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January 7, 2020
progress from Making A Lather

I did better on last week's goals than the start.
To do Tuesday
1. finish cutting frolic clue 4  - done
2. sew frolic clue 4 - done
3. quilt one of my quilts - the back has arrived
4. start January one monthly goals - I ironed all the fabric for the flower box quilt, and I have a green rainbow goal finished

new goals
1. cut frolic 5 - done

2. sew frolic 5
3, quilt one of my quilts
4. cut basket quilt
5. cut two blocks for shine

We have had 2 days of sunshine in a row, and I ...

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December 30, 2019
Weekly update: Frolic 5, a bargain, and the triangle boxes from With Strings Attached

Christmas week has had extraordinarily mild temperatures.  This was the sunrise on December 25.

We went to my sister's house for Christmas dinner.  No photos, just a good visit.

I enjoyed a beach walk on December 26.

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Frolic, Part 5.  Easy-peasy.  I predict the next part will involve some assembly.

The stacking Snapware boxes come in handy for the mystery quilt clues.

I dropped a box off at Salvation Army and went in the store to see if there was anything interesting.  This delicious Free Spirit print  had been made into four "curtains"--the rod pocket and bottom/side ...

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December 28, 2019
half a basket from Making A Lather

I have the baskets quilt in to 2 pieces.  One more seam and it will be a top. Then, I will need to make finishing decisions. More here and Here and here is about my project.

I have clue 3 finished for the quiltville mystery, frolic.

Clue 1, Clue 2

I haven't started clue 4 and clue 5 came out this morning. Christmas has me a bit topsy turvy.

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December 24, 2019
Weekly update: our Christmas gift, the kitchen, Frolic 4 -- and LOG CABINS! from With Strings Attached

Our Christmas gift to one another was a pair of tickets to today's matinee performance of The Light in the Piazza at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.   Soprano Renee Fleming was magnificent in the starring role. The rest of the cast was great, too.  (Signor Naccarelli was played by Alex Jennings who was the Duke of Windsor in The Crown.)

 The opera house is on the Chicago River (the white stone building on the right). We had not been downtown on a Sunday for many years. The train down and back was pretty full.

Now I'm going to ...

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December 20, 2019
Weekly update: now we're cooking! from With Strings Attached

"Now you're cooking!" was a phrase my mother often used. She'd sometimes add, "with gas."  Since both the houses we lived in when I grew up had mid-century "All Electric!" kitchens, electric stoves were all I knew.   The first gas range I cooked on was in my apartment in Texas -- a post-war 24" Roper. I had to use a kitchen match to light the burners and the oven. (The heat came from a Dearborn gas space heater that also required matchlight ....but I digress.)     HERE is more about the origin of "now you're cooking with gas." 

And ...

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December 19, 2019
New Mystery Quilt done from Art In Search

     Alycia posted a new mystery quilt- A Winter Quilt Along, with each step supposedly taking one hour. Some of the steps were longer for me, especially since I had to do a lot of ripping as I sewed together parts wrong. Sometimes I am angle challenged, especially if the design is not symmetrical. 

     It started out with lots of HSTs. It was divided into three sections- top, bottom, middle. 
     The center section was last. When I laid it out, the center did not work for me. I thought the center should pull all the diagonals together and have some points ...

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December 16, 2019
frolic 2 from Making A Lather

We had a beautiful fluffy snowfall last night. I may not be so happy with it when I go to physical therapy this morning, and drive in it, but, it is a treasure to see.

The rows are starting to come together for Lucy's basket. It takes a little bit as I feel the need to pin it at every junction, and, there are many junctions. It is such a wonderful feeling to use swap blocks and revisit the memories. More here and here.

I have clue one and now, clue two finished for the frolic mystery quilt. The ...

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December 11, 2019
2019 MYSTERY QUILT CHALLENGE from Kwilty Pleasures

Columbus Modern Quilters revealed their 
2019 Mystery Quilts at our Holiday Party! 

The results were amazing.
The mystery designer and pattern remains a mystery. 
The challenge coordinator, Leigh Morgan,
is using the same designer for the 2020 MQ Challenge.

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December 9, 2019
Weekly updates: tote bags, counter tops and frolics (holiday and quilting) from With Strings Attached

The tote bags I made for the school children in Nepal have been delivered.  Margaret, my friend who supports the school and asked if I could help out, sent this photo of the kids.  It was taken by the school's U.S. coordiantor. (The sign says, "Thank you dear Nann Hilyard.")

[For those who are interested in the school and the parent organization: Impact Schools ]

The counter tops were installed Friday.   I had no idea there were so many choices for faucets until I had to choose one.  (The first one I sort of liked was $1400.  The second ...

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instagram frolic from Making A Lather

I don't like instagram, but everyone else does. The new quiltville mystery quilt, frolic, will be linking up on instagram instead of blog today. When I look at instagram, I feel like I am looking at someone's vacation slides - boring. There is no substance or information to make it interesting.
I did find myself unmotivated to even start this mystery. This will be my 19th quiltville mystery quilt. I have a page of all of them here. I am glad I broke into it.  I have clue one finished. I had all the blue strips already in the ...

