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September 18, 2017
rows of pinning from Making A Lather

It is time to start the rows of Carolina Crossroads quilt. This part is a little tedious since I do better if I pin intersections and they are only 1 inch apart. That is a lot of pinning. I think what I will do is pin a row while I am watching tv in the evening and then sew it in the morning and then repeat.

It is always easy to put the first 2 rows together because they are short.

I have put this together as a leader/ ender while I worked on glitter blocks. I can make at ...

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September 16, 2017
pineapple blossom orange from Making A Lather

Last month's color for rainbow scrap challenge was not a color I needed for my two ongoing rainbow quilts, so it was good to get them out again and work on them.
Ready for the final round on the pineapple blossoms - quiltville

I am making rows of 5 so the orange row is ready to assemble

There was a little purple going on in the sewing room this week too.

2 sides of the quiltville leader/ender challenge are attached. The bucket of hourglass units is nearly empty. So there is an end to this quilt. The plan didn ...

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September 15, 2017
webbing the top from Making A Lather

I know I have shown this as a finish, but Old Tobacco Road is taking a turn on the bed, and it just makes me smile. I love the scrappy pinwheels. I think when a quilt takes so long to finish, it is even more surprising when it is done. The scraps are a memory of a while ago. And when a quilt goes into time out, it is forgotten. And so is all the frustration that was part of the learning and the repetitiveness of the piecing. I have noticed that while I do the finishing, I actually think ...

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September 14, 2017
Carolina crossroads progress from Making A Lather

I have been making star blocks for Carolina Crossroads quilt -- quiltville.
I have also had a chance to make the setting triangles and corner pieces since this quilt is set on point.

I am anxious to see this quilt begin to come together.
There are a lot of 1/12 inch pieces in this quilt. I have mostly put it together as a leader ender project in between other projects.

I was hoping to use a bunch of green scraps, but it didn't make a dent.

I  am prepping today for an endoscopy tomorrow, my funny husband left me ...

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September 13, 2017
blocks en provence from Making A Lather

I have been sewing En Provence blocks - a quiltville mystery from last year. There are many pieces in each block and 16 blocks. I am very happy with how well the blocks are piecing. I planned on trimming them, but very few needed any attention.

 The sashing strips are going to create a secondary star pattern - pretty exciting

 I try to make at least one glitter - Jen Kingwell block a day, because they are just fun. I don't want to focus on them just yet, so just a block or two keeps it going.

And in between en provence ...

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September 8, 2017
en provence block from Making A Lather

One block finished for En Provence
There are 76 pieces in this block! I am so glad that we piece this by type of block ahead of time. And all I have to do is put the blocks together now. For some reason, I can't find how big this quilt will be finished, and I am worried it won't be big enough for our bed. Which would mean I have to make more parts and pieces. What a fun design! And all just common traditional blocks.

I have finished the center of Aunt Mary's Irish chain quilt ...

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September 4, 2017
En Provence monthly goal from Making A Lather

My one monthly goal and Ufo for September is to work on my Bonnie Hunter En Provence quilt from her mystery last year.

I have all my pieces ready to sew together. And I have been very patient waiting for the month that this would be my goal. I actually have 2 versions of this quilt to this point. This one is in the colorway Bonnie suggested, and I have one in civil war fabrics. But I want to get this one to the flimsy stage this month. I have so enjoyed all the versions I have seen posted.
Every ...

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September 2, 2017
Orange you glad it is orange from Making A Lather

September's rainbow scrap challenge color is orange. Hooray. I can use the color as an excuse to finish some long over due projects.
I finished orange noses on my towel for a Christmas present.

 I need an orange back on a hooked pillow with an orange piped edge.

I can clean out my scrap drawer.

And orange will play an important part in a donation quilt

 For string Saturday, I am still trimming string blocks for dawn's early light, a Bonnie Hunter Quiltville pattern.

I am linking to
 SewCan She
rsc17 super saturday

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August 29, 2017
Summer Sewing Part 3: Retreat! String Piecing and More from Patchwork Sampler Blog

In March I received an email saying I got into the Jo’s Country Junction retreat with Bonnie Hunter. I was beyond excited!  When the retreat projects were announced, the excitement waned just a bit. One was String Spiderweb.  I know Bonnie does a lot of string piecing, but it is one of my least favorite techniques.  It’s just too messy and tedious. Lou Ann’s Quilt Garden and Retreat Center in Oelwein, Iowa hosted the event at their lovely retreat center. The venue is great with a big sewing area and accommodations in “apartments” upstairs. Even better, it ...

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August 28, 2017
Summer Sewing Part 2: Wedding Quilts from Patchwork Sampler Blog

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It seems like summer is for weddings so that means wedding quilts.  Two of our nephews got married this summer and I made wedding quilts for both of them.  It was fun to pick fabrics and designs for each couple and the quilts looked quite different. I love having a wide variety of fabric in my stash and did not have to buy anything for either quilt top.

The first quilt was for Justin and Itzel.  Their home is decorated in soft blues and grays so I used those colors in their quilt.  The pattern is Nova ...

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August 26, 2017
snow days in August from Making A Lather

I need 4 -6 inch blocks for my snow days quilt. I am trying to keep them very low contrast with blues and browns and lots of creamy colors.
The 6 inch size uses flying geese that finish at 1 x 2. So cute....

1 1/2 inch squares for the sew and flip corners.

Now, I will need the same block in 9 inches.

I am the official gopher for the house painting project, My job is to sit and wait for the master painter to need something and get it for him. It saves him wear and tear ...

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August 25, 2017
odds and ends from Making A Lather

This week we have had 4 doctor visits. Nothing major, just time to check on a few things, but what a time sucker that has been. So, I have made a little progress each day on several projects.

The last of the green beans...

And a try at dill pickles... This year has been the best year for cucumbers. We have zillions of them. Don't you wonder why some years are better than other years for different veggies in the garden?

I made 12 saw tooth star blocks for civil war Christmas quilt

More box kite blocks - I can ...

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August 24, 2017
ufos progress is slow from Making A Lather

I have all 100 9 patches ready for Carolina Crossroads, and I am ready to piece some of the blocks.

 I have a few more box kite blocks

And I started the purple row for the hourglass leader/ ender challenge.
I have made one more block for my snow days

midweek makers
Jo's Country Junction UFO
Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

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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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