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June 30, 2022
Midweek: solstice, finishes, and birthday stash bash! from With Strings Attached

 I was up very early Tuesday and took pictures of the sunrise on the lake for the summer solstice.    (5:15 a.m.) 

I have yet to find a really good not-wooded place to get a sunset photo. This was taken off a side road about 8:20 p.m. (Sunset officially 8:32.)

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In the studio: I finished the 22 mug rugs and mailed them to the woman who commissioned them. They will be favors at the Georgia state P.E.O. convention next spring. (I joked it's up to her to remember where she put them!)   2-3 ...

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June 9, 2022
Midweek: Christmas churn dash flimsy + reading from With Strings Attached


The Christmas churn dashes are a flimsy! I'm auditioning backings.  

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I am halfway through a book that I don't like very much. (Why do I feel compelled to finish what I start?  Nancy Pearl, reader's advisor extraordinaire, has posited the Rule of 50 * and I should follow it more often.)    Here are my reviews of last week's books that I didn't have time to post on Monday. 

"A book published the year you graduated from high school" is one of the prompts for The Page Turner 2022, a FB group I'm in.  For 1970 ...

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June 1, 2022
Midweek: the stash report and a continued OMG from With Strings Attached


Rabbit, rabbit!   

(Here is the explanation of this good-luck tradition.)

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Stash report, May:

Fabric IN  152 yards, $26.  That's .17 -- seventeen cents! -- per yard.  (110 yards from the guild rummage sale and 42 yards received as a gift.)

Fabric OUT  68-5/8 yards

Year-to-date fabric IN  232-5/8 yards, $254, $1.09 per yard.

Year-to-date fabric OUT  272 yards.   

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I'm co-chair of our guild Block of the Month.  We're alternating months and June is my turn. Here are the samples.  The gray background will be given to each participant.  The flower centers are fussy-cut.  Unfinished size 12-1 ...

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May 25, 2022
Midweek: I have a notion! from With Strings Attached

I went to a church rummage sale recently and bought two ziploc bags of rick rack, bias tape, and seam tape for $2 per bag.

I sorted the all-cotton from the synthetic. 

Remember when stretchy lace seam binding/hem tape came out?  And iron-on hem tape? (Fusibles have come a long way since the late 1960's.)

There were many unopened packages in the lot. 

These are Coats & Clark.

Several generations of Wright's.   Did you ever send in three labels and .10 to get "a generous package of trimmings suitable for doll's clothes"?  

Winsome Lady is brand I ...

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May 8, 2022
Midweek: playing with scraps from With Strings Attached


It was chilly and rainy outside on Tuesday but warm inside.   The Zion Woman's Club had its year-end luncheon at a restaurant. I wore a mask except to eat and smile for the camera.  Regina conducted the officer installation with a lovely "heart of the club" theme.  I'm now past president. My service continues, though, because Steffi and I are co-vice presidents. (In our club that's program and membership. I do enjoy program planning.) 

And I have the pin to prove it. 

I went to the library after the luncheon. They're hatching chicks in the youth ...

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April 27, 2022
Midweek: positive is not good, but some small finishes from With Strings Attached

 Both of us were sneezy on Sunday.  My husband suffers from allergies year-round (dust and mold as well as pollen) but I only react in late spring when pollen is very heavy.  We took quick Covid tests and both read positive.   I don't have a fever, just sneezes and sniffles and a few aches.  He, meanwhile, is grumbling because we got our second booster shots last week so we should be immune, right? Umm, no.  I've pointed out that sniffles are a lot better than being hospitalized.    CDC guidelines say to self-quarantine for five days (=through Friday). I ...

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April 20, 2022
Midweek: new projects from With Strings Attached

 When I went into the Parts Department box to get HSTs for last week's project I came across a ziploc bag with 32 3-1/2" pinwheels. They were made from the cutaway corners from a long-ago project.   Look what happened!   

The old pinwheels are in the nine-patch blocks.  I made new pinwheels for the cornerstones with a different gold print -- but, by golly, I still had some of that very same tone-on-tone neutral.  

