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Saturday, March 20, 2021

With a bit of Courage, Faith & Joy!


Yesterday afternoon had me quietly and happily stitching myself into the weekend ahead.

I have been wanting to sit down with this project for the past AT LEAST 2 weeks.

It has been there, confined to its project box - nearly taunting me - as I went through my days doing all of the needful things.

Occasionally I'd lift the lid, pet the pieces, and say "Soon, my pretties - soon!"

That soon came yesterday afternoon on the tail end of something else ultra meaningful to my life.



Friday afternoon date! 1st round of Moderna DONE!
Thank you VDH for the easy process of pre-registration online, and the easy appointment sign up once receiving the emails that we were eligible to schedule.
We got our shots at Grayson County high school in Independence VA where things moved quickly and efficiently!
So excited each time that light at the end of the long Covid tunnel moves one step closer!


Can you see the smiles behind the masks?

And I am tickled that we caught the hubster wearing his vaccinated sticker. LOL!

When I first made my Facebook post about having appointments, I was SHOCKED at the negative responses I got.  I still am.

First off - where I am in Virginia is VERY rural.  If there is availability they are vaccinating people who are not 65+  I'm sorry if your state is not yet.  But they will be soon so hang in there.

Here, we pre-register online and wait in queue.  They sent us an email when it was time to make our appointment.  THEY let us know. Which is exactly what we did.  So to those who accused me of being a "LINE JUMPER"  I won't bother asking for an apology from you.  The "Shame on you!" you sent my way, should be reflected back on you.  I know how to ban and delete.

And I won't give an apology for scheduling our appointments when being notified by the state who contacted us after or pre-registrations giving us the go ahead. 

It may simply be easier for those in VERY rural communities like ours to have availability, versus big cities with many hundreds of thousands of people all waiting their turn.  Our lines are shorter. That is all.

This post is not an open forum for anti-vaxxers and those comments will not be posted as well.  I choose to have faith in science.

My grandfather was a polio survivor, yet he struggled all of his life from the after effects of that disease.  In my world, vaccinations are a gift. You do you, we will do us.  Let's move forward. No debate.

I will admit that my arm was SUPER sore last night, and I cuddled up to a package of frozen hamburger wrapped in a towel.  LOL!

I chose my right arm as I am right handed, believing that the more I move this arm, the quicker the soreness will dissipate.

This morning I am doing great, the arm is just a bit tender - but it isn't going to stop me from doing all of my normal things.


I'm "getting there" with these -

I'm wanting to sash the blocks with something fun, so when I have the blocks I need completed, that will be the next step - to play with ideas until I find the one that makes me the happiest - the one that says "YES! Go that way!"

And I'm seriously hoping that this afternoon will be a good time to take Zoey back up to the ponies.


Sorry Ivy - you can't go with us!

Seriously how can this stare not make you laugh??  LOL!  Forget the stink eye - the squint eye is queen!

Yesterday's IG Quiltfest on Instagram Day 19:


Share your thread faves in the comments section below!

And I'd love to know if you have any fun things going on this weekend as we edge closer to the first day of spring TOMORROW!!


To celebrate spring, the printable PDF pattern for Tulip Time is also currently marked 25% off in the in the Quiltville Store, no coupon required. This sale is good through Wednesday, March 31st, 2021.  The pattern will revert back to full price on Thursday, April 1st, 2021.

And to kick off Tulip Time, I am collaborating with my friend Irene at Cotton to Quilts with a FABULOUS Gift-Away!  Enter on THAT POST to win!

LAST reminder:  The PDF pattern for our Unity quilt is marked 25% off due to the "Quilts of significance" prompt during Instagram's IG Quiltfest.  Sale ends Monday morning! 



Quiltville Quote of the Day -


Today, Life is just a bit brighter and hope rises just a bit higher!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone - we'll catch you back here on Monday!



 

170 comments:

  1. Happy for you both on receiving the shot.
    What a wonderful way to greet Spring!

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  2. Congrats on getting your shot. Like you my husband and I finally got our shots. Yahoo.

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  3. YAY! Two more on the way to fully vaccinated!!!

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  4. Congratulations on starting your vaccinations. My husband and I got our first "shot of hope" 2 weeks ago and will get our second shots on April 2. I won't be preached to by anti-vaxxers. You do you,and I'll do me.

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  5. Congrats on getting the shots. We were part of the Moderna trials so I’m partial. I call it Dolly dosed, and you’re two people closer to herd immunity. Yay!!!! P.S. love the tulip quilt and all your scrappy goodness. 😊

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  6. I look forward to reading your blog everyday. I love your quilts and ideas. And in a world of so much negative people around me right now, you are a breath of fresh air. Keep deleting those negative nellies from your life!! Today I am going to meet my mom and spend the day doing what we both love - going to an auction! Bless you Bonnie.

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    1. Thank you for applauding negative nellies.

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  7. Good on you for getting vaccinated. It was your turn. Your time was called. Don’t feel guilty feel proud. Forget about the negative, jealous people out there that just want to spread negativity in the world. You are doing everything right and you should be embracing that. It sickens me that so many complain about the little things. These people haven’t had to go through hard times. So, stay strong & safe. Enjoy life and keep spreading your knowledge to us all.

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  8. Glad you were able to get your first dose of vaccine! I'm a retired public health nurse who has returned to work to help with vaccine clinics. Proud to do my part to save the world. It's my pleasure.

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    1. Thank you for volunteering your time to help those of us who want the vaccine!! I Applaud you! Getting my first dose today, my husband has been fully vaccinated for a month now, (age and diabetes) and I have patiently waited for my age group to open. Again, thank you for giving your time!

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    2. Thank you! Everyone who helps lifts up the health of all of us.

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    3. Thank you for doing your part helping people getting their vaccine. I’m happy for anyone who is able to get theirs.

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    4. So great that you are able to help out! Thank you.

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  9. What ever happened to "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all"? Anyway, I'm 57 and fully vaccinated with no regrets or guilt. Our local hospital allowed me a vaccine so they could get me back to volunteering. The patterns you've been coming out with have been awesome. My "pattern diet" has been busted to pieces and Tulip Time is next on my list of things to do. Thank you for all you do.

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    1. I was raised that way to. Speak nice things or keep your mouth shut. It also goes a long way to improving your disposition.

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    2. Thank you for volunteering. I believe with no proof that the problem is the fact that name calling and disrespect have become a national past time on social media because you feel that if you read someone's posts you have a right to tell them what to do. I hope all the people talking about bullying look at their posts to see if they are bullying others. Bonnie has a whole bunch of us reading about her life and she tries to be very positive. Let's try to return the favor.

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    3. That's exactly what I was thinking - "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." The line was in the movie Bambi - stated by Thumper. Maybe people need to "grow up" watch that movie!!! Me? I'm waiting for my email stating it's my turn for the shot.

