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January 14, 2018
On Ringo Lake, Licorice Whip, En Provence from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee

On Ringo Lake -- Along with thousands of quilters, I have been working on my version of Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt.  I did not have a lot of the corals, but had plenty of reds, tans and grays.   All of my units are done, however making the blocks and sashing are being worked in between other projects.

Below is a baby quilt for a new little cousin in Katy, Texas, "Mia Cate" .... I went with one of my favorite patterns, "Licorice Whip", published by Black Cat Creations.  The 64" X 64" quilt is large enough for the baby to grow ...

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January 11, 2018
2018 Finish Along - First Quarter Projects from Life In Pieces

This year has been dubbed the year of the UFO in my sewing room.  There are 18 quilting projects on my list that were started more than a year ago.  My goal for 2018 is to get the number of UFOs below 10.  So that means at least 9 finishes for 2018.  The most I've ever managed to finish is 7 quilts in one year, so completing 9 is definitely a stretch goal.  I'm using every source of motivation available to help keep me on track.  That includes participating in the 2018 Finish Along.  

It's time to ...

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December 30, 2017
2018 UFO Challenge: The Quilts and the Plan from Life In Pieces

In 2017 my plan wasn't so much about finishing UFOs as it was about finishing quilts that had deadlines.  Namely the graduation quilts that had to be done by May.  All three of the graduation quilts got done, as well as four other quilts that came off or were kept off the UFO list by being finished.  So seven finishes all together, that ties my best ever total in a year.

In 2017, I learned that setting priorities is key to moving things off the list. Participating in the the One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts will ...

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December 18, 2017
Progress on Mysterious Stuff from Life In Pieces

We had a quiet weekend.  The Scientist in Training and I got in some last minute stocking stuffer shopping.  The tree is up and decorated.  There are even a few presents under it.  Even better, I got in some sewing room time.  Not as much as my usual, but enough to get fabric cut for the On Ringo Lake clue 4. 

There are a few more triangles in progress over at the sewing machine.  I just made two initially to make sure my fabric cutting was accurate and to get a feel for the assembly process. This is the first ...

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December 4, 2017
December One Monthly Goal: Working on the UFO List from Life In Pieces

December almost seems late this year since Thanksgiving was so early.  Of course even if it seems a bit late, I'm still behind on the holiday stuff.  Sewing time will be at a premium till after Christmas.  Too many other things to do on the weekends and in the evenings after work.  As I contemplate what to focus on for my December One Monthly Goal that needs to be kept in mind.

There's been a lot of progress on En Provence.  

En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

The second vertical border strip has been added since this ...

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December 1, 2017
November One Monthly Goal Progress from Life In Pieces

The last day of November is just about over.  It's been a busy week, both at work and at home.  I've only got 9 days of work left for the year, but that means there is a lot of end of year stuff to finish up if I don't want to fire up the laptop while I'm off.  Work deadlines have meant more computer time in the evenings rather than sewing time.  That really played into how this month's One Monthly Goal worked out. 

The plan was to get all the borders added to En ...

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November 30, 2017
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

I have the top done for my civil war edition of En Provence. This was last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery. This is a finish for my one monthly goal at Elm street quilts. So far I have met my goal 10 out of 11 months and really exceeded my expectations for the year, not that I wouldn't love to have finished 100 more quilts, but I am finishing.

 We have had sunshine the last 2 days and it has been enjoyable to be outside.Still cold and in the 40s, but the sun makes everything better. The quilting ...

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November 20, 2017
Weekend Stitching: More 4-Patches from Life In Pieces

It was a very nice weekend. Even better because I don't have to head in to work today.  Today is date day, My Guy and I will be hanging out together and having fun.  I'll get some time to stitch this evening, he's planning on playing in the kitchen a bit then.  

The saga of the never ending 4 patches for En Provence is almost complete.  

En Provence, A Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

Not the best photo, but the flimsy has gotten too long to photograph well in the sewing room.  The last eight 4 patches for ...

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November 18, 2017
early Christmas present from Making A Lather

Hubby made an early Christmas present, and I am soooo excited. I dread ironing big quilts on a regular ironing board...

 He cut the plywood 22 x 62
We used 4 layers of batting and an old wool blanket. It works like a dream.I tried it on my finished top of En Provence. What I noticed is, that as I sprayed water on it, I was able to iron it dry better. I won't be able to quilt this for this month's one monthly goal as I have 5 customer quilts to do first, and they are ...

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November 16, 2017
borders from Making A Lather

It is all ready for borders. I had to really give myself a talking to get it this far. I love it, but I just don't want to sew it. En Provence with civil war fabrics...

I have been working on my Poppy rug/pillow
 I don't like the background that I bought. I think it is too dark. you can see it between the leaves and the flower at the bottom. So I am thinking I will try to dye something a little lighter. But I also need to pick the accent fabric for the piping and ...

