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November 16, 2018
The Lost Have Been Found! Hallelujah!!! from Hooked on Quilting

Last year, or was it the year before that (?), Donna and I decided we’d do a quilt together. She and I have both taken to small, not necessarily mini, quilts and thought that a doll quilt would be the perfect thing to create. Being small the concept was that it wouldn’t take us a whole year, or longer, to complete. What is it they say about best laid plans…?

Deciding just which doll quilt to make is never an easy task, but there was one thatPic-KTracy-Doll Qlt-30s I’d wanted to make for a very long time. I took ...

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November 2, 2018
Mrs holder finish from Making A Lather

Mrs. Holder's hexagon was a temecula quilt shop sew along. I made mine by English Paper Piecing with 3/4 in hexagons. It is meant to be a today's version of an old  1880 antique quilt made by Mrs. Holder.
And mine is finished.


Hand piecing takes awhile to see a finish. And, then, I agonized over the quilting. Should I hand quilt it since so much hand work had already been invested in it, or try quilting it on my domestic machine so that it could look more "authentic". But wait I had machine stitched the borders ...

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November 1, 2018
October updates from Quilting & Learning

October is almost finished and so far I've written very few posts. I did some quilting, lots of planning and listened to many audio books. I'm also totally overwhelmed by the number of comments on my September posts and I hope to answer them....one day, or not. So please know that I really appreciate getting comments, but at one point, I may give up on answering the older ones. Sorry

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October 28, 2018
busyness et al. . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It has been a busy month, which makes me feel a little justified in the huge gap between my last post and this one.  Of course, this is the (so called) blogger who skipped out on blogging from December  2017 through May 2018.  What's 26 days?!?  LOL!

But I realized I need to get on in here and plug the upcoming blog hop I'm participating in!  I'm so excited . . . and if you know me at all, when you see what it is, you'll know why!
It's the Pick a Pumpkin Blog Hop!  It kicks off ...

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October 26, 2018
last of the hexies from Making A Lather

And I have all the hexies finished, and added to Mrs. Holder's quilt. more here and here and here


My plan is to hand stitch it onto a background, add an inner border, and outer border. woohoo getting closer.



Joann has halloween fabric on sale 60% off with an additional 20% with a coupon. This is how I have halloween fabric that I don't know how to use. sigh...

I am linking to:

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October 19, 2018
another round of mrs holder hexagon from Making A Lather

I have added 16 blue hexies to Mrs Holder's hexagon quilt. I have one more set to go and then I will begin the finishing.


Fall break with my Granddaughters has been great. We made noodles and cake.....


played farkle with apple cider and Halloween costumes.


My daughter sent this picture to me of a quilt she designed and finished for her quilt show challenge.
I think it is amazing. proud mama


I am linking to:

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October 12, 2018
pink mrs holder's hexagon quilt from Making A Lather

I am still hand stitching hexagons for Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. I have added a pink row- there are 6 on 4 corners. more here and here and here


We have been canning applesauce from our apple trees, but it was time to take a break and try an apple pie. Our apples are yummy in a pie, just a little tart. The trees were here when we bought the house, so we don't officially know what kind they are.


I have need of sorting through a mess to find what I need. I had initially planned ...

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October 10, 2018
Kingfisher Quiltalong from A Ditchin' Time Quilts

I wanted to share my progress with you on my #kingfisherquiltalong !  I have all my #hexies done and I am working on appliquéing all the hexies onto to my quilt top.  I decided to piece the diamonds together first so I they didn't stretch.  You know how much I love hand appliqué so that is the plan for now.  If you want to join this quilt along, even though it's over, head over to the blog "Stitched in Color" and you will get all the details and directions.  That's what I did, I was late to the ...

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October 5, 2018
More hexagons from Making A Lather

I have added the blue hexagons to Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. There were 32. The numbers will get smaller as I turn it into a rectangle.


Here are some inspirational pictures from our Friday quilt group.
Hazel finished this one, she is 85 years old. Her daughter quilts them for her, but she is still buying fabric and piecing. She is a hoot.


Connie was finishing a baby quilt. so cute

3 of us are working on drops of jupiter by Jen Kingwell and this is Sue's. I only have 2 made.


And another Hazel fall wall hanging ...

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October 3, 2018
crazy cubed . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

I had every intention of posting over the weekend, but life is crazy and work is crazy and our weekend was crazy (with Boy Scouts, Disaster Relief training and church picnics all at the camp). Even so, I had time to do a little fall baking on Saturday . . .
I saw a recipe for and Apple, Honey and Brie Crostata in the current issue of Southern Lady and decided to give it a go.
It was very good with a cup of spiced tea as an afternoon snack!

I got some autumnal decorations out, too . . . 
You know it's October when ...

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September endings from Quilting & Learning

What a month! I'm really glad that I was able to blog at the beginning of the month because somehow life got in the way :-) 

100 Hexies in 100 Days 2018

I have to report on my #100 hexies in 100 days since this is one of the few things that I've done in the last couple of weeks.

