Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ladies' Aid Quilt Block


     I found the pattern for this 8" Ladies' Aid block free on-line at: http://www.quilterscache.com/L/LadiesAidBlockBlock.html 
    In these diary entries, Mother and Hattie attend Ladies' Aid at Mrs. George's home.  Hattie is dating her son, Frank, and will eventually marry him.  Hattie and her 19-year-old brother, Howard, also attend a party given by Frank's sisters, Betty and Fannie.  Hattie is just learning how to drive, but Mother isn't ready to ride with her just yet!  My grandmother grew up on a farm near Olivet, Kansas, while my grandfather grew up on a farm in nearby Lebo, Kansas.
 
Tuesday, August 15, 1916 -
"Howard and I received invitations this morning for Betty's and Fannie's party Thursday night, and Mother and I received an invitation by phone from Mrs. George urging us over tomorrow.  I don't seem to be able to convince Mother that I am capable of taking her over in the car, however."

Wednesday, August 16, 1916 -
"Howard took us over to George's about two o'clock, and we certainly had a lovely time.  The house and porch were full of guests, and the barn yard was filled with cars and men.  The George girls are lovely, and I like their cousin so much!  I am sure looking forward to the party tomorrow night.  Frank was not receiving but was in evidence.

"I have been writing a letter to Bing and must now brush my hair and say my prayers as I'll have to get up early and will probably be out late tomorrow night."

Thursday, August 17, 1916 -
"As it is one A.M. Friday by the clock, I shall save details until later.  We certainly had a lovely time at the party.  That Lebo bunch is sure jolly.  Fannie and Betty had everything planned so nicely and, to the joy of all present, the lights didn't go out as they had feared.  Evi Jones sang some for us and so did Fannie, and Annagrace and Marie played.  They served maple nut ice cream and light and dark cake."

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post:
http://www.starwoodquilter.blogspot.com/2012/03/birthday-cake-quilt-block.html

239 comments:

  1. Ooo! Hattie is our little socialite!!! I can just see her bopping around!!!

    I've kept a journal for about 12 years. Some of my entries are shorter than Hattie's, but after reading your blog, I'm taking more time to write more!! What a treasure!

    Another very cute, and bubbly block!! Are these colors that you think Hattie would have liked?

    Can hardly wait until the next installment!!

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  2. Do keep a journal - it is fun to look back and see what I was doing years ago.
    I am enjoying watching your project develop!

    marksey3@msn.com

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  3. I've been a sporadic journal keeper and it is interesting to read over them later. Really enjoy reading your blog. Seems like they had more time for socializing back then. Funny.

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  4. I have kept and illustrated a journal off and on over the years. For a while I kept one in Japanese. My quilt diary is the most regularly krpt now.

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  5. no i never have but raising 4 kids always keep me busy

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  6. I've never kept any kind of journal. When I started reading your blog, I bought a journal, but I haven't written anything in it. At 63, it's hard to start new habits.

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  7. I started a diary but gave up on it when I broke my hand and couldn't write and had to have an extensive period of physical therapy. When healed I began a quilt journal where I posted my works in progress.

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  8. Hi I really like your idea on doing your blocks. This is a great story and it makes you want to read further. I have been keeping jurnals on and off for some time but I fear the one I have just started will be the hardest one of all. It is for a journey in lymphoma so we will see whether or not I can do this journal. You have a great blog and I have become a follower so I can continue to read the story....thanks for having me.

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  9. Yes! I have kept diaries since I was a young girl. Recently I have been reading several of my grandfather's diaries from the 20's - they are absolutely fascinating!

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  10. No I have never kept a diary or journal but have always wanted to. Don't kbow why I haven't. Love your journal entries. Look forwarf to reading each and every one.

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  11. I kept a diary when I was a teenager for a while. Then when we waiting for our baby to come home from Korea (adoption), I wrote notes to her. We had her picture but it took about 2 months for her paperwork to make it through INS.
    Ruth Ann

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  12. I love the quilt in this weeks scrappy themed quilts. Those colors are so warm and cozy. What a treasure!

