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February 18, 2019
good fortune - green from Making A Lather

We decided for our "fun Saturday outing" we would visit Menards and buy some garden seeds. We have grow lights in our basement, and start a few plants indoors for our garden. From the look of outdoors, we are too early, but, we were in need of thinking of Spring and the green coming in the days ahead. Our February has been especially gloomy, I decided we would do one fun thing a day to try and stay positive.


I thought I would put Good fortune on time out for awhile, but, I found my self assembling the green triangle ...

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Weekend Stitching: What's Next, The Down Side of Multi-Tasking from Life In Pieces

We talked with the Scientist in Training last night.  She said she was really sad at how fast Sunday came this week.  The semester is going so fast, but yet the weeks seem to drag.  Yep, that's how I'm feeling about this winter.  Half way through February, but boy getting from Monday to Friday at work has been a chore!  

It was nice to spend some quality time in the sewing room over the weekend.  By Sunday though, I realized it was time to stop and take stock of what each project needed to keep moving it towards ...

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February 14, 2019
Good Fortune {Finished Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

After having to make a bunch more units for my borders (which was a long detour!) I have finished my Good Fortune quilt top!

The first task was finishing up the extra green HSTs for my green HST border. I also cut the necessary extra units for my QST units at the same time.


It was nice to already be mostly done with this border and only have to worry about adding on the last side!


I decided to skip the neutral border from the original quilt and just add the QST border directly to the HST border as it ...

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February 13, 2019
January Projects from Stash Overflow

We have a bunch of geese that commute to the farm near my house every morning. Every night they fly back to their night time hangout. Their flight path is right over my house so we hear them every morning and evening.

A couple of weeks ago we had extremely cold temperatures for this area thanks to the Polar Vortex. This pond where the geese like to hang out froze over. I decided to stop and take a picture last week. I was surprised to see that the geese are sitting and standing on ice. When they’re not on ...

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Good Fortune: catching up from Stash Overflow

I finished clue 4 and cut clue 5 before leaving for the end of year holidays. Meanwhile my sewing machines were in the shop for repair and maintenance so nothing further happened when I got back. After getting the machines back mid-January I finished clues 5, 6 and 7. I’m now working on the last clue and finished sewing the blocks yesterday.

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I chose the colors of lime green, purple and orange for the mystery long before Bonnie published her color choices. I showed the picture to a friend at lunch today. She thought it looked like flowers. I ...

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February 11, 2019
good fortune - flakes from Making A Lather

We had a, surprise to me, snowfall after church yesterday. It was beautiful. And, I decided I needed to go out and enjoy it. We drove through Highland park. And even though, it looks like black and white pictures, it is not, and there still was it's own kind of beautiful.


Both my husband and I had so many fun times on this sledding hill and the creek use to freeze and we would ice skate. Now, it is too dangerous they say. And no one was sledding.


I have had the center of good fortune done for a ...

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Weekend Stitching: Steady Progress from Life In Pieces

It was a good weekend to stay in and sew, which is pretty much what I did. British Baking on Netflix and a few cups of coffee, made for some very relaxing stitching time.  

First on the list was round two of borders for the Christmas Angels quilt. 

Christmas Angels, Pattern by Kate

The quilt is really straight, the photo was taken at an odd angle as the quilt has gotten to big to photograph easily.  Just one more beige border and it will be time to add the final dark green border.  So I'm on track with my ...

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February 6, 2019
Leftovers from Becca's Crazy Projects

I decided not to use the small half-square triangle units in a border for my Good Fortune mystery quilt. That meant I had to find a home for them.
I did some quilt math, and discovered I had enough to get half way to a crib quilt. I pulled out some coordinating prints and got stitching.
I also used the narrow string pieces to make the inner border on the quilt. A fun print of numbers and I had a complete crib-sized quilt top. I have some snuggly flannel in a coordinating color around here somewhere, I'm sure. Not ...

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February 4, 2019
good fortune - more from Making A Lather

I have been assembling rows for my good fortune mystery quilt at Friday group. It is mindless work with a big impact. I need mindless to keep up with conversation and of course, to throw my 2 cents into the fray. I sure enjoy the company.
I am always a little nervous at the assembling stage. What if I don't like it, or I didn't get it right at some point. But, there is also the giddy excitement as a new block is added and it grows.


And it grows...

And it grows...


I am thrilled. From the ...

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Weekend Stitching: This and That from Life In Pieces

It was nice to have a slower paced weekend.  The Aleve hasn't worked miracles, but I was able to sleep through the night last night and can walk without pain today.  Fingers crossed that sciatic nerve problem is in remission for now.   Even better, being able to navigate the stairs meant there was actually some progress in the sewing room this weekend. 

First off the list was the Christmas Mystery quilt. 


The flimsy has been de-threaded and pressed.  I need to check out what other boxes are in the attic, this one is a bit big. This mystery quilt ...

