meet this past October when I went to her ice dye show in Ocala.  So much talent!!
There is also a post about the story of her quilt above.... I'll let her show you the full quilt:)

Quilt Story:

Friday, July 13, 2018

AQS Publishes Robin's Wreaths

The magazine hit AQS member mailboxes early 
June and newsstands late June. 
"Robin's Wreaths" will be the series quilt
 this year presented in 5 parts.
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).
 Plus as a member you can find the first issue in the
 Members Only section of the website:) 
And, my name is on the cover which for some reason
 I completely didn't expect and 
therefore am surprised and delighted!
 Here is the layout on page 18....

"ROBIN'S WREATHS" at Paducah
in the Authors Section!!!

This quilt will also be displayed at the Grand Rapids, Virginia Beach, and Fall Paducah AQS shows this year.  I am On Tour:)

I started a Facebook Group for those of you that would like to sew with friends and receive extra tips on my process for making this quilt.  The above picture shows the Group header and 
click JOIN to become a part of the fun!
The Group name is Robin's Wreaths, AQ Magazine

Part 2
 Part 2 reviews have been done and ready for printing....
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


December was a very busy month too. I finished a quilt commission just in time to hit the road to go see this sweet girl get her nursing pin!  We are beyond proud of her hard work ethic and her choice of profession.  Nursing is not for the faint of heart!
JULY UPDATE: My girl is a Licensed RN in NC and working in a Cardiac Unit.  YAY!! How could we be prouder?? ~!!

Pooka and the Biscuit chillin on the highways of America
from FL to NC and home again!

I like doing these posts because I appreciate how fortunate I am that occasionally it is my turn to have Everyone!! :)) I have been fortunate 2 Christmases in a row so this year (2018) will be very quiet.
THIS happened....Jim thought his groupon was for 2 flights and 2 pints.  It was for 4 flights and 4 pints.  This pretty much sampled Every Beer on this brewery's board.
One set of children came a day early and we took them on a Brewery tour since that is an interest to them.  There are SO Many down here and so many varieties.  As a Budweiser girl, Who Knew!  We ended at one where they serve pretty amazing grilled cheese sandwiches-YUM!  Jim and his groupon😀

There was a neighborhood light tour and a LIGHTNING game (GO BOLTS!) where I convinced us to all wear ugly sweaters...some of us wore t-shirts so we wouldn't explode in the heat:)

It was an absolutely LOVELY holiday and 
I can't wait to hug all these kids again!!
Not sure why they always catch me when I look like I may pee myself!!

Monday, May 7, 2018

RSVP Designers with Studio E Fabrics

Last year I was invited by Pepper Cory to participate in a group designer challenge.  I am very particular in where I choose to Donate my time but I would do just about anything for my dear friend, Pepper!
Scott Fortunoff, CEO of Studio E Fabrics, thinks highly of Pepper as well and it is evident in this blog post here where he cracks me up:...As Always.

It was quite an honor to be amongst some of the best and bright designers of our time!
The parameters were that the block finish at 16" square, use her line of Peppered Cottons with Studio E, and that the block look like us (the designer).  It has taken me many years to actually see "MY Style" although others seem to see it just fine.
She gave me quite a bit of teasing about being an over achiever because I sent in 2 blocks when really it is because I am a terrible decision maker!  I knew she would love "Gingko Romance" since she was the color impetus behind the design which also became my first published design with Quilter's World in 2010.
Such a simple log cabin based block with lovely leaves and hearts fused to it.

Gingko Romance

If you haven't worked with Pepper's shot cottons yet, you are missing out!  They are so soft and the subtle color changes with the light due to the weave are sublime!
"Gingko Romance" can be found
on my website here

The second block I sent in is SO ME!  I can see it from the swirly embroidery to the circle embellishment to the floralesque applique and in such vibrant colors!!  I just love this one!

Here is one of my pups keeping an eye on me as I stitch:)
The original was hand applique but when it came time to make the pattern,  I chose to make it fusible applique and more user friendly. There is some hand embroidery but it adds so much:)

Have I told you how much I hate dealing with the threads from fusible??!!!  I don't have this issue when working with hand applique:)
That little pop of bright green is so exciting to me and I had to control myself not to add too much more!
It would look fantastic in any color way though!
The pattern comes out on Mother's Day, May 13th
Be the first on your block to have one!
Pepper and Studio E will present RSVP Designers at Spring Market in Portland with a finished quilt from the blocks collected last Fall.  I am sad that I won't be there to see it all together. Pictures please from anyone that attends Schoolhouse:)
Keep stitching!

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 - Randa 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:)