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September 5, 2019
swap blocks from Making A Lather

I didn't get all my swap blocks done for August and it is time to work on September as well.
I make them bigger and trim them down before I give them to my swap partners. Each month we exchange 30 blocks.

We are making them 4 1/2 inches unfinished. So far, the blocks I have received have been great.

The weather has been beautiful, but I can tell fall is coming. I look forward to cider and maybe a roasted marshmallow or two.

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August 17, 2019
sugar mountain finish from Making A Lather

I have a finish. Sugar mountain was a workshop with our guild and Pam Buda. At the last retreat, I decided to finish this quilt the way it was. Originally, this quilt was just 12 blocks, and I rarely do small quilts. I had cut for a few more blocks, and planned to make it bed size. I took it with me to retreat to formulate a plan. The plan ...finish it.

It was small enough that I felt I could longarm it as long as I took long breaks. The binding was done over a couple of evenings in ...

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July 30, 2019
En Provence finish from Making A Lather

Despite throwing back surgery into the month of July, I did finish my goals for the month. August will be a different story, I am sure. Unless, watching tv can be a goal.
I finished En Provence mystery quilt to the point of hand sewing the binding before surgery, and I have slowly worked on that while in the recliner. En Provence was 2016 mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. I have on Ringo lake and good fortune to finish yet. I had already finished en provence in the quiltville colors. I did two of them, this one using ...

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July 1, 2019
fabric storage from Making A Lather

I am very excited about a big change in my fabric storage. My Hubby, son and Grandson turned this

into this

Oh, what fun it will be to fill those shelves. I used Ikea billy bookcases, and I splurged on the glass doors. What I have been using, is a hodge podge of goodwill bookcases. I have lost a lot of room with shorter bookcases. I liked these because they almost go to the ceiling. They are really lovely to behold. I almost don't want to mess them up with fabric.

It's the first of July already and ...

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June 20, 2019
sugar mountain quilt from Making A Lather

The second day of retreat, I decided it was time to open an old ufo box and make decisions. In 2013 Pam Buda held a workshop in our guild, and talked about how quilters would often make do with what they had. This was the pattern called sugar mountain. Our instructions were to intentionally make some blocks different, as though we had run out of material. The pattern calls for 12 blocks, and I don't really do small quilts, so I had made more, but I didn't know how many to make because I didn't have a ...

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May 19, 2019
stash report May 19, 2019 from Making A Lather

I've added a few pieces to my civil war reproduction stash, since I am using them in my circa 1880 swap. I have many more prints than neutrals, and, it seems I am using a lot of neutrals. I really like the cheddar/ mustard yellows and poison greens, so I add them any chance I get. This sort of fabric doesn't seem to be popular right now with all the modern and bright colors available. I hope that pretty soon, people will be sending repro fabric to goodwill, until then, I have to buy here and there since ...

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May 16, 2019
swap blocks from Making A Lather

I had a chance to work on my swap blocks for May. I am swapping with 4 other quilters to make our own version of circa 1880. Every month I make 30 blocks to swap, and I receive 30 blocks. It is like Christmas looking at what others have made. I haven't trimmed these yet.

I played a game with myself that for every block I finished, I could iron a languishing hst. I make them from leftover triangles but, I don't always get them ironed. This way I can do the boring part while making my blocks ...

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March 15, 2019
dwr rows from Making A Lather

I am still working on the double wedding ring quilt. I have all the rows completed, and now, it's time to get brave and sew the rows together..... hmmm......maybe next week.

I have loved everything about making this quilt. I am truly glad I took the plunge and decided to make it. And, I do want to see it finished. I started the quilt because Jo of Jo's country junction published her version of it in magazine, and started a quilt along. That was the motivation I needed.
I love the fabrics and that all of it ...

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March 6, 2019
classic double wedding ring from Making A Lather

One block at a time, I am building rows for my double wedding ring quilt. It is tricky getting the curves facing the right direction.

The outside rows require a finished curved edge. It is easiest if there are 3 melons on the center piece. But, the row goes together in an every other pattern. This is the last block for the the right bottom outside corner. Now, I have to start putting rows together. I started this with Jo of Jo's country junction quilt along. I was pleasantly surprised how much easier it is to make than it ...

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February 28, 2019
block swap from Making A Lather

I am participating in a swap with 4 other quilting friends. We make for each other every month. We all do this differently. Lucy sent 3 months worth before the middle of January. She is a go getter. Linda works in Friday group consistently, meets the goal, and then, works on something else for a little while. Sue works consistently and then works ahead. She isn't stopping until she is finished for the whole year. I am not sure how Hazel does it at home, But, she is over 80 and she can do it anyway she pleases, so ...