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  10. The negative people are everywhere, no matter what the issue is. I am so glad you have gotten your first shot. I am also happy for you that you made the decision to hang up the traveling gloves and become a full time inn keeper. I will make it your way sometime. Keep up the good work, the inspirations and the pictures of the animals!! Oh, I have purchased the tulip quilt pattern but right now my energy is going into my flower gardens and my real time tulips!! :)

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  11. Good for you and Dave! You are doing your part to help the country (and world) achieve herd immunity!!

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  12. I am still shocked that there are people who are anti-vaccine but that's on them. If you are eligible and want it, take it!! When TX opened the vaccine to teachers, I WAS surprised at how quickly they were able to get their shots given it had taken WEEKS (& longer) for many in the 1A/B categories to get theirs. I participated in Pfizer's vaccine trial starting last Aug. I had the option to find out if I received the placebo (was 99% certain I had) and to get the vaccine if I had. So I wound up getting both the 1st & 2nd in Jan. Felt so good!

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  13. Hooray for science! Hooray for shots in arms. This week I got together with a quilting friend. We haven’t sewn together for a year. Now that most of my quilting companions are vaccinated we will resume weekly sew day. Hooray!

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  14. I'm so happy you were able to receive your first vaccine dose! We received our second dose 12 days ago - one of the perks of turning 65 in January lol. I too, view vaccines as a wonderful gift, my almost 92 year old dad had polio at age 21, in 1950/51, luckily never had to use the iron lung that they rolled down the hall and parked outside of his room at 2am one morning, but spent months of painful treatments to restore his health and years of (luckily) minor after effects. I was born in 1956 and was vaccinated without hesitation because he wanted to be sure that his children never had to live thru what he had experienced. The after effects of my 2nd covid vaccination - a bit of a sore arm, slight body aches, AND an overwhelming sense of gratitude and relief. Happy Vernal Equinox and Worldwide Quilting Day!

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  15. I don't understand why people are so nasty & think they should attack someone else over their choices. They need to mind their own business & keep their opinions to themselves. You're a brave woman allowing comments.

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  16. Hooray for science! Hooray for shots in arms! This week I got together with a friend to sew. It has been a year since we’ve sewn together. Since most of my quilting friends have been vaccinated we will resume our weekly sew day. Hooray!

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  17. It's just such a wonderful feeling, getting that first shot. So glad you were able to partake!

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  18. YAY! So happy that you and hubster are getting vaccinated!

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  19. I think it is wonderful that you both were able to get your shot and it is not jumping the line. All states are doing this differently and you get it when you can - I'm waiting for my second but some of my family that are younger than I (68) were able to get it before me if they are in other states. Some friends that are 68 were able to get both shots before I ever got my first because they live in Michigan or wherever and were offered it earlier. Just ignore the angry - they probably want one too and know they are older and think they should have gotten it but it is their state system causing the problem

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  20. I am thrilled that you and your husband have had your first shot...they are slower here but we are thankful that our parents will have theirs this week! I have often thought of a fellow I cared for when I worked as a respite worker...he was also a polio survivor and had life long issuers ...that ai am sure had he had the option would have been vaccinated!
    I have a friend that gifts me with all of her scraps and am having so much fun making little pineapple blocks ... it’s perfect for someone who loves to play with all of her sewing tools!
    So Happy First Day of Spring and Happy International Quilt Day!!

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  21. So glad you could get your vaccine. I received my first shot two weeks ago when TN opened up availability to 65+. Yes, every state is handling this differently, and I thought most people knew it. Sorry you were subjected to such abuse online. I had to hunt down my vaccination time, nothing as organized as in VA. Fnally found an opening at Sam's Club! Health department slots filled up quickly. I got Moderna and had almost no reaction, a very little soreness in my arm.

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  22. glad you received your first shot. it is such a hopeful thing.

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  23. I'll have to try 60wt Signature 3-ply. I'm currently using 60 wt Prescencia 3-ply for piecing and I love it... just do not love that it is hard to come by. Congrats on getting vaccinated! If we had to wait on our State to notify us, we would never get vaccinated. It is up to the person to register on every site possible, following up with said site and even going out to more rural communities to be vaccinated. It is sad that it takes this much effort for those in an older generation who do not use technology. There has to be a better way. Regardless, as of Monday, 55 and up will be able to sign up here and I've got an appointment for Tuesday :) Have a great weekend!

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  24. My husband had a brother who died of polio, vaccinating was never optional in our home. We made our appointments too, both getting our 2nd shot this week.

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  25. No shame. Glad you can have a Sew Day. My day is planned for me. Maybe tonight... Happy Quilting Day. Ivy's squint Eye, LOL Have fun with the ponies.

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  26. I received my second dose last week & hubbie gets his today!!! Our county had people sign up and they were called in order of age & conditions. Outstanding job!! My 70+ cousin is a polio survivor and still suffers from related limitations. Enjoy spring!!

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  27. At last, Monday in Idaho, anyone 55-64 can now schedule vaccines! I am scheduled for my first Tuesday night 640. WOOT!!!! I agree, your "early" vaccine is likely d/t rural location.

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  28. Bonnie, kudos to you and your husband for registering, and accepting the appointments when offered. I also live in a rural area, and had Moderna late January and February (health care workers). I do not understand people that are keyboard warriors that hassle you!!! Good for you stating a boundary.

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  29. So sorry for the trolls. You do so much to brighten our days and some of us appreciate you. Glad you got your shot.

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  30. So glad you guys got your shots. Texas has dropped the age to 50 and I am 61, set for Tuesday at wal-mart, hopefully not by a stock boy, lol. Miss Ivy is just so beautiful :)

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  31. All the over-60's in my family are now vaccinated and grateful for it. I use cotton threads for piecing and quilting, usually connecting threads, such a range of colors.

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  32. Really glad you were able to get your vaccine! I, too, had Moderna. I live in a semi rural area and our process was much like yours. Easy, Peasy! Looking forward to being with my great grandson again and not being afraid to hug them both, 🥰

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  33. It just amazes me that people would be hateful about getting the vaccine! Every state is different. As the supply gets better, more appts will be available. I'm in the 75+ group & did have problems scheduling,but I was persistent & found a hospital that was so organized! I'm sure a woman must have organized the process,lol! My 2nd Pfizer was 3 wks ago! Such a great feeling to be vaccinated! We just need to be kind to each other, even if someone chooses not to be vaccinated. It's about choice. I chose to be vaccinated. So happy you & hubby have #1 done! There's light at the end of the tunnel! Enjoy this beautiful Spring weekend!!!

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  34. Thank you for getting your vaccines when offered.

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  35. Having had my second shot at the end of Feb. - it does give you hope and hopefully things will be on the mend for all soon.

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  36. Bonnie, Congratulations on receiving your covid 19 vaccine. It was such a relief to me, when we got our shots. My hubby would not survive a bout of covid, and so the vaccine is a true blessing. I am amazed, some have refused this protection. Your new quilt project looks like fun. Happy sewing. ��

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  37. Congrats on your first shot! We both got the Pfizer shot and on the second one, the person watching over our 15 minute waiting period advised to keep rubbing the arm to help spread the vaccine and lessen how sore our arms might get. We did that and I think it helped a lot! My hubby had a very sore arm after the first shot, but with rubbing the second shot, he had way less soreness. I had no soreness with the first shot and just a tinge of soreness with the second. And yes, movement will also help.

