Monday, January 14, 2013

In Your Words Blog Hop

 
I loved the idea of a blog hop focusing on a word or words that had a special meaning to us.  I already had too many projects to tend to, but felt that this was a blog hop not to be missed.  The project that I made was one that has been floating around in my mind for years and this gave me the added push to actually put my thoughts to fabric.
 
My word- Balance
My world- Unbalanced
 
My life is out of balance.  It's out of balance in a literal sense and in a figurative sense.  Physically and literally, my balance is out of whack due to a damaged inner ear.  I have been this way for many years, 15+, and have been on a rocky, wobbly road to adjust to vertigo and imbalance on a 24/7 basis.  I'm not always spinning off of my chair but there is a light headed wooziness at the very least.  It's not a great way to live life but I have managed to make the best of a bad situation.  Enough said about that.... I don't want this to be a pity post.
 
The figurative sense of my lack of balance is one that we all deal with.  How do we fit 40 hours of work, play, friends, chores, rest, and creativeness into a 24 hour day?  Even with my math skills, I know this just isn't possible so we have to make choices and prioritize.  Something has to give, something gets left behind, something doesn't get done.  What I've learned is that this is OK.  Stop adding guilt to the issues and making things even worse.  We can't do it all, although I will continue to try and balance my life while, at the same time, not being too hard on myself for what I don't accomplish. 
 
This is a little engraved stone that I have had for many years. Along with this stone, I have collected several items with the inspirational word "balance" on them.   
 
 
 



OK, here's my project.  It's 20" x 30".  All of the blocks are 4" paper foundation blocks.  I used a wonky alphabet and twisted side blocks from EQ.  This picture was taken in the backyard on top of the pretty snow.  I chose the black and white fabrics because it represents the stark contrast between being balanced and not being balanced.  The bright, peachy-orange corner blocks represent hope to me......God's promises of better things to come...... those bright spots in life that give us the courage to keep going.  It isn't quilted yet, but will be soon......no, really! 


 
 
 
Here's a close up of the fabric used in the twisted blocks.  I searched for fabric that looked "dizzy" and thought this one must look like the inside of my brain! (Warning.... don't stare at this too long!)
 
 
 
 
 
 Lastly, here's the scrap pile left after paper piecing.  That's the worst part of paper piecing, the fabric waste.  These are all pretty small scraps, too small to bother with really, but I always hate to toss them aside.  I should keep them as stuffing for projects like pin cushions instead of pitching them.   
 
 
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed your visit and will come back soon.  Here's the line up of the other bloggers for today.  Please visit each of them to see what words they have chosen and what inspiring projects they have created.
 
Monday, January 14 Schedule
 
Gracie Oliver Arts (Jeanie) You are Here!
Clothes and Crafts (Maria K.)

Simple Sew (Shirley T.)
Woolie Mammoth (Anna B.)
RocknQuilts (Mary Ann)
Quiltsmiles (Jane E.)
Feathered Nest Studio(Jennet)

Many thanks to Linda for hosting all of the bloggers in this hop and to Madame Samm who feeds us great ideas to jump start our creativity!  Thank you both... thank you!

182 comments:

  1. Jeanie, Beautiful quilt and loved your approach on posting this. Thank you for sharing. With those wonky styled letters, they even look like they're balancing to stay upright. Very nice! Jane

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    1. Thanks! I goofed on some of the letters and forgot to mirror them when I printed them....I left them backwards because that's how I feel! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. I have a balance problem too and can relate. Pretty word stone and lovely bag. Sweet swirly fabric - how fun. Great word project - love the blocks. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for the comments! Sorry that you have balance problems too. It's no fun, but we can still be productive on good days.

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  3. Love your project. In most cases, I do not like "wonky." In your quilt it is not wonky; it is perfect. Thanks for sharing and also for giving us a glimpse of the personal journey and thought process that led to this beautiful creation ... :) Pat

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat. I guess the wonky is controlled, not out of control. Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Wonderful, I love it! We all need a little balance in our life and your wonky squares are very well done.

