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August 18, 2017
mystery solved from Making A Lather

I had the quilting finished before we took off for Sauder rug hooking, so I worked on the binding in the car and motel. A finish. Old tobacco road is a free pattern at quiltville. Bonnie shared this pattern as a mystery quilt in 2008.  The wind last night makes picture taking a challenge. If I continue finishing her mystery quilts, I think Double delight is next. I am pretty sure, all it needs is a backing, binding and quilting.







I shared yesterday some pictures of rugs from the Sauder rug hooking week. We had a wonderful time getting away ...

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August 14, 2017
Old tobacco road quilt from Making A Lather


I have decided to finish this old Ufo a little bit each day. Old Tobacco Road was the third mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville and is still a free pattern on her website. I had the top together and the border pieces made. I just tend to stop at borders... for years. The first order of business was to trim the sides.


 Then I measured and measured for the inner border. In the case of a pieced border, it takes a bit of math to figure the width of the inner border to bring the top size up ...

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August 5, 2017
pineapple blossoms rows from Making A Lather


Pineapple blossom quilt ( bonnie hunter pattern)


I've spent a little time putting these rows together. I need orange and then I can finish. All of these blocks were made in the month of that particular color. This month is cream or mixed backgrounds for the rainbow scrap challenge. This quilt has mostly white on white backgrounds.

My one monthly goal ( snow days) has  a mixed neutral background, and I hope a light look to it. This month color gives me the perfect opportunity to play with it.


I hope to work on string piecing today. It's not like ...

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August 1, 2017
Plenty Plaids, almost a Flimsie Fence Rail from Elaine Adair Pieces

This was  Bonnie Hunter's/Quiltville Leaders and Enders project, a Fence Rail.  Thanks Bonnie!  I tend to sit down and SEW until it's DONE - prefer to NOT drag it out.  There is one more border to go, then I'll bind it in black.  There are parts of MANY shirts in that quilt, and a few strips that refuse to conform.   

It is astonishing how many varieties of Fence Rail Quilts people come up with!

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July 21, 2017
borders from Making A Lather

I can't resist a glitter block or two while I am working. They are just like little mini quilts in and of themselves. This is a Jen Kingwell pattern from Quilt Lovely book.

And since all my box kite ( also Bonnie Hunter) blocks are cut, I enjoy throwing them in as leader/ enders while I am sewing. They are such fun. Since there are 120 blocks, I will be showing them for awhile.

I used my treadle to stitch the border together for Star gazing.I really enjoy the process of treadling. I knew it was not necessary to ...

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Rail Fence, Quiltville Version, and Heat from Elaine Adair Pieces

I saw this scrappy Rail Fence on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville page a few days ago, and thought I'd use my plaid scraps on this version.  So far, so good!  It's kinda "fiddly" but I AM using up bits.  I had to be careful to keep the strips pressed straight.  The black/white holds the design together, doesn't it?  Blocks are 6 inch.  Those black/white checks had me checking my sanity periodically!  LOL

Different subject - I am in western Nebraska - look at the outdoor temp, far right of the thermostat!  Admittedly, it is on the sunny ...

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July 20, 2017
Star gazing from Making A Lather

I have made a little progress on Star gazing ( Bonnie Hunnter - quiltville ) from the book Scraps and shirttails.

  I have 2 or 3 rows to go. I have enough extra blocks to add another row, if I want to recut and sew some sashings. and figure the change to the pieced border. The sashing fabric is really much greener than in the picture. I think what happened was I started this quilt as a the free pattern on Bonnie's site, and I made the number of blocks for that one which doesn't have sashings. Then the book came ...

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July 17, 2017
A Crumby quilt from Making A Lather

I lost all my linkys from the sidebar, and I am slowly trying to find them again. If you have any great ones let me know. I think it has to do with trying to clean up that photobucket thing. How do you make a button? I would love to know.

I finished this crumb quilt over the weekend. The top was done, I just needed to load it on the longarm, quilt and bind it.


I had a little fun with it. I included a spiderweb and snap, crackle, and pop words in the quilting. I used an old ...

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July 5, 2017
Rail fence? from Making A Lather

I needed to cut setting triangles and make 4 patches for month 9 of Mill girls. I think cutting is the most stressful part of a block of the month. There is just so much fabric, and if I make a mistake....


I love the fabric. This is really my first quilt using civil war reproduction fabrics.


Now I can move on to month 10 and the finishing.
 I happened to notice that Bonnie Hunter has announced the new leader/ ender challenge for the next year. She had been hinting for awhile that it would be rail fence. The wise ...

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June 28, 2017
A new template from Making A Lather

I have been working on the borders for Bargain basement ( Bonnie Hunter scraps and shirttails). I was so excited to open a template package and actually use it. And it is nifty.





cutting was a breeze with the creative grids ruler, but sewing took a bit to figure how to hold my mouth to get the points right. I started thinking I would sew in pairs first. Luckily, I didn't get them all done, before I tried putting them together. It is much better to add one at a time so that I could line them up with the ...

