Monday, May 9, 2016

It's May, time to catch you up.....

You've heard April showers bring May flowers, I'm just hoping that we warm up in May! It seems like we had little teasers of warm weather in April. ...then we would drop back down into the cold temps. Cold enough to where you would have to keep the furnace running in your home and put on a coat when you left. Ugh...I'm longing for some sunshine too.
And I am going to get those warmer temps tomorrow!  Tomorrow I fly to Pensacola, Florida!  Woo-hoo!  I'm not going for vacation, I will be teaching at Martelli-enterprises.
You've probably seen Martelli at the quilt shows. Martelli has the amazing cutting tables and mats that mist quilters long for. I hear they are spectacular!  Their rotary cutter fits your hand better so you are not straining your wrist and fingers. I'm hoping I will have some down time so that I can play with their products! Oh!! I hear they have a quilt shop in the front part of the building .... fabric? Did someone say FABRIC? Oh yes!!
I think I'm going to have a great time.
Stephanie Deese is one of Martelli's sales reps for their longarm machine.  I met Stephanie at a quilt show and basically, she and I hit off! Stephanie and I will spend Wednesday together.  I will be teaching her free motion quilting. Thursday is packed with other fun activities. .. and Friday I will be teaching ruler work to students.
I'm excited and honored that I have been asked to teach :)
Hmmm,  what else has been going on?
I've been traveling a lot!
In April,  I traveled to Des Moines, IA.  Do you know why? I was a guest on
Fons & Porter 's Love of Quilting TV show! 
That was a wonderful experience! I wouldn't trade it for nothing! 
On set, I met Patrick Lose.  He was great to work with, so nice and he made the atmosphere calm, you know. He helped to calmed my nerves, I was able to relax and be myself.
While we were taping, I decided it would be a great time to have a coughing fit! Seriously!  We had to stop filming. So, when you see the episode I was on, you will
Important information,  inquiring minds need to know:
I filmed for the new series 2800, I believe episode 2804. I could be mistaken about the episode number. When I'm notified, I will post it.
Let's see if I can find some pictures for you.
Here is the famous table that Marianne and her daughter Mary sit at to read us the viewers tips and tricks.

Here is my quilt hanging on the set.
Quilt name:
Anna Starflake 
My quilt will be in the July issue, 2016 of Love of Quilting magazine.

Here is the alternative quilt. Different color pattern, no smashing and cornerstones to create the secondary block.
Patrick's assisant, Greg (I believe that is his name) came up with the name for this quilt.
Queen of Diamonds

While I was in Des Moines,  I was able to meet Scott Flanagan and his Aunt Linda. Scott and I have been Facebook friends for 2 years, we finally were able to meet!  Scott and Linda waited patiently for me to finish on the set. After I was done we went out to dinner. Before Scott had to head back home to Nebraska,  we drove to Linda's home. Spent some time showing off our quilts to each other and having some pictures taken.
Scott left for home and Linda took me around town for some sightseeing. 
We were in Winterset. ... home of the Bridges over Madison County,  home of John Wayne. 

Sorry the picture is so dark, it was taken at dusk. But it is the statue of John Wayne in front of the museum. 

This was John Wayne's childhood home.
It's time to get moving off the computer. I have a quilt to work on for Fons & Porter.  
This quilt will have 100 blocks.  It's not paper pieced, and no "Y" seams. 

Happy quilting everyone!

Nancy McNally 

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