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April 2, 2020
Progress on the 2020 PHD and Other Quilty Ambitions from Life In Pieces

The first quarter of 2020 is over.  It's definitely not been the year I was expecting in terms of work and general life.  The stuff going on the sewing room has been progressing almost normally. So I'm going to concentrate on what progress there's been there.  

My 2020 Quilting Ambitions were pretty simple.  


The big push this year is to finish a few quilts.  I signed up with Quilting Gail's 2020 PHD Program to help keep me motivated on that front.  And I can finally show some progress on that front. 


A finish finally!  The last ...

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March 31, 2020
To Do Tuesday: Finding a New Groove from Life In Pieces

We are slowly settling into the new normal of working from home.  I wouldn't want to do this long term, but we've figured out how to manage dueling video conferences, dropped networks and other computer glitches.  As all of that dust has settled, my quilty mojo has returned, I actually checked off everything on last week's to do list.  

Weekly To Do List (3/24/2020)
Twinkle Stars:  Print label, attach binding
Mosaic Mystery: Add third border 
Frolic: Make 2 dark blue blocks, start stitching rows 
Butterfly Embroidery: Work on for 15 minutes 

Last week was definitely ...

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March 30, 2020
Weekend Progress from Life In Pieces

It was a quiet weekend, though not all of it was spent in the sewing room. The Scientist in Training didn't plan on being home for more than a week and didn't bring home all her books or clothes for the warmer weather we are starting to have. So I rode along as she drove the two hours back to her apartment to get the things she needed to ride out however long campus is closed.  

After we got home, I headed to the sewing room and finally made some good progress on last week's To Do ...

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March 27, 2020
Frolic Friday {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

Just a quick post with a teeny tiny update on my Frolic mystery quilt.

Since last I posted, I finished two blocks. For these dark teal blocks, I have been doing them in smaller batches broken up by which fabric they feature for the aqua secondary background. These two blocks used some leftover Bonnie and Camille April Showers fabric.


I also have all of the block parts ready to go for the next five blocks.


These should zip together relatively quickly when and if I find time at my sewing machine this week or weekend.

I hope that you are ...

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March 24, 2020
To Do Tuesday from Life In Pieces

It's been very, very different the last week. I've been working from home since last Wednesday.  The Scientist in Training has been home for spring break.  It's been good to have her hanging out with us, though all of our shopping and family outings were canceled.  I've been AWOL from the blog and the sewing room for the last week.  It's been hard to adjust to the new normal.  After spending all day working on the computer and coping with the news, we've chosen to spend the evenings and last weekend together as a ...

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March 20, 2020
A Slow Pace {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

A happy Friday to all -- catching up today with a late afternoon post!

Maybe my plans to enlarge my Frolic quilt were misguided because this is continuing to be a long, slow process of making blocks! The last time I posted about my Frolic progress was exactly a month ago! Then I had just finished up my navy blocks and I had started working on my dark teal blocks.


As of now, I have only three dark teal blocks complete, however, I have pieces and parts sewn and ready to go for an additional 6 or 8 blocks.


I hope ...

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March 18, 2020
To Do Tuesday, A Day Late from Life In Pieces

As of this morning, My Guy and I are working from home for the next couple of weeks.  It's been a bit of a madhouse at work the last few days just trying to work out details and get people set up to work from home.  I'm very lucky to work someplace where working from home is feasible, not everyone has that option. Fingers crossed that the social distancing and associated sacrifices will slow down the virus and give the US a chance to get caught up on testing and develop more targeted strategies to mitigate the spread ...

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March 10, 2020
To Do Tuesday #10 in 2020 from Life In Pieces

I'm not sure what happened to last week. I guess all those naps in the recliner after work didn't help with making progress on the to do list.  It wasn't a bad week, just not as productive as I would have liked.  

Weekly To Do List (03/03/2020)

1. Twinkle Stars - Make, attach, stitch binding to back - progress
2. Mosaic Mystery - Add first border
3. Frolic - Make 5 dark blue blocks - progress 

Only one check mark, but there was progress on the other two to dos, so not a bad week.  

So what's the plan ...

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March 9, 2020
Weekly update: Luncheon winnings and a concert, RSC teal, Frolic dispatched, and the next project from With Strings Attached


The Lake County Women's Coalition Women's History Month Celebration was Saturday. The theme was "Valiant Women of the Vote in Lake County."  The Zion Woman's Club honoree was my friend and former coworker Rosemary who spearheaded the voter registration program at the library. The AAUW honoree was Sally who has coordinated AAUW's voter registration program and moderated many candidate forums.

There is a silent auction and raffle to raise funds for LCWC scholarships for women over 30 studying at the College of Lake County. They awarded three this year.

I contributed Crystal Chain (which I made ...

