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June 7, 2021
New Beginnings... from From the Strawberry Patch...

At this time of year, with graduations and end-of-school-year excitement,  my mind always travels back to those "last" days when I was young. There was so much anticipation of what was to come, what great things awaited, those things that were always just out of grasp and view. I ran across this photograph the other day. This was my graduation day from Vermont College in 1973. Mr. G and were just

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New Beginnings... from From the Strawberry Patch...

At this time of year, with graduations and end-of-school-year excitement,  my mind always travels back to those "last" days when I was young. There was so much anticipation of what was to come, what great things awaited, those things that were always just out of grasp and view. I ran across this photograph the other day. This was my graduation day from Vermont College in 1973. Mr. G and were just

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March 15, 2021
Another small project - Fun and Done from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

...from another online class!

FWIW, online classes are a necessity given our current global pandemic state. I know I've mentioned that I'm not necessarily a fan, but remember when I said how much I clicked the "Buy Now" button? This was the result of one of those moments.

I've done some collage work and while I like it, I think my technique can be improved. I subscribe to Emily Taylor's (Collage Quilter) (NAYY) newsletter and she offered in... November? December? a free online class showing how to use her method to create her Winter Cardinal pattern ...

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March 8, 2021
Quilting Life March 2021 Challenge + Thoughts from A Quilting Life

Quilting Life March Challenge 2021 + Thoughts featured by Top US Quilting Blog: A Quilting Life

Hello, friends. Today I’m sharing my Quilting Life March 2021 Challenge projects, a re-cap of my January and February finishes, and some thoughts about “keeping up” and finishing in general. I’ve got a short video to share my challenges and finishes, links to everything in this post…and just some general things I thought about while […]

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March 1, 2021
March goals from Espritpatch

 March, really? Well, after over 2 months of all of us at home (working and schooling), we should finally get a minimal sense of normality again when the kids return to school on 8th. It will so good for everyone really. They will finally have proper lessons again and mix with their peers and their teachers. They desperately need the interactions and the education. As for us, we will have a breather during their school day and it should be much easier to concentrate on a task without interruptions. Not too mention that the amount of cooking I will need ...

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February 1, 2021
February goals from Espritpatch

 February is a short month and we have birthdays in the house so it would be prudent not to plan too much! Or maybe to have a varied list to see what takes my fancy?


1. Super Mario quilt - I think I still need 2 more blocks
2. Halo quilt sew along - I need to cut the arcs to be able to continue
Boho Heart quilt-along - a brand new one quilt-along starting today! 
4. Snowflake quilt-along - needs quilting
5. Modern HST triangles -  I have 23 blocks completed and not enough background fabric to make the 24th block ...

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January 28, 2021
Love your neighbor from In the Boondocks

I bought this T-shirt the other day!

I believe this is so important!
Acceptance of others!

So let’s all try to love our neighbor!
Not just next door, but all inclusive!
I am your neighbor if you are reading this post!
I love you for who you are!
You are different from me and that is great!
No Exceptions!
Let’s have fun and enjoy each other’s 
Creative talents!

Now that that is over with
I hope you have a delightful day!
What is your creative talent?

Love your neighbor,

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January 15, 2021
My Goal Planning on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So after writing last week's post on SMART goal setting, I had a good idea on how to go about it.  Now I just had to sit down and do it!!  hmmmmmmmm...okay....where to begin.  As most times in life lately, it began with a google search (of course it did!).  That brought way more information on goal setting and goal setting worksheets than one girl really needs!!  I settled on a worksheet layout that was created by Aimee, at the Crazy Craft Lady.  I liked how she broke up the time for the goals into a 90 ...

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January 8, 2021
Setting Goals on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Is it just me, or did it feel like all of 2020 was spent just "waiting it out".  It kinda reminded me of my childhood in the 1970's on the Tug Hill Plateau in upstate New York. (And when I say Upstate NY, I don't mean 45 minutes north of New York City, but the truly Northern end of the state)  We would get these ridiculously huge snow storms where you were lucky to make it the mailbox more less to the grocery store.  You just spent the next few days, just waiting for the weather to break ...

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January 5, 2021
Make-A-List Monday - Fresh Start in 2021! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Welcome to the very first Make-A-List Monday of 2021!  I've got big plans for this year (don't we all, the first week of the year?) but I'm hoping I can keep on track with a little organization.  Here's some of the things I'm hoping to do this year...

Get an early start on H2H 2021

Quilt more charity quilts

Save my commission quilt $$ for a special purchase

Start planning early for the 12 Days of Christmas in July hop

Participate in the Boho Heart quilt-along

I'm sure there are other things I ...

