Monday, November 26, 2012

Nancy's Mysterious Quilt

I've been absolutely dying to show you this quilt! The pattern is a free download from the Moda Bake Shop. You'll find my Nancy Drew giveaway at the bottom of this post.

 
I grew up on Nancy Drew books, always wishing I could find a secret passageway or an old diary...something spooky and mysterious. But there's not a lot of spooky and mysterious to be found when you live in a newly built house.
 
These days, I've got an old barn and and old attic, and a whole collection of antique trunks. But not many mysteries, unless I'm trying to figure out which of the kids did what.
 
When I first saw the previews for Moda's Get a Clue With Nancy Drew fabric, I got giddy. Those book covers...and the spines...and the end papers...  I knew I wanted to make a quilt with it!
 
And while I was waiting for the fabric to arrive, and then for the chance to show you the finished project, I tried to piece a black widow spider and made a cover for my 1930s and 40s era Nancy Drew books which also fits a Kindle. There's a tutorial for that here.


 
And now I'm working on another project for the Nancy Drew blog hop in January... I think I need to buy more of this fabric.  Signups for the blog hop are still open -- head over to Carol's blog for the details.
 
Is it conjuring up as many happy memories for you as it is for me?  I've been having an absolute blast, re-reading a bunch of Nancy Drew books and discovering some series from the same era that I missed when I was a kid -- Cherry Ames and Vicki Barr and Judy Bolton and the Dana Girls... 
 
 
 Did you love the Nancy Drew books as much as I did?  Does this fabric make you feel like re-reading them? I've managed to find copies of four of the six titles featured on the quilt top to give away. According to The Nancy Drew Library, these are vintage Twin Thriller book club editions. Each book contains two complete Nancy Drew mysteries, the same text as appeared in the yellow cover books on the quilt.
 
One of my followers will receive both books - to enter, just be a follower of my blog and leave a comment on this post before 11:59pm December 10.
 
Come back tomorrow and I'll tell you where I found the moss covered mansion (which is actually part of an asylum) to take the pictures! 

49 comments:

HelenMarie said...

Ooohh! Will you be posting links or directions for making the quilt? I love Nancy Drew... grew up enjoying many of her books! I, too, would have liked to go around solving mysteries like she did!

Maria2 said...

Love the quilt - I have not seen the fabric so will have to find some. Loved those books when I was young - such memories!

DonnaP said...

Oh My - the titles bring back memories - my mom had these - Nancy Drew, Dana Girls, Judy Bolton...and then I got hooker on Trixie Belden. All these are being passed down to my oldest dd! Love the quilt too by the way!

Pat said...

I just love Nancy Drew...I read and re-read her books so many times.
Great job on the quilt.
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Sandra said...

I always follow your blog. It is so much fun and you always have something to giveway or a new quilt pattern to make. I would be honored to have the opportunity to win Nancy Drew's books. I grew up with her books and I am thinking that maybe my mom might have kept a book or two. Then again, maybe not. I can't wait to start making Nancy's Mysterious Quilt. I love secrets and look forward to the month of January. Thank you for all that you do for all of your followers.

Sandi T.
sandit1@sbcglobal.net

krisgray said...

Cute - I love 9 patches! I read every Nancy Drew book that I could get my hands on, a few Dana Girls, and some Hardy Boys (oh Shaun Cassidy..). Eventually my books ended up being boxed and put in my mom's garage. If I cold get to them, I'm afraid of what I'd find from years of mouse exposure - sigh. DH saved about a dozen of his Hardy Boys so I'm hoping to get our son started on them when he's a couple years older. I'm going to have to search out this fabric and make something.

Bonnie said...

Wow, I LOVED the Nancy Drew books - read every one of them and all of the Hardy Boys mysteries, also. Nice to know there are others out there who still appreciate "real" adventure! Your quilt is beautiful and fun!

Suzanne said...

I was giddy to see your post on Moda. I was an avid Nancy Drew reader as a girl. I read them so fast and so furiously that my mother tried to limit me by dictating that I read X number of books between each one. I am off to see about the fabric line now. Thanks for conjuring up a desire to go back to number one. No housework may get done today. I may have to curl up on the couch with Nancy.

Gill said...

Oh dear! I've never come across Nancy Drew before but everyone else seems to love them so I'd like to read them too!

Jenny Wren said...

Nancy Drew! I loved those books as a kid and soon my kid will be big enough to read them too!
Love your quilt - Irish chain is one of my favourites and it's a great size too!
How mysterious of you to keep the location a secret!

Karin said...

Another Nancy Drew fan here although my first love was Trixie Beldon. :) Am I allowed to admit that here? I saved both collections for when we had kids and our daughter devoured them as well. Now she is in college and I still can't get rid of them. Super cute quilt!

Bonnie58 said...

beautiful quilt. I have to confess, I was more of a tomboy as a girl and liked the Hardy Boys better than nancy, but she was a close second. thanks for the opportunity on a great draw
bonnielarson58@gmail.com

Dresden Quilter said...

The quilt is fantastic. I love Nancy Drew. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lorene Holbrook said...

I love to read. I grew up on nancy drew and the hardy boys. Loved them! My 9 yr old granddaughter loves to read and would adore these books

Just Carol said...

I love your Nancy Drew quilt and can't wait to see all the other fun projects that come from the blog hop. Thanks for showing off your beautiful quilt!

Bethany said...

Oh I really love the Nancy Drew fabric! I am so ready to get some! I'm 20 years old and I gotta admit that I still to love to read Nancy Drew! I grew up on the books and I am still collecting them today!...I was so excited when I found out about the fabric coming out!

Margaret said...

