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PEOPLE THAT QUILTERS NEED TO AVOID

PEOPLE THAT QUILTERS NEED TO AVOID

Sometimes things need to be said. You have all been there. At the moment, I am really thinking about certain types of people that quilters need to avoid. And yes, I am mainly telling myself this, but what the heck! You may want a reminder too. Why?? The simplest way to explain it is to say they either are not good for your mental health, or they waste your time. As quilters, we need good mental health and lots of…

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OVERWHELMED BY QUILTING UFOs

OVERWHELMED BY QUILTING UFOs

Can I confess? The last few weeks, I am very much feeling overwhelmed by quilting UFOs. I left my sewing room in a total disarray when I left for vacation. You know, all that digging around looking for projects to work on, and the perfect fabrics to complete the projects. But I can’t blame it all on vacation prep. I have been given or purchased a lot of fabric this year. The fabric has been piling up in boxes instead…

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QUILTING AND HOMESCHOOLING

QUILTING AND HOMESCHOOLING

The years have slid by so fast. However, the years of using quilting to teach basic math and life skills to my kids was so worth it. Quilting and homeschooling can go together amazingly well if thought out and planned correctly. Our kids, both male and female, learned housekeeping and life skills. These skills included: sewing, cooking, changing tires and oil, cleaning, laundry, and gardening. Math was taught by cooking and sewing. The nice thing about homeschooling is that learning…

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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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PREPPING FOR WINTER QUILTING

PREPPING FOR WINTER QUILTING

Do you live in an area where the weather turns bad in the winter? You know – snow, ice, or just plain cold. If so, please do your prepping for winter quilting now. Planning now will make you a happier quilter later. WhY preP for winter quilting? Prepping for winter is different than just normal day to day quilting. For some quilters, when they run out of some item (say sewing machine needles) they just run to town or the…

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THESE QUILTING BOOKS FOLLOWED ME HOME

THESE QUILTING BOOKS FOLLOWED ME HOME

Currently, I have no need of fabric, threads, or quilting gadgets. But I love books. Would you believe me if I stated that these quilting books followed me home? Let me tell you about these 3 books I recently added to my personal quilt library. Happy Trails – Variations on the Classic Drunkard’s Path I bought this classic book by Pepper Cory at the local library sale for $1 !! It has 64 pages of color photos, directions, b/w drawings…

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QUILTING AND INJURY

QUILTING AND INJURY

Quilting and injury are not a fun mix. I have not mentioned my shoulder injury. It has really slowed down my hand quilting, and all areas of the sewing and quilting journey. I am sure other quilters experience shoulder and hand injuries too. Repetitive motions such as rotary cutting and hand quilting just make my shoulder throb painfully. I am not even sure what caused the injury in January. However, during a visit to the chiropractor I mentioned the pain…

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QUILTING TRENDS FOR 2021

QUILTING TRENDS FOR 2021

As time allowed over the past week, I did some research on quilting trends for 2021. I will probably go my own way for my quilting journey, but maybe I will discover some fabric or design that inspires me. And this blogs’ readers may find something inspiring as well. I hope quilting in 2021 is much more about fun for all quilters the world over. For many, 2020 was about illness, politics, and isolation. And the trends are…. According to…

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QUILTING and 7 MONTHS OF COVID

QUILTING and 7 MONTHS OF COVID

Quilting and 7 months of COVID: I read an article this week about how hard COVID has been on people around the world. The “isolation”, the “aloneness”, and the “frustration”. Actually I just shook my head over the article. I get that I am an introvert, but I have looked at these last several months as an opportunity. Back in March I wrote this post about the crisis . My advice is the same now as in March: “I want…

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SCRAP BONANZA #1

SCRAP BONANZA #1

Scrap Bonanza #1 (AKA a quarantine quilt) top is done !!! And I managed to go from 4 scrap bins to 3 after completing this top !!!!!! Yippee…… This top started two or three years ago with sewing together scrap Birds in the Air blocks from 3″ squares sewn into HST. A complete block took 16 HST. See https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2017/12/birds-in-air.html The Bird in the Air quilt that I had given me the idea had lots of blocks all set together in…

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