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    Hello, I'm a Newbie

    Hi!

    My name is Deanna and I live in Southwest Iowa. I am 62, married with two children and four grandchildren. My number one hobby is reading (love a good mystery) but quilting is not far behind. I find it easier to grab a book and a glass of iced tea and sit on the porch swing than to dig out all my sewing supplies so...that's why my unfinished list keeps growing! I have amassed a nice stash of fabrics so will have plenty to do when I retire. My favorite fabrics are anything designed by "Sweetwater"and I just hate to cut into them. Anyone else that way? I'm about 80 miles from a quilt shop so do most of my shopping online with The Missouri Start Quilt Co and the Fat Quarter shop being my "go to" shops. I love to work with black and whites with a pop of color added. I think I will really enjoy this forum. Happy sewing to all!

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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    Welcome from Eastern Nebraska! You will enjoy this board!

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    ​Welcome from Ontario, Canada. Find a little corner to have a dedicated sewing space and you will sit down to sew more often.

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    Welcome from Oklahoma. I love reading too.

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    W welcome to the board from NE Ohio.

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    Hi and welcome from North Carolina! Oh yeah, those mysteries and the British cozies!! Good reading stuff .... but quilting takes most of my time!! Enjoy!!

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    Welcome from northern Vermont.

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    Welcome from Alaska!

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    Welcome aboard from the Seattle area.

    I also love reading but I have vision issues and can't really read for pleasure any more, a few years ago I started on Audio Books and the lovely thing is I can sew and "read" at the same time now!

    Always looking for some good authors, I do more of the courtroom/spy/detective sort of thing (like the Jack Reacher/Lee Child books or Clive Cussler) than traditional mysteries but I listen to a bit of everything, fiction and non-fiction.

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    Welcome from Maryland, where the weather was picture perfect yesterday for being outside reading. I agree that if you can find a spot to set up your sewing stuff and leave it up, you'll sew more often.

    As for cutting into fabric that's "just too pretty"--there was a whole thread on the topic recently. It's a common problem and some of us actually overcome it now and then.

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    Welcome to the board!
    I used to have trouble cutting up Jinny Beyer fabrics but nowadays I'm using them.
    I also love to read and love audio books as well. I can "read" while doing any number of other things.

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    Howdy from Texas. You are going to like this board & it might even become addictive.

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    welcome from Va Anxious for you to share your quilting projects and reading recommendations.

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    Welcome from AZ! Quilting is easier on my eyes than reading, but some times I get in the Agatha Christie mood and reread many of her books.
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    Welcome from Minneapolis! I'm a fan of mystery novels too: Lee Child and Ann Cleeves are my current go-to's.
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    Thanks for the welcome! I know this is a quilting forum but since there are also a lot of readers out there may I suggest my favorite authors: (M.C. Beaton for cozies), Louise Penny, Michael Connelly and #1: James Lee Burke (his Dave Robicheaux series is fantastic!). Unfortunately I only have three more books to go and I will be through the entire series to date. I need to do less reading this winter and whittle down my stash. Happy quilting all!

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    Hello and welcome from an Iowa Girl!

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    Hi from Arizona! We all have a great time here on this board.
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    Welcome. I am lucky to have a quilt store in my town.

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    Welcome from Vermont!!

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    welcome from Minnesota!

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    Welcome from coastal FL! It's still warm and sunny here. Great idea to build your retirement stash while you can. I'm working on one too.

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    Welcome from Mississippi ! I agree with the others, you need to find a nice little place to set up your sewing machine permanently and it will much easier to sew more often.

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