Online Trunk Show?

An Online Trunk Show?

Sure! Why not?!

Today, Sunday, September 23, 2018 I looked at my list of “to-do’s”. That was at 9am. I decided if I did not get myself out of this recliner I was NEVER going to get anything accomplished today  to prepare for this coming week!

Looked at my list again…ok, let’s get going!

First item on my list: Put away Trunk Show Quilts, empty suitcases.

I asked my husband if he would help me carry 5 HEAVY filled suitcases from the basement to the 2 upstairs bedrooms that are not occupied by anyone…I had made up my mind that I was going to get all of my trunk show quilts out of the suitcases and let the quilts lay flat. Now I did this a few years ago, but since then all of my quilts have been folded up! NOT GOOD for the quilts at all! Creases form because I used cotton batting.

So, we dragged all the suitcases up 2 flights of stairs. Did I mention the suitcases were heavy? Oh my they were heavy!

He placed them in one bedroom and I started taking them out one at a time, placing them neatly on the 2 beds. One room has a queen size bed and the other has a full size bed. I went back and forth between the rooms placing quilts on the beds and taking pictures of each.

You can see the fold lines in the quilts. So, if you have your quilts always folded up and  you never change them around, those fold lines make the quilts look kind of sad. Maybe you could take some time to pull the quilts out, let them air out on a bed or two.

I have categorized my quilts into 2 categories: Annie’s Publishing Company (Quilter’s World magazine, Annie’s Craft Store, Annie’s Creative Studio)  and  F&W (Fons & Porter/Quiltmaker/Quilty magazines).

If you would like to see my online trunk show, click on the link. The first are my quilts through Annie’s

This link you can see the online trunk show from F&W

I have more work through Annie’s, if you would like to see those, you can click on the link below. This link will take you directly too Annie’s Website. Just click on the word Annie’s. By the end of October I will have 6 online technique classes for you to view. Plus I film tutorials for Annie’s Creative Studio. So, Look me up!


Emptying the suitcases, placing all the quilts onto the beds took me 2 hours. It was well worth it! All of my quilts are not here at home, I have a some on display at Decorative Stitch Quilt shop. These quilts are for my classes I am teaching at the shop.

And! I have a lot of my newest pattern quilts that are not included in the online trunk show. They are not quilted yet. I will do my best to get them quilted as soon as I finish the art quilt on my longarm…sorry, can’t show pictures yet…maybe one day I will 🙂

Now that I have stood on my slippered feet for 2 hours I think I am going to go take a little break!

 Put away Trunk Show Quilts, empty suitcases

Onto my next task…


Happy Quilting everyone and enjoy this beautiful Sunday!

Nancy McNally

Enjoying life…

Developing my Business plan/goal

What do I want to do and how I want to accomplish my plan/goals

I returned home last evening from Indiana. I was there recording 2 online classes for Annie’s Catalog, Annie’s Craft Store. The drive allows for thinking time…and thinking I did along with singing along with some great tunes. Thoughts: continue Enjoying Life…how?

I was thinking about a conversation I had with Susan, the producer of the online classes. She asked me where I teach at. My response was I teach for guilds and for a local quilt shop. I used to teach at national shows, but I find the national shows extremely stressful. So I decided no more. I could if I only taught say 2 classes, but for the most part you tend to teach 3 to 5, any less and it is not worth the money. It is a lot of prep work, the supplies needed to bring for each class, plus bring enough supplies for extra sales…it just got to the point where I could not keep up with it. The first 5 years I was doing all of the above I had no one to help me. I do now, and maybe one day I will try to teach again at a show.

Do I enjoy what I do? YES! I want to keep it that way!

The owner of one of the shops that I taught at in the past placed an amazing opportunity in my lap! I thought about it and I was on board!  Another opportunity was presented to me shortly after by Annie’s. I chose Annie’s. That meant, I had to say no to the shop owner’s opportunity…that killed me! I still want to be there! My decision was based on: I need to enjoy what I am doing. I do not rely on the income that I make. It is fun money that is all. If I add the shop owner’s position to my schedule, I would stop doing what I love the most. All my time would be spent working for others.

In a nutshell, I love teaching. I also love designing quilts. And that my friend is what I plan on focusing on.

Yes, I will still make guild appearances! I love presenting my trunk show “What was I thinking?!”

So what is my next step? Sitting down with my helper, Cheri, and laying out a plan for the next year or two…and putting other things beside quilting on my calendar.

Happy Quilting everyone!

Nancy McNally