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August 3, 2021
goals from Making A Lather

 The rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy color for August is aqua. I remembered country roads that is ready to be quilted and decided that will be my goal for one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I have some charity quilts to quilt first, then I will give it a turn on the longarm. 

country roads

It is time to put waffle stamp blocks away for a little vacation since I have finished the last of the blocks to be sewn.

I have 168 blocks

I have cut and sewn these blocks along with the rainbow scrap challenge ...

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April 8, 2021
Country Roads Quilt Pre-Order from Heartspun Quilts ~ Pam Buda


Country Roads quilt by Pam Buda
AAHHH!!!  I'm so jazzed that my Country Meadow fabrics are coming soon!!

As I write this, Country Roads is being quilted.  I snapped a few photos before it left home.

Seeing the fabrics sewn into blocks gives them a new and wonderful look!  Visit my Instagram page to view two short videos of the blocks and fabrics up close.  You'll love it!

The Country Meadow fabric collection features seven creamy, dreamy neutrals....

...nine soft and yummy green prints....

...and nine beautiful blues.  Wrapping them all together is the gorgeous, soft gray print ...

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March 24, 2021
country roads top from Making A Lather

 I found crocus blooming and rhubarb is peeking it's head out of the ground

I added a 2 1/2 inch border to my country roads quilt. I finished the top at the last retreat. It was part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy for the last two years. I made the blocks in each month's color.

I needed a 97 x97 back, so, it was time to use a wide backing that I bought during a backing sale at joann fabrics. I chose more yellow for the binding and this quilt now lives in the ...

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January 25, 2021
retreat progress from Making A Lather

 I went to a two day "sleep in your own bed" retreat this weekend. It has been awhile that I have had a chance to just keep after a chosen project. I had this snoopy quilt that just needed a few blocks and assembly. I think this will be a great quilt for a new Grandson coming in May. I need to find a back and give it a good press. 

snoopy wiggle time

I have been chasing this quilt for a year now. Country roads was part of rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. And, now, the center is ...

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January 12, 2021
to do: make a little progress from Making A Lather

While I am working on my focus projects, I do a little piecing as leader/enders. It helps break the monotony of millions of hsts, and adding loooong rows to tops I am trying to finish. I am bouncing between rainbow scrap challenge quilts, grassy creek mystery quilt, and country roads top. country roads isn't moving along as quickly as I had hoped. The mystery quilt takes time. I really like the piecing, so, I don't mind.

It has been a cold dreary week here, and we haven't been out and about. We need to get moving ...

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December 30, 2020
end of the year progress from Making A Lather

I've made good progress on the country roads quilt I am making. Right now, it is the right size for the top of the bed. I think 2-5 more rows might be enough for a queen size bed.

I have this quilt on the frame. It is an older ufo that is part of my January one monthly goal. I haven't seen it in awhile. I like it....again. I didn't remember that it was so big.

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December 21, 2020
progress on country roads from Making A Lather

 I have been anxious to lay out my country roads blocks and choose a setting. I have no idea how many blocks I will need, now that, I have decided on an on point layout for the blocks.  My first choice was the fabric for the alternate blocks. And, then, the setting triangles fabric. I am just using some favorite colors that I already have in the stash. I am using the companion ruler to cut the setting triangles, although, I know I have an actual setting triangle ruler somewhere very safe.

the first corner goes so fast

I laid ...

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December 2, 2020
a little sewing from Making A Lather

I am using recycled shirt fabric to make these anvil blocks. I tend to sew the hsts for 3 blocks at a time as a quick sit at the machine. I trim and press them in the evening while watching tv. It is easy sewing the pieces together the next day. I am using a hunk of muslin that I want to leave the stash. Although, there is something lovely about muslin. It is just a simple fabric, but, it behaves so well. It is much like the second or middle child.

I added a few easy breezy to the ...

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November 28, 2020
scrap star from Making A Lather

One of my quilts for the rainbow scrap challenge was the scraptastic star. I started it in march of 2019

It seems like I have been waiting for most of the year for the color yellow to finish the last block for scraptastic star. I had all the other colors done for awhile. that makes 12 blocks

I am still catching up with the country roads blocks, using colors that are interesting that I haven't used in past months.

 I did a little black Friday shopping at Joann fabrics. I bought a few flannel pieces big enough to use ...

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November 12, 2020
country roads blocks from Making A Lather

With the end of the colors for the rainbow scrap challenge for the year, I am catching up "other" colors for my country road blocks. I have really enjoyed making these this year. Pleasure versus difficulty is the perfect ratio. I have the cutting measurements memorized, so, anytime I have a scrap pass through the cutting mat, I can just cut a few.