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January 31, 2019
Good Fortune {75%} from Little Bunny Quilts

A little progress is better than no progress, right? I had big plans to start quilting a quilt on Saturday, but that got kicked to the wayside in favor of spending some time with my sister and her husband (who also just happen to be buying a house!) and volunteering in the evening. I hemmed some curtains on Saturday (go me!) but that was the extent of my sewing.


Sunday afternoon I went back to work on Good Fortune. My first task was to get the spacer border added. I double checked my math and cut my background strips. These ...

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January 28, 2019
Last Monday Check In: One Monthly Goal, PHD, and 2019 Strategy Progress from Life In Pieces

It's the last Monday in January, seems like a good time to see how my sewing room strategies for 2019 are working.  I really want to move some UFOs off the list this year.  


First up, the January One Monthly Goal was to get Inverted Star sent out for quilting.  


All that got done and the box actually made it to the post office.  It should come back in a couple of weeks.  Fingers crossed this one gets finished before the end of February. 

With Inverted Star sent off, I moved on to the second quilt on this year ...

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January 25, 2019
Good Fortune {Spinning Stars and Border Beginnings} from Little Bunny Quilts

My Good Fortune quilt is no longer units and blocks -- it's the beginning of a quilt top and units waiting to be turned into borders, hooray!

Pairing up my HST sets and half-chevrons to make the block quarters for my Spinning Star units was a quick and easy process. Getting the quarters into blocks was also quick and easy -- the seams nested perfectly and within a short while, all of my blocks were complete!


There's definitely a lot of the lighter blue lattice print (in the block corners) in these units, but ending up with a lot of ...

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January 21, 2019
good fortune- missing from Making A Lather

I am still working on good fortune mystery quilt. I sewed these blocks with a 9 patch project as a companion. It took longer but, made it seem shorter. The only problem is, I am short one whole block. I think I have enough to make another one, but where did that pesky block go?


These are still part of an autumn quilt from My Carolina home.


We are still in a winter wonderland in Indiana, but it is 7 below - very cold

I am linking to:

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Good Fortune {Clue #7 and Making Blocks} from Little Bunny Quilts

Moving has (understandably) put me slightly behind schedule for my Good Fortune quilt. However, I now have a mostly operable sewing space (hooray) and managed to squeak in Clue #7 and some block construction.

For Clue #7, we made some of the units we needed for block construction. I made the 16 patch units first.


Next up were the four-HST chains. These will be used in the border and I made each of these units the same.


At this point, I realized that I needed to make a few more HSTs for my spinning star blocks. I picked a fabric ...

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January 15, 2019
Weekly update: Mis-Fortune?, RSC red, and something new! from With Strings Attached



 Rip, rip, rip.  I wrote last week that I sewed half the red/orange blocks the wrong way around. But in this case half was better than all. I ripped, pressed, and resewed.
I attached Border #1.  
I attached two of Border #2.  
I discovered that Border #1 was upside down. 
I ripped one of Border #2 -- and then I found out that only one of Border #1 was upside down; the other three were okay. But the wrong Border #1 was *not* the one that I'd ripped apart from Border #2.  (Are you with me?) 
Then I sewed ...

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January 14, 2019
Mystery Quilt: Good Fortune from Becca's Crazy Projects

Time to share my Good Fortune Mystery Quilt progress. I decided to pull the backing fabric from my collection of fabrics, too. 

I was only a little surprised I found enough pieces in the right colors. I grabbed all the coordinating colors, laid them out, measured and was fairly certain I could come up with enough backing.
While I assembled the other pieces of the backing, I stitched out the label onto one section. 
Due to a cutting error, I needed to make the pink section a little wider. I pulled out those two leftover blocks and added them in ...

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good fortune - magic from Making A Lather

I was very worried about this step and making sure the points matched, but, it was magic. 99% of the points matched without any effort on my part. I didn't even pin. I was thrilled. I did have a hard time sticking to it, though, so it took most of the week to finish all of them.



I spent Friday group, making the blocks. I can not say I was as "lucky" with these points, but, it will look good in a quilt.




I realized that this block seemed familiar. I finished Carolina Christmas earlier last year and it ...

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January 11, 2019
progress from Making A Lather

I haven't really done anything to show. But, I have been working a little on each project.
I have the rows together for Christmas snowflake. I will be teaching this in March to my guild, and I need to have something to show the end of the month.


I have been cutting strips, sewing them, and cutting them for a scrappy twirl quilt.


And I have all the quarter block units done for good fortune quilt. I can't believe how many quilts are already finished.

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Finished or Not Fridays   my last week ...

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January 10, 2019
Good Fortune Clue 7 from TheEclecticAbuela

And the mystery continues...








I'm glad for a bit of assembly. Oftentimes, the reveal of a mystery includes extra units and an overwhelming number of things to do--it's nice to do a bit at time.


I updated my quilt journal yesterday. I like to keep track of what I've accomplished. I found that in the past five years I have finished 125 quilts--some big, some small, some gifts, some donations, and a few for me!

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

I'm linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday.



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