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September 6, 2019
carolina chain blocks from Making A Lather

Last Friday, I was able to meet with my Friday quilt group. I took my away project which is carolina chain. I was able to get 28 blocks done.  I need over 300. and I have nearly 100 finished.


These are my favorites.

Some of the blocks, are just to use up scraps, but some of them I really like.


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September 5, 2019
Road Trip - Day Three from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


Road trips are exhausting but at least we got to relax yesterday. But not before we had a long day of driving.

The events of the day were organized by Shelly who is a big groupie of the person we were scheduled to meet.  Had a decent breakfast in the hotel lobby and then we were packed in the van and off by 7:30 but not before we located a geocache so we could claim the souvenir for the state of Ohio.

Not going to mention any names, but a couple of our group members weren't too happy ...

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September 3, 2019
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I can't believe it is September already. And it's time for choosing goals for One monthly goal at elm street quilts. This is the month I am going to finally finish On Ringo Lake mystery quilt.....I hope.
After finishing the top last month, I had a few places I needed to flip the sashings. This pesky little guy was nearly in the center of the quilt. Fortunately, he was a lone wolf taunting me, and not part of a series of flipped pieces.



I plan to stay with the mystery quilts, and finish good fortune mystery quilt ...

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September 2, 2019
Weekly update: teal mini, WIP, stash report, and OMG declaration from With Strings Attached


"Where did the summer go?" I join the chorus this September 1.  I did remember to say, "Rabbit rabbit," as I woke up today.  (Here is the origin of the custom.  I learned about it in from a Trixie Belden mystery that I read circa 1963 but only in recent years have I remembered to say the magic words.)






Bright Bouquet is my entry in the 2019 Teal Mini Swap . My swap buddy Lisa received it mid-week. She likes it!   The swap fabric is the teal used in the vase. The design is by Linderella, published in McCall's Quick ...

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August 31, 2019
carolina chain blocks from Making A Lather

Right now, any sewing I do has to be easy and easy to reach. I found these laying next to the machine. I use Carolina chain as an away project, but it just looked like fun, so, I sewed a few blocks. I'd like to say that this is a great scrap buster pattern, but, it barely made a dent.



I've started another snowman for my rug.


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August 26, 2019
one monthly goal finish from Making A Lather

At the beginning of the month, my one monthly goal for August was to get On ringo lake mystery quilt to a top. and to have all the garden party blocks finished and the chaining blocks started.
Here is the top. When I put it together, I discovered that there was a mistake on the center row, and I had to take it apart and redo the sashings in the center row. At this point, I have one more sashing near the center that has to be flipped.


I finished all the garden party blocks, and I cut the strips ...

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August 20, 2019
on ringo lake quilt from Making A Lather


It took a bit of looking to even find my on ringo lake mystery quilt. I wanted to get this quilt to top as my goal for August. I had to really think about what had been done, and, what I still needed to do to get this finished. I counted and found all the blocks I would need. yay


I had all the sashings together in twosies. yay


I had one row started. yay


I even had the corner section together. Of all the Bonnie Hunter mysery quilts, this one was the hardest to understand the assembly instructions. The ...

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August 15, 2019
shoofly from Making A Lather

Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville has announced this year's new leader/ender challenge. If I make the small
4 1/2 inch size, I have a box of bonus hsts that were supposed to be 2 inches but are not. This would be a great place to use them, but, I would have to trim them down to 1 1/2 inches hmmmmm is it worth the effort.


I would also want the 4 hsts to match


The rest of the block was cute and easy to make.





I am not thinking this is the way I want to make ...

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August 9, 2019
garden party from Making A Lather

I am so close to finishing the 100 garden party blocks. I have a few minutes each day to sew. I made kits with these blocks so they are easy to just grab and sew a few.



I am getting stronger each day, but the hardest part of recovery are the limitations- no bending, twisting, squatting, lifting. I wish I had prepared my sewing room for the limitations. Much of what I would want to work on is off limits. While my husband is home taking care of me, we spend a little time each day, trying to move a ...

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August 2, 2019
clean and organized from Making A Lather

My first thought when I saw this was, why hadn't I thought of this. Then I realized the "real" me was already thinking, this is a good reason not to finish anything.


After the glow of finishing a quilt, and I enter the sewing room again for the first time after, I wonder what kind of mad woman has been in my room? Is there any way the "real" me could turn into the tidy me? But, I did just finish En Provence, so I will give it a try.

I have sewn a few more Bonnie Hunter garden ...

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July 24, 2019
carolina chain from Making A Lather

Surgery on my back went well. I am still down more than I am up. I have to find the balance of pain meds that controls the pain, but, not so much that I sleep all the time. But, I am healing. Thank you for all the good wishes and comments. They were such an encouragement.

