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November 20, 2017
patriotic quilt start from Making A Lather

I've had a chance to start the patriotic boxy star quilt. despite the bleeding issues here and the holiday busyness, I like them. Boxy stars is a free pattern at

 I have several ready for the sew and flip corners. When I am done I should have 160 bonus 2 inch triangles to use in another project.

In between, I have been sewing 1/2 square triangles for Holy Toledo quilt that I started a while ago and discovered I had not cut enough triangles to finish.

I am linking to:
Making Monday  link in sidebar ...

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November 16, 2017
borders from Making A Lather

It is all ready for borders. I had to really give myself a talking to get it this far. I love it, but I just don't want to sew it. En Provence with civil war fabrics...

I have been working on my Poppy rug/pillow
 I don't like the background that I bought. I think it is too dark. you can see it between the leaves and the flower at the bottom. So I am thinking I will try to dye something a little lighter. But I also need to pick the accent fabric for the piping and ...

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November 1, 2017
a new goal from Making A Lather

A new month and time for a new goal. Halloween came and went. We had no trick or treaters. sigh... I don't even have any pictures of my Grandchildren. sigh...

But the big news is published about the new mystery quilt with Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. 

My one monthly goal for November will be to piece the blocks for my EnProvence in civil war colors.Given the changing seasons, and the Thanksgiving holiday, I am hoping to get the top pieced but not quilted.
I have some un sewing to do first, since I added the wrong color of ...

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October 30, 2017
calling it done for October from Making A Lather

I feel like I have been working on these blocks forever, but it's only been a month. I started with 2 blocks finished and now I have 56. I will set them 7 x 8. I have all of the 125 string pieced sashings pieced, trimmed, and de papered. I have 50 of 72 cornerstones paper pieced. I really made a great start on this quilt. I'd like to think I will keep going, but if not I have it on the list for 2018. So I have met my goal for One monthly Goal OCtober.

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October 27, 2017
More cheddar blocks from Making A Lather

I have really concentrated on the cheddar sampler quilt, trying to get 56 blocks made by the end of the month. I have nearly 50, so it is still doable.This block took a little studying to decide how to approach it. Mostly, I am going by picture. I know that if there are 2 columns the blocks are 3 1/2, if there are 3 columns the blocks are 2 1/2 ,and if there are 4 columns the blocks are 1 1/2.
This is called mosaic

I spent one day making a block, making a pass on ...

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October 26, 2017
my owl rug from Making A Lather

I have mr. owl on my floor frame in the living room, trying to catch a few minutes here and there to hook a little. It is the right season since He is sitting on a pumpkin. Every owl in the workshop had a different personality. Every stitch angled by a different hand created a different result.


looking left?
 not sure?

funny funny owls.

still trying to make cheddar sampler blocks. Flock of geese
 and a few glitter blocks

I am linking (links in the sidebar) to:
needle and thread thursdays
oh scrap

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October 21, 2017
blocks and circles from Making A Lather

Someone asked about my scrappy circles rug. It began as an excuse to use leftover wool strips that were accumulating. I draw circles with 3 different sized jar lids and just fill in with what ever I can think to do without agonizing over the choices. The largest circle is 3 or 3 1/2 inches across.It is colorful and fun, and I just love it. It has become a bit too big to take with me anywhere and can almost pull a stand frame over, so I have been planning to use a small quilting frame and sew ...

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October 19, 2017
our take on the lake from Making A Lather

we sure did enjoy our time at lake Erie. The weather was perfect and the sound of birds and waves was very peaceful. It was an interesting change in our other water explorations.

It has taken a little while to get back into the swing of things at home. I did have a few minutes to work on some glitter blocks and a few cheddar sampler blocks.

This one is called union square. The half square triangles finish at 1 inch.

I am linking (links in the sidebar) to:
needle and thread thursdays
oh scrap

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October 18, 2017
en provence wrong from Making A Lather

Remember  when I was crabby about teaching a "friend" to make glitter blocks here, and I said I will suffer for being judgy. yep I sewed these En provence blocks (quiltville.) with the wrong color of tri recs units. And I had made 6. sigh... I had forgotten that there were 2 different colors and I grabbed the first ones I saw in the box. So I have had some unpicking to do.

you know, I just didn't like it that way, and I wish had stopped and checked.

 now we are back on track

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October 15, 2017
Jodi’s Grand Illusion from Quilted Joy

There must have been something in the water because this is two Bonnie Hunter quilts in a row from my customers!

Grand Illusion Quilt

Jodi’s quilt, called Grand Illusion, was one of Bonnie’s mystery quilts a couple of years ago. There are so many tiny pieces in this quilt. It’s obvious Jodi put a lot of time and love into this quilt.

Grand Illusion Quilt

When Jodi dropped off her quilt we talked about the different quilting options. There is so much energy in the piecing that no matter how I quilted it, the quilting wouldn’t show very much. But she wanted ...

