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Thursday, November 05, 2020

More Life In Between the Seams!


This little gem came my way last week through a friend.

The funny thing is - it was in the back of the van destined for a bedside table at Quiltville Inn as I am prone to cuten -yes that is a word - and make things homey by leaving little touches here and there.

I loved the cover.  Those triangles call to me. 

Well, long story short, when I emptied the back of the van, this little book ended up tucked under something else and never made it out until I went to put something IN this morning, and found it.

On my way back to the back sliding door (jacketless - and a bit chilly, I keep forgetting it's November sunny or not.) I just cracked the book open to whatever page on a whim just to get a glimpse at the contents.

I kid you not - this is where it opened:


Now this part was great, but continue on to the next page:


"Well, in a perfect world!" was my first thought.

"With a lot of hard work!" was my second.

While I really try to reign in my feelings and leanings, I am still a human being.  When the dust settles, some things will remain the same.

The sun still rises.  We still have families to feed, provide roofs over our heads, and find a way to mend cracks and build bridges. We need to value each other more.  Especially those of differing opinions.


And Christmas tree wagons still roll on by, delighting my senses!


Yesterday's lunch time getaway was to take Moby the van to the collision shop along with our estimates and get that deal going.

This little place is mom & pop owned, not far from me, and I am so grateful to have a place so close.


You will be right as rain again soon, Moby!

And I had a delightful talk with the owner, Karen.  Someone I could easily see myself being friends and neighbors with.  And that is saying a lot for this remote corner we call home.


Best fun of the day!

Vintage fabric binding - only 36'' wide!

I had to laugh when I posted a photo of this fabric yesterday and the comment of "That's not that old, I could still get 36" fabric in 1969."  My response..."That's half a century ago!" and a reply came right back "Feels like yesterday."  YES IT DOES!!

It's still a super cute fabric for binding, I love that little green bit in it that ties in to what is going on in the quilt (soon to be shown!)


Evening feet up and binding time.

It got this piece OUT of the stash cupboard - who knows how long it has been sitting in between the other reds on the shelf?  What was left over is now stripped down and sorted into Scrap User’s System sizes.


One corner turned, 3 to go!

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This morning's sunrise!

Another gorgeous day at hand!

The hubster had to run to Winston Salem this morning for a round of appointments and won't be back until this evening, so Zoey Jo gets to come with mom to work at the QPO all day. 

I plan to keep digging into the weekend's mail order (closing in on getting caught up!) while listening to some podcasts and enjoying the day!  

Likely no piecing time today - the only sewing I did yesterday was take enough time to get that binding on so I could stitch it at home in the evening.

But that doesn't mean I don't have projects on the brain, longing for more free time to sew!

Anything happening for your Thursday ahead?


Quiltville Quote of the Day -
I am all in for better bridges!
I am cautiously optimistic that we can 'Lay down our swords (aka: harsh tongues) and turn them into plowshares.' (Work together for a better humanity.)
No matter who is in the White House, this all begins with how we treat each other, at home where we live and in our communities.
May we continue to show and grow a kinder version of ourselves towards others who may not feel the same way we do.
Have a great Thursday, everyone!



 

45 comments:

  1. I made a dress for a little girl in 1971 using that red print. It cost 25 cents a yard. Oh, how things have changed!

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  2. I am looking at the comment up above that thanks us for our understanding of the many hours that go into your blog. So true of anything worthwhile. I write to my kids once a month, a long email that shares memories of my growing up and early years and that includes my quilting history. It is my "blog" for my kids. Enjoy the day and I look forward to Zoey Jo antics at the post office!!

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  3. LOL I used to have arguments with my mother over which was more economical, 2 yards of 36" fabric or 1 and 1/2 of 45". She would never give in, the lower price of 36" was all she could see. For a survivor of the Great Depression, I could understand how she needed to feel that she was being frugal, in her own way. Thanks for a thoughtful post.

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  4. Can't wait for the reveal of the quilt you are binding! Isn't it great to find a new friend/business owner down the road, and another female at that! I remember passing this business... the colors on the building grab your attention as you pass by. Have fun with Zoey Jo at the QPO today!