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  38. SO glad for you and your husband that you received your first shot! "Have you had your shots yet" seems to be the greeting amongst those of us that are a certain age. The expression on Ivy's face is hilarious. I find myself wanting to give that look to people on occasion. Thanks for making us feel like part of your pet family. Pets have become more important during this challenging time and offer moments of silliness and joy. May favorite thread, Aurafil. Have a relaxing day tomorrow, Bonnie.
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  39. So happy for you both. We got ours also. Waited our turn, went smoothly. Peace of mind. Got to hug our granddaughter after a year. Wow! It felt so good. Be prepared possibly for a lost day on the second shot. Lack of energy and very sleepy.

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  40. Bonnie- Congrats on getting your 1st vaccination shot! When its your turn, it is YOUR turn! And that varies from place to place as availability and vaccination quantity differs - as well as the population. I recently lost my Mom, and have inherited her sewing stash. Counted 45 spools in the white-cream range plus various grays, browns, and assorted colors. All good for piecing -- will be put to use and appreciated.

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  41. Woohoo! Glad you and hubby got your first shot. Yes, it was harder to get an appointment here in NY than it was where you are but that's the way it is. And thanks to a determined, quick on the computer step daughter, hubby and I have been vaccinated too. And today we are heading out for a weekend visit with two of my sons and my sis will be joining us for a while too. Seems in today's world you can't do anything without a critic. On one side, there are the anti vaxxers and then on another side there are those that think they should have been able to get the shot already and are annoyed at those they perceive as jumping the line. Delete, delete. Each person who gets the vaccine is helping get us closer to a more normal life. Thanks for doing your part through all of this and thanks for always providing quilting inspiration. Enjoy your weekend.

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  42. Congrats on your shot!!!! I got my 2nd shot last Sunday...yippee!! The goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible. So if you can get the shot- TAKE THE SHOT. It's been a tough year for all of us and I'm tired of people being just plain MEAN. With everything that has happened this past year I feel like some people have just lost their minds. Let's all get back to being human and looking our for each other. HOWEVER as a FYI I read an article about posting your vaccination card on-line. Not a good idea. People have been getting scrammed by getting information from your card. I like the comment about "getting your shot of hope". Thank God for science and living in a country where we can get our "shots of hope".

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  43. Good for you!! SD dropped it's age to 50 as of next week. I just received my first shot yesterday and my husband will get his next Friday. Sounds like your registration system worked like ours - we registered, THEY called us and gave us an appointment. Yay!

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  44. Yay for you getting the vaccine. I truly don't understand the great reluctance and controversy over this. Most of us have been getting vaccines all our lives. Just a heads up. The second Moderna shot knocked me down for the day. So I suggest you don't plan any big activities on day 2. Day 3 was fine. Feel so much more comfortable about going out now.
    Also, am getting the Tulip Time pattern today. I LOVE this one. I made the Appalachian Autumn last year. I loved how it came out.
    Just signed up for the Ireland 1 trip next year with Craftours. So excited to meet you.

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  45. Congratulations on getting your shot!!! After getting mine, I had such a feeling of relief, I mentally did the happy dance! Today is my first day of being "fully immunized"! Next week I'll celebrate and visit the local art museum to view the National Dairy Barn Quilt exhibit with my mask firmly in place.
    My favorite thread to needle turn applique is silk. It is strong and blends in well.

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  46. YAY for shots in the arm!!!! My husband and I got our first ones too.....so happy about that.....can’t WAIT to go to a quilt show. Poo-poo to the naysayers about getting vaccinated😖😖😖

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  47. my husband and i get our 2nd pfizer shot monday; such a relief to finally have that done. our very large city has been very slow on appointments until very recently, but now any one can get an appointment.

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  48. We have had several of our family members across the country contract covid. Three weeks ago my brother-in-law died from it. You'd better believe my husband and I will get vaccinated. We've had the first shot; now waiting for the second. As for thread, I love King Tut for quilting but my sewing machine doesn't always. The colors are gorgeous, so I try to make it work. Seems "Berniece" likes polyester thread better, so I give her Metrosene, which works beautifully.

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  49. Good for the both of you. You waited your turn according to your state's plan. How could you be called a line jumper for waiting your turn. And, vaccines are needed by everyone. I remember getting Polio vaccines as a child, cubes of sugar times 3. I am a firm believer. I don't understand not getting vaccines.

    Hang in there! I don't understand how you can tolerate all the rude people.

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  50. holy cow! i hadda jump thru hoops to get my vaccine, firmly in 1B, almost 80, diabetic & obese!!!! FINALLY, CVS Pharm. opened up and there now, I'm done, 2 doeses of Moderna, very sore arms and achey body but done... NOW, about these trolls, sigh, I do not understand people feeling it is ok to go on the attack--they have no idea your situation and truly must be miserable and unhappy in themselves if they cannot be happy for your fortunate circumstance! I'm glad you are doing delete and blocking!!! more (i'll wager) will come out of the woodwork, but I'm happy to see you are not allowing their unhappiness steal your joy!!! Now, as to your question about thread!! I like the signature line, and especially the Made in USA part! However, I have such an abundance (grateful) of thread, i'm using up whatever i have in drawers, shoe boxes and bags, esp. string piecing!!! For closing binding and applique i use silk thread for it's strength and disappearability! (it's a word!) and any number of different 100% cotton hand quilting threads for that rare occasion... I used to hand quilt much more than I do now and am thinking to get back to it, maybe a bit each evening while watching the mindless TV. Anyway, this is much longer than I intended this Saturday on the west coast... ceaseless thanks and appreciation for your contribution to my life... Cats in Carlsbad CA

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  51. PS: Tulip Time has pre-empted my "to do list" smiles, giggles & grins... prayers and blessings... Cats

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  52. I just said to a friend to the other day that quilting teachers are probably not going to be traveling as much in the futuree now that we know online classes and workshops are possible. If nothing else, all the classes on Craftsy should have taught us that. I think it's a plus because more guilds can afford to have quality teachers now that travel expenses can be put aside.

