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March 27, 2020
blossom time from Making A Lather

I find it difficult to blog these days. Not because I don't have the time, but, because there is nothing remotely interesting to share. I have a project shelf loaded with ufos, And way too much fabric to ever use in a lifetime. But, I am fiddling with cutting little pieces of scrap fabrics into useable pieces, a handful at a time. These are a few blocks that are the results of that. These are blossom time from Bonnie Hunter and quiltmaker.





We are spending too much time watching TV. We found mentalist on prime and have been watching ...

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Happy Scrappy Houses Quilt Top Finished! from The Quilt Yarn

The House quilt top is finished. Took a bit longer than anticipated as I made it very scrappy indeed and underestimated the amount of time it would take to cut the scraps to the required size. But what a beauty!

This is a free pattern over at Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville site. My quilt comes out at 56in x 67in, a nice size for the sofa. It's one of the older patterns that I did see when I first started quilting and recently re-discovered. Definitely is a pattern that 'eats' up a lot of scraps, but will take some ...

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March 23, 2020
Testing Times from The Quilt Yarn

More and more restrictions in place across Australia.

I spent most of the weekend watching the news and quilting. Finally got around to something I had been wanting to do for a long time...and that is, sewing my batting leftovers together. I did chuck a lot lot out about 2 months ago, but again have quite a selection of leftovers. I seem to keep everything!

I could use batting tape which I have used before, however that would be a bit expensive. This is only to be used for the many practice sandwiches that I do. Just to give ...

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March 20, 2020
shoofly box from Making A Lather

I went to Sam's club Tuesday for, of all things, prunes. I was pretty sure they are not flying off the shelve and I would find some. I stopped at Aldi's first looking for prunes, and, found to my surprise, fresh produce and some canned fruit and vegetables, but, no prunes. It takes awhile after surgery to  - you need prunes.
I found them at Sam's, and I found this great plastic storage container begging to come home with me. It didn't have a fever so I brought it home.
Each container in the set of 4 ...

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March 17, 2020
more triangles to do from Making A Lather

Just as I was running out of triangles for shoofly, I found this cute little gifted pack of triangles.


I sewed and sewed ...


And then I started trimming to 1 1/2 inch.


Last week's to do:
1. go home from the hospital - done
2. rainbow row by row in teal - some progress
3. border pieces for frolic mystery quilt - some progress

Dare I even hope to get something done next week? Staying home is my normal, so it doesn't seem like a burden yet. Jeff was supposed to stay in for 2 weeks anyway.

next week's ...

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March 16, 2020
hazel's scraps from Making A Lather

I'm afraid I have lost my ability to chat and sew. I pretty much have a determined to get through this face right now. Hubby is recovering, and needs a bit of attention, and, I am tired most of the time. It isn't easy "resting". I am grateful for the timing of his back surgery. It gives us something to do, while we are hearing the news. If his surgery had been any later, It wouldn't have happened. Elective surgeries have been cancelled.

I had a friend from guild give a scrap bag to me. It was ...

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March 6, 2020
frolic top from Making A Lather

I spent an afternoon at Church as the second person for teaching a young boy having trouble with school. My job was easy. Just be there as a back up. I decided I would bring my sewing machine, and, take advantage of a floor to layout the rest of my frolic mystery quilt.
By mid afternoon, all the parts were sewn and I had 2 halves left to put together.


Before I went home, I had the top together this far. All that is left are the borders.



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March 5, 2020
this and that from Making A Lather

My hubby has back surgery Monday. We are in a daze, and, I haven't really been sewing much. I have finished a few more little things. I have a a few shoofly blocks which is a leader/ ender challenge at Quiltville. I am doing the same size as Bonnie which finishes at 4 1/2 inches. So far, I have not cut any triangles for this, but have used leftover triangles I have in a bucket.


I did quick count, and have 40 blocks.


I had a little snowman next on my snowman rug. He is cuter in person ...

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March 2, 2020
one monthly goal and frolic from Making A Lather

It was so nice yesterday, we took a walk in the park. There was just a little bit of snow left under the fallen tree. Spring is close I can feel it.


Friday group I had a chance to layout  frolic and make the center row and the smaller one before it. It is all downhill from here. There is a lot of pinning and matching. It was more fun to sit and pin when in the company of other quilter friends. With every row, I like it better.


This is part of my one monthly goal for March. I ...

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March 1, 2020
062 Oklahoma Backroads Update from Silly Goose Quilts

I'm still plodding along with the Oklahoma Backroads quilt I've been working on.  

As with all Bonnie Hunter quilts, there's many seams to wrangle and they always seem to take longer than I hoped.  Which is fine, just makes my to do list grow and grow.

I've done all the blocks, and I placed them on the design wall to see if they work.




I think they do.  But some of my points are just abysmal.  I'm hoping they'll get lost in the quilting.

I do my very best at quilting, and yet I ...

