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Monday, November 8, 2010

Quilting, Diet and Exercise...OH MY!

Hi! I'm Nan and I'm thrilled to be the Guest Blogger du jour!! I write a little blog called Pots and Pins where I share my love of cooking and quilting, combined with stories about my life with a caveman. I wouldn't say I was a gourmet chef, but I do know my way around the kitchen, and I'm definitely NOT a short-order cook...I don't want my family to think they can waltz in the door and request chocolate souffle with a side of grits any time they want! After 30-some years of quilting I'm still a 30-foot quilter...which means my quilts look fabulous from 30 feet away! Up close, well, let's just say that precision and perfection are two words I've never understood.


Now, unless you are extremely talented, and if you are I want to meet you, there is absolutely NO WAY you can quilt and eat at the same time, therefore, I am here to tell you that IF you quilt more, you will eat less and lose weight. Can I get an amen?!


We all know that dieting combined with exercise is how to really lose weight...and even though quilting is not an Olympic sport - yet - it is MY favorite and only form of exercise. I am NOT the most physically fit person on the planet, I can't run marathons, you'll never catch me doing yoga and I’m certain I’m allergic to my own sweat - but my fingers are as fit as Cindy Crawfords’s and I try to sew, I mean “workout” every day!


To keep me out of traction, off the shrink’s couch, and from being a member of AA, I subscribe to the following on a daily basis and you should, too!

1. Sit higher than your machine so your shoulders are not hunched...you can spot a quilter with a low chair a mile away, she's got hunched shoulders and she smells of Ben-Gay. Sit high, shoulders down and relaxed...save yourself some chiropractor bills!

2. Don't grasp your rotary cutter too tightly...apparently grasping is bad, very bad...use a gently touch to avoid quilting carpel tunnel syndrome...it's true! I read that somewhere! Besides, if you're trying to cut through 12 layers of fabric (which is my limit) then you're grasping/pushing/exerting WAAAAAY too much! Cutting less=cutting smart.

3. If you take your machine and all of your sewing paraphernalia to a quilting class, and you don't have it all on wheels, get your husband to carry it for you! Seriously, what else are they good for?!? Not even a Bernina 9000 is worth a ruptured disk! Is there such a thing as a Bernina 9000? If so, in my next life I shall own one!

4. If you have a cutting table, make sure it is high enough so you are not bending over to cut. You can purchase "lifts" to raise it up...stay with me, I'm not talking about breasts here although I know you can "lift" them, too! Raising your cutting table to a comfortable height will prevent sore necks and backs so you'll feel good enough to live to quilt another day!

5. I sew by the 20-minute rule. My own creation. I will sit at my machine and sew continuously for 20 minutes and then will force myself to get up and move around. And sometimes I only have 20 minutes a day to sew - it's amazing what you can get done in 20 minutes and the only thing you won't get is sore!

6. If you don't have a design wall, get one. Use the back of a door, throw a piece of batting over the front of a bookcase - just get up off the floor! I've done my share of designing on the floor (usually praying for inspiration!) on my knees, hunched over. It's not a pretty sight, especially when I try to get up! Woman was not meant to be on her knees...feel free to quote me on that!


So you see, quilting involves standing, sitting, lifting – don’t tell me that’s not exercise! Listen, here's the bottom line, I took up quilting so I wouldn't have to play tennis, golf, frisbee or do water aerobics. I've spent years mastering my hand-quilting technique just so I wouldn't have to jog, trot or learn the luge. I know I should exercise and in my next life I shall…in the meantime, IF you ever see me on a treadmill you’ll know I’ve learned to walk AND stipple at the same time!


I've droned on long enough...it’s been great fun to be here! Stash Manicure is my daily treat! But now, I’ve got 20 minutes and fabric screaming at me to be sewn, unsewn, then resewn...story of my sewing life! Come visit me at Pots and Pins and help me celebrate my THREE year Blog-a-versary!! I'm giving away a TURKEY APRON, matching hot pads and a few more MUST-HAVE T-Day things!! And I'll let you in on a little secret...if you win the apron and you wear it on Thanksgiving day with NOTHING underneath( maybe your undies) no one will notice if the turkey is undercooked or if the stuffing is dry!

xoxoxox, Nan
p.s thanks to Madame Samm and all who leave me comments...I will think of baking you something!~


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105 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! I agree, quilting is all the exercise that I need. My doctor may disagree, but....

