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November 19, 2022
strings for Kismet from Making A Lather

I spent a few evenings at the treadle making string units. I was trying to make ahead, the units for the fish school blocks, I have been making for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I cut fish school blocks for the leader/ ender challenge 2021 and made  quite a few, but, didn't keep up for the year. So, this year I cut for RSC. And, about that time, Bonnie Hunter shared her pattern kismet of her finished fish school. I decided, I wasn't far enough along, that I couldn't switch to kismet for finishing my ...

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October 10, 2022
dotty from Making A Lather

I'm seeing dots. These are almost addictive...if there weren't so many. I like the secondary pattern, but, still think I will add another sashing when I join blocks. I make a few of these almost every morning. This was my choice for Bonnie Hunter's first leader/ender challenge. All I did was make the little bow tie blocks. Now, it is time to make a quilt top.


bow tie blocks are 3 1/2 inches

so fun

I really liked the yummy scrappiness of this quilt from the quilt show this weekend. I forgot to take ...

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September 3, 2022
fish and crown from Making A Lather

I did a head count of the fish blocks for the year and I have 190 which is about half of what I need. I have the colors ready to cut from this years rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I think I will set this aside until next year and start making blocks. I bought the pattern kismet from quiltville of her fish quilt, and, will use that as my pattern for the top.

oops I have a fish swimming in the wrong direction - silly fish


I finished the orange crown blocks for last month. and, I have 22 ...

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August 8, 2022
bow tie from Making A Lather

Bow tie blocks were the 2011 quiltville mystery leader/ ender challenge, and Bonnie's first. She did hers with cheddar fabric, I believe. I wanted something a little brighter. At the time, I had a bunch of scraps that were polka dots, and so, it began.  With the 2022 announcement, I realized I didn't have a great finishing success record. I think 2 out of 12. But, I started all of them. I decided to try finishing one this year instead of starting a new one...... so far. It was an easy choice, start with number one. Remembering my ...

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July 6, 2022
cleaning progress from Making A Lather

As I am cleaning around my sewing machine, I have found scraps and more scraps from projects and messes. I cut as I go. I have an odd assortment of fabrics this way. I cut 2 1/2, 2, 1 1/2 in strips and squares. I cut bricks this time in to 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 and 2 x 3 1/2.


Now, I can change my mindset to think about the new Quiltville leader ender challenge called triple treat. and use more of my 1 1/2 inch scraps. I have been working with them ...

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April 20, 2022
scrap play from Making A Lather

Just a little fun with triangles. I had a pile on the sewing table and rather than put them in "the bucket", I just made a few beauty baskets. And yes, I dug some more out of the bucket and made a bigger mess. But, I was a happy girl.


I made a few yellow easy breezy blocks, lately, as leader/ enders. It takes 11 steps to complete one. It's a simple block, but, several steps.

I have a little more done on boho heart.

section 2 top

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March 16, 2022
progress from Making A Lather

I have 5 quilts I am actively progressing on, but, every now and then, I slip in a few blocks for fun. I have been concentrating on my hunter's star blocks as leader/ enders. Each block takes 3 passes.


So, I have neglected my official leader / ender project -fish school/go fish. I have missed them. I did just a few so that they would not feel too abandoned.


go fish leader/ender challenge
The same with easy breezy....

I have been cutting  these in the rsc colors of the month. These are from reds, January.

easy breezy

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March 2, 2022
A new goal for March from Making A Lather

 March is here already, and, so far, it is coming in like a lamb which means it will leave like lion. I have a one monthly goal for March. I have the top ready for shine, and, I want to quilt it and bind it this month. I started this pattern in January 2020 as part of the rainbow scrap challenge. After I started, I was smitten.  It is a free pattern offered on moda bake shop. It will be nice to get it finished.


While I am waiting on the next color for March and the rainbow scrap challenge ...

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February 9, 2022
soothing sewing from Making A Lather

I just needed a little light sewing. It's easy to pick up some of my "growing" projects and just sew. I don't have to look for anything or read the instructions or scratch my head. And my pile "grows". I sure like sewing with shirt material. It feels so nice.

anvil block

more easy breezy blocks

I need goals and plans, but, sometimes I just need some meditation sewing. I enjoy picking up 2 pieces of fabric and sending them through the machine.

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oh scrap sunday

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January 15, 2022
a sweet block from Making A Lather

I am so thrilled to finally move this project from the 'maybe someday' to the wip list. I have a few string/crumb blocks made over the years by color and enough strings to add to them this year. These pieces of candy are sugar free,, so I can have as many as I want.



I also cut red strips for my go fish leader/ender challenge. Each strip will make 6 hsts or 2 sets of fish.