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Mara! Balance is tough for anyone to find!

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  5. Very cute project, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Nati! I hope you'll come back again!

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  6. Love your balance quilt, I have many of those days, Thank you for sharing

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    1. Balance is a struggle for everyone, Judy! Hope you have a "balanced" day today!

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  7. Its lovely - I like the colours you have used.

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  8. Balance. That`s a great word! Love the wonky letters and the beauty of black and white.

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! I know I'm not alone when I'm searching for balance. Thanks for the comments!

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  9. Your "balance" is great word to use and is wonderful in your quit ! Great job!

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  10. Pretty wall hanging. I wish I had more balance jn my life.
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    1. Yes, Abbigail, I imagine we all need more balance! Thanks for the comments!

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  11. Wow, what a neat project with great meaning! Thank you for sharing. =)

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    1. And thank you for visiting and commenting, Amy! Come back anytime!

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  12. Beautiful project and awesome paper piecing. The fabric is not wasted - it became the sacrifice for a higher good! Couldn't have happened otherwise.

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    1. I love your comment.....a sacrifice for a higher good! I will look at it that way from now on. Thanks so much for visiting today!

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  13. Your balance quilt is very nice and I have enjoyed reading your story
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you Britt-Inger! I appreciate your comment and for visiting!

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  14. Your little quilt top is terrific! I love the color and the letters and...well everything about it is so well balanced. Beautiful job.

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    1. "Well balanced".....I like to hear that! Thanks for your sweet comments, Charlotte! Please come back soon!

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  16. What a great quilt! I think most of us need to learn to balance what is important to us and what is not. Learning to say "no" is an important skill that has taken me years to develop. I still forget how to do this at times.

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    1. "No" is really a tough word. We haven't seen it yet in this hop and that surprises me a bit. Thanks so much for the comment and for visiting!

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  17. Such a great little quilt. The colors are nice, the lettering is great and the quilt itself is balanced too. Yeah that black fabric can make you dizzy if youi look too long,lol.

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    1. Thanks so much for the comments! Watch out for that fabric! Please come back again!

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  18. Terrific project to keep focused on your goal. I love the color/fabric significance and the bright spots.

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment, Jenny, and for stopping by for a visit!

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  19. Wonderful word, we all can use some balance :)

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! Balance certainly applies to everyone. Please come back again!

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  20. Great word - important for all of us. I like your project.

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    1. Thank you, Patty! I hope your day is somewhat balanced! Thanks!

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  21. I love your project!
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks, Gill! And thank you for stopping by for a visit!

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  22. You weren't kidding about the 'dizzy fabric'! :)
    If you are serious about not wanting to ditch your small scraps, I'm sure the local art teachers or arts guild in your area would Love to have them...they are perfect for collages!

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I know of a few organizations that say no scrap is too small. Thanks for visiting today and I hope you'll come back again!

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  23. Excellent lettering and fabric choices!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Julie! Have a great day!

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  24. Excellent lettering and fabric choices! I love your attitude.

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  25. Good Morning Jeanie...well you certainly jumped start our creativity with your welllll BALANCED piece...loved colors, choice of fabrics...and wellllll you will have to check out what else...wellllll over there

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    1. Oh boy! Thanks Madame Samm for your comments, your hard work, and for making my day a little more special!

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  26. This is a gorgeous piece...I love the way you made your letters. I have a virtigo issue too. not fun....but could be worse...lol thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Marjorie! So sorry that you have to deal with vertigo too. You're right....it could be worse and that helps keep things in perspective. Hope today is a good one for you!

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  27. I absolutely love your piece not only because I deal with vertigo but the piece is so striking! Fantastic!

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    1. Sorry that you have vertigo too... it can be very disabling, but we do that best that we can. Thanks so much for your comments and I hope that this is a "balanced" day for you, Anna!

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  29. I love it! The sharpness of the letters and the blocks all go so well together!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I really do enjoy paper piecing. Thanks for the great comments!

