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June 1, 2018
uncle sam's hat from Making A Lather

I have a Friday finish that I am super happy to show. This is a large rug -24 in x 51 in. The colors are a little brighter outdoors than they really are in the living room. I am grateful that most of the wool in this rug has come from recycled wool, and I hand dyed a few pieces. I added velvet to the flag and that is lovely up close. I like a scrappy rug just like I like scrappy quilts too.


It's a Polly Minnick pattern called Uncle Sam's hat. I started it in January ...

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May 11, 2018
Glitter quilt from Wendy's Quilts and More

I made a bit of progress on my Glitter quilt in April.  This is a Jen Kingwell pattern, available in her book "Quilt Lovely" or as a leaflet from Amitie Textiles.


I'm using the acrylic templates made by Amitie, and hand piecing each block.  I draw pencil stitching lines on the back of each block by connecting the dots with a ruler, and then join the pieces with a running stitch.


It's a slow process, but I enjoy cutting the blocks during the day, and stitching a block each night.




I've currently got 55 blocks finished and ...

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February 9, 2018
border time from Making A Lather

I am ready for a border on my patriotic boxy stars. This is a free pattern at quiltville


I have a dozen of quilts ready for borders. It is my least favorite part. Last year, I thought I had finished so many, I would be better at just getting in there and adding the borders. bummer, not so much. But I think the big hang up, is that my sewing table has to be clean or everything gets dumped on the floor and scrambles under other places never to be seen again. And I am a spreader so there is ...

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January 12, 2018
webbing ringo lake from Making A Lather

I am happily webbing the blocks for on ringo lake. A little everyday and, eventually, I will be finished with this part.I am more than half way.




I have filled in with some glitter blocks. I know I am reaching the end of this quilt soon. I have over 100 blocks finished.




I am linking to:
Finished or Not Fridays   
Whoop Whoop


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January 8, 2018
carolina mystery from Making A Lather

My personal goal is to finish all the Quiltville mystery quilts while Jo of  Jo's Country junction is finishing all the quilts in the string fling book. I count 17 quilts, which is more than Bonnie usually puts in a book. I would prefer to concentrate on them in order. Since that would be the oldest. Here is a list of what I have and need to do. mystery #1 is Carolina Crossroads from 2007. It was on the website first and then included in Bonnie Hunter book Scraps and shirttails. The top and first border are done and ...

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January 5, 2018
playing catch up from Making A Lather

I have raided the green scrap drawer for the fabrics I will need for the turtle quilt. I have anything less than a 1/2 yard in scrap drawers. I hope to cut it out at Friday group today. I don't like to cut in a group, but I am not getting it done here at home. I gravitate to sewing On ringo lake - just one more block here at home.



I am still plugging along on the mystery quilt


I have a mountain of mess I am sorting. Sew one block, clean a minute, sew another block, repeat ...

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December 11, 2017
Sunday Quilt Inspiration: Christmas Glitter from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I love Christmas. The sparkle. The glitter. The beauty. 

Mercury glass balls are the perfect accessory...(really, balls of any type!) @Jen Hekhuis Nelson

Rose gold, gold, and silver Christmas treeI think white is an amazing colour because it is snow colour. White colour makes perfect Christmas decor. Well with the help of white you guys can have a wonderful white Christmas scenes at your homes. You must try the ideas given below.

Fill column vases with ornaments or silver and gold sprayed small natural items (nuts, little pinecones). Dollar Tree has these vases for only one dollar, although they're a small version, but could be grouped by the half dozen and raised to different levels with stacks of coasters or something underneath.

Floreros para decorar en navidad https://cursodeorganizaciondelhogar.com/floreros-para-decorar-en-navidad/ Vases to decorate at Christmas #Centrosdemesanavide├▒os #Comodecorarennavidad #Decoracionesnavide├▒as #Florerosparadecorarennavidad #ideasparanavidad #Navidad2016

Christmas living room with silver and gold mantel display

Okay so not quite this intense but I love the colors. Imagine with just a hint of light teal!