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January 14, 2022
finished hourglass quilt from Making A Lather

 I started this leader/ender challenge with quiltville in July of 2016. My friend Lucy, my daughter, and I swapped hourglass blocks all year. The top was done in September 2017. It has been waiting in the 'to be quilted' closet until this year. Now it has a chance to shine as a completed quilt. There are over 3000 pieces in this quilt. It was such fun to get a new package in the mail with new hourglasses. And fun again as they were sewn into the top.




This also completes my one monthly goal at elm street quilts. And ...

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January 1, 2022
one monthly goal and rainbow scrap challenge from Making A Lather

 I worked on crumb stars last year for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I have 72 blocks made which will make a nice lap size. I am moving it to the ufo list since I don't know what I want to do with them yet. I thought I might make a straight setting until I took the picture and then I like them on point. we shall see


I am anxious to move on to something new.

I want to make  5 quilts for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I seem to have a thing ...

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November 17, 2021
a few snails trails from Making A Lather

I have neglected my sewing projects lately, and I wondered if it was because I need to do a little more recreational sewing. It has to be fun or who wants to do it. Setting goals is still a great idea until it seems like work. SO, I grabbed a bit of my work in progress sewing and made a few snails trail blocks using recycled shirts. I used all the pieces I had cut. It felt good to just sew.


still making easy breezy blocks in 1 1/2 in


We have harvested the last of the hot peppers ...

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November 10, 2021
fish workflow from Making A Lather

I am still trying to work out a workflow for the leader ender project from quiltville - go fish. It seems difficult to isolate what part is leader/ender. I guess there are just several stops along the way that can be used that way. If I used sewing the hsts as the leader/ ender, I would never sew enough for a quilt.

First, I cut strips from scraps that are 2 1/2 x 9 1/2. I can get all the hsts for 2 from that piece later. I have cut a few by color with the rainbow scrap ...

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November 3, 2021
5 quilts progress from Making A Lather

Here is my 5 quilts progress report.

1.checkered past -I have sewed a sashing to the right side of all the blocks. the next step is to join the blocks into rows using the sashings. I got this far at an open sew saturday.


2. fish school - this is a year long project for the quiltville leader/ender challenge. I have made a goal to sew 10 blocks before I can move on to the next quilt. I finished the 10 and added a few more.

3. scrappy mountain majesties - I have made additional blocks for an old ufo ...

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October 27, 2021
fishing from Making A Lather

While I was shopping at Joann fabrics, I ran into an old high school friend. The fact that she was in a fabric store told me why we were friends. haha.  We haven't seen each other in 10 years. She is still the the smart, funny, sweet person she was all those years ago.

Connie, me

I have more fish finished as a leader/ender. I don't know how I want to arrange them in a quilt. Right now, I like this one best.



I decided to sew a few hsts for the wedding ring I am doing ...

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October 2, 2021
colorful fish blocks from Making A Lather

I have no idea what the color of the month is for October and the  rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. So, I will share a few fishies that I have used as leader/ enders this week. Surely, somewhere in there is the color of the month.



Our guild's quilt show started yesterday and it was full of some really great quilts. I have 6 quilts in the show.- Allietare, over the river, ode to Joey, Aunt Eliza's star, smith mountain morning, Lucy's baskets.

I haven't taken pictures yet, but hope to do that today.


 I ...

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September 22, 2021
shirt anvil blocks from Making A Lather

I have been working on finishing some old ufos to the 'to be quilted' stage. I am ready to stop making borders for a little while. It was time for some soothing sewing and making a little progress on the shirt anvil blocks. I really like these. Using shirt fabric is one of my favorite ways to make quilts. The cotton just feels so nice.


And I found a few scraps hanging around the machine that wanted me to sew them.


forever easy breezy blocks


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September 18, 2021
orange tiny houses from Making A Lather

I have orange tiny houses for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I may have 2 rounds of oranges in the box already. But every year the scraps are different. And, it will take forever to make enough tiny houses  to make a quilt.



I found a box of leftover pieces from Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt frolic, and decided to put the HSTS together as pinwheels. I have them next to the sewing machine and I use them as leader/enders until they are gone. 


leader/enders

I am off to guild open sew today and a jelly roll ...

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September 15, 2021
half a carolina chain from Making A Lather

 I have just about reached the long center rows on the top half of carolina chain.


And I am adding the last batch of 3 rows to the bottom part of the quilt. I cut Carolina chain in 2017. It is from the the book addicted to scraps by Bonnie Hunter. It was also in the quilltmaker  magazine, June/ July 2010


I used easy breezies and fish school for leader/ enders



 I saw this pattern at Joann over the weekend. It looks like a great scrap buster. Although, I am not planning on starting anything new. Nope I am not ...

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