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March 26, 2020
» TheEclecticAbuela

It has been a VERY long time since I've posted. I've been working on projects, but life has kept me very busy!

I've a couple of finishes to show you. First, a bear paw quilt.

Bear Paw (79" x 97")
For the pads of the paws, I used string blocks of scrappy browns. I finished it with a string border.

Bear Paw (detail)

I also finished my Celtic Solstice. I used constant blender fabrics--I wanted the pattern to shine!

Celtic Solstice (78" x 78")

The dark color is actually a very dark brown rather than black as ...

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March 24, 2020
Kindness Project: a mystery quilt sew along with Sweet Treasures Quilts from Carried Away Quilting

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are turning to sewing as mental health therapy. If we are in a stay-home/stay-safe situation, it’s a great way to keep our minds and hands busy. It’s also a great time to sew service projects.

Terri Staats, shop owner of Sweet Treasures Quilts in Keizer, OR, has come up with a wonderful idea: The Kindness Project, a mystery quilt sew-along in which we all sew a lap quilt that we will gift to someone else! The recipient could be someone who has been hit hard by COVID-19 ...

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March 18, 2020
A Finish! from 120 Blocks

The 2019 Spring Cotton Cuts Puzzle Mystery Quilt is finished and gifted! I know you’ve seen pictures of the sections as I finished them and the completed top so I’ll take it from there. First of all, basting had to … Continue reading

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March 6, 2020
frolic top from Making A Lather

I spent an afternoon at Church as the second person for teaching a young boy having trouble with school. My job was easy. Just be there as a back up. I decided I would bring my sewing machine, and, take advantage of a floor to layout the rest of my frolic mystery quilt.
By mid afternoon, all the parts were sewn and I had 2 halves left to put together.

Before I went home, I had the top together this far. All that is left are the borders.

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March 2, 2020
one monthly goal and frolic from Making A Lather

It was so nice yesterday, we took a walk in the park. There was just a little bit of snow left under the fallen tree. Spring is close I can feel it.

Friday group I had a chance to layout  frolic and make the center row and the smaller one before it. It is all downhill from here. There is a lot of pinning and matching. It was more fun to sit and pin when in the company of other quilter friends. With every row, I like it better.

This is part of my one monthly goal for March. I ...

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February 26, 2020
Weekly update: Frolic is almost a flimsy from With Strings Attached

Blocks + sashing + setting blocks + corner blocks.   The assembly wasn't hard -- all the units fit together nicely -- but it was fiddly.

I will add this post to the OMG February link up when the time comes.  Linking up to Elm Street's OMG Finish here 

What I strive for in a super-scrappy design like this is to have no-two-fabrics-touching, particularly in the really obvious places (like the blue parts of the flying geese that surround the stars).  I wasn't completely successful when it came to the small rectangles in the sashing. If you notice them then you are looking ...

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February 24, 2020
frolic rows from Making A Lather

My husband was scheduled to have back surgery today, but his cardiologist wanted to do a heart cath first, so the back surgery was cancelled. What a disappointment. But, we will still be visiting the hospital for the heart cath, and see what road that takes us down.

Friday group met, and I worked a little bit on rows for frolic mystery quilt. There is a lot of pinning involved in piecing these together.

And, there was no mention in the directions about joining the sashings together with the navy 1 1/2 inch square we cut earlier in clue ...

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February 17, 2020
frolic 1/2 blocks from Making A Lather

Yesterday I had some great comments and my hand spazzed and I hit delete. Is there a way in blogger to find them?

Ok, I think I have made it to the assembly stage of frolic mystery quilt. I think I can relax and set it aside for a bit. I could use the break for my brain. And it will be fun to think about other projects. I have had an Editya Sitar brand new quilt kit I have wanted to make since last fall. I keep postponing it for lack of brain power. And I need to finish ...

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February 12, 2020
courthouse steps quilt from Making A Lather

Slowly, I have been making Bonnie Hunter's wonky log cabin quilt using my strings and crumbs bins. Her pattern calls for 120 blocks and I have one done already that size, but this one, I have started putting it together with 72 blocks. I want to see if 8 x 9 looks like a decent size. I am sewing into blocks of 4.

I have decided to throw the frolic mystery quilt border pieces in as leader and enders along with my other projects. That way, before I know it, I will have the borders pieced and ready to ...

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February 10, 2020
frolic blocks from Making A Lather

All of my frolic mystery quilt blocks are finished. They are not all matched sets. There were 4 blocks at the end that were only close enough. Those 4 will be buried in the mix and won't be that noticeable. We will say that they are part of the "charm". They are not my best work, either. I really just want them done, and I am not resewing any points. This mystery has seemed like a chore, but I am persevering. The aqua is very light and looks washed out in the pictures.

I need to make the half ...

