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August 15, 2019
shoofly from Making A Lather

Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville has announced this year's new leader/ender challenge. If I make the small
4 1/2 inch size, I have a box of bonus hsts that were supposed to be 2 inches but are not. This would be a great place to use them, but, I would have to trim them down to 1 1/2 inches hmmmmm is it worth the effort.


I would also want the 4 hsts to match


The rest of the block was cute and easy to make.





I am not thinking this is the way I want to make ...

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May 13, 2019
Jewel Box Star from Stitchin' Therapy

   The binding is finally on the Jewel Box Star.   This one began in  July 2018,  as the annual leader and ender project from Bonnie Hunter.  

   I used all floral fabrics for the block pattern.  I had to plan that out before I really began.  Since then I have been working on the units and sections between other things, until I had a small size top. 

  I really don't need another large bed quilt, so a smaller throw size was made.





 I knew I wanted a nice applique border on this to carry the flower theme out to the border ...

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April 23, 2019
Spring fever from Making A Lather

I have felt a bit overwhelmed of late, as Spring has presented a whole new list of  things to do. Our neighbors have already mowed 3 times, and we have a dead battery on our lawn mower. It's not like we have officially declared it Spring. We had a light coating of snow Monday morning, and it was 76 degrees yesterday. No wonder we are confused.
In the sewing room, Spring fever has me wanting to clean, rather than sew. And every time I clean, I find new tangents to distract me. I am so blessed with wonderful fabrics ...

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December 17, 2018
good fortune sewing time from Making A Lather

All the good little green pieces for good fortune are all nestled in their beds.


I knew I didn't have very many orange strings left. I had made a Halloween string spider web, and had struggled to find enough for that. But, I checked, hoping,... nope, none that I could see. I was going to have to cut yardage. Boy, I did not want to do that. Here is how many oranges I found in the 1 1/2 in strip bin.


And here is the 2 inch strip bin.


 And the 2 1/2 inch strip bin. I ...

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December 11, 2018
good fortune with orca bay from Making A Lather

I have a top! Orca bay is finally a top and ready for quilting.


And while I was putting this top together, I was able to leader and ender these pieces. I had these interesting leftover pieces from square dance quilt from My carolina home. And I have no idea what I am going to do with them yet, but I knew I would use them sewn together before I would use them  apart. Putting rows together is a start and stop kind of sewing, and I needed a great leader /ender project. tada


I had a big hand binding ...

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August 31, 2018
Ending August ....bowled over from Stitchin' Therapy

  Around here we wait for the end of August.  The last high humid days linger yet we know they will be gone soon.   Nothing much goes on until a cool crisp morning arrives as an early signal.  Coffee on the back porch to enjoy a little time before the day begins.  I hear the wind chimes and notice the Writing Spider has begun her annual task of web spinning.  All things say fall is near.



 So with that in mind, I have been making bowls.....lots of rope bowls for gifts.  I am quite sure the guys at our local ...

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August 23, 2018
catch up from Making A Lather

In our Friday group, we have the chairman of our guild's charity quilt program. We are all inspired by her willingness to share. This was recently made by one of our members for the police program. Boy quilts are always on short supply. In Indiana the colts are boss.


This is a donation quilt for the women's shelter. that I am quilting for a friend.


This is a part of our sew along for Jen Kingwell's drops of jupiter. These blocks were made by Linda.


I have all the pieces sewn for the Quiltville leader and ender ...

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August 17, 2018
a few more blocks from Making A Lather

I'm hoping to find a little progress this week. While I have been working on finishing the last blocks for glitter, I have made 2 jewel box stars as the leader / ender.



I had the pieces for another Christmas snowflake paper pieced. I trimmed, and de-papered them, and sewed the block together.


And I have finished 2 more glitter blocks.



I am linking to:








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July 27, 2018
jewel box stars from Making A Lather

Every year Bonnie Hunter introduces a new leader and ender challenge. This year it is jewel box stars. I was lucky enough to have 75% of the piecing done already, in my pieces and parts boxes. I had 3 1/2 inch hsts and 4 patches aplenty. So I am ready to start assembly. I was anxious to try the block and have finished 3. This is going to be fun.





I also have 11 of 16 Christmas snowflakes finished. I notice I am not as interested in these as I have started the stars. hmm.... so close I should ...

