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June 3, 2020
Yellow Ribbon from Jean Swenson

Yellow Ribbon
June 2020

In 2012, I began this journey of making quilts for kids in the foster system and Yellow Ribbon marks my 100th donation quilt. I had inherited a lot of fabric after my Mom passed away, and while I had no urgent need for fabric at that time, as someone dedicated to recycling/reducing/reusing/repurposing, I figured I could put it to use, and ultimately decided I would make quilts to give to foster kids. I always try to incorporate a piece of fabric that was from my Mom, Granny, Mother-in-law Edith, or Aunt Betty, but ...

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more 9 patch from Making A Lather

And then, there were more. I enjoy working on these in the evening while we are watching Tv.

I talked about racing my daughter using 2 1/2 inch strips here. I think I am still ahead of her. But, neither of us is tipping our hand. I decided to throw a few red into the mix. It seems to go quickly when each set makes 2 blocks. I think I am aiming for 42 blocks for a 6 x 7 layout. That would be the equivalent of 63 jelly roll strips. I think Katie let slip, she is using ...

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Dream Big from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 2

Last week I shared the first part of my Dream Big panel. Above, the order I used for the thread changes. I love that I have so many colors of So Fine! from Superior Threads. Options are good.
As I worked each petal I would decide what to do with the next. I looked at panels quilted by other people and realized I really went middle-of-the-road with the quilting. So many others did some pretty intense quilting. My quilting is light in comparison to some. 
I worked on it for several hours but I had to quit for ...

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June 2, 2020
Mini quilt from Espritpatch

The deadline to finish our Mini Series Sew Along blocks was 31st May. There was no script was to make all 8 blocks from the sew-along and finish them in a project by the deadline. specific guidance or projects shared by Alison Glass or Giucy Giuce but just general ideas. The After debating whether to make a cushion cover or a mini quilt, I decided on a mini with the blocks set on point. With the bonus block, I had 9 blocks to be squared to 4.5'. I used a 3/4' turquoise stripe to set the blocks from ...

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WIP Wednesday #446 @TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

If you are Canadian, please share what you're working on this week...we would love to see it. The link-up is open from noon Tuesday (Pacific time) until noon Thursday (Pacific time).

Do you know that you don't have to have a blog to link up? You can use a picture from your Flickr or Instagram accounts. There's a how-to at each of the links above. Edited to add: your Instagram account has to be public for others to see your work! Thanks Kate for flagging that for us.

Please include our button or the URL (http ...

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pink dresden to do from Making A Lather

My oldest ufo is from 1987. My only daughter was born after 2 boys ( and there would be 2 more boys) And I was ready to celebrate pink.  I saw a picture in a magazine ( I wonder where it is hiding), and, I cut pieces with a cardboard template. It was so pretty and feminine looking. But, a third baby leaves you one hand too few. And, it has barely seen the light of day.  I can't find when, but I found a dresden template awhile ago. I cut several, enough to fill a gallon zip lock bag.

I ...

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Quilt Your Own Quilt! Our June Challenge Kick off from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Woohoo! It's time for our June Daily challenges to quilt your own quilt!

If you are reading this in an email, CLICK THE TITLE or the SEE MORE at the end to come to my website to watch my video!

** Fireside chat topics ** 

  • Video is June 1, 2020
  • A kick off to June and Sew Sampler Unboxing!
  • ENTER the GOODIES bag giveaway at the end 
  • Quilt share at the end to show me the panel and your ...

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June 1, 2020
COOL way to do Star points for the Charity sew along Section #9 from Pat Sloan's Blog

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*** Bloom-Topia ***

I love that the stars have scrappy points, now I want to do a whole quilt like that! I've never played around with them that way. SO FUN for busting scraps!

Here is what you'll find below on the 1st and the 15th of each month until we finish:

  • My blocks each week
  • See a mock up of my blocks together
  • My Daily Video
  • My cross stitch progress on the Bloom-topia Cross stitch, the next part is so cute!
  • AT THE END is the link to donate & to download the Bloom-topia patterns.  There is a video too ...

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June goals from Making A Lather

I like the beginning of a month, and a chance to set goals and see them finish.... or just progress. I am not overwhelmed with a month. It is a good time period for me to focus and then, let go if I need to move on to something else.

It's time to finish my double wedding ring. It looks sad here. It has been neglected. I think I have 3 sections to join together and then, the top is done.

I want to quilt a joann block of  the month called countryside cottage. The top and back are ...

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Wedding Quilt #3 For 2020 from Wedding Dress Blue

This is the third wedding quilt I have completed for 2020.  What makes this the year of weddings?


It isn’t fancy, but I hope the new family will enjoy cuddling on the couch.  When I don’t know people super well, and I want to surprise them, a couch quilt is better than a bed quilt.


Scrappy of course.  Using THIS tutorial (Thanks, Cluck Cluck Sew).


It is for a third grade teacher from my school.  May it bring them joy!


