New Quilters, Quilting

Show and Tell

The church fellowship hall was crowded that night. Near the kitchen, the long tables full of snacks were picked clean. Ladies of all sorts were gathered, talking the good talk of quilting. Thread, patterns, needles, fabric. Once in a while you could hear the ooohs and aaahs of someone admiring a quilt in person, or… Continue reading Show and Tell

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Happy Accidents

I’m not much of a planner. I’m more of a “let’s try it and see what happens” kinda gal. As a result, my life has been a long series of happy accidents. Moved away from home, met my husband a week later. Called an old friend for lunch, got a job. Went to church for… Continue reading Happy Accidents

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Reasons to Buy a Longarm Quilting Machine

Are you considering buying a longarm quilting machine? It seems to me that every quilter, at one time or another, will at least think about buying one. Even newbies, like me. In fact, despite my lack of quilting experience, I bought a longarm quilting machine just over a year ago. Since then, I’ve given a… Continue reading Reasons to Buy a Longarm Quilting Machine

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Magical Bed Making

Are you feeling a bit out of control? Stressed? Overwhelmed? If so, I have a super-fast, no-fail solution for you. Make your bed. Seriously. You will instantly feel more in control of your life. You will feel powerful, confident, organized. Dare I say? Grown-up. All from making the bed. Don’t believe me? That’s okay, I… Continue reading Magical Bed Making

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Cooked Goose

In my home state of West Virginia, near the town of Ripley, there is a picturesque little state park called Cedar Lakes (cedarlakes.com). The park is known for hosting an annual Arts & Crafts Fair, a Christmas Light Show, and numerous other conferences, camps, retreats. It is popular locally, and for good reason – room… Continue reading Cooked Goose

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Better Beginnings

Have you ever noticed that some folks, children particularly, are ashamed when they don’t do something well – the very first time they try? I’ve noticed. I’ve even felt that way, myself. For example, I was trying to learn a new graphic design program on my computer today. I was bothered that I hadn’t mastered… Continue reading Better Beginnings

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Looking for the Amen

From my seat on the firm wooden pew bench I could see deep blue sky, white cotton clouds, and green leaves like hands, waving drops of sunshine towards me through the church window. It was a picture-perfect spring day. I imagined myself out in the churchyard, lazily walking among the close-by tombstones, maybe picking a… Continue reading Looking for the Amen