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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 Nov 2019 12:41 #146336

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Terry, if you don't make it bed sized, what will you use it for? Are you keeping or gifting it?
I've never been to Hawaii, it's a trip I mean to take ;) Glad you had a good time and a good surprise from your daughter.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 Nov 2019 11:41 #146335

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I missed my day to report in yesterday. I'm catching up today! Last month, I went on vacation. We went to Maui, Hawaii and we had a terrific time. Our daughter met us at baggage claim. I was gob smacked shocked as I had no idea she would be coming! What a great surprise!! My favorite activity was snorkeling and looking for turtles! I shared four posts about the trip. I can't wait to go back! post 1, post 2, post 3, post 4

I made progress on the Bonnie Hunter Good Fortune mystery from last year. Stitching the blocks together, adding a border set and I can't decide if I should leave it or add more borders to make the top more bed sized! It is a square now. What would you do?

The oldest granddaughter made progress on her mermaid project. I recapped October activities and wrote a post to support my two inch bust your stash challenge.

Sadly, I finished NOTHING! I am making progress on a couple projects so perhaps next month I'll be able to share some finishes.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 03 Nov 2019 18:37 #146271

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So very sorry. Peace for you, dear Dana, and much strength to all family and friends
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 03 Nov 2019 15:18 #146269

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Dana went home to God this afternoon. May she rest in peace and may her family find strength in their faith.
Dana, you were loved by so many. I'll miss your voice on the phone most of all.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 03 Nov 2019 10:18 #146265

I am so sad to hear this. I didn't know Dana was ill. She makes amazing quilts.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 03 Nov 2019 09:30 #146262

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Our dear friend, Dana Lynch, is now on her last journey.Hospice has come. Please keep Dana and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 Oct 2019 01:57 #146198

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Read it now. I'll try the no trim technique and tapering towards corners. Little things can make a big difference. I already sew the edge as in dress making and that's a good one. Cheers :)

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 17 Oct 2019 01:51 #146197

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Sorry Geneva I missed your compass quilts somehow. They're stunning, I will read your link about the stitching later.

Terry I'm so chuffed for you getting recognition for the chicken quilt. Is the writing across the blocks what you've been learning in the embroidery class?

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 16 Oct 2019 23:47 #146196

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Sharon--I'm sending you a big hug. I am sorry for your losses and missing them is okay. Geneva--those mariner's compasses are amazing and I love what you are doing with them. I've posted regularly on my blog in the last month. I did have some finishes: a machine applique project that I started in a Karen Kay Buckley class; a skirt for a granddaughter--but, I actually had enough fabric to make a second skirt for the second granddaughter; a baby quilt made out scrap flannell bits from my friend, Martha's stash.

I posted about the August embroidery lesson and the September embroidery lesson. I think I might be getting the hang of how to follow the directions for the lessons. Sorry for the sideways image. . .

I started a new project using flannel scraps from my friend's stash. The novel, "Little Women" inspired it and I used some embroidery from one of my lessons! I stitched the secondary blocks for Good Fortune. This was the Bonnie Hunter mystery last November. I wrote another post to support the Bust Your Stash Two Inches at a Time challenge. Is anyone here participating? I set my 4th quarter goals and posted about it. I've been doing better about completing or making progress on projects that have been hanging about my studio for years.

I'm off to a slow start in October; but, I hope to figure out solutions to some of the challenges that have been thwarting my progress! Life is good! At my guild show in September, my "Chickens" quilt received second place as member's choice and first place as viewer's choice. I was tickled!
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 16 Oct 2019 09:32 #146194

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Sharon I'm sorry for your losses and so sad to hear the stories from all of you of your loved ones. I've seen it many times as a nurse but it doesn't make it any easier when it's your own.
Losing a loved pet is so hard I do feel for you.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Oct 2019 18:46 #146190

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Sharon, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. My Mom stopped eating about 2 weeks before she passed last year. I think they know when they're ready to go, I know Mom did. Doesn't make it hurt any less. Give yourself time for your mojo to come back. Maybe sew with some friends, take a class. Baby steps. It will return.

Thank you for the tutorial Geneva.

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Oct 2019 11:55 #146185

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Dear Sharon
My sympathies and condolences for you recent losses. May you find comfort in the memories of your loved ones and may your mojo return from its sabbatical very soon.
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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Oct 2019 11:36 #146183

Oh Sharon, I am so sorry for the loss of your step dad and your little dog. It's been a rough time for you.

I hope you find some peace little by little each day. It takes time and there is no way to hurry the process. Please know that your TQS lounge lizard friends are standing by you with love. I hope you have a great time in Houston and your quilt wins! And you might find a piece or two of your mojo there in Houston. ;)

Thank you for the nice compliments on my Compass quilt. Yesterday I ripped out all the silver quilting I did. It didn't look like what I wanted. I now have a new plan! I suspect it will be better than the original. Isn't that how art works? And for those of you that want to try facing a quilt, it's rather easy. It gives a different look to the edge of the quilt. Here is a link to a Bernina tutorial on facing a quilt. I use this method and it works like a charm. For the compass circles I cut out a black facing fabric the size of the compass, sewed a 1/4" seam right sides together around the outside, then cut a hole (carefully!) in the center of the facing fabric. I trimmed the facing fabric about 2" around the outside. I didn't even finish the raw edge of the facing as it will be sewn down to the quilt. It was a little tricky, especially for the smaller circles, but I did stitch on the facing/seam right along the outside edge. You'll see what I mean when you watch the video. It gives the facing a really nice, crisp edge. I took my extension board off my machine to use the small stitching surface to go around the circle. Sewing a square/rectangular quilt is much easier! weallsew.com/make-quilt-facing/ Hope this makes sense!

Hugs to you all. This season of our life comes with such joy and sorrow. But through it all, we continue to create. "Sewing mends the soul."

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Virtual Retreat - Ongoing (started January 2019) 14 Oct 2019 08:43 #146180

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Sharon,
so very sorry to hear of your losses. i hope you can feel the hugs coming with this messag. sending you and yours lots of strength and patience with yourself. all we can do is take one step at a time - enjoy the memories - let ourselves cry when we need it - and focus on the things that we want to and need to do. everything else will come in time.
my dad stopped eating and drinking at the end of july and passed on for a happier place on 2nd of August. it has taken me quite a while to get myself back on track. but i have learned to focus on what i need to do - then spend the rest of the time with what i want - even if that is nothing at all - sometimes we just need some time to rest our bodies and soul and let memories and grief take their place.
mojo will come back when it is time - i started sewing again only a couple of weeks ago - and find i want lots of bright happy colors and easy projects where i can just enjoy semi-mindless sewing - so be it!
big hugs for you
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