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December 7, 2016
Spiderwebs from Making A Lather

My UFOs have languished as I have been working on the En Provence mystery quilt at Quiltville.

Jo from JO's Country junction has asked about spiderweb quilts. I have a couple that I have worked on, off and on. These are not quilts I get in a hurry about making. But slowly, and magically they come together.
I completely pieced this one on my 1920 Singer Red eye treadle. It is in rows waiting to become a top. It is hard to make an orange spiderweb quilt without a few spiders ( get it) and bats.

I was inspired by ...

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December 5, 2016
A new Mystery clue - En Provence from Making A Lather

The Triangle in a square quilt block (aka 'Spikey and Peak') is a good old fashioned quilt block made so much easier over the years with new templates and tools.

Probably for the most accurate piecing, using a paper foundation would be the best.

Cake stand quilts has a great tutorial for using a whole square foundation and adding the wing triangles in a sew and flip method.

If you want to make your own template, this link will help.

I had really good results with Studio 180 V block trimmer when doing celtic solstice. She has you make it ...

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December 2, 2016
Part two from Making A Lather

Part 2 of the mystery  En Provence has been revealed. We need our magenta and neutrals to make our units. So I have a decision to make. The fabric I have enough of, I don't like as well. So do I make my blocks with a mix of what I do like? or use the one I don't like as much? My favorite is the one in the middle. sigh....
I have the go die. But once you go big to the accuquilt studio it is hard to go back to the go size. But 100 units shouldn ...

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December 1, 2016
More 4 patches from Making A Lather

I am sending the snoopy charm squares to Lisa at Traditional Quilter. She has a friend having a baby.

I have finished clue #1 for En Provence.

Now to continue with the civil war color way.
These are the fat quarters I ordered from Whittles, but they don't look very much like civil war.
I like them and I don't think I have enough of the real reproduction fabrics in my stash. sigh...

I am practicing bells for the Christmas program at Church, I am glad the piano does all the real work.
 I am linking to:
Fabric ...

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November 29, 2016
light the world from Making A Lather

Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. This December celebrate His birth by making the world a brighter place. All we have to do is follow Him—His life, His example, and His teachings. In doing so, we can help #LIGHTtheWORLD.

This year, we have an amazing opportunity to share that light by choosing to do the things Jesus Christ did. Every day leading up to Christmas, you can focus on a different Christ-like behavior and serve others using the suggestions ...

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November 28, 2016
Strips and Corn from Making A Lather

After  Thanksgiving company left, I had a chance to sit and sew for the new mystery quilt En Provence. I was a really good girl and only disappeared from the family a few moments to check how my sewing machine was doing.

I found these strip candidates already in my 2 inch strip bin.

Not much there I wanted to use. I think they are too dark - Probably why they are still in the bin. I started cutting...
I cut off different lengths and sewed them together, working on variety. I was afraid it would be boring sewing neutrals together ...

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November 27, 2016
Scrappy hourglasses from Making A Lather

I have had very little time at my machine. I have a few hourglass blocks made for the Bonnie Hunter Leader / Ender challenge. I think my slow Sunday stitching will be a long nap to recover from the joy of Grandchildren visiting.

What is it about boys? and never recognizing a laundry basket? or expanding clothes on the floor?

 Stash report

Fabric Used this Week:  1/2 yards

Fabric Used year to Date: 50 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 150 3/4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 313 3/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2016: 265 3 ...

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November 24, 2016
cathedral stars from Making A Lather

I am racing Terri of Kalico Kat Creations to finish Cathedral Stars into a flimsy. Since I taunted her with the challenge, I have only managed to get it out of the box and partly on the design wall. I had a lot more cleaning to do for Thanksgiving. A lot more. Who is making all these messes? WE are mostly empty nesters. sigh.... If we had a sink by our chairs in the living room, we would be all set.

 Our Thanksgiving menu:
mashed potatoes/ gravy
cream cauliflower
green bean casserole
cranberry relish
relish tray with olive cream ...

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November 21, 2016
Design Wall Monday from Making A Lather

 I have been rescuing old crosstitch from our local goodwill store for some time. I see them as a testament to women's creativity. I did hundreds myself when my children were little. I could decorate my home with works of my own hands. But, the idea that no matter how busy we become, women still can make something beautiful and send creative energy into the world. Now, I prefer to quilt. But when I find these tossed aside at the thrift store, I know how much work has been invested, and I hate seeing them go to the pound ...

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November 18, 2016
Rug Binding from Making A Lather

I have this on the frame to quilt. I hardly remember making it.  I am not really a fan of extensive quilting. I am old school and think the piecing is the part that should take center stage. Still, this a small wall hanging, so I might experiment with rulers. But, it is on the frame...

I have most of the 144 right slant flip and sew rectangles sewn for midnight flight by Bonnie Hunter
I love tinkerbell peeking at me. It is found in this book.
I worked on the binding of my rug. I decided to use a ...

