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August 15, 2022
moving projects from Making A Lather

It is time to say - see you later- to an old friend. I am retiring this project to the the UFO closet. I have enough pieces cut, I think, but, all shirts go well together. I was hoping for 80 blocks and I have 52 finished. I need to concentrate on some "other" languishing projects to get a bit of organization and less chaos. I  want to move some projects out of easy to reach areas and spread out my current projects. I keep misplacing parts and pieces and really need to clean up and assess where I am. So ...

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August 13, 2022
blossoms from Making A Lather

Pretty orange blossom time blocks are finished here for the  rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.  I have had to cut and make more parts for these cuties. I ran out of stems and 4 patches. I think I am closing in on the goal for this quilt. I think I have 128 out of 140 needed.  I may just go rogue and finish up with oddball fabrics I find laying around.

I harvested chocolate mint, since the dehydrator is empty. It is not my favorite herb tea - I like spearmint the best - but, it smells so yummy. I may ...

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August 12, 2022
quilt hit list from Making A Lather

I am frustrated with the scrap piles again. A little bit here and a little bit there, can really add up over time. I have let a lot of time pass since the last time I have been sitting to cut scraps. I dumped all the bits into a container, and started cutting. This time, I  made a hit list. I have several projects, that I still need pieces cut to finish. When I pick up a scrap, I check to see if I could use the color in any of the projects. If so, I start cutting the sizes ...

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August 8, 2022
Butterfly... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

We have had more butterflies visit our flowers

this year than we can ever remember...

This particular butterfly seemed to follow me

around while I was watering flowers yesterday...

The pink coneflowers are beginning to bloom

here in Western Oregon...

The butterfly was partial to the coneflowers...

Perching on top of that big, round

coneflower made for easy photography...

It takes a little longer to get the watering

done when you have a camera in your hand,

but it's worth it...


Enjoying the summer !

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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August 6, 2022
waffle retirement from Making A Lather

 I have the orange waffle stamp blocks finished for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, in orange. I have added over 100 blocks this year. But, I am retiring this project to the ufo closet to wait it's turn for assembly. 

and pink

We grew sweet corn this year. And it worked. All our lives we have been near seed corn, and as a courtesy didn't grow it. So, this is new to us. We wondered with our critter problem this year, if we would even find our ears of corn gone one morning. We have a ...

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August 4, 2022
wedding ring block from Making A Lather

I started this wedding ring, or crown and thorns, with a bag of scraps here. I have mostly worked on them as recreational sewing from time to time. I think it is time to put them into the ufo closet and give them a break. I have 20 squares and I would like to have 30.  I need to find other scraps and cut, to be able to go on with this quilt. That is more than recreational sewing. I have other quilts I am committed to finishing, and a garden harvest coming to picking time. So, off it will ...

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July 31, 2022
stash report July 31, 2022 from Making A Lather

I loved this halloween bundle called Old Made and I finally found a sale price I could live with the price. I am so excited to include it in my plans. I always need neutrals. It is amazing how fast they are used up to the smallest scrap.

old made halloween bundle

Stash report  July 31, 2022

fabric added: 8 yards
fabric added year to date: 76 1/4 yards 

fabric used: 4 3/4 yards

fabric used year to date: 134 3/4 yards  

58 1/2 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 4 days last week. 

I ...

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July 30, 2022
last purple rsc saturday from Making A Lather

This is the last Saturday for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I spent the week finishing what I needed in purple for my rainbow projects. And, I am ready for the new color.

I had a few blue waffle stamp blocks

purple zipper

hunters star

star and crown

And it is sweet corn yummy season here. Our favorite farmer has his stand open and we are loving his corn. We grew a bit but it isn't ready. But it is time to sit out with a bee bee gun and protect it from the critters haha

I ...

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July 27, 2022
A walk through the yard... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

We are home from the hay fields

and it is time to get the flowers watered... 

I head over to the Thread Shed...

the chickens wonder why I haven't

been sewing in here for awhile?

The chickens get up on the steps and 

watch me sew when I am in there...

The purple hydrangea and red rose bush

are in full bloom...

I walk around to the back yard...

The star lilies are in full bloom...

Over by the back door...

The Hollyhocks are putting on a show !

The the left of the hollyhocks,

the Cowboy has built a ...

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July 25, 2022
this and that from Making A Lather

When it is time to sort the projects and clean up after myself, I find bits and pieces that I can not resist sewing together. I evidently missed a purple zipper for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

zipper and easy breezy

And, the snails trail are ready to start over with such cute and quick little pieces, and, boom, I have started another round of snail trail blocks.

but no, I tore the name off the package when I planted them. 

