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November 5, 2021
Another talk from Wendy's Quilts and More

Last week I was the guest speaker at Rose City Quilters in Palmerston North, this week I was the guest speaker at Capital Quilters in Lower Hutt.  

Yes, I had a last minute invitation to be the guest speaker at Capital Quilters last weekend.  Unfortunately I couldn't let you know, because like Palmerston North, the meeting was restricted to members only, with a maximum of 100 attendees.  

I hadn't really unpacked from my Palmerston North trip, so it was easy enough to scoop up a few quilts and put them in the car.  I changed my talk up ...

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October 2, 2021
colorful fish blocks from Making A Lather

I have no idea what the color of the month is for October and the  rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. So, I will share a few fishies that I have used as leader/ enders this week. Surely, somewhere in there is the color of the month.

Our guild's quilt show started yesterday and it was full of some really great quilts. I have 6 quilts in the show.- Allietare, over the river, ode to Joey, Aunt Eliza's star, smith mountain morning, Lucy's baskets.

I haven't taken pictures yet, but hope to do that today.

 I ...

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September 22, 2021
Jane Stickle Quilt In War Time 1868 from Humble Quilts

Someone on the facebook group, Humble Quilts- (Click HERE if you want to join) mentioned they stopped by the Bennington Museum to see Jane Stickle's sampler quilt while it was still on display. 
One day I'd love to see it in person!
24 years ago (wow!) I started to make this amazing sampler with only a book that had line drawings. 

As you can see I still embraced the humble quilts way, just as Jane Stickle did and many quilters before us. 

This was the first and last time I made a scalloped border. I'm so glad ...

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August 30, 2021
charity quilts from Making A Lather

Our guild met on Saturday to sew quilts for charity. We donate to the police department for trauma children and for healthy families  and education. One of our members had her Florida guild do these large tumblers for their donation quilts and she wanted us to try them as well. We cut one Saturday and made kits. And this Saturday, we sewed the kits together for a quilt.

Maris made 2 ahead of time.

younger person on her knees planning - oh I wish

tools for a boy

pretty colors

And many more. I grabbed a purple kit. We usually donate ...

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June 12, 2021
Sew In Progress from Quilt Paint Create

I thought I’d share my progress on the Victoria Findlay Wolfe sew along. I had the pieces cut ahead, and all the sewing happened on Sunday. The top isn’t finished, but I made more progress than I expected.

The strips are woven together rather than the typical method of cutting off the edges and sewing a straight seam. I’ll wait to review the technique until after I finish the top.

I thought sewing the two sections together would be the hardest part, but it’s easier than piecing the sections. It’s also a lot larger than ...

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April 21, 2021
Mid Week Funday from Humble Quilts

What a jam packed week so far! All in good ways. 

I completed one more bird block. I only have greens to applique on the remaining blocks.
Can you believe I cannot remember my middle of the night "great setting idea"? I'm beginning to think I dreamed a great idea and didn't really have one. LOL
PS, This block is part of the quilt Cousin's Walk, now out of print.

Monday I prepared for a guild lecture, "Quilts Through the Seasons" I love doing these but don't think I'll ever get used to taking to ...

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February 5, 2021
Fun on a Friday from Humble Quilts

I'm working on the final border! 

It is slow going since my sewing room is so chilly. 

Next weekend I am getting together with friends for a sewing retreat. This quilt top will be completed and backing made!


I'm preparing to do another string class with a guild and you can join in!  Find the link to Columbia River Gorge Quilters Guild HERE

I think I shared the link to the Iowa Quilt Museum special exhibit "String Theory"
It was just a sneak peak. Now you can purchase a look at all of the quilts! Angie shared the ...

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December 14, 2020
grassy creek 2 from Making A Lather

Saturday was an all day sew day. And, I used the time to work on my grassy creek mystery quilt from quiltville. It seemed harmless enough... 25 sets of matching  blah blah blah. I didn't cut the pieces until the morning of, so, I didn't have a lot of time to think through the math. I just cut a bunch. I spent 3 hours sewing the pieces, and, I still wasn't done. 25 sets was actually 400 pieces. hmmm. I chained pieces in their sets, which was a little fiddley. I cut them after each set. 

After ...

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December 7, 2020
grassy creek mystery from Making A Lather

We had a sew day, Saturday, and, I took grassy creek mystery quilt clue #1 as a project. I had 1/2 of the sets cut, and, I cut the rest while I was there. I managed to get them all sewn. I didn't trim them until I was home in the evening. I pressed them, and counted them, and was short a couple of sets. I have them done now. May I say, again, as I did last year, I don't like the matchy matchy way of making a scrappy quilt.

I had shopped for a good ...

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December 4, 2020
Looking Ahead to 2021 from Humble Quilts

As much as I'd like to be at your guild meeting in person it may not happen for awhile. 

But I'm glad there is an alternative. I did 2 different Zoom lectures last week. My daughter was asking how it went and I told her I thought it went well. 

