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My Quilting Journey Back to Teaching


I am excited to share with you my quilting journey back to teaching. I have joined a group of artists with very diverse talents to offer classes at Create and Googh, a unique studio located in Graham, Washington. . For those interested in this new venture, please check out the website of


I had done my homework researching local interest, success of similar businesses, competitive pricing, and available locations within my business budget. Encouraged to forage ahead, I decided to open a sewing school in 2014. For a new business in a wrong location, I made the decision to close the doors one year after opening. Defeat is something I don’t give into easily. Determined to keep teaching, I took my business on the road. I went to the home or meeting place of the students, providing one on one instruction or group instruction. A unique approach for teaching caught on for awhile.


Along came December 2018. In a split second, the next 12 months were going to be a challenge I would like to have not taken on my life journey. An unplanned step off the edge of a high curb putting me prone on the sidewalk was not expected. An MRI confirmed the suspicion of a second podiatrist – fracture, free floating chip of bone, ligaments stretched beyond self repair and a damaged tendon.


My left ankle required surgery May 31, 2019. Weeks turned into months as the healing process was taking place. I guess now is a good time to admit I am not a patient person. Today I do enjoy some pain free days, interrupted by arthritic discomfort. Heck of a time to find out I developed arthritis in my big toe which would haunt me if on my feet too long!


Now in 2020, I’m ready to move on and am eager to teach again! Unplanned, I went to Create and Gogh to see what they were all about and a working relationship evolved. Somethings are met to be! See the class schedule at

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Women’s Vintage Magazines 1960-1980


Women’s Vintage Magazines 1960-1980 – A Perusal of Grandma’s Magazines

Women's Vintage Magazines 1960-1980This is about vintage women’s magazines, like my grandma’s, in 1960-1980.  Have you heard of The Workbasket and Women’s Household?  Within their covers, articles and patterns for quilt blocks, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and sewing fill the pages.  Recipe sharing by readers could be found in a special section.  You could also find the hottest craft items to make for craft fairs.  My perusal of these magazines dated between 1960 and 1980 concluded a homemaker must have waited each month for the arrival of both of these magazines.

A point of interest was the change in prices of the magazines over the years.  Also, to have a classified ad printed cost increased in both magazines, however the difference in prices was considerable.  Women’s Household was charging 30 cents per word in 1972.  In contrast, The Workbasket in the same year was charging $2.50 per word.  The format was exactly the same and appeared to be from the same provider.  Perhaps The Workbasket exposure was greater, offering opportunity for more response.

Homemakers were the focal group of these two women’s vintage magazines during 1960-1980.  In fact, Women’s Household subtitle read “Where good and friendly neighbors meet”.  Do you know or have perused other vintage women’s magazines?

I am not really clear on how it came that I got my grandma’s magazines, but they are truly special to me.  I could not stop thinking possibly I was reading the same articles Grandma read.  She left clues to why she kept each magazine by writing on the cover what was inside that interested her.   I’m so happy to have this little bit of Grandma in my sewing room.

The role of women was evolving even when Grandma jotted down those notes.  Some of those recipes my grandma marked are as good today as they were when she made them, most likely.  Okay, I don’t think sauerkraut is good no matter when it is made.  Sorry, Grandma!