Nancy Rink’s fb status from Monday July 28, 2014.
I am MAD as Hell! Thieves broke into my studio over the weekend and stole virtually every quilt (see the album What the Thieves Stole). This is an oh so wonderful follow-up to the break in a week and a half ago in which one quilt was stolen. We had beefed up security but the thieves paid no attention. They just ripped the alarm from the door and busted the security lights. Am I paranoid or am I just being targeted?! I have posted images of the main quilts stolen (there are probably more) just in case you see or hear of anything. Please call the BPD or if you see or hear anything suspicious. I have trunk shows booked at guilds and it makes it very difficult to give a trunk show without my quilts.

And if  YOU the thief is reading this, please don’t bother to break in again. There is NOTHING more for you to get. We have moved virtually everything out of the studio and are searching for a new location. Also, thanks for the pee and poop you left in the toilet!!! F&^$#*$!!

And from Tuesday July 29th:

Yesterday I was mad as hell. Today–well, I’m still mad, but am thinking a bit more clearly. So I’ve decided to offer a $1000 reward to whoever facilitates the return of my stolen quilts. (to see all of them, check out my photo album titled “What the Thieves Stole). These are two of the quilts. They all have labels on them and were stolen from my studio in Bakersfield, CA some time between 5:00 PM Friday 7/25 and 9:00 AM Monday 7/28. Contact me via FB or call me at if you know the whereabouts of my precious quilts.

Please take a look at the quilts below, if you see them please contact Nancy with the numbers provided or the Bakersfield PD. Please be smart and 1) do not attempt to purchase the quilts and 2) do not attempt to confront the people who stole these.



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American Made SolidsFirst up: American Made Brand Cotton Solids. Read more of their story here. Oh my goodness. I am in LOVE! Fifty, 100% cotton solids made with cotton grown, processed, spun, woven & dyed right here in America. One color for every state.  We’ve got this whole foodie farm to table movement that I love – locally sourced food, prepared in local restaurants and enjoyed within a few days of arrival. The food is usually outstanding and really supports the local economy. Neighbor helping neighbor.

Locally we can get this at the Quilt Basket which is in the process of moving. I can tell you this dear quilters I will be purchasing more and more and more of this. I like the feel of it, I like the texture of it. These will become my staple solids and you all know how much I love solids.

I love them. A lot.

And here’s why:

amb signature 60 wt cottonI finally had the opportunity to do some quilting with the sample of Signature Thread, a 60 wt., 50 wt., 40 wt and metallic I brought home from BERNINA U. Signature Thread is manufactured here in the United States. Check out their website, See What Materializes.  I used the 60 wt. in the bobbin and was quite pleased  with the results. Though I failed to adjust tension on one of the pieces, whoopsie, I won’t tell you which one. HA!
amb signature 50 wt cottonOne perpetual concern is lint. Then I says to myself, “self, it is cotton, cotton can be linty because it is, after all, cotton.” I am happy to report that there was no more lint than Aurifil and Superior. happy dance!

there is only left to try the metallic – I have a feeling I’m going to be rather happy, particularly since it’s on a polyester core, giving it that flexibility we quilters are looking for.

Long Arm quilter Elaine Huffman loves these, as do many other quilters I’m sure.

Made in America, both.

These will BOTH be making more of an appearance in my quilt making endeavors.

Happy Quilting!




Debby HandiQuilter Teri BERNINA

Debby Brown Handi Quilter Educator   – Teri Lucas BERNINA Ambassador

Going to quilt shows is just as much fun as ever when I can see this gal, Debby Brown.

The Quilt Basket Booth was located right under an air handling duct – blowing cool, COLD air down. Which I loved, however standing under it for hour upon hour Debby was COLD, hence the wearing of her Handi Quilter Sweater. I donned my BERNINA shirt this morning so here we are Fierce Competitors by day and good friends by night. Oh, bah, we’re good friends anyway. American Made Solids

The Quilt Basket is in the process of making the move from their current location in Wappingers Falls to Pawling – opening mid-August. They carry the entire line of the American Made Solids I came home with gray, black, lime and purple. Please don’t ask me the exact colors because, I really don’t know. I just had to have them. These are $6 per yard and have a lovely hand. I’m looking forward to doing some quilting with them in the very near future.

I very nearly purchased a thimble from TJ Lane. I was so close. Please, dear friends, don’t drop your teeth. I loved the look and feel of these thimbles when I was a hand quilter and wanted one then. They were on my “I MUST GET THIS TO QUILT LIST” way back when. These things are GORGEOUS! Amazing and beautiful and functional and did I mention Gorgeous? Who wouldn’t want to own something so very beautiful?

Traveling to a variety of shows you get to see some of the same vendors and begin to get to know them. I love Linda Pillion-Lease’s jewelry. I bought a button necklace from her that I still treasure. Today chatting with her was really different and I hope to interview her on my blog very, very soon. I listened to her tell the story of her art pieces, incorporating fabric and her jewelry. I was/am so moved that I hugged her before I left the booth. I can be a bit of a hugger if I know  you well, if not eh not so much hugging gets into personal space and well that whole introvert thing just gets me almost every time. When I hug I hug with my whole heart. The beauty I saw in her pieces and the story she told . . . . it’s a gift. . . .a personal beautiful journey. Oh damn words are going to fail me now.

