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July 11, 2019
Time to Catch Up! from TheEclecticAbuela

I finally got some photos of the work I've been doing.


Donation Quilts

I cut flannel scraps to make donation quilts. You can see the first batch HERE. They were kid size and made with kids' prints. The next ones were for adults.

Two with many florals

Three with plaids, stripes, and more

I layered them on the fence to take photos. They aren't identical, but they are made with the same mix of fabrics. All five are 60" x 72" and are backed with flannel.


I've been using my 3.5" squares as Leaders/Enders this ...

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June 27, 2019
I'm Still Here! from TheEclecticAbuela

I've been quiet, but I'm still here. I need to take a bunch of pictures to show you what I've been up to, but for today, I thought I'd show you what is under the needle right now.

I've been intimidated by Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay quilt, but I finally decided that I could do it. Here are some of the friends who are helping me:

Waldo (Just in case you have been looking for him.)

Napping Santa and Napping Santa Flamingo

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree

As you can see ...

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February 1, 2019
orca bay finish from Making A Lather

I have finished orca bay mystery quilt. This mystery was the 2011 mystery at Quiltville and is now in the book string fling. It is my 12th mystery finish since spring of last year. The next one, I need to tackle is Grand illusion in denise schmidt fabrics. I have the borders and quilting to do.

I did an all over splashy feathery thing.

And the backing is such a kick.

I was really pleased with my piecing work. I still lost a few corners on the border, but there was definitely an improvement.

It's time to look at ...

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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 20, 2019
stash report January 20, 2019 from Making A Lather

We've had another long snow, and the sun is shining again. Our temperatures are dipping close to zero. It's very pretty, until I have to get to church. Good thing we don't live very far. I would still love to go sledding, but, I would have to leave my body behind or it would break. I wonder if I could hire a professional sledding assistant to get me up and down on the sled. I'm pretty sure I would get frost bite just rolling over and getting to my knees and getting to my feet. haha ...

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January 16, 2019
orca bay from Making A Lather

This is finally happening. Orca Bay is on the long arm. After all the piecework, it is good to see it stretched out on the frame and looking pretty straight. But, it is the end of the quilting, that the fat hits the fan, when all the wonkyness might show itself.

and isn't the backing snazzy? yeehaw. I had it in my stash from a thrift store, sometime. It had 6 yards so, it was the perfect size and the colors are the same. Where else would a midwest girl use this fabric?

I am linking to:


midweek ...

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January 10, 2019
rug hooking and finish along from Making A Lather

I am joining in with the 2019 finish along at She can quilt. I have several goals for the quarter. Some I have already mentioned in my one monthly goal post, But this is for the quarter, and should include what I want to completely finish in the next 3 months.
I have it in my mind to get my Cleveland rug done. I think background goes quicker than the design, And I am making good progress.

For the quarter, I also want to finish the fish jar quilt

orca bay mystery quilt

celtic solstice

and a flannel rag ...

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January 2, 2019
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

A new year of possibilities and new goals

I have a new swap that is starting with 4 other friends, we are making the bordered square block in the 4 1/2 inch size, mostly from civil war reproduction fabrics. Each month we need to make 30 blocks. That is 6 blocks per person each month. We were inspired by Pam Buda's new quilt...

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

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December 21, 2018
progress from Making A Lather

All my customer quilts are done, and the longarm is all mine. I want to finish a few of my projects over the holidays. And finish to me is putting together the back top and binding, ready to be quilted, And maybe quilting.
The backing is pieced and the binding ready for orca bay mystery.

I have had this basket of a quilt and fabrics to the square dance mystery taking up much needed space in the quilt room. I need borders. I am not feeling inspired yet.  definitely nope....

definitely nope... Inspiration will come soon enough.

I have been ...

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December 11, 2018
good fortune with orca bay from Making A Lather

I have a top! Orca bay is finally a top and ready for quilting.

And while I was putting this top together, I was able to leader and ender these pieces. I had these interesting leftover pieces from square dance quilt from My carolina home. And I have no idea what I am going to do with them yet, but I knew I would use them sewn together before I would use them  apart. Putting rows together is a start and stop kind of sewing, and I needed a great leader /ender project. tada

I had a big hand binding ...

