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June 15, 2018
Christmas lights from Making A Lather

I have had a terrible time with my back lately. I haven't wanted to do much of anything. I visited a chiropractor and I think she was a little too rough. I am sure a little time will heal this. I have had scoliosis most of my life, but it has gotten worse.

 I did have a finish. This is my version of Christmas Lights mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville. It was a 3 part series in Quiltmaker magazine January 2009. It is her 5th mystery and my 10th mystery finish. There are 5 more mysteries to ...

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June 4, 2018
My June goals from Making A Lather

The next quiltville mystery quilt I need to finish is Christmas lights from 2009 quiltmaker magazine.
I need to add borders and quilt it to finish it. I am making this my June One monthly goal.


I think I see a border choice in the box and will know when I really dig back into the project.


I want to revisit stella Cyranna and my snow project from the first part of the year as part of my one monthly goal as well. Last month, my goal was to open stella and read about it, and that is all I ...

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May 28, 2018
a double delight from Making A Lather

At the end, of what was a very quick month, I have finished all my goals for one monthly goals. Where this month went, I don't know. sigh...
I saved most of the finishing for the last minute so I am pleased I even finished.
This is the 4th quiltville mystery quilt double delight. It is still a free mystery on Bonnie Hunter's blog. Published in January 2009.
I love the colors and how the pink four patches create a grid around the block.


On Mondays, Jo of Jo's Country junction has a string challenge. She wants ...

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May 8, 2018
Jodi’s Celtic Solstice from Quilted Joy

Double wedding band quilts are not the only quilt with circles out there. If you are looking for a pattern that has that large circle motif in it, you might want to look at Bonnie Hunter’s Celtic Solstice quilt. Jodi made one that I quilted for her, and it looks amazing!

Jodi asked Angela Huffman to quilt her gorgeous Celtic Solstice quilt with a beautiful floral and feathery quilting design.

This amazing quilt is hard to describe and still do it justice. The overall look of the quilt is the classic orange peel design consisting of large concentric circles in a grid that’s on point to the quilt.

Jodi asked Angela Huffman to quilt her gorgeous Celtic Solstice quilt with a beautiful floral and feathery quilting design.

The grid is made up of four patched squares ...

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shirts from Making A Lather

I have accumulated a box of shirt scraps, mostly yokes and plackets from cutting them. I put them aside and fold the rest of the shirt pieces. I decided one evening, while watching TV with my hubby that I would just sit and cut them into useable pieces. Then, I decided I might as well cut for a quilt. And the mess began. 


I wanted to cut for rectangle wrangle from scraps and shirttails. I needed 480 2 1/2 x 10 inches rectangles. Doing it this way made sure that I was cutting a variety of shirt fabrics, but ...

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May 7, 2018
quilt border fears from Making A Lather

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On Mondays, Jo of Jo's Country junction has a string challenge. She wants to finish all the string quilts in Bonnie Hunter's String fling book before her next book is published ( Dec 2018). I checked my quiltville projects to see if and what I wanted to do as part of the challenge. I decided to finish all the mystery quilts. I have them all started except maybe one ( orca bay). For May, I hope to finish 2 of them. This is double delight, and I have been working on the borders. I have become a little more ...

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April 30, 2018
April goals finished from Making A Lather

The first part of my one monthly goal was completed earlier in the month. I finished a quiltville mystery quilt called Carolina crossroads.


Now I am working on Double delight for the mystery finish challenge that I am doing along with Jo's Country junction's string challenge. I have the first border cut and ready to sew. Once I finish the swap blocks, I will have a little more finishing focus.

My second one monthly goal was to quilt my civil war Christmas quilt. It has blocked the longarm for 2 weeks as I couldn't decide how to ...

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April 22, 2018
Texas Tumbleweed, Nebraska Breeze, progress with MQ'ing from Elaine Adair Pieces

Finally, after 3 years in NO progress, I'm getting this D O N E!   This is a free design by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.com.  I've renamed my version, "Nebraska Breeze."

Several gals on an e-mail list asked for photos of machine quilting designs, but my photos would not load properly there, so, here they are.  These designs are casual, large floppy plumey motifs, with a few surprises (missteps!) along the way.  My thread is a soft green.


Backing fabric - what a great find!  Some artist did the work and I was lucky enough to have chosen the ...

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April 13, 2018
Carolina Crossroads finish from Making A Lather

Carolina Crossroads is finished.
This was the first Quiltville mystery in 2007. I didn't join in until a couple years later.
The colors are brighter than they seem on my monitor. The blues are batiks.



I used a sheet on the back and a squooshed swirl to quilt it.

This was one of my April goals for One monthly goal. If I finish the mystery quilts in order, I have 2008 Orange Crush and 2008 old tobacco road finished. The next one to do is Double Delight from 2009.
I have 7 finished and the rest have been started ...

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March 28, 2018
little fabric friends from Making A Lather

Jingle bell square is officially cut, boxed, labeled and sent to the project shelves. This quilt pattern can be found here


remember these little darlings? I just couldn't wait to get started.


