Nan

Cat Mom 🐱, animal lover, new quilter, fabric hoarder, and Juki lover πŸ’•

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Hello September πŸ’œ be gentle, be kind ... #monthlymarker #monthmarker

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When a quilt comes home ... my Mom passed away a few weeks ago πŸ˜ͺ The quilt I made for her at the beginning of her Alzheimer's diagnosis, which was also the 1st quilt I ever finished, has now taken up permanent residence in my home. At first I wondered what I should do with it. Should I take the label off & re-gift it? Should I donate it? But after looking at it these past few weeks, I'm reminded that we picked the quilt pattern together, we chose the fabric line together, & somehow she decided she didn't like the color orange anymore πŸ™„which forced me to find new prints from other designers in order to finish the quilt. As she awkwardly settled into a new life in assisted living, I brought each newly completed block to show her. Her eyes lit up each time. When it was finally quilted, bound & labeled (the label clearly stating it was from her "daughter" Nan, hoping it would help her memory), I presented it to her & draped it over her bed. She brought all her new friends to her room to proudly show it off over the next few months. She cried when she told me no one had ever made her anything so beautiful. As the horrible disease progressed, one day she gave it back to me and said maybe I could sell "this old thing" at a garage sale. But that wasn't my Mom. Alzheimer's had already robbed me of my real Mom months earlier, so I took it gently from her & said I'd try. So as I remember the sweet & bittersweet memories surrounding this quilt, I know now that I'll cherish this quilt until the day I take my last breath. I love you Mom πŸ’œπŸ˜ͺπŸ’œ #alzheimerssucks #myhearthurts #ihatealzheimers #endalzheimers #nomoresuffering #alzheimersdisease #bittersweetmemories

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Finally getting some much needed time in my sewing room! And I wasn't about to stop when things heated up ... Washi Tape to the rescue! Sew many uses! πŸ˜‰ #ponytailholder #washitapeideas #sweatandsew #washitape #ponytail #washi #washitapetotherescue

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Hershey's enjoying some #caturday bird watching -- turn up your volume! Happy Caturday friends! #birdwatching #talkingtobirds #cutenessoverload #ragdollsofinstagram #ragdollcat #ragdollworld #happycaturday #catsofinstagram #lovemycat

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Hello August! Years ago I was driving around completely lost in Provence ... until I was "found" by this sunflower field 🌻🌻🌻 #provencefrance #provence #frenchcountryside #sunflowerfield #sunflowers #ilovefrance #idgobackinaheartbeat #monthlymarker #monthmarker

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I couldn't leave out the EATS!! All those waterfall hikes in Oregon helped us justify all the food, beer, wine, etc, that we enjoyed! In picture order: Banana French Toast - Petite Provence; The BMB - Off The Waffle; Greek Frittata - Mother's Bistro; Portland Cream (mine) and Dirt (his) - Voodoo Doughnuts! Surprisingly, I didn't gain any weight... eat hard, play harder!! I miss you Oregon!!! πŸ’•πŸ’œπŸ’• #portlandeats #pnw #offthewaffle #petiteprovence #mothersbistro #voodoodonuts #oregon #exploreoregon

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So many beautiful places & never enough time. You stole our hearts πŸ’• Oregon!!! #mounthood #trilliumlake #capekiwanda #haystack #oregoncoast #stjohnsbridge #tilikumcrossing #tilikumbridge #pnw

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Lavender Festivals!! πŸ’œ There are no words to describe how I felt surrounded by lavender in full bloom. I even laid down between the rows & listened to nothing but the bees 🐝 & the wind πŸ’œ #lavenderfields #lavenderfarm #oregon #exploreoregon #pnw

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Is it harder to get ready for vacation or to catch up when you get back? πŸ™„ We fell in LOVE with Oregon!! These pics can't do justice to the beauty we experienced! Thx @shawnahaynes for your waterfall suggestions 😘 I need another week of sleep to recover 😴 #koosahfalls #sahaliefalls #multnomahfalls #oregon #exploreoregon #pnw

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It's bad enough hiding until the wee hours of the morning from the 4th of July fireworks, but people! Why on earth do you have to start a week early?? πŸ™€Meowmy got me this #thundershirt but honestly, it feels like we're in a war zone... Meowmy has PTSD & has to clean up our yard every morning cuz of firework debris... I'm no help cuz I'm still hiding ... 😿 #imcuteinmythundershirttho #ptsdsucks #petshatefireworks #thestruggleisreal #ragdollsofinstagram #ragdollcat #ragdollworld

