Tuesday, September 9, 2014

AQS Chattanooga!!

What an adventure Jill and I have had getting here. My husband and I began the journey from our home in Clarkston, MI....the trip to meet Jill in Toledo, OH should have only taken us about 1 hour and 45 minutes......it did not! IT took us well over 2 1/2 hours due to rush hour traffic in Detroit...which we could not figure out! UGH! What was the back up!!? No one knew or could figure it out.
Once we met Jill in Toledo, we were off on our adventure. Hubby went back to Michigan to work and Jill and I headed south on I-75. We made it to Cincinnati and came to a stand still....there is always construction going on in Ohio!! Do they ever get it right where they are not tearing up a road over and over and over again? It was unreal! I've been traveling through Ohio often lately and the road construction is never done!
We encountered torrential downpour in Knoxville, it was raining so hard Jill could not see the road!

Today, we are going to get ourselves ready and head on over to the convention center here in Chattanooga. We have to set up our booth "Accomplish Quilting Innova Longarm Dealership". Come on over and see us this week. The quilt show is open from Wednesday to Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Accuquilt's Block on Board! BOB!

Look what is new with Accuquilt!!
Block on Board!!
How cool is that?!
so here is my block that I chose to create,
I still have to finish piecing it, so sorry. I was only going to piece one but I decided after I started I wanted to make a table runner for my dining room table! So!! I had to stop and cut more pieces. Honestly, this quilt is on my bucket list! I thought I would have to paper piece it, but NO! Accuquilts pieces are perfect. And!! They give you the little triangle points to line everything up with! The directions are included on the packaging so keep those.

I have the pieces on my creative grid ruler that measures 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" so that I could carry it from the cutting table to my sewing table.

I think it is going to be gorgeous!!

This is the center

the corner squares, if you can find the corner...cuz it is round! LOL

 arcs, I used my 2 1/2" wide strips! How easy!

left overs!! don't throw these away...think reversible applique. These football arcs come from the unit I was cutting out below, and again, I used 2 1/2" strips. I just fan folded the strip

melon shapes, I cut 6 at one time!! 6!! And they are accurate!

Fabric selections
The pictures look a little grainy, sorry. I don't know what happened.
I absolutely love how easy this was to cut and piece. You wanna know what the hard part was? Ok, you asked! Picking out the fabrics!! Once I chose the fabrics I was off and running, I mean sewing!
Happy sewing everyone!! I hope you purchase Accuquilt's Double Wedding Ring!  Here is the link!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

What an interesting month....July 28 through August 2

Today is the official opening day of the Woodward Dream cruise. My husband and some of our sons will be working a booth at the cruise. Me, I will be sewing! If you don't know what the dream cruise is all about, I'm including the link to their website so you can go check it out: http://www.woodwarddreamcruise.com/
Before I get to sew, I will have to take my sister and her grand daughter, MaryJo to the airport. They came home with me from my 2 week trip to the Carolinas. Now that was an interesting trip and a long time to be away from home! I'm going to attempt to fill you in of all the happenings:
Lets see, where do I start? Lets begin with the Ann Arbor quilt show. I was not attending the quilt show, I was in the Innova Accomplish Quilting booth. We had a nice show! I only worked the show on Saturday, I decided to stay home on Sunday because I would be leaving my family for 2 weeks on Monday.
I hit the road on Monday around 10am. I normally drive all the way through to my sister's but this time I was too tired. I stopped just north of Mt. Airy, NC and spent the night. I slept in, got a nice breakfast, packed my car again and off I went to Charlotte.
I made it to Charlotte around 2:30pm, it took me a little longer to get there then I thought it would (road construction). I had to be at the Convention Center to help with set up for Virginia Longarm ( Innova dealer). So, what was going on at the Convention center? The AQS Charlotte quilt show :)
I arrived and Val put me to work assembling all the saddle chairs. Once that was done we worked on the booth. All the machines were already set up, we just had to hang the quilts, get office supplies ready....I left when we finished, I think around 5 or 6pm.
Jill and Capri arrived in the evening. I picked up Capri at the airport, Jill drove in...but not without incident :( she had a flat tire on her way down.
Once we were all together, we went out to dinner. Michelle flew in the following day. We all got up on Wednesday morning, bright and early and headed to the show.
I loved meeting all the people (quilters) and some quilting celebrities!!

More to follow ......