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February 28, 2020
sand castle finish from Making A Lather

I am not getting the comments in my email. I wonder if blogger is having a problem. I am sorry if I am not responding to comments. I think I may have fixed it.

I started sand castles early last year and have tried to stick to it until it is finished. It was a massive project to cut and sew 3648 pieces and a bunch of strings together, and, more importantly, to keep me on the same project.



It finishes at 80 x 80 and used 20 1/4 yards of fabric.

Funny story: Cleaning up around my treadle ...

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February 27, 2020
florabunda again from Making A Lather

Warning: this project is not anywhere on my goal list for the year. I was just straightening the project area.
Last week I shared florabunda quilt, and wanted to decide if I should finish the blocks and put it away for awhile, or just put it away. I had pieces cut, and, I was at least 4 blocks short of a quilt. While I was counting and figuring, my head said - all the pieces are cut, just...... sew a few.
Next thing I know, I have 52. Well, that doesn't make a layout for a quilt. If I cut ...

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February 26, 2020
Weekly update: Frolic is almost a flimsy from With Strings Attached

Blocks + sashing + setting blocks + corner blocks.   The assembly wasn't hard -- all the units fit together nicely -- but it was fiddly.

I will add this post to the OMG February link up when the time comes.  Linking up to Elm Street's OMG Finish here 

What I strive for in a super-scrappy design like this is to have no-two-fabrics-touching, particularly in the really obvious places (like the blue parts of the flying geese that surround the stars).  I wasn't completely successful when it came to the small rectangles in the sashing. If you notice them then you are looking ...

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Frolic Mystery Quilt from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 3

I'm still working on my Frolic Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. I shared previous progress in Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts. 
I was concerned I wouldn't have enough of the green for sashing, but after I cut a few strips of the black I discovered I had just enough.
I'm always challenged by blocks set on point. Not only is there the problem with keeping things from shifting because everything is on the bias, particularly along the edges, but it just takes longer to piece than blocks in rows and columns ...

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February 25, 2020
to do shoofly from Making A Lather

My hubby's heart catheritization went well - no blockages. But, it was a long day. There were 2 emergency hearts that were the high priority, so we did a lot of waiting. The prceedure was 15 minutes, but we were there from 10:30 am to 9:30 pm. Now, we wait to see if the back surgery will be rescheduled. My mind has been a little absent lately. I was grateful for the fun little bits of machine time I have had. It does soothe the soul. I have a few new shoofly blocks.


And the pile is growing ...

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February 24, 2020
frolic rows from Making A Lather

My husband was scheduled to have back surgery today, but his cardiologist wanted to do a heart cath first, so the back surgery was cancelled. What a disappointment. But, we will still be visiting the hospital for the heart cath, and see what road that takes us down.

Friday group met, and I worked a little bit on rows for frolic mystery quilt. There is a lot of pinning involved in piecing these together.


And, there was no mention in the directions about joining the sashings together with the navy 1 1/2 inch square we cut earlier in clue ...

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Vintage Four-Patch from Becca's Crazy Projects

This is what my cutting table looks like most of the time. I move on to the next project and leave a pile of leftovers to put away later. This slows down some of my creativity, but not enough to keep me from doing it again. I had a bunch of strips and squares leftover from my Star Storm Quilt. I decided to trim down some of those leftovers to make some simple four-patch in four-patch blocks.
First, I made a bunch of smaller (4.5" by 4.5") 4-patch units.
Then I joined some to make bigger blocks (8 ...

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February 23, 2020
Scrap Project from The Quilt Yarn

I am determined to make a dent in my scrap accumulation. It's just ridiculous how much I have got stuffed away all over the place.

So, I am working on these houses. It's a free Bonnie Hunter pattern called "Happy Scrappy Houses". Certainly not a super quick way to use up scraps, however it is effective once you get going. This is how far I got in the last few days.

I experimented a bit with the surrounds of the houses as Bonnie had given alternative measurements to do those houses without the sashings. Decided in the end ...

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February 20, 2020
florabunda from Making A Lather

It has been awhile since I have had this project out to work on making progress. Since it had been so long, I was planning to send it to the project closet and ufo official status. But, I wanted to see where I stand and maybe make notes.



I have 44 blocks finished and need at least 48, but, I have more cut. I'm afraid if I put it away, I won't remember how I want to make the quilt. Florabunda is a free pattern on quiltville.

I am linking to:
needle and threa ...

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February 19, 2020
Scrap Project from The Quilt Yarn

Well, it's finally happened...I ran out of room!

Went to Ikea and bought a chest of draws to house most of my 'good' stash.  This was a bit handy as it also serves as a place for the little TV that I have in the sewing room.

As one does, I started to go through some of the other stuff that I seem to have stashed away in all sorts of containers in various places. Found an entire project from leftover blocks from a quilt made some years ago. This could be handy as a practice piece to ...

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