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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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WHAT STARTED MY QUILTING OBSESSION?

WHAT STARTED MY QUILTING OBSESSION?

Beginnings… I was in that difficult 10 – 12 year old stage and was totally stopped in my tracks by an Amish Lone Star quilt that my Aunt Fran had hanging in her antique shop. This quilt is what started my quilting obsession. Wow!! The colors were so bright and the design was beautiful and I can still see the vivid turquoise colored background of that quilt in my mind. This was not a scrap quilt like the one on…

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QUILTING PREPS FOR 2022

QUILTING PREPS FOR 2022

The new year is soon to be upon us, and it is time to be thinking about our quilting preps for 2022. A few simple preparations will make quilting easier this winter. The easiest place to start is with what you and I already have on hand. Or should have on hand… The prep list – Sewing machine: Is it working correctly? Are you comfortable using it? If it needs care, now is the time to get it fixed and…

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QUILTING GOALS & BLOG TROLLS

QUILTING GOALS & BLOG TROLLS

Quilting Goals & Blog Trolls have kept me busy the last few weeks. I love to quilt, and enjoy blogging about the quilts. However, the recent comments by unkind and discouraging blog trolls is a bit much. UGH…the quilting list As I posted several weeks ago, due to the number of UFOs I am dealing with, I had to make a serious list. Making the list was easy, working on the list was somewhat harder. There simply is not enough…

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QUILTERS & TOLIET PAPER CRISIS

QUILTERS & TOLIET PAPER CRISIS

Have you been in the stores lately? I recently made a rare shopping trip into town. Some stores were better than others, but there were some real holes in shelves where products should be. Apparently toliet paper (TP) is an item that is stuck on a ship in some harbor. That being said, quilters and toliet paper crisis should not go together. I can hear it from here – some of you are saying, “what is this crazy woman talking…

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