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February 19, 2019
ANOTHER QUILT COMPLETED from The Proficient Needle

I put the final stitching in my second mystery quilt today!

The pattern is called "Rainbow Rotini".  It was designed by Marjorie Rhine, and was in the March, May and July 2012 editions of American Quilter magazine.

I chose my main colour as pink, as it will be a gift for my granddaughter in a year or so.  It will fit a single bed.

I machine quilted it with monofiliment thread, using a stitch in the ditch around all the various elements.  

I stitched two different designs in the background surrounding each block - 

Flowers and leaves around six blocks, and ...

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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 10, 2019
Five Fantastics From Leftovers from Quilts + Color

I made all of these from the leftovers from the trimmings from this quilt that follows this picture. 
What I made was dictated by the shape and sizes of the pieces.

There are 3 zipper pouches and 2 pin cushions. The only thing left when I finished making all of these were scraps too small to use so they went in the garbage!

The quilt was a mystery quilt at a Jinny Beyer Seminar. It is the only mystery quilt I have ever made. I made it my own by the use of the lily fabric.

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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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Some Progress in 2019 from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Okay, January has already disappeared off my calendar and I didn't get to post.  I can see that this year is going to go even faster than the last, but I put some of that down to less time available for me to do "stuff" in. Health has leveled out a little and we are managing to get back to our sewing machine so that is the most important thing.
Here are some photos of what I have managed to accomplish so far...

 This is my block for January for the BOM running in the Kiwiquilters Facebook group.  It ...

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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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OMG January Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

It was much harder than it should have been, but with ONE hour to spare I finished my January OMG project, Chip off the Old Block. Last week, my longarm died so I quilted this on my Juki. It has been years since I quilted on a DSM and had to start the learning curve all over again.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I found a combination of top thread, bobbin thread and needle that would work without shredding, breaking (needles and thread!), skipping stitches or all three. I’m always up for a challenge and I ...

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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

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January 18, 2019
Quiltville Good Fortune Mystery - That's A Lot Of Pieces from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

Every year when I am in the throws of gift making for the holiday season, I get this urge to make something for me. This year, I satisfied that urge by participating in Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt. I have participated in mysteries before, as a shop owner, when I knew the end result throughout the process. This is the first time it was truly a mystery from start to finish. I loved it.

The first step is the announcement of a color palette and estimated yardage. These colors made me think they were pulled straight from a basic crayon ...

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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?

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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 10, 2019
Good Fortune Clue 7 from TheEclecticAbuela

And the mystery continues...

I'm glad for a bit of assembly. Oftentimes, the reveal of a mystery includes extra units and an overwhelming number of things to do--it's nice to do a bit at time.

I updated my quilt journal yesterday. I like to keep track of what I've accomplished. I found that in the past five years I have finished 125 quilts--some big, some small, some gifts, some donations, and a few for me!

I wish you a very Happy New Year!

I'm linking with Quiltville's Mystery Monday.

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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 6, 2019
MACHINE QUILTING from The Proficient Needle

I've been busy working on a quilt for my sister-in-law.  A few years ago, I helped her make some "stack-n-whack" star blocks.  She made a quilt top, but recently decided that she wanted the quilt for her king-size bed.  More borders were added, but then it sat for a while, as she had difficulty working on such a large quilt. She gave me the fabric for the backing, but wants to put the binding on when it is returned.
I brought it south with me for the winter, and just before Christmas DH and I pin-basted the quilt. 

I ...

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January 4, 2019
January OMG: Very Old Mystery Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Even though I failed miserably with my String Spiderweb in December’s OMG challenge, I’m still participating in January and setting a new goal. This month’s project is a very old mystery quilt called Chip Off the Old Block that has been a UFO for ages.

One truth that emerged from last month’s challenge is that I do not enjoy string piecing. In fact, I can’t think of any other construction method that I like less. For me, it is tediously slow and messy. I sewed for hours and hours in December and only finished about ...

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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
Weekly update: somewhat biased, Good Fortune, something old, something new from With Strings Attached

I hope you and those you love had a merry Christmas.  We did -- candlelight service at 5 p.m. Monday, Christmas Day brunch at M.G.'s house with mutual friends.  I spent some of DH's generous Christmas check on fabric but still have enough to indulge at post-holiday sales (not just fabric but at other stores).  The weather has been relatively mild and snow-less.  The winner of the AAUW holiday raffle quilt couldn't attend the luncheon. When I offered to deliver the quilt to her she invited me to brunch on Friday. We had a lovely visit ...

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~ Good Fortune, Clue 6 ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hello Quilting Friends!  Can you believe it's been almost a week since I last stepped foot in the Studio?  So now it's time to play catch up with my Good Fortune Clues 5 and 6.  Thank goodness Clue 6 is fairly small.   I should be able to make all of the units without cutting into my yardage.

Some of the creamy scraps are about 20 years old while others are a little more recent.  But they all play nicely together.  The cherry fabric on the left side of the picture below is one of favorite prints.  You all ...

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