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February 7, 2020
frolic block from Making A Lather

Finally, I can see how a frolic mystery quilt block looks in my fabrics. It is a very involved  block.

I have made a couple of them, trying to get a rhythm going. I am very concerned that I am going to twist or turn something.

These are not done quickly. So, I will be at this awhile.
In other news, I have started rug hooking my snow man rug again.
The snowmen are so cute. I am trying to hook at least one wool string everyday. It's doable.

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February 3, 2020
frolic 8 from Making A Lather

Frolic 7 is done, and, now, frolic 8 is done. And I really hope ( fingers crossed) that I have the sets together. I was surprised there was so much left to cut in frolic 9.

I am getting closer and closer to seeing a block.

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February 2, 2020
Embroidery Done and some HST blocks from The Cozy Quilter

I sat down with a cup of tea by my side and added more embroidery stitches to my project several times this past week.  Yesterday, I finished the last few stitches, and it is done!  As directed, I soaked it in warm water and the pink lines on the fabric magically disappeared. 

I had fun trying out some new stitches and when I find the hoop that came with the kit (I know I put it somewhere safe and now it is MIA), I will hang it in my sewing room.

I bought the kit at QuiltCon a year ago ...

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January 28, 2020
frolic 7 from Making A Lather

Where do I even start? yikes, I am not a fan of this year's quiltville mystery. I think instructions are confusing, and I am not in love with the colors, yet.
Cutting pieces in matched pairs slows the process considerably. And I have spent a lot of money on an accuquilt that is meant to speed the cutting up a notch, but, it couldn't help the matchy matchy  thing. Hopefully, I have clue 7 all cut in sets.

and sewed in sets. but, Why did I have all this mismatched stuff left. It will be interesting.

I sewed ...

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January 22, 2020
Scrap Dance Minuet Mystery Quilt S L O W Finish from Melva Loves Scraps

Last yearI joined in on my first Mystery Quilt - Scrap Dance Minuet - hosted by Carole over at From My Carolina Home.

It was a scrap buster and easy to follow along.  The clues were offered at an easy pace and the steps were beginner friendly and came together quickly.

Once the blocks were pieced I was stalled... 

I had the idea to use sashing strips between the blocks.  

I like the way it looked on the design wall and when someone commented that the sashing strips would take away from secondary pattern that was formed when the blocks were joined ...

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January 21, 2020
progress from Making A Lather

Last week, I made most of my goals. yay me. I made better progress with the retreat last week.

1. quilt one of my quilts - done

2. cut frolic 6 - done

3. sew frolic 6 - done

4. cut basket quilt - flower box - nope I am not sure why I am hesitating.
5. cut blocks for row by row in green - done

New list
1. sew row by row in green
2. binding on my quilt
3. make 2 shine blocks for rainbow
4. cut basket quilt - flower box

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to do tuesday

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January 19, 2020
2019 MYSTERIOUS SEWING from Kwilty Pleasures

Sew here's the MYSTERY!

Leigh Morgan was the coordinator for the Columbus Modern Quilters
2019 Mystery Quilt Challenge
Every other month we received a CLUE or directions
 to make a part of the Mystery Quilt.

Clue 1 was to pick fabrics
I decided to pull from my stash and used 4 tones in each color way!
Clue 2 was to cut the fabrics
I made an index card that showed the colors and their labels.
This makes it easy to figure out what goes where
when sewing pieces together.

Clue 3 
Sew this block, using specific fabrics
and a ...

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January 13, 2020
goals from Making A Lather

I cut all the HSTS for frolic mystery quilt. I planned on taking them with me to Friday group. I didn't work on them at all.

This is how I spent my time instead. I was ready to lay all the blocks out and start webbing the rows. My back was very tired after, all this design floor business. I still had some rearranging to do. But, in the end, I had the rows all labeled and stacked, so that, I can just run it through the sewing machine.

It is time to plan for the first quarter of ...

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Weekly update: Frolic and RSC from With Strings Attached

Part 6 of Frolic, the Quiltville mystery, was released January 1.  Part 7 was released January 3.

I am pleased to say that I've kept up with each part, though I admit that this latest was tedious. (Not hard, just a lot of counting, cutting, and sewing.)

Ever since I began participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I've been attuned to patterns and designs that would lend themselves to all-one-color blocks.  Last year I made pinwheels in the monthly color plus gray, black, or taupe--one pinwheel for each day of that month. I haven't made anything out ...

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January 8, 2020
The best alternative from Gayle Bong Quilts Too

It's winter in Wisconsin. We don't have snow now, but it's coldish. The best alternative I know to being out in the cold is spending time in the sewing room. Our temperatures have been a bit above normal the last month, so I get outside on good days for a hike. Now that hunting season is over Mark and I have started to work in the woods again, thinning the understory and stacking brush and wood from fallen trees. It's great to work in the woods when there is no snow and the leaves are off ...

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