Week 5 - 30's Prints

Since I don't have many 30's prints, I bought a package of Riley Blake's Vintage Adventure 5" charm squares. Aren't they perfect?
Hexie and a creeping white rose

Week 5 ...

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October 1, 2018
Walking into October from Tales from the Raspberry Rabbits

A warm hellooooooooooo as we walk our way into October!


Well, September didn't turn out at all like I thought it would. What's that saying about best-laid plans? Yep, not at all the dreamy month I thought it would be. Hurricane Florence decided to stir things up a bit here in Wilmington, NC.

First, we are okay. We have tree, roof, fence and water damage, but nothing even close in comparison to what friends and neighbors are dealing with. We are grateful and blessed that Patty and Jim loaned us a generator and were only without power for ...

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September 28, 2018
hexies and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

All the green and brown hexies are attached to Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt. I decided to"finish" Mrs. holder's hexagon quilt. so I am working my way to a rectangle.



It is the end of the month already and it's time to see how I did with my one monthly goals.

"For my one monthly goal this month, I want to finish the strings for orca bay, finish roll roll cotton boll, and I want to start a unicorn quilt for my Granddaughter." 

I did finish the strings for orca bay and cut and started the piecing ...

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September 24, 2018
weekend wanderings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Busy weekends and busier weeks (gearing up for our annual meeting at work) make for longer gaps between posts.  But I am pleased to note that I've surpassed last year's number of posts by five, with this post.  It's the little things, right??!

Todd and I did make time to take the boat out this past Friday. It was the first time I'd been out on our boat since prior to the surgery. I'd missed it ... but I was a little anxious about it, too.  Turns out I had nothing to worry about . . . except how ...

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September 23, 2018
stash report September 23, 2018 from Making A Lather

There was a sale on craftsy. I start way too many blog posts with a stash report that way, or some variation with the word sale.
I bought the halloween fabric for a quilt that I had seen, but other stuff  jumped in the box as well.


a layer cake, 2 jelly rolls, and 3 charm packs


and two fat quarter bundles.


I am going to start connecting these 3/4 inch hexagons to Mrs. Holder's hexagon quilt for my slow Sunday stitching. I can't wait.


stash report

Fabric Used this Week 0 yard
Fabric Used or gone ...

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September 21, 2018
stitching hexagons from Making A Lather

Last week I decided to"finish" Mrs. holder's hexagon quilt. I spent the week cutting, glue basting, and adding the red and neutral row around the quilt. There were 54 hexagons in that ring. I certainly have rebuilt my calluses for hand stitching. This is the last ring before I start to turn it into a rectangle.



I saw a blurb somewhere about making bread machine bread mixes ahead of time, and I wanted to try that. Sometimes, just the idea of getting everything out of the cupboard to load the machine is enough to deter making bread. But ...

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September 15, 2018
multifarious mug rugs . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

This week has been a bit topsy turvy with a lot of personal stuff I won't go into (you're welcome). But I *did* manage to stitch up two more little acorn mug rugs . . .
I think I learned lessons from the first one and I was most pleased with the construction process the second go'round. These two still need to be quilted, and I'll get to that this weekend (the good Lord willing).

I got my hexie pumpkin mug rug sandwiched and started hand quilting on it . . .
I still have a ways to go, but again, there ...

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September 14, 2018
hexagons from Making A Lather

This is where I left off making this quilt in August of 2016.  Mrs. Holder's hexagon was a temecula quilt shop sew along. I made mine with 3/4 in hexagons. It is meant to be a today's version of an old  1880 antique quilt made by Mrs. Holder.


Someone at Friday group was talking about finishing off projects and that *gasp* she was almost done. I'm pretty sure that should be grounds for expulsion from the group. None the less, I came home and looked at my list, and in the top 5 of ufos, this ...

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September 3, 2018
100 days of fun with hexies from Quilting & Learning

I am participating in the 100 hexies in 100 days event (#100hexies100days2018) which began August 6, 2018. It's hosted by Sew Foxy Mama (sewfoxymama) and takes place on Instagram. I'm new at Instragram. Events like this are a lot of fun because I can just go to the event tag and look at everyone's posts.

Each week has a different theme. The hexies can be made with fabric following the theme, or the images can be shot in surroundings that illustrate the theme. It's been so much fun seeing all of the yummy fabric and great ...

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September 2, 2018
five day weekends are da bomb . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

That's right.  I took Thursday and Monday's a holiday, so five day weekend. Bliss!
I've gotten a lot started and finished so far, too! I told you about my idea for an acorn mug rug, right? How that? Concept to actualization! It was a little tricky, but worth the effort. I'll probably make at least one more of these ... maybe two or three!

I was bullied into encouraged to finish the patriotic topper . . .
Really pleased with how this turned out, especially since I did use the pillowcase method to finish it. That's kinda hard to ...

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