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  13. the only time i kept a journal was in University, It was a requirement one semester, and intended as a self reflective exercise. I hated the process, so much i have not done it since. Often think a diary as a record would be a good idea though, especially noting the pleasure your grandmothers diary is giving to yourself and your readers

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  14. I occasionally kept a diary during my teenage years but I just could keep it up. I often wish I had been able to because life changes so much, it would be good to look back and see how many challenges I worried about and then overcame.
    Katy McCoy tobiaskj@comcast.net

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  16. I kept a diary for several years as a teen. I found it recently and that sparked my interest to start up again. I am in my 3rd year of tracking my life as a grandma and middle-aged quilter.

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  17. I have kept journals only when my life is stressful. I then destroy it but it has helped me deal with the issues as they came. I am now trying to write down something I am thankful for each day.

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  18. I have kept journals on and off over the years. I enjoy reading them later to see where I was in life but I find it hard to sit down and write in them in the first place!

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  19. I have started many but never keep up with it. I do take pictures of every quilt i make and but it in a scrap book and write who it is for and the pattern name, where i got the pattern and when it was made. ang in pa.angchappell@yahoo.com

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  20. I was a faithful journal writer in high school. Stopped while I was married but started a quilt journal after my marriage ended and enjoy going back now and reading what I was working on.
    donnadumouchel at aol dot com

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  21. I kept a "journal" when I was in high school and got one for Christmas one year, but with a nosy sister, I quit.....too much evidence in it. But I certainly enjoy reading this one, and am enjoying your journey.

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  22. I kept a journal as a young teen and again when I was pregnant with each child.

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  23. I, like others, have certainly started journals in the past but never kept the interest in them seriously. Guess I don't think I have much to say!
    Thanks for your blog though...I do enjoy reading it....

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  24. I have kept a journal since 2002. It began as a quilt journal, what I was working on and the problems or success with certain blocks. Sometimes I would note what I should have done with a pattern, and what I will do next time. Over the years family events, a news flash and weather comments made it in. I'll go back and read to research an old UFO when it is nearing completion...or refresh my memory as to who attended last years BBQ.
    More than you really wanted to know..my journal gets a little wordy sometimes, too!

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  25. Does one done when you are 13 count? I did keep a locked journal then. Now I consider my blog my journal. institcheswithbonnie.blogspot.com

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  26. I did have a journal when I was a teenager also. I also believed it was locked. I have no idea what happened to my diary. It sure would be fun to read it and remember my teenage years growing up and what was on my mind back then. Hope everyone enjoys the great giveway.

    Sandi T.
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  27. I kept a diary, when I was in junior high. I think about doing a journal now, but just write a few notes --- nothing very formal

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  28. I have kept a journal in one form or another several different times in my life. It has been most successful when I have a daily calendar and write a few thing each day.

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  29. I have kept journals off and on throughout my life. In my more recent years, the journals seem to be when I am having stressful times, and need to be destroyed at some point. Journaling helps me to work through trying times.

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  30. Never had a journal but sometimes wish I had.

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  31. I kept a journal when I was young. I have never made one for my quilting and I should have.

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  32. Every time I have tried to keep a diary/journal, I end up quitting after a few days. LOL

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  33. No journal or diary for me. I try to keep a list of quilts in progress and want to makes....and I have trouble keeping that current, lol.

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  34. That's one of the regrets I have now that I am getting older....Never really consistently kept a diary. Guess it's not too late though

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  35. I have written a journal off and on. As time permits. A journal should not cause more stress. I have aleast tried to keep a log of quilts, but it is hard. Sherriewohlgemuth@yahoo.com

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  36. I have occasionally kept a journal, mostly more recently while on vacation. It was fun to write down the things that we did and saw, and even more fun to read them several years later and relive the experiences. I'd love to win your prize, thanks for offering it!

    I surfed over from QuiltvilleChat....

    Gina in Missouri
    hared@iland.net

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  37. No journal or diary--but I do use my blog to keep track of when I start and finish things.

