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July 11, 2019
Our Final Post Here... from Val's Quilting Studio

The hum of my sewing machines seem to almost echo in the empty house as the final quilt got quilted....
 ...and another got binding sewn on.

I thought Jackson looked a little sad until I realized while I was ironing that he in fact just couldn't find a comfy place to rest! Poor guy! I felt so bad. With no dog bed of his own nor couch to rest upon...
he finally found a cozy spot in the quilt I was binding. Smart puppy. 
 

As many of you know, hubby and I have been downsizing this year and as ...

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February 27, 2019
Lizzi is hibernating..... from Val's Quilting Studio

Changes in my job this year; 
Changes in my husband's work schedule; find my long-arm left in hibernation. 
The changes are all pretty exciting really.
 At work, I love the independence and freedom in my job as a mentor and reading specialist. I certainly do not have to worry about getting my 10,000 steps in each day.  I seem to always be on the go as I flutter between classrooms. Just today I started the morning giving a sixth grade lesson and ended it working with our kinders as they learn to decode and read. It's just ...

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February 5, 2019
Thirty Years Ago.... from Val's Quilting Studio

A peek into an old scrapbook reminds hubby and I of our joyful beginning
 as husband and wife thirty years ago today. Thirty years!! 
(No digital photos back in 1989.)

My handmade wedding dress, vowing to be "Together Forever"...we sat and chuckled over breakfast as we flipped in reflection through this old scrapbook. We found ourselves discussing how lucky we feel to have grown-up together, amazed at how much we've accomplished and conquered, grateful that our marriage only grew stronger as we've traveled this so-called journey of life together. 

And oh how I still remember the joy ...

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December 26, 2018
Best of 2018 Linky from Val's Quilting Studio

I like participating in Cheryl's "Best of" Linky Party as it creates the opportunity and motivation for me to look back and see how my year of blogging and quilting has been. 
 My "word" for 2018 was CREATE. But....in reflection, well, THAT didn't really happen now did it. I find myself wondering, how can so much happen in a year, and yet, so much not. In review, I did finish seven quilts, but if I were to be honest, it was more a year of self growth than creative expression. It's not the details that matter ...

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Simple JOY: Through the eyes of children... from Val's Quilting Studio

Oh nothing fills my heart more than seeing Christmas through the eyes of children!
And boy! Don't grands seem to grow even faster than our own did? Our grand guys are now one and five and as many of you can relate to,  continue to fill our hearts with enormous JOY!
 
Hubby and I are having one of those "weird" holidays where we actually won't being seeing these two cuties until after the New Year. (But what a great way to ring in the new year!) My Christmas actually being spent sewing (LOL!) while hubby works.  Having always ...

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October 21, 2018
A Mental Health Day=A Great Hike! from Val's Quilting Studio

Once or twice a year, I treat myself to a Mental Health day off from work. So when my niece's volleyball team was in town for college play and my sister decided to drive across the state to gather a set of videos of her on the court, I knew exactly what to do.
Yep! The next day I took a mental health day. We loaded the pups into the car, took our "selfie"
 and headed to Boise (only a 45 minute drive away) for a day hike.

Our hike began at the Old Idaho Penitentiary....

 ...and our destination ...

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August 8, 2018
Retired Quilts & A Little Blogging Break from Val's Quilting Studio

Happy Happy August everyone!
With two weeks of family fun and vacations behind me, I sat down and looked at my desk calendar this morning realizing that a time of transition is once again approaching as my summer vacation begins to wind down and a new school year begins to appear on the horizon. 

This year I begin my 30th year of teaching and with it, a transition out of the classroom as a second grade teacher to that of a mentor coach. Which means, it's time to retire all my classroom quilts:

So what does that mean? What ...

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May 28, 2018
Tuesday Archives #196: Guess it's time for a break... from Val's Quilting Studio

Wow! Okay I missed my own linky party. 
Val's Quilting Studio
Seriously....if that's not a sign I don't what is.
It's May...and May is always full of surprises for a teacher.
Personally, I've been thrown off course this past week.
Too many changes at work and at home...all at the same time.
Nothing bad. But never-the-less change and adjusting to the fact things will be different.
June first I'll also be on summer break...which means yet, another change. 
 I find myself tranquil on my days off as I enjoy mornings of movie watching, afternoon ...

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March 25, 2018
Quillows & A Change of Plans... from Val's Quilting Studio

 Well hello! This Friday I find myself with a fresh cup of lemon/honey tea at hand, my faithful companion by my side, comforted by the hum of the fire burning as I emerge from having the flu over the past two days. (Well I technically still have it...just today I'm among-st the land of the living)  And yah! This strand did not have me running frantically to the bathroom every hour...more the chills, severe body aches, then fever, cough kind of flu....all which have finally calmed down but leave me isolated and with a ...

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January 28, 2018
Slow Stitching & Reflecting from Val's Quilting Studio

The first month of the year is almost behind us, and I find myself reflecting upon what's motivating me, and what's not. I joined Kate's 15 Minutes to Stitch Challenge in hopes I would be more intentional about sewing daily. Nope. In reflection, I'm more of a "binge" sewer. I like to sew on Saturdays when my husband is working. I enjoy spending most the day in what my niece referred to as my "Woman Cave" (#sewing room). I look forward to my Saturdays. I find they provide the perfect opportunity to continue this year's ...

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January 2, 2018
The Need to CREATE in 2018! from Val's Quilting Studio

Happy Happy New Year! WOW! 2018!
Boy this time of year finds many of us reflecting and taking inventory of many areas of our lives.
I have found myself doing the very same thing and came to realize that I have not kept an 
"idea/sketch" journal since 2015! I don't even know how that happened...but it did.

Yet, like many of you I'm sure, tons of  unmanifested ideas are always floating around in my little head. I have also found myself  more often than not, wanting to add more originality to my quilts and sewing. So ...

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November 9, 2017
A Fall Morning... from Val's Quilting Studio

The kids were all lined up, ready to start their day with me.
Yet, as I looked out towards their playground, I was struck by the serenity of this moment.
I love the transition of life that occurs in the Fall. It's such a season of contrasts. Trees put on a vibrant show...then just as quick, go dormant for the winter. Many of us replace mowing with raking leaves...and soon, snow shoveling. We turn our clocks back to grab just one more hour of sunshine in the morning ...yet it also welcomes our nightly trek towards those ...

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