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June 10, 2019
Weekly update: round robin revealed, progress, uncertainty, and estate sale bargains from With Strings Attached

I was one of six guild members who participated in a monthly round robin. At this week's meeting we got our projects back.

Here's mine.  Wow!  I'm delighted.

I was only able to get photos of three of the other five. (And the collage cut off the edges of the quilt on the left.)

My Rainbow Scrap Challenge project this year is to make pinwheels using the monthly color plus gray/taupe/white, one block per day.  I overcut and made 32 dark blue blocks for June.  I also made light blue blocks.   Making both sets was ...

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June 5, 2019
Weekly update: it's June! Stash report, a flimsy, and OMG from With Strings Attached

I included quilt shops on my trip to Peoria (see previous post). Quilt Corner is in Morton, just east of Peoria. It is not open on Sunday so I planned my trip to stop there prior to the convention.
Peddlers Way  in Washington is open on Sunday and I thought I'd go there on my way home. However, I had a window of free time between events on Friday so I zipped over.

I sought two particular fabrics: gold tone-on-tone batik [see it on the right?] and red-on-red for the Christmas stars. (Yes, I have lots and lots of ...

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May 25, 2019
OMG link up and a tip from With Strings Attached

Here are the two mug rugs that were my OMG for May.

Here is the May OMG finish link-up. (Thanks for hosting OMG, Patty!)

This is the second time I've used the State Fair block for a mug rug.  The one here was part of a two-mug-rug-swap back in 2014. (The theme was "summertime," hence the flip flops and State Fair.)

I think it would be fun to use State Fair for a swap with fussy-cut centers.

And the tip:
I use my cutting table to baste quilts. I often had a hard time getting the backing and the ...

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May 13, 2019
Weekly update: a movie, a musical, and quilting project progress from With Strings Attached

 I hope everyone had a pleasant Mother's Day! 

We began the week with an afternoon movie -- Red Joan. It didn't get great reviews but we really like Judi Dench, who starred as an elderly woman (which she is!) arrested in 1999 for espionage that she committed in the late 1940's.  It's based on a true story and I promptly put the book on reserve.

We ended the week with an afternoon musical -- Come From Away.  The touring production was in Milwaukee this weekend.  It's the story of the townspeople of Gander, Newfoundland, who welcomed 6 ...

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May 1, 2019
Midweek: a new month, a finish, stash report, and a clean slate from With Strings Attached

Tra la, it's May, the lusty Month of May
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray
Tra la, it's here, that shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear

My sister put the LP of Camelot on the record player to usher in the month with her favorite singer.  (She may have done that only once, but I remember it 50 years later!)

Now that I remember to say "Rabbit, rabbit!" the first thing on the first day, I imagine bunnies hopping around the Arthurian court.

Tra la!   
 I finished Crown of Thorns ...

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April 28, 2019
Weekly update: Easter greetings, OMG, and something new from With Strings Attached

Easter in black and white:  the four Hilyard children in 1955 (Betsy, Steve, Barbara, Dave) and the Blaine girls in 1956.  (Mangel's Florist in Skokie had photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny.)

60 + years later, 2019:  it was sunny and warm today (in contrast to the record-setting snow on Palm Sunday).    I got the peonies staked.
There are two patches of bloodroot (a wildflower) in the garden. The daffodils are in full bloom.

# # # # # # #

In the studio:   I finished the fourth tote bag.
That means I've completed all five parts of my stated One Monthly Goal for April ...

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OMG: it's time to link up from With Strings Attached

OMG -- I nearly forgot to write a post for the month-end link up!

There were five parts to my OMG for April.  I'm pleased to report that I completed all of them.

#1    Finish the ALA Churn Dash quilt.
Blocks were made by the ALA Biblioquilters.

Top left and top right: 
#2   A tote bag for AAUW Gender Equity Fund.     
#3 Another tote bag for the AAUW Gender Equity Fund.   
Bottom left and bottom right: 
#4  A tote bag for the Rotary golf outing.   (bottom left
#5  Another tote bag for the Rotary golf outing.   

You can see what ...

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April 19, 2019
While I'm here: tote bag #3 from With Strings Attached

Since I'm logged on:  here is tote bag #3 out of the four I've pledged to make for the April OMG.

I made the Seminole bands a long time ago.  I bought Simply Seminole by Dorothy Hanisko when it came out (1997!).  I went through a brief spell of practical patchwork during which trimmed a couple of sets of bath towels and a couple of sets of bed sheets.  These particular bands were part of 10+ feet, most of which I gave away in last month's Orphan Adoption   I saved enough to use on the front and ...

