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February 22, 2021
On Ringo Lake(A Podunk Picnic) Finish from Podunk Pretties

 Finishing a Quiltville Mystery is a major accomplishment in my quilting world.  I don't typically make quilts with so many little pieces.  Bonnie style of quilting is a little bit more classic/traditional than my style.  Every once in awhile it's good to get out of the comfort zone.

The challenge isn't just in the tiny pieces that are for the most part cut individually.  Choosing fabrics for a mystery can be challenging since I almost always change the colors.  Thank goodness she gives us a month to choose fabrics before the first clue is released.  It ...

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February 1, 2021
retreat and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

Our guild had another open sew Saturday. I took what I had done on bonnie Hunter quilt zuckerwatte from her book string fling, and, decided to see how far I could get. With just 20 minutes to spare, I had the center top finished. It was a great boost. I had started at the beginning of January with only string blocks made. I cut a gazillion  HSTS - ( half square triangles ) ... sewn a bunch together, and made  rows. and blocks. 


Now that we have a new month, it is time to refocus on another set of goals. My one monthly goal ...

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January 26, 2021
to do: grassy creek 5 from Making A Lather

I need to keep going on grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville. I made the first part of clue #5 at retreat. I just need to make flying geese and the clue will be done.

my grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville

clue 1 clue 2 clue 3 Clue 4 A Clue 4 B

clue 5 A

clue 6

clue 7

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January 21, 2021
Making Changes to On Podunk Pond Quilt from Podunk Pretties

 One of the great things about quilting is there's more than one way to do just about anything. If you don't like making half square triangles by cutting and sewing two triangles together you have other options.  There's techniques to make two at a time, four at a time, eight at a time and rolls of paper for making oodles at a time.   The unit below is for the inset border triangle of my version of Bonnie Hunters quilt pattern On Ringo Lake.  The pattern calls for these units to be oversized and trimmed down after piecing ...

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January 18, 2021
grassy creek 4 and my project box from Making A Lather

It took some time, but, grassy creek mystery quilt at quiltville part #4 is done. I was pleased with how the pieces fit together, but, after ironing, I am wondering if they are a little wonky. Time will tell.

As part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy, I am working on pink ufos, I have finished  two love pillowcases and a flannel donation quilt. I am nearly done with flannel quilt #2, so I indulged with choosing another pink ufo - zuckerwaite from Bonnie Hunter book string fling. All I have finished are the string blocks. I made them ...

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January 11, 2021
more grassy creek mystery from Making A Lather

Last week, I had the parts cut and 3 sewn for clue #3 of the quiltville grassy creek mystery quilt. I finished sewing all of clue 3.

I had a chance to cut for part #4. I cut and cut, and cut........ and repeat.

almost there

I only had time to sew a few quarter squares, and, then, added them to clue #3 on just one set. I find it takes a lot more time to cut matching and then sew in matching sets. I already find I was not mindful enough of matching the neutrals. And they fit and ...

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January 4, 2021
Progress with Leaders and Enders from Podunk Pretties

Hello Happy Quilters!  Come on in and join me in doing a little happy dance.  I can't tell you how happy it makes me to have finally mastered the leaders and enders method.  This method of piecing 2 quilts at once has been around for many years but Bonnie Hunter is the one who brought it to life.  She has written 2 books just for this method.  You can find them here in her shop.  

 I was hoping to share a video made by Bonnie about this method but she hasn't made a short video tutorial about leaders ...

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grassy creek mystery from Making A Lather

I have been completely engrossed in organizing my quilting goals for this year, that, I completely forgot about quiltville's mystery grassy creek. I didn't even remember to go get the clues during the holidays. If I hadn't stumbled upon the bag of fabric, I might have forgotten completely. So, I quickly, cut the parts for clue 3. I use the word quickly sarcastically. I really dislike the matchy matchy in sets parts. 

I used an accuquilt die that I have had for awhile, but, never opened. That seemed fortuitous. And, it had 4 pieces to cut at ...

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December 15, 2020
to do: clean cutting table from Making A Lather

I had a big milestone yesterday - I added the finished in 2021 tab to the top of the page. I felt hopeful. Not that I can't add one last quilt to 2020.

I think I need to spend the rest of this year cleaning up from all the projects this year, and, try to get a bit more organized for next year. First, I need to reclaim my cutting table. I find, that I will travel around the house to cut, since the cutting table is a mess. It's embarrassing, but, I am sure it will be fun ...

