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April 22, 2024



I find this post very encouraging. I'm struggling to finish some of my quilts - can't afford to pay to have them finished, finding them difficult to machine quilt - and what would I do with them anyway - I already have so many. I've made some doll size hoping to be able to sell them or give them away - not to charity as I think they sell things too cheaply and someone else sells them for a lot more on ebay etc (I don't like profiteering) but no one has children that I know, so it's a bit of a dilema. Meantime I carry on sorting, moving and stroking my fabric stash and wishing I could be rid of it!! And another thing - you should see how much fabulous marino wool I have..........knitting all I have will see me needing a new chest of drawers at least. What wonderful problems - if they are the only problems I ever have I shall be an extremely happy person. Counting my blessings,
Love from Elaine in UK

Barbara Groeschell

What a simple and cute quilt block.


I’ve started making smaller art quilts rather than bed quilts. I’m getting the creative part of sewing but not so many bed quilts languishing in various stages of construction. The colors in that block are pretty together. Have a great week!


I felt really selfish about all of this. Yours is the only blog left that I read about quilting and I really find you and your posts inspirational.

If you stopped making quilts I would lose my last quilting blog. yes, I follow lots of accounts on IG but it isn't the same to me.

so glad you are going to regroup and continue sewing for now.


Every single quilter I know loses their mojo from time to time. Taking a break always works for me. Sometimes an extended one is necessary but I highly suspect one day you’ll walk in your sewing room and be excited about finishing a project or starting a new one. Give your quilting space a tidy up and focus on other things you enjoy. I’m reminding you of all this because you have been creating beautiful quilts for a long time. Obviously (at least the way I see it), this hobby feeds your soul and gives you a creative outlet. A break works wonders.


My arthritis is now pretty severe. So I have to be careful to only work for a short amount of time. And I am here to say it is shocking how much can get done over the course of a week/month/year, with steady effort.

My goal is to sew, but not hurt.

I try to work at my sewing machine for 30-45 minutes per day.

Each day when I finish, I put whatever I am doing the next day in the machine and take a couple stitches.

That makes me plan ahead, put in the right color thread/bobbin, and be organized in general.

I have a long arm quilter and I have a lady who does the handwork on my binding. My daughter or my husband helps with pressing if there is too much of it all at one time (like ironing prewashed fabric in preparation for cutting).

I had a friend long ago who lined up all her UFO’s, in order of effort, started with the easiest and worked her way though all of them. If she hit one she did not want to go, she gave it away/sold it.

It will be interesting to see what type of $$$ return you are able to get if you sell quilts. I suppose it depends on the area.



You are such a prolific quilter I can’t believe how much you get done! I’m definitely a process person, just enjoying the ride. Good tips to stay focused!

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