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Post Thanksgiving Thoughts

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday! There’s no stress–I didn’t cook. There’s no cleanup either–we ate at a church dinner. We had a relaxing time catching up with the neighbors and just spending time together.

With my extra time on Thanksgiving Day I finished a baby quilt. The shower is next weekend so no last minute panic!

Today I spent some time putting a few items in my Etsy shop, JoansPatches. Seemed like the thing to do on “Black Friday” instead of fighting the crowds at the shopping mall. I’m hoping to add a few more this weekend.

Childhood Myths

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Recently we had visitors of our favorite kind—children and grandchildren. It was too short but a lovely time. Since then, I’ve reflected on some of our conversations. I’m musing about childhood myths.

Over the years, I’ve heard remarks that are clearly, to me, myths. My children may differ in opinion.

I’ve heard remarks like—

  • You made me eat a whole plate of (insert least favorite food here).
  • You never let me (insert go to a concert, go to the beach, watch favorite program, stay out late, etc.).
  • You don’t like my friends.
  • I always had to do chores.
  • You always yell at me.
  • You guys are so square! (actually, this one is true)
  • You’re ruining my life!

“Always” and “never” are often a part of the statement.

I’m wondering now—what myths did I throw at my parents? I think at least some were the same. I’m also wondering—do our children hear the same myths, or will they?

Snail Quilt

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Snail Quilt

There are several babies on the way in our family, so I’ve started making some baby quilts. I tried several new techniques on this one. I pieced the triangles on the serger instead of the sewing machine. It went together quickly and should add to the durability of the quilt. Then I quilted using special rulers and a ruler foot, with two different sewing machines. There’s quite a learning curve to using the rulers!

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When it came time to bind the quilt, I could not find the binding I had originally cut. So I found coordinating solid fabrics and tried the faux piping method of binding. I think it looks much better than what I had planned!

Fans of the Past

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The center block, a found block from an unknown quilter, was provided as part of a challenge. The fan blocks came from my Grandmother’s leftovers. She was well known for her prolific quiltmaking. I felt a satisfying connection to my Grandmother and other quilters from the past as I constructed this quilt from vintage fabrics and trims.

fans-of-the-past

One more block done

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IMG_4465What I thought would be easy enough–making one block a day in the Splendid Sampler sew-along–lasted one day. Until today! This pattern called for an embroidered motif in the center. I had a piece of tatted lace that my sister-in-love Marie had made some time ago. Unfortunately it had gotten stained and set aside, waiting to be useful. It was the perfect size and shape for this block! I used sharpie markers and alcohol to dye it. I like the result!