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June 1, 2020
May Round-Up from Thread Head

I am glad that I signed up for challenges at the beginning of the year - they are really motivating me.

For the May One Monthly Goal I wanted to finish two mini quilts, and I just got the second one finished today!

This is what I made with the Stay at Home Sampler blocks from the Temecula Quilt Company on Instagram. The quilt is 20"x30".

The other is this Thimble Quilt I talked about last time (14"x25").

Since we are still staying home because of COVID 19 I am choosing to do things that I really enjoy, so ...

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May 29, 2020
OMG ~ May 2020 ~ Goal Complete from Life in the Scrapatch

My May One Monthly Goal is Finished!  

I set this goal here in the

It started with this cross stitch work and these fabrics 

and finished

I used an artist's canvas and my heavy duty stapler to display this finish.
More how-to photos in the link above.

Happily, I am linking up today with the

I am always very happy when I meet my monthly goal.

Time to ...

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May 25, 2020
Weekly update: OMG finished + all the houses from With Strings Attached

I am an inexpert gardener, but I love to cook with fresh vegetables, so every year I buy tomato plants, seedlings, and seeds.  Ever hopeful!

It was in the high 80's Sunday afternoon when I walked in Spring Bluff Forest Preserve.  I saw a crane, five egrets, and many red-winged blackbirds.  Most of the people I saw were on bicycles, heading farther east to the marina.

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My OMG for May is finished.  It's a tote bag for the outgoing chair of the Illinois P.E.O. Home Fund . P.E.O.'s colors are white and yellow and ...

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May 16, 2020
More Thimbles from Thread Head

I finished the thimbles leader/ender project-

This was the last of the thimbles I cut years ago, and I made about 4 or 5 projects with. This one is 14"x26".

I put a couple of borders on this one for a change (all the others I just added binding).

Since I needed a new leader/ender project (and didn't want to go out and buy a new die) I cut more thimbles with different fabrics (for a change). The plan for these is to make a 'larger' (than table runner) quilt - I am sure that this will ...

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May 6, 2020
May Plans and Some Other Things from Thread Head

My May One Monthly Goal is to finish a couple of mini quilts.

The first is from Temecula Quilt Co on Instagram - the Stay at Home Sampler.

And this one is the end of my tub of little thimbles that have been leaders and enders for years (I have made about 4 different mini quilts so far - now I am debating about cutting more or getting a bit bigger template for a change).

Thanks Patty for hosting this challenge!

I finished a pair of socks using fibre that I dyed last month.

Finished yarn - about fingering to sport weight BFL ...

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May Goal In Progress from Life in the Scrapatch

Working on my 
project today.

These are the fabrics I am using to make this a finished project.
I chose the fabrics before I started cross stitching 
and chose floss colors to match the fabrics.
This is my own method.

The sewing on this one is going together quickly.

I will be posting a tutorial for this finishing method,
which I am figuring out as I go. 

No waiting until the last day of the month this time ... :-) 

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May 1, 2020
Stash report and OMG for May from With Strings Attached

Fabric in, April:   ZERO
Fabric out, April:  118-3/8 yards
Fabric in, YTD:  210-1/2 yards, $455
Fabric out, YTD: 426 yards
Net decrease: 213-1/2

In April I made 253 masks. I sent a B.O.R.S. (box of random scraps) to JS in Iowa (along with 152 HeartStrings blocks).  I made 3-1/2" rail fence units and 4.5" HSTs in all of the remaining RSC 2020 colors. I finished 12 house block mug rugs.

My One Monthly Goal for May is to make a daisy-themed tote bag. I've got the fabric! I just need to ...

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April 30, 2020
OMG ~ My April Goal is Done! from Life in the Scrapatch

Maestro's Quilt is bound and done!

My OMG April 2020 Goal Here was to bind this quilt.

My Senior Quilty Kitty had to step in to keep me on track.

We are
with a few hours to spare.

This quilt has been quilty kitty inspected ... 

... approved with  Quilty Kitty Thank You Kisses ... 

... and ready for napping.

Enjoy your quilt, Maestro.

I am enjoying having met my monthly goal.


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April 29, 2020
Last of the Tea Towels! from Thread Head

I finished weaving the last set of tea towels from kits I bought from Jane Stafford Textiles in January (I had originally thought these would be a year long project, but I was so glad I had bought them all when life changed).

Fresh off the loom - the kit made 8 towels, each over 30" long before washing.

I added about 18" extra warp, and still had plenty of cotton leftover when finished.

Fresh off the loom the fabric looked like this-

the white line (crochet ...

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April 27, 2020
Friday update: OMG and SIP from With Strings Attached

It's time to post One Monthly Goal achievements.  I completed my OMG: to begin the house-themed mug rugs for the  Illinois P.E.O. Home Fund .  The mug rugs will be given to each chapter who sponsored a Home Fund recipient this year -- about 20 in all.  One of the other two committee members will make a few.

The OMG Finish Link Up is here

I've made 37 blocks for Shelter in Place, my pandemic "souvenir" quilt.   My idea is to make one block for each day. Yesterday the Illinois governor extended the shelter-in-place order through May 31 ...

