Moving Day is coming….

Moving Day is coming soon!

Bella is ready to be disassembled

Well, Bella has been cleaned up. I had to dust her off 🙁 I have not been able to longarm quilt in a while.

I miss her terribly.

I need to get reacquainted with her. I miss drawing with thread just doodling. I can’t wait till we have her setup in the new house and I can play and create with her!

I need to get my groove back!

Her new spot is here:

New spot for Bella

Playing … I need to play with my Bella….

I still have to figure out where 2 workbench cabinets (only 1 is pictured) are going. They are full of longarm threads, rulers, all sorts of tools. I’m running out of space….I think I have to take over the second room that is in my basement. Oh bummer! LOL

 

My new cabinet from Harbor Freight

 

 

 

 

Back to work everyone,

Nancy McNally

Try it out Design Template for Machine Quilting

I designed a new template “Try it out Design” template. As a longarm quilter, I find that I get stuck on the designing of the quilting that is going to be stitched in a block. I designed my Try it out Design for all machine quilters, not just for longarm quilters.

First I have to decide on a design to be stitched.

Am I going to stitch a different design in every block?

Am I stitching the same design all the way across the quilt, also known as an Edge to Edge (E2E)?

As I am deciding on a design I draw it out on the template. I can tweak the design as I go along, make a mistake…erase it 🙂 and keep on going.

Once a design is kind of settled on, the next is to figure out how to begin the design in the block, work my way around, and if need be, move directly into the next block.

This happens with every quilt. This is why I designed this template. Now, how should the template look? What should the template offer?

I decided I wanted a template that would offer:

-a variety of registration lines for me to use

-different “shapes” such as half square triangle(s), quarter square triangles

-diamonds, rectangles

-lines so that echo designs or fillers can be drawn (stitched)

-by drawing directly on the template, I can figure out a path to go from block to block, E2E, single block designs,                        sashing

So, I designed one! My template is 13″ x 17″. The largest section has registration lines from the center out that start out as a 1″ square and go out to a 12″ square. I begin with a solid line for the odd numbers (1″, 3″, 5″, 7″….) and the even numbers are dashed lines (2″, 4″, 6″, 8″….). Next I added center registration lines on the horizontal, vertical, both diagonals, half square triangles, quarter square triangle. Move to the end of the template I divided the remaining 4″ x 12″ area into rectangles divided in half which also create diamonds.

   

I have a video here for you to watch how I use my  Try it out Design, template. All you need is a Dry Erase marker, a Dry Eraser (or soft cloth to clean the board), painter’s tape to add to the outer edge. What is that for? So that you don’t accidentally draw off the Try it out Design template and onto the quilt! You can see in my video how I taped off the edges to prevent me from drawing on the quilt.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iFBDHyAcMA&t=24s

My new template is not on my site yet. If you are interested in my template send me an email at:

nancymcnallyquilts@gmail.com

Also, if you are interested in a longarm, drop me an email

nancymcnallyquilts@gmail.com

Happy quilting!

Nancy McNally

The Element of Surprise

The Element of Surprise.

This is not the first time this has happened to me.

When it does it is a welcomed surprise!

You see, I had a deadline that was on top of me, breathing down my back “gotta finish this quilt, gotta finish this quilt. only have a week to piece, quilt and bind…gotta get this quilt done…call a friend (Cheri)” Cheri came over 3 days in a row. This quilt was not difficult, just a little different from the traditional method of piecing.

Sorry, can’t show you the quilt. In May 2018 will be the reveal

Once the quilt was pieced, it was time to quilt. Oh great, someone (me) forgot to request the backing fabric from the manufacturer.  Quickly scan my fabric shelves, do I have enough? Ummm of course I do! I found a wide backing I had purchased from a few years ago. Cheri ironed the wide backing.

Quilt is done, backing is ready. Now on to the longarm machine. We pinned the backing onto the leaders. Wound bobbins, threaded my Innova Longarm. Cheri cleaned off the table. I had not dusted it in a while :/

Grabbed my rulers for machine quilting. I love ruler work! At the same I am gathering my rulers, I’m telling myself , ” Don’t do anything complicated or time consuming!” Cheri must have heard my mind, because she was telling me the same thing, lol

Before I knew it I was stitching a Cross Hatch pattern. I Love ruler work. I grabbed another ruler to help me stitch arcs and I was off a running, I mean stitching, a really neat pattern.

But you know what? I had no idea how this would turn out on the back of the quilt. Most of the time, I can’t really vision what the quilt is going to look like on the top because I only get to see a small portion of the work as I progress. Why? Because we advance the quilt on to a bar. The quilt gets wrapped around a bar..so the stitching design gets hidden. I progress for another 4.5 hours. I quilted about 5.5 hours that night.

The next day I quilted another, close to, 6 hours. Quilt is done! Take it off my longarm as fast as I could. Now I have to sew on the binding. I’m rushing and racing around trying to finish. You see, I have to have this quilt at the publishers by tomorrow…

I drape the finished quilt over the longarm exposing the back.  All I can say is “WOW”!! I actually started crying tears of joy! I could not believe how beautiful the quilt turned out!!

I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Draping from my Innova Longarm machine. Love how this quilt turned out

Happy Quilting!

Nancy McNally

1-Lost or Stolen?