    Love the turkeys, too cute!

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  2. Great tips :-) and wonderful quilt tips!

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  3. oops! meant wonderful quilt pics!...I'll go to bed now, obviously need some rest :-)

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  4. A woman after my own heart! I figure the exercise I get going downstairs to my sewing room should be adequate! I'm going to check out your blog. Thanks for the grins!

    Leslie S. in MN
    esclante at comcast dot net

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  5. A twitter,a gauf, a belly burst, and coffee thru my nose - I just love the logic of quilting steps and processes as actual physical fitness manouvours. And in your enlightenment, the guides to proper work processing are really a life saver. And all enhanced with wonderful photos of your quilting.

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  6. OMG!!! I'm laughing out loud. This is such a great post. I love your quilting exercise routine. LOL!!! All your tips are so great! Thanks for sharing them with us. I love all the photos of your quilts too. I'm definitely going to check out your blog. Hugs Ariane

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  7. I was laughing out loud reading your post....It was WONDERFUL!!! I love the 30 foot quilter....I'm one of those, too. In a couple of hours when I am working out in the hydro pool I will be thinking back and chuckling. Thank you for such a laugh filled start to the week.

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  8. I knew I would be good at sports! Bring on the scale, I'm ready!

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  9. what a brilliant post! sewing keeps me sain and happy, and yes i suppose it must keep me from the biscuits a bit too! thanks!!!

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  10. Good Morning Nan, what a delightful, humorous post to waken up to. Your turkey banner is reflective of your sense of style and your ability to laugh in life's daily servings. MY kind of lady through and through.I am sew with you..why is not quilting a sport??? we have marathons, we glow..( no sweating here)we dash, we shop hop...yes a sport it is ...well at least in my mind...A delight you are Nan, and you best return as soon as I can find you a date or any quilter who will NOT find you just pure enjoyment.

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  11. Oh yes...quilting is a wonderful exercise...especially for some who longarm and must mount the quilt...stamina to stay stand long hours as well. Then you have those who use the floor for basting and I see some floor stretches and exercise there too! Enjoyed!!

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  12. Such a great post. I have enjoyed your blog for a while now and have to say the laugh out loud moments make my day. Thanks for your time in sharing all your talents with us daily. Great quilts!!

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  13. I loved this post! Stash Manicure is so great because I get to "meet" new bloggers to add to my reading list!

    I love your attitude toward quilting. You are right, you cannot quilt and eat at the same time, which has actually been a problem for me because I am 32 weeks pregnant, and if I really get going on a project, then I don't stop until my stomach is screaming and yelling at me.

    Might be a good diet technique, but probably not that great during pregnancy!

    I look forward to checking out your blog!

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  14. Nan, you always make me laugh. I plan to exercise today!

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  15. Thanks for the great post! I too am a "quilterciser"! Deep knee bends to sew (aka - sit), stand upright slowly, walk to iron board, lift iron (aka - weightlifting)and back to those deep knee bends! Fabric shopping is my 'marathon' and yes, I am on a high fiber diet!!!
    Have fun and great recipes too!

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  16. I love laughing first thing in the morning! Thanks for the belly laugh and the good advice - my cutting table is also tall, 38 inches, and I love it!!! Come back again soon!!

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  17. My day is complete and it is early in the day here in N.Z.tuesday in fact. I just came across this blog and I am going to share this with others.What a wonderful concept and guests every day? Nan, you brought me smiles. SEE? :)))'s even in the am of my day. I feel at home

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  18. Wow, what a fabulous post Nan! Thanks for starting my day!

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  19. "Woman was not meant to be on her knees...feel free to quote me on that!"

    Amen, Sister!

    I loved all those words of wisdom. Quilting is wonderful for us mentally, but physically, quilters are not known for being in great condition.

    ~ Meagan

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  20. Loved the post - so appropriate! I promise to get up every 20 minutes today and walk around my sewing room. Will that be enough exercise?

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  21. What a great post & wonderful way to start my day! I nearly snorted my tea, rather than drinking it, as I was laughing too hard! Thanks so much!

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  22. This was such a fun post to read! I can relate to so many things you've said.