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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. 

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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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July 10, 2020
unity clue 4 from Making A Lather

It started out pleasant enough, clue 4 for unity mystery quilt, required a lot of cutting. I like to cut.

The quilt needed a lot of HSTs. I like chain piecing.

But, this is when it gets dicey. Apparently, everything needed trimmed. I don't like trimming, so, I didn't. I started making the blocks, nine patch style, and they looked fine, until, I trimmed the whole blocks. I started making the rows, and, I was losing 60 % of the points. Drat. I couldn't live with that. I decided to take all the blocks apart. I realized that ...

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June 10, 2020
frolic is a top? from Making A Lather

The top for quiltville frolic mystery quilt is finished as per the pattern. And, I was ready to quilt it. I realized, if I add borders, it would be bigger for a bed.
I didn't plan on going bigger, but, it seems an off - size this way.
It stalls until I make a decision.

When I took to quilting in earnest, borders were my least favorite part of the process. I left many almost finished quilts in the ufo pile to avoid borders. I had to decide how to fix that problem. It wasn't easy, but, I can ...

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May 26, 2020
to do unity finish from Making A Lather

I'm pretty excited to finish the 3rd clue for the unity mystery quilt. It took forever. And it was top of my to do list for last week.

we have been doing outdoor work, and we are feeling our age. With both hubby and I having bad backs for so long, we have let too much go. Hopefully, this summer, we can play catch up with the outdoors.

Unity mystery quilt is a quiltville mystery / quilt along by Bonnie Hunter.
clue 1
clue 2 A
clue 2 B
clue 3 A

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May 18, 2020
unity quilt 3 from Making A Lather

I tried to make progress on the unity mystery quilt last week. I have all the pieces cut, sewn and the stars sewn together. They are so cute, but, it seemed to take forever to make them. The reveal for old country mystery quilt came out and I really want to work on that. We have been outside more and I have been quilting on the longarm.

The flying geese were the littlest I have ever made. It was important to make sure the red was on the right and aqua on the left.

Did I mention they are very ...

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May 11, 2020
unity 2 finish from Making A Lather

Once I had all the pieces cut and sewn, It was finally time to make the rows for the unity mystery quilt. I have not done a medallion quilt before, and, I am sure it requires that the pieces fit for each round. It is a different approach for a mystery than Bonnie Hunter has done before now. So, at this point, I am a little worried about my piecing.

On the plus side, this was not the 800 pieces I am used to in a Bonnie quilt. It went quickly. And, tada, it fit nicely. It feels like a ...

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May 4, 2020
unity 2 from Making A Lather

Using my scrap user's system 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles,

and, my 2 inch squares, I was able to start work on clue 2 of the quiltville unity mystery.

I have all the pieces and parts ready to build the next row. The pieces are little, but, since we are still in the center of the quilt, it needs to be smaller. I am behind, but I am not in a hurry. It has been a cold Spring, but still beautiful and welcome. I am spending more time outside as the mowing falls to me as my ...

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April 27, 2020
unity mystery start from Making A Lather

I'm not so sure why it took me so long to start unity mystery quilt. I knew I would have everything I needed, and I liked what I was seeing online.
I have a box of 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch scrap rectangles and a box of the smaller size - 2 x 3 1/2.

I was able to pull all I need in the right colors from those boxes. I have a drawer of 2 inch squares and 2 1/2 inch squares. I did need to cut the aqua, because, I just don't ...

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April 8, 2020
this and that from Making A Lather

I am working on a customer quilt to pass the time. I really like her colors.

I have the border pieces done for frolic mystery quilt. I just have to get brave enough to cut/trim the edges to add the borders

And I have made more shoofly blocks. Working with tiny scraps has been therapeutic, but I also realize, I don't need any "real" fabric. I could make a million quilts with just tiny little scraps and never see the end of them.

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April 2, 2020
A new goal from Making A Lather

It's time for choosing my goals for the month of April and the one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I had it assembled here in January.
I did not work on my basket quilt last two months. I want to add the borders and get it quilted. I am not sure how to quilt this yet.

I have this quilt - Sparkle punch that has been in the "to be quilted" pile for a few years. I think it is time to move it to the finished pile. The top is done, but, I need the back, and binding ...

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