Victorian Christmas Wreath, Silver and Gold Christmas Wreath, Elegant Christmas Wreath for DoorA trio of lantern filled with inexpensive silver and gold ornaments from HomeGoods for simple, beautiful front porch holiday decorations (sponsored pin)

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You may not find many large quilts in silver and gold, but you will find many quilted table runners, tree skirts, and stockings. 

Quilted Table Topper in Gold and Silver Christmas QuiltedRustic Glam Decor Quilted Table Runner in Neutral Shades of

Excited to share the latest addition to my #etsy shop: Silver and gold table runnerChristmas Table Runner, elegant, handmade, quilted, fabric from Kaufman Flourish Line Measures 46.5 x 15.25 inches Made by Chris This gorgeous fabric has beautiful brilliant silver and gold metallic with the most gorgeous ornaments, poinsettias, medallion and blue snowflakes etched

MAKE NEW FRIENDS by Wendy Sheppard: Pair classic silver and gold for a beautiful wall hanging quilt. To create this pretty wall hanging, Wendy Sheppard used triangles that seem to float!

Gold Regency Dupioni Quilted Stocking Main

Already dreaming of Christmas. Channel Quilted Velvet Stocking | Pottery Barn

Our sweet, snowy tree skirt features sparkly, embroidered scrolls on a bright white backdrop, wrapping your tree with the magic of a glistening white Christmas. It makes the perfect place to put your expertly wrapped presents.

Silver and Gold Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt

Gold tree skirt.

Do with silver and gold with driftwood! Love

Item #: C226 Holiday quilted ornament, no sew folded fabric technique, three layer ornament. This ornament is silver and gold themed. The center of the ornament is crafted with gold glitter cotton fabric. The second row is alternating gold glitter fabric and white/silver glitter

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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November 27, 2017
It's a mystery from Making A Lather

I have begun the new Bonnie Hunter mystery On Ringo Lake. I have had a slow start, and I am only to the starch stage. I decided after I had found and gathered my strips for part 1, that I would try starching this year as a new exploration. We had a guild speaker this year, and she was adamant that it would make a difference in our accuracy. I didn't remember and decide until AFTER I had cut. Next time, I will try to calculate and soak the fabric in 1:2 liquid starch. We shall see if ...

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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 28, 2017
Not much pink from Making A Lather

Here is a few glitter blocks with pink, but mostly just scrappy. The rainbow scrap challenge is found at  So scrappy




The cheddar sampler blocks with no pink whatsoever.
But I am moving them ahead.
This is darting birds

and this and that
and squares and diamonds


I am linking to
 SewCan She

rsc17 super saturday

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October 27, 2017
Glitter class with Jen Kingwell at Symposium from Wendy's Quilts and More

On the last day of Symposium I had another class with Jen Kingwell.  This time it was for her Glitter quilt, which is a pattern I've admired for some time.


We had the option of machine piecing or hand piecing our blocks, but I decided to practice the hand piecing that I'd learnt in Jen's earlier Green Tea and Sweet Beans class.
 

I'm so glad I chose hand piecing because it was so relaxing.  I was at a table with three other friends from Capital Quilters guild, and we just chatted as we each slowly made ...

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October 26, 2017
my owl rug from Making A Lather

I have mr. owl on my floor frame in the living room, trying to catch a few minutes here and there to hook a little. It is the right season since He is sitting on a pumpkin. Every owl in the workshop had a different personality. Every stitch angled by a different hand created a different result.