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  38. I kept a journal from the beginning to the end of my Dear Jane quilt. I wrote the date worked on the block, what technique i used, how many pieces were in that little block & the block #. It was a fun and learning journey.
    Nancy in PA
    nkhquilting@yahoo.com

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  39. I read somewhere once about keeping a happiness journal and was going to try doing that but only lasted a few days. sandi1100@yahoo.com

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  40. I have kept a journal for a couple of years now. Before then it was kind of off and on. I had a mental breakdown about two years ago and have kept this journal ever since. Quilting and my journal keep me calm and helps me to grow.

    Jeannie

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  41. I've kept a journal off &on over the years. I currently record quilty finishes and things I'm working on. I really enjoy reading your grandmother's journal and seeing the quilt blocks your working on to go with it!

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  42. That last comment is actually from Mrs. Munn!

    Sue in Marion, IN

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  43. I start them all the time, but I never make it more than a few weeks...

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  44. I have off and on. And even though I'm sporadic at it, I have a box full of at least 20 journals or more. Now my blogs are my journals. I have a crafty blog, a family blog, and a private blog that I don't share with anyone. It's easier now to keep stuff on the computer than to carry a book around all the time. It's interesting how things change! :)

    What a neat quilt idea!

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  45. Mgm326@comcast.netMarch 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Nope, never have!

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  46. I have kept a journal/diary on and off (sometimes the gaps are several months) for .. hmm let's say since I was 13 when I discovered my mum's diaries. I would say I have the luck not to be able to read them as they are still happily sitting on my mum's shelves, and she's garding them.

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  47. As a child I always kept a diary but stopped as life got in the way!
    I started again about 4 years ago and now it's a regular part of my life although I don't write in it everyday!

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  48. I've never been able to keep a journal for very long. When I was younger, I remember I had one, but I don't know what I did with it... I know that when I'm pregnant, I'll keep one to give to my child when he's grown up :)

    Thanks for this chance :)

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  49. I don't keep a journal, but I do blog with my heart. Your block is beautiful!

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  50. I'm a journal keeper and so is my Mom so I guess I learned it from her. Recently she gave me the journal she kept the year I was born and it was such a gift to get a slice of my family's past handed to me.

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  51. I started different journals but have never kept them up. I don't even like keeping logs of what you ate for nurces.
    Betty
    bgk44 @ msn.com

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  52. Your quilt will be lovely! I kept a journal when I was much younger...I don't know what happened to them but would love to stumble upon them some day and read all about me! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  53. I kept a diary/journal when in high school, should start one now so i can remember the little things in everyday life.

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  54. I frequently start new diaries, but not so good at maintaining :) Love the 30's fabric in your block!

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  55. How wonderful to be able to read your grandmother's diary. And thank you for sharing with us. Your quilt blocks are an added bonus.

    I kept a diary as a teenager. As an adult, the closest I've come is a daily health journal. Now, I just mark my workouts on the calendar. That is my version of a diary now.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win.

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  56. When I was a teen, I kept a diary for a while. It didn't last long.

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  57. I've tried but never keep going. Now I keep a project & idea journal.

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  58. In grade school I had a Holly Hobbie one with a cute little lock that could easily be broke into. I wasn't a very faithful writer.

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  59. How fun to read these entries from your grandmother!

    I know that I should keep a journal, but I never have. I feel like it'd be great for my future grandkids to have, but on the other hand, all the things I feel the need to write in a journal are things I wouldn't want anyone else to read. Do you know what I mean. I do kind of use my blog and Facebook to keep a record of events and my kids' milestones, which is something, I guess!

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  60. I always start journaling but never seem to keep up with it!

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  61. Wonderful block!!! I only keep a journal when I want to say things that I need to get out but it is best to put them on paper and then throw them away! Takes the stress away!!!

    Thank you for this giveaway chance.

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  62. I kept a journal during a 2-month backpacking trip through Europe and continued a bit after I got home.

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  63. I love reading your blog!
    I kept a journal when I was a teen. I noted the "Stardate" every week when I watched Star Trek!! I also noted how many stamps I had in my stamp collection and everytime the cute boy in Band spoke to me!
    I also kept a quilting journal in the late 70s when I wrote a letter to Quilter's Newsletter and asked for friendship blocks. I eventually made a quilt with the blocks and I use it as my summer bed quilt. I have blocks from the US and Canada and one from a fellow named Richard. My mil and her sil also made blocks as did one of my neices.

