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📐 🧰 Everyone Loves A Good Hack

🎉 For this week's video I gathered together some of my favourite measuring hacks. Because sometime you don’t have a ruler, or you're not in the mood to do the math. I actually made the video before I left for Hawaii. But with the distance and poor bandwidth, it had to wait until I returned to finalize the edit.

I know it’s been awhile since my last newsletter. So much has happened this past year and I have had to be strict with myself to keep my priorities in order. Family, health, youtube channel, social media, emails, newsletters, lectures etc. And with my daughter’s wedding, the loss of my assistant and managing my trigeminal neuralgia, there has just not been enough of me to go round. So the tasks at the bottom of the list had to be cut.

But now I am back from Hawaii, it’s time to get some help and get a team in place. And I am starting with this newsletter.

First Hawaii was spectacular. I just cannot say enough adjectives to describe all the fun that we had. We started with the Hawaiian quilting class with sisters Cissy and Rae of Poakalani Co. Then we went island hopping. Look for next week’s video and I’ll tell you all about it.

Next on the agenda is finishing up some UFO’s and WIP before the end of the year. I have

  • crumb quilt,

  • traveling quilt

  • New Mexagon Mille fiore

  • #trending quilt

  • One wedding gift (from 2021)

  • One commission quilt

  • Two longarm projects

Now that I see them written out, it does look impossible.🙄 I will have to focus on the top 4 and go from there.

The 2024 Declutter challenge is also on the launching pad. Look for the sign-up the first week of December. Personally, I feel that I have kept a really tight ship with the clutter in my sewing room this year…but I am often surprised during the challenge to discover what sneaks in. For this year’s challenge my intention is to take a hard look at my studio and focus most of my efforts decluttering there.

Also on the to-do list this month is finalizing the plans for next year’s trips. There is the cruise to Iceland June 27-July 8, 2024 and a Textile Tour through Holland & Belgium September 4 - 14, 2024. If you are interested in joining me on either adventure you can find out more information here on my website.

Karen’s Quilt Circle has also returned. I have just interviewed some fascinating guests and I can’t wait for you to discover them too. If you have not seen my lastest podcast it was my very first with two guests Masey Caplan and Jen Simonic of the Loose Ends Projects. Their aim is to connect unfinished projects with makers with the skills to complete them. Thank you viewers for recommending them.

Now to get back to sewing some crumbs together.

All the best. Karen

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