Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Are You There???

I have noticed that the blog world is slowly becoming passe.  It seems as with all things,  life changes and we have to reassess our world to see if it is keeping up?  And so,  I wonder if I should continue to write the Woolie blog???  I have enjoyed it immensely but also write the Daily Blog on Wednesdays for The Quilt Show, Anna & G On The Road and have a blast with G creating Quilt Roadies both of which I feel are more current.  In addition I post regularly on Instagram and Facebook.  So....I am curious...are blogs  going the way of the Gooney Bird??? What are your thoughts?


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  1. No - I dont think blogs are goonies.....I love reading them and am so disappointed when they are not updated regularly. It is almost like the friend who ALWAYS calls on Fridays doesnt call.....is everything all right? I hope nothing happened....what could be wrong......are they mad at me? LOL

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  2. I'm with Danielle, I enjoy Instagram and Facebook and of course Quilt Roadies. But I find blog posts reveal more intimacy about the person and what they enjoy sharing.

    Please don't give up the blog! I've noticed a few people who have eased off are coming back and posting again. Not all but some.

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  3. Blogs are like a good short story, the reader and writer both can enjoy rereading. Hope you continue to write yours.

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  4. Blogs are the way I say connected to quilters, see their projects. I don't belong to a guild, so all of the quiting blogs are my guild.

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  5. I choose not to be a follower on Facebook and Instagram so I love your blog posts. I feel that it keeps me more connected to the quilting world that I love so much. I think blogs tend to me more personal and I love that. Please keep it up.

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    1. And I forgot to say that if it had not of been for your blogs I would have never tried quilting with wool, which I found out that I love.

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  6. I still love blogs, especially yours :-) I enjoy IG also but feel more of a connection with the reading and writing blog posts. I'm sure it does take up a lot of your time so if you choose to do it...know that it is enjoyed!

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  7. Oh no! Please don't stop! I look every morning to enjoy your blog. It's so refreshing and interesting! Makes my day and I miss you when you haven't written a new blog!

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  8. There is a friendliness, intimacy and connectiveness with blogs that the other platforms do not provide. I love to hear whatever about your life you want to share along with the lovely stitching. I enjoy cheering successes and also providing a kind or encouraging word when needed. It means the world to me on my blog I know.

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  9. I enjoy the blogs and will miss it if you decide to stop. I understand the time constraints and will follow you wherever you decide to spend d your time since energy.

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  10. I agree with all of the above. I really enjoy reading your blog . I would miss it if were gone. I love visiting all of the quilt shops, that I know I'll never be able to see. Please continue.

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  11. I'm on the side of blogs. Facebook is okay - but get a lot of junk with the good stuff that I have to wade thru. Blogs is almost like sitting in my home and visiting with a friend. And friend is what I consider my bloggers. Please keep blogging.

    Terry in So. Calif.

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  12. I agree with everything that has already been commented upon. I don't choose to do either Facebook or Instagram, but I really do enjoy reading blogs. Please, please keep blogging. :-()

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  13. I can only imagine the work that goes into a blog but I especially look for yours daily. Thanks for the blog and all the other ways you bring the quilting world to us.

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  14. Im here HOWEVER there is nothing like your YouTube videos .. I look forward to those and have been looking for the ones I have not yet seen..I just discovered you !!

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  15. I Love your blog. It's like visiting with a friend every time you write! I am not a fan of facebook or instagram, but love blogs. Don't stop!

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  16. Don't give it up. It's what sends me to your videos. Not everyone belongs to The Quilt Show, either. My husband and I are recent empty nesters and I'm always showing him your camp sites and adventures. I've considered starting a blog myself, just to share experiences with others. Some people never leave their home and it has been an adventure just reading your blog. Please don't give it up!!!! ps. I don't usually comment- :)

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  17. Yes, keep the Woolly blog! Blogging is not on the way out. I read many blogs, but respond to a few. It would be nice if blogs were more interactive like Facebook minus its garbage.

