Monthly Archives: March 2013

“National Quilting Day”

Thank you to Wendy from Ivory Spring for reminding me it was “National Quilting Day”. As many of you know, four years ago I was forced into an early retirement from registered nursing, after thirty-four years.
I had seven years to go to retirement and with my childlren not needing me financially anymore, I was ready to work hard and pay my mortgage off. With early retirement came less personal income.
After a couple of years, it was time for me to choose what I could do to really bring me happiness. I enjoyed scrapbookingmsit, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and. I knew I couldn’t do them all, so chose to narrow my list to quilting and scrapbooking – http://www.mycmsite.com/joschindler
Where nursing blessed my life by being able to give paid service to my clients; quilting enabled me to give unpaid service to those I love. AND my quilting community has given me the courage to keep going and keep learning. Thank you to all and “Happy National Quilting Day”.

“Never Be Alone”

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"Gracie at Three Years"

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"Gabby at Two Years"

Wendy Sheppard (from Ivory Press) told me I would never be alone, because I belong to a "quilting community".  You don't know how thrilled I was when I received a post from Mrs. Webmaster asking me "if I ever made doll quilts for my granddaughters"!  What a wonderful idea, and what a wonderful feeling it was to feel the support from someone I have never met.  I just felt a warm, fuzzy feeling when I read it. I felt a commonality between us because of our blogs.  I now see why my daughter and her good friends love their blogs.

You are so right Wendy!  I am so glad I found you on Annies website.  Your online class in machine quilting is the first one I have purchased (well my husband gave it to me for Christmas--at my suggestion, lol) and I am sure it won't be the last.

And thanks again Mrs. Webmaster for asking me that question again.  I won't have to worry about what I can get these two little granddaughters for Christmas now; and it will work into my budget beautifully.  Don't you agree my two little "Munchkins" will love a blanket for their dolly?

“Have Moved On”

After I realized, I could have all kinds of usernames, passwords, etc. associated with my email and groups I might join online, I would very often include identifying names or words relating to my nursing profession. 

When I was forced to retire due to my health in 2009 I was crushed.  As a toddler of three years old when I saw nurses with their caps and black stripe, I knew I wanted to be a registered nurse.  That picture drove me through eighteen years of education with setbacks; but I finally graduated from nursing in 1975.  I then worked 30+ years casually, part time, and fulltime never changing my career.

But now I find my self doing much the same with my quilting.  I am so grateful, I have found something that gives me as much satisfaction as my nursing did for so many years.  I have realized that the satisfaction has come from doing something for someone, else as is nursing.  I have loved making my quilts for my special grandchilldren.  So yes — “I Have Moved On”.