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LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH

LAUGHTER IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH

Sometimes, we all just need to stop – take a deep breath – and look around us for things that make us happy. Then there is laughter. Both the Bible and doctors say that laughter is good for our health. I know…I know. I did not post last week. The time just got away. Between working, cleaning up in the garden, painting the kitchen, and finishing the binding on a quilt the week was over before it occurred to me…

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MONDAY THOUGHTS ON QUILTING

MONDAY THOUGHTS ON QUILTING

I have gotten several emails or comments lately that have stated various things or asked questions. I have also noticed some things over the past few weeks about stress, and people being rude. This is not intended as a rant or anything about any particular person. However, here are my own Monday thoughts on quilting. Why do you quilt? I am guessing if you are reading this blog that you are a quilter or want to be one. Why is…

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BE AN INDEPENDENT QUILTER

BE AN INDEPENDENT QUILTER

When it comes to your quilting style – are you a leader, a follower, or an independent? Please let me encourage you to be an independent quilter. It is fun and satisfying. Leader or Follower: What do I mean by a “leader” quilter? This is a quilter who is influential enough in the quilting community to set the style of quilts. A trend setter. Someone who starts a popular style of quilting. This could be colors, a certain style (ex:…

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CELEBRATE JULY 4TH QUILTS

CELEBRATE JULY 4TH QUILTS

I love red, white, and blue quilts. Not only are they patriotic, but they are also happy and bright. I thought I would share some red, white, and blue quilts I have made over the years. Use these ideas as a starting place to make one (or more) for yourself. Celebrate July 4th quilts! Using cheater blocks – Cheater blocks make for fun projects. They can be hand or machine quilted. The below small quilt finished at 22″ square. I…

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SUPPLY CHALLENGES AFFECTING TEXTILES

SUPPLY CHALLENGES AFFECTING TEXTILES

Have you noticed that the shipping issues in the news are affecting sewing and quilting supplies that all of us need? Over the past several weeks, I have had conversations with other quilters and textile folks. Many of them are frustrated with the supply challenges affecting textiles. As a quilter, I have seen the steady increase in my cost for fabric, thread, and rotary blades over the past few years. It is frustrating. It plays havoc on my budget. Are…

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HUMOR – QUILTING – AND GETTING BY

HUMOR – QUILTING – AND GETTING BY

Some days the best that can be said is that it would have been good to stay in bed that morning. All of you have been there. Some days a good dose of humor, quilting, and getting by is the best place to be. This past week has been a “grin and bear it” kind of week. Having a sense of humor, and a quilting project to work on is the best thing that happened each day. The small things…

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VETERANS DESERVE QUILTS TOO

VETERANS DESERVE QUILTS TOO

I believe in giving back to my community. And veterans are some of my favorite people. Fabric was donated to me for making quilts for some local veterans. Bring together 5 quilters on a Saturday and guess what? It is possible to make 10 snuggly quilts for our local vets because veterans deserve quilts too. Making those lap quilts: The first five quilt tops are 8″ blocks. We quickly ran out of red, white, and blue. There was still other…

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THE END OF QUILTING?

THE END OF QUILTING?

Quilters are strong, courageous people who quilt for the joy of it. Many of us use quilts to help in our corner of the world. Imagine my head shaking when the emails came in asking if I think the current world situation meant the end of quilting? Several of you have questioned me lately about my take on starting quilt projects, or even finishing current ones based on the world chaos we are experiencing. Fear is not a positive in…

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WINTER WEATHER AND QUILTING

WINTER WEATHER AND QUILTING

The weather channel and news this week has been about this big storm that is going to come through the Midwest later in the week. I have no interest in the amount of snow, but the ice forecast is a warning about possible power outages. So how do I deal with winter weather and quilting? My take on winter weather I am not in control of the weather (that is God’s job) – but I can be prepared for possible…

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QUILTING BOOKS & WORKING ON THE MYSTERY QUILT

QUILTING BOOKS & WORKING ON THE MYSTERY QUILT

Another week has come and gone – time flies even when things are not so fun. Several of you have asked me how I am doing and what I am currently working on?? What I am working on is simply sitting and enjoying the quilting books in my personal library & working on the mystery quilt. I am behind on the mystery quilt (as in weeks behind). I had all the fabrics gathered in one place. However, my concentration was…

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