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February 26, 2021
Friday Finish: Rectangle Wrangle from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Rectangle Wrangle quilt

This Rectangle Wrangle quilt started as a group project when my friends, Barb and Deb, came over from Minnesota for a sewing week last summer. I’m sure both of them finished their quilts months ago while I still had a stack of blocks. The inspiration for this quilt is from Bonnie K. Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II (available from Bonnie here or Amazon here.

As you can see from the picture, the original quilt has an Ohio Star border. I find it distracting from the quilt center so my quilt has a simple slab border. The original ...

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February 22, 2021
Monday Motivation: A Gift You Give Yourself from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Jon Acuff quote

“The work you do today is a gift you give yourself tomorrow.”
Jon Acuff

I like this quote so much I have it written on the whiteboard in my sewing room. Jon Acuff’s books are so good. Have you read any of them? He has written several including Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work That Matters, Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done. Both of these are very funny but have great information on elevating your life above average.

Whenever I read Jon’s quote, it motivates me to keep moving toward a goal ...

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February 8, 2021
Monday Motivation: Set Some Goals from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Well friends, it’s Monday and that means it’s time to set some goals. Every week I figure out what I really want to prioritize for the week. I keep in mind how much sewing time I’m likely to have and what would be the best use of that time. My goal is always finishing at least one quilt. Setting goals also helps with squirrel syndrome–chasing every shiny object that catches my eye. I love, love, love cutting out new projects and could easily cut a half dozen each week. Judging by the bottomless UFO bins, I ...

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