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February 18, 2019
good fortune - green from Making A Lather

We decided for our "fun Saturday outing" we would visit Menards and buy some garden seeds. We have grow lights in our basement, and start a few plants indoors for our garden. From the look of outdoors, we are too early, but, we were in need of thinking of Spring and the green coming in the days ahead. Our February has been especially gloomy, I decided we would do one fun thing a day to try and stay positive.

I thought I would put Good fortune on time out for awhile, but, I found my self assembling the green triangle ...

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February 11, 2019
good fortune - flakes from Making A Lather

We had a, surprise to me, snowfall after church yesterday. It was beautiful. And, I decided I needed to go out and enjoy it. We drove through Highland park. And even though, it looks like black and white pictures, it is not, and there still was it's own kind of beautiful.

Both my husband and I had so many fun times on this sledding hill and the creek use to freeze and we would ice skate. Now, it is too dangerous they say. And no one was sledding.

I have had the center of good fortune done for a ...

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February 4, 2019
good fortune - more from Making A Lather

I have been assembling rows for my good fortune mystery quilt at Friday group. It is mindless work with a big impact. I need mindless to keep up with conversation and of course, to throw my 2 cents into the fray. I sure enjoy the company.
I am always a little nervous at the assembling stage. What if I don't like it, or I didn't get it right at some point. But, there is also the giddy excitement as a new block is added and it grows.

And it grows...

And it grows...

I am thrilled. From the ...

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February 1, 2019
orca bay finish from Making A Lather

I have finished orca bay mystery quilt. This mystery was the 2011 mystery at Quiltville and is now in the book string fling. It is my 12th mystery finish since spring of last year. The next one, I need to tackle is Grand illusion in denise schmidt fabrics. I have the borders and quilting to do.

I did an all over splashy feathery thing.

And the backing is such a kick.

I was really pleased with my piecing work. I still lost a few corners on the border, but there was definitely an improvement.

It's time to look at ...

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January 28, 2019
One monthly goal success from Making A Lather

It's time to report on my one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I really appreciate this motivational goal setting opportunity. I know I have finished more projects than I would have otherwise. I tend to be a procrastinator. And, I must think I will live forever.

At the beginning of the month, I made some goals.

1.I want to make my 30 blocks for January as my One monthly goal. 
2.My Ufo challenge with Patchwork times is orca bay mystery quilt. I need to get it quilted for January.
3.My finish it project is to ...

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January 21, 2019
good fortune- missing from Making A Lather

I am still working on good fortune mystery quilt. I sewed these blocks with a 9 patch project as a companion. It took longer but, made it seem shorter. The only problem is, I am short one whole block. I think I have enough to make another one, but where did that pesky block go?

These are still part of an autumn quilt from My Carolina home.

We are still in a winter wonderland in Indiana, but it is 7 below - very cold

I am linking to:

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January 16, 2019
orca bay from Making A Lather

This is finally happening. Orca Bay is on the long arm. After all the piecework, it is good to see it stretched out on the frame and looking pretty straight. But, it is the end of the quilting, that the fat hits the fan, when all the wonkyness might show itself.

and isn't the backing snazzy? yeehaw. I had it in my stash from a thrift store, sometime. It had 6 yards so, it was the perfect size and the colors are the same. Where else would a midwest girl use this fabric?

I am linking to:


midweek ...

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January 14, 2019
good fortune - magic from Making A Lather

I was very worried about this step and making sure the points matched, but, it was magic. 99% of the points matched without any effort on my part. I didn't even pin. I was thrilled. I did have a hard time sticking to it, though, so it took most of the week to finish all of them.

I spent Friday group, making the blocks. I can not say I was as "lucky" with these points, but, it will look good in a quilt.

I realized that this block seemed familiar. I finished Carolina Christmas earlier last year and it ...

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January 7, 2019
good fortune - grandchildren from Making A Lather

Since the last linky Monday at quiltville for the mystery quilt, I finished the neutral string piecing,

made the red blocks,
 sewed the 12 triangle sets

and made a dent in the remaining triangle units.

I missed the reveal. In my mind, it didn't seem time for another clue. Imagine my surprise at Friday group when they all asked if I liked the quilt. They aren't even making the quilt and they knew. I think it will be a great quilt. This is the point with all the mysteries that I quit for awhile, but, I think I ...

