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February 18, 2019
Weekly update: three finishes from With Strings Attached

I made two tote bags.  These and the two I showed last week comprise my One Monthly Goal for February. 

The bag on the left uses the same pattern as one of last week's bags.  Both of them have fabric that I used for these tote bags .










Ripples blocks were made by ALA Biblioquilters for the silent auction at the annual conference in June.  They are easy to make -- two 1.5" x WOF strips sewn together, cut into 2.5" sections, and pieced. However, those pieces are devilishly slippery and they twist the wrong direction.  After I'd ...

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February 11, 2019
Weekly update: OMG halfway and more from With Strings Attached

After I assembled Spare Parts IV (see previous post) I got started on the tote bags that are my One Monthly Goal for February.   By the time the end Sunday night PBS programs (Victoria followed by a documentary about Princess Margaret) I'd completed two of the four totes.

I got the Blazing Star block in a long-ago swap. I came across it when I pulled out spare parts -- high time to showcase this beauty. 

The guild did not meet on Wednesday because of bad weather.  The round robin coordinator is intrepid and delivered the February installment to me at ...

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February 4, 2019
Weekly update: stash report, RSC, Lotto, BOM, and OMG from With Strings Attached

I've been mentally composing my report on the ALA Midwinter Meeting but until then, here is the quilting news:
Stash report, January:
Fabric IN:   35 yards, $34.81
Fabric OUT: 35 yards
Net:  ZERO    
Yellow is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for February.  My project this year is MonthlyColor + gray/taupe pinwheels, one for each day of that month.  I made these 28 during TV-watching last evening.


This month's Block Lotto is "alternating nine-patch." The nine-patches are maker's choice with light squares and inky-dark squares.  These were a snap because I used nine-patches from my Block Swappers ...

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January 24, 2019
First Some of This; Some of That Report for 2019 from Quilting Reader's Garden

Here it is the 20th of January and I'm finally getting around to posting this.  First up the destashing. I spent a lot of the first part of the month finishing the quilting on my Sweet Land of Liberty, so not much fabric has been used.  I cut up a panel that came in to St. Anne's so that doesn't count.  I made a few string blocks for Lori's at Humble Quilts Stringalong.  That only took 0.02 yds.

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First Some of This; Some of That Report for 2019 from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Here it is the 20th of January and I'm finally getting around to posting this.  First up the destashing. I spent a lot of the first part of the month finishing the quilting on my Sweet Land of Liberty, so not much fabric has been used.  I cut up a panel that came in to St. Anne's so that doesn't count.  I made a few string blocks for Lori's at Humble Quilts Stringalong.  That only took 0.02 yds.

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January 21, 2019
Weekly update: eclipse and OMG progress from With Strings Attached




The skies were clear Sunday night making the lunar eclipse easy to see, but the 6-degree temperature meant I viewed it very briefly from our front steps.








It's much warmer in the studio!
I'm pleased to report that I have completed both parts of my One Monthly Goal for January.

OMG Part One:  assemble the blocks for the Good Fortune mystery.  Last week I posted the photo and the story of my travails.  I haven't done anything to rectify the make-do corners on the outer border.

Instead, I worked on OMG Part Two: assembling the 30's ...

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January 15, 2019
Weekly update: Mis-Fortune?, RSC red, and something new! from With Strings Attached



 Rip, rip, rip.  I wrote last week that I sewed half the red/orange blocks the wrong way around. But in this case half was better than all. I ripped, pressed, and resewed.
I attached Border #1.  
I attached two of Border #2.  
I discovered that Border #1 was upside down. 
I ripped one of Border #2 -- and then I found out that only one of Border #1 was upside down; the other three were okay. But the wrong Border #1 was *not* the one that I'd ripped apart from Border #2.  (Are you with me?) 
Then I sewed ...

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January 7, 2019
Weekly Update: winnings, fireballs, dots, and Good Fortune from With Strings Attached

Raffle Mania was the main event at Wednesday's guild meeting.  Members bring quilt-related stuff they no longer love. Raffle tickets are distributed based on the previous year's attendance (1 ticket per month, 1 ticket for wearing a name tag). Additional tickets are .50 each.  I got 17 free tickets and bought 20 more.  I contributed 10 5-lb bags of fabric sorted by color (20 yards per bag), two smaller ziploc bags with fabric, and four bundles of 10 books each.  (I was ruthless when I selected the fabric to donate. How many years have I had this? Does ...

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December 31, 2018
Weekly update: somewhat biased, Good Fortune, something old, something new from With Strings Attached

I hope you and those you love had a merry Christmas.  We did -- candlelight service at 5 p.m. Monday, Christmas Day brunch at M.G.'s house with mutual friends.  I spent some of DH's generous Christmas check on fabric but still have enough to indulge at post-holiday sales (not just fabric but at other stores).  The weather has been relatively mild and snow-less.  The winner of the AAUW holiday raffle quilt couldn't attend the luncheon. When I offered to deliver the quilt to her she invited me to brunch on Friday. We had a lovely visit ...

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December 24, 2018
Weekly update: a finish, a flimsy, and clue 5 from With Strings Attached

After all the activity in the first half of the month it was nice to have a less-busy week.  I had two executive committee meetings (one of which was the last since I'm going off that particular board after 16 years). Rotary meets for Thursday breakfast (last meeting until January).  Pat J's retirement party on Wednesday was a library family reunion with many retired staff coming back to celebrate her 25 years of service. 

We saw not one, but two movies this week. (It's nice to go to the matinee showing.) We saw The Favourite on Monday ...

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December 17, 2018
Weekly update: holiday doings, catching up, and Clue 4 from With Strings Attached


The United Methodist Women had their holiday luncheon on Thursday.