I am so close to finishing my garden party blocks, that I thought I would decide what project I would want to take with me as an away project.
This box has 2 Bonnie hunter quilts in it. Carolina Chain and midnight flight. I ...

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July 21, 2019
allietare 2015 from Making A Lather


I am scheduling this post ahead, and hoping I am recovering well from surgery. I am really excited to have finished this quilt.This is the 2015 quiltville mystery quilt allietare. I had the top together before it was set aside. I did add borders. This is Bonnie Hunter's 14th mystery and my 15th finished. I have 3 more to go to have all the mystery quilts done. I really hope that I have them done before the next mystery is released in November.



I really like the colors.




This is part of my finish a long goals and ...

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July 16, 2019
tiny tuesday from Making A Lather

I needed to get back to making my tiny Tuesday blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. I am a "tiny"  bit behind. haha I have finished May and orange. I have 3 for June and blue yet to do.



I have a snowman finished for my rug hooking. I don't know why I am dragging my feet on this rug. The snowmen are adorable and they are easy to hook.


I am getting very close to having all the garden party blocks sewn. I will need to cut 1 1/2 inch strips for the chain blocks.



Tomorrow is ...

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July 12, 2019
finish along goals from Making A Lather

I finished 4 quilts for the 2019 finish along in the second quarter. I have plenty of goals leftover for the third quarter.  I will be having back surgery in the next week, so I don't know how much that will effect my sewing and blogging or for how long.
I am working on the binding for allietare, and, I have sugar mountain ready to put on the long arm.


I have a few more garden party blocks, and


another batch of 50 -4 patches for sand castles.


My list for the 3rd quarter:
1.wiggle time
2. allietare ...

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July 9, 2019
how I kit projects from Making A Lather

I had a comment from rebecca grace

Those little blocks are darling! How do you prep those garden blocks to make them portable? Do you have all the fabrics selected and cut out for each block in a baggie, or an assortment of cut strips that you work from, selecting what works together as you go? I would like to do better with portable sewing but I struggle with having something ready to go as I walk out the door. 


I really liked this question. It might be a very long answer. It all begins with a mess of scraps ...

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July 8, 2019
mess of sewing from Making A Lather

I have 3 projects going to the left of my sewing machine- liberty ( actual project), 4 patches for sand castles, and blossom time. I use the 4 patches as leader/ enders, but, sometimes, I just want to stick a tulip in while I am working on the liberty quilt. If I keep it nearby, It is easy to feed it through in between other projects.


I have more garden party blocks from my Friday sew group. Rebecca asked how I kitted these blocks as an away project. I will probably explain that tomorrow or Wednesday.





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July 2, 2019
4 patches from Making A Lather

I've made another 50 four patches -only 212 to go. These are for sand castles quilt in Bonnie Hunters book. I have the string piecing done, and I am slowly building four patches as leader/ enders.



I have been moving my batik fabrics to the new bookcases. I had more than I thought. I suspected that about all my fabric, which is why I needed more/better storage.



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chameleon color linky

Oh scrap

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June 28, 2019
allietare and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

Earlier this month, I posted my goals for one monthly goal at Elm street quilts.

My one monthly goal for June
I wanted to:
1. Finish smith mountain morning - done


2. move allietare along- done
I cut and trimmed the outside of allietare, and I added the gold inner border. I like pressing the borders and noticing all the bits of fabric that I used. The red with black crows was/is one of my favorite Debbie Mumm prints.


I added a black outer border, and it is on the long arm ready to quilt.



3. make swap blocks - done ...

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June 25, 2019
garden party and liberty from Making A Lather

I have added more garden party blocks  (quiltville) to my project box. This is an easy block to take with me when I quilt away from home.


I have more liberty sewing finished. I am sewing the motifs together in sections. That way I can finish the 2 1/2 inch squares needed  to frame each one. And, if I read the directions right, It will go together oddly - not in rows.


I am not really paying any attention to keeping the fabrics separated. I am just sewing them together on a whim.



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June 21, 2019
smith mountain morning finish from Making A Lather

My silly hubby, He found a cut up shirt sleeve and put it on my smith mountain morning quilt and informed me He had put the sleeve on my quilt for me since I hate to do it. lol


We had a lovely day to photo the quilt outdoors.




This will be part of my finish along finishes. and my one monthly goal for June. It seems that it has taken forever to finish. I took a class with Bonnie Hunter in Lafayette Indiana in October 2013. It is included in her book scraps and shirttails 2. I had all ...

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