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  30. Love the colors and your choice of word :)

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  31. What a great word, and your project turned out beautifully!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it and I hope you will come back again!

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  32. What a wonderful project! My mother also suffers from vertigo. (Her's is Menier's disease.)I'm sure it must be maddening sometimes! You have certainly made the best of it! Love it!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Sorry about your Mom.... you know how tough it can be. Thanks for all of your hard work on this blog....that's tough too!

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  33. a world in perfect balance would be a beautiful thing..... thanks for sharing with us today . I think your wall hanging is perfect....
    in stitches

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    1. What a nice thought, Annette! Perfect balance! Thanks for the sweet comments and please come back for a visit soon!

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  34. Well done for finding your own 'balance'! My fella shares a similar malady to you .... I admire both of you that you "keep on keeping on".

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    1. Thanks, Kate! Your fella is lucky to have an understanding lady to help him cope. Please come back anytime!

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  35. Well your world may be a little outta balance, but your sewing is fabulous. Sorry, couldn't resist that. I am so sorry you have this problem, but I am so glad you shared this beautiful project with us. I haven't learned to paper piece yet, one of my small goals for this year.

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    1. Thanks, Martha! We have to laugh or we'll cry! I hope you'll give paper piecing a try. It takes a little getting used to, but you will love the precision. Have a great day!

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  36. What a great project! All the parts well thought out even down to the dizzy print material. Thanks for sharing your wonderful project and insight.

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment! Picking fabric is always one of my favorite parts. Please come back again!

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  37. Jeanie thanks for sharing. I am also a dizzy broad with a long time ringing in my ears and my balance is off because of it but I have learned to cope and adjust. I love your little quilt top and the meaning you put into it. I love the bright little squares of peach...Thanks for sharing....Can't wait to see your piece quilted and bound..

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    1. From one dizzy broad to another.... thanks so much! We just do the best we can, accept the bad days, and make good use of the good days. Hope this is a good day for you and thanks for visiting!

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  38. I love the black print fabric, but can imagine how you must have felt by the time the project was done. Beautiful it is though! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much! Some days I can get quite a bit accomplished, other days are not so productive. I just take it day by day and enjoy the simple blessings of life. Please come back anytime!

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  39. Thank you for sharing- this is NOT a pity post but inspriational! Love your quilt! Everything fits you story and fabric blend semalessly (pun unintended)

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    1. Thanks so much, Agnes! I didn't want to whine, but I did want to explain my word. I hope you'll come back again!

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  40. A wonderful word and very creative project - vertigo is not for wimps. LoL Judy C

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    1. LOL...I do have my wimpy days, but try to limit them. Thanks so much for the comments and for stopping by!

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  41. Jeanie-Your wordy project is stunning. From CA, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comment, Nellie, and thanks for visiting!

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  42. Hi!!! I love your pieced letters!! Thanks for the fun!!!

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    1. Thanks for the nice comments, Carla! Please visit again!

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  43. Don't we all need balance in our lives. Great project. thanks

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    1. Don't we though!? Thanks for the nice comments and for visiting today. Please come back!

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  44. Love your quilt and reminder to to appreciate what I have, such as balance literally. We all need figurative balance in our lives.

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    1. Thanks Dee! We are all very blessed and when we lose something along the way, we really learn to appreciate what we have. Thanks for the sweet comment and for stopping by!

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  45. BALANCE - great word! thanks for blogging about your fantastic paper piecing!

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    1. Thanks Thea! I enjoy paper piecing and the results you can get by just sewing a straight line. Please come back soon!

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  46. Love the "dizzy" fabric on the balance quilt!

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    1. Thanks Mary Ann! It was a little wierd working with it! Thanks for visiting!

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  47. I've had the balance issue a few times so I'm amazed that you've you've done it for so long. It's obvious you've learned to work around and above it because you make some beautiful creations. Your balance creation is lovely--can't wait to see it quilted. :O)

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    1. Thank you for such nice comments, Carol! It's taken a long time to find ways to cope, triggers that make it worse, etc. I think I'll quilt it with some swirls to go along with the dizzy theme, but that's subject to change!

