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May 19, 2017
wonky wishes top from Making A Lather

Lots of great suggestions for bordering wild and goosey- thank you so much, but I am still just staring at it.

During my hangout with my daughter, I was able to complete the sewing for wonky wishes. Bonnie Hunter didn't use a border, so I won't. It is ready to be prepared for quilting. I can't believe it is done. There is supposed to be agonizing over borders, right? This wasn't even on the list for this month.

I found this buried in a scrap box. I think I will add it to my already long ...

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May 10, 2017
An evening with Bonnie Hunter from Sew Preeti Quilts

Beaming with Bonnie

On Monday, I attended a lecture and trunk show by Bonnie Hunter.  To be able to fully understand my fascination for Bonnie we have to go back to Homeful.


I made Homeful in 2015 and shared the link to the blogpost on my Facebook page. That is when a magical thing happened. Bonnie Hunter saw my Homeful quilt. She loved it and shared the link on her Quiltville FB page.

But I had NO IDEA!!!

My friends on Missouri Star Quilting Forum noticed it and started a thread. ...

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April 27, 2017
garlic knots from Making A Lather

I have been anxious to start something new. I had a small batch of scraps that needed to be cut down into useable sizes, so I started cutting for garlic knots a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her quiltville store. The next thing I knew 2 inch strips were flying everywhere, and I had cut the all the colors and most of the neutrals. See that little shoe box of pieces? how can that be a whole quilt?
How can that ever make a dent in the scraps? Oh, I will keep trying. Still it is sooo cute.

When it grows ...

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April 22, 2017
Wishes from Making A Lather

I am making progress on my wonky wishes quilt, a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I was tired of the mess of my 2 1/2 inch squares, and wanted them gone. I had 11 more to make to finish the squares, how hard can that be. That hasn't helped the mess any.

I have 6 more finished.

and several webbed together. I am getting rid of a lot of ugly squares and those that don't have a specific place on the color wheel.
I am thinking I will call Saturdays  " String Saturday", and any time I get to sew ...

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April 21, 2017
Happy birds border from Making A Lather

I have added the third border to Happy Birds quilt. The more I finish, the more I like it. The third row included 96 one inch hexagons. I glue basted them around the cardboard EPP and then pressed them. I hand stitched up a row on the right side and as I came back down the row on the left side, I took the paper out of the hexagons. I had ironed the vertical center as a guideline for placement.

It was time to pack up a few of the 2 1/2 inch squares that has escaped their box ...

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February 15, 2017
Bonnie fan from Making A Lather

I consider myself a Bonnie Hunter fan - I discovered her blog in 2008 and I attended my first workshop in 2009. I am just one of many faceless followers. I'm not so sure what appealed to me the most in the beginning. But I was pretty excited about using recycled shirts. I had and still have a problem with the leader/ ender idea of creating an extra quilt, since I worked that way anyway, only on finishing the quilt I was working on at the time.
I am definitely more traditional than modern, only in that I don't ...

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February 13, 2017
Moving Forward from Making A Lather

Thanks to the quiltathon weekend, all my border units for midnight flight are finished.

as a matter of fact, all my units are pieced. hooray. There are a gobzillion pieces I have put together a little at a time as an away from home sewing project.
Now it is time to retire this quilt from active duty and find another no brain sewing project to take to my small quilt groups. But I have 576 bonus triangles from midnight flight in purple or blue and neutral  that will be the seeds for scrap crystals. I need 684. that shouldn't ...

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February 11, 2017
Quiltathon day 3 from Making A Lather

Quiltathon day 3 Judys at Patchwork times.

I sewed with some of my quilting friends.

I have all the February RSC 17 blocks finished for the pineapple blossom quilt. (  free Bonnie Hunter pattern) I have a start on the 1/2 square triangles for the border.
I made another garden leaf

I am laying out American Beauty rose. I just have to be brave and iron them down. sigh....

We sew at the library, and we discovered this new display made by school children. It's a real light fixture made from 1275 recycled water bottles. They were hand painted ...

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February 10, 2017
quiltathon day 2 from Making A Lather

Judy at Patchwork Times quiltathon day 2 for me. I sewed a few flowers for American Beauty Rose, and I am ready to start laying them on the block. This part has me intimidated.

As a diversion from having to take the next step on Rose, I made some leaves for the Rainbow scrap challenge. At the last minute, last month, I decided to add 2 new quilt starts to the challenge. Maple Leaves and Cutting Garden. so I still have last months leaves to make. I need 9 of them.

I spent some time sewing cheddar onto my midnight ...

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February 9, 2017
Meet Walter! from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

This is what giving up looks like...

Scrappy Baby Quilt - Quiltville Lozenges

I've tried on two separate occasions to free motion quilt this little baby quilt and both times, I ran into trouble. Whenever I try to curve the stitching, the tip of my needle catches in the fabric. Even though I'm using the same machine, and foot, and thread, and batting, and bobbins, I've used successfully a hundred or more other times, it won't work.