I did spend some time in the quilts however did not get photos. Not for lack of trying. When I went in there were so many quilters vying for pictures of the quilts that moved me I just quit trying. I’m okay with that. Really. One thing I did walk away with a clear sense of. . . hand work is NOT a dying art. It never will be. There are so many quilters who love that part of the quilting world that it is here to stay. While hand quilters feel fewer and far between they are not. There were plenty of ribbon winners at Quilt Odyssey. While part of me rails at having separate categories for hand and machine quilting I get it – they are different and should be judged in a show accordingly. That said, they are both beautiful ways to quilt. And while I “gave up hand quilting for Lent” I can still pick up a thimble, needle, thread and get stitching.

Happy Quilting!


Eeny meeny miny moe

at play greg caseI logged onto Road to California yesterday to check class sign ups.

I was so thrilled and surprised that all 3 of the machine quilting classes are FULL with waiting lists.

Thank you!!!

I’m excited to go and this just adds to it! You all are the best!

There is still room in Go Mini or Go Home.cherrywood star go mini

I love teaching this class. And yes this is for a confident beginner piecer.

In class we cover the biggest challenges of piecing:
lining the pieces up and stitching
oh and we’ll have fun


just know that in this class we cover technique – if you finish the project great, if you don’t great!
It’s fun to sit and stitch and be happy

Let’s have some fun.

And if you’re sitting there looking at the class and wondering if you should take it? Do you have the skill necessary? Are you sure you should try it?


Take it.

You ca do it!

Happy Quilting!


IMG_20140713_205900the people

they are way cool

and this person Gayle Schliemann always makes me smile

She has a cool bit on We All Sew this week

radiance and aurifil


I just love Radiance. I love the blend of cotton and silk working together to bring best of each to the quilting party.


Notions – notions make everything better

sewing machines – yes my B 780 and BERNINA 1080’s rock it!

patterns – they are the stuff of life – whether it’s a tutorial, commercial pattern or whatever resides in your head

the variety – this just makes me happy seeing all of the variety out there

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magazines for any and every quilter – there’s something that fits ever quilter

and yes this is a shameless plug for the one I work on but I love it

I’ve found home

quilt guilds – these are places of people, and I love quilterly people and all they bring to the quilt party


quilt shops – what would we do without them, they are sources of information, community, fabric, patterns and quilt shop employees who are willing to share their knowledge

quilt shows – sources of inspiration and great variety. And there are vendors and classes and batting and . . .


Here’s my top 10 for today!


Happy Quilting,



Ponder 1in·spi·ra·tion – [in-spuh-rey-shuhn] 


1. an inspiring or animating action or influence: I cannot write poetry without inspiration.
2. something inspired, as an idea.
3. a result of inspired activity.
4. a thing or person that inspires.
5. Theology .

a. a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.
b. the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced.

in·spire – [in-spahyuhr] 

verb (used with object), in·spired, in·spir·ing.

1. to fill with an animating, quickening, or exalting influence: His courage inspired his followers.
2. to produce or arouse (a feeling, thought, etc.): to inspire confidence in others.
3. to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.: to inspire a person with distrust.
4. to influence or impel: Competition inspired her to greater efforts. animate, as an influence, feeling, thought, or the like, does: They were inspired by a belief in a better future.uhw wrought iron fence and gate
I had coffee with a couple of friends this afternoon. It was lovely. Simply lovely. Lovely in a way that just makes me happy. We talked quilting and other stuff for a solid 2 hours. Part of the conversation that has stuck in my head was about inspiration.
Inspiration is a pathway that leads us in ways that we can not begin to imagine.
Today I’m inspired by color (usually spring and autumn); wrought iron; geometric shapes and blank canvases (i.e. whole cloth), art style quilts.
That’s changed a lot in 20+ years of quilting. Once upon a time inspiration was found in patterns, books, magazines, some online stuff and listening to the advice of others.
The major shift in inspiration probably started about 10 years ago or so when I started to be more comfortable in my own quilterly skin. How I viewed patterns started to change: from thinking I needed an exact copy to a pattern is a jumping off point. How I viewed magazines: intensely reading to flipping through the pages to find something that resonated with me. when I listen to the advice of others now it’s partly to hear things I may not have though through and to eliminate possibilities.
When I got advice years ago I thought I had to follow it exactly. Uh, no. When I gave advice I thought quilters should listen to me exactly – because you know I invented quilting and I’m all seeing and I know everything about quilting. Uhm no. Now when I get/give advise it’s like an idea ready to be fleshed out or lived with or discarded. I don’t care any more if a quilter follows my advice. Seriously. What matters, that the quilter is happy with the end result. yeah that.
quilt and sunrise 009that frees me to be about the business of quilting
that frees them from being obligated to listening to what I have to say
that frees both of us to explore quilting in a way that suits us
This photo inspires me. I draw breath and get giddy when I see it.
What inspires you?
Happy Quilting!

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