Rae Ann: Aprons and Stash Manicure

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My good friend Rae Ann gave our featured presentation at our Alpine Quilt Group meeting last week.
You may know Rae Ann already and read her blog Cutie Pinwheel. I met Rae Ann years ago when Broadbent's Store expanded to be a fabulous quilt shop. Rae Ann is a dynamo and a sweet and loyal friend. She is thoughtful and kind besides having talent and organization skills. Rae Ann came to talk about aprons and her new blog Stash Manicure.

Rae Ann brought models to show us her aprons. She had granddaughters and friends (the most darling girls) model more than 20 aprons from her vintage apron collection.
It was really fun and I took lots of photos. So I made collages out of them. You can't see all of them, however. But I wanted to put as many up as possible for you to see.
Rae Ann hunts for aprons everywhere she goes. It is fun to collect something you can enjoy and hunt for as you travel. I might just pick up this hobby myself.
I love aprons and I wear one at home almost all the time. I'd go out in public with them if I thought it wouldn't get me strange looks. I like having pockets in front and the ability to keep threads and cooking splatters off me, among other things. When Allison is here an apron comes in mighty handy so I know why most women wore them, or still do.
Rae Ann also brought a few quilts to show as she talked about her other blog Stash Manicure. We quilters always need ideas for how to organize and use our stashes. Rae Ann is having friends come to show ideas to all of us at this blog. (she has 3!!)
I remember when this quilt hung at Broadbent's. Pinwheels are great and scrappy pinwheels are the best.
Rae Ann has some ideas about organizing projects in our "to do" pile. You know, the ones we buy fabric for and sometimes never get around to making!
I could use some help at my house organizing my stash better. I'm always open to new ideas.
This is a great stash quilt idea. The squares are all individually cut up from previous projects. Thanks for all your inspiration Rae Ann. It was a wonderful night to learn more about aprons and stash busting.

Thursday I'll be a "guest" blogger on Stash Manicure. I'm not sure I'll be that much inspiration or help. More like posting my own problems!!

-nanette
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Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

First I LOVE, LOVE your new header. Next how cute is Rae Ann, and all her darling models!! What a fun night! I will head over to read your post!

Sandi said...

It would have been fun to see Rae Ann and her "models" in those cute aprons. Love that last photo and quilt! I have a small apron collection that Rae Ann would enjoy. Several years ago, we did an exhibit at our historical society on aprons and it was amazing how many aprons folks shared - over 100! I'll have to look for photos (pre-digital) and share a few with Rae Ann. :-)

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Rae Ann has so many great ideas and building the blog for stash managing is one of them. I think all of that sew need a little inspiration for our stashes. Love the aprons.

Jan said...

Awwwwwww, what a pretty new Banner Nanette! I really love it and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all those gorgeous aprons and quilts! I'm gonna check out the new Blog :) Happy Day!

Rae Ann said...

Thanks Nanette... for all your kind words and the good plug on my new blog. It was fun being able to share with all of the gals at the Alpine quilt quild. I love the pictures you took of the girls wearing the aprons! I am going to have to steal a few if you don't mind!
I am EXCITED to have you be one of our guest this week on Stash Manicure. FUN!
Thanks also for being a very "DEAR" friend of mine. I consider myself very
blessed! :)

Muddling Through said...

I've been checking in on Stash Manicure since it went up. I figure I need all the help I can get. Those aprons are so sweet, and by the way - I forgot to tell you how much I like your new header. It's more modern looking, but still very much "you"!

Amber H. said...

She did a fantastic job with that quilt in the last page.. it really goes to show that you shouldn't throw out scraps if you can still cut a usable square -or more- out of them!

I'm really gonna have to make the trip someday to your store.. we live in Sandy, UT but my husband doesn't like driving out of the valley for anything, and I can't drive yet. More motivation to get my driver's license!

Barbie Jo said...

I collect vintage Christmas and kitty aprons. Loved viewing Rae Anns apron collection and quilts :)

Thimbleanna said...

RaeAnn is a cutie -- and she has some gorgeous quilts! LOVE your new header Nanette!

Jan said...

It's me again Nanette ... I went and updated my Profile, so my e-mail should show now. When I set it up, I had absolutely no idea what I was doing ... probably still don't (LOL). To make your life a bit easier cuz I know we could all use a tad bit more of "easier," I'm at:

upool1@bellsouth.net

Take care and God Bless :)

Sinta Renee said...

