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September 18, 2021
orange tiny houses from Making A Lather

I have orange tiny houses for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I may have 2 rounds of oranges in the box already. But every year the scraps are different. And, it will take forever to make enough tiny houses  to make a quilt.

I found a box of leftover pieces from Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt frolic, and decided to put the HSTS together as pinwheels. I have them next to the sewing machine and I use them as leader/enders until they are gone. 


I am off to guild open sew today and a jelly roll ...

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September 17, 2021
sea swept blocks together from Making A Lather

I have all the sections together for sea swept. I am leaving it out on the couch so I can keep walking by and checking for a block turned wrong. I think I am going to do a piano key border. which is better than noticing after it is quilted.  Our guild is having a jelly roll race this Saturday and I will use my jelly roll for the borders. Maybe I will win the race LOL

I went to a rug hooking event this last Saturday, and I found some old quilts on tables that were very interesting, and ...

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September 13, 2021
more snails trails from Making A Lather

I really believe my creative process has helped me throughout my life to provide for my family and to give me the confidence I needed to face struggles. I am so grateful for great role models and teachers. I love learning new skills and information. It makes life an adventure. I hope you all get your sew on or whatever you enjoy doing.

I have the last sections of sea swept together. I can start to see it as a quilt. I need to join sections and see what it looks like in my fabrics. I am very excited.

I ...

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September 6, 2021
chain upside down from Making A Lather

Something is not right here. I was pinning the next three rows from the bottom of Carolina chain and it didn't look right. I was watching TV so, it must have been a great show, that I bungled the direction of the rows. haha

I knew I was working from the bottom, but, I pinned as though it was from the top. Then, the angles of the setting triangles were off and the lengths were wrong. Such a rookie mistake. Back to the book and diagram and another round of pinning, sewing, and it was finally together.

Jumping back ...

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September 1, 2021
slow as snails from Making A Lather

I discovered, after a recount, I was 3 blocks short for sea swept quilt. Oddly enough, there were 3 block starts in the extras box.  All I had to do was finish them. And then, I could relax and piece the middle section together.

I have the middle and the top sections finished

I found this project buried near my sewing machine. I don't remember the plan I had for it, but, I am thinking a dsp 9 patch with solid colors and white and black, maybe.

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August 28, 2021
triangles from Making A Lather

I have a new infusion of scrap triangles to work with in the future. My Friday group donated these lovely scraps to me and there are many aqua and teals in the bunch. That will have to do this week for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.


The bag on the right is from my Linda friend's sea swept quilt which is done, which I quilted last week, while I am still piecing mine.

Otherwise, I am making little bits as I get bored with the bigger bits of piecing.

wedding ring

go fish

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August 27, 2021
more carolina chaining from Making A Lather

I did the top 5 rows of carolina chain earlier. and now, I have assembled the bottom 5 rows. They are the easiest and shortest so of course, I wanted to do them first.

the setting triangles are dark blue

 I cut Carolina chain in 2017. It is from the the book addicted to scraps by Bonnie Hunter. It was also in the quilltmaker  magazine, June/ July 2010.

I have been using easy breezy 1 1/2 inch squares for the leader/ender project this week. I am having more trouble picking out of a bag of 1 1 ...

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August 23, 2021
snails trails from Making A Lather

Hooray ! I started assembly of my sea swept quilt at my Friday quilt group. The left 4 snails trails are sewn together but, the rest are only webbed together to check and secure placement. It is really cool. I came home, and I am doing some of the pinning watching TV in the evening. 

meanwhile, I am back to sewing easy breezy blocks but using 1 1/2 inch squares and strips as leader/enders while sewing other blocks.

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August 20, 2021
more sea swept from Making A Lather

My finish for the week is all the diamonds for my sea swept quilt are done. They haven't been trimmed in the picture, but, I am ready to start the assembly today at our quilt group. I made 10 a day after coming home, and, I finished trimming yesterday.

I am so glad to move this forward after the debacle of last week and the wrong size diamonds

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August 18, 2021
new shirt project from Making A Lather

 Part of my stress reliever project for retreat was just sewing 4 patches out of shirts. I started with 2 1/2 inch strips in dark and light and sewed  a bunch whenever I needed to destress in between sea swept.

