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An Awe-Inspiring Trip At Every Turn, Part One

I checked one destination off of my vacation bucket list a few weeks ago when we went to Paducah, Kentucky. If you have never heard of Paducah, then you are probably wondering why anyone would put that city on a bucket list. But if you are a quilter, then you know that it is a quilting mecca -- home to The National Quilt Museum and AQS Quilt Week in the spring and now also in the fall. Tom and I have not taken a week-long vacation since our honeymoon 33 years ago, so we planned this trip to make the most of our time by including a few other stops along the way. Our first destination was a Kansas City Royals vs. Chicago White Sox baseball game on September 11th. They had a very emotional pre-

The Magic of New Tricks

One of the many things that I love about quilting is that there is always something new to learn. In the last few years alone I have learned new piecing techniques, new patterns, and new free-motion quilting designs, as well learning the best ways to grow a small business. One of the challenges in learning all of these new ideas is deciding where it is best to get that information. I have used Google, Pinterest, and YouTube. My favorite setting, though, is classes that I can attend in person. I generally learn as much from the instructor as from those also attending the class. The Midwest Machine Quilters (MMQ) group hosts workshops for its members twice a year given by nationally known quil



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