What is hard? No immediate feedback to my jokes! LOL In so many photos (like in the top picture) I like to make my lectures informative but also fun. When you have a large group everybody is muted so there is no noise. (no dogs barking or husbands ...

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November 18, 2020
to do: cleanup retreat from Making A Lather

Coming home from a quilt retreat is a challenge to unpack and get back to normal. I crammed a lot of projects into my weekend, and my bags. I wanted to pull them out, one by one, and, make sure everything is taken care to put where they belong.

The first project I worked on, was the big easy Christmas. This was my one monthly goal for November. I had it quilted before I left. I used the big tables at the retreat to trim it, and, then, I attached the binding by machine to the back side of the ...

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November 7, 2020
guild workshop from Making A Lather

 Last Saturday, I taught a workshop for my guild, making the shine block and quilt. I am inspired by other's choices.

all pink jelly roll

really pretty Christmas jelly roll

fun Christmas jelly roll

I did get one row put together while the other's were sewing. But, I didn't get enough pictures of the other choices.

my costume - I was the only one

I made the orange cross blocks that I was missing for the row x row quilt and the rainbow scrap challenge. I am also missing a second turquoise row.

And, it is now, part ...

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October 31, 2020
more yellow from Making A Lather


Hubby and I decided to make a pumpkin this year. Our hands won't do the whole carving bit.

I have the 2 yellow rows I need for my row x row quilt finished. Not too exciting, but, progress. It looks nice with autumn leaves.

And this is why we don't wash scraps....

I had to wash them, hubby found them in a bag in the garage. I don't know how they got there, or where I had them. They smelled musty and gross. Most of them were big pieces. but, there were smaller pieces, too. Now ...

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October 29, 2020
guild presentation from Making A Lather

We had quilt guild last night. We are meeting in a park pavilion so the pictures are crummy, but, you can get an idea of  the quilts that our presenter brought for us to see. Steve is from Brownsburg Indiana and has a shop called: not your average quilter.

He specializes in applique and does it all on an elna domestic machine. He began as a designer for guard outfits and flags for bands many years ago. His quilts were intimidating, but, lovely to see.

There are  189 pieces in the lion.

This is a vector photo of himself.

My ...

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October 23, 2020
Quilt Guild Lectures from Humble Quilts

Reruns: Quilts Inspired by the Past

Good morning! I am sure looking forward to getting back to meeting in person with guilds! Even though there won't be hugs and handshakes, we'll be together!

My first opportunity to be at a guild meeting in person is next month in Salem, Oregon! 

November 24th at 6:30 PM  Ten Reasons I Quilt (click to learn more) 

November 25th at 9:30AM Reruns: Quilts inspired by the Past

Covid guidelines will be strictly followed. Your temperature will be taken at the door, preregistration is necessary to prevent more then 50 members ...

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October 10, 2020
Scrappy Triangles Guild Charity Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

There's one more recent quilt I completed for my guild's charity quilt program. It is one wild and scrappy creation, pieced with every print of fabric that you can think of.
I can't imagine the work that went into this top by whoever pieced it. This is the "before quilting" photo. It's a nice size twin, measuring 65" x 91".
The stitching provided some great texture, though it isn't the easiest to see among all the business of the fabrics and piecing.
Up closer you can see it a bit better.  I chose the Feather ...

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September 11, 2020
Blue & Green Charm Pack Cherry Quilt from Crayon Box Quilt Studio

 A while back, around March 2018, I pieced this quilt top using Blue and Green scraps leftover from a multitude of projects.

The pattern is Charm Pack Cherry from the Fat Quarter Shop and it's a free download.

At some point, I didn't track when, I quilted it and then put it aside to do the binding later. I used the Popcorn panto for this one.  

Later became a long time after.

While finishing quilting up the last of the guild charity quilts that I had in the house, I decided to get this finally done and add ...

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August 21, 2020
Creating Great Virtual Guild Programs and Meetings from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been lecturing and teaching virtually for guilds this summer and more events scheduled into the fall and into 2021.  I’ve been noticing that many guild officers and members are searching for tips on how to run guild meetings and programs over zoom so that even ‘low tech’ members can participate and stay engaged.  Click …

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Creating Great Virtual Guild Programs and Meetings from Carol Lyles Shaw

I’ve been lecturing and teaching virtually for guilds this summer and more events scheduled into the fall and into 2021.  I’ve been noticing that many guild officers and members are searching for tips on how to run guild meetings and programs over zoom so that even ‘low tech’ members can participate and stay engaged.  Click [ ...Continue Reading ]

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August 14, 2020
Zoom! Zoom! from Humble Quilts

It looks like for now Zoom is how most quilt guilds will be meeting. 
I hope it is only temporary. Nothing replaces meeting together in person!

Also, quilts are better in person too!

This is the 2nd quilt I made in a quilt class at the Stitchin' Post in Sisters. 

I even hand quilted it!

I think this is the only label I've ever cross stitched. 
The front of this quilt is showing its 26 year age, but the back is still bright. 
I'm getting a specific lecture ready and need to take good photos. 
The last few ...

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