Norma Abbott – Ridgecrest, CA

Our Member of the Week this week is Norma Abbott. Everyone say hi to Norma! I hope you will enjoy getting to know her a little better!

Where are you from and where do you live now?: I am from a little town in Maine, called Warren. I moved to California in 1976 (husband in the Navy). We were in San Diego for most of his career in the Navy, with a brief three years in Washington DC. After we both “retired” we moved to Ridgecrest in Dec 2006 and love it here. Small City with a BIG Naval Base in the middle of nowhere. 100 miles from everywhere. Death Valley, Bakersfield, Lancaster, Victorville, every where a least 100 miles away. We are nestled up to the Sierra Nevada Mtns on the west side in the High Desert. Mammoth Ski Resort is just over the mountains.

What is your favorite project you’ve ever made and why?: I took a class in Bargello Quilts and I loved watching it come together. It was bright and vibrant yellows, oranges, golds and green. quite citrussie (if that is a word). I loved the class and the quilt was so much fun to put together and much easier than thought it would be.

What color seems to always make its way into your quilts?: Yellow, always yellow, the color of sunshine and happy things.

Do you do other types of sewing besides quilting? : I love to make seasonal pillows and decorator things, table runners, wall hangings, and machine embroidery. Years ago when the grands were little, I made some clothing for them.

Do you have other creative hobbies?: I love to cook and I collect cookbooks. Especially regional cookbooks from clubs and organizations. I have a cookbook from every state and several countries.

What’s your oldest UFO? Any tips on how you keep them from piling up?: 1996. I am the one that needs to control the UFO’s. I am very bad about getting things finished.

What’s your favorite creative outlet?: Cooking and applique.

Tell us about your family! : I have a husband of 56 years, we have one son, 3 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, one great granddaughter and one great grandson. We also have 3 boys kitties that are brothers (litter mates) that are 5 years old. They are totally in control of this household.

What’s your favorite food? : Pasta

What’s your favorite TV Show or Movie?: That varies on the on the time of years. I love the FBI’s. I like Dancing With The Stars, and The Voice. Always watch Jeopardy.

Who’s your favorite fabric designer?: Nancy Halvorsen

Do you have a favorite collection from The Art of Home Club?: Love them all so far. Haven’t had a chance to check out the older collections yet.

Is there anything else you’d like to share??: I am very pleased to have found your website and so happy to have joined. Lots of ideas to work on.