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  53. First of all, Happy Spring!! So happy for you and the hubs getting your shots! I have had my first round of the Moderna, and the 2nd shot is scheduled ofor the end of the month. Not looking forward to that one, as my Dad said for him it felt like a horrible hangover!! I will have to remember the frozen hamburger meat idea! LOL!! Joseph (my boyfriend) just got his 1st shot on Thursday, and he was a little sore yesterday and the headache. We are doing our part to help end this.
    Asking about the thread you use. I love the stuff from Connecting Threads. Good quality and the price is great! As for the quilting part, I am glad you got some stitching time. I am digging through the scrap buckets and trying to "organize" those a little better. I have a couple of baby chevron blankets that I need to do, so I may be cutting some HST's just for some evening piecing as I go back to work next week. Tomorrow might just be baking day for me as well. Wrapping things up after a week off and heading back to work. Looking forward to seeing more trips to the ponies! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  54. Congratulations! My hubby completed his Pfizer shots mid Feb (he's 67), I just got my J & J single shot a week ago today & my daughter got her first Pfizer shot then, too (she returns April 3rd for the 2nd). Our son gets his a week from Monday (I suspect he'll get the J & J, too). Vaccinations ARE opening, but slowly. We didn't line jump either, any of us - we were notified by our health care providers that they wanted us to come in. Hubby & daughter just had a slightly sore arm for a few days. I had slight flu symptoms the next day, which I was glad about...it means its working! Thank you Lord for scientists! Deb

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  55. So glad you got your first vax. I got my first this week too! While I haven’t had too bad of a time since the pandemic started, I already worked from home, it am anxious to see my family without anxiety again. I can respect those who choose not to vax, their decisions are personal. But I won’t tolerate being judged because I do vax! It goes both ways right! Love your quilts, keep on inspiring us!!!

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  56. Glad to hear about your vaccine. Some people are unable to wrap their head around life's challenges. IMHO everyone should answer the call to get vaccinated as soon as it's offered to them. My 2nd dose of Moderna required a day of bed rest. Not sure if everyone knows but it's best to avoid acetaminophen for 24 hours, even if you spike a fever or have body aches and fatigue like I did. Your body needs to do it's work. Thanks again for all you do. Happy International Quilting Day!

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  57. 'So happy you and the hubster got your fist vaccine. It's wonderful to celebrate milestones and successes. I got my first vaccine last Sunday.

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  58. I am so glad it was your turn to be vaccinated. YAY! I got my first shot in January as my 92 year old mother's caregiver. I got some negative comments from "friends" which I chose to ignore. I signed my mother and I up early because my husband passed away in early January from covid and other health issues. Take it when you can get it!!!

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    1. I got my first shot in Jan as my 95 year old Mother's care giver. I am 72 and diabetic and my DH is 87 and he has multiple medical issues. Mother is diabetic and heart conditions. So actually my rural county contacted me about Mother and I asked to add all of us. I am so very very happy to be vaccinated fully. OK I fully believe in vaccines as I am a nurse.

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  59. Congratulations! The Hubster and I have waited the allotted time after shot #2 and will be making a 7-hour round trip tomorrow to our neighboring state to visit with my sister in an assisted living facility for the first time in over a year. I can not even express how thankful I am....

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  60. I thought the vaccination agenda was done by state regulations, each state varied some. So I don't understand how people can say you jumped the hoops to get one. My husband and I got our second dose a week ago last Wednesday so we will have our two week waiting period in this next Wednesday. My husband didn't have any symptom but being tired, I ran a fever of 99.5 in the evening the second day and was achy. I took Tylenol and within an hour felt much better. I am so excited because I can see our grandkids & Mom. Our daughter has had hers due to her cancer before we did. Her daughter had covid 19 so I guess she has a some antibodies for awhile. I know some say they are not getting the vaccine but like you I think the benefits out weigh the negative result. My 94 year old Mom in memory care also had covid and had a rough time of it for a few weeks. I was finally able to see her last week in person for the first time, closer then 6 feet. I hugged and kissed her repeatedly even though she did not know my name and kept asking me who I was. When I told her and she would say I thought that was you. God bless all those who have lost someone to the awful virus as they grief in a way that is so hard to imagine having to do if they were unable to be with their loved one. So I must admit my sewing has not happened too much this week, I did drag out my Dear Jane in the making for 20 years and did some hand sewing blocks getting 6 of them done. I want to get this done this year if possible; it is my last UFO as I have finished all the others during the pandemic.

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  61. Congratulations on getting your first shot, my husband and I had our first shots with our second shots lined up for April 1, yikes, April Fools Day! I was in early grade school when polio came along, I remember being afraid I would get it, it was a scary time. Keep hitting that delete button on those negative messages. Right now I am knee deep in gnomes, cross stitch, applique and stuffed. They are happy little creatures that can't help but make you smile. Thank you for sharing your stitching journey.

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  62. Congratulations on getting jabbed. I also live in a rural area where it felt like things moved much faster and more efficiently than what the news has reported for urban regions. I'm now post-14 days after the second Pfizer so was able to visit a friend who is also post-14 days. It felt unbelievably good to sit and chat mask-free for a few hours. As for thread, I'm currently working a project that uses silk scraps from a Japanese kimono atelier so the thread is 100 wt silk from YLI. Took a while to get used to working with thread so fine it feels like I'm using human hair. I do like it, though, so plan to look for other projects where it would make sense to use.

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  63. As a righty, I've always requested shots be put in my left arm so it wouldn't hurt so much as I went through my day. But your reasoning for having the shot in your dominant arm makes so much sense! I don't know how soon I'll have the chance to try it "your way" (2/3 of my life right now is spent living with and helping my parents, in a county that only gives vaccines to legal residents), but you'll be on my mind when I do!

    My Viking table-model long-arm loves King Tut. For piecing (usually scrap quilts), I'm using up scores of donated spools from friends clearing out their never-to-be-used stash (probably donated to them from their friends). Ends of spools get wound onto bobbins so every last inch can be used. As long as it passes the break test (if I pull out a length and tug, does it break?), into the Brother it goes!

    I've bought my share of impulse thread at shows. If it's awful for quilting, I'll try it for piecing. If it's clearly not designed for that, I'll try it in my Singer embroidery machine. If it's still a struggle to use, into the trash it goes! No sense throwing away valuable time after money unwisely spent.

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  64. Good for you (and Dave)! I will certainly go when I am called - hopefully toward the end of the month. I read that Indiana just dropped their age to 40+, but it's still 65+ in Oregon. Still, I'm hopeful for a spring meetup with friends - maybe May!

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  65. I'm glad you were able to get the shot. By April in my part of Nevada (not rural at all, but not Vegas) they will be offering shots to anyone over 16. If you want the shot, go for it, if you don't, then don't - I don't care what you choose to do as it is none of my business. I just hope you don't get sick like so many of my friends who have had the second shot...so sick they won't be going for boosters! Keep on sewing those rainbow strings!!

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  66. Congratulations on believing in science and getting your shot! My province in Canada was really slow on their launch and my age group wasn't on the list until June, but I just found out it is moving quicker than they originally thought and it now looks like I'll get mine in late April or early May. It can't come soon enough!

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  67. Congrats on your vaccines! My Dad also had polio - a relatively mild case in his teens - but then 30 years later his legs gave out from the effects of his remaining muscles being "overworked". Spent the last 20 years of his life between hobbling around inside the house and scooters outside. This is nothing to be trifled with! Even if you recover you don't know what will come back and bite you years later. As for me, still patiently waiting my turn in rural Ontario Canada. Stay safe my American friends!

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  68. I can't believe anyone would say anything about you getting your shot. Every area is different, and it's not in our control. People just need to learn to not share every thought. I don't know why they would have such thoughts. Maybe they don't have enough stash or sewing to do? ha ha. Have a great weekend! Sew on.

