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  • Mary Anne Fontana

I am no longer a blog virgin!

They say you never forget your first time, well this is mine! This is my very first blog. I have been preparing for this moment and trying to wonder what it would be like. What would I write about? What could I say that would interest people enough to read?

Since I am a lifelong quilter it was best to start where I do have experience! So here I go!


Every day I sew, quilt, write patterns, cut fabric or busy myself with something creative. I did retire from my "have to work" job so now I spend my days doing the "what I want to do work" and I can tell you I am a lot happier!!!


Before Covid19 I was an AccuQuilt Educator and would travel to various quilt shops in the states and host "Events", which were a lot of fun to do! When I wasn't traveling I was home making quilts, creating new patterns and designs etc.


Now the traveling is all on hold so I am home, as I am sure most of you are as well.

I do miss all the people and the interaction which is one of the reasons I am now starting to blog. Really want to stay connected to my sister network out there.


This morning I "worked" on cutting out doll patterns using a custom die I had made at AccuQuilt called the "Giving Doll" (did you know they made custom dies?). If you are not familiar the Giving Doll is a group of volunteers that make beautiful rag style dolls that are given to sick children all over the USA. The woman who runs the local chapter had been cutting them out by hand...each and every one! To date she personally has cut out close to 3000 patterns! I saw an opportunity to help while still be connected to my "happy place" so I had a custom die made and now I do the cutting for her and it really speeds up the process. She is elated she can go right to sewing! It makes me feel good to be able help her so she can help others. Thought you might like to see the finished doll and some of the "in process" ones as well.

I have finished my cutting quota for this cutting period....90 complete dolls (2 body's, 4 arms, 4 legs and 4 black shoes for each).


On to the next project....an easy to make 3 layer face mask!

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