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  5. Beautiful sunrise! I wish I could get up early enough to see one. I am not a morning person. Thank you again for all you do for the quilting community through your blog and your Facebook pages. Quilting blogs and card making blogs and Facebook groups have been my retreat from all the political stuff. I am ashamed that I got caught up in the words a few times in the past and have been working on being nicer to people, leaving much larger tips, and being slow to anger. I hope the same for everyone.

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    1. There are those of us who watch the sunrise. And others, like myself, that watch the sunsets. All are a worthy and beautiful way to begin or end your day.

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  6. Kindness....is a whole lot better to build bridges. Kindness breeds kindness. We all need kindness.
    Know what the opposite does...
    I know I can be a better person. One step and day at a time. Continue spreading the message. Your blog is one of the favorite parts of my day. Thank you.

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  7. I enjoyed your blog. Today I am getting started on making a Quilt of Valor for my brother. He is long over due one.

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  8. Our granddaughter has COVID and has been on a vent since July 25th. She is 31 and otherwise healthy. She was able to come off the vent yesterday all day long for the first time! I was able to go sew for the first time in ages and it did me a world of good. You have been a life line for me - thank you! Marilyn Marks

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    1. Sending positive vibes for your granddaughter!

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    2. Oh I'm so sorry. I pray she recovers and doesn't have long-term damage. You stay safe. Blessings.

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    3. Marilyn, this brought tears to my eyes! What happy news! Dot

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    4. Prayers for your granddaughter for the next chapter in her story. Let's sew.

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    5. My prayers for your granddaughter for healing. Sewing has been my lifeline and it heals my problems. I’m so happy your back to sewing so you can mend your heart ❤️.

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    6. Certainly puts politics in the proper perspective when you are fighting for life or death of your grandchild. God Bless you and your family as you continue your fight!

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  9. I just love seeing the close-up pictures of what you are working on (binding). Often, I can catch glimpses of fabric that is still in my stash - or used to be. And it makes me smile....

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  10. your words for the day are so apt. Thank you for everything. Love, prayers and blessings from Cats in Carlsbad CA

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  11. I love finding those old 36" fabrics. I think I have some of that one in my Stash, far away. I put a binding on and finished a cute Cradle Quilt. I posted it on your new FB page. Glad you can get Moby fixed close to home. Waiting to see the full Christmasy surprise.

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  12. I too need to express my gratitude for your time and kind words, your my quilty friend I turn to daily. Thank from the bottom of my heart ❤️

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  13. Love your blog! Thank you for your positive words this morning!

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  14. Oh, you're right - that little vintage print makes an adorable binding! It's perfect with the glimpses we've seen so far. Looking forward to that reveal when you're ready!

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  15. It takes less energy to be kind than to be frustrated. If we allow it, kindness will flow. Let's all try to be the head waters of a stream off tenderness. Thank you for the sunrise. There is such peace within stillness. Thank you for sharing your minutes of peace with us!
    Susan

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  16. Your sunrise is beautiful. My best friend has been wheelchair bound since July - she broke her femur and at 70 we are all a little slow to heal. Her church men came and built her a ramp this week and she called me to get out and drive. I drove her to Arkansas beautiful scenic highway 7 and it was beautiful. I regret not taking a few pictures, but she just needed to get OUT!!! It seems like this year nature has been more beautiful and fulfilling than anything except maybe being able to quilt more.

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  17. Amen Sista! Let's build Bridges and mystery quilts! Lol! Many thanks for your ever inspiring quilts and words of wisdom!

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  18. Your gorgeous picture of the best time of the day. Unfortunately it's to chilly to set outside and enjoy it where I live. So thank you a thousand times.

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  19. Love your blog and try to read it every day tho it is a treat to catch up when I miss a day or two. I've found turning off the politics allows me to think for myself and come to much calmer conclusions and be more receiving of other opinions. The "talking heads" have become just that and need to be ignored. Love the sunrise and the calm it inspires. Find I'm enjoying these quiet days that allow more time for stitching.

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  20. We are more than our politics.

