Wednesday, November 13, 2013


          START  of my new DECADE

                                       HAIL TO MY 60'S

As of 11/03/1953 I turned 60. I made it! Now to make it even better than the 50s were. So to start out I quit/retired from one of my part time jobs as bartender. This leaves me free to make n honest effort at finishing my tons of UFO projects, ok everyone quit laughing, I'm serious.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Shaking up the dust on OLD Projects

I know I know, but I can't help myself. Pat's Pattering made me do it. Yes I have gotten my Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt blocks back out after a long long winter's rest. 94 blocks completed and so in hopes of finishing it in near 2012 future I agreed to join a quilt-along.
Thanks for reading my blog and if your interested in joining, better hurry cause sign-ups end soon. Take a peek.
OK enough talk now action....or nap 1st. ha ha

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mills Girls Quilt Along

I have been lurking around the Sylvia's Bridal Site for awhile and noticed that a new quilt-along was to begin on Friday October 15 and YES YES YES I joined. It is called Mills Girls. I do not have the book ordered yet, but  I will later today hopefully I can find it.
I planned on using up my stash, but decided just now (a woman can change her mind fast..ha ha) to do blue & orange only. My mission is to finish this one in time for xmas present for my Grandson, Wesley.
He loves basketball and his school colors are blue and I plan to use novelty fabrics with basketballs on it.
What will you be using???
OMG I have this book(brain fart) it is the same one we used to make our 2011 New Years Reflection Blocks from. YEAH now I can get started.
I REALLY need to straight up and inventory what is in this messy sewing room. LOL

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cool Site I stumbled upon

JUST SOMETHING TO MAKE YOU LAUGH. I saw this as an advertisement on a Tee-shirt at the site.

Saturday, October 8, 2011


I belong to a group called Civil War Sewing Circle that meets at Helen's Hen House Quilt Shop the 2nd. Saturday of each month. What a fun group of ladies that most of them also belong to Florrisant Valley Quilt Group. One of the groups projects is to make the Pie In The Sky Quilt that is in the Simple Graces Quilt book by Kim Diehl. Since we are called Civil War Sewing Circle we will be making these blocks in Civil war fabrics.
My 1st. block

My 2nd. Block
With the help & encouragement from my friends I am really getting better..LOL my seams match up and no points are cut off!!!! Yeah I'm learning to slow down and make it right. Bye off to another fun afternoon at Helen's Hen House.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

My new quilting tool

 I saw these clips for sale at Clotilde's site for $6.98 pkg. of 10. Then I thought, hum, I have something in my workshop/junky garage that would work just as well and they are wonderful.
Check these out priced at Home Depot for $.09 each. Great for using on silky fabrics doesn't harm fabric.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Back in the swing of things

This is the 6 1/2" Christmas Novelty Framed Block through a Yahoo Group-Friendship Block Swap that I will be sending to 12 participants in this year 2011 swap. Angela Ball is our hostess with the mostest this year. Thank You Angela for all your hard work and making this fun. My 5 grandchildren will sure enjoy fighting over who gets to snuggle under it on the couch. May the best one win! Ha Ha pretty sure that the 9yr. old grand-daughter Brooke will.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The EVER changing world around ME

I haven't posted in quite along time due to the fact I sort of got confused about blogging and by visiting everyone's great looking blog's I got inspired to start again. So many fun & wonderful things to show & talk about so bear with me as I give this another try.
I am very excited about a new quilt book and making the quilt and want to show you my journey along the way and if you haven't began the Farmer's Wife Pony Quilt yet, please do. The group just started Monday October 3 and it will be a block of the week and short stories to go with each block. Fun Fun!
I finished 2 blocks so far.

