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Last month I got recruited mid-school year to teach a sewing class to a small group of girls in the local homeschool cooperative.  It was kind of an “emergency” situation because the regular sewing instructor had a family emergency and couldn’t teach the second semester.   I told them I would gladly do it but only if I could teach a quilting class!

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  1. Janice says:

    Bravo! One of my favorite quotes is from Alexandra Stoddard: “Perfection halts the creative process.”

  2. Lynn Marie says:

    “Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Boy did this line strike a chord within me—thanks for that and for a wonderful post.

  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you- you’ve started in me a fire to have the belief which I have in myself to carry out what I feel I’m supposed to be doing too. I love the message of woman supporting woman. You go girl! ❤️

    • Dori Troutman says:


      The best thing we women can do is support each other! So thankful for those in my life that have been so supportive of me.

      I’m happy I was able to start a fire in you! Feed it!

      ~ Dori ~

  4. Sandi King says:

    Dori, I would like to do this class with you. I joined the list on your blog page. I am hoping with this class I will avoid a lot of mistakes I could make when I try doing a full size quilt later on. I watched my mother and her sisters and friends make a quilt when I was a small child and it was the old fashioned everything done by hand way. My hands are not as good as they once were and I am not sure I will be able to even do this class but I am willing to try. I want to make a quilt just to be able to say I did it. I think it will be fun and learning the ins and outs will be wonderful.

  5. This is so awesome and inspirational. Thank you for sharing your heart and the creativity planted inside of you with all of us. Fear is a domineering creep that we must demand to leave immediately!!
    We have all been given great and amazing gifts and talents that must be brought forth to enrich each other’s lives. MUST BE BROUGHT FORTH! For one another. Take courage.

  6. bonnie ellis says:

    You’re a natural…I knew you could do that despite any book. You love your grandkids and work well with them or any kids…plus you can sew! Great job!

  7. Susie Heller says:

    I’ld love to receive and be a Farm Girl blog receiver. Thank you.

  8. hi dori,

    Elizabeth Gilbert was very much inspired by an earlier book , the ” Artist’s Way ” by Julia Cameron.
    There was a recent New York Times article about her.

    try and get a copy of this wonderful book too.

    it is a “workbook” to delve into your own creativity – much referred to by many artists and writers

    good luck with your quilting project too.


  9. Cindy says:

    I don’t want to be critical because I admire your wanting to teach the younger generation quilting, but sewing on a diagonal can be so tricky. If you cut the squares a little larger and sew 1/4 inch either side of center and then cut the square in half you won’t have that distortion. One quilter to another!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Cindy,

      Thank you! I actually had that concern but crazily there hasn’t been a problem with this with my little beginner students in the homeschool class. They’ve sewn all their little triangles into blocks and had no distortion because of the bias. So fingers crossed… no one else will either! But yes, you are right! Sewing on the diagonal can be tricky! Thank you for the tip!

      ~ Dori ~

  10. Barbara J. Deming says:

    Dori, this was such a great post! What amazing things you undertake. I love the idea of the quilting class. I love quilts. Have some from deceased women in my family. My daughter quilts. I even wrote a short story collection “The Quilt Maker” with all titles quilt patterns. But I don’t quilt! LOL

    And you are looking so trim and fit! Go, Girl!


  11. Marilyn says:

    Congratulations on teaching quilting. The on line course sounds interesting and challenging. Continued success.

  12. Lisa says:

    I love this quote! I do have the courage and am now going into the next faze of my business-out of my house and making a rental house in the back of our house into the gluten free bakery I own. Everytime I read this quote something really stirs me and wants to come to the surface. A twist perhaps to what I’m doing.
    Thank you for sharing your journey. Very exciting! Blessings!

  13. Carole Walsh Scott says:

    I would love to be part of your blog please

  14. Linda Kohn says:

    What great ideas you have! These ladies will have a nice knowledge of sewing and quilting.

  15. Jobi says:

    Beautiful words of wisdom from everyone, yes I love that woman encourage each other no matter the journey.
    Thank You All

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