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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Do You See What I See??


Do you see it now?

So many comments came in of "I didn't see the oops block either!" or "I would have just left it.

This is the block that was wrong in so many ways that I would have had to do more than just reverse a row to fix it.

It would have driven me nuts to leave it - Once seen I could not unsee it!

So yesterday's job was to replace the block I had removed the day before with one that made me happier.

Not only was that oops block an oops in color placement - but if you look just below the empty spot where the new block is going to go - you can see that this offending block also had a background that matched its neighbor - a double OOPS in my book.


I replaced it with this one.

Much better!


So much better  - and all together!


Things I have loved about this Easy Breezy Leader & Ender challenge -

I was able to use up a lot of "short" 1 1/2'' strips left from our Checkerboard Rails challenge from a couple of years back.

There were NO TRIANGLES in this quilt.  YAY.

This was about playing with color on color - so if sometimes the chains "disappear" or "connect" in weird ways, it's okay with me. It makes the quilt interesting to look at.

(And yes, there is Millennium Y2K fabric in here.  Did you doubt it?)

I am not the best piecer in the world.  I'll tell anyone and everyone that if you look too closely, I'll ask you to back away. LOL!

I shoot for "GOOD" but not "PERFECT."  That's what keeps the fun in it for me.  Not all of my points match or intersections line up.  Sometimes my seam width varies, and my strips and sashings "wobble" on the front with some skinner parts, and some fatter bits.

I don't care.

I mean, if it is REALLY BAD I'll fix it, but I have a "pin width" tolerance.  Meaning - if that intersection is only a pin width off - I'll leave it.  No big deal.

If you can lay a pin shaft on top of the intersection and not see that you are 3 threads off - so be it.

I haven't talked about it in a long time, but I still struggle with Macular Telangiectasia. I have type 2.  I decided a few years ago that instead of getting down on myself for what I couldn't see, and stressing over things that were not perfect - that I would just cut myself some slack. A LOT OF SLACK if needed.

And you have my permission to cut yourself some slack too if you need it.

Let's face it - there are those who thrive on the pursuit of perfection. It feeds whatever ego boost they need and makes them feel good.  Let them have it.

Find your own comfort level, and focus on the joy you get from making. It's the JOY that keeps me going.  Not the perfection.  That is all.


These WILL be borders!

There will be a narrow green, and a wider electric blue - as soon as I finish adding a pieced inner border that completes the nine-patches at the outside edge.

I hope to get borders on today.


Cutting into saved neutrals!

I need some breathing space in my fat quarter bins, and am dreadfully low on neutral variety in my Scrap User’s System.

In an effort to pull more JOY into my quilting, I am even cutting into some saved and dearly loved favorites.  The Westfalenstoffe came from an earlier trip to Germany where I bought this same print in several color ways.

I LOVE the symbols on the fabric - and the red on white is perfect for some current holiday sewing.

In fact - I annihilated a dozen or so fat quarters last night, cutting for 4 projects, and distributing the strips from the fat quarters amongst them.

I have extra strips to go into the Scrap User’s System for future projects. it's like breathing fresh air into the stash to mix in new things.

I can feel the year winding down.  The hurry hurry of the shipping season is slowing to a trickle.

I'm ready to spend my time between Christmas and New Years just puttering away on some projects - watching some movies, eating some great food - enjoying some baking.

I hope things are the same where you are.

You know, this has been an unprecedented year of "I don't know what to talk about!" because I haven't gone anywhere interesting enough to share photos of, really.

For those who have stayed and read and shared 2020 with me here - I thank you.  Life has become wonderfully mundane in many ways.
This was my yesterday on my trip to the Chiropractor. LOL!

Hikes have even come to a halt - I am a fare weather hiker, and if the temps are below 50 I'm a no go!  what a weenie! But it is what it is.

Anything fun happening for your Wednesday?? Christmas Eve is tomorrow - are you ready?


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Very thought-provoking.

Even when unhappy things happen we can still remain whole.