Mine...

looking left?
  staring?
 sad?
 surprised?
 not sure?

funny funny owls.


still trying to make cheddar sampler blocks. Flock of geese
 and a few glitter blocks




I am linking (links in the sidebar) to:
needle and thread thursdays
oh scrap


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October 21, 2017
blocks and circles from Making A Lather

Someone asked about my scrappy circles rug. It began as an excuse to use leftover wool strips that were accumulating. I draw circles with 3 different sized jar lids and just fill in with what ever I can think to do without agonizing over the choices. The largest circle is 3 or 3 1/2 inches across.It is colorful and fun, and I just love it. It has become a bit too big to take with me anywhere and can almost pull a stand frame over, so I have been planning to use a small quilting frame and sew ...

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October 19, 2017
our take on the lake from Making A Lather

we sure did enjoy our time at lake Erie. The weather was perfect and the sound of birds and waves was very peaceful. It was an interesting change in our other water explorations.








It has taken a little while to get back into the swing of things at home. I did have a few minutes to work on some glitter blocks and a few cheddar sampler blocks.


This one is called union square. The half square triangles finish at 1 inch.


I am linking (links in the sidebar) to:
needle and thread thursdays
oh scrap

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October 8, 2017
Stash report October 8, 2017 from Making A Lather


I found a few fun fabrics at Joann. I love the Kellogs brand fabric.


And what  a fun fabric idea with Crayola

And a few remnants and a cream jelly roll


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 342 1/2 yards


Fabric Added this Week: 9 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 305 1/2 yards


Net Fabric for 2017:  37 yards used more than added.

just a little bit more...





The last of the spray painting on our house is done. We will probably be trim painting for years, but ...

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October 7, 2017
pink scraps from Making A Lather

I have pieces ready for pink this month as the rainbow scrap challenge. I will have to hope for some time next week to make the blocks. I am going to love the pink...





I had promised my little Friday sewing group I would help them learn to piece the Jen Kingwell glitter block. They did very well. I am a chain piecer, so I had worked out a work flow that worked for me.  After, they can do it anyway they choose. Although, one quilter, who wasn't a chain piecer, was worried I wasn't following the directions ...

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September 29, 2017
en provence quilt from Making A Lather

My one monthly Goal is finished, and just in the nick of time. Here is Bonnie Hunter's En Provence, a mystery quilt from last year. I think this is the quickest I have finished a mystery quilt. Recently, I finished Old Tobacco road mystery from 2008. So I am grateful this is done. I used Bonnie's colors, and size. I didn't buy any fabric for this quilt, it all came from my stash.


Since the September project is done, I can spend a few days cleaning tables, and scraps, and work a little on my just for ...

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September 26, 2017
featherweight tote from Making A Lather

My Friend had designed a featherweight mate pattern for a carrier and table protector for the featherweight. She has a pattern on craftsy. I made one a bit ago, and it is getting worn out ( or I was just tired of it), so it was time to make another one. I wanted it to be a little brighter but still look good with the black of my featherweight.


It is so easy to put a sewing machine in and out of a case with it in the carrier. It has handles and when it is opened on the table, it ...

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September 25, 2017
Superman GLITTA zip pouch from Charm About You

superman and pow / bam confetti pieces

Give me a fabulous pattern, fabric I love and an hour and I'm in my happy place. This new pattern by Laura Cunningham is the most fun. She expertly shows you how to sew with vinyl, with loads of useful tips along the way that make it so easy. GLITTA is such a well written pattern and pattern testers have been all been busy making amazingly varied and awesome versions, click #GLITTApouch to see all the sparkles!

superman and pow / bam confetti pieces zip pouch

I have been waiting to make this project. I have had the fabric and confetti for a while, I was going to ...

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grandpas star too from Making A Lather

all the Grandpas star blocks are finished, and 1, 280 half square triangles are gone. I didn't have to make a single half square triangle for these blocks. They were the "bonus" triangles from flip and sew corners of other quilt projects. I had already sewed them at that time. More about this here and here


Those silly ends that have to be trimmed, and the wastebasket had walked off on vacation.


I have more glitter blocks finished.

I didn't get my stash report blogged yesterday.
There was really no change, so I wasn't as motivated to ...

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