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September 23, 2022
Friday check in: welcome autumn! vintage finds, OMG all set, and something new from With Strings Attached

 It's gotten so that if I don't take a good walk at least every other day I really feel it! This week we went to Sedge Meadow/Des Plaines River Trail and Illinois Beach / Camp Logan.  

Top: compass flower, snakeroot, false Solomon's Seal (b.erries). Center: goldenrod, fungi, riverbank grapes. Bottom: white heath aster and skyblue aster, New England aster, butterfly weed (can you see how the spent stems make a whorl?).

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Isn't this the coolest souvenir tablecloth ever??? I got it for $3 at a church rummage sale.  The midcentury graphics are terrific! 

It has ...

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September 13, 2022
Wildflower Vest on Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 398 of Free Motion Mavericks. I hope that you've had a chance to play this week. I did

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May 7, 2022
The other block......... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I mentioned the other block that can be made with the Weathervane die.  I decided to cut pieces and make that block too so I wouldn't forget about it.  Using these 2 blocks alternating would make a nice quilt so I may explore that later.

 I didn't have any project ready to sew last night and 3 hours of  TV programs (2 were season finale) so I picked another mindless sewing project.  I have seen these blocks on 3 blogs and thought they would be great for using up my box of 1.5" strips that I ...

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May 6, 2022
Weathervane........... from Exuberant Color

I made a test block from the Weathervane die last night.  It seems so petite at 8" after using 2 dies that were 12" earlier this week.

I cut some batik scraps for this one.  It went together very nicely so I like the die.

Weathervane was one of my favorite blocks from my sampler quilt class that I gave many times in the 1970s and early 1980s, in a time period before people had access to rotary cutters (or die cutters).

You can use this die to make a floating star pattern too by turning the center pieces on ...

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February 23, 2022
Dresden neighborhood quilt class and project from Quilting & Learning

I may have been relatively quiet on the social media front, but this time it's because I've been busy quilting

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February 20, 2022
Getting ready to quilt............. from Exuberant Color

I finally got my table cleaned off so I could cut some batting for this quilt.  I pressed the flannel backing and loaded it and then put the batting on.  The top is just laying loose on top of the other 2 layers.  I'm getting closer to a finish.

Behind me as I stand at the longarm is this double design wall with the improv blocks.  I have added about 6 blocks since the last photo.  I still have to make some more blocks so this will stay here for awhile.

I just needed some mindless sewing last night ...

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February 6, 2022
New technique and new project from Quilting & Learning

Did I say that I would try to stop starting new projects? I'm sure that it's in writing somewhere but, oh well, I am having too much fun learning new techniques and playing with fabric!

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December 31, 2021
Christmas Tree Window Hanging from Quilting & Learning

I've just finished a genuine Squirrel! Saw the project online, found the pattern maker, bought the pattern December 12 and finished it today, December 28! Getting a whole project done that quickly is not something I do often

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September 8, 2021
Am I Blue from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working on this quilt for a long time. This past weekend I finally attached the binding. 
I accordion fold my binding to keep it from getting twisted while I work with it. I know there are loads of tricks people use when winding their binding but this has always worked for me. 
Many years ago I switched from attaching binding by machine and finishing by hand to machine-finished binding. You can check out my binding tips and tricks. I work with 2.5" binding. This results in a wider finished binding (3/8") that I would get ...

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August 23, 2021
snails trails from Making A Lather

Hooray ! I started assembly of my sea swept quilt at my Friday quilt group. The left 4 snails trails are sewn together but, the rest are only webbed together to check and secure placement. It is really cool. I came home, and I am doing some of the pinning watching TV in the evening. 

meanwhile, I am back to sewing easy breezy blocks but using 1 1/2 inch squares and strips as leader/enders while sewing other blocks.

I am linking:

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August 20, 2021
more sea swept from Making A Lather

My finish for the week is all the diamonds for my sea swept quilt are done. They haven't been trimmed in the picture, but, I am ready to start the assembly today at our quilt group. I made 10 a day after coming home, and, I finished trimming yesterday.