I'd sew strips for awhile, and, then, subcut them and sew four patches. I was doing just dark and light.

I have one pattern that uses these as frames around a center block. I needed 32 for the sides and a larger set for the top and bottom.  I did get the 32 sewn. I have a few ...

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August 16, 2021
sink or swim at retreat from Making A Lather

Oh my - my retreat story. I just couldn't find a project to work on except my sea swept quilt. And I was closing in on finishing all the blocks I would need. But, I thought it would just take a couple of hours. Silly me, thinking I needed another project.  Just as I finished sewing 388 triangles to 97 diamonds, and began to trim them, Someone asked me what I was making. So I showed her my snails trail blocks and how this was the sashing.   And, Oh no,  they were too small for the block. I had chosen ...

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August 14, 2021
crumb stars from Making A Lather

I had fun digging in the scrap bag for aqua crumbs. I knew I wanted to make crumb stars this week and with the color of aqua. Aqua is the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I was able to make 9 centers and then, 9 blocks.

I found all of these crumbs in the crumb and string bins. I had cleaned them all into one place as we prepared for company. I was afraid, if I broke them out of hiding, a mess would ensue. But, I think I outsmarted it.

I am ...

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August 11, 2021
more go fish from Making A Lather

For the go fish leader/ender challenge from quiltville, I have more fishies cut and ready to sew together. I look forward to seeing how they will look. I still have to look at one of them I have done to be sure I get the angles right. I am sure by the time I finish a gazillion hsts, I will get them right through practice.

Such a fun block to make. And I hope to empty my 2 1/2 inch squares bin, too. After I cut them, I can leave them for awhile and still get back to ...

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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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August 6, 2021
crayon quilt top from Making A Lather

It's a top. I made this crayon quilt using the colors of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy last year or the year before. Then, I decided I wanted to make something different for the border, so it took longer than expected.

the grass and the wind were a problem

I found a pretty blue cotton sheet for the back, and made a scrappy binding. Now, it will join its friends in the "to be quilted" closet which is chock a block full. There may need to be a spill over location soon.

I have been sewing hsts ...

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July 31, 2021
last saturday from Making A Lather

 I am working on a more eclectic housing addition for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.

3 1/2 inch

Hubby is recovering well from hip replacement surgery. It helps me realize just how much he does around here while I try to pick up the slack. And the zucchini just keeps coming. LOL

this will be a busy quilt

I am linking to:

My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

tiny houses

postage stamp psp20/21

ice cream

waffle stamp blocks

color blocks quilt along

crumb ...

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July 28, 2021
go fish from Making A Lather

 Time to play with the new leader/ ender from quiltville - fish school. I have some cut, so I have been experimenting with how to use them as a leader/ender. Once the HSTS are sewn, I like to sew both the top row and the bottom row as a unit. And then, I can sew the two rows together at the beginning or ending of a row.

I know there are several ways to lay out the blocks, but, I am not sure what I will do yet. They are enjoyable to make. I am using 2 1/2 inch ...

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July 17, 2021
crumby stars from Making A Lather

I am catching up the crumb star blocks I needed for June and the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I made a few darkish tiny houses.

I am just now making the red exclamation points for May for the full stop quilt that Angela is doing.

I made a few this morning since I was so close

we have had rainy weather for a few days and the weeds are sooo happy. 

I am linking to:

My rainbow projects for 2021 with links:

tiny houses

postage stamp ...

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July 14, 2021
on the go from Making A Lather

 The mint has really done well this year. I have had several versions of mint for years, and, have not done anything with them, except munch on a leaf every now and then. This year, I have started drying them, and making tea with them. I am really enjoying them cold. By now, I don't remember what the names are, I do know, I like the taste of the ones by the rose bush more than the ones in the wash tub. 

I cut them back 2xs a week.

these are the best taste.

I found my on the ...

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July 12, 2021
swept away from Making A Lather

I finished piecing the sea swept cornerstone blocks at Friday quilt group.

And then I had to trim them. I used the studio 180 squared squared to trim them.

And then I counted them - sigh, I am 6 short. hmm- maybe I had the steps backward. haha

But, they are beautiful and I am so pleased.

Sue is back to Friday group after covid. We have missed her.

and I gave Linda her quilt back after quilting it. It was a beauty.

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