Friday, June 14, 2013

You can still follow me on Bloglovin

As some of you know Google Reader is going away as of July 1st, 2013. I am moving to BlogLovin. There is a widget on the right that will take you to my blog there. I will eventually be transitioning to a Word Press blog. I have been taking classes through my local community college on how to do this so I can be more informative and productive with my blog.
I am on Facebook as Janet McNamara Houck. (

I recently started a Facebook page called A Quilty Pleasure. Please feel free to join me at either Facebook site. I will warn you, my personal page contains posts that are meaningful/personal to me. You may or may not like some of the posts. I am passionate about gun control, my Constitutional rights and dislike extremists of any political party. If you don't like a post, please just pass it by. I like animal posts, cartoons, funny or inspirational posts, They are more prevalent than heavier posts. 

My Facebook page, A Quilty Pleasure, is devoted to all quilty/embroidery things that bring me pleasure. The plan is to corral these types of posts on this page. Personal posts probably won't appear here. This page will evolve over time as I fine tune what I want. I have "liked" numerous professional and commercial quilting pages. I hope you will enjoy the cornucopia that will evolve.

I look forward to seeing you on Bloglovin or Facebook.


Saturday, May 11, 2013

A little one's birthday

We traveled to Hope Mills, NC this weekend to enjoy family and to celebrate our niece's 1st birthday. It has been a warm and wonderful day. Avery was not sure what to do with the presents but certainly enjoyed all the attention and food.
we have met so many wonderful people today, hope some of us will stay in touch.
When we arrived we had a great surprise, my FIL was already here. It is wonderful to see him, it's been to long. He is down sizing a bit and we were offered a treadle sewing machine! My husband learned to sew on it. It will soon have a new and loving home in NC. Can't wait to get the beauty. It belonged to my FIL's mother. What a great way to have a remembrance of her.
Till next time... happy sewing.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

It has been a cold, rainy weekend. You would think I would have hunkered down and spent the weekend in my quilting studio but noooooo. I have foolishly spent the weekend playing some new games on facebook (a real time waster) but have also spent quality time on with classes I bought in the past or recently added. Yesterday I watched part of my class with Jane Dunnewold; The Art of Cloth Dyeing.  I haven't dyed any cloth in quite awhile and thought I would take a class from one of the giants in the field.
I originally learned from Marjie Mc Williams on Quilt That was a awesome series of classes and learned so much. Unfortunately, Quilt University will be shutting down at the end of the year after Carol Miller died earlier this year. Her husband reported to all of the followers that his heart just wasn't in it and so it would close.
I am now thinking about using my own dyed fabrics to get the colors I want when making quilts from my favorite designer Judy Niemeyer.
I just finished a free mini class by Steffani Lincecum; Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z. It was a great mini class, especially since it was free. It covered basic feet, some quilting feet and speciality feet like roller feet, how to make hems, including rolled hems, couching and gathering feet. Didn't take to long and got some good information.
I started the free mini class on making Pixelated quilts and I think I may try this. 
I have no stock in Craftsy but have found the classes excellent, enjoyable and so informative. You might take a look at what they have, and it's not just for quilting.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The weekend is in full swing and started off with a great day. I got to spend most of the day on Friday sewing with my quilting buddies Cathy and Kathryn. I started a Judy Niemeyer paper pieced pattern ( as a quilt for my son and DIL. If I can get it down for their 5 yr wedding anniversary it would be great. Have several other Judy patterns in the works as well. I love to have numerous projects going so I can pick and chose whatever strikes my fancy when I want to sew. Can you guess I am hooked on Judy's patterns. Just love them.
Off to sew some more.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

It has been a long and hard week for those in the Boston area and the USA. It's time to be creative and help heal. I am going to work on Judy Niemeyer patterns that make me happy and take my concentration to do so. What you are working on?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Requests for Quilts in Owego.

Got new requests today for 5 doubles, 1 queen and 1 twin size quilt. The twin is for a teenage girl who loves bright pink and any shade of blue. if you are willing to adopt a person pls contact me and will see match you up with someone specific. Thanks for considering. Jan

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Art quilt for Owego Disaster Relief

I'm going to let you all in on a project I am planning and have sketched out. I have gotten some of the permissions I need to do what I want. I am creating an Art quilt that will use pictures people have so graciously given me permission to use. I will spell out the word Owego with a collage of pictures. The backing will be narrative timeline created (I hope) with news stories. Photos and backing will be printed on fabric. The top of the quilt will be a photo of flooded Owego. Tioga County Council on Arts has agreed to use the quilt as a raffle or auction item with all monies going to Flooding Disaster Relief. I hope you all will consider a donation for the quilt when it gets there.

Quilters wanted

Starting to get requests from families for quilts: This is for a family whose home will be demolished due to damage from the flooding: " One is for a 13 year old girl, – she’s a little tom boyish so probably not pink. I don’t think the size matters much, but will probably have a twin bed. The second one is for a 7-8 year old boy, Nathaniel – I’m sure he’d like anything. Again no specific size – will probably end up with a twin bed." The Broome Co, NY Linus Project is donating 40-50 baby size quilts. If you would like to help out and adopt an adult/child/family please let me know and I will match you up. Jan

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Working on getting quilts to Owego, NY

Have had a busy day. Am getting more interest from people requesting quilts. Will coordinate quilters adopting a child, adult or family. If you would like to donate for a 1st come 1st serve basis that would be wonderful too. If you live near the Owego, NY area and are interested in meeting up with like minded quilters just let me know. We are planning on some sewing bees.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Quilts for Flood Victims in Owego, NY

I have not posted in over 2 years. Life has gotten in the way. I am posting today because I would like to Call Quilters to ACTION. My hometown of Owego, NY was flooded VERY badly last week. Most of the village was underwater. Areas that never flood, flooded. People have lost everything! The destruction is unbelievable. I am now living in NC but still own property there. I know quilters have huge hearts so I am asking for your help. I am going to coordinate an effort to get quilts to the people of Owego, NY. I ask you to pull out those UFOs or just start quilting. Contact your local quilt guilds to see if they will support us. Post a request to your blog, Facebook or Twitter, even if you don't quilt. People can contact me directly at I have a local contact there who will help us distribute quilts. Won't you please help? Any size quilt is welcome.