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Happy New Year!


I know I’m a bit late. My world has been upside down and inside out for the last month. We have been spending every moment preparing for the arrival of two little guests. My two granddaughters left yesterday.

Yes, their parents were here too, also their aunt, so we have had a very crowded, noisy, fun house for sometime now. Today it has gone from 9 people down to 1. The house is so quiet this morning that I hardly know what to do.

I’m exhausted!

So today is the first day of getting back to normal for me. They say what you do on the first day of the year is what you will be doing all year long. Now, I don’t think I will be having tea parties, changing diapers and playing with babies all year so I am declaring today as my New Year day.

I decided to get some sewing in because that has been seriously put on the back burner. I worked on my “Lost Quilt”. That is what I am going to name it. It is really “Aunt Maggie’s Quilt“. Whenever I work on it I feel lost, I am determined to put this quilt behind me in 2013. I hope it doesn’t take all year, but I am prepared to let go of perfection and get this monkey put to bed.

Someone posted that even if you work on something for 5 minutes a day, you are that much closer to being done. It’s true!

I also have a wedding to go to. The young lady is a friend of my daughter’s. Her family and my family used to homeschool together. They went to youth group together, we had homeschool Olympics together, Pumpkin Festivals, and much more fun. This may seem ironic from someone who just spent a week playing with her two granddaughters, but it is hard to believe these little children are growing up.

I also have a mountain of laundry to wash and a fridge full of food and a whole lot of picking up to do. I also have my normal farm chores that have to be done.

So if my next year is filled with sewing, love and happiness, celebrations, as well as some cleaning and healthy work, (possibly some baby time too) I will be one happy camper.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Have a Quilty Day!



Prize Package

August Fun

I won!

I was on my way to Tennessee to bring my DD#3 to college. We were in a hotel room and, of course, I couldn’t sleep. I was scrolling through my emails when I noticed the words “You are a winner.” It’s 3:00 in the morning so I thought it was just spam. It turns out it wasn’t. The next morning when I looked at the email a little closer I discovered that I truly had won something.

I was the July FMQing (Free Motion Quilting) Challenge winner.


I have learned so much through this Free challenge that SewCalGal has hosted. 


Prize Package

A spectacular collection of goodies!


There was

I wanted one of those SewSlip mats, but I hadn’t been able to find one locally. I love it! It makes a huge difference.

I already love Aurafil threads, but I am excited to try the thicker weights and the wool!

I haven’t tried the marking pencil yet, but it looks really cool.

I’m also supposed to be getting a pair of FMQing gloves and a DVD about binding.


I know this will sound cliche, but I feel that everyone who participates in this or any challenge is a winner. A challenge forces us out of our comfort zone, it stretches us as quilters, artists, people. It is really good for you. I had such little skill with FMQing before I joined in challenge and now my skills have really developed (and I really don’t spend very much time on them. I have kids, a garden, a job or two, a husband, a farm…. You get the picture.) After just a few short months I actually feel like I can confidently quilt something on my own machine and not be ashamed of it. None of us have the time to spend on the things we love, but if we don’t make some time, it is not going to magically appear.

Take some time for you today. Go do some quiltystuff or whatever you need to grow and recharge your batteries.

Thank you SewCalGal!