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Planning and Working!!

I can’t believe that it’s been sew long since I have written! I have been busy with many projects. So far, I have done 2-1/2 quilts (pictures are below), 2 technique blogs, planning on some paper pieced table runner classes, and my usual–babysitting!

Today was a pajama, work day for me. I am working on a paper piecing quilt that is a raffle quilt for the Twin City Quilt Guild which I am apart of. In listening to the news today, I figured I’d better make a list of all the sewing/quilting projects I have to do. Some are jobs, some are gifts, some are competition quilts, and others are just learning and refining my skills. I think I’ll be busy for a few months or sew!!

This pandemic has made me think of my grandmothers. They lived through the Great Depression and I had many blessed years listening to their stories and seeing how they learned how to be frugal and resourceful. I see how people are hoarding items especially paper items. What would my grandmother do? They didn’t have all of the paper goods we have now. I did not have to think too long to figure out what our household would do if we ran out of paper goods. I have a stash of fabric for a reason!

Hope this brings a little brightness in your day! May you stay safe, healthy, and enjoy your life!

Peace –

Pam

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Starting 2020 with New Adventures!

As 2019 ends and 2020 begins, I can’t help but reflect on the past and make plans for the future. I have been blessed this year to have several teaching occasions to share my quilting journey and knowledge with eager fellow quilters! Met some wonderful people and made new friends in this wonderful quilting world.

I look forward to making more competition quilts this year and currently have 2-3 in mind (we will see how many I can complete by the end of 2020). Entering them into AQS shows, International Quilt Show in Huston, as well as Quilt Consortium of New York State.

I will also be continuing to teach wherever I can. I will be updating my event calendar soon so you will all know what’s happening.

Also, I have started a new adventure that I expect to take a few years to accomplish. I am beginning to study to become an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser. I have already started to read books that will increase my knowledge of fabrics, history, patterns, etc. In April, I will hopefully be able to attend the appraiser class at AQS Paducah for more knowledge of the “steps” I need to do to accomplish this certification.

My collection is 132 books on quilting, sewing, crafts,running a creative business, and fine art!

In preparation for a bunch of books being added to my current library, I am organizing all of my books. Here’s how I am doing this: I used Numbers in my iPad to start my spreadsheet.

There are a few general subjects in my collection: Quilting, General Sewing and Crafts, Craft Business, and Miscellaneous. (Column #1)

List sub categories: (ie: Under Quilting would be History, Free Motion, Techniques, Patterns, etc.) (Column #2)

Column #3 would list the title of the books

Column #4 lists the author(s)

Column #5 lists a brief description of the book

Column #6 has a note if it is borrowed from someone

Column #7 lists if the book was loaned out and to whom

I will definitely keep all of you posted on this journey!

May you have a very blessed and happy New Year!

Thank you for reading my blogs!

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Message from the Heart

This is an email I received from my son, Jake.  He is working in St. Louis helping the homeless.  I had the opportunity in the winter to visit him and was really impressed on the way this organization puts their heart and sole into helping the needy and understanding how to live simply and within their means.

Thank you for considering donating to this amazing cause.

 

Hi Mom,

 
Today is Give St. Louis Day, a 24-hour giving campaign that raises money for various non-profits in St. Louis.  Depaul USA, the organization that I work for, is taking part in raising funds for our new program, the St. Lazare House.  This program is among the first of its kind. All of the money donated to our program will benefit homeless young adults. Young adults who spend there days on the street are much more likely to end up in a never ending cycle of homelessness. Also, they are often mistreated. 60% report sexual abuse, 50% are already parents, 33% engage in survival sex, 46% are physically abused, 56% experience mental health issues and over 40% have been abandoned by those they trusted most. Depaul USA’s new program, the St. Lazare House, will be housing 15 young adults who are homeless. Our programs will help them gain the knowledge, experience and support they need to live a happy and independent life off of the streets. The St. Lazare House is set to open in early September and we need all the help we can muster! Every penny counts! Please consider donating to Depaul USA! For more info, pictures or to donate, please visit https://www.givestlday.org/DepaulUSA . Thank you very much and God bless.
 
Please be sure to pass this on to your friends and family!!
Love you lots,
-Jake Pandolfi