Memory Lane Monday: The Beginning

Memory Lane Monday @ DreamWeaver's QuiltsFor this inaugural Memory Lane Monday, I wondered where to begin. I’ve taken a BUNCH of photos of older quilts, and I still have more to do so there were lots of choices! Well, how about at the beginning? There isn’t really a more logical place, though I will note that I won’t be doing this in chronological order going forward. Even if I could sit down and put them in order by when they were made (and I doubt I could anyway–remember a lot of these aren’t dated, shame on me), I’d rather mix it up a bit and toss a seasonal quilt in where appropriate, or even an older quilt that’s related to something that’s currently on the design wall. Onward!

Shortly after ITMan and I married, we decided that I’d be much happier working at a fabric shop despite the cut in pay I’d take if I left my job in retail (and isn’t he the most awesome guy ever to be okay with that?). I went to work for Fabric Boutique in 1990 in Las Vegas, and at the time, the shop was more of a fabric store for dressmaking, with about one third of the shop devoted to a small selection of quilting cottons. I was hired for the dressmaking side obviously, as I didn’t even know what a rotary cutter was. 🙂 Continue reading “Memory Lane Monday: The Beginning”

Sunday Stash and InchieSee Playtime

InchieSee Viewer Tool @ DWQ

Last week I made a quick trip to my LQS to pick up my Pfaff 1475 with its brand new motherboard. Ouch on that. The machine is probably nearing 20 years old and it’s been packed up in the original box for about five years. When I took it out a few weeks back hoping to use it when my Bernina needed repairs, the Pfaff was DoA on the sewing table. It was NOT a great week to try to sew anything! 😦

Despite being essentially a backup machine these days, I decided I should go ahead and repair it now since it’s a really wonderful machine (one of the older Pfaff machines that was made in Germany before Husqvarna Viking bought Pfaff out and moved production to cheaper areas), and if I didn’t have it repaired now it wasn’t likely to get done at all as the parts for it are no longer manufactured. And who knows? One of my girls might eventually decide to sew and need a machine… maybe… okay I’m reaching here I know!

While I was at the LQS, I did the mad dash through the fabric in hopes to pick up some more of that yummy Kate Spain fabric that I ran short on, and maybe a couple of bluesy aquas to go with it. Continue reading “Sunday Stash and InchieSee Playtime”

Turn Signals, Bloglovin’, Dolls & Sticks

Nadine "all dolled up"

Random, short(ish) thoughts from the week in no particular order of importance (though if you’re new ’round here, be warned that I don’t do “short” very well):

Is there a mechanic in the house: There must be a shortage of mechanics in Georgia that are qualified to repair turn signals. Either that, or cars in this area of the country don’t come with standard turn signals built in. I know this because of the number of folks out there who are driving around with (apparently) broken ones.

Mustang Sequential Tail lights
Mustang Sequential Tail lights
How is it not a habit to use a turn signal? 😯 Heck, I use mine all the time! In fact, it’s such an ingrained habit to use a turn signal that I even use it when I’m turning into my garage from my own driveway, which can actually be slightly embarrassing if there’s someone else in the car! Besides, my turn signals are totally cool ’cause they do that sequential blinky thing there, which is all the more reason to use them a lot, though of course I never get to see because I don’t follow myself! Yeah, I went a lil’ bit pseudo-guy-car-freak when I bought my car years ago, but even after seven years I still love, love, LOVE it so it’s all good. 🙂 Continue reading “Turn Signals, Bloglovin’, Dolls & Sticks”

Coming Soon: Memory Lane Monday @ DWQ

Memory Lane Monday @ DreamWeaver's Quilts

I’ve thought about all of my older quilts from time to time, and realized that not only are they not all labeled (yes, I know…bad quilter award here), I don’t even have photos of all of them. I have a whole house full of quilts; they’re in closets, on racks, on the walls, draped over chairs and couches, and stacked up on desks and cabinets. There are many more quilts in the house than I’ve documented on this site or anywhere else.

I began to photograph all of my quilts last week planning to add pages to the gallery section on the website to document them all. I’ve made it through all of the smaller quilts that I could throw up on the design wall, though I need to hope for a sunny weekend day so that ITMan can help me with photographing the larger ones outside I think. I’ve also spent a bit of time digging around in my (apparently) rather faulty memory trying to figure out exactly when some of them were made since I didn’t label them!

Then over the weekend I wandered around the Internet (I do that way too much btw!), and I found myself on LuAnn Kessi’s site. Her machine quilting is a-maz-ing, and I love her sketchbook work, wow! In her profile she says, “I also feel it is important to display my original quilts, as my older work defines who I am today.” Continue reading “Coming Soon: Memory Lane Monday @ DWQ”

Tutorial: Multiple Mitered Borders Made Easy

Mitered Borders Made Easy by Nadine Ruggles

I’m just gonna say it: I love mitered borders on a quilt! Unless there’s a strong design reason for a straight-set border, mitered borders are my first choice for border treatments despite the small amount of extra work involved.

Depending on how many borders the quilt has it’s actually no extra work at all, since you can apply multiple borders all at once instead of one at a time like you’d do for straight-set borders. Not only can you apply multiple mitered borders all at once, it’s really the better and more accurate way to do it, and you’ll get the most lovely matching corners if you do! Here’s the complete how to: Continue reading “Tutorial: Multiple Mitered Borders Made Easy”

Work in Progress Wednesday–Finding the Groove Post Icepocalypse

Artisan Batiks and Essex Linen quilt detail by Nadine Ruggles

Last week was definitely weird here in the South. The Snowpocalypse a few weeks back was bad enough, but the Icepocalypse was much worse for us. Augusta was the hardest hit by that storm, and here we were right in the middle of it all. Turns out ice storms are momentum killers…who knew? I spent last Wednesday trying to get things done on the computer in between power flickers, until Wednesday evening when it sputtered out and died entirely, and proceeded to stay out until… wait for it… Saturday morning! Not cool, Mr. Winter, not cool…

Quilting related work was almost non-existent. No power == no machine, no computer to work on patterns, not enough light for hand work most of the time and no iron of course. It’s amazing how completely dependent our lives are on having electricity at the flick of a switch, and even more amazing how little we realize it until it’s not available. As I said on Twitter, funny how some days you’d just like to read all day, until there’s nothing else to do and then you’d rather not! Continue reading “Work in Progress Wednesday–Finding the Groove Post Icepocalypse”