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Stop the Jokes about the JFK assassination

I am fairly hard to offend. You can call me almost anything and it won’t be new because I taught in the public schools for 35 years. I choose not to watch or read certain shows or articles because I find them in poor taste but hey, if you like it that’s fine. I’m old... Read more »

Farmers' Market in Frankfort

ChicagoNow Bloggers are banding together today to give our readers the best of Chicago in the Summer. We will be sharing our favorite places, events, and summer activities all around Chicagoland. Get ready to experience the most comprehensive list of summer hot spots brought to you by true Chicagoans. I am a quilter and a... Read more »

Glad to be an American - My 10 reasons why

I love living in my town, near the city of Chicago and in the United States of America.  I don’t think I am alone.  I think most people love their country; it doesn’t mean you don’t admire and enjoy other countries you are just partial to your own.  With the 4th of July approaching, I... Read more »

Template free piecing - part two

What is more fun than working on a quilt top made of great fabrics and clever piecing?  (OK, maybe winning a tropical vacation but work with me here.)  I am having a grand time putting this all together.  I am practically petting the fabrics as I cut them.  Plus the pattern is a pleasure to... Read more »

Ten best parts of being retired

How did you react to Sunday nights when you were working?  Sunday nights were theoretically part of the weekend when I worked full time but everyone knows that they were stressful as heck. I would make sure my clothes, lunches and Excedrin were all lined up for the week.  Now, Sundays are made for watching Game of Thrones and relaxing!
I am a retired teacher and it is so great to be a retiree.  I read so many articles about the pitfalls of being retired and they make me crazy.  I don’t want to worry about making sure my investments will last until I am 106.  (Wait, I am supposed to have investments?)  I don’t... Read more »

Template free piecing

I learned to quilt with templates and used them for quite a while.  I still have a bag of plastic graph paper templates and a set of hard plastic templates.  It took a whole lot of time to mark and cut out all those pieces and then mark all the stitch lines.  That was the... Read more »

Chevron fat quarter project - improvised piecing table runner

Chevrons are so addictive because they are just plain fun fabrics.  I loved the yardage project so much that I decided to buy some fat quarters and maybe I got carried away.  OK, no maybe about it, I did get carried away.  I ordered a pack of 24 fat quarters, 24!  That’s a lot of... Read more »

Kids should take a sewing class - how and why

We signed our kids up for lots of camps and lessons.  Between the 3 girls I carpooled to tennis lessons, basketball camp, gymnastics, cross country, choir, plays, band, track, soccer, French camp, Spanish camp and sewing class.  Yes, all three took at least one sewing class.  Why?  Because we expose our children to a variety... Read more »

Making cloth napkins with a rolled hem - a DIY project

I am completely addicted to cloth napkins, I like seeing them, using them and making them.  I showed some I made for October’s book club but I decided I needed to up my game.  If you look at the napkins from October, I just cut the fabric into 18″ squares, pressed the edges twice and... Read more »

O.J. Simpson should quilt - ten reasons why

O.J. Simpson wants a new trial, freedom and life.  Instead of spending time and money on lawyers, I suggest he join one of the  Prison Quilting programs.  O.J. Simpson should quilt for the following reasons: He is obviously good with his hands and could now be threading a needle for real instead of on the... Read more »
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    What do you do after retiring from 35 years of fulltime teaching Spanish and French? EVERYTHING! All those things I had just a bit of time to do I now have lots more time to do! I'm a part time Adjunct Spanish professor plus I quilt, sew, travel, swim, read, eat chocolate, bike a bit, walk some and then quilt and sew some more. And maybe eat a bit more chocolate.

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