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Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy 2015!

I so intended to post on my blog during the holidays, but I was having trouble uploading pictures.  I didn't have the time to figure it out, but this morning I've learned that I have much better luck if the pictures have been sent to Picassa first.  What a relief, now I can get back into the blogging because who wants to really read without the fun pictures??!

Sunday Supper
I have been teaching the Kim Diehl Whatnot's Club locally for the last six months.  It has been so much fun doing these darling little quilts that you can use in so many ways.  I'm really enjoying the process and it's also been fun to take the time to teach once again.  These two pictures are just 2 of the club favorites from last year.  I also have more to upload and I will do that soon.  Session 2 of the club starts again in March for me and I'm really excited about the new fabrics by Henry Glass that Kim has designed.  These can be wall hangings, table toppers, or whatever suits your fancy.  I also like that there is a lot of diversity in the varied designs.  So even though these may be old news, the new ones will be made soon and I will post those for you to see as well.

 I also have another quilt out in the new McCalls magazine, for a quilt I designed for RJR Fabrics using Lynette Anderson's line called Pocket Full of Daisies.  It will be out on the stands any day now so watch for the newest issue, March/April 2015.
Laundry Day
Mar/April 2015 issue!
This will be short today,  

Now that I can upload photos, it will change everything.  Thanks for listening and have a great weekend!  Keep quilting!
Whispering Tulips in Mc Call's Mar/April issue this year!



Saturday, August 16, 2014

American Glory quilt





















This is the new American Glory pattern that i designed!  It is made using the Faded Splendor fabrics by RJR Fabrics, designed by Robyn Pandolph.  Kits are being sold at Keepsake Quilting and you can also order patterns directly from me.  Email me at jnagle4@cox.net!  Or, you may also call me at 702-354-8536.

I have been away from my blog for some time.  Sometimes we go through that old adage called "Life Changes"!   My husband became very ill while we were on vacation in other state to go to our grandson and twin granddaughter's high school and 8th grade graduations.  Long story short, he ended up in ICU in a coma for several days and we missed the graduation ceremonies!!  He was diagnosed with viral meningitis and it has taken time for his recovery.  But we are so grateful that he is recovering beautifully and is back to work with follow up care continuing.   So that's where I have been!  Being a caregiver is demanding work!  I'm grateful that it was a short term job, but in the meantime I got really behind on my blog and many other things for my own work.  I did however, manage to get this pattern done and it is turning out to be a huge success. Thank you for all the wonderful comments I've had on this quilt on my Facebook page.  Now that I have my blog working again, and I am able to work on it, I have some catching up to do!  

I also wanted to share this really cool cart that I got from IKEA.  Actually my lovely daughter bought it for me for my birthday.  It is so sturdy, pretty--(I just love aqua)  and functional!  It rolls smoothly and doesn't take up much space.  I can put projects in progress into the trays and just roll it up to my sewing machine when i am ready to start again. Isn't this the coolest thing ever?

Well, that's all the news for now but I will be back
soon.  More updates to come!  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rearranged the sewing room

I don't know about you, but my sewing room shares space with a guest bedroom and sometimes it's hard to work around the bed space.  For a while I had it right in the middle of the room, up against the window.
Before the bed!

Desk and sewing table on the right

Ok, a real guest bed, finally!
I love my counter top over the cabinets along the far wall, but on the right side of the bed I had my desk and sewing cabinet against the opposite wall.  It seemed ok for a while, until running around the bed every time I wanted to use the iron (see it in far corner!) or trimming a block at the cutting board meant I spent more time walking around the bed than I did sewing!  I mean, it looked nice and all, but not very functional.  Then I had this brilliant idea.  My husband just rolls his eyes when I get these brilliant ideas because he knows that means he will be involved!  LOL
So I moved the desk, the bed, the sewing cabinet, rearranged my pegboard and found some real floor space!  Cool!  I made a nice triangle for working--machine to cutting board to the iron.  Way way better!!
Rose Hill Lane quilt I designed for RJR Fabrics!

So now I have this nice L-shaped work space!  My sewing cabinet is in front of the closet, but it has wheels to easily move it when I need to find something stored.  The most used items are in the cabinets and drawers so that won't be a problem.  Of course the dogs love it because they can see out the window, or just lay beside me on the bed when I'm designing on the computer.  I love that I can see and actually USE my design wall again.  At first the new bed placement looked way out of balance, so I figured I'd just hang a quilt or two to ground it, like a headboard.  I ended up hanging the runner on the window wall--it was just the right amount of space, and it matched.  John hung the TV above the desk after this picture was taken, and it turns or tilts so it still works ok.
     Those small colorful blocks on the design wall are my first blocks for the Tula Pink 101 Modern Blocks from her book.  They are so much fun to do, really fast and easy, and picking out the fabrics is the best part! I'm using some of her fabrics, a lot of solids and anything funky in my stash that I can find.  I highly recommend her her book, it's something new and different!
I can't wait to do more!!  Let me know if you are or have been working on these!  Trust me, you won't regret them.  Have a great week and don't forget to quilt something!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Terry Atkinson was in town!