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  23. Awesome post! As a quilting cook, all I can say is AMEN!! ;)

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  24. I loved your post and subscribe to the 30 foot rule. I also recommend the "looks good enough from the back of a galloping horse." theory.

    I would love to win your basket and/or one of your aprons.

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  25. What a great quilting exercise routine! Those were great tips...of which I should follow. I currently cut fabric on the floor...and am so sore when I go to get up! I love the Christmas tree quilt pictured!

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  26. Walk and stipple at the same time? I cant even think about that. LOL!

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  27. Your post has given me the motivation I needed to steal back my adjustable office chair from my husbands computer- it's much more important that I have it to sew, right?

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  28. GReat post and a funny post with good tip. I am one of those work out sewer. Enjoy your blog and add you to my list. HAVE A GREAT WORKOUT!

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  29. As I woke up sore this morning from quilting, I needed to read this! The 20 minute rule is genius. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer :)

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  30. I love the 30 foot quilter. So many quilters are obsessive about points. Who actually stands on top of a quilt to look at it.

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  31. Quilting is so funny-cut fabric in little pieces and sew them back together. Your post here highlights the humor of quilters. I couldn't quit laughting. Thanks!

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  32. Great tips!! There are a couple I am going to try now.

    mdehoop@hotmail.com

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  33. You are a HOOT! :D
    Thank you for the GREAT quilting tips - I have printed them out and will follow your suggestions! ♥

    Oh! I left a comment on YOUR Blog as well! ;)

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  34. Thanks for the great ideas--I'm going to try your 20 minute limit soon! Like your tablerunner--I'm going to have to create something for the big turkey day!

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  35. So funny! However, don't most experts advise we do 30 minutes of continuous exercise. If that is the case, we need to extend your 20 minute rule to 30 minutes to get in all our exercise time. LOL ;)

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  36. I too do a 20 minute rule and feel so much better! LOVE your 30 foot rule .... AND I am so happy to find someone else allergic to their own sweat .... made me smile!!! Thanks for the funny for Monday! Great way to start my week! I left a comment on YOUR blog as well!

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  37. Very funny, and inspirational! Less exercise, more "excercise" in quilting. :-)

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  38. Nan.....you are too funny. Love this post and all your others too. Love following your blog. Thanks for the laughs.

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  39. FUN FUN READ! Will have to use all your tips!!!

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  40. hahahaha....great post! You are a riot Nan. Love your ideas. Very good suggestions. Going to your blog now to find more of them. And congrats on three years!

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  41. Great post and great tips! Thanks Nan! You never disappoint. :-)

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  42. Dear Nan, You are the best, as are your posts as well. Delighted to see you on Stash Manicure. Much love,

    Jen

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  43. That was an adorable post, honest, true and funny!

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  44. What a fun post! I never realized all the exercise I was getting while quilting.

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  45. I am rolling on the floor here and will certainly visit your blog! I hate exercise but I have resigned myself to walking as I am aging faster than I am sewing. And I sew pretty darn fast. Oh and I follow your philosophy that precision and perfection are vastly overrated. Maybe that's because I wasn't asked to be a member of the Quilt Police and I'm feeling rejected but mostly it's because I think it's ludicrous (sp?) to attempt something that, so far, only God has attained. Perfection is for Him, fun is for me! blessings, marlene

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  46. You are cracking me up - which is why I love stash manicure

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  47. I love this quilting = exercise theory! If only quilting burned as much calories as running! :)

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  48. YOU ARE SO FUNNY AND RIGHT. I AGREE WITH YOU ABOUT EVERYTHING.

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  49. I got a good laugh from your post. I love your sense of humor. Thanks for the advice and you now have a new reader of your blog!

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  50. You are hilarious. Now I feel better about quilting, knowing I am actually getting some exercise!

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  51. You are hysterical! :) Thanks for the great tips!

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  52. A super simple idea of your 20-minute rule....you must get a lot accomplished!!

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  53. Thanks Nan your article was fun and true at the same time. I love the 20 minute rule and now I can tell everyone that I EXERCISE every day. When people ask me to golf, play tennis etc I can say "sorry I have done my exercise". So true also about you can't quilt and eat at the same time. Your 30 foot distance on looking at your quilts- well I always tell people if you are looking at my quilts and start telling me, you should have done --- then you need to get a life. Because I do my best and my family loves them no matter how they turn out. Thanks for sharing- for sure I will be checking out your blog all the time. Hope you enjoy your "20 minutes" of exercise today- I know I did!