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November 14, 2016
Great Weekend from Making A Lather

I hope everyone had a great weekend - I did. The weather was great, and I played in our church little band performance for the first time ever.  I have never played a band instrument of any kind until 5 weeks ago. All of my children played in band throughout their school years. We have 7 State titles among them. I was so proud of them. My children played  a trumpet, 2 french horns, a flute, and a trombone. Sons 4 and 5 were already recruited for this little band, and they snagged me by saying I could play with my ...

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November 9, 2016
sweet gum, noodles, and progress from Making A Lather

Fall has been very strange weather wise. I haven't really seen the beautiful fall leaves that I am used to and love. It seems, this year, the leaves are green and, then, overnight they fall. My sweet Gum hasn't made up it's mind, and it is November. strange.

For my Grand daughter's 11th birthday I made chicken and noodles, as this seems to be her favorite. Our visit was so much fun, playing games and cuddling. She is a bright spot.

This is an incredible hexie quilt made from 1/4 inch hexies. Oh my!

I ...

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November 4, 2016
Lotion Making from Making A Lather

My Favorite lotion recipe uses mango butter, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and glycerin. It includes citric acid, stearic acid, and emusifying wax.   The recipe is here
The difference between lotion and cream is that lotion has more water than oils and cream has more oils than water.
Generally, a traditional lotion will have water + oils + emulsifiers + preservative.
And water and oil don't mix so
I have a dedicated cheap blender that I use to mix the water and oils.

After I melt the oils and water in the microwave, blending for a few minutes help them get to ...

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October 30, 2016
Mystery fabric from Making A Lather

Bonnie Hunter has released the fabric colors and requirements for this year's mystery quilt. I love the colors. She is calling it En Provence from her trip to France. I quickly found my paint chips at Lowe's and began scrunging through the scrap bins. My husband sent this picture to my quilter daughter.

Magenta is the one constant fabric. The first 2 are my favorite but there isn't enough fabric in either piece. The one on the right has enough but I don't like as well. So I need to decide which is more important to ...

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October 19, 2016
Moth in the window quilt from Making A Lather

With Bonnie Hunter's New Book in my hands, I remembered that I had made my own Moth in the Window Quilt for my son. I had taken Bonnie's Craft U class, and it was one of the quilts that she demonstrated, and I wanted to try it. I was disappointed that there were no quilt instructions in that class setting, so I made up my own settings and sashings and borders. I wish I had known how to do it like the book, but oh well. I used recycled shirt fabric, and I quilted it with baptist fans ...

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October 18, 2016
The book has arrived! from Making A Lather

Finally, It is here.

I ordered the book and tool combo and the tool was back ordered, and I felt like the only Bonnie fan to not have her new book. sigh..
I realize the tool is just a combo of the two rulers I already have and use, but I thought it would be handy to have it in one tool.
The book is a little different than usual, but I think it will work. I was telling my husband, that I am not as interested in making these. Bonnie Hunter has been showing bits and pieces, but keeps ...

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October 12, 2016
UFO from Making A Lather

Time for Jo's Country Junction Bonnie Hunter UFO challenge. I have gotten a few ready for quilting, but there are many more. So, It was time to check the project shelf and boxes. This is in a storage room with a shelf set dedicated to my quilting. There is also a shelf dedicated to my wool for rug hooking. But that is even more embarrassing.

I pulled out one of my boxes and found three Bonnie quilt starts, and the oldest one I was looking to find.  Here is Boxy stars scrappy with all the blocks done. I need ...

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September 30, 2016
Fieflies and color from Making A Lather

I finished cutting the fireflys for fancy forest quilt. I am using cotton and steel fabric.

I like the way Elizabeth Hartman wrote the pattern. There is a big cut in the beginning of the pattern and then a subcut for each animal. If I had to do the whole thing in one sitting, I would not have finished in this century.  I stand to cut and I can sit to trim. My older back complains about cutting. I try not to listen but... How do you prefer to cut?

The firefly is the last critter in the forest - so ...

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August 31, 2016
wild child from Making A Lather

I have finished my Wild Child Quilt, a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book String Fling. Mine is a little different. I don't really like to string piece, but I like to make crumb blocks. I decided to try that in the centers, which made me a happier quilter  Jo Kramer had been making one see hers here, and I caught the bug from her and began by cutting down bigger crumb blocks already in my stash. Once I found the border print, it came together nicely.

My daughter, while visiting, made this little quilt for a baby shower ...

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January 15, 2015
Two More from Scrap Basket

I've been busy trying to become better friends with Fiona, my new Innova. Two more tops have been quilted.

First up is a QOV mystery quilt-along from last summer that Alycia hosted. The quilt was designed by Vicki Welsh. The quilt called for five fabrics but I was determined to use only fabric from my stash. So, here's my scrappy version of the Allegiance quilt along which I'm calling Stars of Valor. It still needs binding.

Also finished, bound and on the guest bed is Winston Ways. This was a Bonnie Hunter class I took at Block ...

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