Saturday, July 12, 2014

What's Happening lately

So, what is happening lately?
This past year, I have not been posting on my blog as much as I used to. I don't know why I got out of the routine, none the less, I did. I'm trying to get in the habit.
One thing I have put into my routine is watching a new show on PBS on Saturday mornings:
Fit 2 Stitch! Peggy Saggers is the host. She is fantastic!!
This is a garment show, I have been making sure I am up early in the morning to watch this show!! She explains things so well.
One thing she just said is,
"we can never resolve the problem if we don't solve it"
Length, Circumference, Depth...oh these are mathematical terms!! Most of us shy away from math, but pay attention, we can do this!!
Length: bust, waist, hips (butt, lol)
Circumference: all we need to go "around" our body for those areas, that we like how they fit or lay on our body
Depth: an angular fit to either length or circumference (darts). the ability to change the length or circumference
I plan on purchasing the dvd set of this show's series. I'm not a garment sewer, but her teaching is making me want to learn how to do become one!
I will be collecting these Michigan fabric license plates.
Later on this month I will be traveling down to South Carolina.
I have some quilting friends that I am collecting these fabric plates for, I love it! Everyone is excited about this program. I am too. 
I posted this picture on facebook recently. Within a few minutes, I was able to get my favorite go to tools off my cutting table surface. They are within reach, easy and accessible to grab and work!
I have been working on my next video project, but I can't show you what I am making...just stay tuned. By the end of the year I believe the video will be up. You know what? Saying "by the end of the year" bugs me...that means winter is not far off...ugh!
Time to get off line...need to work
Happy Sewing!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Michigan is HUMID This week!!

Oh yes! Michigan is humid this week! So what does that mean for me? I'm in my sewing room (ie basement) working on future projects!
For those of you who don't know, I've completed 2 online instructional videos with Annie's Publishing company. I'm presently working on my 3rd. Here is the link to their website:
Here is a little sample of what I have been doing:
This is just a practice piece to check out colors, what pops and what does not. This one will not be in the video. I will be filming in early November and the class will be released within 60 days of filming. I absolutely love it!
Since I've started working on this project my mind just will not stop working! It is almost not fair!! LOL
Other events, I have a new website, yet it is not up and running. I have had a professional design it for me, I just don't get computer lingo. We will be launching it soon. The web address is
www.nancymcnallyquilts.com So please be on the look out for it.
On my site I will list where and when I'm traveling. What I'm designing, my blog will be linked to it also...I'm hoping to have a gallery. I will list workshops/classes I teach, trunk shows. Its gonna be wonderful!
Time to go back down to my sewing room and work!
Happy Sewing everyone!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Life is flying by and I'm having....

Life is flying by and I am having a blast!
I've been traveling a lot these days, I'm enjoying meeting the quilters from all over.
So! Let see, where have I been since I last posted on my blog? Did I tell you I went to Paducah? Had a wonderful time in Paducah. Beautiful country roads were traveled each day to and from the show. Our crew, I was vending with Accomplish Quilting
Accomplish Quilting is an Innova Longarm machine dealership. If you are in the market for a longarm machine, and stop by any of our booths at shows, tell them Nancy McNally sent you over for a test drive :) You are gonna love our machines!
In May I was also vending for Accomplish Quilting at the Lansing, Michigan quilt show.  While I was working I visited a couple of other vendors' booths. I saw this quilt and had to take a picture of it. This quilt is on my bucket list! I love this pattern!
The Broken Star, or is it called something else? It does not matter to me, I just want to make it!
I made some new friends at that show. During some down time I wandered around to this vendor's booth. She bought quilts from estate sales and online. I fell in love with that quilt!!
Oh, I also received several invites to guilds for trunk shows :) Love it when that happens!!
June came around and I hit the road again! Matter of fact, I arrived home 2 days ago. I'm still recouping from that trip. I had a wonderful time though. My sister flew in a week before I hit the road. She lives in South Carolina. We drove back there together. The idea was to take our time and enjoy the trip. Stopping here and there. Well that did not happen. I had to work on a customer's quilt on the longarm machine...and lets just say the quilting took me longer than I ever thought it would. But!! The quilting was out of this world fantastic!!
Here is a little taste of the quilting, and just to put a little happy note, side note, I'm teaching this type of quilting at Birds of a Feather Longarm Extravaganza in February:
Be sure to sign up for classes!! There are some amazing teachers coming to this event! So spread the word!! Some of the teachers are: me, (lol), ....Jamie Wallen, Dusty Farrell, Lisa Calle, Sherry Harrison, Jill Churchill, Kim Diamond, JoAnn Blade...this list is absolutely amazing! I'm just honored and thrilled to be included!!! There are more to the list, go check out their website.
If you would like to visit Jamie's website:
Lisa Calle's website:
Dusty Farrell's website:
Jill's blog:
I don't have time to post everyone's website, I will try tomorrow...so without further ado...here is a sample of the quilting:

well, that it is all for now.

Friday, April 4, 2014

I found it!

I've been looking for a quilt I had designed in EQ7, and could not figure out where I had filed it... I know silly me. It was in the file I thought it was in but for some reason the file was empty the other day. So, let's begin with a recap:

I believe 2 days ago, or maybe it was yesterday, I posted these two blocks, so here is that entry:


Here is the quilt that goes along with those two blocks! Except, I changed the background from the original design. I had made the background in the original white. I have two versions of this quilt: no applique in borders, and the other has applique.

You could also make the inner border white and the binding white. I like framing the outer border.So, what do you think? That is a lot of 6" blocks!! There are 64 inner blocks, and 44 border 6" blocks...lets do the math, how many blocks does that total? 108 I still like it and want to make the one with the applique.
In case you are wondering, yes, this is paper piecing. It is much faster to paper piece this.
I almost forgot to post this one, I made the inner border white.
 This one has a simple elegance to it.