I love aprons! Very fun! I have been enjoying Stash Manicure blog... can't wait to see your guest appearance on it!

Momoo said...

I see you are very talented on the computer, I'm impressed with your photo collages.

Stephanie said...

Love the aprons and all of the quilts.

Kaaren said...

Your new header to too awesome and so you, Nanette.

I've never been an apron wearer but my Gram did and every time I see one it reminds me of her and gives me the warm and fuzzies.

Love those quilts, especially the last one. To die for.

And stop selling yourself short. You are the epitome of inspiration!

Joy said...

Oh I love all those aprons Nanette!!! Especially the cute green one with the ruffles, it's adorable!!! I'm going to bookmark Rae Ann's blog ... and I'm looking forward reading your guest post ... I find your work so inspirational so I know it'll be great :o).
Thanks for all the gawjus piccies!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

call me crazy said...

How fun! Love the aprons and the stash quilt is beautiful! :-) Would you do me a favor and take a look at the pillowcase on my blog? I'm trying to figure out if it is a feed sack. ;-) http://crazyboutquilts.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

Lily Boot said...

oh my goodness! that pink, red and white quilt is something else! Good think I have to go to work, otherwise I would be sitting here all morning working out how to piece that and then disappearing into the sewing room for the rest of the week! It's FANTASTIC! Hey, Nanette, imagine it scrappy :-)

Jackie said...

Your new header is really great, love it!! Thanks for featuring RaeAnn. I love her aprons, but most of all love her last quilt that you are showing. It just takes my breath away!

Lori Holt said...

Well Nanette...
I really feel bad that I missed Rae Ann's presentation but my Dad needed me to help him with the water turn...lol (some things never change!)...it was the first one of the season and that means ALOT of work for him.
I'm so glad that you showed all of the pictures so I didn't miss out all the way.
I just love Rae Ann...I know she did a fantastic job.
x
lori

Shari said...

Can't wait to see you on Stash Manicure . Love, love, love, your new blog design

Nedra said...

I can see by the pictures that Rae Ann did a wonderful job with her presentation. Aren't we so lucky to be friends, and to see the great things we learn from each other? I'm excited to see your post on Stash Manicure.

Ravenhill said...

This looks like too much fun! How wonderful to get together with so many like minded quilters! AND what talent! So many beautiful aprons. That last quilt is just stunning too. I would love to be able to have the patience to make something like that someday!
hugs from Emily

pratima said...

Nanette, your new header is so cheerful and the colors are so much fun! LOVE gingham :)
Rae Ann's aprons are sweet! Her quilts are so pretty. The quilt with squares is amazing! Thank you for these lovely pictures :)

madrekarin said...

That looks like such a fun evening! The aprons are wonderful and the quilts are amazing! Lovethat pinwheel. quilt. :)
Your new banner is adorable!
I'm off to visit Stash Manicure and I'll be sure to get back tomorrow.

Niesz Vintage Home said...

How fun! I love vintage aprons and have several.
And those quilts are gorgeous, especially that last one. Stunning!

Kimberly :-)

Valerie said...

Kudos on the new blog header --- certainly fresh and fun!

Meredith said...

I am so excited for you! Thanks for sharing all of that info. Most of us do enjoy using or finidng ways to use our stash. Very cute header.

Kim D. said...

Love the new header. It was fun reading your post about Rae Ann, she is a sweetie.. Lots of beautiful eye candy and love those aprons. Stop by to see my children of the 30's blocks.

Pat said...

Rae Ann seems like she is a real sweetheart. Question for you....how do you do the photo collages that you put on your blog today?

em's scrapbag said...

What fun aprons. And I love all the scrap quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Dresden Quilter said...

What a wonderful show and tell. I have really been enjoying the stash manicure blog. Do you know the pattern name of the red/pinkish quilt with the pinwheels?

Cathy said...

Aren't aprons adorable. There is some strange magnetic pull about aprons, they do give you a warm feeling inside somehow! Love the post and Rae Ann is lovely. xo

sewtakeahike said...

I looooove my "big book of scrap quilts" book Nanette! it has some really great projects in it for sure!
the aprons Rae Ann brought are just so cute! I love wearing an apron as well, and I'm with you, I could wear it all day long. We should seriously start that new trend and convince everyone it's cool. :)

Carrie P. said...

Well, I have just finished catching up with what has been going on at the hive. I love your arcs and dresdens. Your jelly roll blocks are so cute.
Love all that strawberry fabric too. Always enjoy your blog and thanks for coming by mine.