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  48. I love the shape of your lettering, it's wonderful!
    Balance is a fabulous word that is very difficult to attain some days. :)

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    1. Thank you for the nice comments! We all have trouble finding balance, regardless of our situations and we just do our best. Hope your day is a good one!

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  49. Great choice of fabric to go with "Balance". Beautifully done!

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    1. I had fun with the dizzy fabric. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment!

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  50. Balance! Great word to sew by....and we all could use some balance. Love your mini quilt and Thanks for sharing with use today. Judith, Texas

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    1. Yes, Judith, finding balance is a daily goal for all of us and some days are better than others. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a nice comment!

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  51. A great word to strive for. I love to paper piece and there is a great deal of waste. One of our local guilds was collecting little scraps to use in dolls.

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    1. Thanks for the comments, Kathy! "Strive" is also a great word....we know we can't achieve balance, but it's a good goal to focus on. I'm thinking I'll keep a box for those scraps and use them for stuffing. I'm always making smaller projects and toys, perfect for those scraps. Thanks for visiting!

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  52. That is a great word, we all need balance in our lives. I am glad you are coping with your unbalance. Wonderful project.

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    1. Thank you, Terry! Balance is hard to come by whether it's physical or just life's demands. We do our best, righ? Thanks for the comments and please stop back!

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  53. Love the Black, white and red...from a little unbalanced quilter!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! We're all a little unbalanced in one way or another, aren't we? Thanks for visiting today!

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  54. great project and year that fabric does make you dizzy -- I have it in purple and pink but the black and white realy ramps things up.

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    1. I think I'd love the fabric in purple, one of my favorite colors! Thanks for leaving a sweet comment and please come back!

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  55. What a beautiful runner or wall quilt. I love the message and the colors. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. Thanks, Kimberly! I'm glad you like the hanging and the message too. Please stop back for a visit soon!

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  56. this is gorgeous. I love the Japanese style to it. Balance is such a good word, I strive to balance my life and generally fail so end up feeling guilty. You've given me something to think about.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I thought it had a Japanese feel to it too, although that wasn't my intention. Well, we just keep trying to balance our lives, doing the best that we can, knowing that we will never really achieve it. BUT- that's OK. Please come back again!

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  58. Hi Jeanie, It is hard to get things in balance when you have a chronic illness without feeling guilty this I know as I continually try to balance my life. I love your paper piecing and especially the fabric that you picked. It is dizzy! Thanks for sharing. Blessings Sandra

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    1. Thanks for understanding, Sandra! We all struggle with something though, don't we? Thank you for your sweet comments!

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  59. What a wonderful design, it compliments your word Balance perfectly. Hm, balance life, balanced diet, balance cheque-book-yeah, I didn't realize how much balancing we do every day.

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    1. Thank you so much, Evelyn! Yeah... balance is everywhere and so hard to obtain! We'll just keep trying, won't we? Thanks for the comments and stopping by today!

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  60. BELIEVE...What a great word. We should all Believe. You quilt looks lovely. Thank you for sharing your words.

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  61. I love your word! sure makes you think! The quilt is outstanding. Thanks for "balancing" your time to join in on the blog hop!

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    1. Thanks, Lyn! We do have to balance fun time into our lives, don't we!? Thanks for the sweet comments!

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  62. What a perfect design for your story! Love it!

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  63. Awesome piecing on your wall hanging! Fabulous job on it!!! Love your word!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. Paper piecing sure makes it easy to be accurate. Please come back soon!

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  65. Balance is just beautiful. very well done. Yes that does produce quiet a bit of waste doesn't it...If I was your neighbor I would swoop over and recyel those for you...lol..I swoop over to my Moms alterations shop and recycle her scraps mostly small piece of cut off pant legs & dress tails...I turn them into doll clothes for the great neices and my daughter...Thank you for shareing your lovely project with us.
    conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, Tammy! You have a wonderful resource for fabric scraps.... nothing goes to waste! Thanks for your great comments and for visiting my blog!

