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September 10, 2019
Finally progress on the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt from Quilting & Learning

It's been over a year that I worked on the Epic Neutral Bow Tie Quilt. I'm glad that the intended recipient is very patient

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September 5, 2019
September To Do List from Life In Pieces

It's September, so only 4 months left in the year.  It's definitely time to decide what might possibly get finished this year. The first step in that process is to decide what's going to be this month's One Monthly Goal


Vintage Dresses is ready to go out for quilting, but it likely won't come back for a few weeks, so finishing that project will likely wait till next month.  Looking at my 2019 quilt plan, the Red, White and Blue Stars quilt is up next. 

Red, White and Blue Stars


But I promised the Scientist ...

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September 3, 2019
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I can't believe it is September already. And it's time for choosing goals for One monthly goal at elm street quilts. This is the month I am going to finally finish On Ringo Lake mystery quilt.....I hope.
After finishing the top last month, I had a few places I needed to flip the sashings. This pesky little guy was nearly in the center of the quilt. Fortunately, he was a lone wolf taunting me, and not part of a series of flipped pieces.



I plan to stay with the mystery quilts, and finish good fortune mystery quilt ...

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September 2, 2019
A Day Late: The August One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

Happy Labor Day for those in the US and Canada. Other than the trip to urgent care for the Scientist in Training, it's been a very quiet and restful holiday weekend.  I've even managed to get in a fair amount of stitching time, though not enough to meet my August One Monthly Goal.  


The plan was to get Vintage Dresses prepped for quilting.  Cleaning off stray threads and doing the final pressing has always been my least favorite part of finishing off a quilt. I tried really hard to get it done before the end of August, I ...

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August 26, 2019
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

At the beginning of the month, my one monthly goal for August was to get On ringo lake mystery quilt to a top. and to have all the garden party blocks finished and the chaining blocks started.
Here is the top. When I put it together, I discovered that there was a mistake on the center row, and I had to take it apart and redo the sashings in the center row. At this point, I have one more sashing near the center that has to be flipped.


I finished all the garden party blocks, and I cut the strips ...

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August 3, 2019
pink letters from Making A Lather

I made pink letters for my quote quilt.



 And while I was sorting through the pink, I found the remnants of another quilt. I wonder what to do with so many extra pieces. Do I use it as a starting point for another pink quilt, or split the pieces up into their parts.? What would you do?


It's also a new month and the new rainbow color is bright/ light blue. And time to make a new goal for August. I know it is best to keep my goals easier this month as I try to find a new ...

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The August To Do List from Life In Pieces

The opportunity to sleep in this morning was much appreciated.  It was a looong week in a lot of ways.  The weekend couldn't get here soon enough.  Plus the Scientist in Training decided to come home.  The summer semester is over, she has two weeks before the fall semester kicks off.  She has to work next week, so she's heading back on Sunday, but the following week she'll be able to stay home for a few more days.  We have a full girls only day planned for then. 

Hard to believe it's already August and time ...

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August 1, 2019
One Monthly Goal - August 2019 from Samelia's Mum

A new month means a new goal to work towards finishing. I am really enjoying this OMG challenge hosted by Elm Street Quilts. It gives me something to work towards completing rather than letting it just sit around without urgency (if that makes sense)?




This month, I have a few secret projects which I can't share with you just yet. I've picked up a few commissions for upcoming magazines which will take priority. 


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July 30, 2019
Stars Around the Garden July OMG Finish from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is a big quilt but somehow I managed to finish it this month. The One Monthly Goal challenge really motivates me to finish something every month. There is no penalty if you don’t meet your goal, but it’s so nice when you do!

No wonder this was a UFO for so long. I had no idea how to quilt it. It also had a lot of parts: slab borders, pieced borders, pieced blocks and an applique center. I really wanted to just quilt and edge to edge pantograph, but in the end, decided it ...

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En Provence finish from Making A Lather

Despite throwing back surgery into the month of July, I did finish my goals for the month. August will be a different story, I am sure. Unless, watching tv can be a goal.
I finished En Provence mystery quilt to the point of hand sewing the binding before surgery, and I have slowly worked on that while in the recliner. En Provence was 2016 mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. I have on Ringo lake and good fortune to finish yet. I had already finished en provence in the quiltville colors. I did two of them, this one using ...

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July 29, 2019
The July One Monthly Goal and Other Stitchy Stuff from Life In Pieces

Hard to believe the end of July is almost here.  It's been another busy month on both the work and home front. We've not been home much so plans to complete the July One Monthly Goal have been on hold for several weeks. 


