Nancy Solsberg, the Vice President of the guild, and her husband, Steve, invited me to stay with them while I was in town. I know many quilt teachers prefer to stay in a hotel, but I'm a people person and I truly love to meet new people, see their creative spaces and hear their stories. To me it is way more fun than watching TV alone in a hotel room.
You know I'm known as the crazy bunny lady, but now I think I have actually met the crazy quilt lady! Take a hop with me down the rabbit hole into Nancy's creative world.
This is the quilt in my room. It's so warm and welcoming.
Nancy has made hundreds of quilts and many are displayed throughout her home. You know I loved this quilt. The pattern is from Bunny Hill Designs.
This one was a round robin.
These are in the master bedroom.
This is a T-shirt quilt she made Steve. I know my friend, Cindi Lane, would want to steal it! ;)
A card trick quilt. This was the first pattern/class I ever taught.
Nancy's dad made many of the quilt racks throughout her home.
Look at the size of this beauty! That's Steve (aka Mr. Postie) peeking out from behind the quilt. Steve is a retired Mailman.
Check out this beauty on her design wall. She still has another row to go around the outside. Incredible!!!!
Here's a close up of the quilt above. The fabric is all teacups.
You know I had to take a close up of this block. ;)
I really loved this embroidery for making a memory quilt.
This is Nancy's studio. She doesn't like to call it a studio and calls it a sewing room. It's way to big and awesome to call it that. The crazy quilt lady needs a nifty name for this space. Do you have any suggestions? I was thinking Nancy's nest, the Sewing Lab, the Creative Cave. Hmmm...
She is a long arm quilter too!
This was a cute little panel she found at a shop. I know she will make something fun with it.
I know a lot of Aussie gals making these Lucy Boston blocks. They are called Patchwork of the Crosses. I think they are sooooooooo gorgeous!
All that English paper piecing!
This is a bag to carry all your supplies to class. It's called the Beatle Bag and has lots of storage compartments inside.
Nancy grew up in Michigan where her family has a dairy farm. She took a class from David Taylor and made this quilt of one of the barns.
This is a photograph of her friend's goat, Jethro. Isn't he just the sweeeeeeeetest little thing?
Here is Jethro in the process of becoming an art quilt. I loooooooooooove him!! I want to hang this up in my house!!
She had lots of mini quilts hanging up too. This one is so cute with the thirties fabrics.
This is called Twilling. Nancy showed me how to do it. It' was really cool!
This is only one area of her fabric stash. She has tons and tons of fabrics. Like TONS!
This is a table topper she made in a class.
I loved this bowl sitting on the classroom table. Nancy has class every week. I know everybunny must have a great time!
I am loving these April Cornell fabrics. Of course my last name is May...that might be it too. ;)
They are so cheerful!
Nancy designed this row by row quilt. I love those spools!
And lastly, another gorgeous quilt for her bed.
Steve (Mr. Postie) and Nancy were so much fun to hang out with. They made me feel welcome and cooked the most delicious vegetarian dishes for me. Thank you!!!
Steve sent me home with some barbecue sauce for David. Steve and Nancy said Kansas City, Missouri is known for their barbecue. I know David will enjoy this very much.
The best part of hopping down rabbit holes is the new Forever Friends I find.
Hugs to you Crazy Quilt Lady! :)
I'll see you back here next Wednesday with photos from my class and the Lee's Summit guild show and tell. Now I better get packed. I'm headed to Virginia this weekend for another adventure down the rabbit hole with the Cabin Branch Quilters.
Light, love and hugs,