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March 12, 2019
A Mola finish from Quilting & Learning

Funky Flower Mola

It's done! I've spent many hours embellishing the Funky Flower Mola that I started two weeks ago for the Dust Off a Quilt Book Blog Hop. I really enjoyed the embroidery and the beading.

Funky Flower Mola - finished!
After the blog hop, I added another butterfly and embroidery to the top of the piece.

Second butterfly and vines
I also added tiny pink seed beads around the funky flower.
Beading the funky flower

One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March

It's been a while since I linked up to an OMG - so here goes!
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March 4, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal) for March from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.




For March I am thinking again about having several goals:


Bind the 1930's baby quilt I quilted last month


And get the quilting done on the 2016 Stash Bee quilt top that also was put together last month


I also have another quilting job. . . . a flimsy that one of my friends asked me to quilt for her in exchange for a Singer 99 sewing machine.  I haven't taken a picture of it yet so you will have to wait to see it.  I think she did a wonderful job with it.


I am linking up with Patty over ...

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Weekend Stitching: Contemplating the March One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

We ended up with about an inch of snow on the ground yesterday and bitterly cold temps. With the wind chill it feels like -7 F outside this morning.  Schools are out today, not because of bad roads, but because it's too cold to have the kids standing out at the bus stop.  It would be a good day to continue stitching in my warm sewing room, but work is not canceled.  Bummer. 

Hard to believe it's March with the temps being so low, usually we've warmed up by this point.  Warm or not, it's still ...

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March 3, 2019
Another Month, Another Goal: Ocean Waves Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Yesterday I finally had the chance to look through my UFO bins and found this Ocean Waves top. It is a great candidate for the OMG challenge this month because I can quilt straight lines on my Juki. It’s not a huge quilt so that’s a bonus! I just hope I can find some more of the background fabric for the border. Note to self: pin the binding fabric to the quilt top before storing!

This top is only a couple of years old so a relatively new arrival to the UFO bin. Ocean Waves is such a ...

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March 2, 2019
march one monthly goal from Making A Lather

We had a little hiccup at our house. We made an emergency room visit for my hubby with a wild heartbeat. He spent the night in the hospital and I haven't really felt normal. He's done this before and it went fine, but there is always the worry.

For March one monthly goal, I would like to add the borders, quilt and bind the Denise Schmidt version of Grand Illusion, a quiltville mystery quilt. I have the grand illusion done in the colors that Bonnie gave us, but, I made 2 at the same time. I doubt that ...

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March 1, 2019
Unteraegeri Log Cabin Quilt Finished! from Patchwork Sampler Blog

My February OMG project, Unteraegeri Log Cabin, was a UFO for over 15 years but is now finished. Hooray for challenges that get things moving! It was the only thing I finished this month, but I’m happy for any progress. I’m just sorry it took so long to finish. Log cabin quilts are among my favorites and this design is very striking.

At the beginning of the month, the quilt was sandwiched and a little quilting completed. I finished quilting the top, quilted all four borders and added the binding. Since my longarm is still not working, I ...

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February 27, 2019
A BIG Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

It's been almost two years of off and on hand quilting, but it's finally finished!!
I'm currently stitching the binding!  
The quilt is headed with me to a weekend retreat and soon it will be ready for a bed . . . . somewhere.
I pieced the blocks along with a group of other English paper piecing addicts following the direction of Karen at Faeries & Fibres during 2015 -- you can visit her blog HERE and scroll down the page to link to all of the posts relevant to this follow along.

And now here are close-ups of all the full blocks ...

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February 26, 2019
OMG (One Monthly Goal). . .WoW, what a February! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

February has been so very productive for me. . . . I just wish I could figure out why so I could make sure to keep the momentum going!  LOL


I will be linking up to Elm Street Quilts for the February Finishes.

My OMG goals for February were as follows:


1.  Complete a baby afghan. . . . . DONE!

This is a full view:

 And here we have a close up view to better show the colors:

This was a variegated yarn from Hobby Lobby.  The yarn is very soft and I hope that the baby it is meant for gets a lot of use ...

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February 25, 2019
A finish for February from Making A Lather

My one monthly goals for February included the finishing of this quilt. It is celtic soltice, a quiltville mystery quilt from 2013. I have had it pretty much ready for quilting since then.



I had thought I would do a celtic quilting on the quilt, but, opted in stead for the big swirls in a cool gray color.

And for a backing I used a bit of the shamrock - don't you know. While making it, the green was very overpowering green, but, with the blue borders it calmed the colors. I like that it makes large circles as a ...

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Weekend Stitching: Moving Things Along from Life In Pieces

This weekend just flew by.  We judged Science Fair Saturday morning, then headed out of town to see the Scientist in Training.  She's a bit slammed with homework and exams, so couldn't come home this weekend.  So we took her out to dinner on Saturday night and then to brunch on Sunday before we headed back. It was a quick trip, but a good one.  She'll be home for spring break in about 3 weeks.  


We were off work Friday, so I spent as much time as I could in the sewing room, it was too cold ...

