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St. Patrick's Day

 I was in JoAnn's the other day and saw this bright green so I decided to give a small quilting project another try. My last quilting project was somewhat of a disaster. I was making a quilt when I had the detached retina and for a long time after that I could not see straight lines unless I closed my left eye. I went ahead with the quilting anyway and it was amazingly wonky so I gave it up for a year or two now. I am not big into holiday decor, but this seems made for St. Patrick's Day. That and some Irish soda bread. I don't mind a little corned beef and cabbage, but I wouldn't bother to make it. Don wouldn't eat it. If you are into the wearing of the green, have a Happy St. Paddy's Day.
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