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September 18, 2017
Lots of projects! from Quilting & Learning

After the hectic pace of the end of August and the new Learning QAL Goal Setting post, I needed a break. I've been slowly working on many projects - mostly those with deadlines as well as the required procrastination project.

Art with Fabric Blog Hop - Fall 2017

This year's theme is Mother Earth, also known as Gaïa.

I just happen to have a lovely reproduction statue of a beautiful Pre-Columbian female figure from Colombia, South America. I'll be writing more about this beauty in a post just before my blog hop date of Wednesday, October 11, 2017. In ...

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September 13, 2017
blocks en provence from Making A Lather

I have been sewing En Provence blocks - a quiltville mystery from last year. There are many pieces in each block and 16 blocks. I am very happy with how well the blocks are piecing. I planned on trimming them, but very few needed any attention.

 The sashing strips are going to create a secondary star pattern - pretty exciting

 I try to make at least one glitter - Jen Kingwell block a day, because they are just fun. I don't want to focus on them just yet, so just a block or two keeps it going.

And in between en provence ...

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September 4, 2017
En Provence monthly goal from Making A Lather

My one monthly goal and Ufo for September is to work on my Bonnie Hunter En Provence quilt from her mystery last year.

I have all my pieces ready to sew together. And I have been very patient waiting for the month that this would be my goal. I actually have 2 versions of this quilt to this point. This one is in the colorway Bonnie suggested, and I have one in civil war fabrics. But I want to get this one to the flimsy stage this month. I have so enjoyed all the versions I have seen posted.
Every ...

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August Finishes from Quilting & Learning

Growing Up QAL with Alida
It's been a huge month of finishes. And here I was worried that nothing would get done!

Growing up QAL for August
Getting block 8 done on time!

I had to write this post to link up my finished Growing up QAL block which is a Bargello block. This was the first time that I had done one, although I have admired them from afar for a long time.   
Block 8 - Bargello
I love the gradual changes in colour but I knew that it wouldn't be easy. I'm sure that if you ...

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September 2, 2017
Managing the UFO List: What Happened to August? from Life In Pieces

The first day of September was outrageously busy.  Work was an absolute zoo, the new position is still a bit overwhelming.  I'm hoping it gets better in the next month once I can hand off all my previous responsibilities.  The Scientist in Training (formerly known as Drama Teen) is home for the holiday weekend.  So we've got lots of family time planned till she has to go back on Monday.  Probably not a lot of stitching is going to happen, except maybe some slow stitching here and there.  

August was not a great month for stitching.  A couple ...

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September 1, 2017
September One Monthly Goal: Constructing Chemistry Geek from Life In Pieces

Wow, it's September already!  It always seems like the end of the year speeds up once we get to this point.  It will be December before we know it.  I'm stopping there with that train of thought.  But that thought pretty much decided what September's One Monthly Goal would be.  

A couple of weeks ago I walked into the local quilt shop so I didn't have to deal with an empty house and found this fabric. 

It's Geek Chic by Studio E Fabrics.  Do you believe in kismet?  The Scientist in Training is studying chemistry ...

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August OMG Finish: Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Just under the wire, my City Sampler quilt is finished. UPS delivered the backing around 5:30 yesterday afternoon. I wasted no time loading on the frame and quilting it. From the beginning I planned to quilt simple straight lines so the quilting was quick and easy even though it is a big quilt. I think it is right around 93” square. The layout is one that is shown in the book, but I made all the sashing 3” wide instead of 4” because I wanted the quilt to fit on a queen size bed.

It was almost dark when ...

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August 30, 2017
August One Monthly Goal Wrap Up: A Finished Flimsy from Life In Pieces

With just 2 days left in this month, I got busy last night on the final border for Scrappy Coffee Cups. Getting that project to the finished flimsy stage is August's One Monthly Goal

At the beginning of the month the Coffee Cup blocks were all sashed, but not sewn together.  

The final border was sewn on last night. 

Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
published in Block Magic and Block Magic Too 
by Nancy Johnson-Srebro

So Scrappy Cups is now a finished flimsy.  That last border is a deep green.  For some ...

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August 19, 2017
small world from Making A Lather

For the rainbow scrap challenge, I have added the rest of the churndash blocks to the snow days quilt.

This is a "the world is a small place" post. I had been busy adding strings to phone book paper for a string quilt in my living room. True, it makes a mess, but I have gotten many blocks done by switching my thinking to String/crumb piecing on Saturdays and in my living room. I wasn't overly worried about the mess and what company would think, since we rarely have any living room company any more. And with age ...

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August 2, 2017
snow days in august from Making A Lather

crabapple hill snow days

I started stitching this quilt when my husband had a double knee replacement in 2014. I had it prepped and ready to go for the hospital, knowing I would have a lot of waiting time. I knew when he came home, we were going to take it easy for a few weeks, mostly hanging out with some old movies. perfect project.

Unfortunately, one of the complications during his stay at the hospital was a heart attack and a stay  in intensive care. I would have gone crazy without this project. So I am calling it the ...