This is an odd size -- 39 x 51.  Maybe I'll add another border. Maybe I won't.

If you do the math you'll note ...

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March 31, 2022
Midweek: OMG success + the stash report from With Strings Attached


The bird houses are all set!
I wanted a busy setting and that's what I got.   Both the sashing and the border fabrics were purchased at Quiltagious last week. The sashing is Art Gallery (Bari J) and the border is Kaffe's Antwerp Flowers.  Both prints pick up all of the colors in the blocks.

5-1/4 yards by weight.  Approx. 72 x 84.

I will add two or three appliqued birds.

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I know I won't have any completions tomorrow nor do I foresee purchasing any fabric so here's the March stash report:

Fabric IN  14-3/8 ...

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March 9, 2022
Midweek: it's a flimsy! from With Strings Attached


I adapted a pattern titled Texas Two Step published in Fons & Porter's Scrap Quilts, June 2012.  I used 6-1/2" blocks (pattern has 7-1/2").   Most of the HSTs in the border were made from scraps from cutting the hourglass blocks. (I felt so thrifty.)

The block is called Old Maid's Puzzle, Jacks on Six, Double X 1, Three and Six, and Kindergarten Block. (Brackman #1689a)

6 yards used.

Linking up with Midweek Makers

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March 3, 2022
Midweek: stash report, handkerchief baskets, and OMG from With Strings Attached


Rabbit, rabbit -- all decked out for Mardi Gras!  

I didn't get photos of the wonderful Mardi Gras-themed centerpieces at yesterday's Zion Woman's Club meeting. It was our club's turn for reciprocity when we invite representatives from other clubs in the district to join us.  We had five guests and we welcomed a new member.  The luncheon was lasagna, salad, and bread sticks from the local bakery/caterer, with Mardi Gras-frosted cookies for dessert. 

Leftover cookies!
The program was "Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair."   Catherine Lambrecht told us about the 10+ year project where ...

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February 8, 2022
Midweek: stash report, RSC, OMG, and a new project from With Strings Attached

 Welcome to February!  I remembered to say "Rabbit, rabbit" when I woke up yesterday.    Since the Zion Woman's Club meeting is the first Tuesday I was busy getting ready for that meeting with no time to write a blog post.

(Here is an explanation of the good-luck charm.)

The January Stash Report:  Fabric IN  52-3/4, $127, average $2.40/yard.  (I received a generous destashing gift.) 

Fabric OUT: 53-3/4    I'm ahead by one yard.


The "fabric out" count includes 20 teal/aqua spinner blocks for the February Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

There are two parts to my ...

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January 5, 2022
Midweek: Shoo-fly border from With Strings Attached


I got two blocks down the street on my errands yesterday and saw this red-tailed hawk having a squirrel for lunch. When I got out of the car to try to snap an even closer photo he lifted off, his meal firmly gripped in his talons.  

(BTW, that's the hood of my car in the photo. I picked it up from the body shop where it's been for three weeks. (We've been using Stevens' car in the meantime.)  Someone sideswiped the car when it was parked (photo here). Repair entailed replacing the rear side panel and the ...

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December 30, 2021
Midweek: Rhody Trail with a bonus, and the Best of 2021 from With Strings Attached


The left box overflows with the completed Step 5 units for Rhododendron Trail.   The HSTs were Step 1 and the wing triangles were Step 3.  Step 5 nvolved sewing large pink triangles and then smaller neutral triangles. That resulted in cutaway triangles which I promptly sewed, trimmed, and pressed. They're 1-1/2" unfinished. I have no immediate plan for them but they'll be ready when inspiration strikes.

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I'm joining Cheryl's Best of 2021 Linky Party 

Here are my most memorable quilts of the year. Click on the highlighted title to read more about the design or ...

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November 17, 2021
Midweek: a finish! from With Strings Attached


Finish #4 for November, quilted and bound.  54" x 61".

I made the flimsy earlier this year to use up some of the scraps I created during the CWRSRP (Civil War Repro Scrap Reduction Project).   I'm sure you understand that I still have yards of CW Repros and many scraps. 