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  64. Yes I keep a journal with what I am working on plus I have a daily diary as I my husband died suddenly 8 months ago and I find I can get lost in my patchwork and handwork

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  65. I tried to keep a journal, but I almost never wrote in it. And honestly, the things I wrote were pretty silly and nonsensical!

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  66. Reading some of your grandmothers entries makes me want to journal. What a treasure.
    Thanks for the chance to win a gift certificate.

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  67. I kept a diary in my teens when my life was a little more exciting! Thanks for the giveaway!awolk@rogers.com

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  68. I did when I was in those "teen" years but that was a long time ago. I have really tried to make a habit of writing down the funny/sweet things my kids say while they are little because I know I'll forget them! Thanks (marshudson at comcast dot net)

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  69. First... 67 comments!!!! Way to go! Your blog is simply amazing!

    Me journal... i cannot keep my mind straight enough for it. Ive done a little here and there, especially when im sad. So my journal has this big sign on the first page warning that i use writing to destress and that the content within may or may not truely represent me, my feelings, or opinions on things. LOL.

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  70. I had to keep a journal for a class in college one semester.
    I never thought that I had a
    very interesting life to keep
    a journal.....how would you
    change "same as yesterday"...
    Both my grandmother and my
    mother kept journals. Now that
    they both are gone, to go back
    and read them are a treasure.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  71. I have always wanted to keep a journal and have even bought a few but i can't ever seem to get past what to put on the first page!

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  72. I kept a journal when i was a young child along with a scrapbook ---- wished i had kept one up to give to the grandkids

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  73. I kept a diary as a young girl. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  74. I kept a journal when a young kid and up though the first year or so of marriage then it just fizzled tell I started to blog what I do. I actually proposed to my wife in my journal and had her read it.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    http:// my1pictureaday.blogspot.com/

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  75. I've kept a variety of journals over the years, from poetry journals in junior high and high school, to probably my first "blog" on livejournal, to my blogs now! It definitely helps me work out what's going on in my head and, in the case of the public ones, to get feedback on what I'm thinking or working on!

    Thank you for offering such a generous prize. Good luck, everyone!

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  76. My only diaries have been of the silly pre-teen variety. I do wish I was better at logging the day to day, though... Thanks for sharing! I am loving all the amazing Canadian blogs that I am finding (and now following, too!) on this blog hop. Cheers! I look forward to reading more from you in the coming months!

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  77. I've kept a journal in my teeneger years.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  78. I have not kept a journal, but I have scrapbooked, which is kind of like journaling in a way :)

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  79. I never kept a diary or journal for more than a few days...until I started blogging. That's my journal now. Glad to have found you.

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  80. I started a diary when I became pregnant with my first baby, it's addressed to her so she can read it when she's older. Now I'm doing the same with my second pregnancy. It's nice to read back some entries, it brings nice memories!

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  81. I don't keep a diary or journal at this time. There have been times that I started but it quickly went to the wayside.

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  82. No diary, just a quilt journal of my completed projects. Thanks for a chance.

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  83. I made a journal for my 365 day quilt a few years back. Never got the quilt made but love reading the journal. Happy St Patrick's Day.

    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

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  84. I kept a diary when I was 8 or so but have not since. I don't like the thought that someone could read it without permission.

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  85. I keep a drawing journal to jot down my thoughts and work out math problems for my quilting. It goes everywhere I go since inspiration strikes everywhere.

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  86. Yes, I kept a diary in the 1st and 2nd grades. It's always fun to go back and read through them! I love the idea of your quilt.

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  87. I used to way back as a teen. It is fun to go back and read about first loves. Happy Quilting Day too!

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  88. I tried when I was a young teenager but with 2 older brothers who kept stealing it I gave up and never got back into it.

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  89. I just started to keep a diary of sorts on index cards - one entry per day and the cards will continue each year. So it will be interesting to note what I did on a day in the previous years!!

