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GOALS

  GOALS FOR A NEW YEAR.... Happy New Year! Time to think about goals and dreams and how to make them happen.  I have heard that we should think about the different areas of our lives: spiritural, emotional, physical, financial, relationships, educational. As many do I am in the process of making goals for 2018. I have to make separate goals for my business, my work with Quilts Of Valor, Ministries and work with our local Quilt Guild that I am the president of for the third consecutive year. I would like to pose a question: Do you have any creative goals? Do you have to separate...

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QOV Museum Display

The QOV Museum Display is up and ready for viewing. This all began over two years ago with the awarding of a Quilt of Valor to a WWII veteran. His awarding was set up by his family in a large room at the Bell County museum. It was beautiful and went off without a hitch and my cards and QOV brochures were given to the staff as well as attendees.  A few months later the museum contacted me to see if I would be willing to award a QOV at the museum during the observation of a military holiday. After the awarding that was held outside this time I discussed with the museum staff if it would be possible...

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RETREAT (and I’m not talking about a tactical withdrawal)

Dianne and I were gone from the studio for a couple of days last week and over the weekend. We went to a QOV quilt retreat. We had a blast and learned a lot. Dianne was the queen of the retreat and really shined! We managed to bind over twenty quilts for the up coming QOV Museum display and a 50th reunion of Vietnam Veterans. We also made rod pockets for all that will hang in the museum. I brought with me a plastic draw full of cut out pieces of fabric, some sewn together but most not that I inherited for out local QOV group Quilters With a Heart. I found out they were a Stack-N-Wack and  One Block...

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CONSTRUCTION, HELPING OTHERS , and QUILTING…..OH MY!

So much going on here at my new studio "Quiltopia" Part of the exterior has been painted. The bamboo flooring is installed and we have the light fixtures up. The interior is all textured and painted a bright white. This is really happening!!!! Oh yea the new windows arrived and will be installed next week.       Quilts of Valor have taken a back seat to customer jobs but this week we worked on binding and labeling four so we can award them and ship two to be awarded next week to those that are returning home from another of many deployments.     After...

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Thanking our Heroes!

One of the most rewarding things I do as a quilter is my work with Quilts of Valor. Last year I had children decorate and print messages on six and a half inch of muslin with crayons and markers for future Quilts of Valor.  I write some of words on a portable dry erase board such as Thank you, hero, etc... so the children will spell their message correctly. Also so I don't have to spell the same word dozens of times throughout the event.  I also tell them that  they can't have guns or blood in their pictures because some of our soldiers and people who were soldiers don't want to see that on their...

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Saved from the Dump

As Tim continues to sort, clean, and discover treasures I ran across a box of very old hand pieced quilt tops that I remember were going to be thrown away. As a quilter you know I couldn't let that happen. If I remember correctly I saved this Apple Core quilt from the trash dump long before I even received my longarm quilting machine and opened my business.  I thought well it's time to either finish these tops and have finished quilts out of them or get rid of them. I started with the apple core because it was on the top of the pile in the box. I pressed it as best I could and tried steaming it, starched...

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All Gave Some and Some Gave All

We lived in Germany for 12 years and we loved it. I had the opportunity while there to tour a concentration camp or two and visit historical sites from WWII. These sites and tours were events that changed me and broke my heart at the horrors that had occurred. Visiting the memorial of the USS Oklahoma was different. Tim and I laid a single flower at the base of each pillar and two lei on the first row. It did not make me feel the way the grave sites, memorials, and other historical sites I had seen in Germany and France had. This was just as moving but in a different way. I was moved to the core...

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Distinguished and Celebrated Part I Ewa Battlefield Commemoration

The day  we arrived in Hawaii Tim (my husband) and I were informed that the tours we were scheduled for and the awarding of the scheduled Quilts of Valor were cancelled due to scheduling problems. I was at a lost for what I was going to do with 31 Quilts of Valor. I took a deep breath and called my contact with the Hawaiian National Parks and Recreations who were the ones setting up and running all the events for the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and asked what we could do and how they could help me. They were very sorry but they had never experienced anything...

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