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January 19, 2018
Square Dance Begins! A Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt Along from From My Carolina Home

Today, the Square Dance Mystery Quilt Along begins!!  We are going to Bow to Your Partner, Bow to your Corner, Come Down the Middle, Allemande Left, and maybe even Do-Si-Do during the next six months.  It is amazing how these patterns seem to name themselves, it just becomes so clear as I am figuring out the design.  Or maybe I am just a bit nuts.  Anyway, I hope you have fun Scrap Dancing again, with Square Dance.  As promised, there will not be any half square triangles, but we will learn something new, bwaaaahahahahaha!!  No, not telling what that is ...

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January 17, 2018
ringo lake setting triangles from Making A Lather

I decided not to piece my setting triangles for On ringo Lake mystery quilt. So I used the Fons and Porter setting triangle ruler to decide how to cut them. The color is mostly consistent but the prints will be different.

I used a paper template as Bonnie suggested to cut the end off the triangle

Luckily, the edges of the pieced unit fit the cut out of the setting triangle.

So that part of the clue is finished.

I added the sashing for the first row

And then the block just to see... How lovely.

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January 12, 2018
Migration has landed from Art In Search

     When Alycia posted a Mystery Quilt a while back, I decided to make it. I needed to do a veteran quilt. I try to do four a year. The top was finished rather quickly and it sat that way for too long. Finally, I quilted it and bound it.  She named it Migration and the pattern is for sale at Craftsy. She will be doing another mystery quilt real soon, so check her out if you would like to jump on board.
    I changed it up a bit and made the blue stars at the strip junctions. Pieced on a ...

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January 10, 2018
Midweek: it's a flimsy! from With Strings Attached

 I assembled On Ringo Lake on Tuesday afternoon.  I calculated the fabric required in each unit and from that arrived at 10 yards for the entire flimsy (unquilted top). Hooray!

I got the leftover fabric reshelved.

Last evening we watched Into the Amazon, the new episode of The American Experience on PBS.  (Until the promotion of this feature I'd forgotten that in 1993 Auburn PL had hosted a program by Charles Haskell who led an expedition to retrace T.R.'s route.)    My TV-time sewing resulted in six NYB blocks for the guild challenge quilt. I decided that split ...

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ringo lake trim from Making A Lather

oops -Something isn't right. I want the 1/4 inch edge where the flying geese meet with the shaded patch. Each of my flying geese were trimmed to size but I didn't trim the unit. On ringo lake seems to be taking forever to make 50 blocks.

Yep that is it. I evidently had a batch that was a little too big and was taking it out on the edge. silly goose.

I have tried to remember where I was on the patriotic boxy stars. I sewed 2 rows together to move it along. I have really been ...

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January 8, 2018
Mystery link up from Mrs Sew n' sew

Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt was a fun distraction alongside all the usual busy Christmas festivities.  I was excited to see the final reveal.  I just love the blocks. I have most of the parts made but have only managed to get 4 blocks done so far.  Here they are laid out with the sashing pieces.  

 I actually love the blocks laid side by side without the sashing pieces shown below. I will make all the blocks before I decide how I will set them together.
It's a bit strange to have so many block parts made - its different ...

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carolina mystery from Making A Lather

My personal goal is to finish all the Quiltville mystery quilts while Jo of  Jo's Country junction is finishing all the quilts in the string fling book. I count 17 quilts, which is more than Bonnie usually puts in a book. I would prefer to concentrate on them in order. Since that would be the oldest. Here is a list of what I have and need to do. mystery #1 is Carolina Crossroads from 2007. It was on the website first and then included in Bonnie Hunter book Scraps and shirttails. The top and first border are done and ...

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~ A Finish! ~ En Provence from Podunk Pretties

Happy Monday quilting friends!  Kick off your snow boots and come on in.  You might want to grab a cup of something warm and shimmy up close to my space heater cause it's a little chilly in the  Podunk studio.  

I've got something to share with you today that is sure add a little sunshine to this cold day and warm things up.  It's taken just a little over a year to finish but it was worth the wait.  Every November Bonnie Hunter shares a free Mystery quilt.  This was the  Mystery for 2016/17 called En ...

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January Mystery Quilt – Colours from RobynsPatch

Do you thinks these colours will work? By pulling out the colours from the main Kaffe Fassett border fabric, and using Joen Wolfrom’s colour wheel, this is the result. My eye went straight to magenta, then green, as the two … Continue reading

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January 7, 2018
Stash report January 7, 2018 from Making A Lather

I ended 2017 in the hole 8 3/4 yards for my fabric stash report. I finished enough quilts and gave away 90 + yards to say that I used 354 1/2 yards of fabric.
I purchased or brought home 363 1/4 yards of fabric and I didn't really have any place to put it. So some of it got sent to the attic to live. How sad. I would like to say I will do better next year at not buying or adding fabric. But that was my intention last year. I am a sucker for ...

