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October 8, 2018
still sewing orca bay quilt from Making A Lather

I have reached the end of the first hundred hour glass blocks for orca bay mystery quilt.


I can see the bottom of the tray. After the mindless sewing part, it won't take long to make the blocks.


Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November. My challenge finishes here

I have 6 more to go and all but orca bay ...

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October 1, 2018
batch sewing orca bay from Making A Lather

I have been doing just a wee bit of batch sewing every morning on orca bay. I need 220 something little hourglass blocks. The biggest problem has been knowing what side of the tone on tone neutral is the right side. I am almost half way. It seems very boring, but I have enjoyed the rhythm and quiet of mindless sewing. I have been pondering earth shattering questions like, why when I have so many ufos do I still want to start something new, and what makes me think I will live hundreds of years to finish them, or who ...

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September 24, 2018
roll roll from Making A Lather

As part of my mystery quilt challenge, I have finished roll roll cotton boll, Bonnie Hunter's mystery from 2010, and her 7th mystery, and my 11th finish.
I want to have it in the guild show this  October, even if I did lose most of the points on the border, so I still need a sleeve and label, but I count it finished. I really like the neutral string background. And the colors are great, very traditional and cozy.







Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book ...

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September 17, 2018
piecing orca bay from Making A Lather

The string blocks are finished for Quiltville mystery quilt Orca Bay, so it is time to move on to the pieced blocks. It looks like they are mostly ohio star blocks with alternating black and white corners and a red center. I have an accuquilt die for the quarter square triangles which makes it easier to cut. I need a massive amount. No matter how hard I tried, the little pieces just wouldn't come out in an orderly way.


They are only 1 1/2 inch and fiddley.


The hourglass block is 2 1/2 inches and, oh, so ...

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September 14, 2018
back to sewing from Mrs Sew n' sew

The kids are back in school and I finally feel like things are back to normal around here.  It was a busy summer - a wonderful summer! 
 I made an appointment for Tuesday to long arm baste my Susan McCord vine quilt for handquilting.  On Monday afternoon I pulled it out and found I had left all the registration line basting in it.  Each of 13 panels has this line of machine basting running up the middle to mark the centre of the panel.  It's not easy to pull out as in many places applique stitches have caught it.  There ...

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September 10, 2018
orca bay strings from Making A Lather

I worked on my red string blocks for Orca bay quiltville mystery quilt. Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November.

I had a nice pile of red strings, but I used up most of them rather early in the process, so I took some bigger scraps and cut strips with my rotary cutter.




Then, I just grabbed something and tried to make ...

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September 6, 2018
Progress for 6and6in2018 and all that... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

has happened in the last six weeks has halted some progress, but I'm quite pleased at what I did manage to achieve.  After the medical hassles mentioned last I managed to get a bladder infection and then react afterwards to the antibiotics.  Ho hum, it goes like that sometimes.  Now it's onward and upwards I reckon.

So I have managed to make some progress on Danielle's quilt which only needs the 5.5 inch and 3.5 inch HST's made.  Unfortunately, because I have changed the initial direction for the fabrics in this quilt I felt ...

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September 4, 2018
rol roll rug from Making A Lather

I have roll roll cotton boll  Quiltville mystery quilt on the frame. I am hoping by the end of the week, it will be finished.


I've decided to break my Cleveland rug into mini goals. The whole premise for the rug is to include landmarks from the city. Since Cleveland is right on Lake Erie, there were several water references. I finished the sail boat. Above that is the skyline in white.


I had Grandkids for a visit on Labor Day. I sure enjoy their visits.


I am linking to:

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September 3, 2018
strings from Making A Lather

More work on my string/mystery quilt challenge as part of what Jo is challenging us to do.
The blue string blocks for orca bay mystery quilt are finished, so I have started to work on the red. I have several pieced and a few trimmed. It is taking a long time, because I don't like string piecing, but I think, it will speed up soon, because I am tired of the mess.





For my one monthly goal this month, I want to finish the strings for orca bay, finish roll roll cotton boll, and I want ...

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August 27, 2018
mystery strings from Making A Lather

I've trimmed a few and de-papered a few blue string blocks for Orca Bay mystery quilt.



I just can't like string piecing. I try.  But, I don't enjoy string piecing. While I am sewing these, I am planning how I will just take my tub and dump it into the trash.
I need to remember, I don't like a foundations this small -31/2 inch square. I don't like the triangle corners - I have to really hunt for pieces that are big enough. I don't like having one color I have to sort and ...

