When I'm working on a project and have to leave my sewing room for a few minutes, I make sure I stop sewing in the middle of a seam and leave the block in place on the sewing machine. That way when I get back to work I know exactly where to start again.

-Verdi Johnson

Dover, New Hampshire

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