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REST STOP QUILTS IN IOWA

REST STOP QUILTS IN IOWA

Sometimes in my travels, I find quilts in unexpected places. Such is the occurrence of rest stop quilts in Iowa. There was no expectation of quilts in the rest stop on I-80 near Davenport, Iowa. All of these photos were taken inside this rest stop. Many years ago, a woman in the quilt guild was raving about a book discussing how quilts were used as signals for the Underground Railroad. My first thought was why has this never been discussed…

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NEW YEAR & OLD PROJECTS

NEW YEAR & OLD PROJECTS

Hello and welcome to the New Year!!! The last blog post was about my goals for 2023. This post is a continuation about my goals completing old projects. It is also about a few quilting trends for 2023 I found. So, a mix of New Year & old projects. Hopefully this finds all of you happy and ready to start a fresh new year. Personally, 2022 was a very hard year and I am glad to see it go. A…

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GOALS FOR 2023

GOALS FOR 2023

Tis the season to make quilting goals for 2023. I am not organized without a list. The weather here has been cold and windy – which means a great time to clean up the sewing room. I like to have a paper list that I can cross off items as they are completed. Here is a PDF of a simple list you are welcome to use – it is the one I made for myself. I keep the list hanging…

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SHOWING OFF QUILTS

SHOWING OFF QUILTS

Quilters love to show off quilts to anyone who will stop long enough to look – we are just like that. Yep, we are show-offs, at least when it comes to our quilts. I thought that starting off this week by showing off quilts would be a great way to deal with Monday. All these photos were taken in June 1995 in Montana. A co-worker allowed me to “borrow” the old barn and wooden fence on her family farm for…

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CAN YOU BE A FRUGAL QUILTER?

CAN YOU BE A FRUGAL QUILTER?

Over the years, I have met many quilters. Lots of them admit to being frugal to make their quilting budget stretch further. I watched, asked questions, and can agree that it is possible to be a frugal quilter. I always encourage quilters to stick to their budget. However, buy the best fabric, tools and sewing machine that the budget can handle. Choosing to be a frugal quilter means there is little or no waste – time, supplies, or fabric. However,…

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BOOST YOUR HEALTH – QUILT

BOOST YOUR HEALTH – QUILT

Many years ago, I realized that I feel better when I quilt – emotionally, mentally, and physically. And it is way cheaper than seeing a therapist. Other quilters have told me the same, which is reassuring as it means I am not alone. I thought a post about the subject of how quilting (or hobbies in general) can boost your health would be an encouragement. Hobbies are good for us According to an article The Enduring Joy of Making Things…

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TRIBUTE TO MY MOM-IN-LAW

TRIBUTE TO MY MOM-IN-LAW

I want to pay tribute to a fantastic woman who recently died. We all need encouragers in our lives, and she was marvelous at being one. She was a wonderful woman in her own right, and I am so thankful she was part of my life. Her obit talks so much about her life, but they also leave so much out. I would like to take a few minutes to do a tribute to my mom-in-law—from myself as a quilter….

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ARE WE READY FOR WINTER QUILTING?

ARE WE READY FOR WINTER QUILTING?

Winter will be here quicker than we probably want this year. But we can’t stop the seasons, and weather is God’s job. So, the big concern is – are we ready for winter quilting? While many of us are still enjoying fall, especially here in central Indiana, we know that winter is early and not far off this year. How are you getting ready for winter quilting? Please don’t wait for the first winter storm to prep for winter quilting….

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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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