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Quilt-Redeeming Roundup (don’t worry, it’s still personal finance)

Quilting is one of my favorite hobbies. I do it all by hand; I love the connection. In the last year, blogging has been pushing it out of the way more than I’d like. The other factor in my willingness to let it be (except for some small quilts) is that I was dissatisfied with some choices on my main quilting project.

Last night I finally said, “Ok, I don’t care if the quilt will be smaller, I want to feel like it’s beautiful.” So I removed the changes and started quilting it. Sometimes it’s better to sacrifice size if it’ll actually get done. And if you’ll like it better.

Restarting an old project can be a real mood enhancer too!

And now for something completely different—some great articles on PF I picked up around the blogosphere this week (but not all of them, I forgot to star a number that I now only vaguely remember):

  • First, the Money Life Network has started a series called Frugal Things to Do In… where bloggers write about frugal things they do in their hometown area. Great series, whether for finding things in your local area or if you may travel to one of these cities. And it’s open to participants.
  • Squawkfox came up with 10 reasons why cars are the new smoking. But you know what proved her point the best? How the comments section lit up over the whole thing. Easily parallels smoking discussion.
  • Jonathan at My Money Blog decided to show why double taxation isn’t a big concern on 401(k) loans (other things are, just not double taxation). Well, his first attempt wasn’t getting through, so he came up with a second example that was a bit clearer. Check out his argument and don’t miss the 2nd post if you’re not convinced by the first.
  • Paid Twice wrote about the lessons she learned from disappearing money. That’s why I like using my card for everything, no chance of it getting washed (or if it did, it should still be usable/not detract from my balance anyway).
  • If you haven’t heard it yet, plonkee tells the sad story of a couple who faked the husband’s death to avoid bankruptcy. It’s not sad in that I feel bad for them, I feel worse for the people around them (including their sons) who were affected by the whole thing.
  • Patrick at Cash Money Life has been writing this week about How to Become a Millionaire. I linked to the first post, but don’t miss the whole series!
  • Dough Roller provides valuable analysis of the credit card fine print. It’s very important to know just what your card charges.
  • That’s all folks, enjoy the beautiful Sunday!


Squawkfox July 27, 2008 at 11:35 am

You. Are. Awesome. You totally “get” my post comparing cars to smoking. THANK YOU! I’ve spent the last day just shaking my head over being called silly names and receiving terrible email. People are indeed reacting the same way about cars as they do with smoking. Your comments on my blog are brilliant.

Ryan @ Smarter Wealth July 27, 2008 at 11:42 am

Wow, some great links here. I read a few of them…but not all of them (I didn’t have the time). Personally I am not a quilter and I am not really into any crafts, but I still admire you for them

Patrick July 27, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Quilting is becoming a lost art, you know. Good to see someone keeping it alive! Thanks for the mention. 🙂

mrsmicah July 27, 2008 at 8:25 pm

@Squawkfox, thanks. 🙂 It seems like a pretty dramatic conversation though I probably won’t be joining it further.

@Ryan/Patrick, thanks. Quilting (especially by hand) takes discipline and commitment…but I find it very worthwhile.

Megan July 28, 2008 at 11:27 am

Mrs. Micah, I love that you still quilt by hand. My grandmother still does it on occasion, but it’s not something I ever got into. I picked up knitting and crochetting as a way to try to craft a little bit – I don’t have the eye for color needed for quilting, I don’t think! But what a wonderful hobby.

The Loan Ranger July 28, 2008 at 11:32 am

The Frugal Things To Do In… series is a great idea, and I’m glad to see that people have been willing to post on it. As someone living in Washington, DC on a budget, I have definitely been struggling to find fun things to do that won’t hit my wallet too hard. I’ve been surprised at how little information there is out there on the web on what kinds of activities there are in various cities. Thanks to M-Life for filling the void.

Pete @ biblemoneymatters July 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Thanks for linking to our “frugal things to do in..” series – we appreciate everyone getting the word out. And if you don’t see your city on the list, write up your own frugal things post and send it in. We’ll post all of those links at the end of the month, as well as adding them to the map!

FFB July 28, 2008 at 3:21 pm

And now for something completely different – I’m expecting a giant foot to come down and squash something! Ha!

Thanks for mentioning the Money Life Network’s Frugal Things To Do In…series!

Have fun quilting!

Emily July 30, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Thanks for mentioning our frugal things to do in series!!

I did some quilting on my vacation. I was thinking of posting about it on my blog since it’s turned out to be a really fun creative and inexpensive wedding gift.

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