With being away at school most of my young life, most of my time was spent waiting and reading. I flew home a lot and there were always delays. What kept me lost in one adventure after another was my constant companion of Nancy Drew books. My Nanny always made sure there were at least 2 volumes tied in satin bows in my travel online bag.
( the satin bows were for my hair.) I collected quite a few, ( ribbons and books) I don't remember the exact number, but I can tell you it would be at least 100+ plus volumes. Each one I cherished, each one a mystery on which Sister would take them for their own library. lol ( they never touched my satin ribbons- perhaps because in those days they were in full habits)
So upon seeing this Nancy Drew collection my urge surpassed any logic...We had to do a blog hop! .....I thank all those who jumped in on an adventure that I will embrace with fondness for a very long time....
As always Carol cheered us on and tried hard with her magical skills to keep us all engaged and accountable. We had some MYSTERY Blunders.... yes we did, but they were easily manageable and repaired quickly. We work as a team of cheerleaders. Who does not want more cheerleaders in their lives? Who does not want a bit more mystery ...wink....
ahhhh yes.....here are all the lovely sleuths I shared my day with ...do hope you cheered them on as well.
The Day Before This Day not up
Sew Far not up
Sew We Quilt ( yep that is me)
I am in a new chapter of my digital lessons!.
I am learning all about layout designs...so I thought
I would create a newspaper template that would
be a nice addition to Sew We Quilt....
Hence "Behind the Seams" Newspaper that you see above...
If there is one question I get asked before any other...
"where do you find the time?". Time and Time again, I answer
"I make the time for the things that are important to me...."
I think having a busy life has you respecting this whole TIME thing...
I like to create in my chosen TIME....
( more about how I manage time- on the sidebar)
So here is what I created for this blog hop...
Besides the Newspaper..
My first plan which was obvious to me was--- a quilt for our theatre room. Something that would
be a light comfort when I sit with my David and watch all those mysteries that we love
Here she is.... my Nancy Drew Quilt, it is fairly large 54 inch wide by 72 inches long.
I just did not have enough time to quilt it, for I like to hand quilt....This will
be my summer project. I am thinking of stitches that will look like the chair
is quilted and perhaps magnifying glasses for the background and stitch in the ditch for all
the books along the border???
From the moment I saw this Nancy Drew Collection
I had this vision of a chair and table and volumes of books surrounding its borders..
Lucky for me, MODA had all the material that I required for this....
The chair is a very large 2 x 3 feet allllll paper pieced..I took my time
making it as I did not want to make one error...I added a ruffle edge on the bottom
of the chair as this suited me perfectly.. I chose the red silhouette fabric, wasn't it a perfect
choice? And the magnifying glass fabric for the background....Ohhh I see a few
of you nodding..Thank you!
This quilt has everything, ruffles, paper piecing, appliqués, piecing, embroidery
over the coffee cup...every inch of this means something to me...
I even made a mini quilt complete with ruffles that is laying over the arm of the chair...
I wanted this quilt to also be 3D.... Oh yes and a wee Doll too...more on her below...
I just drew this table free hand on some wonder under by Pellon and cut out a sphere
in black, some legs and a ruffled table cloth....I added some books,
seemed downright befitting and of course that NANCY DREW cup of coffee
with embroidered steam would be balancing on my stack of books!
I have always known Nancy Drew was around way before I was....In 1929 the
first Nancy Drew book was written, but did not get published till 1930.
So I added 1930- to our present year 2013, as they are still writing Nancy Drew Books.
Also a nice way to remind myself of the year I made this quilt!
Nancy Drew is a clue is our blog hop name appliqued on the top
...YOU could say this is my label ;)
Ohhh I just noted my Davids socked feet holding
down the quilt while I tried to capture a shot
before the sun set... this photo was taken around 6 pm
outside on our backyard deck!
Ahhh and what quilt is complete without a doll ...I have seen a few of our ladies
create dolls with their quilts. Sharon and Linda come to mind! Both great doll makers too!
I fussed over her forever...I wanted her to look a bit dressed up and more
mature...I know it is a doll..but it will be mine. ( before I quilted, I designed dolls)
..again a lovely reminder
of this delightful hop.... Although doesn't she look bewildered? ...lol
Ohhh-- I had enough to make one of these thread catchers...just love it...folds down and then pops
up only about 5 inches to throw in your threads....Will be making more of these... Thanks to a dear friend who sent me one as a gift....figured it out pretty quick.... Another photo is in the newspaper above!
AND... this is my favourite pin cushion made by a special friend and it is loaded with special pins from another dear friend who sent me decorative pins as a lovely reminder of our love of coffee...
Even my scissors by Nova were gifted....all reminders of some pretty special ladies...
ONE MORE THING
a coin purse that I made when the MODA fabric arrived
back in the fall...
A coin purse to giveaway with one of the MODA bundles
for comments left!
YOU can make one too...HERE!
TOP 2 for today our last day
and most CREATIVE
LOOK at these perfectly squared blocks. Her strategic placement of the pattens
with the black sashes and border makes it a great top 2 of our day!
This lady had some challenges wait till you read how and why she made
this beautiful quilt.....LOVE The pinwheels.. love those book borders
the perfect solution for any quilt that has the theme of NANCY DREW..
and most CREATIVE
Although she said her pic was not picture perfect, we loved
this idea of a chair for our kindles, ipads....
so for most creative, this is tops
For our giveaway MODA was very generous
in offering these 3 bundles of Nancy Drew Fabric...
Take a peak at some of their newest collections coming out!
HOW YOU CAN WIN!
#1 all those who are the top 3 of the day will have a chance of winning one
#2 all those who participated can also win a bundle
#3 and to all those who leave comments....YES you too can win a bundle...* with coin purse as a bonus!
( all winners announced on MONDAY)
and to thank CAROL for being a great cheerleader
I created this personal embroidery piece....
Carol is always eager to cheer time and time again...
so when I was thinking of the perfect wee tot for her...
this is what came to mind...she likes her desk in order....
Her very own Personal WEE tot!
oh and she loves purple...
All of the creations are on our PINTEREST BOARD...
top right of blog....