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February 20, 2019
Hand Quilting Tips from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

One of the perks of being under the weather with bronchitis for most of the past three weeks has been lots of quiet time in my little stitching nest.  I've made terrific progress on the hand quilting of my huge reproduction English paper pieced hexagon quilt.  I pieced it during 2015(?) and I started the quilting early in 2017 and my goal is to finish by the end of this month!
Many years ago (1975) when I took my first quilt making course, the teacher taught us to hand quilt in a hoop.  Her name was Fran Soika and ...

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February 7, 2019
February One Monthly Goal - Still Dithering from Life In Pieces

Tomorrow is the 7th of February and I've yet to choose a One Monthly Goal for February. 



I'm having a hard time deciding between three different goals. 

1.  Inverted Star is quilted and just needs to have the label completed, the binding made and then sewn on.  Here's the Scientist in Training approved label. 


Unfortunately, the SIT is studying for her Organic I exam on Friday this week, so it's not likely I'll get anything from her before the weekend.  But then she has a physics test and a differential equations test the following week ...

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February 5, 2019
February one monthly goal from Making A Lather

For February's one monthly goal, I want to quilt a quiltville mystery quilt called celtic solstice. I have had this quilt pieced since 2014. And, I have had it on my top ten list to finish every year since then. It didn't happen. Last year, I made a commitment to myself to finish all the mystery quilts, and it is time for this one. I thought I had binding ready for it, but, it's not with the quilt. So, either it is lost in a black hole, or I remember wrongly.


I have our version of the ...

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February 4, 2019
February OMG Unteraegeri Log Cabin Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

The project I selected for February’s One Monthly Goal (OMG) challenge is this Unteraegeri Log Cabin quilt. I want to finish the quilting then bind it. This UFO has to be about 25 years old! The pattern is from a Quilt Sitters’ Circle group at Hearthside Quilters Nook in Hales Corner, WI. That shop has been closed for years but I still have a few UFOs from them. This log cabin quilt variation, designed by Mary Ellen Hopkins, was inspired by a trip she took to Unteraegeri, Sweden. We were a test group for this particular pattern but I ...

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February 1, 2019
February OMG (One Monthly Goal) from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.




Well I did great for January.  I got the charity quilt pieced AND quilted AND the binding has been stitched to the front AND I have started to work on stitching it down on the back.


So now it is on to February.  Even though February is a short month I have three simple projects that I think are easily accomplished:


Crocheted Baby Afghan


This project has a time limit of it's own as it is so it needs doing more sooner than later.


I have been working on this at lunch during the week and on Sundays so ...

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OMG January Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

It was much harder than it should have been, but with ONE hour to spare I finished my January OMG project, Chip off the Old Block. Last week, my longarm died so I quilted this on my Juki. It has been years since I quilted on a DSM and had to start the learning curve all over again.  After quite a bit of trial and error, I found a combination of top thread, bobbin thread and needle that would work without shredding, breaking (needles and thread!), skipping stitches or all three. I’m always up for a challenge and I ...

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January 30, 2019
YAHOO!!! (January OMG and 2019 FAL) from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.




I did it!  I finished the quilt top AND quilting on a charity quilt.  Yay Me!


This project was my OMG for January and on my list for the 2019 FAL and it is my first charity quilt of the year.



Here is a photo when I still had the quilt on the frame:


I am happy to say that I finished the last of the quilting last night while "watching" Married at First Sight and the after show.


But I was definitely sweating out that last row of blocks. . . . somehow my measurements must have been off because I ended ...

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Rainbow Nundle Dilly Bag Finish!! from Quilting through Rose-colored Trifocals!

I'm so pleased with my finished bag that I've already filled it with the next knitting project!!
I just have to finish the toe of the final Christmas sock and I can cast on this new cardigan for me!!
I showed you these rainbow bands of hexies last week on my way out the door to a weekend stitching retreat.  Many of the hexies were basted during the fall session of #100hexies100days2018 on Instagram with the intention of making myself Brigitte Giblin's Nundle Dilly Bag.
I made one for my knitting daughter and loved it so much ...

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January 28, 2019
One monthly goal success from Making A Lather

It's time to report on my one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I really appreciate this motivational goal setting opportunity. I know I have finished more projects than I would have otherwise. I tend to be a procrastinator. And, I must think I will live forever.

At the beginning of the month, I made some goals.

1.I want to make my 30 blocks for January as my One monthly goal. 
2.My Ufo challenge with Patchwork times is orca bay mystery quilt. I need to get it quilted for January.
3.My finish it project is to ...

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January 22, 2019
Stitch and Sew X Factors from Life in the Scrapatch


I am a 2,
both drawing and stitching.

I saw this first in a Cross Stitch FB Group 
where I am a member:



Where apparently I am odd because I actually draw and stitch both the same way.

Apparently I am also "scary" and a "freak" according to many of the comments 
on the original Twitter Post. 

Do I care?

Not at all.

I am not social media person or follow trends.
Nor do I usually watch the Today Show.
If you are interested in more on this X story google it or 
... where someone actually ...

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