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July 11, 2019
Time to Catch Up! from TheEclecticAbuela

I finally got some photos of the work I've been doing.


Donation Quilts

I cut flannel scraps to make donation quilts. You can see the first batch HERE. They were kid size and made with kids' prints. The next ones were for adults.

Two with many florals

Three with plaids, stripes, and more

I layered them on the fence to take photos. They aren't identical, but they are made with the same mix of fabrics. All five are 60" x 72" and are backed with flannel.


I've been using my 3.5" squares as Leaders/Enders this ...

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June 27, 2019
I'm Still Here! from TheEclecticAbuela

I've been quiet, but I'm still here. I need to take a bunch of pictures to show you what I've been up to, but for today, I thought I'd show you what is under the needle right now.

I've been intimidated by Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay quilt, but I finally decided that I could do it. Here are some of the friends who are helping me:

Waldo (Just in case you have been looking for him.)

Napping Santa and Napping Santa Flamingo

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

As you can see ...

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March 5, 2019
faux hexagon from Making A Lather

When I opened a project box a bit ago, I found this Christmas table runner project in strips. I had to study it again and decide where I had ended, and where to go from there.

That evening, I sewed them together and added the borders. This was a workshop 7 years ago. We used a trace n create template from Nancy Zieman. The set includes a set for tumblers as well as hexagons, and in several sizes.

And this pattern

We cut strips and then traced the cut line with the template for the piece. Then we could just ...

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January 23, 2019
snowflake from Making A Lather

I have most of the Christmas snowflake assembled. I ordered a red stripe fabric for a border. I don't know, yet, if I will like it. I showed the quilt to the guild, and I will teach a Saturday workshop March 30th. I think they will like doing it if they give themselves a chance to try it.
I did mine in Christmas fabrics, but it would like great in any color combination.

How I started this quilt is here and here and here. and here and here.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama ...

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January 6, 2019
stash report January 6, 2019 from Making A Lather

Ok.... not a good start to a fabric diet, but walmart had their Christmas fat quarters for 24 cents. I didn't count them until I came home. I bought 38. sigh.... The bigger Christmas piece was also 24 cents at the rescue mission. It was the only fabric I have ever seen there.
I knew instantly that I wanted to put 2 different fat quarters into the string piecing for Good fortune mystery quilt.

I am ok with the price per fat quarter, but 38 fat quarters = 9.5 yards. Really? they don't look like that much. 

Last ...

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December 29, 2018
Christmas Cheer from Quilting & Learning

T'was the night before Christmas and mom is still cleaning, shopping, wrapping and blogging!

I helped decorate my colleague's and my office before leaving for Venice. At least that was done when I came back to Canada! I had one week to get ready for the holidays, and I spent most of it in bed or helping my daughter who was even sicker than I. Oh well, I'm sort of rested and at least we weren't sick during our trip

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December 17, 2018
Good Fortune Clue 4 from TheEclecticAbuela

I was so glad to have a clue involving strings this week from Bonnie Hunter's mystery Good Fortune.

I am substituting yellow/gold for the orange that Bonnie chose.

A goose and a French hen

Scarecrow, pumpkin, and Peeps!

I am enjoying this project--and I've actually been able to keep up so far!

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November 7, 2018
Vicki McCarty Brings Us PATCHES of JOY from Marcus Fabrics

HOLIDAY 2019 – We officially welcomed Vicki McCarty to our designer family at Quilt Market in Houston, and her debut collection PATCHES OF JOY is already a hit!¬† It features her “Patch-It” panel (27″ x 44″) of classic Christmas motifs perfect for all types of embellishment, or used just as they are. The patchwork layout designed to be cut apart as well so you can create a variety of projects from just one panel, also plain or embellished. Vicki’s four coordinating creative strips are comprised of 5″ wide printed across the width. The collection was inspired by her popular¬†Calico ...

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September 27, 2018
hooking a leaf from Making A Lather

I have a leaf hooked in my Cleveland rug. I am guessing it symbolizes the botanical gardens. It's fun to revisit Cleveland and the biennial in memories as I hook this rug.

It has been awhile since I worked on the Christmas snowflake quilt. But I was able to sew another red one. I only need 3 more blocks to begin assembly.

Linda from Friday quilt group has finished a quilt of valor for the vet's home.

and another donation quilt for the police department. This one included donated fabric from the guild.
She collects the quilts from ...

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August 7, 2018
Shop hop from Making A Lather

Recently, we had a shop hop in Kokomo, and these are the quilts I wanted to remember for inspiration.
This is a pattern from Crimson Tate in Indy. They are waiting for the printing of the pattern. I was a huge fan of John Denver and this was a quote from him.

Sheepies in wool are so cute, and I love the lamp made from an old sewing machine. Maybe my husband can figure out how to make one for me. LOL

I still have homespun, and recycled shirts, this could be fun....

And, of course, this is my year ...