The back uses up nearly all of these two prints.

Linking up with Susan and other quiltmakers at Midweek Makers 

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November 6, 2021
Midweek: October accomplishments, the Stash Report, and November plans from With Strings Attached


While we were away my Janome was in the shop for a long-overdue cleaning.   I took it in on Wednesday (10/6). We left on Friday.   Fortunately the Singer 301 was at hand.   I hadn't used it in a long time but it fired right up and I could sew those final two evenings.

Rather than begin something elaborate I turned to the box of 2.5" squares.  I made 11 sixteen-patches before the trip and the remainder when we returned.   They called for a simple setting.   This will be a nice donation quilt.

I picked up the Janome ...

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September 22, 2021
Midweek: quilt mailed off and a new scrappy project from With Strings Attached


Welcome autumn!  A cold front came through on Tuesday and the temperature dropped 10+ degrees. Our afternoon outing to Lyons Woods was very comfortable both for me to walk and for Stevens as he sat in the car.  (He's unable to walk long distances -- especially at the pace I've developed over this past year of near-daily walks!)

Oriental bittersweet or spindleberry.  The vine grew across a 2" gap (right photo) to wind around the tree trunk (left photo).  I've only seen bittersweet at Lyons Woods.

Left: the rose hips from Japanese or Seven Sisters roses look more ...

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September 15, 2021
Midweek: Christmas baskets flimsy! from With Strings Attached

Zinnias for Zion is an annual initiative in the community that encourages people to plant zinnias.  They represent beauty in diversity (and hardiness, considering the drought we've had this summer).   This photo was taken at the entrance to the library yesterday.  

In the studio:  the Christmas baskets quilt is a flimsy!  I had just enough of the green/red plaid print for the border.  (It's the same print I used for  last year's AAUW Christmas quilt.  There are only scraps left now.) 

69 x 69. 6 yards by weight. 

The blocks are 8x8 finished. They were rather ...

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September 1, 2021
Welcome September: stash report, Bitcoin, and OMG from With Strings Attached


Rabbit, rabbit goes back to school.  

(Here is an explanation of this folklore.)

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Stash report, August: 

Fabric IN:  38-1/2 yards, $195

Fabric OUT: 45-7/8

YTD fabric IN:  271-5/8 yards,, $1046, average $3.85

YTD fabric OUT:  340 yards

NET:  68 yards USED (yay!)

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I finished piecing my version of Bonnie Hunter's Bitcoin.  It is trickier to line up the columns than it appears. 4-5/8 yards used. 

I need to trim the top.  I'm not 100% wild about this but I can imagine using the 1.5 x 2.5 column idea in alternate settings ...

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August 25, 2021
Midweek: it's a flimsy + basket blocks from With Strings Attached

On Monday we enjoyed revisiting Lyons Woods for the 2021 Hike Lake County Challenge.  Tuesday was too hot and humid to do more than run errands -- 95 temp and heat index of 105.  When I sat out on the shady patio later in the afternoon a front came through with clouds and wind gusts. Quite dramatic!  I came inside before it began to rain.  We got about an inch -- so badly needed.

Rose hips, gray dogwood, a burl. 

Joe Pye weed, sawtooth sunflower, evening primrose.   Hedge bindweed, rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan), field thistle.  Woodland sunflower, whole-leaf rosinweed, another woodland sunflower.

Pine ...

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June 18, 2021
Midweek: Positivity Plaid! from With Strings Attached

 When Preeti announced the Positivity Quiltalong I thought, "I can do this!" but I confess I forgot about that pledge until one of the other bloggers posted her initial PQAL blocks.  I quickly went to Preeti's blog and copied all the relevant information.  (If you've missed the details, start here and follow the tagged posts.)

The block construction is simple.  Preeti's blog shows some variations (triangle corners, square corners) and layout ideas.  The fabric choices are the challenge.  Miscellaneous scrappy? Rainbow? Floral? A genre -- but which one? (Aussie, Kaffe, batik, Civil War, 30's....)

I went with ...

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