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  90. I have never kept a journal - in fact, I am fairly resistant to the idea. Not sure why... ???

    What a great giveaway prize - thanks so much for hosting! I am a new follower of your blog!

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  91. Eu nunca tive,minhas filhas tem até hoje.Nunca li uma página.Obrigada.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  92. I used to keep a diary as a young girl, but now I keep a sporadic journal..

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  93. I used to have a diary back when I was a young girl. I guess you could say my blog is some sort of journal. So if that counts then yes I guess I do kind of have a journal! :)

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  94. I have journaled off and on since high school. I currently have a quilting journal where I document what I have made and how with pictures and what I did with it. Since I give most of my projects away it is a nice way to show what I have made and who I gave it to.

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  95. I have kept diaries since I was a young girl) Thank you!

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  96. I kept a journal for awhile when first married but sometime along the way that stopped. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  97. I've tried to keep a journal before, but am not consistent, so gave it up. I am impressed by those who do! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  98. I've tried keeping a diary but it never worked for me. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  99. What a treasure you have with those old journal entries. Your quilt will be something to cherish forever. I am not good at journaling, but really wish I my ancestors had been.

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  100. I've never kept a journal and haven't inherited any from anyone either. What a beautiful block you made. It must be so cool to read your grandmother's jornals. :) Thanks for a chance to win your awesome giveaway! :)

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  101. What a great and meaningful quilt project! I kept a diary in high school where I could gush about the boys I liked... threw it away when I moved out of my parent's house and haven't kept one since. It would be pretty boring now anyway, since there's only one boy I like :)

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  102. I kept a diary for a short time while in middle school - threw it away. Then, kept a journal when taught so had notes of what worked/didn't when teaching. Guess would rather spend time on other activities and don't consider what I do that noteworthy. Thanks for the giveaway. I do like the story and the Ladies Aid block.

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  103. i tried to keep one when i was a girl, but too many snoopy family members read it, so i put it in code, but that took too long, so i gave up. :(

    thanks for a great giveaway! it would cheer me to win after that sad memory. lol.

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  104. I have not sense high school but a quilt journal is a good idea.

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  105. No I haven't, but this year I downloaded an app for my phone called 365 photo. I take a photo a day which chronicles my life, so it is kind of a visual diary.

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  106. I kept a diary when I was a teenager. Always tried to keep it locked and hidden from my sisters!

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  107. I have kept a journal off and on since I was 8. I haven't for some time, but keep thinking I need to get back at it.

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  108. I found your blog a while ago on Facebook I believe, and have enjoyed following your blocks and the journal entries! I have kept a journal on and off for a long time, elementary school, high school, Afganistan (deployment), and posted my first blog entry to my blog yesterday! Your project is so meaningful and I love to see what you come up with for blocks!

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  109. I have written a journal off and on forever! I love how you are combining journal entries and quilt blocks! I am a new follower and will definitely be checking back.

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  110. I tried to keep a diary when in high school but could not commit to it. I did keep a journal during the time my husband and I had considerable problems in our marraige. Our marraige persevered due to God's faithfulness, and I destroyed that journal with much gratitude!

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  111. I've never kept a diary or journal. With 2 sneaky older brothers and a nosy younger sister, there is no way anything I wrote would have been safe.

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  112. I did keep a journal once and consider my blog a journal of my creative life.
    Thanks for the great give a way.

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  113. I used to keep a journal for several years. My Dad had kept one probably for at least 40 years. He wrote in it daily excepy for a couple of days when my younger brother died.

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  114. Never kept a diary or journal. Thanks for the chance to win.
    ~Terry~

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  115. I have kept a journal on and off for the last 20 years. Currently it is full of doodles, lists and project ideas. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  116. I've started and abandoned lots of diaries over the years...but my blog gives me eight years of our family's past to look at. Does that count?

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  117. I'm sure that will be a gorgeous quilt to pass down. I kept a journal during a trip to England to see relatives, and wrote down all the great stories I was told. I was glad I did it.