                                                                          A DANDY

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Today was a cold and sort of depressing day since it's suppose to be SPRING here in Missouri. Well Mother Nature surprised us with another crappy snow storm. Thunder snow at that! 6-7inches so far and it's 9 pm and still just a snowin'.
Then something happen to make the day a brighter world for me. WOW the mailman had a big soft package for me and it was the blocks from the Friendship New Years Resolution Block Swap. The rules were to use the pattern from New Year's Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini in red, yellow,light green & blue, with white background.
Join me in giving these great quilters a big pat on the back for a job well done. Thanks especially to Cindy DeWulf for being the swap hostess.

Take a look at how beautiful the blocks are:

                                                             Cindy DeWulf-Block1

Cindy DeWulf- Block 2 

                                                                 Mary Crowther

Patricia Stefanowicz-Block 1 

Patricia Stefanowicz-Block 2 

Sue Kerrawn- Block 1 

Sue Kerrawn-Block 2 

Nancy Huggins-Block 1 (MINE) 

Nancy Huggins-Block 2 (Mine too) 

The quilt is suppose to be 12 blocks so guessing I will make 3 more to finish it or another UFO added to the huge list....ha ha

Friday, March 25, 2011

Super Great Meeting with Debra Henninger

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 was a night to remember. I attended the Bits & Pieces quilt quild in Ballwin, Missouri. Debra Henninger was the guest speaker and before she started I was able to speak with her and have some pictures taken. She is so sweet and kind. The stories she told were very interesting. Wish you all that are making the Hobo Quilt could have been there.

She signed my 1st. weeks block Be Afraid pg.33, how cool is that. I also was able to see & touch, oh yeah you always need to touch the mother quilt. ha ha
Here are some of the photos from that night. I had my first row finished and sashed to show her.
Her label from the Original quilt.


Here are some other photos of her quilts she was showing from the book.
Photos are not so good, but here they are.

Hope you enjoyed them as much as I have.
Happy quilting
Bye Nancy

Thursday, March 17, 2011


When you raise a pint on St. Patrick's Day, here are a few Irish Toasts:

SLAINTE  Gaelic for Cheers, a Toast or to Health

May God bring good health to your enemies' enemies,

May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent.

May you be in heaven one half hour before the devil knows your're dead.

May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

Health, and Long life to you
Land without rent to you
The partner of your heart to you and when you die, may your bones rest in Ireland.

May your neighbors respect you,
Troubles neglect you,
The angels protect you,
And Heaven accept you.

An old Irish receipe for longevity:
Leave the table hungry.
Leave the bed sleepy.
Leave the bar thirsty.

May you never forget what is worth remembering,
Or remember what is best forgotten.

May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The insight to know where you are,
and the foresight to know when you've gone too far.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Good Morning,
Here in St. Louis it is sunny & warm already. I opened an email from Rosa Robichaud and the surprise is that a fellow quilter, Susan in Texas, is celebrating her 3rd. year of blogging and is giving away 3 wonderful prizes. Go see for yourself at the fabrics are so yummy!
I entered and got 10 chances. YEAH!

One of my current projects is the Hobo Quilt by Debra G. Henninger.
I've been working on some HOBO Quilt blocks which are good fun and pretty easy. Here are some of the blocks I have finished so far.

                                                          Sit-Down Feed Pg.#127

                                                                        Gentlemen Pg.# 81

At the Crossroads, Go this way Pg.# 19
 (My 1st. attempt at machine applique.) Love it!

Anything Goes Pg.#17

A Beating Awaits You Here  Pg.# 15

Here is the Place  Pg.# 93

Chain Gang  Pg.# 47

Don't Give Up  Pg.# 65

Bread  Pg.#39

Well-Guarded House  Pg.# 143

Be Afraid  Pg.# 33

Friday, March 4, 2011

When it is not right, it's just not right!

About my 1st. HOBO block:
Well after reading an email from another member and yes read the directions more carefully I made some changes.
First I wasn't happy with the muslin I use so I changed it to Kona Cotton-Cream and I love that look much better. It gives a more richness to the block.
I switched to a light grey thinner thread and a new needle (boy that should have been my first clue) and moved the needle postion over so I was using a scant 1/4 inch seam.
Groups like this sure do give a great deal of helpful information all you need do is ask.
The end result has brightened my day.