Have a wonderfully WHOLE Wednesday!


 

83 comments:

  1. we all struggle with different challenges...just keep on keeping on...even if it's all we can do...is the best! merry christmas to you and your family!

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  2. I needed your message today... THANK YOU!! I feel like all of it in one way or another hit me with insight. Wishing you a wonderfully WHOLE day also!

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  3. Merry Christmas to you, Bonnie and thankyou for all you do to bring us joy. We are hunkering down today, as we are in a blizzard!

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  4. Bonnie, I look forward to your daily posts. They are usually the first thing I look at when I get to my store in the morning. I am printing out your mystery clues with the hope of starting in the new year. My little store has been busier than ever this holiday season and I am counting my blessings. With so many people struggling I know how lucky I am. I pray for those who are suffering mentally, emotionally, physically and financially, our community has done a wonderful job of coming out to support those less fortunate this holiday season. Let's all count our blessings, stay safe and do what needs to be done so that 2021 can be a happier, healthier year for all. Merry Christmas.

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  5. I agree with you on the fair weather hiking (and the errand quote!!). I grew up in Ohio and have never embraced the cold or snow. I used to hate the words...lake affect & wind chill! At least in TN there isn't any lake affect...LOL! My Wednesday comprise of calling my mom and working on finishing up the week 4 sets of the mystery quilt

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  6. Oh good GRIEF!! Nope, didn't see it. But it drives me insane when, with a bunch of different blocks, I get two side by side with the same fabric. I always slap me upside the head. HA Your not perfect always looks perfect to me and that's yet another beauty.

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  7. Today I am making sticky buns for the first time. My mother in law makes them for Christmas Morning every year. This year she is in NJ< I am in VA and my kids are in Ireland and Sweden - we will make sticky buns and chat via Google Meet around the world today!

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  8. So, will you continue with the same leader-enders until next July and create a different quilt? Or, will you find a different leader-ender project? Enjoy your holiday time, Bonnie. You deserve it.

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  9. Love this!! I didn't get to really participate in the Leader Enders with this block. My sew days are few and so many other projects under my needle. Some John Wayne Beanbags for grown-up friends. Sharing my stitching and not stressing out about a Finish. It's a blustery, windy, Wednesday

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  10. Yep! Good enough is quite often good enough, Bonnie. We can't let perfectionism steal our joy!

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  11. plan on sewing this afternoon you have a Whole Weds too. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have been here everyday of 2020 with you.

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  12. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bonnie!

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  13. You are always an interesting start to my day. I enjoy the fur babies and visits you receive. Nothing boring about you Bonnie. Enjoy your time at home and smell the Roses.

    Easy Breezy is looking good, did not start this one but have many 1.5" left overs from the rail fence too. Hmmm
    On another note I am caught up with the Mystery Quilt. Pieces are connecting well. You have either taught me well or this is an easy one???

    BTW did you get to see the Christmas Star in your area?

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  14. I love this blog! I so agree about things being perfect. I try to get things to match and i think i struggle with just the rite colors to put together sometimes too. That is what makes scrap quilts more fun, everybody in the pool! I am in Montana and we have a little snow. I am in full baking cookies mode today, Russian tea cakes yesterday, butterscotch oatmeal and hot chocolate peppermint today. Sugar cookies tomorrow, then that is it oh and some fantasy fudge. I am baking for my family and friends. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year Bonnie! You have really helped me get through this past year. Thank you for all you do for us!

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    1. THANK YOU!!! I've been trying since Saturday to remember the name of those cookies, and all I could come up with was "Mexican Wedding Cakes". It's not Christmas until the Russian Tea Cakes are baked, followed by the Hershey Kisses cookies (basically peanut-butter cookies with kisses stuck in them before they cool).

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    2. We always called them Mexican Wedding Cakes, and that may not be very politically correct anymore. Russian tea cakes seems to be the exact same recipe.

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  15. Thank you Bonnie for this uplifting and encouraging message; especially during this special time of year and in the midst of these trying times! ❤️

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  16. Wow! What a quilt that is!! I love it. Merry Christmas, Bonnie and thanks for all you share with us.