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  69. Congratulations on vaccinations...we too have been vaccinated. It’s amazing how much lighter the load on my shoulders feel. I use 100% cotton thread, king tut on the Longarm and masterpiece on my little machine. Then all the elements of my quilt shrink about the same giving the quilts the fluffy, soft feel....just like me giving recipients a hug. This Nana is fluffy and soft, lol. Thank you Bonnie for sharing your light every morning. Love you.

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  70. Good for you Bonnie! So glad you both were able to get your vaccines. My haubby and I get our second dose of the Pfizer vaccine next week. We've been doing have jigs but we'll be full out dancing next week! All those crazy shaming comments - so sad - and so annoying. I didn't care which vaccine I got, I am just sooo grateful there is a vaccine available. I love Tulip Time. We are planning on doing a barn quilt using that block. I love tulips and they are truly a sign of spring for me. Take care and enjoy your day.

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  71. Happy for you two getting first shots. I just got my second one a week ago am so relieved. My husband still has to get his soon. That they have opened up to more people, Hang in there Bonnie!

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  72. Happy Spring! Congratulations on getting your vaccine! I felt guilty getting mine before relatives but NY opened it up to 60+ so I qualified. (I really worried about getting it and giving it to someone who is vulnerable.) Spending today working on a quilt - still too chilly to work in the flower beds, but soon, I hope! Enjoy your day!

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  73. Cool on the vaccination! Barring supply issues, Iowa opens up to everyone for it. Well, at least *attempting* to schedule one.

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  74. So glad you and hubster got your shots, I have both of mine but our state is very behind on the vaccinations. Those who qualify are still having a difficult time getting an appointment. My daughter works for one of our hospitals and the building has been set up for months as one of the sites but there is no vaccine then there are parts of the state that have it. I was one of the fortunate ones and got my appointment after staying on the computer for an hour trying to schedule but that was the best hour spent in a long time. I did not have a reaction to either shot and the only reaction my friends have had are tiredness. You mentioned your grandfather having polio, it hit our family also but skipped me, I was the fortunate one as my sister died from it and my brother survived from a milder case. I have family members who refuse to get it because of side affects, I say I would rather have a side affect for a few days than to be on a respirator in a hospital bed and not being able to breath.

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  75. Hi Bonnie, here in Utah it's 50 and under now. I had my first last week and will finish up the first week of April. Then..... I get to go visit my 86 year old mom in Oregon! Haven't seen her in almost 2 years! So excited!!!!

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  76. Who would have ever thought we wanted to be considered part of a herd before? Lol. Can't wait! I have been using both Missouri Star and connecting threads private brand threads and been happy with both. Happy spring y'all from Southern Mo

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  77. Congratulations on getting your first "jabs". I got my second (Pfizer) today and hoping for minimal side effects (had only a sore arm with the first). New York has to make everything as difficult as possible, so signups have been a challenge for many, especially if you used the state hotline (online or by phone). Fortunately we got connected to the county Health Department and got right in. So in two weeks, I'll feel a lot safer leaving the house.

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  78. Congrats on the first shot. I am waiting on mine. I have friends who have had both and they are telling me to get the second shot in the other arm. People who are getting them in the same arm are having more soreness and headaches than those who get it in the other arm. In any case, I'm sure it will go well! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  79. I am glad you got your shot. I am working on finding shots for everyone in my family. Ohio is going to be opening up shots for all adults soon.

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  80. I can't explain the immense relief after finally receiving my vaccinations. Other gals in my quilt group said the same. More energy, more positive spirit, more friendly to everyone. I'm happy for you.

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  81. The euphoria from being jabbed just makes it easier to ignore those who are rude. Wait until you get the second one - you won't know what to do with those feelings of being possibly safe to go to unknown parts (I'm still not comfortable at a restaurant, but I'll get there, I'm sure). GOOD FOR YOU!!!!

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  82. Bonnie, well done on your vaccination round one. I am an in-person (since the beginning of the school year) teacher and am fully vaccinated now! My sister-in-law who is in the medical field made fun of me for doing this. Live and let live!!!
    RS

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  83. I had my first Pfizer shot last week....no shame for being on waiting list. We all need to do our part for life to safely return to normal. I'm covid survivor and don't want to get it again.

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  84. I think vaccine shaming is ridiculous. Each state is different. I had someone in NC ask why my spouse couldn't get his and I said it was because PA was STILL in stage 1A. I was able to get my first shot, but didn't bother to post it because of vaccine shaming. I was eligible. I signed up for the queue and they contacted me. Congrats on one step closer to the world being opened up again! And tell those vaccine shamers to go to h***

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  85. As young as I was at the time, I remember getting the Polio vaccines. In fact, I think I still have our cards stating the day we got our sugar cubes. Thank the powers that be, we were fortunate to get those vaccines. We have one family of friends who's son got polio. We all knew and loved him.
    I have to give my doctor's office a call to see what's up, since not too long before the COVID hit, my doctor left to have her baby. I don't even know who my doctor is now! Then I will move forward... so sorry that haters gotta hate!

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  86. I received my second Pfizer vaccine a week ago. I had some local arm soreness and a slept 1 hour longer that night. I feel hopeful for the first time in a year that we can again return to a normal life. I think there should be a “Bambi rule” for blog posts. “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!” Thank you for your positivity and inspiration!

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  87. So pleased you and Dave have had your first Covid vaccine. It is so important that everyone all over the world takes up this opportunity. Here in England we have had a fantastic Vaccine programme. My husband and I had our first one and now expect to be called for the second jab next month. Aren’t we lucky to have such clever scientists who can forge ahead to create a vaccine in months instead of YEARS?

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  88. Your next Moderna shot will be worse. That means it's working. But they say that if you have any reaction to the first shot, you should choose the other arm for your second. Good luck!

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  89. Enhorabuena por las vacunados. Yo esperando. Será pronto porque ya empiezan con los de 70 a 80. Ahí entró yo de los primeros por ser de riesgo. Ya contaré. Aprovecha y saca fotos a los ponys que me encantan

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  90. My spouse and I had our second covid vaccine a few weeks ago. While I had a bad day of muscle pain the next day, he had no effects. However it was worth it to have some peace of mind. Although I don't believe this thing is anywhere near over, by getting the vaccine I could see mhy youngest daughter who lives in TN this past week. It had been a year since we had seen her and it was a lovely visit if only for a couple of days before she was off to a volleyball tournament with my granddaughter. I like Essential thread for piecing and Bottom line for the bobbin. MY good machine is in the repair shop getting much needed maintenance that I missed last summer because of covid. so I am without my Janome for a couple of weeks. And I don't really like sewing on my little Kenmore which is 50 years old, but still sews a good straight seam, I am just used to all the bells and whistles on the Janome.

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  91. I live in NY and had no problem getting appointments for our vaccines. It's a huge population and in the beginning vaccines were not forthcoming but that has changed. My husband and I just received our 2nd and feel greatly relieved. People that don't want to get the shingles shot....well that's their choice....but the covid vaccine? Getting it helps protect others. Thank goodness for science!

