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February 6, 2019
star blocks autumn from Making A Lather

I have sewed these triangles 3 times, once without bobbin thread, once because the tension was wonky, and once the right way. practice makes perfect. I's a good thing there were not so many. I am trying to make star blocks for the pumpkin jubilee quilt that I started in the fall ( a little behind). Needless to say, they are on time out for awhile.

The border fabric I ordered has arrived for Christmas Snowflake.

And I like it. It looks like I what I saw in my head.

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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.

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January 11, 2019
progress from Making A Lather

I haven't really done anything to show. But, I have been working a little on each project.
I have the rows together for Christmas snowflake. I will be teaching this in March to my guild, and I need to have something to show the end of the month.

I have been cutting strips, sewing them, and cutting them for a scrappy twirl quilt.

And I have all the quarter block units done for good fortune quilt. I can't believe how many quilts are already finished.

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December 31, 2018
good fortune - a new die from Making A Lather

The last day of  2018. Happy New year!
I have all of clue 5 finished for Good fortune mystery quilt. I had just received my 3 1/2 hst accuquilt die as part of my Christmas. I was excited it was the right one. Although, it was nearly the last one on my wish list.

For clue 6, I had these pieces of junk paper leftover from the Christmas snowflake quilt. so those are the size I am using for the string piecing. most of them are 4 inches wide x 9  so I will cut them in half for ...

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December 28, 2018
top 5 from Making A Lather

Meadow mist designs is having a linky party of our top 5 blog posts for 2018

I have 19 finishes for 2018. That is definitely my top 5 favorite thing.

The blog post with the most views was my participation in a block of the month finishing challenge with a Christmas block of the month.

I had the most comments
from a stash report with  picture of my son and his son. They were a favorite of mine and very cute.

 I received a thank you email for a a blog post of the quilt tutorial series of Christmas snowflake ...

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December 5, 2018
orca bay progress from Making A Lather

I received a wonderful email with picture from Holly:

Hello Maggie.  I fell in love with your Christmas Snowflake quilting the moment I saw it.  Lucky for me, I learned (newbie here !) how to do paper piecing this summer, so as soon as the current flimsies were done, I started on Christmas Snowflakes.  I did it with three colours, red, green and gold, and used the same fabrics for the three snowflakes in each colour way.  I quilted it with that spiral pattern I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts.  The finished size is about 54 inches square and I ...

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October 16, 2018
Tuesday template from Making A Lather

Last week, I cut the black and white pieces for a new experimental quilt.. I am using the crazy 6 template.

I have started the chain piecing. But, I am only sewing a few every morning before I work on other UFOs.

I have another snowflake block finished which leaves only one left to do. I am trying to finish these as I am planning to teach this quilt to our guild the early part of next year.

My Grandaughters are visiting for fall break and we have had great fun. I had purchased a box of lala loopsie dolls ...

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October 10, 2018
dwr melons from Making A Lather

All the melons are done on one side for the double wedding ring quilt.

I have another christmas snowflake block finished

 and the first 2 blocks together for tokoyo subway quilt

hmmm I don't seem very chatty today. It's dreary and rainy here -Happy Wednesday...

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October 2, 2018
crazy blocks from Making A Lather

I am playing around with a new to use template called crazy 6. I don't have a pattern, and I am trying to see how the colors play, so that I can ultimately make a scrappy quilt. These are not my typical colors, but I was cleaning out a project box and decided that the project with these fabrics was never going to be completed, and rather than try to find a place to sort this, I would just use it up for this experiment. Right now I have all the blocks ready to sew together. I have decided ...

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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 17, 2018
a few more blocks from Making A Lather

I'm hoping to find a little progress this week. While I have been working on finishing the last blocks for glitter, I have made 2 jewel box stars as the leader / ender.

I had the pieces for another Christmas snowflake paper pieced. I trimmed, and de-papered them, and sewed the block together.

And I have finished 2 more glitter blocks.

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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.

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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 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



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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 10, 2018
cutting for Christmas Snowflake from Making A Lather

Time to cut the background for Christmas snowflake quilt.

Cutting the background for this quilt requires 6 1/4 yards of a white, so it takes a bit of time to cut it all. I used a white on white snowflake fabric for my background. Just like the triangles for reds and greens, the back ground triangles just need to be accurate enough to cover the paper foundation piecing. I cut 224 - 3 1/2 in squares and cut them on the diagonal for 448 triangles. I could have cit strips and used the easy angle ruler if I needed ...

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May 3, 2018
cutting Christmas snowflake from Making A Lather

Cutting for this quilt is easier than most, as the cutting is for the pieces for the paper foundation piecing. It doesn't have to be spot on accurate, just enough to do the job. So go ahead and stack a few more strips, we have a lot of triangles to cut.
Cut 16 3 1/2 inch squares from the assorted red and green Christmas fabric. It can be any assortment.
These will be the center of each snowflake.
Next I used 2 1/2 inch strips ( about 19)  to cut the small triangle with the companion angle ruler ...

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