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  17. Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your thoughts with us. Wishing you a relaxing and happy Christmas.

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  18. To quote you “wonderfully mundane in many ways”. That has been a silver lining from this past year. I had planned to join you at Asilomar in March when this topsy turvy thing started in March. As a pediatric nurse I have more than enough drama at work!! I look forward to tour blog posts for a breathe of fresh air, a peek of beauty in fabric scraps of in nature, and a sprinkling of life and live with fur babies and humans . Thank you for u you your perseverance ...I appreciate you!!

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  19. You are definitely not boring, Bonnie. Thank you for sharing your days with us. Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.

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  20. However busy I am right now in the kitchen yesterday I just had to do one of the blocks in Clue 4. Well that led to cutting the rest so they will be ready to sew as soon as Christmas Eve is over. Our family celebrates on Christmas Eve so my kids can have their own family time on Christmas Day. Just maybe by Saturday I will be ready or almost ready for Clue 5. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for a 2020 with PURPOSE!!!

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  21. Merry Christmas Bonnie and Dave! I hope you enjoy some down time and relax with some enjoyable movies, food, and quality sewing for just you. I plan to finish making cookies for my grandkids and neighbors today, clean some and presents are finished and all wrapped and under the tree. I will get to see my daughter and her family on Xmas eve. She had her last cancer surgery the day before Thanksgiving and is still not able to go out yet, 2 more weeks of her Dr. ordered quarantine. She said if we would quarantine for 2 weeks before Xmas eve that they would come to our house and open gifts with us. I am so happy as I haven't really seen or spent any time with them since the pandemic hit. Zoom calls is all we have had. So this will be a wonderful Merry Christmas for my and my hubby. Our son is coming over for Christmas Day lunch, so I get to see them both. So HAPPY!

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  22. Why, just yesterday I decided a pin's width was good enough! I had struggled with this block due to poor instructions so it can stay! That said, if I found an oops like you did I would not be able to keep it there! So I'm in your camp all the way. You've doe a great job on your blog all year and I truly enjoy reading everything you publish. Have a good holiday season.

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  23. YES - fist pump here! So happy to hear you say, "good enough" -- while I don't subscribe to the "galloping horse at midnight" theory, there IS such a thing as "good enough" I have a friend whose points ALWAYS match... her dexterity is amazing, I love her work and am not personally 'threatened' by her perfection... and so glad to have your :"permission" to enjoy my own level of skill... Yes, going to the market now has become a 'day out'... LOL... wishing us all Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and happy New Year, Love from Cats in Carlsbad CA

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    1. I love that “fist pump” imagery—ditto for me!!!

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  24. I'm enjoying the "mundane" immensely. I have a friend who leads a Saturday Sampler group here and she always reminds us to "enjoy the process". That is what you are able to do this year - enjoy the process. We have a blizzard today, but I already work from home so it doesn't matter. However, I only have to work until noon and then I can go play in my sewing room.

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  25. A famous quilter once said (when asked about mistakes), "If it can't be seen from the back of a running horse, who cares?" I agree.

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  26. Thank you Bonnie for this post! It was what I needed to hear! I have marveled at all you accomplish, when I can't seem to make headway. It helps me feel better about what I can do and let go of the worry about it not looking perfect. I need to remember the joy and just move forward! You are amazing and bless our lives daily! I don't need to hear about trips, I just need to see how to keep going! Thank you for all you do!

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  27. After surgery on November 30, quarantining prior to and the craziness of multiple dr appointments before and after, I am ready for some mundane! Definitely looking forward to the holidays!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  28. Dear Bonnie, I am so thankful for your dedication to this blog and to us Quiltvillians! It is one of the few constants in my life! Also, in Garden Valley we hike in all weather. I am hoping to get out and snow shoe later. I am happy for this rest period in life. Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  29. Thank you for giving us “permission” to be imperfect! If someone I admire so much doesn’t strive to be perfect, then I don’t have to either! Love that red/white fabric. Reminds me of when I try to figure out measurements for a border or how many blocks I’ll need! Merry Christmas!