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  118. I have never kept a journal but it is never to late to start sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  119. I kept on in college and HS. Haven't been writing in one lately, though.

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  120. The only time I keep a journal is when I go on a holiday but I'm thinking about starting a quilting journal.
    wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

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  121. Thank you for the generous giveaway. I have kept a journal at certain times in my life - it helped me process things that were going on.

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  122. I kept a journal when I was a teenager but have not written in one for years.
    How fun to have your grandmother's journal and I love your idea of making blocks to match her entries.
    What a treasure.

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  123. I tried keeping a journal/diary when I was an adolescent. I'm sure I had many "exciting" things to say! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  124. I kept a diary in my early teens, a pregnancy journal when I was pregnant with my son.. and I had a livejournal for a while, and now I blog :)

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  125. Yes I have had journals. It is nice to read over something that happened years ago and relive it again.

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  126. I have never kept a diary, but I do keep a journal of the quilts I make.

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  127. The only diarys I have ever kept were while we were /are traveling on our motorcycles. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  128. I kept a journal when I was younger but they were destroyed in a house fire. I consider my blog that I keep now as a sort of journal since it is a fair representation of how I spend my days. I might have to start writing down the funny and cute things that happen around here though. The kids might like to have something handwritten by me in 60 or so years, after I'm gone. I plan to pass 100 though, so it will be 60 years before they are allowed to read them! LOL!

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  129. I've never kept a diary or journal. Have a Happy Day! :)

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  130. Oh, I love your Hattie! These types of journals are so interesting to read. I have kept a journal off and on my whole life, but when I go back and read I usually want to shred everything! I guess I shared too much! But I would love to win this giveaway. Thank you for hosting!

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  131. I have just started a journal. Its fun and I love your block and what you are doing with Hatties journal! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  132. I have kept a diary on and off for years, but when we moved to France I started writing in it everyday. I now have a record of the 8.1/2years we have lived here. Linda

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  133. I have never kept a journal. Maybe that is what blogging is all about.

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  134. I have tried several times in the past to start journals - but never last more than a few days. Thanks for the generous give away!

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  135. I used to keep a journal when I was a teen, but I can never seem to find the time now... maybe I should start again!

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  136. I never keep any diary or journal before. I planned to start when I was a teenage age but scared my sister will read it. Finally, I give up!

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  137. I wrote in a journal as a kid but kept forgetting so I gave up! I have kept a dream diary for the past 12 years though, and this provides a few giggles when I re-read some of those! My nana has written in her diary every night for about 79 years - since she was 10 or so. One day I will be able to read all of her entries. Great giveaway - thanks for the chance to win.

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  138. I did twice in my life for short periods. Now I blog:)

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  139. I kept a diary as a teenager. Am thinking I need to start a quilt journal and record a picture and the recipient. Thank you!

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  140. I've kept diaries and journals for years. I still have all of them too. The oldest is from when I was about 13 years old. That is over 40 years ago!

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  141. I'm horrible at keeping track of writing so I've never kept a journal. I love reading historic ones though! Thank you for the giveway. kcarlson1152[at]hotmail.com

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  142. What a treasure to have her diary. I kept one as a young girl, but not as an adult.

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  143. I always kept a diary as teenager and now I guess my blog is fulfilling that need. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  144. I began a journal about 30 years ago...I was good about journaling at first but now I only make an entry maybe once every 5 years! It is nice to look back at the person I was back then and how I have changed.......I love your giveaway items....thanks for a chance to win

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  145. I do keep journals and I hope my children and grandchildren will appreciate them. A journal is the soul of a persons thoughts each day. Thanks for a fab giveaway

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  146. I did off and on when I was younger.

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  147. I kept a diary as a teenager, but after my sister found it and read it I got rid of it and never kept one again!

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  148. I never have kept a journal, but can imagine that it would be something fun for future generations to enjoy. Maybe I should think about starting one...

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  149. I sort of keep a journal. I use a book like calendar. I make columns on each page & write a year at the top of each column so I can use it for 3 or 4 years. In my journal I jot very brief notations - the temp, precipitation, what exercise I did that day, garden happenings & whatever else I did but very briefly: lunch with Kim, annual MD, etc......

