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June 5, 2019
Diagonals are On Point to Being Great Quilts from Quilted Joy

There are only so many shapes that you can use in quilting. Once you’ve used them all, what is there to do? Now we get to play with how we place them. Squares are just squares until we put them on their points, then they are diamonds. With the use of color, we can place squares to form diagonal lines and X’s or crosses. Sometimes we can create shapes from their placement that can be more interesting than the original block you created. Check out what some of our longarm machine renters did with diagonals and squares on ...

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May 21, 2019
On Ringo Lake Inspired Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Have you stitched On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter? I decided back in October that I would try Bonnie Hunter’s annual mystery quilt. Of course, I then decided to overthink the whole thing,...

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

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February 18, 2019
Weekend Stitching: What's Next, The Down Side of Multi-Tasking from Life In Pieces

We talked with the Scientist in Training last night.  She said she was really sad at how fast Sunday came this week.  The semester is going so fast, but yet the weeks seem to drag.  Yep, that's how I'm feeling about this winter.  Half way through February, but boy getting from Monday to Friday at work has been a chore!  

It was nice to spend some quality time in the sewing room over the weekend.  By Sunday though, I realized it was time to stop and take stock of what each project needed to keep moving it towards ...

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January 28, 2019
Last Monday Check In: One Monthly Goal, PHD, and 2019 Strategy Progress from Life In Pieces

It's the last Monday in January, seems like a good time to see how my sewing room strategies for 2019 are working.  I really want to move some UFOs off the list this year.  


First up, the January One Monthly Goal was to get Inverted Star sent out for quilting.  


All that got done and the box actually made it to the post office.  It should come back in a couple of weeks.  Fingers crossed this one gets finished before the end of February. 

With Inverted Star sent off, I moved on to the second quilt on this year ...

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January 23, 2019
Quilting On Ringo Lake from Quilted Joy

Block of the Month, Mystery Quilts, and Quilt Alongs are three types of social quilting that many of us enjoy. In these activities, we gather together once a month or even once a week. There a teacher can teach us the next step in creating some masterpiece that they have prepared for us. This can happen at either your local quilt shop or online via youtube or simple blog posts. Either way, we create as a group and can therefore share our creations to receive feedback we need, or just the support we want. Bonnie Hunter created one of these ...

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December 27, 2018
Life In Pieces: The Best of 2018 from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe Christmas is over and the end of the year is less than a week away.  It's the time of year for reflection.  Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs makes reflection fun by hosting her "Best of 2018" Linky Party.




What constitutes "best" is up to the blogger.  So here's my top 5 from 2018.

1. Largest Number of Views (427), A Little of This and ThatThat post highlighted the first assembled blocks from Bonnie Hunter's 2017 mystery, On Ringo Lake.


2. Most Comments (28), Stars and Stars.  The post showed the finished Red, White ...

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December 18, 2018
ufo 2019 edition from Making A Lather

Patchwork times has an ufo challenge for 2019. I have enjoyed using some sort of ufo motivation for my quilting these last couple of years. She suggested 12 of them. I am sure my One monthly goals will also use help finish these projects along.

A couple of years ago, my daughter and 3 other quilty friends exchanged houses every month. It had to be before I was blogging since I can't find any reference to them here on the blog.They were to finish at 4 inches but could be anything and any fabric. It will be fun ...

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December 17, 2018
Weekend Stitching - Mysteries of Christmas Past from Life In Pieces

Stitching time was pretty much nonexistent this last week.  Between playing catch up on special projects at work, Christmas shopping and wrapping presents, my stitching time has been pretty limited.  I'm using a single fabric for Good Fortune's Clue 4, so not much to show off there.  The plan is to find out where clue 4 fits in and see how my color choice of black works with the other pieces.  If it doesn't work, I can change it out.  So for now, I'm not going to cut those rectangles.  

So while there is no progress ...

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December 14, 2018
a little this and that from Making A Lather

I have been making progress on several quilts, but no noteworthy pictures, that don't look like several pictures I have already posted. I did finish clue 3 of good fortune but will post that on Monday with the link up at Quiltville.
I did some mindless string and crumb piecing last night, mostly to clean up a mess. I string piece on a treadle in my living room, and it's time to make it a little more holiday worthy. But there were some strings hanging out on the cabinet that I could just play strings.


I did look ...

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November 14, 2018
Good Fortune’s Color from Stash Overflow

This morning I finished pulling the last of my fabrics for Bonnie Hunter’s 2018 mystery quilt, Good Fortune. I decided on a partial color palette for this mystery almost a year ago. As with Allietare, another one that I chose a color palette for long before Bonnie released her color palette, Bonnie’s palette includes some of the same color families as mine. Darn it! One of these years I want to make a mystery quilt that uses completely different colors so it doesn’t look like hundreds of others. This isn’t the year.

Here are the fabrics ...

