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March 26, 2019
Guild BOM Winner Quilt from Pointless Quilter

Last month at guild I won 29 of these split 9 patch blocks.  I decided to quickly put a few together and make a charity quilt.  This is what I came up  I did have to re-do a couple blocks (1/4" too small) and I had to make 7 additional blocks.  Luckily it was scrappy and the red which was the square they gave us to make the blocks was an easy color for me to match in my stash. 

A co-worker's daughter is graduating high school this year and is taking a European trip this April so ...

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March 24, 2019
Some Pretty Spring Inspiration and Retreat Quilts from caledonia quilter

This was quilted last month, when I R.E.A.L.L.Y. needed something pretty.  It's Rainbow Trip from the book Garden Fresh Quilts.

The maker chose a lovely panto featuring feathers and flowers which suited the quilt perfectly.  I'm always so impressed by quilters who can tackle a challenging project like this and keep all their pieces where they belong.

Every year the Binbrook guild goes on a three day retreat to Crieff Hills in Puslinch.  It's less than an hour away from home so it's a really easy trip to take ...

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March 2, 2019
in and out and again . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had high hopes for February, but they didn't carry me very far, huh? And then I went and had surgery on my left shoulder yesterday, which means March will be very hit or miss . . . 
one day post-op...huge, football-like shoulder pad
the rotator cuff tear, halfway repaired
Because I don't enjoy typing one-handed, and my laptop doesn't auto-correct or do speech-to-text!  LOL!  I know, I know, first world problems!  :)

I purposely scheduled my surgery for the end of February so that I could attend our Stitcher's retreat on the 20th.  What a glorious long weekend ...

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January 23, 2019
snowflake from Making A Lather

I have most of the Christmas snowflake assembled. I ordered a red stripe fabric for a border. I don't know, yet, if I will like it. I showed the quilt to the guild, and I will teach a Saturday workshop March 30th. I think they will like doing it if they give themselves a chance to try it.
I did mine in Christmas fabrics, but it would like great in any color combination.

How I started this quilt is here and here and here. and here and here.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama ...

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January 13, 2019
Zentangle Workshop and To-Do List Update from caledonia quilter

I joined the Ancaster Modern Quilt Guild, partly because I know some of the members, and partly because they seem to have a pretty vibrant program.  Last Saturday I attended a Zentangle Workshop hosted by them, presented by Kim Mastromartino.  You can find her on Facebook as The Inspired Quilter.

Here's some of the little cards we were working on...

Here's my same card after I (maybe?) finished it.  The class was lots of fun AND INSPIRING.  Which we all need, especially in January.  Right?

Yep.  Knocked another item off my list.  The mending & hemming item ...

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December 16, 2018
More Critters On Quilts, and Quilt Scheduling from caledonia quilter

I showed some "animal" quilts a couple of weeks ago, in the post that degenerated, somehow, into a story about bullying.  Today I am being UPBEAT!

First, we have a moose.

Next, a bunch of sheep.

A butterfly.

A Yeti.

And feet.  This one cracked me up... it's the BACK of the Yeti quilt.

I have to show you the whole butterfly quilt, though.  It's really pretty.

Here's a clip of the's Minkee.  The quilting shows beautifully on this stuff, and it is sooo soft.  Use caution, though.  Sometimes teensy bits of the fluff ...

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December 6, 2018
Let's play catch up! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Since I've not been able to blog the many goings-on in my life, I thought I'd just get it all in at one time. Or try to anyway.
Let's start with cute. Or ugly. Either way. A miniature horse newborn that looks like a donkey. Sweet little thing has no idea just how ugly she is. 

Momma and baby doing fine
within minutes of birth.
Two days later and she looks
even more like a donkey.

I've managed a little sewing.
A couple of burp cloths for baby Ryder due in January
And a couple of ...

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December 3, 2018
good fortune with a discovery from Making A Lather

I have noticed for some time, that especially pieces that are die cut, my fingers are not nimble enough anymore to slip them apart. I put on my thinking cap, and thought about money counters and how they wear little plastic finger tips to give them grip. I found these on amazon.

When I tried using them, I discovered they work - hooray. But, I also discovered their benefits in 2 other ways that I wasn't expecting. First, they make scootching the fabric together that last little bit of a thread, a piece of cake. I can line the matched ...

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December 2, 2018
stash report December 2, 2018 from Making A Lather

I really like this fabric I found thrifting, but I'm not sure how to use it.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 3 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 238 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 540 yards used more than purchased. 

I didn't get anything done on this corner this week. I have been under the weather hmmmm why does that phrase, that I have used all my life, mean not well?  
I am feeling ...

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to sum it up . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It was a very quilty week! On Sunday and Monday, I finished up the seven hexie flowers that needed whipping together . . .
All forty-five flowers (and parts thereof) were together, stacked and ready to "landscape" my garden!