I finally bit the bullet and ironed the 7 yards of backing fabric, figured out how to piece the back, cut the lengths and stitched it together. 


The light blue check matches up nicely with the blue in the Vintage Dresses borders. 


So the July OMG is finished just in time to figure out what ...

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July 21, 2019
allietare 2015 from Making A Lather


I am scheduling this post ahead, and hoping I am recovering well from surgery. I am really excited to have finished this quilt.This is the 2015 quiltville mystery quilt allietare. I had the top together before it was set aside. I did add borders. This is Bonnie Hunter's 14th mystery and my 15th finished. I have 3 more to go to have all the mystery quilts done. I really hope that I have them done before the next mystery is released in November.



I really like the colors.




This is part of my finish a long goals and ...

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July 5, 2019
The July To Do List from Life In Pieces

Hope everyone in the United States had a wonderful 4th of July.  We hung out with family, had my Mom's famous potato salad, and talked about growing up and how not normal we all were (in a good way).  

Now that we are past the holiday, it's time to get serious about what the quilty plan is for July, including deciding what's going to be the July One Monthly Goal


The quilt plan says that Vintage Dresses is next up on the to be finished list.  The very last border has been attached, so it's now ...

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July 4, 2019
July OMG Stars Around the Garden from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Stars Around the Garden is another UFO that has aged in the bin for quite awhile. It was a block of the month from the Patchwork Sampler brick and mortar shop. I like the quilt but like so many others, never got around to quilting it. I’m never sure how to quilt the tops that have both piecing and applique. This quilt really isn’t worth custom quilting but I don’t like to go over applique with edge to edge designs. I watched some quilting videos and am now ready to jump in and quilt! Done is better ...

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One Monthly Goal - July 2019 from Samelia's Mum

This month, I plan on creating a project with my Liberty of London scraps. I'm not sure yet what it will be, but I saw the #LibertyScrapChallenge over on Instagram and we all know that I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to playing with my scrap fabrics.




Originally, my goal was to make and share my Denyse Schmidt quilt this month. I will still make it, but I've been in discussions with a publisher and they've commissioned it, so I won't be able to share it until later in the year. This ...

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July 3, 2019
2019 Quilting Ambitions - Midyear Check In from Life In Pieces

So the first half of the year is over (wow that was fast).  I just finished performance reviews at work, basically a check in meeting with the supervisor to say what's on track, what's not and how do you get back on track. I don't have a quilty supervisor (thank goodness!), but it does help my accountability to post on the blog how well the quilty year is going.  Back in December 2018, I participated in Quilting Jetgirl's 2019 Planning Party by posting a list of my 2019 Quilting Ambitions.  So what's working and what ...

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July 1, 2019
fabric storage from Making A Lather

I am very excited about a big change in my fabric storage. My Hubby, son and Grandson turned this


into this




Oh, what fun it will be to fill those shelves. I used Ikea billy bookcases, and I splurged on the glass doors. What I have been using, is a hodge podge of goodwill bookcases. I have lost a lot of room with shorter bookcases. I liked these because they almost go to the ceiling. They are really lovely to behold. I almost don't want to mess them up with fabric.

It's the first of July already and ...

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June 29, 2019
Wrapping up the June One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's been pretty much a do nothing Saturday.  We woke up and found three college girls asleep in the living room. The Scientist in training was home for the first time since summer semester started. This was the first chance since Christmas that the high school girlfriend pack has been able to meet up. So that meant I couldn't do too much of anything around the house. Which was 100% OK with me.  Work was just weird and wired this week, I was ready for a day of down time. 

It's the next to last day of ...

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June 28, 2019
allietare and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

Earlier this month, I posted my goals for one monthly goal at Elm street quilts.

My one monthly goal for June
I wanted to:
1. Finish smith mountain morning - done


2. move allietare along- done
I cut and trimmed the outside of allietare, and I added the gold inner border. I like pressing the borders and noticing all the bits of fabric that I used. The red with black crows was/is one of my favorite Debbie Mumm prints.


I added a black outer border, and it is on the long arm ready to quilt.



3. make swap blocks - done ...

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June 21, 2019
smith mountain morning finish from Making A Lather

My silly hubby, He found a cut up shirt sleeve and put it on my smith mountain morning quilt and informed me He had put the sleeve on my quilt for me since I hate to do it. lol


We had a lovely day to photo the quilt outdoors.




This will be part of my finish along finishes. and my one monthly goal for June. It seems that it has taken forever to finish. I took a class with Bonnie Hunter in Lafayette Indiana in October 2013. It is included in her book scraps and shirttails 2. I had all ...

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