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Bindings, Blocks and Borders from Life In Pieces

It was a slow week in the sewing room.  I forget just how much the flu can drag down your energy levels. The older I get, the longer it seems to take to bounce back after being unwell.  

Thankfully there was the energy  on Saturday and Sunday to hang out in the sewing room.  The first priority is to get the binding made for Twinkle Stars.  

 Twinkle Stars Tutorial by Angela Feldbush of Soscrappy

It's taking a bit longer than normal because I'm trying to match up the colors in the binding strips with the colors in the ...

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March 6, 2020
frolic top from Making A Lather

I spent an afternoon at Church as the second person for teaching a young boy having trouble with school. My job was easy. Just be there as a back up. I decided I would bring my sewing machine, and, take advantage of a floor to layout the rest of my frolic mystery quilt.
By mid afternoon, all the parts were sewn and I had 2 halves left to put together.


Before I went home, I had the top together this far. All that is left are the borders.



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March 3, 2020
To Do Tuesday #9 and the March One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's March!  I was about to ask where did February go, but I know what happened there. A week long business trip and a week with the flu ate up the end of the month.  The business trip for this week was canceled based on the recommendation of my doctor. So I'm home this week. I have one other business trip and maybe some plans for spring break.  But I should be home more this month than the last two. 

I'd been diagnosed with the flu when I laid out last week's list, so I kept ...

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March 2, 2020
one monthly goal and frolic from Making A Lather

It was so nice yesterday, we took a walk in the park. There was just a little bit of snow left under the fallen tree. Spring is close I can feel it.


Friday group I had a chance to layout  frolic and make the center row and the smaller one before it. It is all downhill from here. There is a lot of pinning and matching. It was more fun to sit and pin when in the company of other quilter friends. With every row, I like it better.


This is part of my one monthly goal for March. I ...

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The Monday After - Almost Back to Normal from Life In Pieces

It wasn't a wonderful week on the stitching front, I didn't get back into the sewing room till Saturday.  But there was a bit of progress on a few projects over the weekend.  

The sashing strips for Frolic are the current leader and enders project.  A few of those, along with a couple of the darker blue blocks have been added to the collection on the design wall.  

 Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

I may start assembling the rows this week as work on the rest of the blocks continues.  Just three more dark blue and five ...

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February 26, 2020
Weekly update: Frolic is almost a flimsy from With Strings Attached

Blocks + sashing + setting blocks + corner blocks.   The assembly wasn't hard -- all the units fit together nicely -- but it was fiddly.

I will add this post to the OMG February link up when the time comes.  Linking up to Elm Street's OMG Finish here 

What I strive for in a super-scrappy design like this is to have no-two-fabrics-touching, particularly in the really obvious places (like the blue parts of the flying geese that surround the stars).  I wasn't completely successful when it came to the small rectangles in the sashing. If you notice them then you are looking ...

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Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 24, 2020
frolic rows from Making A Lather

My husband was scheduled to have back surgery today, but his cardiologist wanted to do a heart cath first, so the back surgery was cancelled. What a disappointment. But, we will still be visiting the hospital for the heart cath, and see what road that takes us down.

Friday group met, and I worked a little bit on rows for frolic mystery quilt. There is a lot of pinning involved in piecing these together.


And, there was no mention in the directions about joining the sashings together with the navy 1 1/2 inch square we cut earlier in clue ...

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A Bit of Progress from Life In Pieces

It wasn't a completely relaxing weekend.  My Guy and I judged at the district science fair on Saturday morning. There were some really good projects, but boy it was a long morning.  I did get to come home and stitch all Saturday afternoon.  Unfortunately, I woke up Sunday with a scratchy throat which didn't get any better and by bedtime, I had a fever and runny nose too. It's no better this morning, so I'm staying home today. Hopefully a day of bed rest will help clear this out. 

In spite of the intrusion of my ...

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February 20, 2020
At A Snail's Pace {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am still slowly (so slowly) but surely making little bits of progress on my Frolic mystery quilt.

Last year I finished the top of my Good Fortune quilt top on (or about) February 13th. Now, I did do a half-ished sized quilt last year and I am doing the full quilt this year in addition to this being a much more complicated quilt and not feeling my normal motivation in December and January.

However, I have completed all of my navy blocks!


This includes the stray block that I shared last time in the lower right hand corner. And ...

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February 17, 2020
frolic 1/2 blocks from Making A Lather

Yesterday I had some great comments and my hand spazzed and I hit delete. Is there a way in blogger to find them?

Ok, I think I have made it to the assembly stage of frolic mystery quilt. I think I can relax and set it aside for a bit. I could use the break for my brain. And it will be fun to think about other projects. I have had an Editya Sitar brand new quilt kit I have wanted to make since last fall. I keep postponing it for lack of brain power. And I need to finish ...

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