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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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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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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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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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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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MAINE & USED QUILTING BOOKS

MAINE & USED QUILTING BOOKS

My last post was about the quilting projects I worked on during vacation in Maine. However, I also visited several used books stores. I found some wonderful used quilting books. In my mind, Maine & used quilting books go together. Maybe because of the long snowy winters in Maine, there are many wonderful used books stores to visit. This year I concentrated on finding some used books on quilting. My personal favorites are: Stone Soup Books in Camden, Rockland Library…

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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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