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February 24, 2019
stash report February 24, 2019 from Making A Lather

My hubby brought this flower to me yesterday, in the dead of winter. What a welcome surprise. He had brought one of our planters in from the deck and has it wintering over in our basement under a grow light. The marigold has made it so far.

It was time to do something with this stack of fabric from goodwill. I really like the 2 solid pieces on the left. They are grunge fabrics from before there were grunge fabrics. I am guessing the 80s.
I decided I would weigh it to get the yardage, and there was 5 pounds ...

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February 20, 2019
double wedding ring from Making A Lather

We have had another through the night snowfall and it is pretty looking out the window. Yesterday, I had rug hooking guild and a quilter's group get together. Two fun things in one day is pretty exciting around here.
I spent rug hooking time transferring a new snowman pattern to linen. I didn't get it finished, but I did get it squared and borders straight and nice.
At quilt group, I worked on double wedding ring and sorting through a box, that I wasn't sure just what was in there, despite the labels. I will have to ...

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February 17, 2019
stash report February 17, 2019 from Making A Lather

I added this fabric this week. Read about my quilter's miracle here.

I also felt the need to add some neutral reproduction fabrics to my stash for the circa 1880 swap for which I am participating. They are in short supply in my limited reproduction stash. The cheddar/ mustard jumped in the cart.

I am still without a new hand stitching project, so I plan to dig out the hexagon quilt and figure what I need to do to start evening the edges.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 yard 
Fabric Used year to Date: 33 yards

Fabric ...

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January 9, 2019
It's a swap from Making A Lather

My swap partners are way ahead of me. They have buckets of little tiny pieces cut for our version of circa 1880 quilt. And they are sewing them together. One of our partners has already delivered 3 months of blocks.
I have been working on good fortune mystery quilt and I have let it slide.
Linda's squares...

Sue's blocks...

I decided to do mine with strip piecing. It seemed like I cut and cut and cut........
and sewed and sewed and sewed .......
and there were 10. I need 30 every month for the swap. Hmm, this is going ...

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November 7, 2018
double wedding ring count from Making A Lather

I have all the melons pieced for double wedding ring quilt.

and joined in pairs

I am ready for assembling the rows. And I have one row finished. It's a seed starter.

The template I used here.

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midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

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November 2, 2018
Mrs holder finish from Making A Lather

Mrs. Holder's hexagon was a temecula quilt shop sew along. I made mine by English Paper Piecing with 3/4 in hexagons. It is meant to be a today's version of an old  1880 antique quilt made by Mrs. Holder.
And mine is finished.

Hand piecing takes awhile to see a finish. And, then, I agonized over the quilting. Should I hand quilt it since so much hand work had already been invested in it, or try quilting it on my domestic machine so that it could look more "authentic". But wait I had machine stitched the borders ...

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October 31, 2018
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

This was my goals for October. It is the 31st and BOO and it is time to report just how well I did.

For my one monthly goal, I want to make my Granddaughter's unicorn quilt, and finish piecing orca bay mystery quilt, and continue working on the double wedding ring.

I have all the pieces cut and sewn to add around the unicorn quilt for my Granddaughter. I just have to do the math and put an inner border first.

 I have a big stack of double wedding ring melons finished. And it is time to add them ...

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October 26, 2018
last of the hexies from Making A Lather

And I have all the hexies finished, and added to Mrs. Holder's quilt. more here and here and here

My plan is to hand stitch it onto a background, add an inner border, and outer border. woohoo getting closer.

Joann has halloween fabric on sale 60% off with an additional 20% with a coupon. This is how I have halloween fabric that I don't know how to use. sigh...

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October 24, 2018
double wedding ring arcs from Making A Lather

All the arcs are officially done for the double wedding ring. I am slowly adding them to the second side of the melons.

We finished our Grandma week of fall break with a campfire and marshmallows. I have such great memories of my children and campfires. It is fun to watch how learning takes place while roasting marshmallows. It seems a simple thing, but it is filled with decisions and choices, and experiencing consequences. And watching a sunset is always good.

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midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

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October 19, 2018
another round of mrs holder hexagon from Making A Lather

I have added 16 blue hexies to Mrs Holder's hexagon quilt. I have one more set to go and then I will begin the finishing.

Fall break with my Granddaughters has been great. We made noodles and cake.....

played farkle with apple cider and Halloween costumes.

My daughter sent this picture to me of a quilt she designed and finished for her quilt show challenge.
I think it is amazing. proud mama

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