    Some bloggers could be a bit more clever in using subtitles and photos. A long blog is too much to read. Posting ten photos of a cat on a quilt blog is boring. Balance and just the right photos.

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    1. Also, your vids are great! I get to see the inside of quilt shops and visit tourists attractions as well.

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  18. I check quilting blobs on a daily basis.

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  19. As a blogger myself I prefer to read blogs and get to know both other bloggers and my followers too. If you are not on FB every second of the day, and you follow a lot of people and groups you miss a ton and never really feel like you know anyone (unless they are a real life friend, but even then they don't write to you they post to the world so it's not personal like an email). Instagram is gone in a blink of an eye, so I don't bother even looking at that. Most of the blogs I used to follow stopped blogging and it was sad not to be able to chat with them. Even though I don't always make comments, I do try to comment on a few blogs each day. My followers who never commented before or rarely did, came out to say they wanted me to continue blogging. I know it gets discouraging when you might not get a comment or so few, but we are busy people these days and unless something speaks to you, most don't comment, but they are there looking. I don't have as many followers as you have Annie and I have been blogging for over 9 years, but I do it because I do enjoy meeting people from around the world and to document my creations. So continue if you love it. When it becomes a chore, maybe then slow down or stop for a while and see. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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    1. Oops I meant Anna! Annie is another blogger I know, lol!!! So confused, lol!!

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  20. I follow them and love them. Lots of ideas, colors, challenges. I even started writing one in the past year.

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  21. I agree with the above opinions, FB cannot begin to replace the warmth and in depth coverage of a good blog. However if you have negative feelings or do not enjoy your blog anymore--or don't wish to spend the time, by all means, let it go. Your feelings are what matter.

    lizzy dillingham lizzzz.d@gmail.com

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  22. I would miss you if you decide to stop blogging. I love reading about your adventures and watching your videos. I often think that I would love to meet you because we have so much in common.

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  23. I read your blog every time it is updated. I do not see Instagram and only a couple on Facebook-guess I never thought to look for my favorite bloggers on Facebook! I would definitely miss reading yours, but you also have to do what is best for you. I am not one to comment on most blogs I read-it really has to speak to me or touch me to add anything. But I would certainly be sad to see it go. Thank you for all you have done that I have never thanked you for before. Janine Baker bakerjn@hotmail.com

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  24. Well I love your blog...but I also love your Instagram, Quilt roadies etc so maybe this doesn't help you at all. Lol....maybe do what YOU want to do and "I will follow you 🎶🎶"

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  25. I love reading blogs and spend a lot of time blog hopping. I quilt but I'm not very good at working on the computer. I enjoy seeing all of the beautiful quilts and feel like you are all friends. I don't like Instagram. I do watch your video's and seeing all of the quilts in the shops. Would really miss it!

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  26. Blogs are great, they tell a story the way Instagram and Facebook cannot. And I especially love the blogs that aren't weighed down with advertising, though I understand why some might want to have a few sponsors. When blogging goes, I'll be a sad camper.

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  27. I love reading certain blogs and would miss them (you) immensely.

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  28. well my 16 paragraph comment did not show up... and I won't be writing it again.

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  29. Please don't give up the blog. I started following you through TQS and have enjoyed the Roadies as well as the blog.

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  30. to blog or not to blog ... i don't have a smartphone and i'm not on Facebook and i try to not get lost down the Pinterest rabbit hole, but i do blog and i do read other people's blogs ... i decided awhile ago to stop worrying about who visits my blog or how many hits there are or how many comments i don't get because stats were sucking the fun out of writing ... i post for me now - when i have something to say or when i want to remember what i was thinking when i decided to do whatever or when i need to hear what the World has to say ... that being said, i would really miss your posts...

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  31. I enjoy all the blogs I keep up with! I am constantly adding and deleting as need be, as some peeps stop blogging for great amounts of time, I make room for new people I discover while reading others' blogs. I hope blogging doesn't stop! I learn so much from so many people I would normally never meet!

