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November 15, 2022
going at a snails pace from Making A Lather

Everything here has stopped as we are covid positive. I did play with snail trails again before....


I went into the grocery store Friday morning, early, and, when I came out, I had a surprise. By the end of the day, we had several inches. It was pretty, but, the day before it was nearly 70 degrees.


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September 7, 2022
snails a plenty from Making A Lather

After working on my 5 quilts, even the parts that have languished. It was time out for fun sewing. I am starting another round of snails trail. I need to cut some more, which I find meditative, and then, I get to line up the triangles which is nice and tidy, then, I have the challenge of making the colors turn which is good for mental acuity, then, I get to wind bobbins which is satisfying, then, I get to chain sew which is efficient, then, I get to iron it flat which is just like Christmas morning surprises, then ...

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August 15, 2022
moving projects from Making A Lather

It is time to say - see you later- to an old friend. I am retiring this project to the the UFO closet. I have enough pieces cut, I think, but, all shirts go well together. I was hoping for 80 blocks and I have 52 finished. I need to concentrate on some "other" languishing projects to get a bit of organization and less chaos. I  want to move some projects out of easy to reach areas and spread out my current projects. I keep misplacing parts and pieces and really need to clean up and assess where I am. So ...

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July 20, 2022
snails pace from Making A Lather

I added 2 rounds to these 6 snail trail blocks. All I have to do is open the drawer, and I want to sew more. They are so lovely to work on, and turn out so nice. I may have to stick this project in a box and send it to the UFO closet, if, I want to finish up other projects.... but, what will I do for fun?

round 1

round 2

round 2

Orange juice was on sale last week, so I canned a few pints. We don't drink it much, but there are recipes that call ...

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July 13, 2022
wedding ring blocks from Making A Lather

 I snuck in some sewing of blocks and pieces that are not part of my 5 quilt or rainbow quilting goals. I have a few projects with cut pieces that I like to sew every now and then for fun.

wedding ring




snails trail


We have our first black blackberry. Last year we covered the bush with net, and had a great harvest. I thought why take it off if we will cover it again next year. Now, I know why. Most of the new growth came right through the netting and set berries before we noticed. If we pull ...

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June 27, 2022
Another round from Making A Lather

I only had a few minutes and I pulled out the snail trails blocks to add anther round. minus 1 -  where did that triangle go? silly triangle



The trucks are back. Thousands of GM trucks are filling any empty GM parking lots. Carriers bring them in to Kokomo to store them while they wait for chips. We have what used to be a large factory here, employing 10,000 auto workers. Now, it is a parts plant with 100 workers. So, most of the old
factory remains empty. Every thing was closed in 2008 - 2010. The irony was that the ...

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June 10, 2022
follow the trail from Making A Lather

I thought I was fully loaded on my parts for the snails trail block. I needed some recreational sewing, so I started another round of blocks. I went until I ran out of 1 1/2 inch squares for the center. And, then, I ran out. hmmmm.

I made it this far and discovered another unsorted set of  pieces. I wish I would quilt hiding things from myself. sigh...But, this is a start and so much fun. I like when I play with recycled shirts.


My favorite clematis is about to burst into color. We have had this for ...

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May 20, 2022
snail pace from Making A Lather

I have finished 10 snails trail blocks. It has taken awhile since I only sew these when I need therapeutic sewing. I have been away from the sewing machine for so long, I hoped it would help me get back into the mood. And, it did. But I seem to be busy with other priorities right now.


I am using recycled shirts as fabric for these blocks. I have 33 ready so far.



I have one lonely little easy breezy as a leader/ender, with these blocks.


I made strawberry jam and strawberry pie filling. yummy
I used the low ...

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May 11, 2022
fair and square blocks from Making A Lather

I knew I was going to need more projects to take for our Friday and open sews coming up in April. I decided to dig out Fair and square and see what was next for moving this project along. This has been a puzzle from the beginning

I sewed the string triangles into twosies. I joined the twosies to make blocks.


I added black frames to the blocks.


I thought I was ready to start piecing rows, but the string blocks didn't fit. Back to the instructions -
I needed to trim.


Now, I am ready to make rows.



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April 11, 2022
moving at a snails pace from Making A Lather

I cut a few more pieces for my snails trail and wanted to add them to the blocks I had started last week. I do like making these. this batch looks blue. I just grab a handful of shirt pieces and cut, and, can't wait to add them, so, they are whatever combo I had on hand.



One of my quiilting buddies gifted this vintage top to me. I wonder if anything actually leaves or do we just move it from friend to friend. It has a few open seams and fading, but, we can learn so much from ...

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March 30, 2022
snails trail blocks from Making A Lather

I finished as many blocks as I could with the big pieces that were already cut. I was too lazy to cut more, so I started blocks over again with the smaller pieces.


I really, really like making snail trail. And I really really like using shirt plaids, so, this is a win, win for me. Sometimes I have to sew off the list for my sanity.


What I don't understand is how pieces go rogue on a 'block on board' accuquilt die. I use a whole piece of fabric for each block - up to 4. and I end ...

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February 9, 2022
soothing sewing from Making A Lather

I just needed a little light sewing. It's easy to pick up some of my "growing" projects and just sew. I don't have to look for anything or read the instructions or scratch my head. And my pile "grows". I sure like sewing with shirt material. It feels so nice.

anvil block

more easy breezy blocks

I need goals and plans, but, sometimes I just need some meditation sewing. I enjoy picking up 2 pieces of fabric and sending them through the machine.

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November 26, 2021
checkered past top from Making A Lather

 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Ours was quiet. I did some fabric shopping on line for black friday. But, I sure don't like the shopping in stores on black Friday.

The border is underwhelming, but, it is a finished top. I used all the leftover strips that I had from the 2 1/2 inch checkerboard. This quilt used almost a whole bag of 2 1/2 inch recycled shirt strips. .checkered past  is a free pattern at quilted twins.


I have a back and binding ready to go and it will wait it's turn on ...

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November 24, 2021
recreational sewing from Making A Lather

The more I concentrate on finishes, the more I need recreational sewing in addition. I haven't been in a hurry to finish these 2 projects. They are mostly cut, and all I need to do is sit and sew. They are not part of my goals to finish them yet. Other wedding ring blocks here

wedding ring



More anvil blocks
I am using recycled shirts for this quilt. Anvil

Wishing everyone a grateful and happy thanksgiving

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November 17, 2021
a few snails trails from Making A Lather

I have neglected my sewing projects lately, and I wondered if it was because I need to do a little more recreational sewing. It has to be fun or who wants to do it. Setting goals is still a great idea until it seems like work. SO, I grabbed a bit of my work in progress sewing and made a few snails trail blocks using recycled shirts. I used all the pieces I had cut. It felt good to just sew.


still making easy breezy blocks in 1 1/2 in


We have harvested the last of the hot peppers ...

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