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Stabilized by a border from Stitchin' Therapy

    On my list for the week was to join the string blocks for the Spider Web, and to add the first border to stabilize the top.
  I cut a 3 1/2'' strip of the various black and white prints for that first border.  I just wanted to mix them up like I did for the "star" parts.

  Once the rows were joined I measured--twice--both top and bottom to check the width.  37''---right as it should be.  That was easy, so I cut the correct measurement for top and bottom and got them attached.  I held my breath as ...

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July 18, 2018
New leader and ender from Stitchin' Therapy

   New leader and ender project was announced by the Scrap Queen, a la Bonnie Hunter.  She based it on an antique quilt she discovered .  It is called Jewel Box Stars.     Link is to her PDF.

   I have made a couple of jewel box quilts, and like the block a lot, so I have begun setting up a basket for  my leader and enders.  A small basket that can sit by my machine for the pieces, and a larger basket for finished units.
   Guess  you can see....my fabric selections are not  just anything, but floral scraps.  I saw a version ...

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April 15, 2018
On the wall again from Stitchin' Therapy

  A couple of days ago  I got that wild hair and started shifting furniture and moving things around in the sewing room.  I wanted a better configuration for sewing with some elbow room.    Since I am usually an accident waiting to happen....... it did.   I caught my foot on the mat under my chair, I stumbled, but luckily landed in the chair.  Unfortunately, I caught my wrist in an awkward position and it is quite sore.....not broke or damaged, but quite sore.   So everything came to an abrupt stop.  I got no further and  stuff is in a mixed ...

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February 27, 2018
Finishing the month from Stitchin' Therapy

   The calendar says another month is gone .  I am not exactly sure where it went.  I have been plugging away on the boxed squares, and piecing backs for quilt tops to get quilted.

 I missed quilt-cam with Bonnie Hunter last night, so I played it this morning and I began on sewing the rows together.


  I have the additional blocks pinned to the design wall, as I could not reach any higher across the top.  So it seemed like time to begin getting the rows together.  Large sections are harder  for me  to handle, so this will get put together ...

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November 6, 2017
Hourglass leader/ender units from Stitchin' Therapy

  Like the rest of those doing the Quiltville Mystery 2017, I began pulling fabric.    I ran across this fabric in a bin that I had intended to do as a bargello.  It has a very similar color palette, maybe just a bit more red than orange.  I will put it in the coral stack and see if it works.






    I found a lot of scraps for the blue/aqua/turquoise.  My pile runs the gamut from light to darker tones......it will depend on the placement as to what will work best in the mystery quilt.




Silhouettes at Sunset color scheme from Clever Chameleon  I'm not going ...

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September 23, 2017
domino ufo projects from Making A Lather

Have you noticed there is not enough time to do all you want to do? I have a problem with liking everything I see. I finished all 8 cutting garden blocks in orange for the rainbow scrap challenge. I already have a long list of rainbow projects for next year, thanks to all the inspiration I found visiting other rainbow scrappers.


I have a batch of nearly finished projects. Once the first domino falls they will all tumble down. That is certainly a fun part of quilting or anything.

more borders for the spirit of Christmas


the leader ender project ...

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September 16, 2017
pineapple blossom orange from Making A Lather

Last month's color for rainbow scrap challenge was not a color I needed for my two ongoing rainbow quilts, so it was good to get them out again and work on them.
Ready for the final round on the pineapple blossoms - quiltville


I am making rows of 5 so the orange row is ready to assemble


There was a little purple going on in the sewing room this week too.


2 sides of the quiltville leader/ender challenge are attached. The bucket of hourglass units is nearly empty. So there is an end to this quilt. The plan didn ...

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September 14, 2017
Carolina crossroads progress from Making A Lather

I have been making star blocks for Carolina Crossroads quilt -- quiltville.
I have also had a chance to make the setting triangles and corner pieces since this quilt is set on point.


I am anxious to see this quilt begin to come together.
There are a lot of 1/12 inch pieces in this quilt. I have mostly put it together as a leader ender project in between other projects.


I was hoping to use a bunch of green scraps, but it didn't make a dent.




I  am prepping today for an endoscopy tomorrow, my funny husband left me ...

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