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  92. Soooo Happy for you and hubster to get your shots. It's looking like two more weeks before my age group is eligible. I just wish my son (type I diabetic) was included in the next grouping. He is on the wait list though.

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  93. Bonnie, I got my first Covid vaccination this morning. I also finally got my mammogram last week after you encouraged us, all is well. Thank you for your positive encouragement.

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  94. After our second Moderna, my husband had ZERO aftereffects except a sore arm. Me? Got it at 11:30 am, hydrated (I love lemon water, celebrated by going out to lunch at our favorite pizza parlor (sat in a corner). Next morning fever chills Tylenol saltines and gingerale and by dinner time I was fine! So if I were you, I’d count on easy meals the day after and a lazy day! Such a relief! I HUGGED my grandson for the first time in a year (he had Covid in June). He was very gracious about hugging back (he will be 21 in May and is looking forward to “petting other peoples dogs when he goes walking”, which tells what you need to know about Ben since he was 2! We’re still masking until PA gets to at least 75%.

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  95. I work for VDH. You did everything EXACTLY right. People register and wait to be contacted. That's our procedure.

    I got my first Moderna dose the week before you did, Bonnie. I cried with relief when I got the email telling me to make my appointment. This has been such a stressful year. I work in an office where I am the ONLY one wearing a mask, believe it or not. I haven't seen my family in over a year, except virtually.

    Virginia now has a few mega vaccination centers. We are vaccinating thousands per day at each site. States are all different - friends and relatives in some states haven't heard anything at all, and those in other states have already gotten both doses.

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  96. Glad you were able to get your first, I know how rural you are. Just got my 2nd today, but our area is still doing 65 up but we are huge. My daughter who is 50 got her first today and she lives outside DC also in the same state. So far not even a lump or sore arm which is the same as the first shot for me. I also think about each vaccine individually against the conditions of the disease, this one I decided I would not be the cause of someone else having life long problems or dying from this disease. I just don't understand some people's hate.lots of love Bonnie and Dave Betsy K

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  97. Congrats on getting your vaccination! I've had my second shot and past the two weeks.

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  98. Vaccines are great. My son, daughter, and I have had both shots and are fully vaccinated. We were in phase 1B as we are educators. My husband is still waiting to get his. Our state is 65 and older. I love Ivy's stare. lol I use cotton thread to quilt and piece. Sometimes I use cotton covered polyester when I piece. I used to do a lot of garment sewing, so I have a lot of all purpose thread. I probably have close to 1000 spools of thread.

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  99. Happy you were able to get your first shot. I have been told the next one hurts more but I hope you have a mild second one. I'm in the 4th category so I have to wait and wait I will. Don't let the ill people rain on your good fortune. Hugs and smiles for Clemmons, NC.

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  100. Going on Maryland.gov tonight to register. I am 63 and retired so since Maryland has opened vax up to those of us over 60 on Tuesday next week, I am happy to get in line! And for anyone who thinks there is any "line jumping" going on (huh?) you don't understand how the system works. Eligibility has broadened but there are still priority folks who will be vaccinated first. My sister is one- she is younger than me by 4 years but is still employed (in public water/wastewater services) so she is ahead of me in line, and rightfully so. Our states will continue to manage prioritization as eligibility opens up. Jumping line is just not a thing. All that's happened is eligibility time frames have shortened, praise goddess!

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  101. I understand your commentsabout would be shamers. Your you do, I
    'll do me is the way I feelabout things like shots, raising children and any other ticklish spots. I enjoy your blogs if i don't agree with something you say. I just go on and enjoy the rest. You are just as entitled to an opinion as i am. Keep up the good work. I love your animals tamed(?) and wild. As in are cats really tamed or do they take us.

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  102. I can’t believe you were attacked like that. Starting Monday anyone 40+ is eligible for the vaccine here in Indiana. People need to do their homework.

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  103. Isn't it wonderful to get the vaccine! We've gotten both of ours and it is such a relief. Our son and his wife have gotten their first in WV, a state who have handled it wonderfully. Every state is different in what age group they can vaccinate.

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  104. So glad your turn came up! I got my first on Thursday (Pfizer) and my husband just got his 1st scheduled for next week. Yay!!!

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  105. Hubs, my 91 yo mom and I got our second Moderna vaccination on Thursday here in Virginia. We are THRILLED. Happy you got yours. We have had no ill effects, just a sore arm the first time but the second one...we are really tired today (2.5 days later). Not sure if it is the vaccination or life, lol. Hope you don't have any issues. My feeling is: Negative thoughts should stay with the negative people that have them!

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  106. I know you've mentioned this before but I forgot...oops! Do you staystitsh around your paper piecing? Love your pets, I can't get over how they get along with each other. It's like it was meant to be! Makes me smile every time you post pictures of them. Please ignore the negative comments some people make, you are a wonderful, giving person. You share your day with all of us at no charge so I don't know how they can complain.

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  107. Would serger thread be able to be used for piecing also??--I see that you like it for hand binding. Love your tulip pattern!

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    1. From another Barb...I use serger thread for piecing a lot because it is available where I live. Have also been testing older spools of dressmaking 50 wt threads from clearing out my Mom's house. With sc
      rap piecing I don't stress over matching colors. Congrats to everybody on their jabs. Am still waiting for mine in Colombia but am close now. At least staying home is good for sewing productivity.

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  108. We got our second Pfizer vaccine a month ago. We feel fairly safe now. Glad all is well with you. Stay safe.

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  109. You be you! No one has a right to tell you different. My hubby and I got our Moderna Thursday, we are so happy to be able to help protect those around us. We all need to do our part.
    Thank you for your sharing about thread. I have been quilting for about 10 years, I am just now educating myself on thread and needles. I am realizing I probably should have done this sooner and saved myself some grief! 🤷‍♀️

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  110. I'm a Moderna girl too! Shot #2 will be on 3-31 and really looking forward to it!.

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  111. Congratulations on getting your vaccine! 🎉🎉🎉 I received my second 3 weeks ago. Tylenol taken the evening of your shot helps, I even took some the next day. Shame on those of you with your snarky comments!!!!!! Every state is totally different and does jumping all over Bonnie change that? Hell no it doesn’t. Eventually all those who want it will get it. Try some kindness and positivity..... karma is a bitch.

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  112. Congrats on getting vaccinated. I’ve had my first vaccine and I don’t know why someone wouldn’t want to do this. I’m old enough that there wasn’t a measles vaccine at the time I came down with it. Almost 60 years later I’m suffering with the after effects of getting it and will have to deal with until the day I die!

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  113. So happy for you getting the vaccine. It was such a relief when I got mine. Seeing the light at the end!

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  114. So happy for you. Husband and I have had both of our shots. Such a relief! Shame on people that will not get the vaccine, they just help to keep the disease active!

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  115. I know you gave a big sigh of relief just as I did when we got our first shot last week. My state finally opened up to 55+ and also anyone 16 & above with underlying heath issues which is what I had been praying for as both of my sons are handicapped. We signed up just as soon as we could & are now waiting on our 2nd shot. Negativity is the downside of have "instant" access to people that you aren't looking at face to face. It just seems to be so easy to toss out negative comments because you don't have to look at the person you are talking to. Like someone said, "If you can't say something nice, just don't say anything"!