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  54. Thank you for introducing me to Nan! I am cracking up and totally appreciate that I too can be a 30 foot quilter. Really enjoyed this!!

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  55. Cute post. Let's not forget all the exercise we get shopping for more fabric so we can quilt.....

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  56. You crack me up! Fun to see my little cottage in your quilt, twice!

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  57. Oh, so much of this blog post is great! But I think that my favorite is wearing the apron with nothing underneath to divert attention away from the finished cook product! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  58. I love the tips and the laughs. Thanks!

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  59. Congratulations on your guest post and your third year anniversary Nan!

    This is the first time I've visited your personal blog all thanks to Stash Manicure.

    I love your 20 minute hints and your great turkey themed gift basket.

    We've already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada, and I hope to check out some of the shops you recommended in Seattle the next time I come down.

    Take a bow!

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  60. Thank you for some wonderful laughs and some very good ideas and information! Love it.

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  61. I love these aprons, I've often thought of making my Mum one as her kitchen is in this theme...super cute!! Thanks so much for being so generous and I LOVE your blog's name :)
    Valerie
    http://www.PastimesOnline.ca/Vals-Quilting

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  62. My husband would love for me to cook in just that apron you mentioned. He truly would give thanks!! Kathie L in Allentown

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  63. AMEN! A woman after my own heart - sewing is all the excercise I need, and it keeps me sane too!

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  64. Just the apron and undies? That's too funny to even imagine. Seriously, exercise? What the heck is that? I can always count on you for a laugh.

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  65. Very funny post....and who is Caesar Beezer the wonder dog? Thanks for the laughs. Piece...

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  66. OMG, you are tooooo funny. I am still cracking up trying to type this!!! I guess I needed to sew yesterday for 20 min. instead of cleaning out a "stairway closet", then I wouldn't be home from work today with back spasms!!! LOL! Loved your post, now off to check out your blog.

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  67. I really think that if I just wore the apron, it would scare everyone so they would only look at their plates and notice the imperfections of the dinner.

    Kelsi Rose

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  68. love your attitude. It was a fun post to read.
    debbie
    msiltala@wi.rr.com

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  69. Loved your article and your blog! After I visited Pots and Pins I just had to subscribe!

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  70. You are my kind of Gal!!! A sense of humor is a mark of intelligence...honest!!...I just made that up but I believe it! You have just won a lot of new followers to your blog. I like a gal who can quilt and laugh at the same time. You go Girl!
    Gmama Jane
    http://grandmamasstories.blogspot.com/ PLEASE come by for a visit!!!!

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  71. What a wonderful, giggle-filled addition to a Monday! You helped us all get through it, I'm sure! I'm in the Thirty Foot Club, too!
    Hope to see you post here again soon!

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  72. Nan, I'm loving your exercise routine! Thanks for sharing all of your talents with the rest of us!!!

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  73. What a fun blog and a great way to start the week! I love your tips for quilting, and laughed out loud all the way through them. I also see a pineapple turkey in my near future! Keep up the great fun.

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  74. *Great* insight! And I love the quilts you shared with us today. Thank you!!! :)

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  75. Just loved your post! Can't wait to check out your blog! Thanks for the giggles!

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  76. Mmmm...can you imagine a treadmill-run longarm?! I could keep up a good pace if it meant a regulated stitch! Thanks for the laughs!

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  77. I love your thought process! You're like the Erma Bombeck of quilting! Keep on blogging!

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  78. Hi, I"m a newbee, I just discovered your blog. I can say I will be back to visit again. Love the table runner. I want to make one but haven't found the right pattern yet. Also love the Turkey's how stinkin cute!
    Sandy from:
    http://loveyatostitches.blogspot.com

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  79. Hear Hear Nan! I'm right there with you, that's my kind of exercise!!! By the way.... I'm a Nan too. :-)

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  80. Hi there,
    totally agree quilting is the best exercise, spent time sorting out one hundred four inch squares on the floor and the next day the glutes definitely were aching!!!

