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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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!


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,



curved feather on black silkOne of my very favorite conversations is “if it isn’t hand quilted it isn’t a quilt” or “hand quilted means putting your heart into a quilt”.

I no longer get my panties in a wad
My back no longer gets up

I just share

because I’ve been in that group who thought and felt and experienced and said that out loud.

Now I just share

that I love hand quilting and appreciate the level of work that goes into the hand quilting process
I can hand quilt, I can hand piece, hand applique


I’ve found home, peace, contentment in doing the machine work. Nobody is more surprised than me. But I do. I love the hum of the machine, listening to the needle pierce the layers of batting and fabric seeing stitches form evenly and cleanly as I stitch around the surface of the quilt. My heart is all over that baby.

at play greg case


@play is my heart, in that moment, on a quilt

I can clearly see the journey of this quilt and hear her whispers.


I can see how good Greg Case made her look and

how squaring her up made a difference

I can see the gift of what she taught me and appreciate her beauty

corner stone

I can see my heart in Quantum Leap too.

I can see the growth and progress.

I can see things I think as flaws that no one will notice

I can see the love in this quiltSarah vedeler future quilt

Yep, my heart is here too

I can see my heart in one of my future quilts as well that will be based on this photo of Sarah Vedeler taken at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel while we were at BERNINA University.

Yep my heart will be here too.

If your heart is in hand work I get it.
If your heart is in machine work, I get it
if you heart is in quilting on a long arm, I get it.

My one question this Saturday afternoon. . . how can we appreciate the beauty in all of quilting? How do we promote that perspective shift? One that honors and respects quilters no matter what their style? How do we work on developing that appreciation for the broad range of quilt making that’s out there?

These are serious questions quilters. I’d like to hear what your thoughts.

Happy Quilting!




John Cardin 4but it’s also kind of fun

because the silence indicates

1) work
2) thinking about work
3) gratitude for work
4) I’m working
5) I need to work on quilts
6) I’ll get to share some fun stuff with you very soon!!!!
7) I like to quilt
8) I get virtual hives when I don’t quilt
9) I have virtual hives
10) tomorrow is a quilting/blogging/quilting kind of day
Sometimes when I’m not blogging here I’m blogging at Generation Q.
I’m teaching in August at Steve’s Sew & Vac
I’m teaching in September at the City Quilter
I’m teaching in August and September at Hartsdale Fabrics
I love to teach :)

Saturday I’m working on
blog for Generation Q
If the Foot Fits PowerPoint tweaking so I can get it out to the dealers who want it
expressing gratitude for quilterly friends
sending questions to a quilter/blogger/Aurifil Queen for an interviewquilting

did I mention quilting?

Have a great weekend y’all!

PS if you’re participating in the whole cloth challenge with Lisa Calle & me I’d love to hear from you

Happy Quilting!


at play greg caseTeaching alert!

Teaching Alert!!

I’m teaching at Road to California! (This is a dream come true!)

Wednesday Beginning Free Motion Quilting

Thursday Let Your Foot Loose, Be Fancy Free

Friday Go Mini or Go Home

Saturday Beginning Free Motion Quilting

I’m in BERNINA rooms each day!!!


Happy Quilting!


Meadowlark play date squaresMonday will be the last day to enter

to win some of Melanie’s fabric
Meadowlark by Windham.

Then you get to make a quilt.

or a bag

or a purse

or a wall hanging

or a. . .



PS – I’ve updated the lecture/workshop page… I added a presentation – If the Foot Fits, Use it! a BERNINA specific presentation on feet & accessories.
I’ll be adding another class when I can figure out a name for it, a combination of And Now What and Let Your Foot Loose, be Fancy & Free.

Happy Quilting!


minnesota quilt sho studentAt the Minnesota Quilt Show in Go Mini or Go Home one of my student showed me her quilt in Karen McTavish’s new book Mastering the Art of McTavishing 2nd Edition.  How cool is that?! The quilt is beautiful.  PS I perused Karen’s book, it’s a must have!
One of the things I loved about her is that she’s a hard core leftie. And I do mean leftie. Leftie like my friend Gio.
It’s hard being leftie in a right hand world. It’s exactly like being an introvert in an extrovert world.  And I may, or may not, have some experience with the introvert bit.binding by machine corner quarter inch foot

I love, love, love the BERNINA Patchwork Foot.
I love the flexibility that it offers.
So I had “Mary” not her real name change things up a bit while she worked on her lone star. I had her move over to the left so she sighted the left side of the foot; then had Mary stitch from that side of the foot with her quilt top on the inside of the harp.
Since slowing down is a huge part of the class this did slower her down, a bit. Mary kept going and going. The quarter inch and the patchwork making sense to her.
And yes, I occasionally stitch patchwork from using the left side of the foot as my guide.
I like to see what my students see or more to the point what they need to see or feel (rotary cutter/ruler or doodling).

Sometimes if I’m not getting something in the quilting realm I try things differently.
How do you try to mix things up so they make sense to you?

happy quilting!



cherrywood 12 step color run funI know, I know the grammar on that title is pretty awful.

At some point in any class I will lean in close to several students and whisper this to them.
And yes in a rather noisy room I will whisper or lower my voice enough that the quilter must pay attention to what I’m saying, “You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be” It’s important to know that.
sometimes it’s not easy being where you’re supposed to be because you’ve looked around to check where others are in relation to you and it’s where you think you want to be, but it’s not where you are and you start stitching faster and then the troubles come
the seam goes off and out comes the seam ripper
and you must slow down
if I need to I will whisper this again when I see your shoulders and ears becoming one body part.
take a quick walk
The other quilters might be moving at a different pace, seemingly faster than you however, it might not be what it seems.

Take your time and piece and quilt your quilt with all of who you are. Your quilt will be beautiful when  your done. Yes, you’ll know where all of the “flaws”, “design decisions” are, but those are the places that give your quilts character and make it yours and unique.

You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be

Quilt on


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