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They always remind me of my wedding bouquet 24+ years ago .... πŸ’• #thesmellisintoxicating #inmybackyard #nofilter #stargazerlily #stargazerlillies #stargazer #lillies #monthlymarker #monthmarker

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A finished quilt top! It's Amy Gibson's Triple Barnstar. I fell in love with her pattern AND fabrics. This is Joel Dewberry's Birch Farm fabric. Made it bigger with 3 borders hoping it will fit the queen bed in my guest room after it's washed & crinkly. Now it must join the growing stack of other quilt tops hoping to get quilted & finished this year. πŸ™„ I think Hershey 🐱 likes it too! #kittyphotobomb #triplebarnstar #stitcherydickorydock @stitcherydickory #joeldewberryfabric #birchfarmfabric #barnstarquilt #freespiritfabrics

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Throwing it back to early 2015 when I made this awesome duffle bag in a class at my local quilt shop. I LOVE πŸ’—this fabric!! It was going to be a super cute workout bag to motivate me to get back in the gym. Once I finished it I couldn't bear the thought of putting stinky workout gear in it! Now it's used as a travel bag! πŸ’• (Note: I have no idea whose pattern this is since I think they modified it & I was only given info for the class) #heatherbaileyfabric #heatherbailey @heatherbailey #upparasol #upparasolfabric #dufflebag #tbt #throwbackthursday

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It's CATurday! 🐱 And Hershey's hard at work holding down my quilt blocks! Such a helpful boy πŸ™„ #theymightrunaway #itshardwork #cathaironeverything πŸ’•πŸ±πŸ’•. #ragdollsofinstagram #ragdollcat #ragdollworld #caturday #catsofinstagram #happycaturday

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I love my Juki!! Happy #nationalsewingmachineday πŸ’• Hoping to spend some quilty time with you soon #juki πŸ’ #jukiexceed #sewingmachine #jukilove #jukisewingmachine #lovemyjuki

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Hello June! Can you ever have too many iris? πŸ’œ These smell amazing!! #inmybackyard #monthlymarker #iris #purpleiris #iloveiris #monthmarker #nofilter

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I think I picked the hardest block in #thequiltblockcookbook There are "only" 4️⃣8️⃣ pieces in this block 😳 What?! Recipe 21, Do Si-Do. Took me Forever but I'm super happy with the result! Those pressing wrinkles will come out with the quilting, right? πŸ€” Now to finalize my layout plans for my #sugarblockclub quilt! πŸ’œ#dontholdyourbreath #learningnewthings #sugarblockclub2016 #sewmystash2017 #juki #jukilove

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Another block from #thequiltblockcookbook πŸ“’ I Love this one!! It's Recipe 3, Lemon Whip. Working with fusible appliquΓ© went really well this time around! I need one more block from this book & then I'm ready to start piecing my #sugarblockclub quilt! πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’œ #learningnewthings #sugarblockclub2016 #sewmystash2017 #juki #jukilove

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My very 1st time piecing curves!! A little tedious but πŸ’œthe outcome! This is Sugarplum, Block 4 of #thequiltblockcookbook πŸ“šNeed to make 2 more blocks from Amy's book for the plan I have cooked up for my #sugarblockclub quilt. Shhhh, it's a secret ( #notreally #idontknowwhatimdoing ) πŸ™ƒ #learningnewthings #curvedpiecing #curvenewbie #sugarblockclub2016 #sewmystash2017 #juki #jukilove

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So maybe I have too much stress in my life right now ... understatement of the year πŸ™„... but I finally conquered this little beauty after 3 nights of frustration. Lesson learned- keep working your "stuff" & something beautiful will happen. Too much? Well, check out the 2nd pic - can you even believe those πŸ¦‹lined up perfectly at that seam?? 😳 Me neither. #totallyunexpected In fact, I didn't even notice until my final pressing. A gentle (or slap on the forehead for me) reminder that there are wonderful things happening behind the scenes (seams 😜) when you least expect them. Trust in the journey instead of focusing on what you believe is the destination. πŸ’œ Sorry so deep & real today. #sorrynotsorry This is Shine, Block 4 of Amy Gibson's awesome #thequiltblockcookbook #breathedeeply #trustinthejourney πŸ’œ