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The Envy Quilt from Expect Moore

The Envy Quilt is my latest quilt in the “Ruler of the Month” series. I absolutely LOVE this quilt! It finishes a lovely 68″ x 68″, and uses over a dozen different fabrics – nearly all of them are smaller 1/2 yard and 1/4 yard cuts. So, this is a great quilt to put together […]

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May 31, 2020
NEW PATTERN Fig Leaf and Flowers from Collector with a Needle

Pattern Cover
We are pleased to announce our new appliqué quilt pattern, Fig Leaf and Flowers.

The pattern is a reproduction of a 19th century quilt quilt in our collection.   The quilt finishes at 80" square.  The original quilt is not perfectly aligned by today's standards - but the pattern is!  The outer edge has a bit of a wave - the pattern does not.

For now, it is a digital download only, available on the pattern page here and on our Etsy shop.  It is designed to print on your home printer - no enlargements needed.  The full size pattern includes ...

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Sunday Quilt Inspiration: B I R D S from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

After writing about the birds in our backyard yesterday, I decided that it would be fun to use birds as quilt inspiration, again. Are they beautiful?

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon

The 2017 Audubon Photography Awards Winners

Pretty bird!

Fiery-throated Hummingbird - There are about 338 different species of hummingbirds. There are few other birds that rival the spectacular iridescence of the Fiery-throated Hummingbird. Found only in the cloud forest of Costa Rica and western Panama.

Why Native Plants Are Better for Birds and People | Audubon

And so bird inspired quilts.... 

"Flying Home" quilt in Pam Bono's book (I have this book)

Gradually, In Full Bloom came together with a large vase of cut flowers as the dominant theme. Description from I searched for this on

bird wall quilt; wool felt applique and hand quilting.

The Patchery Menagerie: Student Bird Quilts

Black Birds Quilt Pattern PDF Instant Download modern

paper pieced birds

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stash report May 31, 2020 from Making A Lather

I added this beautiful fat quarter bundle to my stash with a 60% off coupon at bluprint. I thought the colors were rich, and, I always like florals. I don't have a plan for it. I just wanted to pet it.

Stash report  2020

Fabric Used this month: 25 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 149.25 yards

Fabric Added this month: 5  yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 74.75 yards
net fabric: 74.5 yards used more than bought

I sewed at least 15 minutes per day - usually in the mornings

I have another snowman asking to ...

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Let's Get Caught Up, Shall We? from caledonia quilter

Oh, fer crying out loud.  Now Blogger has gone and changed the posting format.  I hope this all comes out the way it usually does...

This started out as a bunch of butterfly blocks from a guild Block Of The Month.  Whoever won the blocks donated them back to the guild.  I thought (?) I had given all the guild donation quilt stuff to the new chair of those projects, but apparently my organizational skills are not what they should be.

I had a cute lilac print in my stash that worked well with the blocks.  I needed to add some ...

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May 30, 2020
Vina’s Star Quilt Pattern from The Cloth Parcel

Our final pattern release for Spring 2020 is Vina’s Star. This is a lonestar quilt that we have wanted to do for years. Diane’s mom, Vina, owned an antique quilt that was very similar to this, but all we have left of it are these photos. We have no idea what happened to the original, […]

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tiny pieces from Making A Lather

I finished 4 tiny wonky stars in green for the rainbow scrap challenge this month. The top left square is a study in a senior moment. As I am webbing the block together in 9 patch style, I get to the bottom right, and, I can't find the last 2 inch white square I need. I look around, knowing I cut 8 squares before I started. where did it go? I cut another one. It wasn't until I pressed the block, that I realized I had used it in the center instead of a green square. LOL

I ...

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May 29, 2020
FRIDAY FUN! JUNE Calendar and Studio tours! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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** June Calendar **

It's ALL about Quilting our own quilts in June. I'll have daily prompts, challenges, and tips!

IN this Post:

  • Quilt your own quilt = the basic stuff you need
  • Download the June Calendar
  • Morning Mug sew along
  • Let's Be Real Studio Tours with my friends!

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template quilt finish from Making A Lather

I started making a quilt using the scrap crazy templates with an idea in my head. The blocks were not difficult, but, I did make a mistake. The fabric needs to be facing the same direction, either right side up or wrong side up, but, not folded together. Some I cut, the right way, but, then I would forget, and cut the wrong way. The hard part was sorting it out. The quilt came to a screeching halt. Every time I would see it, I would shake my head, and, go on to something else. One day, it clicked, I ...

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May 28, 2020
a clean table from Making A Lather

To the left of my sewing machine, I have a nice space, planned for holding a quilt while binding and other work on large quilts. Unfortunately, it is always a great spot for shoving other parts and pieces. I want to do a binding, so it's cleaning time. If I don't, everything will end up on the floor. I am also curious about what has taken up residence.

I found a tray of triangles. I can put those away.

There has to be scrappies - always scraps to be dealt with in any pile. I am trying to use ...

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