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Remember a few weeks back when I was quilting A Touch of Spring?  You can read about it by clicking here I couldn't talk about it then, but it was a gift.  For a very special person in my life, my Mom!  

Last week we spent 5 days together as a family celebrating her 80th birthday.  Although her actual birthday is not until September, she really wanted to have the celebration in the summer when her grandchildren were home from school.

Anyway, during the time we spent last week, I gave her the quilt!

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Hello Everyone,

For the last week I had been away on vacation celebrating my Mom's 80th birthday!  I had a fantastic time with my entire family.  I will share photos of this in another blog post, I have to go through all the photos and edit them.  

But in the mean time, I wanted to share with you what was waiting for me when I got home....

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Today is a day for total randomness.  Sharing photos of things that have been happening in my neck of the woods.  Sometimes I think I am all over the place with my thoughts and projects, do you ever feel that way?  Here let me show you what I mean...

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Yesterday I had the pleasure to teaching another session of Paradise In Blooms.  I was in NY with this wonderful group of student's and their beautiful creations and I would like to share them with you!

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So do you ever get so excited about beginning a new project that it just is in your brain until you do it???  I couldn't wait!!  The other day we stocked a NEW Charm Elements packet from Quiltworx and I just loved the possibilities.  This is UNLIKE any other Quiltworx/Judy Niemeyer pattern, no spikes, curves, etc. this is very modern and so many options!

Let me show you where I began.

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Have you ever had that project that you just haven't finished?? Well, I have a bunch!  Since I began long arm quilting back in 2000, I quilted for customers through 2012 and then stopped to only quilt for myself.  Do you know what happens during the 12 years that you quilt for customers?  Well, let's just say I have quite a few quilt tops that have accumulated and need quilting.  It is about time!!!

The first to go on is this week... This one is A Touch of Spring.  It is a Judy Niemeyer pattern that is no longer in print.  I made this top, oh maybe in 2008 or so... I think that 7 years is long enough, don't you?

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Wow, it has been just a little bit since I blogged.  I must confess I was away and working on a top secret project that I will be revealing soon and I think you will like it too!

I returned late Thursday and was able to unwind a little with my hubby over the weekend.  So I wanted to share with you our day together.

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I haven't baked in a while because I gave up sweets about a year ago.  But today, I baked!  I may not be eating them, but they are for a few special friends.  I thought you might like to see what I made.

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As many of you know yesterday I turned 50 and wrote a blog post reflecting on the last decade of my life.  You can read it here.  In reflecting, I talked about how many wonderful and talented people I have met through my teachings and all along the way.   I also spoke of my warm and kind friends and family.  

Then... BOOM... it dawned on me!!! How cool would it be to have a quilt with a little bit of as many of those people stitched right in it??  Cool right?

So here is what I am asking, I would love for anyone who would like to be part of my Birthday Memory Quilt, to send me just ONE signature block!  

Below you will find the tutorial for the block that I would like.  This way they are all the same size and I can easily design the final quilt around all the blocks.  This will be so fun... See the tutorial below and then any final details at the end.

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Hello Everyone,

Yup, that is right, today I turn 50.  So what exactly does that mean?  For most people it has some either positive or negative meaning.  In my mind it symbolizes moving onto another wonderful chapter in my life.  For those of you who know me, you know that I am a happy and optimistic person... in general.  That said, I have been reflecting over the past decade and the events in my life and how these events have changed who I am today.  Also, what I have learned about myself. 

So I would like to take you through a brief pictorial story of some of the events that have transpired and my views on them.

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Geese Migrations Blog Hop Book Tour!!   You are in for a real treat.  Today, you will be able to visit 3 Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) Shops and see lots of great things and have the chance to win some great prizes too!

Here is what I would like to share with you today...

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to the Geese Migrations Book Tour Blog Hop!!! Many of you have already purchased the first book from Judy Niemeyer (Quiltworx.com) and are enjoying it!  But for those of you who are not familiar with the book, this blog tour will get you familiarized with the book. We are sure you will like every single quilt in the book!  There are 29 projects to make, that is right 29 in one book!  

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How many of you remember Home Economics class?  This class was one of my favorite.  I had it in 6th grade for a whole year.  Half the year we learned to sew.  I made a ton of clothing and also some patchwork.  I actually still have my first patchwork pillow made in the class.

The second half of the year we learned to cook.  We made tons of different things.  Prepared menus, learned how to set a table, and then made the recipes from the menu.  I still have the recipe box with the recipes that we made, AND it is in my 6th grade handwriting.

I had the pleasure of reconnecting with my Home Economics Teacher, courtesy of Facebook!  I love that, a great way to find people that have been an important part of your life.

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Two days ago, I purchased a new toy... well not really a toy, but a new sewing machine!  I LOVE my Viking Sewing machines and in fact I have 3.  Don't judge me as I know that some of you out there may have a few more than that.... right?? Anyway, I purchased a fourth one.  But I did sell one of the original three to make room for the fourth.  I must say I am smitten with my new purchase and so is another member of the household.

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Hello Everyone,

On Sunday, I taught the second session of the Paradise In Blooms Technique of the Month (TOM) Class at The Quilt Basket in Pawling, NY.  The students in this class are awesome!  I wanted to share a few of the pictures that I took during the second class.

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Today I have just a bit of randomness about things happening around here these days.... 

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I must apologize, I have been so busy meeting some important deadlines there really hasn't been time for me to blog.  But here I am today to offer you a giveaway as a little way of saying I am sorry... Hope you won't hold not blogging against me?  Today, I wanted to offer you a chance to win a $30 Gift Certificate to our shop!  You can get whatever you like!!  But you have to enter to win.

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Hi Everyone,

It has been awhile since I shared this quilt.  I did share it on Facebook and Instagram while I was quilting it, but forgot to blog about it.  So sorry.  Now it is actually complete and bound too!  I have just three photos to share, but I hope you enjoy.

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Hello Everyone,  

I can't believe it has been 10 days since I did a blog post.... Wow!  Anyway, I have been busy, so that could explain it.  I have been working on a deadline and I can't really share too much right now, but I will soon.  What I can show you, is little bits and pieces.... literally!

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This past weekend was very inspiring.  So much so that I began and completed a new top.  Have you ever had an idea and had to pounce on it immediately?  Well, that is what I did.  And I am so psyched about it, I can't tell you!  I love it.  

Karen Eckmeier came to our classroom studio to teach three classes this past weekend.  The classes were full so I did not participate.  But I did soak in a ton!  She was the complete inspiration for this!  Thank you, Karen!

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Jackie Kunkel

I am a quilter, online quilt shop owner, Nationally Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor and Certified Shop, designer, author, podcaster, mother, and wife. I have been quilting since 1993 years and in business since August, 2000. I love networking and having fun doing anything quilty! Learn More…

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