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  30. Perfection is not in my book, just be the best I can be whether it’s sewing block for quilts or just as a person. Your message relayed that in every blog you write. Thank you for your time, knowledge and love ❤️ of quilting with us. Merry Christmas to the Hunter family.

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  31. While I have enjoyed your pictures of various locales around the world, I have enjoyed, equally, your photos around home. There is beauty all around us and be it near or be it far, beauty is still beauty. Glad you will be relaxing and doing fun holiday stuff over the holidays!

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  32. P.S. I did catch your title word play today - well done, clever girl!

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  33. We are in our winter home in Florida - love the warmer weather than Indiana cold! Missing some family, but have friends here! Love your posts - keeps me grounded and going - Thanks for all you do!

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  34. I agree with so much that has been said, I love your blog and patterns so much! The mystery saves my heart every Christmas and I have learned so much from your amazing patterns. Clear, cold and beautiful here today. I'm gonna relax and putter around today and do my favorite thing! Quilt! Thanks, Bonnie! Merry Christmas!

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  35. Bonnie, I'm a homebody for sure, and I've enjoyed your stay-home 2020 posts every bit as much as any previous year. Your blog is always my first stop once my morning tea is ready.

    You are speaking my language in the part about how you piece. One of the many things I like about your blog and your overall style is that your designs allow for a small 'pin-width' margin of human error and still look great. While I very much admire and respect the artistry and workmanship in complex paper piecing and applique, I know that I don't enjoy the process of making those projects. Like you, I enjoy the process - the work - of chain piecing squares and rectangles and triangles into blocks that allow for quirky fabric pairings and just a bit of humble wiggle room. Thanks for all you do!

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  36. That is one of the biggest lessons I have learned from you... to keep the JOY in all my quilting activities as much as possible! Thanks for being unique in the quilting world and the best role model for all that quilting can be!

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  37. oh, I so needed to read your blog today. I always put myself down if my points don’t quite point or intersections don’t quite twirl. Thanks, for reminding me to find the joy.

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  38. Bonnie - I look forward to your posts everyday. Your beautiful projects are a joy to look at but your "real" life comments are a relief from all the political and Covid news that has invaded our lives. A healthy holiday to you and your family.

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  39. I have not found a single one of your posts boring. I love seeing what you are working on and your mountain life. I am one of those who did not find the error even though when I counted I remember seeing it when you showed us today. At the time I could not figure out what was wrong with the block and would recount. I also do not like same together and try very hard not to do it. Merry Christmas to you and your entire family. It's hard to believe that this time next week we will be saying good by to 2020 and hello to hopefully a much better 2021.

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  40. I have to agree with Kermit. Lemons and limes from the grocery store on a late night run for cookie supplies.

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  41. Attacking my crumbs with a vengeance, they are deliberately multiplying at an enormous rate and have to be stopped before I drown in them! Crumb squares are being made until the end of the year, what’s left ( if any , hopefully not) will go into pillows. And working on redoing clue 4 that I sewed wrong! Do ask! LOL All in all good day!

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  42. Thank you so much for all that you share with so many strangers that are connected in this world of creativity. Even when things get rough we know that there are others out that care. Huge Holiday hugs from all of us.

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  43. For me there is a difference between happiness and a sense of Joy. We can be joyful even in tough times because we know the tough season does not last forever, that there is more to life than a particular struggle. Happiness is a little more fleeting, perhaps just the length of time it takes to enjoy a great piece of chocolate. :)
    Susan

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  44. I am one of those who struggle to accept "good enough". It drives me crazy (and everyone else around me) but at 73, I'm unlikely to change. But I am getting better at "finished is better than perfect". Enjoy your quiet holidays. Ours are always quiet, so that part is nothing different from any other year, but I am tired of not being able to go anywhere and the gloomy, cloudy weather here from Nov to April doesn't help. Today I'm going to make lemon squares and take half of them to a quilter friend who's birthday is Christmas Eve.
    Pat

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    1. Me too! I've decided that trying to be perfect is OK too. But sometimes before I start a project I decide not to strive for perfection, usually on some very scrappy quilt. If I decide that at the beginning, it doesn't bother me (much) when it's not pieced perfectly. I enjoy the process of both mindsets of my quilting. And I do finish more quickly, which is fulfilling.