    Great giveaway - thanks for the chance to win.

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  150. I absolutely LOVE the block in this post! The design and the colors are great!

    I have kept a journal--though not for several years now. I did it more when I was going through a very difficult period in my life. I also kept a diary in middle school--which is funny to read now! (I was boy crazy! LOL)

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  151. I've never kept a journal. The closest I've come was a notebook that I filled with poems and quotations I liked while in college. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  152. I keep a journal of the trips I take and have since a teenager. Now I use my blog as a journal of my quilting journey.

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  153. I found a journal one time on vacation that I keep up with, its a travel journal of all the vacations you go on.. where you went, how you traveled, weathers, highlights etc.

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  154. I have kept a diary or journal for most of my life...

    nhsarab at yahoo dot com

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  155. I always start one, usually when I'm upset about something, and then afterwards, I go back and tear out the pages I wrote and trash them. I feel better writing them, but I'd never want them to fall into the hands of some innocent bystander later.

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  156. At different times I have kept a journal. I did The Artist's Way for several years.

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  157. I feel incredible guilt because I do not keep a regular diary. Sporatic and boring although my kids keep after me to chronicle my life. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  158. What a beautiful idea for a quilt! Wow. I've kept a journal in the past, but as hubby is always intent on reading it if I don't put it away, I quit. lol It was mostly a prayer journal anyway.

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  159. I have kept a journal in the past...kind of keeping one now, with my different ideas and how I make things...thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  160. I have never kept a diary or journal except one year when I was 15. What a kick to read my entries. (I am 60 now!) Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  161. I kept lots of diaries and journals as a child and teenager. But now it is rare that I do. But then again, isn' t my blog a bit like that!
    I enjoy reading your grandmother's diary.

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  162. I kept a journal for years and years, but haven't recently. I should start again as I always feel better when I do.

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  163. I faithfully kept a journal the years I made my Dear Jane quilt blocks--will add to it when I FINALLY put it together and quilt it.

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  164. I used to when I was in college, way before I became a mother and now I can't get two moments to myself. But I wouldn't change it for the world.

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  165. I have tried so many times over the years to keep a journal...but I tend to get busy and forget to enter my daily note. I think journals are wonderful though. Thank you for your generous giveaway.

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  166. I have never kept a journal... but I surely do wish that I had. It would be so much fun to look back over the years and remember all the things that I have experienced-- and the way I felt about things... I guess I could start now?! I think it would be a wonderful gift for my grandchildren... Thank you for the chance to win! I love Fat Quarter Shop!! :-)

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  167. Yes, i used to keep a diary growing up. But once my sister got into it and read what I'd written. I was so embarrassed i never wrote again.

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  168. that will be such an heirloom quilt. It is a great idea to pick those blocks based on the diary.

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  169. I've kept a journal off and on for years, but instead of logging the day's events, I use it to keep writing or teaching ideas. I haven't been journaling much this year because I'm not working. Sounds crazy, but because I have MORE time, it seems like I get LESS done!

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  170. I have never been consistent in keeping a journal. I have started many to later be thrown out. I guess my blog is not my diary!!
    New follower

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  171. I've kept several different journals.... one of just life stuff - kids, etc... one for spiritual stuff, and one of emotions - for the psychologist! Sad, but true! Thanks for the chance to win an EPIC prize! :)

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  172. I have kept a journal but I am also a scrapbooker so I keep alot of details about my families life and love it as my memory isn't brilliant (I am only 45 as well lol). Thank you for a chance to win a lovely prize.

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  173. I have kept a journal in the past, but more recently it's consisted of blogging. I LOVE that you have your grandmother's diary, and I am going to enjoy watching your Farmer's Daughter quilt progress. I am a new follower. :o) Thank you for offering such a generous prize!
    xo

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  174. I don't keep a journal. I do enjoy reading books chronicling the lives of others, particularly much older ones. I recently had started reading "As Always, Julia" but found it wasn't really to my liking. I am a picture person and keep lots of photos of memories.

