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Capegirl Posted: Wed, Jul 3 2013 6:49 AM

My name is Judy and I live in a town in Southern Worcester County in Massachusetts. I just retired from 34 years of teaching middle-school students - all but one of those years in a large Christian school. I am thrilled now that I will have time for charity work. My number one goal is to create small quilts for people in need. My wonderful quilt guild (Thimble Pleasures) provides us with many opportunities to create things that can be given to those with health problems and other life challenges. We have a "Comfort Committee" that coordinates things.

My favorite quilting experience so far has been participating in my guild's row robins. I have been pushed out of my comfort zone, learning new techniques while participating. I am hoping to learn more by joining Quilters' Club of America!!!

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Welcome Judy (capegirl). I am sure you will love it here. There are a wonderful group of people here that I just love and have become good friends with that have wonderful advice. We are all at different levels and it is alot of fun. Enjoy!

Julienne - Mid Missouri

 

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Barbara replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 8:59 AM

Judy ,welcome to the club. Barbara

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Hello Judy,

Congratulations on your retirement! I retired two years ago from serving at a large Christian Day School in Southern California. Being retired is grand!  I am excited about  charity quilts and scrappy quilts  that have been my focus lately.

 My church group is a chapter of Prayers and Squares International.    Making those quilts is So So rewarding to my spirit.  The last quilt was to a 10 year old girl who was having brain surgery. My church group is amazing, all ages and all levels.  We meet monthly for an all day sew.  I also jointed a freindship group at a local quilt store too. This was an opportunity to  meet new people and their support and assistance.  

Enjoy your retirement and happy quilting!

Adele

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MNnancy replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 9:21 AM

Welcome Judy Capegirl!  Another retired teacher, here.... LOVING having free time to quilt!  You're really not retired, you know, until September.  Right now it's just your normal summer off.  LOL

I'm happy to hear your guild is so involved in comfort quilts.  I was in charge of charity quilting for our guild last year, but I didn't find many members interested in helping.  A few of us made twin-sized quilts for the homeless, chemo hats, walker and wheelchair bags, and my personal favorite, fidget quilts for long-term care patients who need tactile stimulation to calm themselves.  Here is a link to our fidget quilt info:

Fidget quilts


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Welcome Judy - You will love it here. Everyone is so kind, friendly and very generous with help and suggestions and just friendship.

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Nana replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 10:40 AM

Judy

Welcome to the site.  I hope you enjoy your time with us.

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Karla replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 11:02 AM

Welcome Judy

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Marie replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 4:02 PM

Hi Judy, welcome!  I'm from MA also and was wondering what town you are from?  My town is Millbury.

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I live nearby in Whitinsville!

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Marie replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 4:25 PM

Judy, that's a hop skip and a jump from me!  Maybe we could get together some day?

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MNnancy replied on Wed, Jul 3 2013 9:20 PM

Oh, Judy, you don't know Marie yet, but we've known her here for years now, and she is so much fun!  After chatting with her online, I finally got to meet her at a retreat in Virginia Beach, and she is just as delightful as I assumed she would be.  My husband loves her, too!  You definitely should take her up on the offer to get together!


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Welcome Judy

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Patti replied on Thu, Jul 4 2013 9:10 AM

Hi Judy.  Glad you can join us, and congratulations on your retirement.   What I  love most about working less (not quite retired) is having more time for quilting.  I have also been thinking about doing more charity work and like many of the ideas that have come up here.

Patti

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I love the idea of a Fidget Quilt.  They would be a great project for church group.  I'm sure we could find a long term care facility that would welcome these qults.  I'm sure I have things that would be great for this quilt.  I plan to bring Fidget Quilts up at our next meeting. Thanks so much for posting.    

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