I haven't been on this site in a really long time!  Welcome to anyone new!  I was in a long dry spell. So now I'm back (again!) and I'm overwhelmed with all of the projects I stopped in the middle of.  One quilt just needs binding, but for some reason I'm intimidated.  I've put binding on lots of quilts, so I don't know why I'm nervous about it now.  I'm really out of practice with everything! I decided to make a quilt for the Alliance for American Quilts contest.  The due date is May 1.  I just need to quilt and bind it.  Since I've not quilted in so long, I have a crib sized sandwich to use for practice.  I'm a little rusty, but I really enjoy free-motion quilting, so I'm having fun with that.  So that's what I've been working on lately.  How about you?  I love to know what projects others have going on.

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Hi Bridget, it's been a while  I've got a quilt top that needs boarders and one I need to either quilt or send it to be quilted.  I haven't done that much since Ken got sick and then passed away.  I'm not very good at free motion and have to do it on my domestic so I guess I'm a little intimidated by it.  I did take a class a couple of years ago but haven't done any since.  Glad to see you are back at it.

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband!  I can't even imagine.  My best friend lost her husband last year and she's having a really hard time. She has 4 kids and 2 are still home, and she lost her house and had to move to an apartment.  How long has he been gone? 

I've never taken a class, mainly because there isn't much available around here.  There was a machine quilting class last summer at a quilt shop that's 10 minutes away from me, but it was a 2 day class and too expensive for me.  I was thinking about taking an on-line class through Craftsy.

I was thinking about joining a guild...I've always wanted to, but it's almost an hour away.  I tend to isolate in general and it would do me good to participate in something like that.

Again, I'm really sorry for your loss!

Sorry for the delay in answering you.  Our guild is holding their quilt show at the fair grounds here in Vancouver and I actually got involved and spent three days doing volunteer work. I've met some pretty special people. Now I need to get involved with a small group.

I lost Ken August 2014. Life now is somewhat of a roller coaster.  Right now things are not too bad.  Keeping busy and meeting other people helps.  I did do bereavement counseling as well.  I'll bet if you got the word out to a few people in your area you could find a group close to home.  I would ask at a couple of the quilt shops in Astoria and Cannon Beach for starters.  I know it's hard to make the first step and I have a tendency to be a little withdrawn but I know that isn't good for me so I'm working on stepping out of my comfort zone.  Volunteering to help with the quilt show is my first step.

Keep in touch.

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