I am a follower and I loved reading Nancy Drew. I read most of them as an adult rather than when I was younger.

Karen said...

I too loved the Nancy Drew books and now my 21 year old daughter is a big fan! I didn't know about the fabric... maybe I'll need to make her a quilt.

Farm Quilter said...

I never read Nancy Drew as a kid, but when at 25 I found myself at home alone every night with a baby and a husband who worked the 4:30-3:00 shift, I found them at the library and read every one of them!!!

Susanna Rooster said...

I love these Nancy Drew projects!

hueisei said...

Beautiful quilt! I love Nance Drew Books. I used to read all the series when I am a little girl :D

TerryH said...

I loved Nancy Drew...she was one of the best! Thanks for the chance to win.

lisa0116 said...

I already follow your blog.
I do love Nancy Drew. Filled many hours of my time when I was younger reading them. I also read the Judy Bolton ones too..Bolton was my lastname then. I also read the Bobbsey Twins..another good series.

Cathy said...

I always wanted to be Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden but there's just been no mysteries in my life! So, sad to say, I'm not a sleuth with a coupe.

What a fun quilt and fabric.

Anonymous said...

Another Nancy Drew fan here.... I also love the fabric....Don't think it is in at our quilt shop yet.Carol June

Sheila said...

I was also a huge Nancy Drew fan , read all of the books I believe and would be so excited when I would receive one as a gift .I follow via email , thanks for the chance.

hilary said...

I'm a follower. I babysat when I was young just so I could buy the Nancy Drew books. It was agony waiting for them to be published. I had a complete vintage collection. MyMom decided to clean house and threw them all out. I was devastated. It broke my heart. Life moves on but I've always wished I had them to reread. I loved those books. I'd be thrilled to win one. Every time I see one in the antique malls, they want a small fortune for a book.
Thanks for the giveaway.

krislovesfabric said...

I'm a follower and will be joining you on Carol's Hop. Your quilt is wonderful look forward to seeing what you do next :)

lynaeve said...

ilove this quilt

Dar said...

I too grew up on Nancy Drew mystery books. Your quilt is darling. I didn't know that Moda was coming out with a fabric line to celebrate Nancy. So glad they did. Thanks for the chance to win a vintage book. Now I'm anxious to re-read them after reading your post.

Dar said...

Forgot to mention that I am a follower and love your creative ideas.

doni said...

Nancy Drew was one of my favorites growing up too. In fact, when asked what kind of books I love, I answer "adult Nancy Drews!!!" Like Sue Grafton; Dana Stabinow and well ... you know what I mean!

Thanks for the chance at the drawing.

doni @ Oregon coast

Andee said...

Loved these books..think I read them all!

paulettesprettypapercrafts said...

I am an email follower, who found your blog during Ebony Love's book reviews. I didn't read as a child anything other than what was required because I couldn't be still long enough. I'm going to blame that on the broken vertebrae at the bottom of my spine that was finally replaired in 2008 at the age of 45. I desperately want to quilt, I just don't have time with my bird hobby and babysitting my 1st grandbaby. But I've got a hand full of quilt books, love paper piecing, and I'm collecting dies. My paternal grandma quilted all the years I was growing up and we always had the comfort of her quilts. She made me a special double wedding ring quilt for graduation of HS, which I cherish.

Allie said...

WOW WOW WOW - love it Michelle! I adored Nancy as a kid, every Christmas mum would get me several books and I'd have them read in three days. I would re-read them all year, until the next Christmas. I'm going to HAVE to get some of this fabric!!!!!!!

I did find some Nancy Drew's at our local thrift shop, I look there every time I go, I'd love to have the whole collection again. I do still read them. I also loved Cherry Ames, don't think I ever read Vicki Barr or Judy Bolton though!

hilary said...

Oh how I wish to win this.. Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said...

I also grew up with Nancy Drew. Love the quilt! Thanks for the chance to win the books!

cannewa said...

Oh my gosh, I loved Nancy Drew! I introduced my daughter to her and she loved the books! Now, we are introducing her daughter, my beloved granddaughter to the wonders of Nancy! Three generations of avid Nancy Drew fans! Have to make the quilt for Bella!

Denise :) said...

How did I miss this??!! I loved Nancy Drew mysteries growing up ... and the Hardy Boys ... and The Boxcar Children ... I went through my mom's books for those!! :)

Schatzi said...

Oh yeah, I loved Nancy Drew as a kid! The yellow spine hardbacks were my favorites, not the contemporaries they were coming out with by then. I own a few of the Thirties repros, too. I love this line!

M-R said...

I'm a follower! Love Nancy Drew! Thanks for the giveaway.

Mary Ann said...

I love Nancy Drew!

Kathy H said...

I haven't seen the fabric yet but I loved Nancy Drew books. I felt that i had the greatest treasure by owning a few of those books.

Sally said...

love the books and the fabric line! Too cool. Thanks for opportunity (I'm a follower)

jpiland73 said...

I love Nancy Drew! I have a small collection of first editions and now can't wait to find this fabric! Thank you for the chance to win!

Sallie said...

I'm a new follower. I love Nancy Drew. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Beth Strand said...

So excited for this blog hop...I just received my fabrics today! (pbstrand@msn.com)

Mary Marcotte said...

I'm so happy I stopped over. I also was an avid reader in my younger years....and became a librarian in my older years. I wish I knew how many books I read as a child, including Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and the Elizabeth Enbright series. This fabric will be so much fun to play with. Aren't the fabric companies smart for tapping into our love of books to sell us fabric? They know too well what makes us tick. Most of us don't really have a chance!

Judith said...

What a wonderful idea! Love the book covers on the quilt...Thanks for sharing. Judith, Texas

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