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August 20, 2018
getting started with orca bay quilt from Making A Lather

Roll roll Cotton boll is in the quilting cue waiting it's turn. And as much as I would like to completely finish it before starting the next quiltville mystery quilt, it could be awhile. So, I began planning orca bay. I was sure I had the string parts finished, but I can't find them anywhere or any mention of them in my master lists. I don't know how I missed this mystery quilt. I've done parts of all the others. Oh well. Time to start at the beginning. I was just going to cut the foundation ...

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August 6, 2018
binding ready from Making A Lather

In conjunction with Jo's string challenge here, I am doing mine as a quiltville mystery quilt challenge. All I did this week for Roll roll cotton boll is prepare the back and the binding. I like to attach my binding on the long arm while I am quilting it. So, when a place opens up on the long arm, I will get it quilted.


I am so impressed with Jo's finish today, and I would love to make it, but, I don't have any scraps from batiks, only yardage. And I don't think I can just ...

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August 3, 2018
jupiter and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I have 2 blocks finished for Drops of Jupiter. There was almost only one. I am not sure I am liking it, and every seam is an inset seam. But, making two was better.





A new month is time for new goals for One monthly goal at Elm street quilts.

For August, I want to continue work on stella cyranna. I have the pieced rows finished, and it is time to assemble and work on the wool applique.


I want to quilt roll roll cotton boll. I found a backing, so I need to make the binding, and, I have ...

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July 30, 2018
July goals from Making A Lather

My One Monthly goals for July might have been ambitious. But, I am pleased with my progress. I wanted to assemble the quiltville mystery roll roll cotton boll, and I did. just this morning. I still haven't pressed it, and I want to get it ready to quilt. I am even thinking I like it enough to enter it in the guild quilt show in September. We will see after I quilt it.




I wanted to assemble snow days and finish the stitching, and I did. I think it needs a border, though.



I had hoped to get one ...

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July 24, 2018
Autumn Stars--Another Mystery Quilt from TheEclecticAbuela

Okay--you can call me the crazy mystery lady! 

I love making mystery quilts. I have a friend who works them up for a forum to which I belong, and I love her designs. The forum thread from which this quilt is made begins HERE.


Autumn Stars 90" x 90"

Front (detail)

Corner (detail)

Back and binding (detail)

I'm done with summer--bring on the Autumn!

I'll be linking with Fiber Tuesday 166 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

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July 23, 2018
roll roll fixed from Making A Lather

As part of my quiltville mystery quilt challenge along side Jo's country junction string challenge, I am working on roll roll cotton boll. Last week, I had put the rows together creating two halves and there was an oops. It is fixed now, and the center is all in one piece.


I was able to add the inner border. There is a pieced outer border, and, generally, there is a bit of math to decide the width of the inner border, but, the pattern just gave directions for the cutting. I am hoping it will work with my piecing ...

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A scrap of this and a scrap of that... from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

Is all I have managed to get done since my last blog.  It has taken longer than I thought to get back my energy.  However, we are getting somewhere now. I have finally managed to sew the mystery top together and have chosen the frame and border fabric.


And now onto the large sized HST's for Danielle's quilt.  Got all the little ones finally finished - 350 of them.  Now only the medium and extra large ones left to do.  Hopefully these will go a lot faster being bigger and less of them.  Gosh I'm hoping to make ...

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July 18, 2018
wedding ring challenge from Making A Lather

I am having trouble finding green beans to purchase from farmer's markets. But I did can the few I have found. The bunnies and other creatures eat mine as soon as they start to grow. My favorite sweet corn farmer has started selling, and I have a few put in the freezer. It's officially summer.


I am very excited to join a quilt a long with Jo of Jo's Country Junction. She is sewing her double wedding ring quilt in the june 2018 magazine.



Last week, we were to decide on the size, template, and fabrics. I ...

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July 17, 2018
summer stitching from Mrs Sew n' sew

There's been some summer stitching.  All of those red and cream hst's from my last post became sashing for these applique blocks.  Once that was done there needed to be a border of hst's as well.  I decided to use blue and cream hst's because they kind of frame it at the same time.  To speed up making them I decided to use triangle paper.  I was impressed at how easy it was to find, print and use triangle paper from the internet.  
This cream with little red star fabric was in my stash and perfect ...

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July 16, 2018
roll roll oops from Making A Lather

I was so thrilled to get this far on assembling roll roll cotton boll and, then, to discover something is wrong. hmmm
The middle row is backwards or upside down. bummer... On point settings are always challenging for me.


I do not want to take a whole row off.




I realized I didn't have to take the whole row off and turn it, I just need to take the ends off and switch them. That's not so bad.





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