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Name: Gretchen Firestone
Date registered: September 6, 2012


I am a retired public school teacher and media specialist and University lecturer. Total retirement is new to me, but I'm adjusting.

Latest posts

  1. I’m Still Here — June 9, 2017
  2. Books on Monday – New York Beauties & Flying Geese — May 22, 2017
  3. Sunday Evening Catch Up — May 21, 2017
  4. Surrounded by Happy Scraps Is a Finish! — May 13, 2017
  5. Craftsy Mother’s Day Weekend Sale — May 13, 2017

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Jun 09

I’m Still Here

Okay, the third time should be the charm, right? I’ve already written this post twice and had it not post. I updated WordPress today and I’m wondering if that is the problem. We will see! I am so sorry that I haven’t posted an update sooner. I’ve been doing a bit in the sewing room, …

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May 22

Books on Monday – New York Beauties & Flying Geese

Books on Monday kind of snuck up on me this month, probably because this is the earliest date that can be the fourth Monday of the month. Sigh. Anyway, today we are looking at New York Beauties & Flying Geese: 10 Dramatic Quilts, 27 Pillows, 31 Block Patterns by Carl Hentsch. Yes, the link below is …

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May 21

Sunday Evening Catch Up

If you missed the Craftsy supplies sale because I failed to post about it, I am so very sorry. It’s been a weird week. But over the last couple weeks, I have done some quilting, other than the Surrounded by Scraps finish. For example: I did a little bit on La Passacaglia during the knitting …

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May 13

Surrounded by Happy Scraps Is a Finish!

I have my first finish for the second quarter in the 2017 Finish-Along! This is also the third finish for the year, and all finishes have been quilts that are couch sized or more! Whee! Here is Surrounded by Happy Scraps as held up by my husband and son-in-law. Just to recap so I can …

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May 13

Craftsy Mother’s Day Weekend Sale

Craftsy has three offers for this Mother’s Day weekend. Offer 1: Any class for $19.99 using code MYTREAT Offer 2: 50% off 1 Boundless item using code JUST4MOM Offer 3: 50% off 1 Cloudborn or Sprightly item using code JUST4MOM All you need to do to take advantage of this sale and help support this …

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May 08

Books on Monday – Design Inspirations

Welcome back to Books on Monday. Today we are looking at Design Inspirations by Margaret Solomon Gunn.(Yes, in a few minutes I will go all fangirl, but first we’ll get the basics out of the way. And, yes, the link below is an Amazon Affiliate link which will help to support this blog. If you …

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May 04

A Craftsy Class Sale

This weekend is the May Craftsy Class Sale! All classes are under $20! This sale continues from now until Sunday, May 7 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time. You can find this sale here. (Yes, that is a link that will help support this humble blog.) Also new on Craftsy is the Spring Quilt-Along! This season’s kit …

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May 01

A Finished Top!

Surrounded by Scraps (or in my case, Surrounded by Happy Scraps) is now a finished top and is off to the longarm quilter! Yay. Last week I started assembling the rows. Here are the first two: Today, I finally completed the top. I realized once I got the center together that I really liked mine …

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Apr 25

Some Sewing and Quilting

I’m still working on getting the Surrounded by Scraps top together and have no new pictures, but that’s not the only progress I’ve been making here. La Passacaglia got a little bit of love today. Some friends from church get together on Tuesdays to knit. Today I joined them and worked on La Passacaglia, because …

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Apr 24

Books on Monday – The Splendid Sampler

Happy Books on Monday! Today we are looking at The Splendid Sampler: 100 Spectacular Blocks from a Community of Quilters by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson. The links below are Amazon Affiliate links and will help support this blog if you use them.  If you spend any time looking at quilting blogs on the internet, you’ve …

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