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October 27, 2018
Back to Ringo Lake from Stash Overflow

Some time ago I sat down and designed my back for On Ringo Lake. For Bonnie’s mystery quilts, my habit is to blow up a block from the front to make the back. I was so pleased that it went so smoothly. I cut the first pieces, then had to set it aside for other obligations. I was excited to get back to making the back today.

My draft of the block with measurements.

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My cutting list:

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I finished cutting the pieces and put them on the design wall.

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It went together very smoothly. Everything fit perfectly and it ...

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October 16, 2018
Oops, I did it again! from Stash Overflow

What did I do? Let’s leave that for later.

Here’s the view from my driveway yesterday. They’ve started construction on the final group in my development which happens to be directly across the street from me. The next few months are going to be even more annoying than the last few since they’ve run out of space to store their supplies. These are the forms for the concrete walls. They poured the footers last week.

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I expect to see this again tomorrow. The many, many concrete trucks line up along the street and one by one ...

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October 9, 2018
2018 Ambitions: Uneven Progress, The Third Quarter Summary from Life In Pieces

Way back in December of 2017, I participated with Quilting Jetgirl's 2018 Planning Party by putting together a set of quilting ambitions for the year.  Now that third quarter is over it's time to assess how things have gone so far this year.  

Ambition #1: Shorten the UFO List


If you compare the above chart to the one I posted on the mid-year update, I've gone down by one.  So there's been progress, just not a lot of it.  I'm doing a good job of finishing my newer projects, but not so hot at finishing ...

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October 1, 2018
September Stitching: Progress not as Planned from Life In Pieces

Hello October! I was more than ready to say good-bye to September.  Work was a zoo last month. Though, it's not going to be much better on that front this month. Performance reviews and a high priority project are going to keep this month busy there.  Shoulder problems sidelined me the last week of the month, but on the bright side, that forced me to deal with the poor ergonomic set up of my sewing table.  

The final coup-de-gras for the month was not paying attention to where things were on my cutting/ironing table and my wrist made ...

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September 21, 2018
On Ringo Lake Quilt Finish from Baby Boomer Quilting Bee


On Ringo Lake, the 2017-18 Mystery Quilt Designed by Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville, is done! 


My color choices are red, gray and gold on a light background.  The border is a little different, because I no longer had enough large chunks of gray to follow Bonnie's pattern.


The quilting is a simple free-motion, edge to edge design of circles and swirls.


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September 2, 2018
September One Monthly Goal and Priority List from Life In Pieces

It's been a slow paced Saturday. I slept in for a change and lazed my way through three cups of coffee while contemplating what to focus on for my September One Monthly Goal.


According to the 2018 quilt plan, Bonnie Hunter's 2017 mystery, On Ringo Lake is the UFO for September.  I spent some time in EQ this morning working up block settings. If I go with an on point setting I need 32 blocks, a straight setting needs 35.  As of this morning, I had 9 blocks completed and another 29 of the 9 patch centers completed ...

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June 30, 2018
Half Year Check In from 120 Blocks

Here’s a brief update on how the year is going. Results so far are in italics. UFO & WIP Finishes – at least two of these: Disappearing Pinwheels – I seriously need to do this! As of last week this is … Continue reading

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June 1, 2018
On Ringo Lake {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

Since my mom came into town for the long weekend, we got to spend a lot of time sewing and gabbing in between eating and forcing her to watch all of the sports with my husband and I (bless her heart!). She also brought me not one, but two finished quilts!


First up is my On Ringo Lake quilt! This was simply pantograph quilted with loops and my mom was nice enough to machine bind it for me using the backing fabric.


While I was extremely happy with the quilt when I finished the top, I absolutely love it now ...

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April 18, 2018
On Ringo Lake--Chocolate Lovers Edition from TheEclecticAbuela

I finished my version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt called On Ringo Lake. I call mine the Chocolate Lovers Edition, since my cornerstones and other pieces are made of fabric printed with chocolates and chocolate chips.

I changed Bonnie's aqua to green, but I stuck with her other suggested colors.

On Ringo Lake--Chocolate Lovers Edition (76" x 92")

On Ringo Lake (detail)

On Ringo Lake (chocolate detail)

On Ringo Lake (backing and binding detail)

Nearly everything came from my scraps/stash--even the backing fabric. I thought backing was a good use for the fabric since the print is ...

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April 4, 2018
WIP and Monthly Newsletter from KISSed Quilts - Keeping It Simple and Stunning



News & Updates
Just over a week ago, doing a good deed, we encountered a weather condition that we had no control over. The result is our truck is totaled and we're healing. I am praising the Lord for the guardian angels who kept the truck rolling until it was upright, engine running, and safety to make it back home without further incident since all of it occurred in a 'no service' area.  Although we didn't get the good deed done and we were bruised up, we are grateful to be alive. We will trust that April will bring ...

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