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December 5, 2018
orca bay progress from Making A Lather

I received a wonderful email with picture from Holly:

Hello Maggie.  I fell in love with your Christmas Snowflake quilting the moment I saw it.  Lucky for me, I learned (newbie here !) how to do paper piecing this summer, so as soon as the current flimsies were done, I started on Christmas Snowflakes.  I did it with three colours, red, green and gold, and used the same fabrics for the three snowflakes in each colour way.  I quilted it with that spiral pattern I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts.  The finished size is about 54 inches square and I ...

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December 3, 2018
good fortune with a discovery from Making A Lather

I have noticed for some time, that especially pieces that are die cut, my fingers are not nimble enough anymore to slip them apart. I put on my thinking cap, and thought about money counters and how they wear little plastic finger tips to give them grip. I found these on amazon.

When I tried using them, I discovered they work - hooray. But, I also discovered their benefits in 2 other ways that I wasn't expecting. First, they make scootching the fabric together that last little bit of a thread, a piece of cake. I can line the matched ...

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November 28, 2018
orca bay webbed from Making A Lather

I have the orca bay mystery quilt webbed together in quadrants. I quickly ran outside to take pictures before the snow. I was hoping to study the pictures to see if I could find the mistakes before I quilted them into the quilt.

It didn't work. It wasn't until I took the pieces to the sewing machine, that I noticed many of the pesky cornerstones were turned the wrong way. And when one was turned, the whole row was wrong. This makes a strong case for webbing the quilt together in smaller chunks.

It's still hard to ...

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November 26, 2018
webbing orca bay from Making A Lather

I have started the webbing for orca bay mystery quilt. I decided to web in quadrants, thinking it would be easier to handle. even though I had a mantra ( left, right, left right) on the cornerstones, I  know I will have to correct a few of them.

I was planning on using yardage for Good Fortune mystery quilt, but when I opened my strip bucket, I saw red and neutral.

A few miles later, I had pairs of strips

A little accu cutting and I had sets ready to sew

chains of red 4 patches

and the cutest little 4 ...

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November 21, 2018
orca sashing from Making A Lather

Trudging ahead on orca bay mystery quilt, I have 200 + sashing units ready for webbing the top.
Will the top be done when the new mystery clue goes live? I don't know...

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

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November 19, 2018
seeing red from Making A Lather

I am feeling red today. It is cranberry season somewhere. I saw them on sale and decided to can some juice. I had never cooked cranberries before, and the instructions said to boil them until the skins burst. They actually burst with a pop that I could hear. too funny.

I made 6 quarts of juice. And thought I would try relish. I am not sure if I will like it cooked, but I make my relish by using a food processor. I use a bag of cranberries and a whole orange peel and all. I water bathed them and ...

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November 12, 2018
orca from Making A Lather

Last week, Bonnie Hunter was in Indianapolis and my friends and I attended her lecture. It was great to see her lovely quilts in person and living color. There were a billion show and tell On ringo lake quilts ( last year's mytery).
I took pictures of her quilts and didn't get any other picture of Bonnie herself. sigh....
I don't know how many quilts she showed, but as we looked at them after the program, I realized I had every one of them at least started. Oh my goodness, no wonder I have so many ufos.

And ...

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November 5, 2018
a whale of a mystery quilt from Making A Lather

I am still making the black and white HSTs for orca bay mystery. What makes this quilt interesting is the sashing that is string pieced and placed around the ohio star blocks. I tried one to see how it all works. It seems this is the quilt that will never end.
I started it as part of my mystery challenge in August 2018 here  and  ( here are other images
String piecing and the start of the blocks one month later here and the end of October here
The new mystery quilt and colors have been announced. I have only one ...

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November 1, 2018
new one monthly goal from Making A Lather

It's time to plan my goals for November and Elm street's One monthly goalI shared my progress yesterday on orca bay and the unicorn quilts yesterday I am hoping to work on them in November.

For November I want to quilt celtic solstice mystery quilt. It is finished and ready to quilt. I have the backing and binding ready to go. This will be one more quiltville mystery for my challenge this year.

And, as a just get it finished project, I am working on an old ufo. I had bought 10 fish jar blocks from ebay ...

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October 31, 2018
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

This was my goals for October. It is the 31st and BOO and it is time to report just how well I did.

For my one monthly goal, I want to make my Granddaughter's unicorn quilt, and finish piecing orca bay mystery quilt, and continue working on the double wedding ring.

I have all the pieces cut and sewn to add around the unicorn quilt for my Granddaughter. I just have to do the math and put an inner border first.

 I have a big stack of double wedding ring melons finished. And it is time to add them ...

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