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  32. I would be so sad if you stopped blogging. I do follow you on Instagram but it is just not the same. I, too, love your videos and I realize all that takes time away from your quilting. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Do NOT stop blogging. I don't do FB or IG, so your blog is like a visit from you telling me what you have been doing in your life, quilting or otherwise. I also watch your video's and appreciate all the hard work your and G do to produce them. I read every blog post, but mostly don't make comments. There are lots of people out there, who are lonely and bloggers are their connection to the world.

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  34. I too read your blog but am not on facebook or instagram so as others said, I would miss your blog posts. Love the videos too of course but I would think they would take more time and effort to do than the blog. I don't always comment either since I always get a error message back saying that the message didn't go through even though it shows up on your blog. Strange but I am still here reading.

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  35. I love love your blog and watch all your videos. You are so inspiring. Thanks for all of it!

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  36. I love reading your blogs as well as watching your videos. I don't use FB or IG but if you give up blogging I guess I will need to learn those because I do enjoy you as a person as well as everything you teach us...so inspirational! Your easy-going way and can-do attitude has been encouraging as I have started my first wool project...

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  37. I enjoy both your blog and your Quilt Roadies adventures with G. Would really miss you!!

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  38. I love blogs, and yours is one of my favorite. Would sincerely miss you.

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  39. I love your blog! You have such a warm and friendly personality, I feel like we really are friends! Don't stop my friend! I noticed you don't have as many favorite blogs as you use to. Is that because they are all quitting? I enjoyed perusing through all of your favorites too.

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  40. Guess you touched a nerve with your to blog or not to blog question! I look forward to Tuesday's and Thursdays to read your blog. If you post on other days it's always a pleasant surprise. I Love reading about your adventures and your quilt projects as long as you feel like writing them. Of course Quilt Roadies are the bomb! :)

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  41. Please, please, please, don't stop! You provide so much value, inspiation and entertainment. I've taken a hiatus from writing, I know, but we all would miss you terribly.
    Hugs.

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  42. I hope you stay blogging! But, ya but, it is up to you and your choice. I feel like I'm there with you as you share, the Bee Hive, Sister's show, small projects. I do love the quickness of Instagram but love love your blog writing, really I'm there with you. So thank you and hope you continue.

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  43. I read several blogs daily and love them. I don't do Facebook, Instagram, Quilt Show etc. Blogs feel much friendlier and I learn a lot from them. I don't usually comment but that doesn't mean I'm not out there reading you. Stay with it, please.

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  44. I always read your blog. I love what you tell us about your life and your family. I, like others, am not using Facebook as much as I use to. It is too time consuming and now that I am on my summer hours, I want to spend those in the sewing room. I have to many allergies to really enjoy the outdoors. You inspire me and I have renewed my interest in wool and embroidery again because of you. So please keep blogging and if you need to do less because of your time, then so be it, but, please don't stop all together. We would miss you.

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  45. I've been missing your blog the past week, but knew you were really busy. I would hate to lose the connection with you if you let go of the blog. You have a lot on your plate though, so I wouldn't blame you for easing off a bit. I think 'the people have spoken', and really want you to continue. What do you want to do?

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  46. I do see your blog, and Facebook. I do not have instagram. in my case it is because due to work committments, I have less time to read blogs and I do not even have time to post (having a blog myself)...
    But, as you see, I have read you, and also followed your activity at the SOQS.

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  47. Love, love, love your blog. I know it takes time and you have a lot going on in your life, but please keep up with the blog, if you can. We all love you.

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  48. I follow you using Feedly. I so enjoy your posts. I am not a big commenter, but I do read and enjoy your blogs. I watch each video, and I would miss it if you discontinued blogging. Thank you for sharing your sewing and travel life!