Here is the picture of the new block:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hobo Quilt Adventure Begins Here today

Starting on a new adventure and I am so excited. Something about this book and quilt has me really drawn to it. Therefore I am going to do my best to blog, journal and enjoy the ride.
For those of you that have not heard about Hobo Quilts by Debra G. Henninger, then read on and follow along with me. I know you'll want to join in on the fun. Even if you don't plan on making this quilt it is very interesting reading and learning how the Hobo's lived and survived. We are a new Yahoo group run by Stephanie Gallegos. Thank you Stephanie for organizing this for everyone to enjoy.

Here is a picture of one of many layouts from the book that shows the finished quilt- designed by Debra Henninger  and  Pieced and appliqued by Debra Henninger and Sharon Janzen and quilted by Jeri Rennie are they some talented people or what?

For my 1St. Block -BE AFRAID these are the fabrics I chose. I want to stay as close to the book picture as I possibly can.

My cutting layout:

My finished block:

I have also been going through my stash and pulling out fabrics that I thought would work, and have made myself a shopping list so I don't repeat buying the same fabrics...ha ha admit it you do it too!
So now off to give some attention to my many other UFO's and WIP
For now, thanks for reading and come back to check on the progress of the HOBO QUILT and my other projects.
Bye Nancy in Sunny St. Louis, MO.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Getting alot of help from NEW FRIENDS

Oh does the learning ever stop and you feel really like you know what you are doing? I'll never give up, but some things are so hard!
I want to send out a BIG thank you to Phillipa P. for helping me to learn to post a link, hope it works.
 Pip let me know about a give away and I wanted to enter and also let you all know about it too.
Check it out you won't believe how awesome the fabric is. Lila Tueller Designs is giving as a Grand Prize- A fat quarter bundle of the new Isabella fabric by Riley Blake.
Well folks that is about all that one old gal can learn for one evening. Now off to work on some quilt blocks.
SEW by for Now

Monday, January 3, 2011

Out with the year 2010 and IN with 2011


My MOTTO for 2011 **Sewing FOREVER Housework WHENEVER**

I am going to try to stick to some resolutions this year, how about you?
1. Pull out a UFO ( Un-Finished Object ) every month and work on or finish it completely.
2. Learn more about how to use my computer programs to my advantage.
3. Get my photos old & new in my computer in the correct folders. Mostly photos of my quilting & sewing.
4. Do more Genealogy and fill in missing blanks and breaking down brick walls.
5. Quit watching the pros on TV do remodeling and get my BATHROOM DONE.
I have had the supplies and new fixtures and tiles for over 6 mos.
Yeah I’m not a rush rush kind of gal..ha ha
Ambitious or just dreaming, time will tell.
Have a great day

Friday, November 19, 2010


Today I was feeling like I had over done it joining several swaps, but they are so much fun right? I jumped into 1st. gear today and got all my Xmas Spool Blocks ready to go the the mail on Saturday. I would just like to thank all the people that help arrange and those that join and support all the swaps. What a great way to get to know new friends.
They rules said to use dark rich reds & greens and tans or Beige on Beige. Here's what I used.
The Red fabric is Robert Kaufman D#5573
The Green fabric is Marbles by MODA 1997
The Tan fabric is Makin New Friends by Deb Strain for MODA
I loved using the tan and thought it was a great choice because of it’s name….MAKIN NEW FRIENDS
 I’m still not sure what exactly I will use mine for and will wait a bit till an idea comes to me. Suggestions welcome.
Here are the ones I will be sending.

I joined the Xmas Star swap and we will be getting those blocks real soon, I can't wait. Maybe I can use them both together in a quilt.
Here are the 25 Xmas Star Swap blocks I made.