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April 20, 2020
Weekly update: progress and something new from With Strings Attached

I finished the RSC rail fence blocks -- 46 in each of the ten colors.  They are 3-1/2".

These house-block mug rugs are my April OMG.
They are 8 x 10, somewhat larger than usual for mug rugs. The block is 6" finished and I didn't want to fiddle around with scaling it down.  The 2" window provides for fussy-cut "pictures."  As you can see, two are quilted and bound.

The house block was just what I needed for a quilted document of the Covid-19 pandemic.  I plan to make a block for each day of the shut down ...

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April 7, 2020
April Goal from Thread Head

My One Monthly Goal for April (hosted by Elm Street Quilts) is to weave another set of tea towels.

This is the last of the kits I bought from Jane Stafford Textiles. These are to learn Huck Lace - again much easier to weave than I thought it would be. Made from plain 8/2 cotton, the kit is for 8 towels.

Each set of towels I have made I have had to deal with some kind of a weaving issue (a great way to learn! A few loose warp threads with the first ones, and replacing a ...

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April 1, 2020
A new month! Stash report and OMG from With Strings Attached

Rabbit, rabbit!  I remembered to say the magic words this morning.

(The photo shows my sister (right) and me in 1956.)

Stash report for March:
Fabric in:  NONE
Fabric out: 138-3/4 yards
YTD fabric in:  210-1/2 yards, $455
YTD fabric out: 307-5/8 yards
Net:  97-1/8 OUT  (hooray!)

That 138-3/4 includes *102* yards given
away to online friends.  I made a tote bag.  I also got a head start on my RSC rail fence units (in addition to teal I made red, yellow, and dark blue).  I finished the two ALA Biblioquilters quilts and made a ...

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March 31, 2020
March Monthly Goal Round-Up from Thread Head

I completed my One Monthly Goals for March, hosted by Elm Street Quilts.
They were to weave a set of tea towels-

These ones are made from cotton boucle (from a kit from Jane Stafford Textiles).
To finish knitting a gnome -

A mystery knit called Gnome is Where You Hang Your Hat by Sarah Schira, made from handspun yarn.
And to finish an inkle weaving project -

My first inkle weaving (I'm calling it a belt for now, one day it may become something else).

Last month my goal was to weave fabric for my Mom. Here is what she ...

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March 30, 2020
Weekly update: not much to report, but there is a finish from With Strings Attached

Two weeks in:  Stevens and I are healthy. We've checked in with family and friends and they are fine.  Nearly every activity has come to a screeching halt.  The big cancellation in my world was the ALA Annual Conference at the end of June.  Both the Zion Woman's Club luncheon (May) and the AAUW luncheon (June) have been cancelled. The Rotary Golf Outing is rescheduled for September 25.  I've been to three meetings using Zoom with more to come. 

I've kept my outings to two supermarkets (Aldi and Jewel) and the post office.  I've taken ...

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March 29, 2020
One Monthly Goal For March ~ Finished! from Life in the Scrapatch

This was the fabric pull for a very fun to design and make pillow.

This pillow cover was designed by my daughter 
and sewn by me an together we created this
 Free-For-Personal-Use-Only-Pattern ... 


I have also posted a series of 

Thanks to all who have followed along on my Star Wars quilty journey.

Thanks to 
for helping me with my goal ...

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March 5, 2020
March Goals from Thread Head

Time to plan projects for this month.

For my One Monthly Goal for March I plan on weaving tea towels with this kit from Jane Stafford Textiles - it is the Country Renaissance Boucle Tea Towel Kit.

I started March 1st getting the warp ready, and have started weaving. The kit makes 9 towels.

I also plan on finishing the Mystery Gnome that I started last month,

and I want to finish this Inkle Loom band weaving project that I started last year. This was my test piece for the new loom. I want to make some braid ...

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March 2, 2020
Weekly update: February stash report, March plans, and something new from With Strings Attached

Rabbit, rabbit! Here's the March Hare to bring in the new month.

(The February 28 Google doodle commemorated Sir John Tenniel's 200th birthday)

The GFWC-IL Tenth District art show/luncheon was Wednesday.   I entered Crown of Thorns in
Category 5 (Embroidery, Quilting, Tatting) (a strange combination, considering that "wall hangings" is a separate category) and won second place.  P.E.O. friends Jeannine and Nancy, both members of the Antioch Woman's Club, won ribbons, as did Regina and Judy who are fellow members of the Zion Woman's Club (the one I belong to).

Stash report for ...

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February 29, 2020
February Round Up from Thread Head

February was a good month for me to finish a few big projects.

At the beginning of the month I finished a Pineapple Quilt (only took 4 years!).

I started this handspun tunic early last year by cleaning and preparing the wool. Spun the yarn over the summer, and started knitting it at the beginning of September.

I also finished knitting a hat out of some handspun yarn that I had dyed with indigo (this one had been my take-along/car knitting project).

I was really pleased to have started and finished weaving some fabric for my Mom in the ...

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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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