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January 6, 2018
Mystery quilts from My Sewing Room

I really enjoy a good mystery quilt project.  We've done a couple of them as Saturday Sampler projects over the years and it's been so enjoyable to watch them come together without really knowing how the end result will look. And it's fun to guess how the parts will go together - which is totally outside of my usual comfort zone.
Bonnie Hunter ( does an annual mystery quilt on her blog. I watched them for a couple of years before joining in and making Allietare a couple of years ago. It was full of ...

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January 5, 2018
On Ringo Lake Progress from Alamosa Quilter

Sorry I haven't been able to post for a while. The holidays and taking inventory of my store have taken up a lot of my time lately. I am still making progress with my On Ringo Lake quilt though, just slowly.

All of clues one, two, and three are done.

Clue four is done too even though they aren't all shown in the photo below.

I'm working on clue five now.

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playing catch up from Making A Lather

I have raided the green scrap drawer for the fabrics I will need for the turtle quilt. I have anything less than a 1/2 yard in scrap drawers. I hope to cut it out at Friday group today. I don't like to cut in a group, but I am not getting it done here at home. I gravitate to sewing On ringo lake - just one more block here at home.

I am still plugging along on the mystery quilt

I have a mountain of mess I am sorting. Sew one block, clean a minute, sew another block, repeat ...

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January 4, 2018
another clue done from Making A Lather

All of these are done for On ringo lake mystery quilt

And I had to try one...

Lynette asked how I had altered my quiltville mystery quilt expectations so that I had enjoyed it more this year.
I have worked on the older mysteries over the years after the fact. In other words, all the clues were available but the quilt was revealed. I enjoyed them so much better. I asked myself why. It wasn't that I needed to see the quilt first. It was that all the information about the colors was available at once. I could pick ...

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January 3, 2018
6 and 6 and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

We are finally up in the double digits outside but our thermostat won't rise above 66 - sigh... and a flat tire sigh....
I have finished clue 6 of On ringo lake quiltville mystery quilt. I used 10- 3 1/2 inch strips cut with my accuquilt die and the essential triangle tool to make the coral triangles. I didn't have any trimming to do since each of the pieces were accurate ( for a change).

I wanted to make a list for my One monthly goal at Elm street quilts.

For the month of January, I am hoping to ...

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January 2, 2018
mystery quilts from Making A Lather

Time to hurry and finish the on ringo lake mystery quilt from quiltville. Bonnie has ramped up the last of the clues and today was the reveal. I am toggling between the last clues. I needed to starch the fabric for the coral triangles in clue 6. I have a few more to trim on clue 5 and I have sewn half of the clue 7 together because the pieces were all done earlier.
I am choosing to do the studio 180 technique for the flying geese using the wing clipper template. I used it in clue 2 and I ...

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January 1, 2018
Life Over the Holidays from Life as a Quilter -- Julia Graber

I'm lagging behind on the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, #OnRingoLake which isn't unusual for me at this stage of the game.

I've even entertained the idea of adding a little zip and zing with the addition of lime green placed sporatically throughout the quilt. What do you think?

The small group around our table for Christmas lunch included Paul's sister Jeanie & Galen, his folks, and Amy & Ashton.

Sunset at our house from the other side of the pond.

Paul worked on Ashton's hover board ...

... and got it going again.

If only that 300 lb. sow ...

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December 29, 2017
flying geese clue from Making A Lather

I have finished clue 4 for On RIngo Lake mystery quilt at Quiltville.

And I have cut all of clue number 5. I am excited to use the wing clipper again to make the flying geese. I talked about how I did it here.

Clue 6 came out today, and looks to be an easy clue. I have found the mystery quilt to go much more smoothly this year by altering a few expectations.

I am linking to:
Finished or Not Fridays   
Whoop Whoop

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December 27, 2017
~ Finishing last years En Provence Mystery quilt ~ from Podunk Pretties

   Hello sweet quilting friends!   The temperature outside is a very chilly -2 but indoors I'm trying to keep things sunny and warm by working on one of my most colorful UFO's.  This is Bonnie Hunters  Mystery quilt, En Provence.  This was my first attempt at joining in with a Mystery quilt along.  I did okay until it came to the borders.  The units were pieced and the body of the quilt was put together but I just couldn't find the time to put the borders on.  So that's my goal for this week....get this top ...

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December 26, 2017
Another clue from Making A Lather

These are the pieces I am using for clue 4 of the On ringo lake mystery quilt found here at quiltville.

This time I used a 50/50 mix of starch and water. I soaked them and then hung them to dry. They were like cardboard LOL. I think the solution was a little too hard so next time I will try 60 water/40 starch.

I do like using starch. These pieces weren't going anywhere. When I used the accuquilt, they didn't even stick to the plastic cutting sheet.

Once I put the pieces together, they ...

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