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  116. It's just too bad that the vaccine doesn't create immunity. You can still get the virus, the symptoms will just be reduced or less severe. Should reduce the amount of folks that end up hospitalized. I love Superior So Fine and Omni , they sew and quilt beautifully.

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  117. Back in the day, I was a Polio Pioneer (got the real thing), and I was so proud. Get my 2nd dose of Pfizer later today. You go, girl.

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  118. Such good news! You are with me everyday in my quilting journey and I think of you as family.. My 2nd shot is scheduled for Monday. It felt like winning the lottery when I scored an appointment. Now things
    are moving along in my state, hope
    my kids will be able to get it soon too. Stay well dear friend.

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  119. What's a matter with people? If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all. I'm very happy you guys got your shots. I think your the
    greatest Bonnie. Hang in there and keep doing what your doing.

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  120. Congratulations! My great aunt also had polio as a child and became a doctor despite the limp it left her with. Please take care of yourselves. My 2nd Moderna, on Mar 11, knocked me down for about 4 days. Its still a small price to pay for the gift of immunity. Sore arm with limited motion, exhaustion, and aches were all dealt with by modern medicine, TLC, nd time. Take care. Its all good news.

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  121. Thank you for getting the vaccine! It will make getting back to “normal” and safe that much quicker!
    Bless you!

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  122. I'm really happy you and hubby got vaccinated. My hubby and I were able to get it done, too. We had Moderma and after both we had a little bit of a sore arm - like a tetanus shot - and that/s it. One of my friends had COVID and was in the ICU for almost two weeks, in a pulmonary rehab for about 4-5 days - and that was in November/December. She still is short of breath at times. And she's in her early 60s and healthy as can be. Her husband was also tested and he had it but nothing showed up. It's serious and I think everyone should have it. A little discomfort for a day or two, or a sore arm, is much better than what she went through.

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  123. Welcome to the herd!🦬🐄🐘 The people in the herd, the better!

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  124. I am so happy for you to have received a vaccination. And for those who have prayed for relief from the virus and now reject vaccines, I can only wonder, what were they waiting for? This includes people I dearly love, whom I am coming to wonder if I'll ever be physically close to again. I am thankful for science and the good life it has given us. It's astonishing how many seem to take that for granted, and refuse to "pay it forward".

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  125. My husband and I final got our two shots. So happy we are 74 with health issues. Michigan has been behind in vaccines.
    Glad that you guys were able to get yours.

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  126. Good for you two!! I got my second shot also on Friday. I had no reaction to the first shot, but this second shot I got a dozy of a headache yesterday and was just so tired. Today, Sunday, I'm feeling my normal self after a good night's sleep so I'm counting my blessings. My youngest got her shots much earlier because she works in a retirement home and my oldest got his earlier also because he works in a lab at the VA. I'm hoping the other three will be able to get theirs soon also now that there are enough vaccines available for everyone who wants one. I, too, am feeling much happier and optimistic. Spring is coming slowly but surely here in Iowa. I expect we could still get a blizzard but winter is on its way out and the daffodils are about 6 inches tall.

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  127. My grandfather was a polio survivor also. he walked with a limp all of his life.

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  128. So glad you got the vaccine. The whole pandemic at least America got the vaccine rollout incredibly well. I'm in Canada and out government super botched it up. Hardly a dent right now. I don't even thing we have one million vaccinated yet. If all those anti-vaxxers don't want it, send it up here, as we'll take it!

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  129. Here's another 'yay for getting your immunization'!! So glad for you and your husband. I think Oregon is a little behind - my husband and I are 74 and have just received our first shots. They are moving a little faster now. I too can't believe how the minds of people work that don't want the immunization, for various reasons. They are such skeptics and I guess they just don't understand. Keep doing what you are doing Bonnie, you are a bright spot in so many lives. Good for you in being an inn keeper, hope to get to be a customer some day!!

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  130. Happy to hear you got your vaccine. We got Moderna too, so a word of warning: you might feel awful after the 2nd. Hubby didn't...went out and mowed the lawn! lol But I spent two days with a headache, achy all over. Hoping you miss out on that!

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  131. Congratulations on your first shot. My hubby and I received our first Pfizer on Thursday. Second shot is July 8th. Due to a shortage of vaccine we have to wait 16 weeks between shots.it is a start. The end is in sight. Yay!

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  132. Congratulations on your first shot. My hubby and I received our first Pfizer on Thursday. Second shot is July 8th. Due to a shortage of vaccine we have to wait 16 weeks between shots.it is a start. The end is in sight. Yay!

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  133. Congratulations! I have had both of my vaccines and my husband has had one so far. It is such a relief! After his second and after the 2 weeks post, we are planning to see family who has had both vaccines!! I cannot wait for the hugs and laughter <3!!!!!

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  134. My husband and I both had our vaccinations in January and February. We were notified by our medical care group that we could make appointments for ours. It was quick and easy. We had no side effects except for a stiff arm for a day or two. We live in a rural area. It is good to read so many comments from folks everywhere that the vaccinations are available to so many. Patience is the key here. Everyone will have a chance. Keep sewing all. We will get through this.

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  135. I don't understand what they are trying to accomplish by verbally attacking you. What difference does it make to them if you get your shot? Weird.

    As for thread - I love piecing with serger thread. Love that the cone doesn't run out as quickly as the spools do. I use Permacore from Kingsman for my long-arm. I too use "scrap" thread for piecing my scrap quilts. Empty bobbins mean I'm accomplishing something. :-)

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  136. Let's be united in our joy of quilting and the appreciation of Bonnie for all she give to us and the world of quilters. It is kind, it is the truth, and is it necessary?

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  137. Bonnie, The negativity of people never ceases to amaze me. I love your response of "you do you and we'll do us". Hits the nail right on the head. If those nay sayers dovoted just a small fraction of their time to doing good rather than tearing down, just think how better our world could be. But, no.....they'd rather sit back and criticizee.

    Our world is so much better for having you in it.

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  138. I SO appreciate your clear statement about your vaccine thoughts and action! I also appreciate the clear statement about how you will allow discussion about it!I too choose to believe in science and vaccines.

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  139. Congratulations on your first dose! My hubby, a wildland firefighter was able to get his in Jan, me a month later (65+). We car pooled with our 78-yr old neighbor, in spite of having to drive 18 miles on a skating rink road to the highway, 10-15 mph. She and I were not going to miss our first shot (fFeb 16). March 3, for the 2nd was better, but still wintry, icy roads here (the road is 1.5 lanes, deep as the Grand Canyon passage) with Salmon River, like the Colorado River aside it). Hubby had 36 hrs recovery with his 2nd shot, me, nothing but sore arm with either (Pfizer). I come from a medical family (father country Dr), both sides, so science rocks. Now my siblings and I will be able to visit our Mother who’ll be 93 this year. She was delighted to get her vaccine in Jan (retired nurse). Fear and jealousy can be a powerful motivator. Let’s just send them some love, and prayers they don’t ever get Covid (we did in December).

