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February 18, 2019
good fortune - green from Making A Lather

We decided for our "fun Saturday outing" we would visit Menards and buy some garden seeds. We have grow lights in our basement, and start a few plants indoors for our garden. From the look of outdoors, we are too early, but, we were in need of thinking of Spring and the green coming in the days ahead. Our February has been especially gloomy, I decided we would do one fun thing a day to try and stay positive.

I thought I would put Good fortune on time out for awhile, but, I found my self assembling the green triangle ...

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February 11, 2019
good fortune - flakes from Making A Lather

We had a, surprise to me, snowfall after church yesterday. It was beautiful. And, I decided I needed to go out and enjoy it. We drove through Highland park. And even though, it looks like black and white pictures, it is not, and there still was it's own kind of beautiful.

Both my husband and I had so many fun times on this sledding hill and the creek use to freeze and we would ice skate. Now, it is too dangerous they say. And no one was sledding.

I have had the center of good fortune done for a ...

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February 4, 2019
good fortune - more from Making A Lather

I have been assembling rows for my good fortune mystery quilt at Friday group. It is mindless work with a big impact. I need mindless to keep up with conversation and of course, to throw my 2 cents into the fray. I sure enjoy the company.
I am always a little nervous at the assembling stage. What if I don't like it, or I didn't get it right at some point. But, there is also the giddy excitement as a new block is added and it grows.

And it grows...

And it grows...

I am thrilled. From the ...

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January 30, 2019
bargain basement from Making A Lather

Oh my! We have -17 degrees in Indiana today with a strong wind. I don't think we are going anywhere. Good day for quilting, and hot chocolate.

The last time I blogged about Bargain basement, I had gotten this far. I still had not decided on borders. I blogged about it here in June of 2017. I had added borders eventually, but I don't have a record of that.
 One morning last week, I was waking and wondering what to do for a project that day. And, even though I have a gazillion in process projects, I thought ...

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January 18, 2019
Quiltville Good Fortune Mystery - That's A Lot Of Pieces from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

Every year when I am in the throws of gift making for the holiday season, I get this urge to make something for me. This year, I satisfied that urge by participating in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. I have participated in mysteries before, as a shop owner, when I knew the end result throughout the process. This is the first time it was truly a mystery from start to finish. I loved it.

The first step is the announcement of a color palette and estimated yardage. These colors made me think they were pulled straight from a basic crayon ...

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January 13, 2019
Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Radiant Red Stitching from Life In Pieces

What a week!  The first full week of work after the holidays is always rough for some reason.  It was nice to get home last night and head to the sewing room for some in depth stitching therapy.   I was in the mood for some mindless stitching, this year's Rainbow Scrap Project seemed to be just the thing to work on. 

I was able to finish off the first two blocks last night. 

 Modified Wild and Goosey
Based on Bonnie Hunter's pattern in Addicted to Scraps

These blocks are 3.5" squares, that's relatively tiny for me ...

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January 12, 2019
New projects: "Daybreak" and "Staying Grounded" from Elaine Adair Pieces

This project is from Bonnie Hunter's newest book, String Frenzy (the one with cheddar and strings on the cover).  I LOVE it but chose not to use strings in the sashings.   She calls the quilt "Daybreak".  I still need to come up with border ideas.  These blocks are  9 in. finished.  Despite the many small pieces, it went together quickly. 

Most of the fabrics in both these quilts were from a gift scrap box from my LQS .  I added a few here and there, but FORCING (almost) myself to use the box contents actually kept me more focused than ...

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January 10, 2019
Good Fortune Clue 7 from TheEclecticAbuela

And the mystery continues...

I'm glad for a bit of assembly. Oftentimes, the reveal of a mystery includes extra units and an overwhelming number of things to do--it's nice to do a bit at time.

I updated my quilt journal yesterday. I like to keep track of what I've accomplished. I found that in the past five years I have finished 125 quilts--some big, some small, some gifts, some donations, and a few for me!

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

I'm linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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January 9, 2019
~ A Sale and Quilting Good Fortune Quilt ~ from Podunk Pretties

In the rush to finish up the Good Fortune quilt I forgot to mention the sale going on in my Etsy shop.  All patterns with hearts in the quilt design are 30% off for the next two weeks.  If you purchase more than one mailed pattern shipping overages will be refund.  I ship between 3-5 patterns at the price of one.  PDF patterns are available for instant download on Etsy as soon as your order is complete.

Now I can get this quilted.  Or so I thought.  It's been a few weeks since the quilter has been used.  So ...

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January 7, 2019
~ My Reveal of Good Fortune ~ from Podunk Pretties

First off I would like to thank sweet Miss Bonnie for sharing her talent with the online quilting community.  As a designer I know how much time and effort goes into every design.  From start to finish its hours of making sure you have dotted every"I" and crossed every "T".  Miss Bonnie is honest and true to the art of quilting.  She breaks the rules and that's why she is loved by many, including myself.  I've read every blog post she has ever written and I now own every book as well.  I think her honesty is ...