One of my more recent adventures was being asked to show my quilts at our local quilt shop in Henderson, NV last February on the same day that Terry Atkinson came to town and showed us all her wonderful quilts, runners, small projects and patterns.  What a fun lady, and so talented!  It was a thrill to meet her and talk a little bit of shop!  She was full of great ideas and some good business sense.  Thanks Terry for sharing!
She was nice enough to take a picture with me, and her trunk show was wonderful. (Terry is on the right). So that day I got to display some of the quilts that I had designed and made last year.  The center quilt is the Lemon Tree that I mentioned before when I couldn't find a picture! The center block on point is a lemon tree applique with star blocks set on point in the first border.
The smaller star quilt you see on the right made cover of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine's Feb 2014 issue.  What a surprise and a thrill.  While I was there for the day, a customer came in to show me her version of the quilt in fall colors, what a great job she did, and I apologize to her for not finding her name that I had so carefully written down!

“Used with permission from American Patchwork & Quilting® magazine. ©2013 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.” 













These are a few more of the quilts I had on display.
  We had some great sunsets this winter too that I just had to share.  Now it's spring and I can hardly believe that Easter is right around the corner.  This was an exceptionally gorgeous display of Mother Nature, right from the back yard.  What a palette this would be for a quilt!  If you ever wonder what shades and values to put together in a quilt, just look around you, Mother Nature gives us the best possible examples and choices!  I'll be back with more soon, there just so much to share!! Happy quilting everyone. Have a great week.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Let's start with today!

I know, I've been a very bad blogger.  It's been over a year and i have so much to share with you, but it's going to take some time.  I got a little overloaded last year--so much so that this year i promised myself some time off, time with family, friends, and quilt retreats.  Time to work on my dozens of quit tops to get them quilted. Time to finish a few of the UFO's in the closet.  Time for a book, a really good one, and a real Saturday afternoon to take a nap and be down right lazy.
I've missed blogging a lot, and it's time to return. Life has been good, and yes, i still love to quilt....maybe even more than ever before.  I took the first 3 months of this year to recharge my batteries and start my new plan.   So I'm starting with today.  It's a perfect day to start! And I'm starting with my most current project!

My project was featured in the June 2014 issue of @apqmagazine! It went on the newstands today.  See my project, as well as other featured projects from this issue here:
I happen to love blue, and the blues in this line by Robyn Pandolph for RJR Fabrics really hit home with me.  I grew up on the California coast and the sea foam greens, aquas and blues really speak to me.  The quilt is aprox 74" x 74", so it's a good bed size.  I have another quilt I call "Lemon Tree" from the same line.  When i find those pics I'll post them. 
Spring is trying hard to get here, and it's nice in the Southwest to have flowers already!  I have really felt for so many this winter that have had such a long hard freeze and lots of snow.  So here's to spring!  Get inspired to quilt something new.   See you soon.





Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I've been a busy bee this year, and I needed to update the most recent publications for some more of my quilts from 2012.  Here it is, Dec 21st, the date we were all doomed to die at the end of the world, and lifes keeps ticking on.  Not that I was ever worried about the Mayan calendar!  LOL!  There have been many sad events in these last few weeks but I believe in hope for the future, and continued strength to endure, even hope and faith to push us forward, to enjoy the God given days ahead. 

I also wanted to spread some Christmas cheer and some of my favorite Christmas surroundings with love to all, and especially my family and friends. These are just a few of my favorite things.

  To finally finish a wool project--priceless!
 
 
And our little dog Peanut under the tree.
A quilt for the wall, and a treasured cross stitch from my daughter many Christmases ago that I just love.

Music boxes and
homemade decorations from years past. 

Even a new tree topper we call Larry, Moe and Curly!!!
 
I will post the last quilts and magazines of the year in my next post.  Somehow work just doesn't seem to belong today.  Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Is it Fall yet?


 Well, the heavy monsoons we had this year really made an impact on the Las Vegas valley.  This is a view from our back yard as the huge storm that flooded so many parts of the city rolled into our area, in the southwest part of town.  The storms are over now, and the crisp cool evenings and early mornings of Fall have arrived.  It is so wonderful to walk the dogs and be comfortable!  My husband and I decided to celebrate the Fall weather with a new purchase, to give us hours of exercise and entertainment that we are already enjoying, new bicycles! 

My new Specialized bike has 21 gears which we need because we live on a mountain and all the streets in the area are hills!  Talk about a workout.  But I'm like a kid with a new toy and so excited to be able to just jump on and ride whenever I want.  It's comfortable too, which is a bonus.  No more being housebound from the summer heat!!  This is my favorite time of year.
Well, Fall also means that Fall Market is in full swing, and believe me, the quilts are cranking out every few days.  I'm busier than a one armed paper hanger to say the least.  I'm having the best time though, with the new pattern designs and quilts from the new fabric lines that will be revealed in Houston.  I have a sneak peak for you of one that I finished that is going into a magazine next spring.  It is an RJR line called Cold Spring Dreams and I just love the contemporary look using florals! What do you think? 
Here's a close up of the quilting, just having fun with a contemporary design.  Can't show you the whole thing yet, but you get the idea!

 
Fall also means sprucing up the yard and the house, so we potted plants in the yard and painted indoors as well as adding new cupboard doors to the kitchen!  Never a dull moment around here for sure!


 It's been a fun ride through summer and now it's time to get out the quilts, holiday decorations and ease into a new season.  Peanut thinks sleeping on quilts is the only way to go!
Have a great week, pull out those unfinished projects, and finish just one!  Your dog will love you for it! 


Twilight Christmas

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