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One Monthly Goal for August 2017 from Life In Pieces

This is the 20th time I've participated in the One Monthly Goal. 

Heidi of Red Letter Quilts kicked this idea off in January of 2016.  Our current hostess, Patty of Elm Street Quilts took over in November of 2016.  I can't say that the One Monthly Goal has worked miracles on my ability to finish projects, but it has helped me realize the importance of prioritization in the sewing room.  Committing to OMG has also helped me get past some of my typical stall points.  Not having a final design and prepping a quilt to send off for ...

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July 31, 2017
one monthly goal mill girls bom from Making A Lather

Mill girls is a completed top. I have added the last border....

and mitered the corners...

and it is ready to be quilted...

I have the back on the frame, and the binding ready to attach. The only reason it is not completely finished is that my husband said he thought the quilt deserved a wool batt and to be on our bed. I told him that would be expensive but he insisted, so I ordered one, but it hasn't come yet. The minute it does arrive, I will quilt and bind the quilt.

I can't believe it ...

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July 30, 2017
July One Monthly Goal: Exceeded Expectations from Life In Pieces

Thankfully I'm done running through airports and figuring out how to open the gas tank on the rental car for awhile.  Between vacation and this month's business trip, I've spent about as much time away from home as I have at home.  In spite of all the travel, I not only met the July's One Monthly Goal but greatly exceeded what I thought possible.  

The Scrappy Coffee Cup blocks have been around since 2012, it's my third oldest project.

Scrappy Coffee Cups
Block patterns from Karen F. Srebro and Janet McCarroll
published in Block Magic ...

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July 28, 2017
Slow Projects from Quilting & Learning

EPP project from Make Modern
In the last couple of week, I've barely made it up to my sewing room (except to sleep since it's also my bedroom!). I was wondering if it was a summer heat problem so I checked out what I was doing last July. Turns out my sewing machine was in the shop and I was doing hand appliqué and was going to try my hand at English Paper Piecing. This is pretty much what I'm doing now, except that my machine is running great.

Isn't the pillow project to the right ...

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July 26, 2017
rug hooking again from Making A Lather

whew - this set of borders is done and it is getting huge and heavy. I hope it is not so boring seeing pictures and more of the same. It is getting close to the end of the month, and I would like it finished for my one monthly goal. So I am really focusing on it. One final border to go.

I haven't been to my rug hooking group for most of the summer. I haven't felt energetic enough.  I have missed the ladies and the inspiration. It is no surprise, then, that I haven't done much ...

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July 11, 2017
mill girls and Greentown glass from Making A Lather

I have the center medallion finished on mill girls quilt

The 4 patch border is a little big, and I am not sure how to fix that. Maybe it will work itself out if I add the next borders.

Hubby's Aunt has downsized and had an auction last weekend. I wasn't able to go. After living in this area all my life, I have always wanted a piece of green town glass.  My husband purchased these pieces for me. I am very excited. Greentown glass was made from 1894 to 1903 when the factory was destroyed by fire ...

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July 7, 2017
Planning Post from Quilting & Learning

3Q FAL (3rd quarter Finish-A-Long)
I've just discovered the 2017 Finish-A-Long. The idea is to create a post with a list of projects you want to finish for a quarter (this one is the 3rd) and link up. Since I'm writing a post for the One Monthly Goal (OMG), I may as well participate in the 3Q FAL (3rd quarter Finish-A-Long) as well. I do have a few projects that need to get done, and this might provide some additional motivation. :-)
July OM 

July One Monthly Goal

My June OMG was to sandwich and start FMQ my Neutral ...

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July 6, 2017
The One Monthly Goal for July 2017 from Life In Pieces

How did it get to be the 6th of July so fast?  It certainly seems that July is speeding by more quickly than I'm ready for.  It will be a busy month, lots of plans already on the calendar.  We've got a family vacation on there, plus I've got another business trip planned as well.  Access to the sewing machine will be rather limited in July. So what would make a good One Monthly Goal

The OMG has been a great motivator the last year.  I've tried to pick projects that have reached places where I ...

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July 3, 2017
Progress from Quilting & Learning

Yikes! June is almost finished - just a few hours left!

Dahlia flower (although I see tulips!)
This is a quick post to prove that progress has been made! My June OMG (One Monthly Goal) was "to do some free motion quilting on my Neutral Lap Quilt - Take 5 Loves Coffee Milk", and I did!

I sandwiched it on the weekend, did some stitching-in-the-ditch around each block and then decided on a few stencils to use.

This quilted block is made from a large dahlia stencil but I'll be adding a little something later so that it fills out the ...

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July 2, 2017
Celtic Solstice is July’s OMG from Patchwork Sampler Blog

The past couple of months have been busy with gift quilts and other quilty obligations so I haven’t been setting monthly goals.  This month will be full of travel, but there is one quilt I would really like to finish. It has been on the back burner for a LONG time. Back in February 2014, I wrote this blogpost and asked “Will This Ever Be A Quilt.”

Then a day or so later I wrote another post showing a little progress and said this is a project that could easily languish in a Rubbermaid tub for years.

Boy were ...

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