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January 6, 2019
~ Take a Closer Look ~ from Podunk Pretties

Things have been moving along rather quickly in the studio.  At one point I'm pretty sure I saw smoke coming out of the back of the sewing machine.  But then again it could be the smudges on my glasses.  How does this happen?  I don't remember touching the lenses when I took them off.   

Maybe the dirty eyeglasses is what caused this big piecing blunder.  Not just one but 4 units just like the one circled below.  Geesh....I blame the glasses.  But how do they keep getting so dirty?  I took them off, laid them on the ...

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Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019 - A New Project from Life In Pieces

It's the first Saturday in the new year, which means it's time for new project for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Angela's color for January is red.  So I pulled out my red scraps and got to cutting. This is what I ended up with.

These are all from my scrap bins. So what  are they going to become?

It's a paper pieced block, one of Bonnie Hunter's patterns, Wild and Goosey.  Black will be the constant, used as the "wings" for the geese.  That block is only 3" finished, so this may end up being ...

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January 5, 2019
~ Full Steam Ahead! ~ from Podunk Pretties

 Good Day Sweet Quilting Friends!  Yes it is a good day indeed.  Bonnie finally gave us the big reveal for the Good Fortune Mystery.  I'll be the first to admit I was really getting tired of the trickle clues.  As far as Mysteries go this one is a quick one and its why I like participating.  But this is why I don't participate in very many.  I'm a get it done kind of quilter.   If it drags on for too long I lose interest.  And I'm a quilt designer also, so there's things I need ...

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December 31, 2018
~ Good Fortune, Clue 6 ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hello Quilting Friends!  Can you believe it's been almost a week since I last stepped foot in the Studio?  So now it's time to play catch up with my Good Fortune Clues 5 and 6.  Thank goodness Clue 6 is fairly small.   I should be able to make all of the units without cutting into my yardage.

Some of the creamy scraps are about 20 years old while others are a little more recent.  But they all play nicely together.  The cherry fabric on the left side of the picture below is one of favorite prints.  You all ...

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Good Fortune Clue 6 from TheEclecticAbuela

Yay! More string piecing! :)

This clue went quickly--I have such fun string piecing that time seems to fly. Narrow strips like this can stretch, so I'll leave them on the paper foundation for now and take them off as I use them.

On another note, I got this great picture of my granddaughter in the nightgown I made for her for Christmas. I love pictures that show things I've made actually being used!

Happy New Year--I hope it is a joyous and prosperous one for you.

I'll be linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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December 25, 2018
~ My Goodness Clue 5! ~ from Podunk Pretties

 Well we are moving along at lightening speed!  The Good Fortune Mystery by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville is one of the best quilt along's of the year.  I like it because it moves fast.  No messing around for a year like most BOM's, mystery or quilt along's.  So this week I may get a tad behind due to the holiday festivities.  No worries there's plenty of time next week to catch up.  I'll be making most of my units using a technique not mentioned by Bonnie.  This weeks clue/unit has several different names.  Bonnie ...

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December 24, 2018
Good Fortune Clue 5 from TheEclecticAbuela

Another clue done for Bonnie Hunter's annual mystery--this year entitled Good Fortune.

Three-Triangle Squares

A little pirate and his ship (with a side of giraffes)


Cattle and ruby slippers

It was a fairly easy clue this Christmas week. I'm looking forward to the next.

Happy Holidays!

I'll be linking to Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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December 22, 2018
~ Tips for piecing Flying Geese ~ from Podunk Pretties

Just one more day for sewing and then the holiday festivities will be in full swing.  Today I'm trying to get as much done as I can.  Is there anyone else thinking about taking a sewing project along with them while visiting the family?  Is that rude?  My Mother in law has a sewing, with a sewing machine so I could take these with me...I won't, I'm just kidding.

Pushing the sewing process will often times result in simple errors going unnoticed.  So I'm trying to use a quality control check list as I sew ...

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December 21, 2018
Another Book of Quilts?? from Jo's Country Junction

After I finished up making ALL of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book I felt such a sense of accomplishment that for a bit, I thought about doing the same thing with another of her books.

Scraps and Shirttails

Image result for scraps and shirttails

Our biggest accomplishment of this book was making THREE of these.  One my top is finished but I’m waiting for Kelli to make the backing.  This is Perkiomen Daydreams.  10,000 pieces in this quilt!

There are 12 quilts in this book….

Here is my list of done quilts:
Perkiomen Daydreams
Cactus Patch
Hand Me Downs
Bargello ...

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December 20, 2018
~ A Gaggle of Geese ~ from Podunk Pretties

There's not been much time for sewing in the past few days but I've managed to get a few flying geese completed for my On Podunk Pond quilt.  I'm using the 4 at a time no waste flying geese method to make these as quickly as possible.  This method requires drawing a line on all the background fabrics and stitching 1/4" away from both sides of the line.  Sounds like a lot of unnecessary work.  So instead of drawing lines I'm using the same no mark method that I used when making my chevrons and ...

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