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  175. I kept a diary very briefly as a pre-teen girl.

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  176. HELLO! I HAVE A FILE OF A PHOTO ON EACH QUILT PROJECT I'VE DONE ON THE COMPUTER. MAYBE A WRITTEN DAIRY WOULD BE NEAT TOO.
    THANK YOU FOR SHARING!

    msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

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  177. I did keep a journal when I was young, but somehow it got left behind as I grew older..... Thanks for the opportunity

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  178. I kept diaries as a dramatic, sullen teenager lol When I read back through them years later, I was astounded by how much I'd changed since them. So glad you only have to be a teenager once! Thank you for the chance to win the GC :)

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  179. I absolutely love the idea behind your Farmer's Daughter quilt. What a fun thing to do and a great way to get a glimpse into your grandmother's life!

    I'm following you now to find out what happens with Hattie! ;)

    I kept a diary when I was a teenager but not since then. My blog's kind of my quilting diary now, does that count? hehe!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  181. I thought I was so cool as a young girl and wrote in a diary, but it only lasted a few months. I wonder where that diary is. LOL Thanks for the fun give away. I wanted to add that I now live in Kansas as of last Oct. I will have to look up the two towns in Kansas that were mentioned.

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  183. I used to keep a diary as a teenager and then started a diary when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm keeping a journal of the quilts I make. Thanks.

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  184. Off and on I have kept a diary. Wished I would have done a better job at it.

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  185. I've journaled on and off my whole life. My blog is my quilting journal now! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  186. Yes, I have kept a journal for the last 10 years. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  187. Yes, I have kept a few journals over the years.

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  188. What a totally awesome quilt concept. Plus what a treasure to have her journal (and I'm guessing some of her quilts)! I kept a journal until I was married--don't know why I stopped other than things turned upside-down and I never got back to that ...

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  189. Years ago I kept a journal, but decided it was too personal to risk having my family find, so I destroyed it! When I was a teen, I kept a diary and my Mom made me burn it when I put in an entry about my first kiss when I was in the 8th grade! I sure do wish I could read it now all these many years later! I am currently keeping a spiritual journal and doubt that I will leave it around for anyone to read.

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  190. I know I had one when I was younger, but I don't think I still have it and I didn't kept it for a very long time...
    I'm glad I can't read it today :)

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  191. What a generous giveaway...thank you for the chance! I don't keep a journal. I've tried now and again, but I just never really got into it. Now I blog (though not super-regularly) to at least keep up with all my sewing stuff!

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  192. I have never kept a diary or a journal, but I think it would be interesting to look back and read about the things you have done, and probably forgotten.

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  193. I tried to keep a diary years ago. Now I consider my blog to be my journal. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  194. I kept a diary sporadically thru college- what a hoot to look at it now-- thought i was such a grown up!!

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  195. I actually didn't keep a journal until quite recently. I was going through some tough family issues, and found writing down my thoughts and feelings helped me cope with everything. I was going strong with regular entries, but I've been slaking off this year.

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  196. I kept a diary as a young girl and i kept a journal during my college days. Journaling can be a revealing story.

    Thank you for offering a fantastic giveaway from the Fat Quarter Shop!

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  197. During one of the worst times of my life, I started keeping a journal. I had lost my mother and my step father (of 30+ years) within a year of each other AND my extended family were pushing me over the edge. My journal allowed me to see how God was healing me everyday and making me a little stronger.
    Truly believe it was one of the things that turned that moment around for me.

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  198. Those journal entries are so fun to read. I'm sure you treasure them. I've tried many times to keep a journal and I have never done very well.

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  199. I've always struggled to keep a journal, because I feel like I should, but I'm really bad at it. This last Christmas I asked my family for a One Line a Day journal, thinking that I could keep up if it was just one line per day, but even with that I'm falling behind. :( Thanks for the giveaway!

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  200. Hello - I'm a new follower. Yes, I keep a journal and have written my life story. In my former life, before retirement, I was a professional genealogist....lots of life stories and writing. Writing is one of my most favorite things beside quilting and quilt design. Thank you for asking.

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