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Resolutions (New Year?)

Like most of us, every December I make a lengthy list of resolutions for the New Year. January goes great, February is OK and then somehow I get busy and pretty soon, despite my good intentions, the list is forgotten or at least buried under other lists!!! Since I am a teacher, May and June are especially busy and I find that July is usually a good time for me to make a new list and new resolutions. I try to re-organize and get caught up on some of the things that I put aside during the school year, all while preparing for the next year!!! My number one "New Resolution" is to Blog regularly.

New Puppy

We have a new puppy!!! If you have ever had a puppy, those five words explain a lot about what I've been doing for the past few days! Our new puppy is an eight week old Doberman Pinscher named Roscoe. We all love him and I have to admit he is the best puppy we have ever had --- the first for my five-year-old grandson! Puppies and Spring go together somehow. New life, a little uncertainty and a fresh look at the "usual". We're all re-learning to pick-up after ourselves ( if we don't pick up Roscoe is more than happy to chew on things until we do ). I try to keep my shoes on. He loves to go after my toes ( Do you know how sharp puppy teeth are? ) He already "asks" to go outside --- which makes me the happiest ever.

Happy Feet

What a treat!! A friend of mine took me out for a girl's day today in honor of my birthday. We went out for lunch, shopping and a pedicure. WOW, they don't just paint your toenails :) It felt ohhhhh so nice, and they look good too. I have happy feet!!! If you're wondering what this has to do with quilting...I'm on my feet alot between teaching second grade, playing with my wonderful grandson and working with my long arm quilting machine. The pedicure revitalized my feet and legs and I felt like working for a longer time. Many of us are so busy these days we forget to stop and smell the roses ( I just had to say it ). We postpone doing that little extra for ourselves. Don't forget to pamper yourself once in a while.

End of the School Year Quilt

There are only a few weeks left of this school year. It's time to work on the Special quilt project! Besides quilting, I am a second grade teacher. Every year I make a special quilt with my class. Each of my students uses their talents to create a block using Crayola Fabric Crayons and plenty of imagination. I use the blocks, add sashings and borders, and make an extraordinary quilt. On the last day of school we hold a drawing and one of my students wins the masterpiece to keep forever!!! This is the eleventh year and this project has become quite popular. Other students, staff and even parents try to sneak tickets in our jar in hopes of winning the quilt! Only my students are eligible to win. They work all year to earn tickets.

A Quilt For Everyone!

A good friend of mine stopped by today to drop off another quilt to be quilted. This woman is a great quilter. She makes beautiful quilts and gives many of them away. I have seen her give quilts for wedding gifts, birthday gifts, anniversary gifts, shower gifts, to welcome a new baby, to support several different charities and more. During our conversation she commented that she hoped that no one felt like she was "pushing" her quilts on them!!!!! Oh my goodness. I tried to assure her that no one would ever feel that way about a quilt. Quilts make a great gift for any occasion, and it's not just us quilt addicts that think so! The more I think about our conversation, the more I think I'm right.

Welcome

Welcome friends, family, fellow quilters and soon-to-be-friends. What a wonderful gift from my daughter---a "quilty" website. We hope for this to be a community driven site. We can share, learn, laugh, cry, talk, help and visit with each other!

I can't wait to hear about your projects and to see some of your favorites in the Showcase Forum.

Thanks !

Thank you Susan. I love this and appreciate all of your efforts. This is a wonderful gift. I love you and you make me proud.
As for the new quilt....maybe we could work on one together now that we are back to living in the same state as each other!! Little Fish could help. You know how he loves to spend time in the studio!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

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