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  49. Oh I so look forward to your blog postings! You are very entertaining, not to mention talented and have learned a lot from you over the years. I would truly miss your postings, but would understand if you stepped down - just hope you don't!
    Thanks for all you do -
    Barbara in TN

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  50. I like quilt blogs, I read lots of different ones! I read them most days via bloglovin. I like small friendly blogs vs big blogs that are less personal. I like chatty blogs :) I love everyone's enthusiasm for sewing:)

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  51. I am a recent follower blogs are my favorite

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  52. Love your blog. I don't get on FB and Instagram that often, but check my emails daily so I catch your blog posts. Please don't stop posting.

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  53. I used to read many, many blogs Anna but yours is one of a handful that I continue to subscribe to. I found I was spending hours reading and writing and though I seemed to have many followers I got fewer and fewer comments. It became a sort of one sided conversation. Consequently I haven't written anything in two or three months. Truth be told I don't quilt a lot any more because of my hands but I am able to cross stitch so I've moved more into that world. I switched to a YouTube channel and post a video every couple of weeks. It's faster for me and the ability to watch other videos and really see the people who comment has made me feel more connected. I have an Instagram account but don't look at it more than once a week. I do Facebook because it's not only my cross stitch connections but my family and friends. But it's YouTube, or Flosstube as cross stitchers call it, that gets my time. I can watch videos and stitch at the same time. Blessings, Marlene

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  54. Anna, Although I enjoy the instant gratification that Instagram provides, I truly enjoy reading your blog (and a few others as well). I think I really have gotten to know you (sorry if that feels like creepy stalker stuff...giggle). It is nice to get connected with folks. Often I find it comforting to know that the trials and tribulations that people share along with their gorgeous and charming quilts are similar to what is going on in my life and it really does lift my spirits to know that i am not alone. Also, it is just wonderful to be able to be apart of the exciting news that people share like birthday celebrations or the birth of a new grandbaby (wink). It will be interesting to see what you have found out with your question. Thanks for sharing your quilty life with all of us out in the blogosphere.

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  55. I still greatly enjoy blog posts and look forward to reading yours all the time. I know it is a lot of work and time for bloggers to post but I still love to read them.

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  56. I really enjoy your blogs!!! Sometimes life doesn't let me read them as often as I want but I really enjoy reading them when I can!! Thank YOU for all your work and effort.

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  57. Your blog is one of the few that I read all the time. I am always curious what you are up to. I sure hope you don't decide to quilt blogging. If it getting to be too much, maybe blog a little less often.

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  58. I love reading blogs and I don't have one. I love yours and the videos are great! I watched the one where you used batting that you press and I learned so much. Hugs,

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  59. I also truly enjoy reading your blog. I myself do not have the time to write everyday. Sometimes I feel we get caught up in the fast pace of technology world, and need to evaluate what's really important in our lives. Enjoying the quite time and moments with family without the interruptions of the phone and internet. Reading a good book, sitting outside enjoying the beautiful day, enjoy sewing a project without the distraction of felling that you need to let the world know. And sometimes you might not know that maybe it's a little stressful trying to keep up with everyone and everything in the world. I am one that had to step back and evaluate what really is important to me. That saying I do love you videos and information.

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  60. I am a devoted reader of your blog and a "arm chair" traveler with the Quilt Roadies. I don't often comment but alway read your posts. Know it's going to be a good day when you pop up in my inbox!
    Thank you for your dedication to providing information, instruction and inspiration!

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  61. Please don't stop blogging. I love every one You have posted. So much to read and see!

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  62. I can appreciate all the time that you put in on your blog and all the videos but be assured that you would be missed immensely but it has to be up to you as it is a lot of time you are giving up,

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  63. I agree with those who emphasize - it's up to you! I am also a blog reader (just a few) and not on Facebook as it's too visually busy there for me. Your blog (and videos) helped me feel a part of the quilt world in general and in the NW in particular. I'm a newer quilter (5 yrs?) and really love all the joy you share. The last few years have had their difficulties and I found such respite and comfort in your writing and stories and pictures. I totally understand wanting or needing to let go of activities in order to simplify etc so please do what's best for you! Whatever you do know that your sharing and love of what you do has really had a huge positive impact for many many people. Thank you.

