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At 9:53pm on July 2, 2010, Mary johnson said…
Dear Friends

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At 5:11pm on February 21, 2010, Gayle/La. said…
I was just checking to be sure you had not fallen( off the face of the earth) again. I was wondering how you were doing? I hope all is going well for you.
At 4:46pm on February 5, 2010, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…
Welcome back! Be sure to fill us in on how things are going.
At 5:22am on September 24, 2009, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…
Hi Renee, just checkin' in. Haven't visited for a while and hope things are going well for you.

I haven't had much quilting time, but just finished a little tote and a couple of other small projects. Otherwise, fall is here and so the kids are back in their respective schools (one in college and the other in the last year of high school).

Blessings! PQ
At 4:39pm on September 18, 2009, Julia/WI said…
Hi Renee', I haven't talked to you forever, how are things going in your part of the world? Things are good here, in the market for a new longarm machine I will be going to order it next week at a special APQS road show. I haven't been back to Florida lately but am going with DH to Michigan next week for a couple of days. Hope all is well with you and your having a great summer.
At 10:50am on July 15, 2009, Janice Hall said…
you know, I'm not originally from Texas, but I've been here almost 20 years and there is something special about "Texans". Quilters are a lovely breed as well. Talk to you soon.
At 9:46pm on July 14, 2009, tammy baker said…
I sure do love your work,
At 5:53pm on June 30, 2009, Janice Hall said…
Renee - I know I don't know you, but I look at your picture and read your blogs and know if you lived next door - we would be best friends. I love your spirit.
At 6:41pm on June 4, 2009, Janis B / OH said…
Renee, I'll make sure that it is autographed for you. The only thing is I won't be home until Sunday night so that means the book won't ship until Monday. If that is okay I'll ask my partner Diana to have Mary sign it and then I can be the last to sign before it is shipped. Let me know if it's okay to ship on Monday.
At 6:37pm on June 4, 2009, Janis B / OH said…
Renee, it sounds like the stars are starting to align for you. I believe a higher power is trying to tell you something. They say when God closes one door he opens another.

I understand about the economy. Both my son-in-law and my step-daughter were laid off. He was laid off the end of January and can't find work in his field - he's a welder. My step-daughter was laid off the end of March and the company she worked for said they would hire her on a contract basis. The only problem was she had a company car, a company computer and insurance. So we had to get her a car, a computer and she has been scrambling to get insurance for the family. I just hope things turn around real soon.

My book club read Elizabeth Berg's 'The Art of Mending' last year and we enjoyed it.
At 4:02pm on June 4, 2009, Janis B / OH said…
Renee, sorry for the delay in responding. I'm in Chicago visiting my Mom who is in a nursing home and in the final stages of Parkinsons. I'm staying with my sister so I still have internet connections. I've been gone all day.

I know what you mean about always having the inner desire to write. I retired in 2004 (at the earliest possible date I could). My husband and I moved from California to Ohio to be closer to my step-daughter and she was going to be a single Mom. So I retired on July 1, 2004 and we moved August 31st, 2004 and haven't looked back. Once we moved to Grove City (which is just south of Columbus) I wanted to make some new friends and I went to the LQS and fell in love with the shop. The owner of Always in Stitches said they were starting a book club so I joined that. It was through the book club that I met Diana Forrester who is an experienced writer. After we read several books the ladies in the club suggested we should write our own. We started out with 10-12 eager people but when it came down to writing it boiled down to three: Mary Clark (owner of Always in Stitches), Diana Forrester and myself.

I have learned a lot and there is still so much to learn but I have all these stories rolling around in my mind and I've started working on a book of my very own. The three of us are also working on the second book in our series so there is never a dull moment.

