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June 2, 2023
a cleaning finish from Making A Lather

My April goal was to clean the sewing room floor which took until middle May to finish. A by product of that cleaning, was to clean the cutting table, too. This is a Friday finish with great benefit. 

It went from this....

embarrassing

to this...

tada

By cleaning this, my scrap management just improved. And, I am working diligently on my ironing room in May ( and probably June) When I run into a stack of mess, I have this lovely table to sort and cut. yipee. I have been very careful to clean it every night, to keep it that ...

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May 26, 2023
floor finish from Making A Lather

I can't believe it, but my sewing room floor is clean and as tidy as it is going to get.  It went from this

embarrassing

to this. 

I spent 6 weeks sorting through procrastinated messes and organizing better. I tried to remove as much as possible by donating or gifting. There is still too much packed into the room. I also tried to locate often used items closer to me.

These were all over the room wherever I could lean them


scrap bins


I can walk straight to my machine

 still more to go

cutting table

I decided my ...

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May 19, 2023
tokoyo subway finish from Making A Lather

I made this as part of the rainbow scrap challenge in 2018

It was an oh Franson pattern. I used a 2 inch square interfacing and ironed the squares by color on the fusible side. I could then fold along the strips and sew the rows together. It was a process. As each color of the month was chosen, I would add that color to all the squares that would need it.

It is Tokoyo subway by Elizabeth Hartman.  I downloaded mine from her website when it was free.


60 x 60 = 12 yards


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May 12, 2023
Friday Finish: Boho Quilt and Sister Bay Table Mat from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Today is the true confession edition of Friday Finish. I am more of a project starter than a project finisher. Both the Sister Bay table mat and the Boho lap quilt lingered in my sewing room for some time. Once I picked them up again, they were very fast finishes!

First is this Sister Bay table mat. Moda sent a charm pack and a pad of cupcake papers in the box with their catalog showing the Sister Bay line by 3 Sisters just about two years ago. Those items sat on the corner of my sewing table FOR TWO YEARS ...

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wonky courthouse steps finish from Making A Lather

My Friday finish is an older UFO from the strings bin. Wonky courthouse steps was inspired by a Bonnie Hunter pattern. This is the second one I have made. Once, I pull out the strip bin, it is hard to stop. I made a third one as well. All of them I have sewn on my singer treadle.

61 x 67


I used a sheet for the back and quilted free form swirls. I used scrappy pieces for the binding.


I finished the first one in 2021 here. No two look alike when using the string bin.

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March 31, 2023
Friday Finish: Nine-Patch Challenge from Patchwork Sampler Blog

March challenge: nine patch

Do you remember the Nine-Patch Challenge post from March 1 (click here if you missed it)? In a nutshell, I am trying to whittle down my flannel stash and wanted to add an element of fun. Nine-patch quilts are quick and easy and versatile enough to use whatever fabric you have on hand. Unfortunately, I will have to finish more than one baby quilt to make much of a dent in my flannel.

 

This is the ONE little quilt I finished.

This fox fabric is so cute, but now it is gone. I just barely had ...

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One monthly goal finish- kristals from Making A Lather

My finish this Friday is also my one monthly goal  for March. kristals is finished and ready for the next part of it's life.

64 x 64 = 14 yards


I had a polka dot fabric for the back and used a polka dot for the binding. I quilted an all over paisley.


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February 17, 2023
Friday Finish: Nyilak and Corona from Patchwork Sampler Blog

This week I finished TWO projects and both were from the Quilters Candy Membership. Last weekend I did an Instagram Takeover for the membership and I wanted to showcase a couple of projects. Currently, these patterns are only available through the membership. 

The first one is Nyalik by Alexa at The Wannabe Grandma. I loved this pattern from the first time I saw it and even collected fabrics to make it. My original plan was to make a bed-sized quilt. By making it small, though, I actually finished. Haha!

I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, but ...

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radiant star finish from Making A Lather

May I introduce a very patient quilt that, now, has a chance to shine. I started radiant star quilt in 2012 as a class at a local quilt store.

I wrote the first blog post in 2016, mentioning that it might get a chance for a finish. Nope. not then.

I added it to 5 quilts in January 2023 by random number generator. I am glad I did, I finally could trust that it would get the attention it deserved.

I opened the project box, and realized it wasn't perfect, but, still very nice. I imagine the imperfect center ...

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January 27, 2023
sea swept finish from Making A Lather

Sea swept is finished and ready for our Spring guild quilt show. This was my January one monthly goal at elm street quilts. It is a beautiful quilt. I really like the colors, and, snails trail has been on my bucket list for years. All I needed to get started, was my sewing friend deciding she wanted to make one too. I started cutting in May 2021.

86 x 99

25 yards
I used a  wide flannel backing and free motion swirls on the longarm. I used leftover scraps for the binding.
 
This is all we had to make this ...