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  21. The joy of the pandemic is I used to see the sunrise in my car during my hour long commute to work and now I see it outside my window while I sit down to work with a coffee in my hand, who says there is not always something joyful in the little things?

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  22. love finding a good book..... bordering Frolic and hoping it is at least a flimsy before Grassy Creek starts!

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  23. Forever and ever, I am always amazed how prolific you are! I’m trying to sew most of the day, everyday for a week and it feels like nothing is getting done! But, I am also trying to get my 40 UFOs done, switching it up to work on a different thing every day. Today-EnProvance! Need to put the blocks together! Close...

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  24. Love your daily blog - it's been a lifeline for me too these past months! For the past 2 days I've been trying to put Frolic blocks together - blocks "on point" mess with my brain, dear Bonnie! Good grief! I know I will love it once it's together, but right now, I'm muttering under my breath! lol But thank you for all your creations that you share with us!

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  25. I love your posts, Bonnie ! 🥰

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  26. I love your blog - make sure I read it everyday! Such an awesome sunrise! I got a table runner quilted on my domestic machine today and a small quilt - also got the refridgerator cleaned out! Woohoo!!

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  27. wow! Such wise words from Grandma! Isn’t it amazing how something turns up like this just when you need it the most?
    Thank you for brightening my day :)

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  28. I remember almost all the fabrics I bought in the 1960's to make my clothes when I was in high school. Was it really 50 years ago? Can't be, can't possibly be. Don't have any 50 year old fabric, but I did have some from 1991. I was chary of using it because it was so old. I saw that date on the selvedge and guffawed. At the time I used it that fabric was 18 years old, and I probably still have scraps left. When do you say "OK" and let it go instead of trusting it in your project?

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  29. Another question - the reindeer on your backing appear to be metallic. Does that metallic printing fade, oxidize or otherwise degrade in time? I never buy metallics because I am scared of how they will act as they age.

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  30. Bonnie, thank you for the book reading....amazing how that page presented so timely. Marilyn, blessings of continued health on your granddaughter. Driving a friend with broken femur to share beautiful scenery is a wonderful example of what we all need to be doing in this world....caring and sharing. I will never forget my friend who stopped by and combed my hair daily when I shattered my wrist. Sunrises, mysteries and pet antics....thank you Bonnie for caring for all of us.

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  31. Imagine a country whose citizens—maybe even its leaders—are brave, calm, and open towards each other; a country whose people realize that all human beings belong together as one family and must act accordingly; a country guided by Common Sense.

    BR. DAVID STEINDL-RAST

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  32. I love that book! Read it years ago but that little snip it makes me want to read it again.

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  33. Actually some old time politicians used to hole themselves up in a cabinet room, and hash things out until they came up with some sort of compromise. I have a sibling who’s a state rep, 3rd term newly re-elected, and involved in politics since 1977, she said the thing, we have to find solutions, to help everyone. Leave us pray, some eventually feel this way too. Beautiful day in your neck of the woods, here from my neck of the woods someplace in the West.

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  34. Such pretty fabric for the binding , that little pop of green really works nicely.
    Lovely sunrise, so beautiful viewed through the trees.
    Stay safe
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx

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  35. Thank you for good inspiration for today.

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  36. Bonnie Hunter, You. Are. A. Tease!! In other words, I'm getting SO impatient to see this Christmas quilt you've been teasing us with! :-)

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  37. Bonnie, The description of multiple answers in Grandma's book fits a definition of science that I made up last week. In our current atmosphere--especially with regard to COVID-19, many are complaining about changing instructions and lack of knowledge that's clear and perfect. I said, "That's science". When a good scientist gets one answer to something, she doesn't quit looking for answers. After you've published the first answer--not in the newspaper, please--others will challenge your results and conclusions and offer necessary insight. Scientific cooperation is crucial to learning. Another scientist cannot honestly attack the first one who found an answer--unless they have FACTS derived from scientific pursuits to explain why the first scientist is not correct. Good science is not myth, gossip, or emotional belief. Maybe that's why so many people are having trouble believing what they hear or read about SCIENCE.

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  38. I found a copy of that book at a "Little Library" in my neighborhood. I loved it.

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