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September 11, 2021
tiny orange scraps from Making A Lather

I had one lonely aqua 16 patch color block from last month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

then, I worked on 4 psp 20 blocks in this month's color - orange. I am amazed at how many different oranges there are, but, I was also surprised how few oranges of any size, I have left in the scrap bins.

My Friday group has started making Boho heart by Jen Kingwell. I am doing it in rainbow colors. Part of the fun of a group project is seeing how different all of our hearts will be when finished ...

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August 7, 2021
small piecing from Making A Lather

I made it to our Friday  quilt group yesterday. I was trying to catch up with my sea swept blocks. I made some progress on the diamond part of the sashing. 

The weather has been so nice. High seventies and sunshine. I really don't like when the cicadas make the sound of fall coming. The summer has passed so quickly.

I am still working with darks for the tiny houses and the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. 

I did have 3 aqua ish strips for the psp 20/21 blocks

oops found these on the floor

I have ...

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July 9, 2021
quilt waffles from Making A Lather

We have felt the aftermath of the tropical storm elsa here in Indiana. Lots of rain and mild winds hit yesterday, and, it looks like more rain today. The garden is happy, the gardener not so much.

coreopsis -good for disinfection and metabolic disorders and it is pretty

It is always a pleasure when the quilt is off the floor at the longarm. I am making progress on aunt eliza's star. It is a big quilt. I am doing swirls, nothing fancy.

I have a few waffle blocks left to make. I need to make more pieced rows for ...

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June 24, 2021
waffling from Making A Lather

I started working with my sea swept sashing blocks. I ran into an either or decision that has  me paused. Either, I make the economy square with actual size pieces, and use up triangle pieces already cut, or, I cut new oversized pieces and trim down to the right size. 

So, while I am waffling about that decision, I made more waffle stamp blocks. Pun intended.

Each block is a surprise when it is finished. I enjoy that. I have made a huge dent in the 1 1/2 inch strip and squares bins.

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June 20, 2021
postage stamp blocks from Making A Lather

Not many rainbows here. I haven't been sewing much. I did finish Aunt Eliza star top this week. When I realized I had very little to show for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I tried to quickly sew a few psp 20 /21 blocks for the color purple.

I have 57 blocks finished. I was thinking that if I sash them, I won't have to match seems. But, I have seen so many postage stamp quilts that are really great without sashing. what to do... I guess I will just keep making them until I decide ...

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May 15, 2021
a bit of red from Making A Lather

It was easy to grab the 2 inch strip drawer and cut for tiny houses. I did decide to add other colors to the red. If there was a speck of red, anywhere, I cut it. 

I am running low on the solids for psp 20/21. I need to take a count and see if I need other colors.

twosies ready to sew into rows for psp

I am a proud Grandma for the 11th time  A new Grandson - so precious

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My rainbow projects for ...

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April 23, 2021
PSP20 and Hands2Help from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I can't remember who started the Postage Stamp Pandemic (PSP20) but I was quick to hop on board.   Having finished a postage stamp quilt not too long ago, I decided to bump up the size of my cut squares to 2".  The memory of sewing up all those smaller sizes was still very fresh in my mind!

All of the fabric for the top of this quilt all came out of scrap bins.  Every time I would come across a chunk of solid fabric in a shade I had not used before, I would make a block

For the ...

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April 17, 2021
blue stuff from Making A Lather

After sorting through the 2 gallon zip lock bag of blue scraps and cutting into useable sizes for  the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I had these pieces in the bag that aren't really scraps. They are bigger than 1/4 yard. So, I just folded them and sent them to their homes on the shelves. And, I had the pleasure of an empty plastic bag...... Ready to refill at my leisure.

This week, I decided to build some tiny houses. They are still so fun. I have a million to go before I have a city ...

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April 11, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Focused on Scraps from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Even though I have been trying to spend a lot of time outdoors, this week I have been also focused on sewing up some scraps.

I found a few more solid colors to make some more postage stamp blocks.  These are becoming a bit tedious to sew - and to cut all the pieces.  For the prints, I am really trying to focus on finding some of the most unloved scraps I have.  So these blocks are really taking a lot of time to complete.

I organized them all up on the design wall.  I still need four more blocks.  I ...

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April 4, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Switching to Blue from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework


Blue is the new color for the month of April.  I have already began the process of sorting and cutting for all of my RSC projects.  When I was digging in my blue bin, I found three shades of solids that I have not yet used in my Postage Stamp project. I quickly got them sewn up into blocks.

I think I have just six more blocks to make and I can sew the blocks together into a quilt top.  This is one of the Hands2Help quilts I hope to donate this year.

I still had green scraps I needed ...