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  45. Bonnie, I can empathize with you, as I'm sure a lot of us can... the bi-weekly or monthly grocery shopping has become an exciting venture. Sometimes just getting out of my sewing room/home office to have my tea in the living room is an uplifting experience. Some of us are senior enough that we wonder whether we will be around to see a more normal lifestyle return. Twenty years ago when I was "building up my retirement stash," I had no idea of the future circumstances that would surround me as I cut/sewed. Who knew? Only God.

    I'm sorry that writing your posts has been stressful, Bonnie, but you know what? I have enjoyed every one of them, including the photos. Thank you for sharing your life, your thoughts along with your beautiful quilts. I salute you for having the emotional stamina to even consider a mystery quilt this year.

    So, no need to apologize for your pandemic era posts. Thank you for being you. Merry Christmas deep in your heart from a quiet reader. --another Linda H

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  46. have a merry Christmas and happy new year. you deserve it. love your blog. read it every day.

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  47. Thank you for the reminder that "good enough" is "good enough"! I have been losing my joy over "perfection". Time to back up a few feet!!!

    Merry Christmas to you an yours!!

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  48. Hugs to you! Good enough and done is awesome. Thanks for sharing your life with us. I read it every day and feel uplifted.

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  49. I totally get the ‘fair weather hiker’. My husband says the weather has to be perfect or I don’t leave the house. It’s true. It’s 72 here today, but the wind is howling! I don’t do wind!!! I don’t mind walking in 30 degree weather, as long as there is no wind. I also get the ‘errands as going out’ theory. I have a chiro appointment today, so it will be my going out trip. But, I’ve gotten to where I don’t even look forward to that. I’m perfectly content to just stay at home and do things around the house or hole up and watch movies on a cold day. I am a homebody and the pandemic has been right up my alley! Everyone have a safe holiday season! Bonnie, I hope you enjoy your time off!

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  50. Glad you are able to take a few offs and not worry. I have a friend who has taken apart a quit and re-did it because of some comment made by a Judge in a quilt show. Today we have seen the SUN for the first time in a week. Went to Amish country to the bulk store and to Amish Door for lunch. Expected to have 20's as highs and lots of snow starting late tomorrow. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  51. I really your reason for removing and replacing the block! Several years ago I made a quilt with a variety of star blocks, all made from plaids. As I was stitching the binding down by hand, I discovered one of the 4 corner blocks was turned the wrong direction, and didn't match the others. My husband suggested just leaving it, but I knew that I had to fix it. First I carefully removed the quilting from the block, then unstitched the seams. I was able to turn the block and machine sew three of the sides back into place, and I carefully hand stitched the final seam. Since I had designed the quilt motif for each type of block, I re-quilted, and was pleased with the finish. Well worth the effort in that case!

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  52. Away from my sewing machine, so a family tradition salad is in the works ( it’s time intensive, but extra special)! And some handwork...mainly hexies! Ps...I like your replacement block, a lot!!

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  53. I love reading your blog everyday. While I love the mountains and all the beautiful photos that you share, I am not a cold weather girl. I would love to live at the beach where it is warmer and I can smell the salt air, but alas, I'm stuck in central NC. Your message about perfection really hit home for me. I hesitate to finish projects for fear of things not being perfect. I'm trying to teach myself the lesson that done is better than perfect. It's slowly starting to sink in. Thank you so much for all of the inspiration that you give your followers. May you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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  54. I TOTALLY agree with you about the joy in piecing and not worrying about every intersection. For me, the joy is in the making. I absolutely do not need any quilts! My son tells me that if it’s not perfect, you know it’s handmade. I also think that adds t the charm,just like substituting another fabric when necessary. Merry Christmas and thanks for sharing!

