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April 15, 2019
sand castles from Making A Lather

I had the string piecing bug last week, and when it hits, it's best to go with it. I think I was primarily anxious to clean up the mess. I worked on sand castles. I am half way through the blocks I need, with most of them trimmed and depapered.

While I was cleaning I would pick up any stray small pieces, and add them to a strip of adding machine tape. I had found a bag of adding machine tape at goodwill recently, and thought I would try using them for string piecing. It was fun. It's ...

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March 25, 2019
cactus patch from Making A Lather

Cactus patch was the first quilt I wanted to make in Bonnie Hunter's first book scraps and shirttails. I really liked the half blocks and how the half square triangles are a little wonky. The centers for each block are crumb blocks, and the colors were bright.
I already had a growing pile of crumb blocks, and, was excited for the idea on how to use them. I worked on it, off and on, for awhile, and then, it disappeared into the ufo void. The ufo void must be a fascinating place.

I have wanted to finish it many ...

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March 4, 2019
end of rainbow book found from Making A Lather

Recently, my computer mouse and I have been at odds. I think I am in charge, and he thinks otherwise. I have a little finger tremble, and I am going places I didn't plan. Recently, I deleted comments unintentionally. The delete button is right next to the publish button, and I am thinking publish, and, the stupid mouse is thinking go further to the delete button. I am so sorry and sad. Is there a way to get them back on blogger. sigh..... Oh and the keyboard thinks I can't spell.

I am so relieved and excited to ...

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February 9, 2019
A Finished "Squirrel"! from Indigo Threads

This post has been a long time coming.  I've actually had this quilt finished since August of last year so it could be in the guild quilt show, but I didn't have time to do a post nor did I have decent photos of the quilt.  Finally the stars have aligned!  I've finally managed to get some decent photos and I have time to post!

"Falling Crumbs"
80 x 95 inches
hanging at the quilt show

First, an explanation for my post title.  You'll see a Squirrel! logo on my left side bar.  Quiltdivajulie at Me ...

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February 5, 2019
January 350 block challenge progress from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Ok then, we have the first month of 2019 in the bag!
Join me for . . .
As I have mentioned before, I have participated in the 350 Block Project for a couple of years but I think January was the best month I have had in a long time.

I finished 41 blocks.

Thirty of the blocks were for this quilt
Which is now completely bound and being mailed to its new home in California.

Then there were blocks for Stash Bee swaps. . . . first, the January block
Which, hopefully, has been received in Canada by now.

Then these blocks
Which are samples for my ...

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January 26, 2019
seeing red from Making A Lather

I sorted through my red scrap drawer and used up any smaller pieces. The bigger pieces I sorted by whether they would look good with a white background or a cream background. So far, most of the rainbow quilts I am making use a white background. I may have to challenge myself to make a cream based quilt rainbow style. Oh, I just thought of something - squirrel

I made checkerboards in red for Cynthia Brunz's design woven checkerboard. She blogs at Quilting is more fun than housework. This is the second quilt of hers I am doing for the ...

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December 14, 2018
a little this and that from Making A Lather

I have been making progress on several quilts, but no noteworthy pictures, that don't look like several pictures I have already posted. I did finish clue 3 of good fortune but will post that on Monday with the link up at Quiltville.
I did some mindless string and crumb piecing last night, mostly to clean up a mess. I string piece on a treadle in my living room, and it's time to make it a little more holiday worthy. But there were some strings hanging out on the cabinet that I could just play strings.

I did look ...

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November 13, 2018
Scrappy twirl from Making A Lather

I am off teaching a rug hooking class to my guild today. We are making feather trees.  here and here
I had one more idea to try with the scrap crazy 6 template set. I used a 3 inch strip in color, and a 3 inch strip of background. I sewed them together, and used the markings on the template to center it, and cut. It takes almost a whole wof strip to have 6 cuts of the same fabric.

There is waste....

But, it is a cute block.

I don't normally keep 3 inch strips in my scrap ...

