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dawnmariew19:

Again, this young lady has amazing insight! Love her lots. :-)

Originally posted on Living a Life of Joy:

“I am….” What follows yours? It can be good or it can be bad, but either way it’s a label. Thanks to our society and the harsh words we let slip from our mouths, lots of negative things probably follow yours. But God has so many positive labels that he wants you to own up to and start living out.

I am always searching for a way to put One Tree Hill in my blog posts, and this just fits perfectly…. So here ya go :)

Meet high school Brooke Davis:

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What I love the most about Brooke’s character is how she discovers her identity throughout all 9 seasons of the show. This picture is of Brooke in high school, where she was the most popular girl in school and yet this was how she felt. Not talented enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough….simply not good…

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Are You a Dedicated Quilter? | Survey Results

dawnmariew19:

Interesting survey to read about. I’m a dedicated quilter :-)

Originally posted on Catbird Quilt Studio:

The Quilting Party, Artist Unknown, c. 1840-1850.

Last week key findings of the 2014 quilters’ survey were released. The survey is conducted every four years. Results were presented by F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company, and Quilts, Inc., producers of International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival.

The survey is conducted in two phases. First, households are questioned about their quilting activities to get a sense of the scope of the quilting industry in the U.S. Next, “Dedicated Quilters” are surveyed to understand their buying habits, and how they use and contribute to the industry. According to the summary linked above,

Each Dedicated Quilter is defined as one who spends more than $500 a year on quilting-related purchases, which include sewing machines, fabric, notions, tools, patterns, books, computer programs, batting, and thread. In fact, the Dedicated Quilter actually spent an average of $3,296 per year on quilting.

Demographics of…

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Remembering Mom

Last week would have marked my parents 55th wedding anniversary, but it is a milestone that will remain a “would have been”. Mom completed the ultimate finish when she stepped into Heaven not long after their 53rd anniversary. I still reach for the phone to tell her something and then remember she is not there to answer. Sigh.

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Mom had a heart for missions and loved summer Bible camps for kids. I know my parents sacrificed other things to make sure we got the opportunities to attend camp each summer. It was during one of those weeks that I started to really understand how to have a personal relationship with Christ. Another year I was baptized at camp. One summer my brother met the love of his life while working in the camp kitchen. One of the things my sister learned is that homesickness doesn’t last forever! And when their church’s district camp was relocated a number of years ago, Dad spent many hours helping construct the new cabins and other projects. So it was only natural that Mom’s memorial fund would go to help the camp and it’s mission of serving kids.

Friends and family donated generously and we recently got to see the results of those gifts.

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The camp has been working to build an amphitheater. Mom’s fund was combined with  another one for a woman who also attended their church, which allowed the camp to add a stage to the amphitheater.

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My family was able to see the work in progress in August when we were there. The volunteer carpenters were visiting from Arizona and New Mexico and spent almost two months working at camp while escaping the heat at home. :-)

Then in early September, my Dad and brother along with Dad’s sister & her husband attended the dedication ceremony. There is still some finishing work to be done after the final inspection. (It’s probably done by now!)

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There is even a built-in campfire!

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I know Mom would be happy to know generations of campers to come will discover their own relationship with Christ through concerts, sing-a-longs and testimonies around the campfire for years to come. :-)

New Shoes

dawnmariew19:

Wisdom to chew on… :-)

Originally posted on Living a Life of Joy:

“If the shoes don’t fit, you don’t have to go through life barefoot.”

This was a quote out of a Chicago Fire episode (3.3) I watched this afternoon and it has been running through my mind ever since. To give a little context of where the quote is coming from: A character is dealing with not being able to be a firefighter anymore due to medical reasons. He is frustrated because he claims, “I AM a firefighter, that’s what I AM suppose to be. Who AM I without it?” Sound familiar? A good friend then gives him the advice, “If the shoes don’t fit, you don’t have to go through life barefoot.” I guarentee that all of us, are not going to have one pair of shoes for our whole life.

We know that we literally don’t wear the same pair of shoes our whole life. I mean, imagine if you did…

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Row, Row, Row……

I have been at it again, hopping from quilt shop to quilt shop collecting fabric license plates. ;-)

The “Row By Row Experience” is almost over but I have managed to get three more patterns and plates, plus I discovered a shop that is still waiting for someone to bring their finished quilt in and claim the prize (25 fat quarters)! Since I am on vacation, and have sewing machine in tow…(What? You don’t take your machine with you??! Lol)…I might be able to whip up a quilt with the rows I have collected and win a prize after all! :-) :-)

Here is is what I have added to my collection:

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The minute I saw the license plate on the Row by Row website, I knew I had to have it! It came from a “new-to-me” shop in Stayton, Oregon.

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If you look closely at the back wall of the shop you will see how its row was expanded to make a patriotic quilt. I think I will have to try that.

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Then last Saturday, I had the opportunity to snag two more while making my annual trek to Boise. Now I couldn’t leave the Willamette Valley too early or I would arrive in Sisters long before the Stitchin’ Post opened, so I slept in a little later than normal on my travel day. Remember, timing is everything when you are shop hopping. :-)

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This shop is the founder/organizer of the annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show which is held the second Saturday in July. This definitely should be on the quilters bucket list! More than 1300 quilts are displayed throughout the town. The shop’s license plate appropriately says “Inspiration”.

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Sisters is located at the base of the Cascade mountain range and the row pattern depicts the majestic peaks. All I have to do is learn to appliqué!

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My third plate was picked up in the middle of the High Desert of Oregon.

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Country Lane Quilts in Burns, Oregon, is indeed an oasis for the quilter (and traveler).
It is big ranching country set in a huge valley that is so flat, you can see the curvature of the earth while driving on the main highway.

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The collection is growing, now all I have to do is figure out how to use the plates in a quilt!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!

More and More Quilts!

The 2014 Coburg Quilt Show is over, except here on my blog. ;-)
I’ve shown you the stars and a few of the art gallery worthy entries, so now here are few of the others that caught my eye!

The salmon…
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This one is a bit deceiving. From afar, it looks like a simple geometric design, but look closer and you will find a quilt full of dragonflies!
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A school(?) of sea turtles…

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And a trip to the zoo!

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We ran into a couple of Quilt Divas as well!

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And some unique techniques.

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A quilting friend told me to start saving the selvedges from my fabric so I could make a quilt like this some day. (I swear, quilters don’t waste anything!)

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And here is a Crazy Quilt I might be able to do since it is large pieces instead of the tiny scraps usually associated with these quilts!

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There were also some stunning examples of hand embroidery… Teapots and Presidents:

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Of the several “Stack and Whack” patterns featured in the show, I think this Tulip Fans is my favorite. It was made by the Yoders. Joan pieced it and her husband, Ray, machine quilted it. He used to quilt most of my large projects, but he retired in January. He told me that since he is “80-something” he should begin to relax a little. ;-)

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There are so many more quilts I could show you, but instead you should just plan on joining me next year!

Until next time,
Happy Quilting!