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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.


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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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September 13, 2021
more snails trails from Making A Lather

I really believe my creative process has helped me throughout my life to provide for my family and to give me the confidence I needed to face struggles. I am so grateful for great role models and teachers. I love learning new skills and information. It makes life an adventure. I hope you all get your sew on or whatever you enjoy doing.


I have the last sections of sea swept together. I can start to see it as a quilt. I need to join sections and see what it looks like in my fabrics. I am very excited.



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August 28, 2021
triangles from Making A Lather

I have a new infusion of scrap triangles to work with in the future. My Friday group donated these lovely scraps to me and there are many aqua and teals in the bunch. That will have to do this week for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

treasures

The bag on the right is from my Linda friend's sea swept quilt which is done, which I quilted last week, while I am still piecing mine.

Otherwise, I am making little bits as I get bored with the bigger bits of piecing.

wedding ring


go fish


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August 27, 2021
more carolina chaining from Making A Lather

I did the top 5 rows of carolina chain earlier. and now, I have assembled the bottom 5 rows. They are the easiest and shortest so of course, I wanted to do them first.

the setting triangles are dark blue

 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 have been using easy breezy 1 1/2 inch squares for the leader/ender project this week. I am having more trouble picking out of a bag of 1 1 ...

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August 25, 2021
sparkle redo from Making A Lather

I had finding a back on my list for this Christmas Sparkle quilt. When I did the math, I was surprised just how big it was. I had been " encouraged" to add another row and a border to it by my Quilty friends. It didn't look so big at the library where I laid it on the floor, but in a home it was huge 110 inches long. I really don't want another Christmas quilt that big, so, I cut off the bottom row again, and I am putting it together as a smaller quilt.


I had the ...

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August 23, 2021
snails trails from Making A Lather

Hooray ! I started assembly of my sea swept quilt at my Friday quilt group. The left 4 snails trails are sewn together but, the rest are only webbed together to check and secure placement. It is really cool. I came home, and I am doing some of the pinning watching TV in the evening. 


meanwhile, I am back to sewing easy breezy blocks but using 1 1/2 inch squares and strips as leader/enders while sewing other blocks.


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August 11, 2021
more go fish from Making A Lather

For the go fish leader/ender challenge from quiltville, I have more fishies cut and ready to sew together. I look forward to seeing how they will look. I still have to look at one of them I have done to be sure I get the angles right. I am sure by the time I finish a gazillion hsts, I will get them right through practice.




Such a fun block to make. And I hope to empty my 2 1/2 inch squares bin, too. After I cut them, I can leave them for awhile and still get back to ...

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August 6, 2021
crayon quilt top from Making A Lather

It's a top. I made this crayon quilt using the colors of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy last year or the year before. Then, I decided I wanted to make something different for the border, so it took longer than expected.

the grass and the wind were a problem

I found a pretty blue cotton sheet for the back, and made a scrappy binding. Now, it will join its friends in the "to be quilted" closet which is chock a block full. There may need to be a spill over location soon.


I have been sewing hsts ...

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July 28, 2021
go fish from Making A Lather

 Time to play with the new leader/ ender from quiltville - fish school. I have some cut, so I have been experimenting with how to use them as a leader/ender. Once the HSTS are sewn, I like to sew both the top row and the bottom row as a unit. And then, I can sew the two rows together at the beginning or ending of a row.



I know there are several ways to lay out the blocks, but, I am not sure what I will do yet. They are enjoyable to make. I am using 2 1/2 inch ...

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July 19, 2021
fish school from Making A Lather

 Bonnie Hunter has a new leader/ender project for the next year called fish school. I have officially declared easy breezy blocks done, so, I can take the challenge and start working on this project. Bonnie is using 2 inch strips and HSTS, but, I have too many 2 1/2 inch strips, so, I am going to use those. I have a hsts die that I can use to cut 6 at a time. I started cutting strips to 9 1/2 inches to fit that die.  I went through a drawer and cut 115. By calculations I will ...

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June 26, 2021
tiny houses from Making A Lather

Tiny houses to sew, big house to clean for my daughter's visit next month. Purple is the color for June rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, and one of my favorites. But, there has been so much going on, that I haven't even pulled all the purple scraps out to look at them.


I lost my resolve to sew 2 easy breezy  blocks each day. I made 3 for the week. I need to cut more after a thorough counting of what is in the drawer.
 


otherwise, I have been gardening, and preserving, and decluttering, and cleaning.

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June 22, 2021
moving on with sea swept from Making A Lather

I have all the snails trail blocks finished for sea swept. And it was time to figure out how I was going to make the sashings without a pattern. The actual pattern is for paper piecing, and my blocks are machine pieced and larger than the pattern makes.

Linda's 3 and mine

I remembered a template I have from studio 180 and I could even find it... hooray. But, I wasn't sure how to make it a double square in a square. You tube told me,   I needed the technique sheet with a chart. While I was purchasing ...

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June 9, 2021
what I am working on from Making A Lather

 Do you know what stinging nettle is? It is a mean little weed that has spines all over it's stems and leaves, and, if you touch them, it injects a little bit of acid into your skin for a day's worth of burning and itching. Sometimes rubbing a maple leaf over it will neutralize the effect. When we bought our property 30 years ago, we had a forest of stinging nettles and burdock to clean out. We have worked very hard to eliminate most of them. So this year, I have watched youtube videos about gardening and herbs ...

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June 1, 2021
to do: cut more easy breezy from Making A Lather

I needed to cut more squares for easy breezy. I have found as many matches of 4 as I can in my 2 inch square drawer. Now, I have to cut from strips and chunks. I like this part. It can be done leisurely while watching TV in the evening. I take a 2 inch strip from the drawer, fold it in half, slice 2 inches twice, and the pile grows. I didn't count, so, I hope this will get me finished.






I am getting closer to having enough of these blocks. They have become a part of my ...

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April 27, 2021
to do: take it easy from Making A Lather

I still have 100 more easy breezy blocks to go for the size I want to make. I am slogging through them each day. I try to make at least 2 per day, but, sometimes I run out of any combinations, and, I go foraging in the scraps to cut for awhile, until, I am tired of cutting.  This may take some time. By now, I have a system for making them.







The tulips have been lovely this year, and, didn't mind the snow storm. I am trying to move the rock back from in front of the red ...

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March 23, 2021
to do: make progress from Making A Lather

Daffodils are blooming and I have seen blue skies. I am really looking forward to Spring this year. I hope to out more and working on building back relationships. Although, I have almost forgotten how to be social. 

I've had a chance to make more blocks for quilted twins free pattern called swingin checkerboard. It is a project that I am just adding to as time permits.

more blocks

I am trying to take stock on the leader/ ender challenge quilt easy breezy. I am not sure why I haven't made much progress, or what I need ...

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March 18, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

Sometimes, I forget to show the slow progress of some on going projects. I have sew days that don't seem to make any dents in the quilt making process. But, I know they do. And that has to be enough.

I am still hunting for old projects as I am trying to reorganize and label boxes, it consumes me. I have been very creative at storage, I must say.

Maple syrup is done. Hubby has it all put away for another year. It was my first year to trek around the trees and help with the buckets of sap ...

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