In years past I've made ornaments as favors but this year I made coasters. (20 coasters, 5" squares = 2 yards of fabric used!)


Thursday evening I went to my friend Erika's P.E.O. chapter's holiday party.

At both parties we exchanged white elephant gifts.  I was happy to pass along some perfectly nice items I did not want. In return, both times, I got candy.

(Yes, I hang out with middle-aged/older white women. I fit the demographic.)








At church this morning the kids performed the ...

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Weekly update: Good Fortune and holiday flings about, out, and mostly in from With Strings Attached

Here's as much of Good Fortune Clue #3 as I was able to complete this weekend.  In the directions Bonnie cautioned to sew and press accurately in order to make the 2" bonus HSTs.  Using that method means that the units have very narrow seam allowances but it also means you don't have to make a separate set of HSTs.







Flinging about -- it was a week of holiday parties.   Monday: P.E.O. potluck and seasonal sock exchange.  Tuesday:  Zion Woman's Club holiday meeting (with a white elephant exchange).   Wednesday: Quilt Guild holiday dinner. We had an ...

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December 11, 2018
Some of This; Some of That this Design Wall Monday from The Quilting Reader's Garden

Let's start with the destashing:  What with fabric for my last unit on the donut I'm working on for Bliss, a border for the Stars & Stripes sampler, and another baby top, I used 1.3 yards of fabric.  I'm giving 2 yards to St. Anne's, 3 yards to the Guild Friday giving me total of 6.3 yards.  My  new YTD total is  77.04 yds destashed out of the 88 yards needed to meet my goal.  I've passed my 3/4

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Some of This; Some of That this Design Wall Monday from Quilting Reader's Garden

Let's start with the destashing:  What with fabric for my last unit on the donut I'm working on for Bliss, a border for the Stars & Stripes sampler, and another baby top, I used 1.3 yards of fabric.  I'm giving 2 yards to St. Anne's, 3 yards to the Guild Friday giving me total of 6.3 yards.  My  new YTD total is  77.04 yds destashed out of the 88 yards needed to meet my goal.  I've passed my 3/4

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December 3, 2018
Weekly update: stash report, OMG, and Good Fortune from With Strings Attached

Fabric in, November:  118 yards, $215 (average $1.82)
Fabric out, November:  33-5/8
Fabric in, YTD:  580-3/8, $1191 (average $2.05)
Fabric out,YTD:  513-5/8
Net increase:  66-3/4
As I've said, if I can't keep myself from acquiring fabric at least I can get bargains! This month I scored big at an estate sale and another quilter's destash.


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It was easy to determine my One Monthly Goal for December:  a bookshelf quilt for a library staff member who's retiring. Her party is December 19.

So far I've pulled the novelty scraps ...

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November 26, 2018
Weekly update: gratitude, mug rugs, and Good Fortune from With Strings Attached

I'm composing this post Sunday night as a blizzard howls.  My sympathy goes to all the travelers whose flights were canceled or postponed, and to everyone who faced driving back home or back to college this afternoon -- but I'm glad we don't have to go anywhere until a dentist appointment at noon tomorrow.

Pepto-Bismol pink!
We enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's house here in town.  I contributed Susan Stamberg's mother-in-law's cranberry relish.  (Here is this year's presentation of the recipe.)   Our hostess and the other guests liked it.   I bought a turkey ...

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November 20, 2018
Weekly update: a new flimsy from With Strings Attached

 Sacajawea came to our AAUW meeting on Tuesday evening.  Dolley Madison visited the library on Saturday afternoon.  Both presentations were very interesting.  (My first encounter with both women was reading their biographies in the Childhood of Famous Americans series.)

Left: Martina Mathisen. Right: Debra Anne Miller . Check their websites for other historical portrayals.

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Last week I posted a photo of 30 blocks and said that I would make 42 for a 6 x 7 setting.   I made 33 and contemplating setting them. I realized that the busy blocks would blend too much unless they were sashed, but sashing a 6 ...

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November 12, 2018
Weekly update: two finishes and a swap (and lots more) from With Strings Attached




We voted on Tuesday.  I hope you did, too.



I enjoyed lunch on Wednesday with several Alpha Gam sisters. We are from different collegiate chapters. I'm not able to attend many of the alumnae club meetings because they're farther away than I'm comfortable driving at night.  It was nice to have a daytime gathering.

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BOM MSQC sampler 
The 2017-2018 guild BOM wrapped up with show-and-tell at
Wednesday's meeting.  We made a different Missouri Star block each month. To qualify for prizes we had to set the blocks (quilting optional).  Four of us brought our projects. One ...

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November 5, 2018
Changing it up - Mountain Dawning - same pattern, different colorway! from Pamela Quilts



I've been working on a new version of my Mountain Dawning pattern as a shop sample for Threads That Bind.  This time I used Rock Candy strips and White out (essential gems from Wilmington Prints).  So much fun in the bright colors!  I tried laying it out different ways, and it was really hard to choose which one to use:

I really liked this one (which isn't in the pattern, but easy to figure out!)
And this version is stunning as well!
So hard to choose!
All of them were just so beautiful!
I decided to make the ...

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October 29, 2018
Weekly update: treats, trash (twice), triangles, and OMG from With Strings Attached

Rotary was one of the community groups in Friday's Trail of Treats sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The trail led through the park to the Park District center for their annual Halloween party. 






 



On Saturday morning the Zion Woman's Club (with a few husbands to help) participated in a beach cleanup at  Illinois Beach State Park.  (I found a used condom and a Welcome Baby Girl balloon. There's a tale!)   I also got some beach glass for my collection.

At home
A tile floor from a long-gone building has been breaking up for years.  I get ...

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