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November 22, 2021
Making a Mallard Duck Mini from Quilting & Learning

About a year and a half ago, I promised my son a third mini for his apartment entrance. My timing is off since he’s moving in a few weeks to another apartment. I really hope that he’ll have somewhere to hang up, or even use these as mug rugs.

Foundation Paper Piecing a Mallard Duck

I’ve used a few of "Made by Marney" foundation paper piecing patterns. I particularly like her Woodland Animals series. 

Mallard Duck mini - so far
I love this little guy. As you can see, I haven’t cropped it yet.

Since my Jag ...

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November 19, 2021
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

 This cute donation quilt is finished. I bought this as a kit a few years ago. I thought it would make a cute boy donation quilt. This is my one monthly goal for November too.

I had it to the top stage here  at the beginning of the month and now it is finished. I really like the fabric.


I hand sewed the binding  and sprinkled stars in the quilting

Our guild's annual donation night was Tuesday and we had many quilts turned in and were given to the police department and family services.

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November 12, 2021
All for One from Quilting & Learning

In July, I wrote a post "Trying to get from fine to great!" This was about my embroidery of Chevy, my daughter and I doing our "All for One" move. It was bitter sweet doing another embroidery since we are missing Chevy so much, but I did want to get this second one done so that my daughter and I would each have one. 

All for One Embroidery

This is the original embroidered piece, after fixing it up. It was actually easy since the fabric is mounted on a canvas. All I did was tighten some of the loose stitches ...

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November 7, 2021
November One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's the 7th day of the month, which is the last day to post a Novemer One Monthly Goal and link up over at Elm Street Quilts

I'm not going to meet my ambition to finish 8 quilts this year.  If I can finish one more project in 2021, I'll at least hit my average number of finishes for a year.  I'd be happy if I can hit that benchmark considering just how insane work has been this year. 

The most likley project to get done is Cabins and Fans.  The quilt top is done and ...

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November 1, 2021
one monthly goal - on the go from Making A Lather

 I bought this as a kit a few years ago. I thought it would make a cute boy donation quilt. I plan on finishing this for my one monthly goal at elm street quilts for November.

I have it to the top stage here and need to quilt and bind it. I really like the fabric.

borders here


bonnie hunter has released the new mystery fabric requirements

luckily, I have my lowe's paint chips. I won't pull my fabrics until it is time to start cutting. I have found I pull way too much fabric, just in ...

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October One Monthly Goal Met from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe that October ends in just a few hours. I just managed to squeeze in the completion of my October One Monthly Goal before the month ends.   

The plan for October was to finish adding the borders to Cabins and Fans. 

Cabins and Fans:  Self designed

That was finished pretty early on in the month.  I'm really happy with how this project worked out.  The harder part of the Octoer OMG was to finish piecing the backing. Vacation, a birthday party and a wedding made it a bit tough to get back into the sewing room to ...

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October 29, 2021
almost amish finish and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

 I have finished almost amish for my one monthly goal. 

65 x 76

I used a tye dye sheet for the back and quilted in free hand swirls

This was a mercy project - I felt sorry for it and then it took over. It could easily be a jelly roll quilt as it uses 2 1/2 inch strips. I have a whole shelf of solid fabric that I rarely use. I am glad I could find the colors I wanted on that shelf.

I am linking to:

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October 1, 2021
October One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's the first day of October.  Just 30 days to Halloween, 55 days to Thanksgiving, 85 days to Christmas and 92 days to finish all your 2021 goals!  I'm probably not going to reach my goal on quilt finishes for 2021, but maybe with the help of this month's One Monthly Goal, I'll be one step closer to doing better next year. 

Cabins and Fans just needs a few more border strips added to be a finished flimsy. 

Cabins and Fans:  Self designed

The last green border is pinned on, I just need to get back ...

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October one monthly goal from Making A Lather

 I didn't finish my one monthly goal for August until September, and, I didn't even make a goal for September. I have 45 of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet. Which is ridiculous. I have set a goal to work on the longarm with my own quilts at least 30 minutes each day until the end of the year. I wonder how many I can do with just 30 minutes. I am also hoping that once I start I will just keep going past 30 minutes. But, we are still finishing the garden.

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September 27, 2021
Slow Stitching to a Finish from Life In Pieces

We took a day off on Friday and enjoyed a three day weekend. My Guy was still pretty sore from his bicycle accident the weekend before, so the plan was to just take it easy and hang out at home.  He was feeling much better by the end of the weekend, though he still has some really colorful bruises. 

My goal was to get laundry done and then spend a lot time in the sewing room working on some finishes.  The easiest was to finish reworking some face masks.  