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November 13, 2017
Weekend Stitching: Slow Going from Life In Pieces

I'm definitely not ready for Monday morning.  It was a nice three day weekend with lots of stitching time.  So it's hard to head back to the office this morning.  It will busy at work this week, but I'm off all next week.  I just have to make it to Friday.  

The focus in the sewing room has been En Provence.  I'd like to get that project to at least the finished flimsy stage before this year's mystery starts up next week. 

En Provence,  Bonnie Hunter Mystery (2016)

The first round of pieced borders is ...

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November 9, 2017
move forward from Making A Lather

Our Granddaughter spent the weekend with us. I love having them alone, especially around their birthdays. We get to spoil, and they are so different out on their own. We went to a Japanese steakhouse for lunch. She loved the show but not so much the food.

Every year our city has a we care tree collection. Individuals or companies creat and decorate a Christmas tree and then they are auctioned to the highest bidder and all money is donated to charity. We each picked our favorite tree.

She is great at digging out every toy we have stuffed someplace ...

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November 8, 2017
indecision from Making A Lather

I have hit too many "wait and sees" and it has affected my mojo. I just haven't been able to decide yet on a few projects. I seem to be in a thinking mood and not a doing mood. I have been pondering next year's quilting goals and just not sure what I want to see accomplished.

I have almost finished my owl rug hooking, but I want it bigger. So the fight in my head begins. Finish it the way the pattern requires or invent something else. More work, more indecision. sigh...

As I was webbing En ...

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November 3, 2017
November One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

Are you in denial?  I am.  How did it get to be November already?  The year is quickly winding down. This month will go much more quickly than I'm ready for.  It's already the 2nd day of the month.  Definitely time to decide on a plan and priority list for November.  That means deciding on what will be my One Monthly Goal for the month.  

I've narrowed it down to three options. 

1.  Start Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake Mystery.  I've decided on the fabrics for this year's project.

All but that red, yellow ...

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November 1, 2017
a new goal from Making A Lather

A new month and time for a new goal. Halloween came and went. We had no trick or treaters. sigh... I don't even have any pictures of my Grandchildren. sigh...

But the big news is published about the new mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. 

My one monthly goal for November will be to piece the blocks for my EnProvence in civil war colors.Given the changing seasons, and the Thanksgiving holiday, I am hoping to get the top pieced but not quilted.
I have some un sewing to do first, since I added the wrong color of ...

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October 30, 2017
Weekend Stitching: October One Monthly Goal Progress from Life In Pieces

It was a quiet weekend.  It looked so pretty outside, but the wind and the cold made it great sewing room weather.  I took full advantage of that fact and played most of the weekend. The plan was to make some significant progress on October's One Monthly Goal

The plan for October was to finish piecing the last En Provence block and then get all those blocks and sashing strips into a finished flimsy.  That was a lot more challenging than I anticipated.  There are lots of seams that have to be matched up.  It wasn't so bad ...

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October 24, 2017
Quilt show inspiration from Making A Lather

What a wonderful quilt show I attended in Indianapolis. It was full of some amazing quilts, and goodies. My hubby went with, and he had a grand time in the garage sale area. He loves tools and gadgets. Don't get him started on the wonder of a needle perfectly made.  None of my pictures will do the quilts justice. This dear Jane was the opener as you walked in the display area.

  The colors were vibrant

I really liked this one. I looked all over for information, and finally realized it was the back of a quilt. -  talk about ...

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October 22, 2017
Stash Stuff for Week 42 from Life In Pieces

We've had a slightly different pace this weekend with the Scientist in Training home.  While she was doing homework, I got caught up on my blog reading, email, uploading photos, etc.  We also did a little shopping, for shoes this time.  I really needed new shoes for work.  Since I work in a lab, my shoes have to meet safety criteria, but still meet the "professional" dress code. I pretty much hate shopping for work shoes and put it off till my current pair look so bad even My Guy notices.  

It hasn't been the best week for ...

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October 18, 2017
en provence wrong from Making A Lather

Remember  when I was crabby about teaching a "friend" to make glitter blocks here, and I said I will suffer for being judgy. yep I sewed these En provence blocks (quiltville.) with the wrong color of tri recs units. And I had made 6. sigh... I had forgotten that there were 2 different colors and I grabbed the first ones I saw in the box. So I have had some unpicking to do.

you know, I just didn't like it that way, and I wish had stopped and checked.

 now we are back on track

I am linking to ...

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October 16, 2017
Weekend Stitching: Lots of Pinning from Life In Pieces

Monday always comes before I'm ready for it.  This will be both a long week and a short week.  Long in that my work calendar is seriously full this week. Short in that Friday is a day off.  The Scientist in Training will be home on Thursday for fall break.  The plan is for a major day of shopping sometime during the long weekend.  But getting to the weekend will be a bit of a slog,  it's that time of year where there is lots going on at work.  There will be homework each night this week.  So ...

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