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  55. I LOVE your Kermit quote; it sums up my life since COVID...
    As for perfection, I have learned that I can hide a lot of mistakes with wide borders if the quilt is not perfectly square, just as long as the binding matches the border. And then, if it still bugs me, I gladly gift it to someone = Win, win; they are thrilled with the gift, and I don't have to look at it!

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  56. Oh Bonnie,
    You are soo loved, you start my day everyday , your kindness, insights, pics, laughs, vents, awesome instructions, and on & on..., keeps me sane and grounded.
    you could never be boring , we love sitting down and chatting with you daily,
    Please have a Merry Christmas and never worry, you give soo much and are sooo appreciated. Looking forward to another year with you!:)

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  57. I love your posts! Especially the homey ones. You're a warm fuzzy in my life!

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  58. You mean doing errands doesn't count as going out? Wishing you and your family the merriest Christmas ever. On vacation until after Christmas - time to start the Mystery Quilt. Love your blog and read it faithfully!

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  59. Merry Christmas to you and family. Your post today really hit home for me, feel the same way

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  60. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. When I have an oops, I usually set it aside and visit it later. If it still bugs me I fix it, if it doesn’t it stays. The older I get the laxer I get. Thanks so much for what you do. My bucket list includes a retreat at Quiltville inn, I’m going to have to find a group to join to pull it off but I’m ever hopeful.

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  61. I live in upstate NY and I love winter. I wouldn't want to be anyplace else. I see the beautiful mountains of the Adirondacks and Vermont from my door. And the views you share of your area are so beautiful, never boring. Your quilting projects are inspirational so don't feel because you are posting from home it is not good enough. It's beyond good enough. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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  62. Merry Christmas Bonnie and thank you for everything this year. You are such an inspiration and a warm human being. I love this quilt, and I am going to see if I can make one! Thanks for allowing me to be happy with the level of perfection my wonky hands can make.

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  63. I look forward to your daily post no matter what time of the day I find a moment to read it. I'm glad you had a year of rest, seeing more of hubby, and lots of quilting! I too, am a fair weather hiker but I recently had someone ask me to walk with them one day a week so I'm doning my rain gear and going. It is outside, we're apart, and most importantly it is conversation for me as I live alone. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  64. Hi Bonnie, reading your blog is part of my waking up ritual - I really appreciate the time you put into each one. Wishing you a happy and restful Christmas and New Year xx

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  65. Merry Christmas from Virginia. I love your daily posts. I usually get them one day after. Whatever you talk about I am totally good with. I wish you & yours a happy & peaceful holiday

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  66. Merriest of Holidays to you and your family Bonnie! My husband and I got a good chuckle over the running errands now counts as going out. I am someone who finds joy in the pursuit of perfection in my quilting - not because "It feeds whatever ego boost they need", I don't need any ego boots whatsoever :) What I find joyous in it is my pursuit of learning more every time I quilt and sew. Will I ever reach perfection, heck no. Do I drive myself crazy trying to achieve it, uh ... no. But for me striving to better each time brings joy. As a teacher myself I always tell my students that we are all different and our joy comes from different places. Your quilts bring me joy! Hopefully 2021 will bring us more time together - in person.

    Find your own comfort level, and focus on the joy you get from making. It's the JOY that keeps me going. Not the perfection. That is all.

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  67. I’m a weenie outdoors person...not interested in walking if it is terribly windy, rainy, or cold!! I did a bit of cookie baking, lemon curd making & began trying my hand at making limoncello as a reminder of our trips to Italy! I’m now relaxing & enjoying the slower pace as I recover from a bit of hand surgery...Merry Christmas to all! I enjoy reading of your adventures & watching your quilts come together!

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  68. Millennium fabric: I never bought any, but came across some in a bag of scraps given to me by someone else----and it is now in the Grassy Creek mystery quilt. I have to chuckle and think of Bonnie everytime I see it.