My drawer of 1 1/2 inch strips


and cutting began. I am making 2 of every block so that I can swap with my friend Lucy. For one block, I need a 1 1/2 inch strip at least 7 1/2 inches. But I may play around later with smaller pieces that can be combined with others.


I love cutting for a scrap quilt, visiting ...

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March 26, 2018
carolina crossroads borders from Making A Lather

I have progress on my quiltville mystery challenge. I have added the blue borders to Carolina Crossroads. I used a special hint from Jo Kramer of Jo's country junction to measure by draping the top over the longarm frame bars. Wow! It sure saved my back, and was very easy, and I felt like I was doing a good job. I have improved my relationship with borders before through practice, but this is wonderful for me. I might even say I like adding borders.....I might


I have cut the green and gold, and neutrals for Holiday Party. As ...

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March 23, 2018
lazy sunday finish from Making A Lather


Lazy Sunday is now a quilt to be used and loved. I am so excited.





I added this quilt to my plan in March 2013 when rumors leaked there would be a Bonnie Hunter mystery in the quiltmaker magazine.  I grabbed my colors in May. In June I started cutting and piecing  and had all the blocks done in July. I didn't start assembling the top until Jan 2014.  I had all the borders finished in March of 2014. So it is fun that it was my March goal to finish it this year. I had a few road ...

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March 19, 2018
progress from Making A Lather

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I am following along with Jo of Jo's country junction and her string challenge. I am doing my own version, but with quiltville mystery quilts. I have been working on lazy Sunday for the month of March. I began thinking I would have this done very quickly, but it has met a few road blocks. I finished the quilting this weekend, and I am ready for some evening time hand sewing the binding for a finish.


I had a chance to add a little more stitching to snow days. After the churn dash was added I could add ...

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March 12, 2018
more snow days blocks from Making A Lather

I haven't had energy to work on any mystery quilts this week, but I had some stitching time  and worked on the tree in between these two blocks of snow days. I nearly have the top row all ready, and part of the bottom row.



I have cut more Christmas fabric for jingle bell square from quiltville's addicted to scraps book. I am afraid I cut enough to make two. lol Each block takes 2 matching fabrics and 4 in the hour glass block and I am afraid I switched the two numbers in my head while ...

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March 5, 2018
March goals from Making A Lather

I want to spend March, as part of my one monthly goal working, on my marie webster  quilt again. It needs more hand stitching. I have 4 blocks finished, and I need 12.





I want to do the quilting on my lazy sunday quilt which was a quiltville mystery quilt in Quiltmaker magazine in 2013. This is also part of my mystery quilt challenge that I am doing as part of Jos Country junction challenge


I am linking to:


Making Monday  link in sidebar
main Crush Monday   link in sidebar

show and tell ...

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February 27, 2018
planet quilt from Making A Lather


I finished the planet quilt with time to spare. how exciting!


I couldn't find anything I liked to make a border. I wanted to make it bigger, but I just couldn't like anything I tried. I had enough 2 inch strips left to do a small border if I did it scrappy. I like it. And it is done and ready to be gifted to my Grandson.
What I am really excited about is that I really thought the purchase through before adding yet another project to the list. I was convinced I would get to it, but ...

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February 23, 2018
easy street from Making A Lather

Easy street is finished. I really like it too. This was the 2012 quiltville mystery quilt. I love the colors. I had most of it finished during the mystery, and have just worked on it here and there since then. This year, I made it my one monthly goal during February to actually quilt and bind it. There are 2520 pieces. and used 23 1/2 yards of fabric. I am one quilt closer to my goal of finishing all quiltville mystery quilts.


I needed my Friday group to help hold it up for pictures. We meet at the library ...

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February 21, 2018
Snow blocks from Making A Lather

I spent my time at small group cutting blocks for my snow days quilt by Crab apple Hill


I made quite a mess. I cut strips and then I cut pieces. I needed 15 martha washington blocks 5- 6 inch - 5 -9 inch 5- 12 inch


I did get 2 of them sewn together in the 6 inch size.


I have reached into the darkest recesses of Christmas scraps ( and the attic) and have been cutting the rails for jingle bell square a quiltville pattern. My table is a scrappy Christmas mess, but some oldies and uglies are going to ...

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February 20, 2018
easy street binding from Making A Lather

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I am stitching the binding on my Easy street quilt. This is part of my quiltville mystery quilt challenge of finishing along with Jo's string challenge before the next quiltville  publication. I hopefully will have it ready to show by the end of the week.


I have it in my head to sort, declutter, and pack away Christmas fabric. I have 3 quilts I am cutting while I go through my tubs.
I have a predominantly red and white quilt called peppermint candy.

Jingle bell square from Quiltville addicted to scraps


and a bargello.

I am hoping to ...

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February 16, 2018
Snow Days quilt from Making A Lather

I have been anxious to dig around and start more blocks for my snow quilt which is on my one monthly goal list for February.  I needed a 12 inch block.


and a 9 inch block


 Next I need several Martha Washington blocks in 6 inch, 9 inch, and 12 inch. These are going slowly, as each one has different fabrics and different sizes. I added a new batik in the center of the big block. Ooo very pretty.

I have easy street on the longarm. Easy street is a mystery quit from quiltville.




I am linking to:
Finished ...

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