With a little more research, I discovered other blocks in the sampler quilt, and, will probably make one of those blocks next year for the challenge. country roads is a free pattern. I have 110 so ...

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October 10, 2020
sunshine yellow from Making A Lather

Yellow is the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge. Yellow is my favorite color, but, it doesn't look as lovely in my patterns as some of the other colors. hmmmm

country roads

tiny houses

I've been working to finish a couple of ufos. I finished Aunt Mary's double irish chain yesterday.

I ran into a snafu with the patriotic ufo. I discovered that I had 3 sashing strips for the inner border attached, but, not the fourth. It was nowhere to be found. I made the decision to unattach one of the borders, and ...

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September 5, 2020
down country roads from Making A Lather

I am not sure why the first quilt I work on each month for the rainbow scrap challenge, is country roads. I guess because it is so easy to get started. I grab a few red 1 1/2 inch strips, stack them, cut them, and presto they are done. Nothing like instant gratification. There is a link at the bottom for the pattern.

I am sure I will be working on these next year.                         

I ran out of August before I ran out of purple projects to show. I made a purple row for my row x row quilt ...

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August 8, 2020
purple country roads from Making A Lather

I dug out some purple 1 1/2 inch strips, and, cut a few country roads blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. This month is purple. I really like purple, but, I don't have a lot of it in my stash. I probably have more scraps than yardage.

I found a few "I don't know what color" strips that had purple in them, and, now they are useful.
My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:

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July 11, 2020
a bit of blue from Making A Lather

I have enough blue scraps that I could probably use it every month, and, not see the bottom of the barrel. So, I don't mind that we are doing blue again this year for the rainbow scrap challenge. I made these country roads blocks with whatever my hand picked from the 1 1/2 inch bin as long as it was blue.

One of my one monthly goals for July is to join my Jamestown landing blocks into a top. I am using them as a leader/ ender as I work on other blue rainbow projects.

I have three ...

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June 20, 2020
pink quilty fun from Making A Lather

The rainbow scrap challenge for June is pink. I have a dresden plate in pink that I have included this month, along with the projects I try to do each month in the rainbow color.
I made one block for shine using 2 1/2 inch strips.

I made 10 blocks for country roads using  1 1/2 inch strips. I really like these blocks.

We have had a wonderful week of summer weather, sunshine, and not too hot. The garden has been happy, and so has hubby who really likes to be outside. He is still off work for ...

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May 9, 2020
green challenge from Making A Lather

I dug and found these little bits of green for wonky tiny stars, but didn't get them made. I don't even remember what distracted me.

I worked on tiny houses and country roads. I don't have a plan and number for these blocks. I suppose I will have to beef up the number I make each month, to actually make something, but, for now, I am just playing around with scraps.

My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:
 Irish chain
row by row
scraptastic star
country road

I am linking to:

rsc20 super saturday

oh ...

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April 15, 2020
blossoms from Making A Lather

I try to sew something everyday that is not on a list. Although, the same things get chosen, so, in a way, there is "that" list. I have projects that I really want to see progress, even if slowly. But, I have some "other" projects without any plan for the finish. Blossom time ( Bonnie Hunter) is one of them. I cut a few scraps and then sew them. Then, I cut a few more and sew them. In this weird time, aimless has it's appeal.

Country roads and wonky houses and stars, are for the rainbow scrap challenge, but ...

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April 11, 2020
cute block from Making A Lather

I think it is Saturday again and time for the rainbow scrap challenge. The color for April is light / bright blue. I started with 1 1/2 inch scraps and made a few country roads blocks. I like to make these blocks. The cutting is super easy, and the sewing is quick. I might like to try these in a different size. I have 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch strips in the scrap pile. hmm

We have had interesting weather this Spring - Some days in the 70s and yesterday, frost that looked more like snow. We have had ...

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March 7, 2020
little bits from Making A Lather

I think these blocks are cute and fun. There is a link at the bottom of the post for the pattern. The rainbow scrap challenge color for the month of March is teal. I really like having a new color each month to help me weed out the useable scraps, and make something useful. These use 1 1/2 inch strips and squares.

I use the littlest triangle scraps for this fun wonky star block. Each block is a little surprise. The centers and background are 2 inch squares.

My rainbow projects for 2020 with links:
 Irish chain
row ...

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February 8, 2020
a bit of orange from Making A Lather

I am using a new ironing philosophy to see if I like the end results better. I have more twisted seams than I would like at the final stages of a quilt top. I am going to wait until I piece the top to really iron my blocks. I want to see if waiting until the end helps me nest the seams better when joining blocks. So the pictures of blocks will look a little wonky when I share. Who knows, maybe all I will learn is that I have only postponed the inevitable.

I was surprised how quickly I ...

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