New Year – New Beginnings

My new year started out with some of Idaho’s gorgeous scenery! I am definitely ready to make spending time in the beautiful mountains a priority this year.

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Season of Quilting and Leaves, Leaves, Leaves!

I am surprised at how fast time flies.  I have spent time since I last wrote, quilting, gardening, yard work, canning, and dehydrating produce.  These are all things I enjoy very much.

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April Update

I have not written lately and have a thousand reasons why! Seems that my goals for the year have partly been put on hold. My choices of priorities have gotten in the way of some of my goals. My choices though.

I have been spending time redoing my raised bed area by the sewing cottage. (Her name is Ruby Jane’s Cottage). The entire previous area where the cottage now sits used to be my garden area. Since gardening is also in my blood, I have been developing that area.

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New Year – New Goals

It is always great to have a fresh start!  A new year is a perfect time is look at what needs to be better in the months to come.  It is a perfect time to think about changes personally and professionally.

I have gradually started going through my attic and am clearing out space.  Items I no longer want to keep, I am listing on Facebook and have started a travel fund for this year.  Goal # 1 – Travel more!  See more sites!  Go places I love. Go places I have never been before.

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Merry Christmas

I am not sure where this last year has gone, but it flew by too quickly!  Seems as though the years get shorter and shorter as each one passes.  For me, it means I need to spend more time each day paying attention to the greatness in my life.

I am so blessed to have the friends and family that I do!  Not many can say how loved they feel by those around them!  I definitely feel loved!

When my daughter was married, she and her now husband picked out fabric to be made into cloth napkins for the dinner at their wedding. After the wedding, I gathered the napkins, washed them, and used them to make a wedding quilt for her and her husband.  The backing of the quilt was made of fabric squares their guests signed and decorated.  Quotes, hopes and wishes for the couple were also added to the squares. This was the “guestbook” at their wedding.  It took me far longer to make their quilt than I wanted, but I was able to finally hand deliver it to them.

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Gratitude For Blessings

I love waking early enough to see the light of the day starting with such beauty.  Gratitude for the ability to see and recognize this beauty. 

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Busy Fall

I have had such a busy fall. I have been working on outside projects, trying to get ready for winter. Seems like I have been blessed with good weather to get a lot accomplished.

I have a small orchard (actually had) on the side of my house. I have taken out all but one apple tree. I have removed the raspberry and blueberry bushes. I also had a raised bed that was my herb garden that I removed as well. It is so shaded now as the neighbor’s oak tree has grown more and more each year.

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Beginning of August – Upcoming Classes

Time marches on and I am beginning to see it even more in the birthdays of my children.  Hard to believe that these darling children have their own lives and are wonderful inside and out.  I only hope that time begins to slow just a bit.  I want to cherish each day and truly be grateful for the time I have with them.  It is hard that they are living in different places, so I am not able to be there for their birthdays but thank goodness for Facetime on my IPad!

I am so fortunate that my family has always been supportive with my love of All Things Quilting!  Quilt shops, quilt shows, projects completed, projects in process, looking at fabric, choosing fabric: I am supported with my quilting!  How wonderful to share what I do and feel the support!

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End of Graduation Season

The tshirt graduation season is coming to a close.  It
was a very long season this year and I was productive with all the Quilts I completed since January.  Previous posts show some of the Quilts completed.

Each of of them were very different but all were based on a grid system with each block being the same size.  Some blocks contained more than one logo.  This is the last of them!

Whew!  Now I should have time for everything else piling up.  Seems that this time of year is so busy!  I am always saying that I will not fall behind, however, I am on the same swift river as years before.

Speaking of rivers, we are having an issue with flooding this year.  I needed to get a breath of fresh air so we took a drive up to a small town called Pine, Idaho.

I am so sorry for their flooding difficulties.  Past forest fire issues and now flooding,I hope this tragic situation passes quickly.

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Quilting Studio Organization

Every year at this time, I get the urge to organize my studio. Spending countless hours on that black hole known as “Pinterest”, I get very motivated, but I am no closer to being organized than if I did nothing. Staying off Pinterest might help. The pictures of these fabulous studios must be of staged, non-working spaces. I do not see how a creative soul can work in a totally organized, labeled, sorted, space with all the fabric in neat stacks that are color coordinated.

All I have to do is walk into my studio and the “tornado winds” hit with full force. My cleaned desk is suddenly piled high. I have several boxes of items to put away. There is not a neat stack of fabric in sight. I have a couple of cups and my lunch dishes precariously balanced on a stack of patterns and books, and it all happens spontaneously.

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