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May 15, 2019
Really! Like I don't have enough projects to work on..... from Mimi's Passions

What do I do instead?

I hop on the bandwagon at guild and participate in a mystery quilt.  I have NEVER done a mystery quilt, so right off the bat I am having anxiety about what fabrics to use even though we were told lights, mediums and darks.  For me that is way too open of a field.

I did have a pile of left over fabrics from another quilt that I have been wanting to use, so I went with most of them.

Here are the two blocks that were required for the quilt.

They made up this star ...

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May 12, 2019
Saturday Sampler - final blocks from My Sewing Room

We can see the finish line of another Saturday Sampler.  This one has been a mystery quilt.  Yesterday we got the final clues to finish our blocks and also got the layout options. There were 11 different layouts in this pattern!!  Since I'm working on 2 different color combinations I'll end up with 2 quilts and I'm thinking right now that I need to choose different layouts for each. 

My Halloween fabrics are so fun, and both the green and the black have a touch of orange, so I'm thinking orange sashing might be perfect for ...

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May 10, 2019
Scrap Dance Minuet - Mystery Quilt from Melva Loves Scraps

I have recently been reading a series called Patchwork Mysteries that were published in the 1990's and focuses on Sarah, who happens to be a quilter and has a penchant for mysteries.  Some of the story lines tend to focus more on the mystery and her searching for some lost items or missing piece of history or "puzzle" than on the quilting and quilt restoration that she does.  But, despite this, I have enjoyed the books... actual books.  

For the last several years I had been reading books on my nook.  It was convenient and I had access to ...

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April 10, 2019
April finish along from Making A Lather

A sunshiney day and, a sunshine quilt that is finished. I took advantage of sunshine to take photos of another quiltville mystery quilt finished. This grand illusion is the second one I have done. The first one was in the recommended colors, and, this one, I used Denise Schmidt fabrics.

This is my 14th finished mystery quilt with 4 more to go.  There are only 16 mystery quilts but, I did 2 of 2 different mysteries. To see them go here.

This is #3 on my list for the 2019 finish along. I almost had it done in the 1st ...

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April 1, 2019
april one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I am glad for a new month to see what quilting goals I can accomplish. I appreciate the one monthly goal party for helping to set goals and keep a focus for the month.

In April, I want to finish the quiltville mystery quilt Allietare. The main part of the top is finished, I need to add borders and quilt it. I stopped when it was time to trim the top. That was a scary step. I feel braver now.

I am ready for the next batch of circa 1880 swap. I need 30 blocks. I have been finding bits ...

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March 29, 2019
good fortune goal finish from Making A Lather

I have finished the top of my good fortune mystery quilt. I liked adding a border that was string pieced. It meant there were no seams to match.

March is coming to an end and I have finished all my projects for my one monthly goal.  I added borders, quilted and bound the Denise Schmidt version of Grand Illusion, a quiltville mystery quilt that I am calling sunshine skies.

I quilted and bound Cactus patch which was a quilt that I made some time ago, and had not finished it. It is also a quiltville quilt from scraps and shirttails ...

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March 21, 2019
Quiltville 2018 Mystery Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

This is the Good Fortune Quiltville Mystery Quilt for 2018! If you don’t know the Bonnie Hunter Mystery, you should! She starts around the end of October announcing a color palette using paint...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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March 20, 2019
grand illusion 2 from Making A Lather

In my project box for my second version of Grand Illusion mystery quilt, I couldn't find the inner border or the fabric that it was supposed to be. So it could be anything I wanted. It was supposed to be the turquoise in the 4 patch. I tried yellow, blue, white, navy, green in different variations. But, I liked turquoise the best, and I had a different fabric that is a pretty good match.

I like the way it frames the quilt and helps tone down a pretty busy quilt. I like the quilt better the farther I am ...

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March 12, 2019
Scrapping away still from Quilting Lots Moore Designs

I'm not going to talk about the fact that it's already well into March. Much better to talk about fabric and projects and everything else except how fast time flies. That's what you get when you look in the mirror I told  myself.  Just don't look and you wont have to think about it.  LOL.
In my attempt to reduce my stash,  I may have been a little successful since I spoke with you last, because at least I haven't bought any new fabric!!  Progress has been made on a number of projects, and I ...

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March 10, 2019
Making Waves from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Two more classes - DONE!!!  There's one more this morning and then I get the afternoon to deal with the aftermath. The studio looks like a hurricane went through it. And I spent an hour this morning pulling samples for the applique class so all that will have to be put back as well.

There's some good news to this - I did find a tub of half quilted items. Seriously??  How hard would it be to sit down and finish up a couple of those? Thank goodness because I'm going to need some fast finishes this year. It ...

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March 9, 2019
Shopping local from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Yesterday was a pretty exciting day as far as classes go. 

I have some pictures to share with you this morning and the rest will come in the next day or so. I love when the students jump outside the box. 

Now the first class was a mystery so there was no opportunity to jump out of that box. 

If you remember, I goofed when cutting one of my fabrics or I would have had the top done - or almost. I had tried to find which stores bought the fabric by using the manufacturer's product finder on their website ...

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March 4, 2019
Monday Motivation: Good Fortune Mystery Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Probably every quilter on the planet knows that Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville hosts a free mystery quilt every year starting on Black Friday. The 2018 mystery was the Good Fortune Quilt. Since we host Thanksgiving, I usually don’t participate. This year, I jumped in but didn’t keep up. The quilt was revealed around the first of the year, but I was nowhere near ready to put it together. In fact, it wasn’t until this past weekend, I pulled the parts out and made the center blocks.

I put them up on the design wall this morning and ...

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March 2, 2019
march one monthly goal from Making A Lather

We had a little hiccup at our house. We made an emergency room visit for my hubby with a wild heartbeat. He spent the night in the hospital and I haven't really felt normal. He's done this before and it went fine, but there is always the worry.

For March one monthly goal, I would like to add the borders, quilt and bind the Denise Schmidt version of Grand Illusion, a quiltville mystery quilt. I have the grand illusion done in the colors that Bonnie gave us, but, I made 2 at the same time. I doubt that ...

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February 26, 2019
A VERY Full Post from TheEclecticAbuela

I've been sewing, but I fell behind on my photography, so hold on to your hats--lots of stuff in this post!

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February 25, 2019
A finish for February from Making A Lather

My one monthly goals for February included the finishing of this quilt. It is celtic soltice, a quiltville mystery quilt from 2013. I have had it pretty much ready for quilting since then.

I had thought I would do a celtic quilting on the quilt, but, opted in stead for the big swirls in a cool gray color.

And for a backing I used a bit of the shamrock - don't you know. While making it, the green was very overpowering green, but, with the blue borders it calmed the colors. I like that it makes large circles as a ...

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February 20, 2019
Mini quilts and Mystery from Art In Search

     First, for the Mystery! I designed a quilt for my guild as a Mystery Quilt with 7 clues. It was meant to teach them how to use values, break up putting a quilt together so it could be sewn between other quilts- picked up and put down without getting lost. and beginner quilter friendly. However, over half of the people dropped out. I spent hours writing, doing the illustrations in Word, copying, testing, etc. I have a profound respect for pattern writers. I have no desire to write another pattern. 
     One Mystery pattern writer that I admire and have made ...

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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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