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December 9, 2022
Mystery quilt finish from Making A Lather

This quiltville mystery quilt has had it's share of mystery. I lost the blocks for Rhododendron mystery quilt after they were all made. Luckily, with a little sleuthing, they were found, and I decided to add this quilt to my 5 quilts goals. In November, the top was ready for borders, but, the corner pieces were missing. It was ready for quilting by Thanksgiving. I made this my December one monthly goal. If I wanted to make the new mystery - Chilhowie, I needed to finish this one.

90 x106

25 yards

I pieced a pink and floral ...

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November 11, 2022
finish scrappy twirl from Making A Lather

I started this quilt in 2018 and I called it template twirls. I made it using the crazy 6 templates from creative grids as part of an experiment. I was determined to go through my templates, at the time, or get rid of them. I made several quilts or tops at the time, and had so much fun, I kept the templates LOL

This is a great use for all the little bits of strings and crumbs

60 x 70 and the sun was funny for the photo


I quilted all over bubbles and added the binding by machine.



other ...

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October 29, 2022
bunnies is a top from Making A Lather

I have finished my bunny quilt to the top stage. I think It is very cute and, coincidently, I am going to be a Grandmother again. I might be ahead on this one. Now, this quilt will be sent to the "to be quilted" closet, and, wait it's turn for the longarm.



hoping for a safe halloween for all the kiddos

We did just a little bit of fun decorating this year.



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rsc21 super saturday


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September 30, 2022
finally a finish from Making A Lather

I finished the binding on my EPP diamond quilt. And I can call it finished. It has been a few months since I have had a finish. Meanwhile, I haven't stopped sewing, and, the tops are still piling up in the closet. I need to move a long.

This was my very first English Paper Piecing. I started ( 2009)  with this quilt I needed a hand project for an airplane trip to Utah to see my daughter. I was sure I didn't want to do hexagons ( what did I know?) And this seemed simple enough to be a ...

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April 22, 2022
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

I have a finish for April's one monthly goal at elm street quilts. Bricks in  the brickyard is quilted and bound. I started it in 2012. Bricks in the barnyard is found in Bonnie Hunter's Book- scraps and shirt tails 2 . I decided to use it as part of my 5 quilts ufo list in September 2021. At that time, the blocks were in 6 horizontal sections. I sewed the rows and added an inner and outer border and it was ready for the quilt vault.

I drew the number for quilting and finishing it this month. And ...

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March 11, 2022
Christmas sparkle finish from Making A Lather

It is so exciting to finish this Christmas quilt early..... ok late. But, I am glad it is done and off all my lists. I found the pattern as a free Christmas sew along here. In March 2018, I was overwhelmed with piles of Christmas fabrics and I started cutting. This is one of the quilts I cut trying to use it and organize it. I didn't make it all go away, but, I did get it stored together.

I had it cut out January 2021

I started  the blocks march 2021

The blocks were big and I really ...

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February 18, 2022
row by row quilt finish from Making A Lather

As part of my rainbow scrap challenge goals for 2020, I bought a new pattern called row by row. I worked on each color through the year. By the end of the year, I had all the rows sewn. I had the top ready in November of 2020. I really like how bright and happy it turned out finished.


I finished quilting and binding it for my February One monthly goal. It is 80 x 80 and all made with scraps. 

22 yards

I used a blue sheet for the back and a stripe for the binding that I did ...

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February 11, 2022
baby flannel quilt finish from Making A Lather

I have a jelly roll finish for a child. it was a flannel  jelly roll I found on sale. I used 20 for the inside portion. I wanted it a bit larger so I added borders. I made this on the treadle in 2020


It is 47 x 66. I used an all over stipple for the quilting.


I used a dark blue flannel for the back and a light weight batting  since it is flannel.


I machine sewed the binding. I wish I had cut it larger, there is a lot of bulk with flannel. I hope someone will ...

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January 21, 2022
end of rainbow finish from Making A Lather

I have another finish for January from my rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy projects. I sewed the crumb blocks here - during 2019 by color of the month. I found this in a -book here by Melissa Corey


it is 82x82 and used 20 yards

I used a cotton sheet for the back and a scrappy binding.

I did free motion swirls for the quilting. I really like swirls and may just do all of my quilts like that. Quick and easy is best.

wednesday wait loss

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TGIFF

TGIFF different     here  and here

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January 14, 2022
finished hourglass quilt from Making A Lather

 I started this leader/ender challenge with quiltville in July of 2016. My friend Lucy, my daughter, and I swapped hourglass blocks all year. The top was done in September 2017. It has been waiting in the 'to be quilted' closet until this year. Now it has a chance to shine as a completed quilt. There are over 3000 pieces in this quilt. It was such fun to get a new package in the mail with new hourglasses. And fun again as they were sewn into the top.




This also completes my one monthly goal at elm street quilts. And ...

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