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Happy New Year!

My calendars are all in their places and ready to go.  My resolutions are ready to be implemented (and hopefully carried out through the new year).  I wish you all a very Happy New Year filled with good fortune and lots of quilting  opportunities!!!

Happy New Year --- Happy Quilting,
Laurel

Quilting Calendars

Do you have your 7 calendars ready?   My mother used to always make sure she had 7 calendars for the  new year hung up in the house before midnight on December 31.  During the first December after I got married my mom brought me a calendar and asked if I  could  get  6 more myself or if I needed her help.  Mom reminded me that, according to the wives tale, if you had 7 calendars for the new year hung in your house before midnight on December 31 you would have good luck throughout the new year. 

The Test

I got a phone call from a person wanting to know if I know how to do stitch-in-the-ditch.  I answered, "Yes, I do."  She then asked if I would quilt a quilt for her.   I told her I would.  We made an appointment for her to drop the quilt off to me.

Merry Christmas

It's the night before Christmas and I'm back in my house
Last minute shopping is done and dinner fed to my spouse

Presents were purchased from here and from there
Driving home on the ice was done with great care

The live tree we decorated really looks great
Cookies for Santa are piled on the plate

My grandson is finally out like a light
He tried to wait up and see Santa tonight

I've still got to wrap presents and return things to their places
My reward for the work will be all the happy faces!!!

More Time for Quilting

Maybe I'm just frugal by nature.  Maybe its because I am a child of parents who survived The Great Depression.  I have a difficult time throwing anything away.  I swish water to get the last little bit of soap or conditioner out of a bottle.  I use fabric strips from worn out blue jeans to weave rugs on my weaving loom.  I've even passed up the new fabrics in my stash, on occassion, to make a quilt from the "good parts" of worn out clothing.

I typically drive a car until its a  rust bucket, wear clothes until their worn then cut them into rags, and if something still works --- I still use it!!

Winter Break

I love my job!  I have been teaching for many years and still love what I do.  However, I can admit the truth, I am really very happy that our Winter Break started after school today.  My students are very excited that Santa is on his way.  It has been difficult to keep 28 second graders focused on academics when they have "visions of sugerplums" dancing in their heads.  Of course I will miss my students but I am grateful for the time with my own family and friends and never turn down the additional time to spend quilting!!!

I Think I Can...I Think I Can...I Think I Can...

If you are a parent, have a parent or know a parent, you also know that parents often wonder how much of what we say to our children actually sinks in.  Parents talk, teach, discipline, lecture and bestow many words of wisdom upon their children and hope that a portion of what they say is retained.  Sometimes what we taught our children, whether on purpose or incidently, comes back to us when least expected.

Fat Quarter, Square, Block or Cookie Exchange

Over the  years I have taken part in many cookie exchanges during the holidays.  My favorite were the ones where you would trade your cookies along with the recipe used to bake them.  I collected alot of really great recipes and ate way too many cookies!  I always enjoyed getting together with a group of friends and visiting during the oh so busy holiday season. 

One Million Pillowcases!!!

When I opened my February 2010 (sounds weird, doesn't it?) American Patchwork & Quilting magazine I found a challenge that sounds like fun!  They have initiated a 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.  The idea is for quilters/sewers to make and donate pillowcases to local charities in their communities in an effort to make 1,000,000 pillowcases for charities across the country.  After you make the pillowcases and donate them to your local charity (hospitals, nursing homes, foster agencies, etc.) you add the number or pillowcases you donated to the online counter so the collective progress can be measured.

Shoemaker's Kids .....

Remember the old adage "The shoemaker's kids never have shoes."?  Sometimes  my family seems to think the quiltmaker's family never has quilts!  Seriously, they do.  There are quilts all over the house.  But my family gets very attached to things and everybody is attached to his or her own favorite quilt.  These are the most used quilts in the house.  They're also the most loved and the most worn.  (Remember the Velveteen Rabbit?)

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