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November 6, 2018
template twirls from Making A Lather

I had a quilt that I had seen online that I wanted to see if I could use the scrap crazy 6 templates to make. I really like the way this has black pinwheels.

I guess what I am trying to understand is how to do it like the quilt I found online with a square in the center of scraps. Mine has another pinwheel. Which I like, but wonder why it isn't the same. I am sure I will hang my head when I find the easy solution.

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

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October 30, 2018
template fun from Making A Lather

Using the scrap crazy 6 templates has been fun. I haven't finished anything, but I have learned a bit about color choices. I am not of fan of the oriental look.

I have really enjoyed sewing these together. I am sure there is a smart way to cut the scrappy triangle but I am just using squares that I have constructed from scraps and then making sure it is big enough to cut a 6 1/2 inch square.

I can get both these variations using one square.

I am going to sew the quarters together like this for ...

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October 23, 2018
crazy 6 scrappy from Making A Lather

I have several already made blocks of strings and crumbs to play with in experimenting with a scrappy version quilt using the crazy 6 template set.
I tried to visualize a square block and pick a diagonal to sew the black and white piece.

I am trimming to 6 1/2 inches using the black and white section as the cornerstone.

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

I have started the last of the Christmas snowflake blocks

I am linking to:

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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 9, 2018
tuesday and a template from Making A Lather

I am playing around with a new to use template called crazy 6. I am ready to experiment with a scrappy version.
I saw this quilt by bquiltin here.  This is just an inspiration quilt. I didn't make it.

which led to the pattern here. I thought I saw the crazy 6 template shapes in it and so I am going to try and see if I can get something close to that look, using the templates.
I cut cream for the A piece and black for the B piece.

and for the  C and D pieces I am ...

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August 1, 2018
July OMG (One Monthly Goal) end of month report from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

Well, here we are at the end of another month. . . .it seems like there was no time for much this month. . . .but I did get some finished items. . . . just not what I had thought I would get done.

First, I must apologize, there are no pictures as of this moment.  I can't find the camera, again and some of the pictures are on the iPad, which I cannot access at the moment.

So, you will need to come back to this post tomorrow to see the items I am writing about.

First up, things that I have completed:

Car ...

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July 31, 2018
Just Poking Along from Indigo Threads

Still not much going on around here, but I did manage to get some sewing accomplished.  Yay for me!

My quilt guild was having a workshop on the Falling Charms quilt (which I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts blog here, and then found out that Missouri Star's Jenny also has a tutorial here), so I decided to play along.  After some consideration, I realized that I didn't have 2 packs of charm squares that weren't already spoken for, so I decided to use my 40 Crumb Blocks that have been languishing for a few years.  At ...

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July 2, 2018
July OMG goal from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

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Due to travelling in June I was not able to link up for the OMG (One Monthly Goal) program. .  . but I am back for July and getting back to sewing.

You can check out the following link to see what goals other creative are planning on working on for July:

Now, my goal for July is to get crumby. . . . . as in crumb blocks.  I want to have 42 of them done and ready for sashing.

I have to admit, I had tried crumb blocks before and I was not really happy with ...

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March 22, 2018
Crumb Block Top Completed from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

It took a lot of pinning and sewing  and refilling a bobbin - they always seem run out on a long seam - but the Crumb Quilt top is complete.  After pressing the last seam, I took it outside to hang in the sun for a photoshoot.   Of course there was wind.

 But I managed to get a few shots anyway.  If you see the dirt on my car in the background - that is pollen.  We are having a rather early pollen season I think.  And in other photos you may see grass/weeds that haven't been dealt with - If the ...

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March 19, 2018
64 Blocks and Decisions to be made from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

Sunday evening, after just a few minutes of making more crumb blocks, I decided to rest a bit.  Gathering all the crumb blocks I counted them to see just how close I had gotten.

Would you believe there are exactly 64 in that stack.  Yes, I stopped at just the right spot.  I need exactly 64.  Aren't our brains interesting?  I thought I had no clue how many I had made, but I was right on target.

So why is the scrap drawer still overflowing?
And I also have these pieces neatly laid out for working with:

And strips ...

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