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Thread: Warm Winter Wishes from Michigan!

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    I am new to quilting, but have been sewing since jr. high school. I have always admired those who created the quilts and actually used them.

    Since having my 2 boys (ages 4 and almost 7) has become my new "full time job" (I worked almost 30 years in the construction trades and then computer support -- and yes I am that old!!!), I have had to redefine my idea of what to do for enjoyment.

    In October 2009, I was diagnosed with MS. My world has been turned every which way. Fatigue, depression, mood swings, numbness, forgetting things has become the new "normal" for me. I find that I have some issues at times threading needles, seeing clearly or concentrating BUT the one thing I have realized is that quilting/sewing keeps me happy! One day at a time is all I can think about now.

    I am currently working on my first and second quilts at the same time. The first is a jelly roll and the second is a t-shirt quilt. I'll post pix as soon as I can.

    This board is totally awesome! When looking for clues as to what I am doing wrong or if I need reviews on machines, etc., I always sit and read and somehow find the answer -- my insomnia finally has a place!

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    Welcome from Virginia!

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    Hello and welcome from Denver, CO.

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    Hi and welcome from Ohio. Glad you joined us.

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    Welcome from the NW Washington.
    Quilting is healing... no joke. If I couldn't sew and quilt I don't now what I would do.
    This is a wonderful palce to come to.
    To chat or to learn or ask a question.
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    where are you

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    Hi and welcome from MA.

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    Welcome from Maine. This is a great place to ask and find answers to all sorts of things.

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    Welcome to the board from Illinois. We have other folks who have challenges due to physical problems. I'm sure they will have tips for you along the way.

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    Hello and welcome from Virginia.

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    Hello and welcome from Ontario

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    Hi and welcome from the sunny state of Florida! This board is very good for insomnia, ask me how I know? It's also very addictive, you'll love it here!

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    welcome from another Michigander...NE

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    Hello and welcome from another Michigander!!!

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    Welcome from Minnesota. This is a wonderful and addicting place to visit. Watch out, you might spend more time reading and chatting than you do sewing. It is great tho, to have a place where so many questions can be answered and you can get new ideas from people from all over the world.

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    Welcome from central Alabama. Many people find quilting to be good therapy for their minds and hands. It is important to keep both active, especially during flair ups.

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    It's nice to meet you and welcome home-at least that's what I feel.

    I no longer work outside the home due to MS so I totally get what you mean. I haven't been able to have children so I don't experience that but I do know about many many symptoms of MS. I read a book once where a lady named her diseases because she talked about them so much and I thought it was a good idea. So my friends include MiniMini(due to the many symptoms and also because my niece's cat is named Indiana but her little one couldn't say that and started calling her minimini. Now we all call her that and I smile each time I hear it so I brought that into making me think of Livi and smile when MiniMini visits me. I also have friends named Payne for my fibromyalgia(fancy spelling makes it seem nicer :wink: )and Misery for my Interstitial Cystitis.

    Too much info from me ,I guess, but just wanted you to know I get it. If you ever want to vent or commiserate please feel free to PM me. Otherwise keep on quilting!

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    Welcome to the board from southern California!

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    Welcome from Maryland!

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    where is michigan are you? i am in Taylor,considered "downriver".
    Welcome!

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    warm welcome from Colorado.

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    Welcome from Pittsburgh, Pa

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    Welcome from Texas :-)

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    Hello and welcome from SW Iowa. Glad to have you here.

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    Welcome, I applaud you for trying this wonderful, healing art form. I love quilting and it has gotten me through so many rough times. Lost both parents, a brother and a son shortly after learning to quilt, came down with Fibromyalgia and have had several surgeries and quilting and my quilting friends have been there for me through it all. Please let us see pictures of your quilts when you get them done and don't stop at 2. Welcome from Southern California.

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