We have a new green bean we are trying this year, and, it is fun and yummy ...

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July 24, 2022
Sunday Garden and a Drive from From My Carolina Home

It has been really hot everywhere, and seems like we will have more days in the 90s this year than ever before. I hate this heat, it just makes me miserable. When it gets above 78 degrees F (25 C), I am ready for it to cool down. I am happiest when the temps are in the mid-60s F (15 C). I often say that in the cold, I can always get another sweater, but there is a limit to how much I can take off, LOL! Nevertheless, the garden seems to be OK, with our normal mountain pattern of ...

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July 23, 2022
sweet tooth from Making A Lather

Every color of candy is my favorite after I make them. All the purple sweet tooth blocks are finished for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I am thinking that I have too many rainbow scrap projects. I am struggling at the end of the month to get them all done. But, I really like them all. Maybe next year I will exercise a little more sense.

This is one of the planters by our back door. I planted the yarrow and the little pansy. The rest of what is growing are volunteers from last year. I didn't ...

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Great Progress + Garden from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

After we got our 4th Covid vaccination, we had a couple hours of chills ..... but that is all.  We were supposed to feel tired for a few days ..... but so far .... nope.  We are good to go.

So, instead of just sitting in my chair while watching T.V., or playing games on my ipad, I got busy pinning the last two rows onto my Churn Dash Challenge top and had a marathon of sewing, pinning, sewing.  It is a large queen, so those rows seemed to take forever to pin.

Then once that center was done, my Stash Buster ...

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July 22, 2022
crown blocks from Making A Lather

 I finished the blue star and crown blocks from the June rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I was a bit behind and dawdled finishing. I have at least cut the purple blocks for the July blocks, but, haven't started them.

We have had a good rain this week and milder heat ( 89 instead of 90) The garden appreciates it. We had a small batch of beans, and Indiana corn is on the corners everywhere, 7.00 a dozen here. Last year it was 5.50 a dozen. and when we started our family it was 1.00 a ...

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It’s Been a While from Heart Desire Creations

Where have I been the last few weeks? Mostly in the garden. We did have a little cool spell that found me out there about 4 hours a day. Once coming inside, there was no motivation to sew. It has gotten back to hot, hot, hot days so I’m back inside. But instead of sewing, I’ve been doing some organizing for which there never seems to be an end!

One project did get finished – a special quilt for a special person. At one of my retreats one gal told me about a patient of hers who is 25-26 ...

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July 15, 2022
my ironing pad from Making A Lather

One of my favorite quilting helpers is this little rolling 3 drawer plastic unit. It rolls underneath my table when not in use. I have an ironing pad and a wool pressing mat on top, and, it is to the left of me when I sew. I can turn and iron very easily anything I want to iron. I have had it for years.

The bottom drawer is a small file for patterns and instructions and notes. It needs a good cleaning. I am sure there are things from the dinosaur age still in there.

The second drawer is for ...

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A little project and sunshine knitting from Romany Quilting

Inspired by Janice who made a couple of small pouches recently to pop into her bag, I made something similar to slip my sunglasses into. These used to roll about in my handbag and I was concerned that they would come into contact with keys and get scratched.  After a bit of thought, this is what I came up with.  Thanks for the idea Janice.


Little bag for my sunglasses

Today was a lovely calm and sunny day, a little cool, but it was sheltered enough to spend an hour outside sitting under the archgola.   This is an ideal place ...

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July 14, 2022
Green Developments from Stof genoeg

Pictures of green developments inside and outside my office! XXX Annika Continue reading

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Churn Dash Challenge, Garden from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Going to our cottage has been great for working on the sashings on my Churn Dash quilt.  Get chores done and out of the way and sit on the porch, applique and watch the hummingbirds fight at the feeder.

Our summer, so far, has seen a few hot and then cool days.  No heat wave for any length of time this year.  Unusual?  Yes.  This could change and we will see.

This is where I'm at with this challenge.  Great progress has been made.  At this point, only two more diagonal rows (diagonally in the center) need to have ...

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July 13, 2022
wedding ring blocks from Making A Lather

 I snuck in some sewing of blocks and pieces that are not part of my 5 quilt or rainbow quilting goals. I have a few projects with cut pieces that I like to sew every now and then for fun.

wedding ring

snails trail

We have our first black blackberry. Last year we covered the bush with net, and had a great harvest. I thought why take it off if we will cover it again next year. Now, I know why. Most of the new growth came right through the netting and set berries before we noticed. If we pull ...

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