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June 15, 2020
Weekly update: deliveries, small finishes, and new projects from With Strings Attached



The sky was so clear today that the Chicago skyline was visible from Hosah Park.  That's 40 miles away.  You can click on the photo to enlarge it. Look at the horizon on the right and you can see the outlines of the skyscrapers.

Closer to the ground:  flag iris, coreopsis, daisies, spiderwort. I think the plant not in bloom (upper right) is a mullein. It is a huge specimen.

One Tuesday I drove on the Tollway (I-94) for the first time since February when I went to Glen Ellyn.    I met first with the incoming AAUW-IL president to ...

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June 8, 2020
A bit of sewing.......... from Exuberant Color

Somehow 2 of the mug rug squares got separated from the other 2 and I finished them into mug rugs a while ago.  Yesterday I found the other 2 and when I went to trim them square they were 1/4" smaller than the 2 finished ones so now there are 2 pairs, not a set of 4 alike.  That's all the sewing I did yesterday.
It was still low humidity yesterday so I wanted to work outside for awhile.  It got up to the mid 80s so it still wasn't all that comfortable.  While I was out ...

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May 1, 2020
Stash report and OMG for May from With Strings Attached

Fabric in, April:   ZERO
Fabric out, April:  118-3/8 yards
Fabric in, YTD:  210-1/2 yards, $455
Fabric out, YTD: 426 yards
Net decrease: 213-1/2

In April I made 253 masks. I sent a B.O.R.S. (box of random scraps) to JS in Iowa (along with 152 HeartStrings blocks).  I made 3-1/2" rail fence units and 4.5" HSTs in all of the remaining RSC 2020 colors. I finished 12 house block mug rugs.

My One Monthly Goal for May is to make a daisy-themed tote bag. I've got the fabric! I just need to ...

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April 3, 2020
Small projects............ from Exuberant Color

I got the binding on two more mug rugs.  






I made 2 sets of masks in the same fabrics. Two of them went to family friends and I kept 2 on hand in case someone else needs one.





This is the other side of those two masks.  I'm using batiks that I hadn't found a use for before.







This group was given to family and friends last week.





I cut prints for 9 more framed 9 patch blocks and paired them with contrasting solids.  That leaves 11 more to find fabrics for.






This is one of the fabrics ...

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April 2, 2020
Orange thread.............. from Exuberant Color

Yesterday I was sewing with orange thread, putting binding on 2 mug rugs and sewing one more framed 9 patch. I also spent some time out in the back garden raking off layers of wet leaves so the early plants could see the sunshine.

 I have been reading on blogs that some people are having trouble getting started on any sewing project in these unsettling times.  My advice: go sew some mindless scrap blocks and while you are stitching them you will start getting ideas for which other projects you might want to work on.  Did you ever notice ...

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February 4, 2020
Scrappy Log Cabin WIP and other stuff from Grandma's Red Needle

It's February! That means another UFO to finish!
APQ UFO Challenge for this month, is #9. For me, that means 'Log Cabin Blocks #2'. 


There are so many possible patterns for a log cabin quilt, difficult to choose. I had to decide, and ended up with this: 


When you are reading this, I've already pieced together these blocks and a few more. I started working on these scrappy log cabin blocks in March 2016! The idea was to make one block each day. It worked pretty well the first 3-4 months, but then I got bored. Last year ...

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February 1, 2020
January 2020 monthly recap............. from Exuberant Color

3 finishes for January, I had hoped for 4, but 2 of these were large so I'm happy with the month's progress.  The 2 pastel quilts are so much prettier in person.  They look kind of washed out in the photos.  The 16 patch on the left is 54.5" x 70", the flannel quilt in the center is 70.5" x 88" and the 30s reproduction Trip Around the World is 69" x 92".
2 quilt tops were completed.  The Australian fabric equilateral triangle top is 55.5" x 69" and the Zipper quilt top is 60 ...

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November 11, 2019
MUG RUGS MAKE NICE GIFTS from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

It's that time of year!  So I made this cute Mug Rug from a book that I got at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.
My machine writing may not be the greatest, but it was fun to do.  The book that I used was from Annie's Quilting, Learn To Make Quilted Mug Rugs.  It is filled with 30 different mug rugs that you can make in no time.  What fun.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW:
  • CRAFT DAYS: Saturday, Nov. 23; Saturday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 6.
  • February Bus Trip is scheduled for Feb. 8.  Four shops are participating. 
  • January ...

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October 30, 2019
This is how we tidy up from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I had the most amazing day cleaning up. I know - sounds boring, but I'm finding it very therapeutic to sort through things, decide that I do NOT need all that stuff and then devise a way to get rid of it. I have a pile of books about organizing. What am I going to do with those?? I don't think I'm going to need them after all!! While books are good, most books talk about how to organize what you have left - they don't really go into the issues that crafters have with all the stuff ...

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October 7, 2019
YOU CAN MAKE THIS MUG RUG from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

It's that time of year!  I couldn't resist making this when I saw it on Freemotion By The River blog.  I love mug rugs and this one is perfect for this time of year. Connie will send you her free pattern and tutorial.  All you have to do is sign up for her newsletter.  Her blog is on my sidebar, but you can also click here to get to it.  This was such a fun project. Quick and easy and a great way to use your scraps!

There is a lot going on at the Attic Window Quilt ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!



I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.




I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,


Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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October 22, 2014
Two Finishes, Two UFOs from Quilt Talk

Halloween is just 10 days away; this UFO needs a border and a finish STAT!
My first on point project.  It won't be for sale -  it'll be made by Chris for Chris.  


Hot Pepper Hot Pad is below.  Note hand stitched binding.  
Is it ready for Etsy alone, or does it need a mate?





 The following are already posted in my shop.
Food fabric place mats (6).

Food fabric mug rugs (6).

Now back to my runner...time's a wastin'. :)

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