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October 11, 2017
more cheddar blocks from Making A Lather

Most of the blocks I am making I found on the barrister's block. or Quiltville

More about how I am doing the cheddar sampler can be found here. and here.
 Papa's birds
 dutchman's puzzle
I have half of the blocks made that I want to get done for the sampler. So far they have not been beyond my capabilities.

We are off to big rug hooking retreat where if nothing else, I will start 2 new projects, and I am very excited.
I prepped these Marie Webster blocks to have something to do in the car ...

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October 4, 2017
One monthly goal from Making A Lather

I have wanted to make this quilt since Bonnie Hunter shared it on her Quiltville blog. I spent time looking for my perfect version of cheddar, and even bought a whole bolt when I found it. I think the reason it has not happened yet, is the idea that it is a sampler and each block has to be done individually. I am a chain piecing lover, so when I have time for a new project, I reach for a project that requires 400 of something and power sew them.
But I haven't lost my desire to make this ...

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October 2, 2017
mini churndash from Making A Lather

It seems once I start down a rabbit hole, I travel for a long while. From my 1 1/2 in strip bin, I have been cutting and making mini churndashes. I could use smaller pieces but have decided it isn't worth the time to square up strings and match crumb pieces. I have enough fabric I can "waste" a bit using the bigger strips that I already have ( thanks to the scrap user system )and trim down.

At first, I was cutting the sizes I need and sewing them little. It was fun, but my fingers are not ...

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September 30, 2017
is cheddar orange? from Making A Lather

offering a bit of orange and blue and pink for the rainbow scrap challenge. The month is ending and with it the orange for the month of September. This quilt is almost a finish, it just needs borders, etc. This is Double Delight a free Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt at Quiltville.

We had an adventure to a fall market.
My hubby grabbed this fork and mentioned it might be big enough for our youngest son. who inhales food.

 What I liked about these pumpkins was that the tops were just gathered together and sisal was wrapped around them to hold ...

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September 29, 2017
en provence quilt from Making A Lather

My one monthly Goal is finished, and just in the nick of time. Here is Bonnie Hunter's En Provence, a mystery quilt from last year. I think this is the quickest I have finished a mystery quilt. Recently, I finished Old Tobacco road mystery from 2008. So I am grateful this is done. I used Bonnie's colors, and size. I didn't buy any fabric for this quilt, it all came from my stash.

Since the September project is done, I can spend a few days cleaning tables, and scraps, and work a little on my just for ...

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September 27, 2017
double delight from Making A Lather

I found the box of my Double Delight project in the ufo closet.  Again, all the pieces are there, all I need to do is start laying out the rows. I am challenged when it comes to on point settings. I really need to arrange and rearrange before I start to sew. And still I might find a setting triangle turned wrong. This was Bonnie Hunter's 3rd mystery quilt, so it needs to get finished. I love the colors and the scrappy fabrics.

Again, I am in no hurry and plan to use this as my away project at ...

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September 25, 2017
grandpas star too from Making A Lather

all the Grandpas star blocks are finished, and 1, 280 half square triangles are gone. I didn't have to make a single half square triangle for these blocks. They were the "bonus" triangles from flip and sew corners of other quilt projects. I had already sewed them at that time. More about this here and here

Those silly ends that have to be trimmed, and the wastebasket had walked off on vacation.

I have more glitter blocks finished.

I didn't get my stash report blogged yesterday.
There was really no change, so I wasn't as motivated to ...

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September 23, 2017
domino ufo projects from Making A Lather

Have you noticed there is not enough time to do all you want to do? I have a problem with liking everything I see. I finished all 8 cutting garden blocks in orange for the rainbow scrap challenge. I already have a long list of rainbow projects for next year, thanks to all the inspiration I found visiting other rainbow scrappers.

I have a batch of nearly finished projects. Once the first domino falls they will all tumble down. That is certainly a fun part of quilting or anything.

more borders for the spirit of Christmas

the leader ender project ...

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September 22, 2017
Grandpas star from Making A Lather

I have yet another long time ufo in a project box. This is a wonderful quilt to use all the bonus triangles that I have been accumulating. And the blocks are really fun to make. And when I do the final pressing, it is just so fun to see what it became. I have some very old 1/2 square triangles that finish at 2 inches.

When I first started making Bonnie Hunter quilts, the blocks were more kitchen sink type blocks. Bonnie has refined her scrappy approach to a more color controlled scrappy style. So my bonus triangles, are ...

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September 18, 2017
rows of pinning from Making A Lather

It is time to start the rows of Carolina Crossroads quilt. This part is a little tedious since I do better if I pin intersections and they are only 1 inch apart. That is a lot of pinning. I think what I will do is pin a row while I am watching tv in the evening and then sew it in the morning and then repeat.

It is always easy to put the first 2 rows together because they are short.

I have put this together as a leader/ ender while I worked on glitter blocks. I can make at ...

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