You know, I’ve been told there is a story behind every quilt. When I present my trunk show, I sometimes have a little story to tell behind the making of the quilt or an event. This is the first quilt in my series of “there is a story behind every quilt” except, it is not a happy story now. This quilt was either Lost or Stolen. Here is how the quilt came about, it’s creation.

 

My first thread painting quilt came about because I thought I wanted to design fabric, I just had no clue how to go about doing that. So I started with a drawing. Colored it in. Studied what I drew for a while, pinned the drawing to my design wall and well it is still hanging there. This was back in late 2014. Yep, that long ago. Here it is 2018.

After looking at the drawing for a few weeks, I decided to put some fabric on my longarm machine and let’s see if I can transfer that drawing to fabric. Pinned the backing on, placed batting on top of backing. Grabbed the top fabric and drew the basic design onto the fabric with my marking tool: the Ultimate Marking Tool by Hancy, Full Line Stencil. ( The Ultimate Marking Tool, coming soon to my store)

Next was to decide colors and wind all the bobbins…hmmm I have lots of less than full bobbins….sooo, let’s just use these. After all, this project is not for anyone but me. I don’t care what the back looks like. This is a fun project and a new technique that I must give a try. So, Off I go!

Click on the link above or right here to see how the project developed. Hopefully the pictures are in order still.

I loved the whole process of creating this project!

I was teaching at the North Carolina Quilt Symposium back in 2015. What a great week that was! Being in the NC mountains! As I was sitting eating lunch with Susan Brubaker Knapp, she announced she was looking for new talent to appear on her PBS tv show Quilting Arts. She told me to submit my project ideas, something new, something fresh and different. So I did. My projects were accepted and I was going to be on the show!  Here is that wonderful day!

See the quilt in the background? The black one hanging up

On the set of Quilting Arts with Susan Brubaker Knapp

I am so proud to show it off, except its gone! Yes, it is gone. I don’t know how it happened, other than it was either stolen or  it was left behind at one of my stops during a recent trip…. You see, I was traveling from Michigan to North Carolina then on to South Carolina. It was a bone chilling bitter freezing cold day when two of my sons and I left Michigan to head to the Carolinas. We made 4 stops along our 13 hour drive. Ohio-1, West Virginia-2, North Carolina 2…lol ok that is 5, but the 5th one was our final destination. None of the stops did I check my truck bed, none. It was so cold outside, all I wanted to do was get back into the truck to get warm!

My truck bed has a tonneua cover, protecting the contents in the truck bed…that is where all my trunk show quilts in their suitcases were protected. I was not the one who packed my truck bed either, I left that up to the men :). I also made the mistake of not locking my tailgate. sigh…I guess I was just not thinking about that. I was actually nervous about the drive. The weather was not good for traveling, icy and snowy road conditions. That was all that was on my mind.

When we arrived in Wake Forest, NC at my son’s apartment I grabbed my overnight bags and pillow, which were in the back seat. My sons’s suitcases were in the truck bed. They both retrieved their bags and off we walked to Steve’s apartment. I handed Steve my keys to the truck and he moved the truck from the loading zone to the parking lot. The next morning, I got up before they did, got myself ready, said good bye to them and off I went 3 more hours down the road to Rock Hill, SC. Again, did not think to check my truck bed. I was excited to be in the south where the sun was shining!

That all happened on a Friday, Dec 29, 2017 and Dec 30, 2017.

I arrived in Rock Hill at noon on Dec 30, 2017. I met with our realtor, Naomi. She and I climbed in her truck and off we went to look at land (acreage). We returned to the parking lot of her office around 5pm. I did lock my truck cab, and I honestly can’t remember if I locked the truck bed then. I ended up driving 90 more miles to go stay at my bestest ever quilting buddy’s (Dale) home that night. There I know I locked the truck bed after we got all of bags and sewing machine with supply bag out. NOT my trunk show suitcases. I left my trunk show suitcases in my truck bed. They are heavy! This was Saturday night.

I stayed at Dale’s home till Wednesday morning. The day before I had to drive to Rock Hill to meet with Jim at YLI thread. After my meeting with him, I opened my truck bed to pull some of my suitcases out and place them in the cab. I needed to wash all the salt brine off my truck! I had the dirtiest truck in the Carolinas! I remember thinking, I can’t reach those suitcases, they had slid all the way to the cab. I also thought, wow, something does not look right. How do I only have these suitcases. Something is not right. I closed up my truck bed after placing a few of the suitcases in the cab and off I went to the car wash. Drove back to Dale’s…90 miles….

Wednesday was my trunk show day with the Charlotte Quilt guild.

That was when I noticed quilts were actually missing!! As I was pulling my quilts out of the suitcases, I realized that it went faster than normal. During the presentation, I was looking for certain quilts that went along with the “lecture” and they were missing…hmmm….

I continued on with my trunk show. Totally baffled and trying to focus and continue.

Now remember, this was Wednesday. I taught a class for the guild on Thursday. Drove home on Saturday…12 hours…alone.

Saturday night went to bed totally wiped out! I woke up at 3am almost a panic! That was when I remembered which suitcase was missing and the quilts that were gone! This is the suitcase that is missing:

 

Honestly, I’m sick over this. Where did this suitcase go? and where is this beautiful quilt?

Nancy McNally