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January 3, 2021
Happy New Year! And, a Finally Finished! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Yes, dear readers, today is only January 2, and I have a Finally Finished to reveal. And some thoughts about learning curves.

Happy New Year! I know I already said it, but it feels good to say it. 2020 is SO LAST YEAR as the kids say, and I think we are all grateful that it is.

Who knew a year ago that when I may have mentioned how awful 2019 was, that 2020 would be worse?

But more about 2020 in another post. I know it's been a while since my last post. There are many reasons for ...

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January 1, 2021
Happy New Year!! from Appalachian Quilts


I'm not a "Resolution" person.  I am more of a goal setter.  Statistics show that most people who make resolutions actually break them before the end of January.  Disappointment sets in and that is it for the year.  I set goals for the year:  spiritual, career, homestead, relationship, financial, etc.  With my love of list-making, it is easy to keep track of what I want to do and what I have accomplished.  An old employer taught me about SMART goals:  Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Bound.  I have used this in my goal setting ever ...

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2021 Goals from Goer

My tradition is to post my goals for the new year on December 31. Plans... Goals... Resolutions... I seem to be in good company with people who are feeling like planning is hard to do at the moment. I seriously considered a blank post here. Hats off to you much more ambitious folks.

Okay, here are some thoughts. They aren't grandiose. In many ways they are continuing status quo.


  • Walk daily.
  • Read daily. (I read 33 books this year which was awesome!)
  • Watercolor and other creative pursuits multiple times a week.
  • Board games 5-7 days a week with ...

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December 30, 2020
What a long, strange year it's been from The Academic Quilter

 Hello everyone, and welcome to the end of 2020! I'm so happy to say that, aren't you? What a year. There's no reason to go through the litany of why I am so glad to see this miserable year come to a close, is there? I'm betting that many of you are feeling the same way. I was going to say "we made it!" but of course that isn't true for too many families. Instead, I'll just say that I'm grateful that my husband and I remained healthy this year, and my parents ...

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December 28, 2020
Year in Review: 2020 Quilts & Projects from A Quilting Life

Year in Review: 2020 Quilts & Projects featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and a beautiful Christmas if you were celebrating last week. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to share today’s post, my Quilting Life Year in Review: 2020 Quilts & Projects. I’ve been doing these year in review round-up style posts for […]

The post Year in Review: 2020 Quilts & Projects appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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December 6, 2020
December goals from Espritpatch

How can we nearing the end of this oh, so strange year! It seems like yesterday and like forever that our life was turned upside down by the pandemic. Yet here we are, planning for Christmas again, not the same Christmas as usual, not the same craziness and business as usual, but Christmas all the same. A time for family usually but this year will be different for sure. I need to finish the projects I am hoping to gift later this month but my machine fell ill yesterday so I am not sure how this will happen.


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November 3, 2020
Goal Posts for November: The IntelliQuilter is Coming!! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning!  It's Election Day in the United States, but we've already voted early so there's nothing to do about that except wait and see what happens...  With civic duties already completed and no further power to affect the election outcome, I may as well shift my focus to what I CAN control: Quilting goals for the week and for the fresh, crisp month of November!

This Week's Goals:

Letter Home Monogram Baby Quilt Nearly Quilted

1. I'm still working on finishing up the last of my October goals, my Letter Home Monogram baby quilt ...

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November 2, 2020
November goals from Espritpatch

Here we are again, a new month, which will be marked by another lockdown here in England, starting on Thursday. Only this time, the kids will continue to go to school. Hubby and I both work from home all the time so that would not change for us but of course, movements are reduced and activities too. A good time to get sewing I guess! Stay safe everyone...


1. Threadology quilt along - needs binding - this will be my One monthly goal

2. Super Mario quit - 5 more blocks
3. Halo quilt sew along - I need to cut the arcs ...

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October 14, 2020
Fettle Those finishes from Espritpatch

Finish along is on a pause at the minute but thankfully we can still Fettle Those Finishes with Archie the Wonder Dog. So instead of posting the laundry list, like I usually do with my quaterly FAL list, I have tried to really focus on what I might be able to / need to / would really like to finish or even make between now and the end of the year. Some are intended as Christmas presents so it would be very good to cross those off the list! And of course, depending on what happens at Christmas, whether we are able ...

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September 3, 2020
September goals from Espritpatch

Back to school, back to "some normality"? Who knows in the new uncertain and unpredictable world we live in at the moment.... I have the month free as I am not starting my new job until early October. I really hope I can dip into a few interesting sewing projects and not just some tidying/sorting out as well as the usual cooking and cleaning. The issue some times when there is some free time is that I feel my motivation or energy is completely lacking. Let's hope that won't be the case this month!

1. Dear ...

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