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  81. I love Nan - her quilts are beautiful and her recipes tried and true! She is a great wife, a wonderful mom, a loyal friend and one hell of a writer - I love her wittiness and perspective on life... I reuse her one-liners a lot!
    Erin in Minnesota

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  82. Dear Nan, I am with ya hon...heart and soul, and slightly expanded waistline here! I thouroughly enjoyed your post. It was informative, and oh so funny. My kinda gal. Love your writing style. If ever you tire of quilting, you could be a writer! well, how about writing and quilting at the same time..now theres a challenge. Bet Samm has already done it! Loved your post Nan, hope to see you as a guest blogger again, and I am hopping over to your blog now! Have a great day!, Christel

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  83. Great post! I took a peak at your blog and can't wait to go back. I already saw two recipes I want to try. Lemon tart and lemon cupcakes. Notice the theme? Mmmmm lemon!

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  84. You crack me up. Oh, and I love the Christmas tree made out of circles!

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  85. I agree that quilting is the best form of exercise - with maybe a little crocheting thrown in for good measure - lol!

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  86. Loved this post! Your suggestions are great! Sometimes when I sit at my sewing machine all day long sewing, I feel like I've run a marathon! So sore I can't move!! No one but other quilters will believe that sewing/quilting is a workout!!

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  87. Wonderful post, Nan! I'm going to keep your ergo-suggestions because they will help me to be a more comfortable sewer and quilter. Your "Pots and Pins" is a treasure, too!

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  88. I love the idea that my crafting could be used as a weight loss tool! And I totally agree that we women were not meant to be on our knees, LOL!

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  89. Oh Nan, we are sisters from other mothers!!! LOl.... love your blog, and love your post here.

    Lorene

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  90. I guess that I do exercise. My fingers and arms should be really fit. Thanks for the tips.

    Marilyn

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  91. Tooo funny! I loved that you are a 30 foot quilter.....good one.

    Billie

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  92. This so funny and so inspiring, Nan. Thanks Madame Samm for inviting Nan to be a guest blogger.

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  93. W.O.W.!!! Thanks to EVERYONE who left a comment on my post and who entered my contest!! I'm truly touched by your remarks and to those of you who are also 30-foot quilters I say WELCOME TO THE CLUB!!! I hope to one day be an incher, someone who makes quilts that are perfect, even when scrutinized just inches away, but I fear I will never live that long...perhaps in my next life! YOU MADE MY DAY!!! XOXOXO, Nan

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  94. I love your exercise program. A gal after my own heart. Had to go explore your blog. It is great. Adding to my favorites.

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  95. A very cute post. And I will think of all these pointers when I go downstairs to sew this afternoon. Just having a little tea and deciding what to tackle first. I love your blog and spend a lot of time there. I even share recipes with my friends from your blog.

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  96. Hi Nan! What a very entertaining post to read. You are a scream and I can't wait to go over to your blog and have a look/read.
    Now I know why I didn't take up marathons/skydiving and such, either-LOL. bye for now, Sandy.
    sandangels1945@hotmail.com

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  97. I really enjoyed your post. I agree that quilting is all the exercise I really need. :) I liked the photos of your quilts, I even think that they would look great closer than 30 feet!

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  98. Exercise? Whats that? Quilting is my form of exercise and also keeps me sane. I agree that a design wall is vital - I leave the "floor design wall" to the quilters with young knees. I have old (really old) knees, so I use a portable design wall.

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  99. Love the post! Awesome quilt with the leaves...and I am definitely going to recreate the "circle Christmas tree" thing you've got going on! Inspiration is the sincerest form of flattery, after all!

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  100. Lol, great post, lots of humour and good advice. Adore some of the items you've made and even if you are a 30-foot quilter as long as you're happy with it, who cares :D!

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  101. Thank you for the humorous post! Quilting can be exercise - when you go to fabric stores and walk all over or to quilt shows and talk a lot (talking burns calories, right?). I also entered your drawing on pots and pins.

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  102. Hilarious Nan! BTW last week I let the little gym pixies have their way with me and you know what?!! I was too tired to quilt! And malnutritioned to boot! No more! I'm baking me some cookies and power quilting for 20! Love ya!Dwalker

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  103. I love your approach - 30' quilter, 20 minute intervals and all without guilt! We can all use more of that!

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