I'd love to talk to your writing. If you have any specific questions let me know.
At 9:27am on June 4, 2009, Fran Smeby said…
Sooooo glad things are going to get back to something you can handle better. I stay in when it is hot and also the Minnesota winters keep me in also. When I get hot I melt and get the same way you do. My things is to toast marshmallows over the burners and I can get six at a time on my serving fork. I roast them to melting point and then set them ablaze. ummmmm. Florida is the last choice of states to travel to as I hate hum-i-diddy.
I just got a call from my sister Linda. She has an abcess in her colon and has to have surgery. It happened to my other sister Mary also and she had to have a temporary colostomy that got reversed again. They didn't find a reason for the cause. How are the odds that would happen to two people in the same family?
I just spilled coffee on my lap top. I have no lap so it rests on my obese belly. I did a whole cookbook on my tummy last year for church. Anyhooooo I'm happy for your bad luck reversal. You sound like you have a humorous side to you and can handle everything comes your way. My kind of gal. Time to make a grocery list to go bumming with my pal Joanne. Take care.
At 8:54am on June 4, 2009, Chris Bell/IA said…
That is pretty cool!!! We have a family that lives here in town that have the last name Bell and they aren't related to my husband, but they are related to my daughter's husband by marriage... Now that is wierd!!
Thanks for the compliment on my quilts.. It is a passion!! I just took a peek at your quilts and all I can say is WOW!!! They are great, don't know I could pick out a favorite!! There isn't any money in making quilts, that is for sure and I finally figured out why. If someone else wants you to make them a quilt 9 times out of 10 they don't quilt themselves and so they don't understand to amount of work that goes into a quilt and so can't understand why they can't buy a handmade quilt for 150.00!!!... Oh well, I do love it!!
At 8:32am on June 4, 2009, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…
Hi Renee, I've been a little out of touch. Glad to hear the A/C will be back on again soon. That should help relieve a little bit of the stress. I admire you so much for the courage it takes to step out in faith and start up a new career in spite of how difficult it seems now. YOU CAN DO IT!!! With the Lord's help and a little encouragement from your friends, YOU CAN!

PS: Peanut M&M's are my drug of choice for those stressful "I need chocolate NOW" moments... I don't even care if they are melted. I'm not above licking the package. heh heh
At 6:00am on June 4, 2009, Mary Burnette said…
Hi Renee, to tell you the truth I don't know exactly how far I am from Sebastion,FL. I don't drive alot due to an accident I had more than 10 years ago. It scared me so bad that I have not been able to make myself get back on the highway. I can tell you that I am 35 minutes north of Jacksonville, just before you cross the line into Georgia. I would love to quilt your tops for you and I have people that mail their quilts from as far away as Tampa, Oregon and Texas because they say I am less expensive. If you will email me privately. I will gladly send you a brochure via email or snail mail which ever you prefer. mburnette912@bellsouth.net
At 9:30pm on June 3, 2009, Fran Smeby said…
Yes, I'm still doing business as Fashions by Frances. I mostly alter wedding paraphernalia and everyday clothing. I just finished with 2 weddings and a redesign wedding dress to a dress for a reading fairy at the library. Next is 7 boleros for a wedding where the girls can't show their shoulders, backs and upper arms. They always pick strapless dresses of course. I have another client that is having me redesign all her good clothes to save from buying new.
This is happening more and more in this economy. I make baptismal napkins for our church. We had 77 last year. My friend and I ( Joanne ) made 27 costumes for the children' Christmas Pageant. That would be 12 angels, Joseph, Mary, 3 wisemen, 3 shepherds, 3 cows, 3 sheep and a donkey. The old costumes were 40 years old and ragged and we think they will be there long after we're gone. Ha Ha. Now I shall retreat to my sewing room and do my duty. Good wishes for you and yours.
At 7:23pm on June 3, 2009, Janis B / OH said…
Thanks, Renee. I'm sure you will enjoy the book. We have received very positive feedback from people who have read it and some of them aren't even quilters. If you want it autographed just put that in the comment section and all three of us will sign it.
At 6:46pm on June 3, 2009, Fran Smeby said…
Hi Renee, I welcome you back to we quilters. I was 58 when I signed up for beauty school to learn the nail business. It was fun to have homework again and to be tested. My children were almost all gone from home and I did enjoy what I was doing. After passing my exam for my license, I started my new job as a nail tech. After three months, I got a rash on my hands and nothing made it go away except quitting my nail job; I was allergic to the materials I used and took three years for my hands to completely heal. I went back to my sewing business in my home with new vigor. I proved to myself that you can teach an old dog new tricks; the tricks need to be healthy. Keep up the good job you are doing and breath deep.
At 8:25pm on April 23, 2009, Pam/NY said…
The pictures of your mother's quilts are beautiful...you honor her well with the pictures and your feelings...it takes a long time to get use to the loss and with losing both so close is very painful...keep talking and sharing your thoughts it not only helps you but others also.
At 5:08pm on April 15, 2009, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…
I understand completely. It is easy to over commit and then feel overwhelmed. I think you are absolutely right in recognizing when you need "me" time. It is not selfish at all and it may be essential. For me, it is a refueling time so I don't end up running on empty and then feeling resentful and crabby and overwhelmed. The kicker is not feeling guilty over the time we set aside for ourselves. I always feel a small measure of guilt when I "take the day off" and just quilt...or read...or do sudoku puzzles... Especially if I know there is housework or computer work, or other things that probably need done, but fortunately I have a gift for ignoring those nudges of guilt. hahaha! It helps that my husband never seems to hold it against me when I do. He seems to know that it is good for my soul. He teases me about it (especially my fabric inventory), but I'm grateful that he indulges me this.

Hugs! Hope things start looking up soon.

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