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January 2, 2019
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

A new year of possibilities and new goals

I have a new swap that is starting with 4 other friends, we are making the bordered square block in the 4 1/2 inch size, mostly from civil war reproduction fabrics. Each month we need to make 30 blocks. That is 6 blocks per person each month. We were inspired by Pam Buda's new quilt...

I want to make my 30 blocks for January as my One monthly goal. 
My Ufo challenge with Patchwork times is orca bay mystery quilt. I need to get it quilted for January.
My finish ...

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December 31, 2018
good fortune - a new die from Making A Lather

The last day of  2018. Happy New year!
I have all of clue 5 finished for Good fortune mystery quilt. I had just received my 3 1/2 hst accuquilt die as part of my Christmas. I was excited it was the right one. Although, it was nearly the last one on my wish list.

For clue 6, I had these pieces of junk paper leftover from the Christmas snowflake quilt. so those are the size I am using for the string piecing. most of them are 4 inches wide x 9  so I will cut them in half for ...

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December 24, 2018
good fortune with a border from Making A Lather

Happy Christmas eve.
I have all of part 4 finished and ready for the good fortune mystery.

And, I have cut all the pieces for part 5. These will be fun to sew after Christmas. Is it just me or have the clues been easier this year. I am not complaining. I wonder if the assembling will be the hard part.

I have moved this square dance quilt to the quilt stage by adding the borders.

It took a few days to decide.  I had several auditions of border fabrics that were definitely all wrong. And, then, the birds sang ...

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December 21, 2018
progress from Making A Lather

All my customer quilts are done, and the longarm is all mine. I want to finish a few of my projects over the holidays. And finish to me is putting together the back top and binding, ready to be quilted, And maybe quilting.
The backing is pieced and the binding ready for orca bay mystery.

I have had this basket of a quilt and fabrics to the square dance mystery taking up much needed space in the quilt room. I need borders. I am not feeling inspired yet.  definitely nope....

definitely nope... Inspiration will come soon enough.

I have been ...

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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 13, 2018
square dance extras from Making A Lather

I mentioned earlier that I had these interesting pieces leftover after making square dance from my carolina home. But I had no idea what I was going to do with them.

This is not my quilt but I saw it online, and I thought I recognized the pieces as those I had just made.
I would like to do something like this with my pieces. Anyone know a pattern name for this?

I have finally put the Christmas quilt on my bed. I plan on leaving it there until Spring. I love the colors. It's Carolina Christmas from Bonnie ...

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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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December 5, 2018
orca bay progress from Making A Lather

I received a wonderful email with picture from Holly:

Hello Maggie.  I fell in love with your Christmas Snowflake quilting the moment I saw it.  Lucky for me, I learned (newbie here !) how to do paper piecing this summer, so as soon as the current flimsies were done, I started on Christmas Snowflakes.  I did it with three colours, red, green and gold, and used the same fabrics for the three snowflakes in each colour way.  I quilted it with that spiral pattern I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts.  The finished size is about 54 inches square and I ...

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December 3, 2018
good fortune with a discovery from Making A Lather

I have noticed for some time, that especially pieces that are die cut, my fingers are not nimble enough anymore to slip them apart. I put on my thinking cap, and thought about money counters and how they wear little plastic finger tips to give them grip. I found these on amazon.

When I tried using them, I discovered they work - hooray. But, I also discovered their benefits in 2 other ways that I wasn't expecting. First, they make scootching the fabric together that last little bit of a thread, a piece of cake. I can line the matched ...

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November 28, 2018
orca bay webbed from Making A Lather

I have the orca bay mystery quilt webbed together in quadrants. I quickly ran outside to take pictures before the snow. I was hoping to study the pictures to see if I could find the mistakes before I quilted them into the quilt.

It didn't work. It wasn't until I took the pieces to the sewing machine, that I noticed many of the pesky cornerstones were turned the wrong way. And when one was turned, the whole row was wrong. This makes a strong case for webbing the quilt together in smaller chunks.

It's still hard to ...

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November 26, 2018
webbing orca bay from Making A Lather

I have started the webbing for orca bay mystery quilt. I decided to web in quadrants, thinking it would be easier to handle. even though I had a mantra ( left, right, left right) on the cornerstones, I  know I will have to correct a few of them.

I was planning on using yardage for Good Fortune mystery quilt, but when I opened my strip bucket, I saw red and neutral.

A few miles later, I had pairs of strips

A little accu cutting and I had sets ready to sew

chains of red 4 patches

and the cutest little 4 ...

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