These were some of the first masks I made. The elastic ...

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September 6, 2021
September One Monthly Goal: Finish the Morewood Mystery from Life In Pieces

We're 6 days into September, so it was time to put some thought into what the One Monthly Goal is for September and link up with Elm Street Quilts

An email came from Trudy on Friday saying that the quilted Morewood Mystery was in the mail and on it's way back to Oklahoma.  Finishing off that mystery project is the most logical candidate for this month's OMG.  

I've finished and vetted the new quilt name and label with the Scientist in Training. 

The SIT has always thought the square in a square block with the teal ...

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August 27, 2021
August One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that August is almost over.  Just four months left in the year.  That's even harder to wrap my mind around. But it happens every year, you'd think I'd be used to it at this point.  As the month is just about over, it's time to talk about my August One Monthly Goal and link up with the end of the month linky party over at Elm Street Quilts.  


The plan this month was to get the Morewood Mystery Quilt prepped for quilting. 

The last step in ...

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August 7, 2021
August One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's the end of the first week of August. Definitely time to pick a One Monthly Goal and link up over at Elm Street Quilts.

I've noted in earlier posts that the last half of July was pretty bad on the stitching front. For the first time in at least 18 months I didn't finish my OMG for the month.  So the plan for August is to pick up where I left off and finish prepping the Morewood Mystery for quilting, then package and ship it out for quilting.   

I'm about a third of the way ...

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August 3, 2021
goals from Making A Lather

 The rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy color for August is aqua. I remembered country roads that is ready to be quilted and decided that will be my goal for one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I have some charity quilts to quilt first, then I will give it a turn on the longarm. 

country roads

It is time to put waffle stamp blocks away for a little vacation since I have finished the last of the blocks to be sewn.

I have 168 blocks

I have cut and sewn these blocks along with the rainbow scrap challenge ...

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July 30, 2021
aunt eliza star finish from Making A Lather

 This quilt is finished and will find a home on our bed. I really like it. I like the crumb centers for the blocks, and the scrappy star points. I used a vintage fabric for the border, and I love gingham. It is a winning combination for me. I started making this on our Christmas trip to Florida in 2015

24 yards of fabric - 82 x 92

I used a wide back from Joann and free motion hooked curves

I started sewing at camp at disney.

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July 8, 2021
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

 I am a little late setting my goals for July. 

I really want to keep sewing my sea swept sashing blocks - I hope to finish them this month.

I am sneaking in one of my ufo quilts - Aunt Eliza's star -- on to the longarm. I really want to get it quilted this month.

I haven't been spending much time sewing lately. I need to make a list of the next steps needed on my works in progress, and then, I won't just stare at the mess and not know what to do. A list is much more ...

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July 7, 2021
July One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

The holiday has thrown the blogging schedule off a bit. It's already the 7th of July and it's time to pick a One Monthly Goal and link up with Elm Street Quilts.  

I'm hoping to finish 8 quilts this year. With two down and six left to go, finishing another quilt should really be the priority.  The Morewood Mystery quilt is the closest to being finished. 

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

The backing will be made from the multicolor print and the dark teal fabrics.

The fabric is all cut and stitching together has ...

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June 28, 2021
Finished Finally from Life In Pieces

 Just a couple more days till the calendar turns over to July and we'll officially be starting the second half of 2021.  My plans for 2021 haven't gone so hot. I started out strong and then April happened.  Work has been insanely busy since, so May and June haven't been great on the stitching front.  Work has bumped down from insanely to just the normal crazy busy, so I've gotten more stitching done the last week.  Enough stitching that June's One Monthly Goal is finished. 

My OMG for June was to finish Grassy Creek (aka ...

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June 9, 2021
Snippet Exchange from Quilting & Learning

Exchanging Snippets
In mid-February I exchanged the background of my snippet with Dorothy, another member of the Out of the Box (OOTB) Fibre textile group. We had until May 17th to finish embellishing our partner's snippet background and exchange them for the final reveal during our monthly virtual meeting.

Snippet background

A snippet is a small piece of something. You've probably heard of a snippet of music or video. If you Google "snippet roll" you will find that they are generally narrow lengths of embellished fabric that are often rolled around a piece of wood, such as a ...

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June 4, 2021
June One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's so hard to believe it's June already and that the year is just about half over.  There has been some good progress on my UFOs, but just one finish so far. I'm hoping that all the work will pay off in lots of finishes the second half of the year.  I've been playing along with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal for several years, it's the one goal I have met each month this year. 

 So I'm definitely going to set a goal for this month.  I'm close to the second quilt ...

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