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June 26, 2017
orange crush - one monthly goal from Making A Lather

Orange crush is finished. yahoo!!!




I had 2 quilts I wanted to finish for June, Maxine,


and Orange Crush a Bonnie Hunter design. this is a free pattern under the free pattern tab. It was the mystery quilt for 2008
One monthly goal has really helped me to finish quilts this year., which makes me more confident starting new ones that I might finish them.
My small quilting group is planning to start Jen Kingwell's Bring me flowers.



I have done 2 of her patterns- gypsy wife and happy birds, and they were very difficult. I think, instead of ...

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June 22, 2017
bargain basement shirts from Making A Lather

I have been accidentally working on Bonnie Hunter's bargain basement quilt from scraps and shirttails. Accidentally, in that, I have been cutting through scraps, and I ran into a batch of shirt yokes and cuffs and collars. I didn't think I would have enough to cut out the whole bargain basement, but I could make a dent in the cutting. I had enough to make all the 3 1/2 inch rectangles I would need. so any littler pieces went toward any other pieces I would need.

I was in luck when I found, while sorting, several 3 ...

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June 15, 2017
Indiana quilt from Making A Lather

For our guild show, we collaborated on an Indiana quilt to celebrate 200 year anniversary. Here it is finished,The quilt was displayed for the first time at the quilt show. And it will be donated to the Historical society to be hung at the Seiberling Mansion museum. I t is a wonderful collection of quilter's ideas about Indiana. We didn't realize that there were so many block patterns named Indiana puzzle, and all different.









for the back


for my string saturday, I finished 40 neutral 5 inch squares for zuckerwatte ( Bonnie Hunter pattern )



I am linking to ...

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June 13, 2017
the center is finished from Making A Lather


After a million pins, the center top is together. .. every 3 1/2 inches.....


Orange crush is a free pattern on the quiltville website. It was the mystery quilt in 2008. So I started it a while ago....



I love looking at all the fun scraps that I have included in it. This brown print is probably the oldest dated fabric.


I have some Christmas in there

Sewing notions....

Winnie the Pooh
and spongebob square pants.  haha

I am ready to tackle the borders. I have been trying to clean the cutting table and clearing the debris from the last ...

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June 8, 2017
3 more seams from Making A Lather

just three more seams... I am "crushing it" hahaha



Our guild quilt show is this weekend. We are having Marianne Fons for a trunk show and a workshop. I have signed up for both, and I am very excited. I have found an old applique quilt that I want to have appraised or at least see if they know what it is. I thought it was a Marie Webster but alas I was wrong. I took it to the museum in Marion, and they said no, but that it is definitely from the 20s and probably a kit. If you ...

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borders for orange crush from Making A Lather

It's time to work on the border pieces for orange crush, now that I have remade my missing blocks. I spent my time at small quilt group last night making 96 shaded 4 patch. I used my 3 1/2 inch strip bin and my easy angle ruler to cut the big triangles. I die cut the little neutral triangles from 2 inch strips, and took my 2 inch square bucket for the squares in the corner.


I started putting them together in a flying geese manner.And then will begin to piece the border rows.

I cut a ...

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June 6, 2017
Orange Crush lost and found from Making A Lather

Such travail at my house. As I laid out my Orange crush ( one monthly goal ), I realized I had lost 10 blocks all the same. I have no idea at what point they disappeared. Or did I ever really make them. I have no idea where to even start looking. I used a constant in the block and I don't have any of the fabric left. My best guess is that they have been scooped up in a clean up box of scraps.  I assume they are pinned together as I pin in groups of 10.
I was devastated ...

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June 4, 2017
stash report June 4 2017 from Making A Lather

For my String Saturday, I found time to trim these blocks for Zuckerwatte. ( Bonnie Hunter pattern)





All nice and neat


No new fabric entered my house this week! I will do the dance of joy!
I am counting the fabric out for wild and goosey this week - another dance of joy!


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week:18 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 210 3/4 yards
Fabric Added this Week:0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 169 1/4 yards


Net Fabric for 2017:41 1/2 yards more used than added


 I have a ...

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June 3, 2017
yellow maple leaves from Making A Lather

Just in time for the month of yellow and Rainbow scrap challenge in June. I love Irises.

I have 2 blocks ready for the maple leaves quilt.
Otherwise I have been cleaning up the cutting table which involves making a bigger mess.  I had expanded my actual cutting space from 4 square inches to maybe 18 square inches ( I have a BIG cutting table but I end up with just a tiny actual cutting space) And what happens when I see so much open space? I start to cut down scraps and WHAM that space is GONE. I found a ...

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June 1, 2017
Orange Crush from Making A Lather

A new month a new goal.

I have this on the frame - so I want to finish it and bind it.

 and my ufo 2017 and One monthly Goal for the month is Orange Crush from Bonnie Hunter and Quiltville.

I have it partially assembled and all the parts and pieces are ready.

In the same box, I found 2 boxy stars quilts in just the block stage. I won't put them on the list just yet, but maybe I can make some progress on them as well.


Although the Rainbow scrap color for the month of June is ...

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