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  140. Yay for vaccines! I got my first dose on Thursday, about 2 weeks after I became eligible. I got the shot in my left arm and it only feels slightly bruised now.

    I'm looking forward to a small group retreat at the beginning of May where it looks like we'll all be fully vaccinated!!

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  141. I ran a Covid Unit. I've had Covid ,missing work for over 2 weeks. I did not see my 80 year old parents in person for over 6 months. I have seen entire families admitted to the hospital and not all go home. I took the Vaccine when it was offered to health care workers. The first vaccine was ok. I missed a couple of days of work with the 2nd. The Peace of Mind is so worth it.

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  142. I'm so glad you and hubby got your shots. The more people who get the vaccine, the safer we will all be. We are scheduled for our first shots tomorrow. We both more than qualify. Sometimes, you can just be lucky. A good friend lives on the Big Island, Hawaii. She had signed up and was waiting. She was grocery shopping with her daughter when her husband called her. He was running after work and was stopped. Vaccine center near them had people who did not show up for appointments. He was asked if he wanted the vaccine and did he know anyone else. My friend, her husband and her daughter (in her thirties) all got the shot although only she qualified. I give credit to these vaccination centers who try to make sure every precious vaccine gets used. None of them had any reaction. I've been putting off surgery until I could get the vaccine. I have faith in science. Vaccines have been saving lives for over 100 years. I still remember standing in line in elementary school waiting for my polio shot. To this day, I remember it was the medical smell in the cafeteria that bothered me more than getting the vaccine.

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  143. I hope my comment didn't come across negative. I know every state is different and didn't give a second thought to "line jumping" That's just stupid. I think some states are just more organized than Oregon! It's funny because it says something like I have 1.6 million people in front of me for a shot.

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  144. My father had a polio. Like many males in his small town. Only the males. He was in Jr High School. His dad was the first to die of it in his hometown county. My mother had us kids get the vaccine when it was first came out. My dad suffered from post polio syndrome which lead to his death a few years ago. Yes, my family is all getting the Covid vaccine.

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  145. Hi Bonnie! I purchased your Tulip pattern and I'm excited to get it started. I did note in the pattern you noted you purchase newspaper print (clean) from Amazon. I went there to purchase some and found a great amount of different sizes. Do you have a special size that you find is less wasteful? or should I just order any size. Thanks!

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  146. I haven't got the vaccine yet. Roll out is slower in Canada. Once I get it I will think of seeing our children. It has been more than 15 months now.
    I have included a photo of my version of Appalachian autumn, which I have renamed Maple Leaves on the Madawaska. I made this for a neighbour who had a liver transplant 2 months ago. He came today for the first time, and I will giving the quilt to him tomorrow.

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  147. I got my first shot Thursday, and I'm younger than you. Our town had a vaccination event and I registered. They didn't ask how old I was, or anything else. I am home health care, so I could qualify either way. Lots of places are letting in younger people. Some people are just jealous that they don't live in a place where they can get the shot yet. I hope you got to those strings this weekend. You've been busy, and deserve a fun break.

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  148. Glad to hear that you got your first vaccine. My husband and I got our on Friday, too. We want to be able to see our daughter and grandsons who live 6 hours away in New York. Vermont is moving forward with vaccines for 16 years plus with underlying conditions and then will go back to the other age groups, I think. We were in the 65 plus group here. Different states vary some on their schedules and how much vaccine is available. It was decided to give teachers the J&J for quicker protection and the fact that not some much of it was available. Vaccinated should mean that down the road that Other vaccinated people could actually meet at the Inn! Maybe it was mean of me, but I was glad when an antivaxxer left FB and a small group I started. Everyone one else in the group is getting their vaccines. Many of my Dad's siblings had polio and some lived with the disabilities it cause for the rest of their lives. The doctor was sure that my uncle was going to die from it, but he made a full recovery with no problems.

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  149. These "anti-vaccers" and line jumper accusers forget that if we would have had a president that had taken Covid-19 seriously and had a national plan for containment and enforced it, we would be a lot further ahead than where we are now. My husband had both doses before I was eligible to get my first. I thankfully will get my second dose this coming Friday. Thank you for getting yours.

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  150. I go tomorrow for my shot. My husband had his a week ago. You may get sick and die from the vaccine or you might get sick and die from the virus. I prefer to go down fighting! lol (my daughters are named after the grandma who survived TB and her sister in law who died in the 1918 flu pandemic, and for the other sister who survived polio, barely.

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  151. Congrats on your vaccinations, Bonnie! We got our 2nd shots 3 weeks ago - we’re just a bit older than you guys. I follow the science as well, when remembering polio victims in my youth. Ignore the ignorant candidates for the Darwin Awards. I also know a few, one of whom recently caught covid. I prefer to think of protecting family & friends as we secure a healthier future. Hang in there!

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  152. I to live in a small county! I had my first and should get my 2 nd in the first of April! I’m happy for you modern day medicine! Some choose not to! But, that’s on them! As a young girl I had the small pox shot and I also had the polio sugar cube! Which we know these diseases have been irradiated! I don’t understand how it got political! Be you Bonnie! I do myself too!

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  153. Bonnie I can only commend you and the hustler for getting your shot. I am a polio survivor and have resulting issues from post polio and a leaking heart valve. My DH has MS. We are waiting our turn to get our jabs patiently. It’s much slower here in British Columbia. I have not seen family for over a year and fear it will be much longer since some of them are anti Vaxers. Again, I can wait patiently. I have fabric left in my stash, thread to sew with and blogs to keep me inspired, so it’s all good! As for the nasty ones that leave negative comments, just ignore them. Life is too short to let naysayers take away some of your joy. I prefer to use Gutterman or Aurifil for piecing and just got a longarm so I’m figuring out which threads my baby likes.

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  154. I had my second shot yesterday and lost the day today. I had the virus in October. I lost a day today with body aches.
    My experience with crowded city vs rural scheduling is that I was able to get my shots because I was willing to drive to a small city south of here.I don't know when I would ever hear from my own county. It seemed to be a black hole where we have been registered from January with no word from them.

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  155. I got my first shot of Phizer on Sunday and I was so impressed at how quickly they got hundreds of people in and out the door in less than an hour at our convention center. I think each state decides who gets the vaccine based on age and availability of the vaccine. I don't understand the anti vaxxers either. Most of us alive today have no clue what it was like to lose family members to some of the diseases that vaccines are available for. We will never know how many of us are alive today because we were vaccinated against some of them. I remember when the oral polio vaccine came out. We went on Sunday after church to a local school and were given a sugar cube to eat that had the vaccine on it. Best vaccination I have ever had.

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  156. I just got my first Moderna shot too!!

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  157. We live in a rural area, 3000. My husband and myself received both doses by mid-Feb. He is 69 and I soon will be 67. And we didn't jump any line! It's a benefit of small towns. Gotta love it !

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