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  66. Hi Jeanie! I love your wall hanging and congrats to being in the top 3 today! you did a great job!

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  67. The word Balance isnt even in my vocabulary, Since I am a type A person, I like to mix my days up.. Love the paper piecing, especially the twisted block and fabric choice

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    1. Mixing up days is great and something that I have to do because of health. I'll bet you get tons of things done! Thanks for stopping by!

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  68. such a good word choice. We could all use a little more balance.

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    1. Hi Jenny....yes, I'm sure we are all unbalanced in one way or another. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  69. Love the wall-hanging! And true, balance is a good thing -so I hear :)

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    1. Thanks, OOG! Yeah, I hear balance can be good too... I guess I'll never have it under control and that's OK. Please come back for a visit soon!

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  70. Wonderful contribution to InYourWord's Bloghop!

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  71. Rosemary B here:
    I like this. I really like the design. Balance is good!

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    1. Thanks, Rosemary! Yes, balance is good but I doubt many of us really have it! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  72. Jeanie I hardly know what to say. This piece is amazing. I love it. Really love it. And I love the wisdom of the truths you wrote. Blessings, marlene

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  73. What a cool project! I love your letters. Well, I love the other blocks too. It is a really neat wall hanging. Great job!

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  74. What a great quilt! I'm a Libra and so Balance has a special meaning for me, too! So important to be a good juggler, isn't it?

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  75. Balancing life can be quite the challenge,we just have to take your advice to heart and realize that we are not super human! It is impossible to get everything done in one day,just doing our best has to be good enough :)

    Your Balance quilt is just amazingly beautiful! Thanks for joining the hop and sharing your word.

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    1. Thank you, CeLynn! I agree with you so much! We just do the best that we can, don't we? Thanks for the sweet comments and I hope you will come back soon!

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  76. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us

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  77. Love your project!! Stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  78. What a perfect font; love your project!

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  79. Grand project. You chose your fabrics well and love the spot of red. What a wonderfully unique word - Balance. Thanks for sharing.

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  80. Balance is difficult to do, but always worth striving for. Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful quilt!

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  81. Beautiful wall hanging. I love black & white with a touch of red quilts. Your color placement, in my mind, is perfectly balanced!

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  82. I love your quilt. Such a wonderful hidden message of strength and courage.

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  83. WoW! Your word is a wonderful word and like you said, one we all struggle to get and keep. Your mini is awesome, amazing, just so beautiful. You are so creative and it's just perfect! Super job! Thank you for sharing your project with us. Can't wait to see you in the next hop! hehe. I'm a new follower.

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  84. Several years ago I spent about 6 weeks sitting on my living room floor suffering from vertigo. It was the only place I felt safe from falling. Mine was caused by a virus and I eventually recovered. Bless you for dealing with this for so many years. I adore those wonky letters. That fabric too. Great project. My life needs more balance. (My diet too:} )

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    1. I'm so glad you were able to recover from your vertigo. Mine was caused by a virus too, but I never fully recovered. It's hard for people to understand unless they have experieced a bout of it themselves.
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  85. Terrific project! Balance is something I strive for but seldom accomplish. Thanks for sharing.

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  86. There has been so much creativity expressed on this hop. Your project looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Janita

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    1. I agree! I just love these hops and all of the different variations on a theme. Thanks so much for the comments and for stopping by for a visit!

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  87. I love it! I love the sharp angles of the letters. Looks very cool. :)

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  88. So modern and wonderful , congrats on being chosen in the top for the day !!

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  89. I really like your project! I love how the letters look. Thanks for sharing :)

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  90. GREAT word! My word is CREATE.. Thank you for sharing... this has been such a fun hop.

    I hope you'll check out my daily blog.. my day is the last day, tomorrow!

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  92. I love the message and the aesthetic of your quilt. Awesome!

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