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The newest addition to my sewing room ... the Skarsta adjustable height table from Ikea! I'm in LOVE! πŸ’— Seriously, this table is da bomb! πŸ’£I was going to get the super cute Linnmon adj height table but when we stopped in Ikea to pick it up, this awesomeness was set up right next to it & I couldn't contain myself! πŸ€— This one has a hand crank so I don't need to ask hubby to help me raise or lower! You can install the crank on the left or right & it slides under the table when not in use. It's perfect for cutting βœ‚οΈ No more back pain from leaning over to cut fabric for hours! Bonus that the IKEA boxes all fit in my car, even with all our vacation luggage! Thank goodness you didn't have to watch me crawling around the inside of my packed car measuring with Ikea's paper tape to see if it would fit 🀣 #iwantanotheronealready #nomorebackpain #ikea #skarsta #sewingroom #sewingtable #cuttingtable

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Are you kidding me? #iwantchroma to make ALL the things!!! πŸ’•#alisonglass

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It's #bathtime for these 2 today πŸ› whether one of them likes it or not 😹 Happy #tongueouttuesday #tot πŸ±πŸ‘…πŸ± #mainecoonsofinstagram #mainecooncorner #mainecoon #mainecooncat #mainecoon_feature #ragdollsofinstagram #ragdollcat #ragdollcatsofinstagram #catlover #catsofinstagram

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I *think* I'm going for 5 rows of 5 blocks. So I need to add a couple blocks to my #rkblockswap group. Made this cutie today & just had to share! I πŸ’›the ugly ducklings πŸ₯🐦πŸ₯🐦 #raspberrykissblock

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So call me lame... but when I opened my #rkblockswap pkg yesterday, I was so excited but could NOT keep Hershey 🐱off of them! The little monster 🐱even ran off with my York peppermint patty!! I got it back 😜 Anyway, I saw the cute labels on some of the other swappers posts & thought I didn't get one ☹️ But then this same little Hershey 🐱monster ran off with @craftycop cute Thank You tag! So I ran after him πŸˆπŸƒπŸΌβ€β™€οΈand when I got it away from him, There It Was!! The cutest quilt label!! On the back!! Whew! Thx Jessica πŸ’• #quiltersrock #quiltyfun #crazycat

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Woo-hoo! They've arrived!! I ❀️ALL my awesome #rkblockswap blocks! Thx Jessica @craftycop for such a fun swap (my 1st)! πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»Thx to all you talented makers for beautiful blocks! πŸ’•And special thx to Jessica & her super devoted swap crew for all your hard work! πŸ‘ŠNow to add my test blocks & decide on a layout! Also, please let me know if you made the cute strawberry block (top left corner) so I can tag you! Side note: hubby was especially relieved the blocks arrived today as he was not looking forward to hanging out with #crankypants tonight πŸ™„πŸ˜‚#happymail #funmail #raspberrykissblock #quiltersrock #quiltyfun

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Hello May! One of my favorite flowers & favorite color! πŸ’œ A month filled with hope!! #itsgonnabemay #inmybackyard #ilovewisteria #monthmarker #wisteria #monthlymarker

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Finished!! You might need sunglasses 😎 to enjoy this bright happy quilt but I love it! This is my Sunshine β˜€οΈ Surprise quilt! I joined Leah Day's Machine Quilting Block Party last year to learn free motion quilting. Since all the quilting was done each month on the new block, it didn't take long to join the blocks & bind it. Leah's instructions & videos were straight forward & easy to follow, pulling this novice out of her comfort zone & into the world of free motion quilting. Thx for all the encouragement Leah! πŸ’• @leahdayquilting #youcanseethisfromspace #spotitamileaway #sunshinequilt #machinequiltingparty #blockpartyquilt #machinequiltingblockparty2016 #juki #jukilove #freemotionquilting #domesticmachinequilting #machinequilting

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@quiltersharon Thx for all the IG 🐱love!! πŸ’•πŸ±πŸ’•

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#happymail day!!! πŸ“¦ I had to have this Creative Grids Stripology ruler after seeing what a timesaver it is for other quilters. Now that I have it, I must admit I'm a little intimidated 😱 I'd love to hear your tips, tricks, advice for mastering this ruler and/or how to keep all my fingers βœ‚οΈπŸ– 😜 #rulerchallenged #iwanttokeepmyfingers #creativegrids #stripologyruler #quiltingtools #creativegridsrulers

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