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January 7, 2021
New Year, New Quilter from From the Strawberry Patch...

Gregory and his Star Wars quilt topOur two local grandchildren have had an extra week off from school this week. Gregory (and his sister) spent the day with us yesterday and helped us to un-decorate the house. There's something about packing away the trees and all the decorations that makes everything look so bare and wide-open; it's sort of a clean sweep and re-examination of spaces that, just

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New Year, New Quilter from From the Strawberry Patch...

Gregory and his Star Wars quilt topOur two local grandchildren have had an extra week off from school this week. Gregory (and his sister) spent the day with us yesterday and helped us to un-decorate the house. There's something about packing away the trees and all the decorations that makes everything look so bare and wide-open; it's sort of a clean sweep and re-examination of spaces that, just

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December 26, 2020
Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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Smarter Than Me! from From the Strawberry Patch...

And, just like that, Christmas is a memory; a most happy one for us thanks to these four.Santa brought a new television for my sewing room. That purchase necessitated the removal of this big, hulking, heavy television out of it's custom-made cubby where it's been living, happily, for many years; it was blissfully unaware that technology advancements were rocketing by, (as was its owner) leaving

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December 24, 2020
Merry Christmas from From the Strawberry Patch...

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas...... and only GRAND things in the New Year to come! Life is Good!

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Merry Christmas from From the Strawberry Patch...

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas...... and only GRAND things in the New Year to come! Life is Good!

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November 30, 2020
November Wrap-Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

Here it is, the last day of November. The family's been and gone, the turkey's been eaten and all of my Thanksgiving decor has been stashed away until next year. I have swapped out the dishes for my Winter plates in the kitchen and tomorrow, December the first, the true Christmas decorating will begin  here at Chez Goodneedle. I have watched Christmas go up a lot earlier this year, in our

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November Wrap-Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

Here it is, the last day of November. The family's been and gone, the turkey's been eaten and all of my Thanksgiving decor has been stashed away until next year. I have swapped out the dishes for my Winter plates in the kitchen and tomorrow, December the first, the true Christmas decorating will begin  here at Chez Goodneedle. I have watched Christmas go up a lot earlier this year, in our

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November 20, 2020
Retreating and More from From the Strawberry Patch...

I haven't retreated from blogging~ although it probably seems that way. I don't know how I get so busy with things that time slips away, but I do. The weekend before last I was lucky enough to spend some of that ever-elusive time retreating with a few friends, we commandeered the craft room at a local camp, set up our sewing machines and got to work. The first flimsy finish is this three block

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Retreating and More from From the Strawberry Patch...

I haven't retreated from blogging~ although it probably seems that way. I don't know how I get so busy with things that time slips away, but I do. The weekend before last I was lucky enough to spend some of that ever-elusive time retreating with a few friends, we commandeered the craft room at a local camp, set up our sewing machines and got to work. The first flimsy finish is this three block

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November 18, 2020
ticking away . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Time, that is. It's just been so busy!

Last Thursday I headed to Nashville (or thereabouts) for a two-day women's leadership forum.  
It was terrific, but they'd condensed it from a three-day event, without cutting anything.  So it was two 12-hour days of conference in 36 hours ... and bookended by a 2.5 hour drive!  I think I'm finally able to actually *think* about some of the things I heard.

Also, I came home to a finish . . . 
Our screened porch! Todd even got the carpet laid.  I'm so thrilled! They really did a great job ...

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November 2, 2020
October Wrap-Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I finished three books this past month; sad to report that D.E.A.R time was reallocated temporarily as I tended to a few other chores around here but I did manage to finish these thanks to a power outage (more about that later...

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October Wrap-Up from From the Strawberry Patch...

I finished three books this past month; sad to report that D.E.A.R time was reallocated temporarily as I tended to a few other chores around here but I did manage to finish these thanks to a power outage (more about that later...

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July 28, 2020
Fun, Games and a Rolickin' Good Time from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm still here~ just in case you think we've been on vacation let me share pictures spanning highlights of the last week. Our daughter-in-law is recovering from lumbar fusion and we're helping out where we can. No rest for the weary (or wicked!

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Fun, Games and a Rolickin' Good Time from From the Strawberry Patch...

I'm still here~ just in case you think we've been on vacation let me share pictures spanning highlights of the last week. Our daughter-in-law is recovering from lumbar fusion and we're helping out where we can. No rest for the weary (or wicked!

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July 23, 2020
quilts, kids, and critters . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Still slogging away in the new un-normal.  I don't know about anyone else, but it all still feels so surreal. Work is normal (hours), so there's that, but nothing else feels the same.  Strange.

I've been working off and on in the Nook.  Our stitcher's group collaborated on a quilt for one of our ladies who's been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Everyone contributed blocks (á la Lori Holt), one of our very talented ladies (and one of my affirmation group besties -- Sarah) did the layout and made it into a marvelous flimsy, and another of ...

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June 3, 2020
Beauty Shots, Life Here at Home and a Prayer Request from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've got a new spot for quilt beauty shots, the porch; it's perfect, I can set up the stand without dealing with wind, weather and other outdoor hazards. If you've ever tried to set up a quilt for outside photography you know that even the slightest breeze will turn your quilt into a giant sail!The location is perfect but the time of day wasn't-- I'll need to be careful in the future to make sure

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Beauty Shots, Life Here at Home and a Prayer Request from From the Strawberry Patch...

I've got a new spot for quilt beauty shots, the porch; it's perfect, I can set up the stand without dealing with wind, weather and other outdoor hazards. If you've ever tried to set up a quilt for outside photography you know that even the slightest breeze will turn your quilt into a giant sail!The location is perfect but the time of day wasn't-- I'll need to be careful in the future to make sure

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May 22, 2020
Dinner Guests and Memories! from From the Strawberry Patch...

We had guests for dinner last evening, and very special ones at that! As one quarantined week has melted into the next for oh-so-many, it's easy to lose track of how lonely one is becoming and how repetitive each day-to-day has been. What perfect joy it was to welcome family from the Capital City, even for just a few hours. On an otherwise unseasonably cold and dismal, rainy, day we had our own

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Dinner Guests and Memories! from From the Strawberry Patch...

We had guests for dinner last evening, and very special ones at that! As one quarantined week has melted into the next for oh-so-many, it's easy to lose track of how lonely one is becoming and how repetitive each day-to-day has been. What perfect joy it was to welcome family from the Capital City, even for just a few hours. On an otherwise unseasonably cold and dismal, rainy, day we had our own

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