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April 3, 2021
waffling and blue from Making A Lather

My blue scrap chunk basket is full, but, I have a 2 gallon zip lock bag of odds and ends and leftovers that I need to go through before I cut, hoping there is enough room in the basket for the new.

I had enough blue pieces already cut for the waffle stamp blocks. I did not need to cut anymore, so, I was able to get these sewn quickly for the start of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

It looks like I really need red, and a little orange for this quilt, and, maybe ...

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March 28, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Postage Stamp Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Oh Dear - Here it is the last weekend of the March and I still don't have all my green RSC blocks completed.  Where did this month go?!?

I did finish five more postage stamp blocks - the challenge for me right now is finding some scraps of solids in colors I haven't used yet.  I do have some larger cuts of stash I can use if necessary.  But I always like to use my scraps first!

The rest of my RSC blocks will have to be completed in April when I work on the next color.  It is hard ...

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March 27, 2021
postage stamp blocks from Making A Lather

 I have some interesting greens this month for the psp 20/21 blocks and the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I'm not sure the photos look as green as they are in person.

It doesn't look like I will have a finish for March from my green ufo list, but, I did move Christmas sparkle along to almost a top. I did decide to make and add 3 more blocks to the quilt. I haven't worked on the green brackets for full stop quilt that Angela is doing. And I didn't get the table runner ...

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March 14, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Springtime Green from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 I am certainly enjoying spring - both outside and in my sewing room.  The RSC color for March is green and I finished quite a few blocks this week.  Yay!

I added a few more postage stamp blocks to the stack...

I gave them a quick count - hoping I was almost finished with them.  But I only have 26 completed out of a needed 42 blocks.  I am going to have to do another "solids" search so I can finish a bunch more blocks.

I completed my four Well Suited blocks in green for one of my 2021 Rainbow Scrap Challenge ...

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March 7, 2021
Oh Scrap! : Not Much to Share from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Springtime keeps teasing us here in the PNW so I find myself wanting to be outside whenever the sun is out.  Lots of cleanup to do so all the gardens are ready to plant soon.

I did get my green scraps out and started cutting for all my RSC blocks.  I finished sewing two of my postage stamp blocks and one of my Well Suited blocks.  The tiny pinwheel is made with the bonus triangles from the flying geese - gotta use every last bit!

Most of my sewing time lately is spent sewing all the Covered in Love blocks together ...

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February 27, 2021
yellow stars from Making A Lather

I have more sunshiny yellow blocks made for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I have started crumb stars just this year. I sit for one evening sewing crumbs in the color of the month. However many I can cut from that, is how many I can make for the month.  I am cutting the centers at 4 1/2 inches and using 2 1/2   HSTS - ( half square triangles )

I made 10 yellow tiny houses, but, one has played the vanishing game. Maybe it found an empty lot somewhere warm.

I managed to get the Bonnie Hunter free ...

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February 21, 2021
waffling and blue skies from Making A Lather

I overdid the yellow waffle stamp blocks , but, that gets me to a larger number already done for the whole quilt. These are very easy to do and a bit addictive.

One of the Ufos I wanted to do for yellow at rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, was Bonnie Hunter blue skies from her book string fling. I made the string blocks during a string basket cleaning in 2016. I was string piecing anything in the book I might want to make while I was playing with strings. Last month, I assembled zucherwatte with pink. After reading that I ...

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February 14, 2021
Oh Scrap! : More Scrap Blocks from Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

 Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!

I have been slowly working through more of my scrap blocks for the month of February.  I realized when I was writing this post that I forgot to write about my finish this week.  I guess you will have to wait a bit to see it next Friday.

I had previously made the yellow blocks for my Half Rectangular Triangles (HRTs).  So no progress on this project for February.

I also previously made my postage stamp blocks in yellow.  But when I had my blue and brown scrap bins out, I came across some ...

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February 13, 2021
postage stamp fun from Making A Lather

I hope to follow a plan for working on the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy this year.

1. grab color wire basket and sort

 I keep my fabric chunks in wire baskets by color. Some baskets are in tidy shape, others, not so much. yellow is very tidy and nearly empty.  I have a few boxes of scraps stored by color elsewhere. I pulled the yellow out and emptied it into the wire basket. It was still not full. I need to keep my eye out for yellow to purchase. But, I am in no hurry.

2. decide ufo ...

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January 21, 2021
to do: work with tiny pieces from Making A Lather

 I have been working with tiny 1 1/2 inch squares that are sitting next to my sewing machine. I collect them, until, I think I can make either waffle stamp blocks  or postage stamp psp20/21. I am always amazed at how many are in the stack. The stack of squares doesn't look like much, but it moves 2 quilts along. I have the solid pieces already cut and waiting in a drawer nearby.

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