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August 12, 2020


Stephani in N. TX

I was going to mention Kim Brackett as her books are great for 2-1/2" piecing although I don't buy jelly rolls just for her quilts. I have made 6 versions of Nova which is about my favorite, the best of which was with William Morris fabric. I think I've made about 30 quilts from her books.

Not sure about school and our youngsters, but my two professional children seem to have their hands full with one child. They also have a nanny who was a gradeschool teacher and is filling the role with the school work and office work as well. But you know Mom and Dad are working at home too, and have calls and conferences for which they can't be interrupted in their respective offices. It's a lot going on. I think we are in for small charter schools administered out of all those expensive schools we have built over the years, but carried out at home. I'm sure you and Eva will be a good team.


Yesterday, I had started to write that I've made lots of quilts with jelly rolls, but as I looked around my place, I found that I've been using layer cakes much more lately. Some are patterns specifically calling for a layer cake and some are patterns where I've adapted a layer cake to work. I like that the 10" square can be cut into 4 charm squares, although I have yet to do it!
Villa Rosa designs have lots of patterns for simple quilts made with precuts, including jelly rolls.
I'm sure that once Eva gets over the anxiety of snap answers, she'll do fine and you'll get into a routine for getting the schoolwork done. How lucky she is that you're doing this with her.

Mary Kastner

You have your hands full and then some right now. Take good care of yourself! I think once you get the routine in place it will get easier for both of you! Crazy times and hopefully it will calm down soon.


Flash cards are tried & true to gain confidence in skills of all sorts. Great solution to the speed test dilemma! That's frustrating to come home with a Chrome that doesn't work right off the bat. You will both get your rhythm & a routine soon. Eva is so lucky to have a grandma who will stick with her through this strange time! Stay well!


let the school nightmares for adults begin !! so sorry to learn that even with homeschooling there isn't consideration given to kiddos who don't test well under pressure. god bless the kiddos with anxiety or learning disabilities. why does it have to be so difficult to provide an education?!?

Julie Stellingwerff

I homeschooled my daughter, and she froze with timed tests as well. It was the pressure of being timed. So we practiced timed test without the timer. She got comfortable with the style of a timed test (available free online). Then we did the tests with the timer set much longer than she needed, and when she completed with lots of time left over, she felt successful. Eventually we did the real test and she did great!


My only advice about Eva and homeschooling is too remind yourself and her that it is all going to be okay. Be gentle with yourself. Change is hard but it eventually leads to wonderful new things.

Many hugs to you both.

Lesley Duncan

I sympathise with what you and poor Eva are going through with homeschooling but you can be sure it will work out and be ok. In Scotland our schools went back today with a little anxiety from teachers,parents and pupils alike.


I think practice will definitely help her and you might want to try some relaxation techniques too. See if she's just anxious about the timing or is it all tests. Lots of kids get nervous at the mention of an quiz or test (including me), even if she knows the answer. Giving her some breathing or relaxing exercises to do will help her throughout her academic career. I can't believe they're even timing her! They stopped doing that in our district.

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