Nancy is shown here with Skippy the corgi who just celebrated his 3rd birthday. (They had brownie pie and Skippy got to taste the frosting.) Lily the long-haired dachshund is the Queen of the roost. Nancy said she would have liked to include her hubby Jim in the photo, but someone had to take the picture!
Nancy and Jim (and crew) live in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine, just a few miles northwest of the state's capital city, Augusta. While the current population is estimated to be about 4,000 year-round citizens, that number nearly doubles when non-residents arrive to spend the summer months at their cottages.
Belgrade covers about 60 square miles, with a large part of this area composed of lakes, streams and wetlands. Its five lakes and their inlet/outlet streams offer several species of fish for those who enjoy fishing, plenty of water surface for boaters, and excellent opportunities for those people interested in bird watching.
The area was an annual summertime destination for the writers E.B. White and Ernest Thompson. The latter's sojourns at Great Pond (one of the Belgrade lakes) inspired his 1979 play On Golden Pond, which was made into the Academy Award–winning 1981 movie, On Golden Pond.
If you've wondered about the meaning of Nancy's shop name, her motto is "Hauntingly Beautiful Handmade Quilts". Nancy said, "The world moves a little too fast for me. Crafting quilts by hand is my panacea." She loves the smallness and tedium of patchwork and hand quilting, the patience it both teaches and requires, the opportunity to feed her compulsion to work with color and hoard her favorite fabrics, the chance to combine beauty and functionality into something as elemental as a quilt in all its warmth and comfort.
Nancy has been quilting for over 20 years. Each of her quilts is one-of-a-kind. Her care, attention to detail and stop-to-smell-the-roses attitude shows in each of her offerings. Be sure and check them out.