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  64. I really enjoy all that you do! Very much am grateful and appreciate your time & effort as well! It's sew fun to be out and about with you and G & Enzo, can hardly wait for "our" new RV trip! Nice to see all you accomplish, you're amazing!!! Thank you!!!

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  65. Dearest Anna, My 2 cents on this subject. I LOVE your blog posting. Even if I don't comment, I get immense enjoyment from your blog. It is my way to say connected to a place and community I dearly love. Going to The Quilt Show site is not as straight forward. I've got you bookmarked in my favorites on the computer. With The Quilt Show, there is no direct link to you on their site. I am lucky if I can find you on it. I suppose with practice, I could get it. But I would hate to miss the next great adventure or quilt shop. oxoxoxox to all of you.

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  66. Hi Anna! I enjoy your blog! Even of it's just posting the link to one of your videos (which is helpful for me). As much as I enjoy blogs, I have slowed on updating mine as well... it's just a time thing. However... the blog is my only social media... no facebook, instagram, twitter or youtube for me. There's just not enough hours in the day for me to do all that I enjoy. BUT, blogs with my morning coffee or relaxing in the evening will remain a constant for me... :-)

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  67. I would really miss you if you decide to quit blogging so I'll keep my fingers crossed you don't! I love your sense of humor and the wonderful pictures you post. I also love, love, love your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge so clearly to those of us out here in Blogland!!

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  68. Hello Anna,

    I would be sad if your blog no longer exists.
    I am always happy when a new blog contribution or video appears. Then I take time later, put myself in my sewing room in my favorite chair, a cup of coffee and some biscuits and read your mail or watch the video. I find this wonderful and it has opened a new world for me. You write so wonderful and through your contributions I have also learned a lot.
    I can understand if you set the blog because it took a long time to maintain a blog, but Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest do not have nearly as much a cosiness as a blog. It seems to me as if we are on your blog a large, world-wide networked family and I would miss very much, even if I write very rarely.
    I would miss the translations, for there are always very funny things

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  69. Please don't stop blogging!!! You have taught me so much and I feel like you are just talking to me and me alone when I watch your videos. I love your work and your tutorials are the best.

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  70. I enjoy your blog very much and like to watch the videos. Please continue on. Even though I hate to comment, I am lurking! Have a blessed day.

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  71. I too really love your blog and quilt roadies too...
    It's like you are the quilting friend I've yet to meet
    Thanks for the company when I'm not out with my local friends
    And the inspiration....
    I hope you stick with us...
    I don't do instagram...and Facebook is clogged with so much stuff that it takes too much time
    I've purchased a woolie project...so I'll try something new
    Thanks ...we love you

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  72. Your blog is not ne of my favorites!

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  73. I'm late coming to the party !! Yes I enjoy the blog. I discovered you when flipping through Facebook videos.I saw you holding up the Sally Manke pattern I had been hoping against hope she would produce! I immediately watched your video and bought the pattern. I have been playing catch up on your social media ever since.Connie Bailey

    PS I have questions about your sewing room episode is this the venue to ask?

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  74. I love your blog and quilt roadies. I decided to give wool stitching a try after watching your blog. I love it. Also seeing your sewing, and the shops. Thank you. Nancy

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  75. Oh, gracious, Anna! Please don't stop writing your blog. I've learned so very much, and you've opened a whole new world to me. It has taken several weeks to read the entire archives, and I am now up to this one. I wouldn't want to miss a single one.
    You have a gift, Anna. Your gift is the ability to share your heart so easily with others, and in your heart resides joy, dignity, family and love for others. You've written about your mother being somewhat of a force of nature, but I think you inherited her power many times over. Your power lies in the joy of learning and the ability to effortlessly share what you have learned. You give of your heart, and what could be more valued than that?
    I hope you and G will continue to write and post your videos. You are very much part of my family.

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