I am so glad to move this forward after the debacle of last week and the wrong size diamonds

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August 16, 2021
sink or swim at retreat from Making A Lather

Oh my - my retreat story. I just couldn't find a project to work on except my sea swept quilt. And I was closing in on finishing all the blocks I would need. But, I thought it would just take a couple of hours. Silly me, thinking I needed another project.  Just as I finished sewing 388 triangles to 97 diamonds, and began to trim them, Someone asked me what I was making. So I showed her my snails trail blocks and how this was the sashing.   And, Oh no,  they were too small for the block. I had chosen ...

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August 9, 2021
Batik Quilt of Valor from From My Carolina Home

While most Quilts of Valor recipients prefer a patriotic theme color scheme, there are some that would rather have one that is more suited to their decor. Some also have issues with post traumatic stress where a patriotic theme would be too painful to see everyday. With that in mind, we like to have a few Quilts of Valor in the closet to award that are more everyday in colors. This particular quilt top was made by a lady in Oklahoma, specifically for a veteran who lives here. The top is all batik fabrics. The backing is a thin polyester ...

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June 28, 2021
Diabolical Jane from Becca's Crazy Projects

I think it was a couple months ago that I saw several people posting their Diabolical Jane quilt tops. Jesse Aller posted a free tutorial for this quick and striking quilt on her blog in 2016. I had that tab open in my browser for what seemed a long time. It was time to start cutting and planning. 
I started with this one little square. Granted, that's the idea, but it's so small! This isn't even the center square that found its way into the final quilt. Because that's how design works. 
I've been trying ...

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June 7, 2021
more sea swept from Making A Lather

I have been making 7- 10 sea swept blocks every Friday with my quilt group. I have collected a nice size pile. I thought I would take an accounting and decide where to go from here. I was pleasantly surprised to realize I have 38 made. and 7 in process with 2 rounds. I need 42. This pattern calls for a sashing that will make a wonderful star. The pattern is also for paperpiecing. And the finished piece is smaller than what I am doing. SO, I will need to "invent" what I will need for my block. I think ...

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May 31, 2021
sea swept again from Making A Lather

I feel like a broken record.... sea swept, easy breezy, aunt eliza.. repeat. I am really trying to stick to these and making progress however small. Our Friday group met again... on Friday... and I have a new batch of sea swept blocks finished.  I really like making these. I need to cut more background if I am to continue. I only work on these on Friday. I need 42 blocks to do the pattern. I think I have 20 +.

My friend Linda is making her sea swept with the smaller blocks and paper piecing. We had a chance to ...

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May 24, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

My Friday quilt group met, and, I had a chance to work on sea swept. I made 7 more blocks.

And, there are still more easy breezy blocks. Completed blocks are taking over the box, which means I am making progress.

2 a day keeps the scraps at bay

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April 13, 2021
Week 2 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

I've managed to stay organised and on time for week 2 of the #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art). My next challenge is to do the same for week 3

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April 5, 2021
Week 1 of #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt (Art) from Quilting & Learning

The #AtoZchallenge2021Quilt started April 1 and I posted my first three letters on Instagram. If you didn't catch them, here is a recap.

A is for Art appliqué 

The piece is A White History of Art and the image that I used to illustrate Art Appliqué is the close-up of the representation of The White Girl by Whistler.

It was created for Art with Fabric Blog Hop, Fall 2018. It is based on a BBC series called History of Art in Three Colours. This piece is an interpretation of the White episode and the picture below portrays  The White ...

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February 15, 2021
Plaid-ish Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

I'm still working on my Plaid-ish quilt. This quilt took all week to cut and lay out. I'm sure it will all come out in the end. 
Once I had it all cut I made a few changes. 
At this point I'm not changing anything. A block put wrong will just be part of the finished quilt. I didn't assemble individual blocks. I webbed the entire quilt. It took most of Saturday. Bonnie Hunter has a blog post on webbing a quilt if you want to learn more about it. It's great! I used the ...

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