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July 27, 2018
jewel box stars from Making A Lather

Every year Bonnie Hunter introduces a new leader and ender challenge. This year it is jewel box stars. I was lucky enough to have 75% of the piecing done already, in my pieces and parts boxes. I had 3 1/2 inch hsts and 4 patches aplenty. So I am ready to start assembly. I was anxious to try the block and have finished 3. This is going to be fun.

I also have 11 of 16 Christmas snowflakes finished. I notice I am not as interested in these as I have started the stars. hmm.... so close I should ...

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July 5, 2018
snowflake blocks from Making A Lather

Our first picking of okra and eating from the garden. yum

Our first picking of cucumber

We had a relaxing 4th with our oldest and family. Oh, how I love my Grandchildren.

I wanted to sew red snowflake blocks. I had done several green so I was ready for red.

I am linking (links in the sidebar) to:

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June 28, 2018
parts and blocks from Making A Lather

I have really enjoyed the paper piecing and working on Christmas Snowflake quilt. I find it repetitive enough that I can just set a rhythm and sew away, but interesting enough to hold my interest. And the results are great.

I don't have all the paper piecing done, but I still had to make a few blocks to see how they are coming together. They are so fun.

It's a chance to see all the fun old Christmas fabrics play nicely together and be useful.

Intro/ templates

fabric requirements

cutting red and green fabric

cutting background

piecing the ...

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June 23, 2018
The First Day of Summer from Pinkadot Quilts

So first I must apologize to everyone who left a comment on the last post. I did not realize Blogger had changed things up and my comments no longer came to my email. I thought you all lost interest because of my lack of blogging! I think it is fixed now!
One of these fabrics is not like the others! Basketballs!!! My granddaughter is playing in a summer league and is totally in love with basketball, the emojis are going to go along the edge, I am making all of the grandkids pillowcases.

There has been some Christmas sewing going ...

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June 21, 2018
Christmas snowflake assembly from Making A Lather

And now we have come to the last of the Christmas snowflake instructions and time to start assembly.

Choose a center square in a square  from week 1

 add a set of 4 wings from week 2

 and 4 matching corners from week 3

And sew together like a 9 patch and tada it is finished. Again, there are 16 blocks. Arrange on a design wall and assemble in rows.

Intro/ templates

fabric requirements

cutting red and green fabric

cutting background

piecing the center



I am linking (links in the sidebar) to:

needle and thread Thursdays
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June 15, 2018
Christmas lights from Making A Lather

I have had a terrible time with my back lately. I haven't wanted to do much of anything. I visited a chiropractor and I think she was a little too rough. I am sure a little time will heal this. I have had scoliosis most of my life, but it has gotten worse.

 I did have a finish. This is my version of Christmas Lights mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville. It was a 3 part series in Quiltmaker magazine January 2009. It is her 5th mystery and my 10th mystery finish. There are 5 more mysteries to ...

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June 14, 2018
Snowflake corners from Making A Lather

This is the last part of the snowflake block.

It's time to make the corners. Here is a quick tutorial for foundation piecing. The wrong side of the fabric faces the wrong side of the paper. Each piece has been cut to size.

The piecing on the corner will use the prints in number order. #2 print is the same as # 1 on the wings. #5 on the corner is the same  #4 on the wings. # 8 on the corner is the same as # 7 on the wings.

The first set of rectangles is the smaller set. The next ...

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June 7, 2018
Christmas Snowflake wings from Making A Lather

I am working on cutting and sewing this Christmas quilt. I am planning on sharing as I go along.

 Here is a quick tutorial for foundation piecing. The wrong side of the fabric faces the wrong side of the paper.
It is a bit tricky placing the print triangle. I wish it was a bit bigger with more wiggle room.

With white fabric it has to be trimmed or the dark will show through the fabric.

In my quilt I am using the same fabric in rounds around the center of each block. So the block will take 4 of ...

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May 31, 2018
Christmas Snowflake center from Making A Lather

After making wild and goosey, I wasn't sure I would ever paper foundation piece again. But I love the look of these snowflakes and wanted to give it a try.

The foundations for this quilt are simple and large enough that it is is easy to see where you are sewing and give excellent results. The templates for printing are found in the link below.

Since all the fabric pieces for the blocks have been pre -cut, it is a snap to get the block sewn. Starting with the 16 center squares. Here is a quick tutorial for foundation ...

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May 30, 2018
A finish from Making A Lather

As part of my May one monthly goal, I planned to finsh carolina Christmas. It is a bonnie hunter pattern from her book scraps and shirttails 2.
It was hanging in the "to be quilted" closet. It was completely ready with backing and binding ready. It's great not to have to make any decisions. unfortunately, I still have 20 quilts still in that closet.

I quilted it with an all over swirls pattern in natural white. I use swirls all the time, they are my favorite. I try other patterns but I love swirls the best. They are not ...

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