Monday was a dual purpose day . . . a quilty friend of mine and I headed to visit 3 Hens and a Chick, a local quilt shop in nearby Athens. 
Sarah's one of my co-conspirators in the Quilting Intrigue Club at guild and we've been ironing out the details for our guild's mystery quilt, which we'll introduce (fabric requirements) at this month ...

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Scrappy Love & Social Outings With Guild Members from caledonia quilter

I love scrappy quilts.  Love, love, love.

Quilts that are visually busy just need a pantograph.  Something simple and blendy.

As you (should) know, I work at home.  Alone.  In my basement.  DH would dispute the "basement" part of that with a black/grey/white argument that "it's not a basement".  When we first moved to the country he corrected me for years when I said "our street".  According to him, it's not a street, it's a road.  Picky, picky, picky.
So ok,  I will clarify:  I work at home.  Alone.  In a room that is  below ...

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November 29, 2018
rug hooking from Making A Lather

The bottom right of my Cleveland rug is done and I am finishing up the little bits on the bottom left.

And this string frenzy book came from walmart to live at my house. I ordered it online when the first 500 sold out at Quiltville, and I knew I would not make any of the "announcements" in time.

Two weeks ago, I taught a feather tree class and we had a finish. It is so cute in person. I was so proud of her.

I am linking
needle and thread Thursdays
Oh Scrap

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November 26, 2018
webbing orca bay from Making A Lather

I have started the webbing for orca bay mystery quilt. I decided to web in quadrants, thinking it would be easier to handle. even though I had a mantra ( left, right, left right) on the cornerstones, I  know I will have to correct a few of them.

I was planning on using yardage for Good Fortune mystery quilt, but when I opened my strip bucket, I saw red and neutral.

A few miles later, I had pairs of strips

A little accu cutting and I had sets ready to sew

chains of red 4 patches

and the cutest little 4 ...

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November 25, 2018
stash report November 25, 2018 from Making A Lather

I have added another bag from the quilt guild garage sale. I like the puzzles as much as the actual fabric.

I don't think the fabric was part of the pattern. It isn't flannel, but the colors were scrumptious.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 235 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 543 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 min every day this week -  orca ...

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November 19, 2018
seeing red from Making A Lather

I am feeling red today. It is cranberry season somewhere. I saw them on sale and decided to can some juice. I had never cooked cranberries before, and the instructions said to boil them until the skins burst. They actually burst with a pop that I could hear. too funny.

I made 6 quarts of juice. And thought I would try relish. I am not sure if I will like it cooked, but I make my relish by using a food processor. I use a bag of cranberries and a whole orange peel and all. I water bathed them and ...

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November 18, 2018
stash report November 18, 2018 from Making A Lather

I found this fun little project bag while thrifting this week. They are hand stitched and really interesting fabrics. Somebody spent a bit of time working on this. There is only one finished flower, but many hexagons cut. How dear of someone to share this. I just realized that I hadn't even measured the size. It is bigger than 1 inch but not 2 inches.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 778 1/4 yards  * 400 donated

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date ...

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November 15, 2018
rug hooking from Making A Lather

Next up on my Cleveland rug is the Westside market near downtown and in a great building. I am often fascinated by old buildings, and I worry that we aren't keeping them by tearing them down and building something new. They are part of our history, so I am thrilled they renewed this one for another purpose.

I taught a workshop for my rug hooking guild this week. We were making feather trees from wool strips.

I really like these women. They are creative and strong. I have learned so much from them over the years. My husband helped ...

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November 12, 2018
orca from Making A Lather

Last week, Bonnie Hunter was in Indianapolis and my friends and I attended her lecture. It was great to see her lovely quilts in person and living color. There were a billion show and tell On ringo lake quilts ( last year's mytery).
I took pictures of her quilts and didn't get any other picture of Bonnie herself. sigh....
I don't know how many quilts she showed, but as we looked at them after the program, I realized I had every one of them at least started. Oh my goodness, no wonder I have so many ufos.

And ...

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November 11, 2018
Stash report November 11, 2018 from Making A Lather

Lest we forget.

I picked up several scrap bags during quilt show season. This is one that I enjoyed because of the vintage pieces.

I think it would be great if calicoes came back into fashion. They are just a bundle of color and small enough to not be too busy like larger florals.

I really like neutral fabrics and I'm always excited to add more variety to my scraps.

Shirt plaids that I don't have to cut a shirt to get.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 5 yards -mrs holder hexagon
Fabric Used or gone from ...

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November 10, 2018
QGI Fall Quilt Retreat 2018 from The Inquiring Quilter

The beautiful fall leaves I’m seeing around here have reminded me that I’m late in writing this one up. I went on a quilt retreat with my guild in September, and like all retreats, it was fun, fun!

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The retreat is held Frdiay to Saturday in the inn of a state park located in the southern part of Indiana. My friend Susie and I go down on Thursday, making a day of it and stopping at quilt shops along the way.

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It’s so lovely there, with hills and lots of trees and of course the Ohio river ...

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