The quilt top has already been sitting since January of 2016 and I don't have any idea when I'll be able to free ...

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February 1, 2017
American Beauty Rose from Making A Lather

An actual blue sky. I haven't seen that in weeks. Hooray

Judy of Patchwork times has drawn a new UFO number # 9  and mine is American Beauty Rose, a Marie Webster reproduction quilt. I am very excited to get started on this. I bought it last summer.
It uses quiltsmart interfacing. Which made it look doable for me. But I am sure it will still be a challenge. All I have done is buy the fabric, but I put it on the ufo list because I didn't want it to become lost forever in the black hole project ...

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January 27, 2017
OMG: En Provence is q/b/l * from With Strings Attached

*quilted, bound, and labeled

My One Monthly Goal for January was to assemble En Provence, the 2016 mystery quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter.  Not only did I assemble it, but I also pieced the back, took it to the longarmer and picked it up a week later. I've now bound and labeled it. I've also pinned on a hanging sleeve so that I can display it at tomorrow's AAUW Networking Luncheon.

93 x 93 -- a big quilt
 Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the AAUW Fund   ("The AAUW Fund incubates and grows  highly successful, community-based, mission-driven programs ...

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guild from Making A Lather

It was a hand knit sock day, I could tell I needed the wool.

We had our guild meeting at a new place with an auditorium. And we have a new president. Every president works hard, but this one is very organized, should be an interesting year, especially since this is a quilt show year.

I spent 4 years as a workshop chairman for my guild, and I had a different quilt each month. I had a great group of quilters who attended most of them. For two years, I had 2 workshops a month, one using precuts. That is ...

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January 18, 2017
cleaning time from Making A Lather

Just as I was about to finish my hourglasses for En Provence, I ran out of bobbin. And there were no more that were prewound. Ugh

I prewind about 5 or 6 bobbins at a time. That way, when there aren't any more, I know it is time for a good cleaning and oiling. My Juki requires a daily dose of vitamin oil. But when the bobbins are gone, it's time to do a better job.

that wasn't too bad, I actually like the cleaning part. I don't like winding bobbins. It seems they have a ...

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January 16, 2017
just a few rectangles from Making A Lather

I have a new computer. My daughter and her husband helped me shop for it, set it up, and are willing to be my techies. I am making a big jump from Mac to PC. I didn't think I would ever go to PC again, but the price point at this point in my life makes it worth trying. I am still trying to transfer all my stuff from my mac. My goal is to transfer something everyday, even if it is just one picture. :) Wish me luck learning new techie stuff at my age.

I have slowly, but ...

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January 9, 2017
Weekly update: En Provence, with a detour from With Strings Attached

Bonnie released the layout for En Provence, the 2016 mystery quilt, on New Year's Day. Was that really just a week ago?  The pattern has 697 units and it took most of this week's sewing time to put them together.  I added a 1.5" strip around the perimeter to stabilize the edges. I love the design and the colorway!

Assembling this was my OMG for January so I'm way ahead of schedule!

The back will be pieced. Here is some of the fabric I'm considering.

And the detour?   I didn't use the design wall ...

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dotty bow ties from Making A Lather

Still trying to clean up enough to find my tumbler borders, I found this box of dotty bow ties. There were still some that had been cut and started, so I finished them and counted. I have 207 finished. I think it is time to decide on a setting and start the assembly. I will be using an alternate square of fabric. Bonnie Hunter's cheddar bow ties finished at 90 x 90. I don't think I want this that big. It has a more modern feel in color,and there will be a lot of white, so more ...

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January 8, 2017
I love a quiltathon day 4 from Making A Lather

I was very good this week and resisted alot of temptation at Missourri Star Quilt Co. I have been sick and it has been bitterly cold, so I really wanted to order something, but didn't. Go me.
I've cut alot of fabric this week, but I am waiting to count it when the projects are finished.

Fabric Used this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Used year to Date:  108 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 2 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 2 yards
Net Fabric for 2017: 106 yards used

While my daughter was here, I grabbed 2 boxes ...

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January 3, 2017
En Provence triangles from Making A Lather

I had a few minutes here and there to cut Clue #5 for the bright En Provence quilt. I even had them chain sewed.
But we have a nasty cold /flu thing. My Grandchildren are pitiful, and both Grandpa and I are quick to catch it too.

I am linking to:
Fiber Tuesday
Fabric Tuesday
Free Motion by the River

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January 2, 2017
Catching Color from Making A Lather

Judy, from patchwork times, has drawn the number 3 for our UFO challenge. My number 3 is my tumbler quilt from 2015 leader/ender challenge at Quiltville. The top is pieced and I am adding a row of yellow tumblers to the top and bottom and then a yellow matching border all around.

Seems simple enough to finish, just borders and quilting.

But, with company over the holidays and the washing of some quilts, that had not been previously washed, there was color bleeding. So far, 4 of them.sigh....  I am not happy. I hate putting all that work ...

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