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September 18, 2017
rows of pinning from Making A Lather

It is time to start the rows of Carolina Crossroads quilt. This part is a little tedious since I do better if I pin intersections and they are only 1 inch apart. That is a lot of pinning. I think what I will do is pin a row while I am watching tv in the evening and then sew it in the morning and then repeat.

It is always easy to put the first 2 rows together because they are short.

I have put this together as a leader/ ender while I worked on glitter blocks. I can make at ...

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September 13, 2017
blocks en provence from Making A Lather

I have been sewing En Provence blocks - a quiltville mystery from last year. There are many pieces in each block and 16 blocks. I am very happy with how well the blocks are piecing. I planned on trimming them, but very few needed any attention.

 The sashing strips are going to create a secondary star pattern - pretty exciting

 I try to make at least one glitter - Jen Kingwell block a day, because they are just fun. I don't want to focus on them just yet, so just a block or two keeps it going.

And in between en provence ...

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September 4, 2017
En Provence monthly goal from Making A Lather

My one monthly goal and Ufo for September is to work on my Bonnie Hunter En Provence quilt from her mystery last year.

I have all my pieces ready to sew together. And I have been very patient waiting for the month that this would be my goal. I actually have 2 versions of this quilt to this point. This one is in the colorway Bonnie suggested, and I have one in civil war fabrics. But I want to get this one to the flimsy stage this month. I have so enjoyed all the versions I have seen posted.
Every ...

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August 25, 2017
odds and ends from Making A Lather

This week we have had 4 doctor visits. Nothing major, just time to check on a few things, but what a time sucker that has been. So, I have made a little progress each day on several projects.

The last of the green beans...

And a try at dill pickles... This year has been the best year for cucumbers. We have zillions of them. Don't you wonder why some years are better than other years for different veggies in the garden?

I made 12 saw tooth star blocks for civil war Christmas quilt

More box kite blocks - I can ...

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August 20, 2017
Stash report Aug 20, 2017 from Making A Lather

I found 10 fat quarters for 1.00 at a local flea market.

I found these as well. I love the yellow

I have another batch of glitter blocks finished. I am trying to use backgrounds that are just not cream or white. I struggle with that, but I know that is what I liked about the original quilt by Jen Kingwell.

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 23 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 303 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week:  11 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 263.5 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 40 yards used ...

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August 10, 2017
New in stock at The Village Haberdashery from The Village Haberdashery

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Pop-up weaving looms and kits from Hawthorn Handmade

New in the shop this week is this awesome pop-up weaving loom by Hawthorn Handmade, perfect for those new to weaving as well as experienced weavers!

Pop-up weaving looms and kits from Hawthorn Handmade

Lovingly made from high quality laser cut birch plywood, the loom comes as a flat piece. Simply snap the sections apart and follow the simple instructions to ...

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August 4, 2017
how i do the glitter block from Making A Lather

mill girls is on the long arm frame with a wool batt.

woohoo - I am taking my time on this one.

I took pictures of my process on the Jen Kingwell glitter block. Maybe it will help someone else.
There are several pieces to the block and I need to use the templates for marking at the machine. There are 5 pieces of the main fabric 4 pieces of the  accent fabric and 4 pieces of background fabric. They need a press.

Since there are 2 seams for the center, I start with that seam. I line up the main ...

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August 1, 2017
glitter from Making A Lather

I have more glitter (Jen Kingwell) blocks done. I am trying to be more creative with the backgrounds, since I think that is why I liked the quilt in the first place. But I don't want to be too creative and then hate it. lol
I definitely gravitate toward the light prints for the backgrounds.

So far, I have used a scrap bag from an estate sale to cut the blocks.

I have a pinterest board of other Jen kingwell quilts for inspiration here

so fun... keep making more...

I am linking to:
Fiber Tuesday - I am featured this ...

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July 25, 2017
side borders from Making A Lather

I have two borders on Mill girls. I needed to piece these using the monthly blocks that were made in the first months of the block of the month. The setting triangles were cut as part of month nine.
All the dark setting triangles are for the side towards the quilt. And the lights are for the outside edge.

only 2 more to go

3 more glitter blocks ( Jen Kingwell)

I am linking to:
Free Motion by the River
to do tuesday
too cute tuesday

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July 21, 2017
borders from Making A Lather

I can't resist a glitter block or two while I am working. They are just like little mini quilts in and of themselves. This is a Jen Kingwell pattern from Quilt Lovely book.

And since all my box kite ( also Bonnie Hunter) blocks are cut, I enjoy throwing them in as leader/ enders while I am sewing. They are such fun. Since there are 120 blocks, I will be showing them for awhile.

I used my treadle to stitch the border together for Star gazing.I really enjoy the process of treadling. I knew it was not necessary to ...

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July 18, 2017
red borders from Making A Lather

I am adding the red borders to mill girls. I am matching the centers and working out toward the edges which, with fingers crossed, will be mitered.

I have a few more box kite blocks finished. I sew these in between other sewing.

and three more glitter blocks ( Jen Kingwell). These were more practice than anything else.

I think I have a system for the glitter blocks which is working. I have tried several different options. I will have to share that later.

I am linking to:
Free Motion by the River
to do tuesday
too cute tuesday

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July 14, 2017
Progress is progress from Making A Lather

I fussy cut and pieced the next four border pieces for Mill Girls. I measured and measured and measured. I am so afraid I will cut these next pieces and make a mistake and not have enough fabric to finish. These borders are to be mitered sigh.....

 I tried 3 glitter blocks (a design by Jen Kingwell). I am getting better at piecing them with each one I make. I am using scraps from the estate sale, oldies but goodies.The quilt is big enough that I can sneak in some uglies. Maybe I will learn to love those pesky ...

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August 30, 2016
Shake it! ~ Glitter It All Pouch from Charm About You

Glitter and shine and confetti! Fabric and vinyl and zip! That's what Laura's new pattern is made of. The Glitter It All Pouch is so good. One of those makes where you smile through the whole process. It is so fun and the clear instructions make it simple and quick to put together.

It just so happened that my friend Jayne had kindly given a LOAD of craft supplies to me for the kids (and totally helped my sanity over the summer!). Amongst the goodies was this cool letter confetti:

I mixed in some fine holographic glitter for ...

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April 9, 2016
Hello 50th Birthday from Scraps of My Life

Hello there!

Another recent card make to share today, this time for a friend who turns 50 this year (and for once, I'm not late with this card - whoot!).

Technically this is a scrap-lift of a card design a did a few years ago but I loved the way it worked out so just went with it.  I used up some older October Afternoon Cakewalk papers and paired them with some Pebbles chipboards and stickers from the From Me to You and a Valentine's collections.  How adorable is that little bird?  And of course a 50th birthday needs ...

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