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April 17, 2019
Midweek: tote bag #2 from With Strings Attached

Here's the second of four tote bags I need to make.   (Two for the AAUW-IL convention, two for the Rotary golf outing.)

I made a similar bag in 2013 . Both use a pattern by  Heather Willm in her book Hopscotch Quilts. (That's the only pattern in the book that interests me.  I ought to copy it and then pass the book along.)  [Funny that I cannot think of tearing out pages from this or any book though I don't mind tearing out pages from a magazine.]

On to tote bag #3!

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April 1, 2019
Weekly update: vintage treasures, a finish, the stash report, and plans for April from With Strings Attached

Because I spent Friday at the quilt show I couldn't go to the first day of a Waukegan estate sale.  A Featherweight was advertised and I'd have been tempted.    When I got there on Saturday morning the FW was long gone ($200, he said).   It was 50% off day. This flimsy was $2.50 and the 1932 booklet was .50. I also got 6 yards of fabric for $3.00.

There is a hole in the center of the center block.

I may re-set the blocks, but they are pretty worn and it may not be worth the ...

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March 26, 2019
OMG -- Good Fortune at last from With Strings Attached

The reworked corner + a peek at the backing

My One Monthly Goal for March was to rework the outer border on Good Fortune, the Quiltville 2018 mystery quilt.   The first three borders fit fine but each outer border was 3" short.  My first attempt to fix them -- inserting a chunk of blue on each end of each border -- was clunky.  I took the borders off, pressed them well and measured them carefully.  I still needed inserts and chose orange.  All went together.

I took the quilt to Barb, the LAQ (long-arm quilter).  When I picked it up yesterday she showed ...

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March 1, 2019
Ribbons, stash report, a finish, and plans for March from With Strings Attached

 The GFWC-IL Tenth District art contest was Wednesday.  There were fourteen categories that include painting and drawing in different media; sculpture; paper crafts; jewelry.  Some categories were odd combinations--"needlepoint, cross stitch, plastic canvas, latch hook, rug hook, weaving" in one, "crochet, knitting" in another, and "embroidery, tatting, quilting" in another. But "wall hanging" had its own.  Go figure.
I entered a quilt and a wall hanging and got a red ribbon and a white ribbon respectively.

The first photo shows me with P.E.O. friends (members of a neighboring woman's club) and the second photo is with ...

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February 22, 2019
Weekly update: three finishes from With Strings Attached

I made two tote bags.  These and the two I showed last week comprise my One Monthly Goal for February.

The bag on the left uses the same pattern as one of last week's bags.  Both of them have fabric that I used for these tote bags .

The February OMG link up is HERE .

Ripples blocks were made by ALA Biblioquilters for the silent auction at the annual conference in June.  They are easy to make -- two 1.5" x WOF strips sewn together, cut into 2.5" sections, and pieced. However, those pieces are devilishly slippery and they ...

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February 4, 2019
Weekly update: stash report, RSC, Lotto, BOM, and OMG from With Strings Attached

I've been mentally composing my report on the ALA Midwinter Meeting but until then, here is the quilting news:
Stash report, January:
Fabric IN:   35 yards, $34.81
Fabric OUT: 35 yards
Net:  ZERO    
Yellow is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for February.  My project this year is MonthlyColor + gray/taupe pinwheels, one for each day of that month.  I made these 28 during TV-watching last evening.

This month's Block Lotto is "alternating nine-patch." The nine-patches are maker's choice with light squares and inky-dark squares.  These were a snap because I used nine-patches from my Block Swappers ...

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January 21, 2019
Weekly update: eclipse and OMG progress from With Strings Attached

The skies were clear Sunday night making the lunar eclipse easy to see, but the 6-degree temperature meant I viewed it very briefly from our front steps.

It's much warmer in the studio!
I'm pleased to report that I have completed both parts of my One Monthly Goal for January.

OMG Part One:  assemble the blocks for the Good Fortune mystery.  Last week I posted the photo and the story of my travails.  I haven't done anything to rectify the make-do corners on the outer border.

Instead, I worked on OMG Part Two: assembling the 30's ...

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January 4, 2019
OMG for January: get ready, get set . . . from With Strings Attached

. . . and go!

The operative word is "set."  My two-part OMG for this month:

#1    Set the 30's bow tie blocks.  I showed a picture on Monday and said that I've come up with yet another setting.  Here it is -- still X's and O's but not as pronounced as the previous version.  All of these bow ties are sewn into blocks of nine.   I've made enough additional bow ties for the remaining four spaces.

#2  Set Good Fortune.  Bonnie posted the reveal today -- here if for some reason you missed it!

OMG and Good Fortune go ...

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