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  69. Hi, Bonnie! I'm a weenie weather person, too - but right now 50 degrees would be heaven. Well, actually it is going to be above 50 today and on Christmas - but that's highly unusual and will be raining. YUCK !! Then we'll be back to below freezing. I'm with you on having fun quilting and not worrying too much about perfection. nd if I find a glaring error, I will fix it because, as you say, it can never be unseen. Take care of yourself and family and enjoy the week between Christmas and New Year's. It's my favorite week of the year!!

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  70. Merry Christmas Bonnie. I hope you enjoy the holiday. Thank you for taking care of all of us throughout the year!

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  71. I've made lots of your scrappy quilts in the many years I've followed you and especially since you taught at the Hall Cty Guild in Georgia many years ago it seems.
    My guest room is now labelled the Bonnie Hunter room. We had Pat Speth stay a few years ago and she recognized your designs right away and was disappointed in not seeing any of her quilt designs.
    I am thankful for all your sharing of designs, of all your funny and uplifting blogs, and will be sooo glad when this year is over and the New Year will be more pleasant. Can't wait to get out of this house. Happy holiday to you and yours.

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  72. I love hearing about your day, your activities and seeing pictures of your quilts, scenery and animals. So glad you could slow down and really enjoy life. Merry Christmas to you and yours! And a Happy New Year as well!

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  73. I love you
    I love your blog
    merry Christmas dear Bonnie and to your wonderful family
    Enjoy this rainy New Years Eve and all of the treasures and beauty
    I am grateful for friends like you

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  74. I'm loving seeing your quilt going together. The oops would have driven me crazy, too. I'm up to about 180 blocks made. I decided to sit and sort them by color one night and was really glad I did, First, I discovered I really like blue, green and red because those were the piles of blocks that were highest. Then, I discovered three blocks that had mistakes so I corrected them then rather than discovering them as I was laying out the quilt. I started pulling more of the less used colors from the stash for the blocks I'm making now. I was laying out quilt blocks at one of our guild sew ins. It's great since they have large tables to arrange the blocks on. I was happy with the arrangement until one of the women showed me a technique I had not used. She had me switch the camera on my cell phone to black and white only. Just seeing the blocks in black and white, I could see areas where there were too many dark blocks together so I rearranged again and really preferred the new setting. One of the nicest things about belonging to guilds and quilt groups is the sharing of ideas and learning new things. Wish all a very Merry Christmas and hopefully, 2021 will be much better than this nasty 2020 has been.

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  75. With a Mom who is 95 and I am her caregiver I have to stay home and the weekly trip to the grocery store is an outing.
    I could not sew for a few months due to the anxiety I was having.
    I have been sewing and made enough crumb blocks for two quilts. The blocks are on my design wall now and will get made into the quilt after the first of the year. I also made 4 patch blocks for a block exchange.
    I sew because I love the fabric and have always loved fabric. Happy dance to have plenty now with my stash and my Mom's. I have been sorting and folding fabrics and it is getting into organized space now.
    I love your blog and read most days. So glad for it when I do read it. I always read yours first before any others. Thank you for all the cheer you bring into my life.

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  76. Even though you haven't travelled, you've had plenty of great quilt projects to show us. Daily life is changed everywhere and I have enjoyed checking in with you and Zoey, and Lola, and Ivy, and what might be going on at the Quiltville Inn, or the "post office". Have a really nice Christmas.

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  77. Great post today and message. Thank you and have a wonderful holiday.

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  78. I always tell everyone that if they find a mistake in my quilts that THEY can fix them. I'm happy that they are done and look reasonably well. Perfect takes all the fun out of the project.

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  79. I've always wondered what your approach was to your "scrappy" quilts. Totally random, or some planning to make sure it looks random. when you said the matching background was a second oops, it gave me a chuckle. It's nice to know you do a bit of planning too, because I've never been able to just "grab and sew" whatever came out of the bin.

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