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December 3, 2019
Donations and Mysteries from TheEclecticAbuela

Very full post--I've been procrastinating about photos!

I made a mystery quilt with Kevin the Quilter this summer.

Cherry Mash--75" x 92"

Cherry Mash (detail)

I call it Cherry Mash because the colors reminded me of the old-fashioned candy made here in Missouri.

He called it Simply Sensational Summer Scrap Quilt. Thanks, Kevin, for the fun!

I completed another three donation quilts. The agency to which I donate will be setting up their Christmas room later this week, so I'll be taking several quilts I made this year to them.

Donation Quilts (62" x 74")
All are made ...

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November 20, 2019
~ Happy Christmas Sew Along by Primrose Cottage ~ from Podunk Pretties

I just had to pop in and share a quick quilt along that is starting tomorrow.   Nettie and Lindsey over at Primrose Cottage Quilts always make the cutest quilts.  This is a fast paced quilt along, just how I like them.  Hop over to their blog, sign up for the emails so you don't miss the mystery quilt clues as the come out over the next few days.  Click here or the image below.

To be honest I was pulling fabric or another quilt when the email reminder for this quilt along came in to my mailbox.  Since I ...

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November 1, 2019
Tongariro Crossing (and the Peacock Party) from Wendy's Quilts and More

I've finished my Sue Spargo quilt and I love it.

Sue Spargo has called this pattern "Nature Trail", but my quilt doesn't look anything like a walk in the woods.  The colours in my quilt make me think of a volcano, so I'm calling my version "Tongariro Crossing".

The Tongariro Crossing is 20km (12 mile) hike across an active volcano in the middle of New Zealand's North Island.  Click here for details.  There are trees and birds at the start and end of the track, but up at the summit it's very barren and you ...

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October 25, 2019
Haunted Sampler Linky from Road Home Quilting

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

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October 24, 2019
Haunted Sampler Finish from Road Home Quilting

A HAUNTED SAMPLER mystery quilt top finishes today! Thanks for quilting along:):)


(8) white 2 ½” squares
(8) orange 2 ½” x 16 ½” strips

Join (2) orange strips with a white square in the center.  Create 4.

Sew one sashing unit to each side of blocks set.
Add white squares to the ends of remaining (2) sashing sets.
Sew final sashings to top and bottom of block set.


(8) orange 2 ½” squares
(4) white 2 ½” squares
(4) black 2 ½” quares
(16) orange/black HST
(4) black 4 ½” x 34 ½” borders

Combine orange ...

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October 19, 2019
Haunted Sampler Part 6 from Road Home Quilting

Block 5:  Spider Web - orange

(4) white 2 ½” squares
(4) black 3” x 5” rectangles
(8) orange  3” x 5” rectangles
(4) orange 2 ½” x 12 ½” strip

Create 4 Double Split Rectangle (DSR) patches (aka "Peaky and Spike"); 
orange wing rectangle with black center triangle, finishing 2 ½” x 4 ½”.
Please reference  Easy Peaky and Spike technique post for completing this block:

Create 4 Spider Web Strips:
Add white 2 ½” square to non-pointed end of DSR.
Add orange strip to white square.

Join Blocks:
Sew a Spider Web Strip to bottom of each previously ...

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October 11, 2019
Haunted Sampler Part 5 from Road Home Quilting

Block 4:  All Hallows - purple, 16 ½” sq.

Purple Corner Unit from Part 1

(15) purple/grey small HST from Part 1
(15) purple/black small HST from Part 1

(7) grey/black small HST from Part 1
(3) purple 2 ½” squares
(3) grey 2 ½” squares
(8) black 2 ½” squares
(4) grey 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangle

Corner Unit:  4 ½” sq.
Combine a purple/grey HST with a grey/black HST, grey sides together.
Press left.
Combine a purple/black HST with a purple 2 ½” square.
Press right.
Join units together. Press down ...

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October 4, 2019
Haunted Sampler Part 4 from Road Home Quilting

A HAUNTED SAMPLER mystery quilt began Friday 9/13
Please FOLLOW RHQ for quilt story and project updates
Get supply list and cutting instructions HERE

Block 3: Crow’s Foot - blue, 16 ½” sq.

Blue Corner Unit from Part 1
(4) 4 ½” blue squares

(8) blue 2 ½” squares
(28) grey 2 ½” squares
(8) black 2 ½” x 4 ½” rectangles [SMALL]
(4) black 2 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles [LARGE]

Flying Geese:  2 ½” x 4 ½”
Draw a diagonal line (45 degrees, corner to opposite corner) on the back of (16) grey 2 ½” squares ...

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September 17, 2019
Hand Quilting - Choosing your quilt top...lessons learned from DaySpringQuilter

Would you say you are a patient person or an impatient one? I think I tend to be more impatient than patient but I’m working on it. .

About this time every year Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville gets ready to release her annual mystery quilt. I always say I’m going to resist, but I never seem to be able to muster up the self-control to do so.

In 2014 Bonnie released her Grand Illusion mystery quilt.  I love Bonnie’s designs, but if I was really honest I’d have to say that this was not my favourite pattern ...

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