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October 17, 2021
October Magic from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

 It was a dark Halloween night......in Paula's version of my October Magic pattern.  It is "Spook-tacular"!


I've had the opportunity to watch Paula work on this pattern and watch her painstakingly select all the right fabric for each and every element in the quilt.  She took it to a whole new level, and made an incredible wall hanging to give to her daughter, Molly.


Paula's embellishments add so much to make this scene come to life. 




The wall hanging was artfully machine quilted by Dianne Schweickert from Livermore, CA.  On occasion when I'm ...

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October 4, 2021
Sew;n Wild Oaks September Retreat from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

I don't know where to begin to tell you about the fabulous time we had last week at my Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat.  It started with these beautiful rolls of Farmer's Daughter fabrics by Pam Buda for Marcus Fabrics.  This was the start of the first giveaway.

The following pictures are of the "tablemates".  Everyone got along so well and were so supportive of each other.



I could do about 6 more posts to include all of the images of the beautiful projects we saw during the four day retreat.



The longest distance anyone traveled ...

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September 27, 2021
Let The Fun Begin! from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

 Hello Everyone,

Yesterday, the quilters migrated north to Snowflake Lodge in Arnold, CA for the beginning of my second Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat of the year.



Many of the girls will walk around Snowflake Lake when they decide to take a quilting break.  As an added bonus, I provide the bear bells!


Set up began between 2-4 yesterday afternoon.  Many of the girls cranked up their machines, and the quilting began.


I have a little store available for some retail therapy.  Many thanks to Julie and Debbie for helping out with the set-up.  It takes a village to pull ...

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September 6, 2021
August Retreat Part 2 from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,


I have so many pictures to post from the retreat that I don't know where to start.  Here is Cindy's beautiful stack of blocks for Grammy Squares.


By Wednesday, Cindy finished making all of the blocks and started sewing them together.  This is absolute gorgeous!

In between visiting with other quilters throughout the day, everyone kept quite busy.


We also ate quite a bit throughout the day.


We could eat in the bar area.....

Or we could eat out on the deck.  You can just barely see Snowflake Lake in the background.



We did enjoy our ...

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Heading For the Border(s) from From the Strawberry Patch...

My late summer obsession has been pulling out all of those accumulated blocks-of-the-month from years past and setting them together. I got a border on this one (L) just this past week. A sweet off-white marbled fabric was special ordered (with fingers crossed) to border up and surround these six year old blocks and rein them in, success(!); it blended perfectly with the background fabric from

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Heading For the Border(s) from From the Strawberry Patch...

My late summer obsession has been pulling out all of those accumulated blocks-of-the-month from years past and setting them together. I got a border on this one (L) just this past week. A sweet off-white marbled fabric was special ordered (with fingers crossed) to border up and surround these six year old blocks and rein them in, success(!); it blended perfectly with the background fabric from

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August 28, 2021
August - Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat from Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting Blog

Hello Everyone,

I've been enjoying myself so much over the past few days at my very own Sew'n Wild Oaks Retreat at Snowflake Lodge in Arnold, California.  I made new friends, and reconnected with so many other friends that I haven't seen in two years. Here I am standing next to a wall hanging that Barbara and Lynnette made for me two years ago.  I think it looks just like me!


We jump started the retreat by setting up on Sunday, August 22nd.  That way we could hit the ground running Monday morning at 8am and got ...

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August 20, 2021
more sea swept from Making A Lather

My finish for the week is all the diamonds for my sea swept quilt are done. They haven't been trimmed in the picture, but, I am ready to start the assembly today at our quilt group. I made 10 a day after coming home, and, I finished trimming yesterday.





I am so glad to move this forward after the debacle of last week and the wrong size diamonds

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August 18, 2021
new shirt project from Making A Lather

 Part of my stress reliever project for retreat was just sewing 4 patches out of shirts. I started with 2 1/2 inch strips in dark and light and sewed  a bunch whenever I needed to destress in between sea swept.


I'd sew strips for awhile, and, then, subcut them and sew four patches. I was doing just dark and light.


I have one pattern that uses these as frames around a center block. I needed 32 for the sides and a larger set for the top and bottom.  I did get the 32 sewn. I have a few ...

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August 16, 2021
sink or swim at retreat from Making A Lather

Oh my - my retreat story. I just couldn't find a project to work on except my sea swept quilt. And I was closing in on finishing all the blocks I would need. But, I thought it would just take a couple of hours. Silly me, thinking I needed another project.  Just as I finished sewing 388 triangles to 97 diamonds, and began to trim them, Someone asked me what I was making. So I showed her my snails trail blocks and how this was the sashing.   And, Oh no,  they were too small for the block. I had chosen ...

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August 15, 2021
stash report August 15, 2021 from Making A Lather

I indulged in a  moda scrap bag. I enjoy the mystery. This one was funny, mostly civil war reproduction fabrics and... a 4 brights. But, I will use all of them, if, I live long enough.


 stash report August 15, 2021

Fabric Used this week: 0 yards    

Fabric Used year to Date: 129 yards

Fabric Added this week: 1 1/2 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 101 1/2 yards

net fabric: 27 1/2 yards used more than bought 

 I stitched at least 15 minutes every day this week. And I had 2 days of retreat sewing - fun ...

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July 15, 2021
so nice to sew with friends! from Ellyn's Place

 Anyone else tired of the whole "shelter at home" business? Me too. While I am thankful for the safety of my family and friends, and incredibly aware of the privilege to be able to stay at home, I am also so thankful for vaccines and dropping Covid numbers that allows us to cautiously be with other humans again. While zoom is a wonderful tool, nothing quite matches being with others in person. 

This past weekend I was invited to retreat with 10 others who are all fully vaccinated for four days. What a treat!


Along with the whir of sewing ...

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June 15, 2021
falling charms from Making A Lather



I sewed the rows at retreat, but after joining several rows, I realized I had turned a block wrong. That is when I stopped for the weekend on this project. I came home and took the row apart and resewed it.  I still have 3 rows to add to the top. Once one block is wrong, the rest of the row is based on the wrong one and the whole row has to be redone. The fabric is really wild and beautiful, and, this is not like anything I have ever done. I was a missourri star kit. They buy ...

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June 14, 2021
sea swept progress from Making A Lather

At retreat this weekend, I sewed the last 4 blocks I need for sea swept. I ordered studio 180 template for the sashing. I think it will save me the headache of math "to fit" what I have already made. I have the squared squared template. I ordered diamond rects. hooray.  I still have many cut pieces - I may make it larger.


There is always something scrappy going on at the sewing machine. This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book addicted to scraps called Carolina Chain. I had the blocks done in April.  I use them as a ...

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June 13, 2021
stash report June 13, 2021 from Making A Lather

I attended a sleep in your own bed retreat this weekend and there was a free table. I haven't had a chance to count what came home. ( I was really really tired). Unfortunately, the table was on the way to the restroom, and, right next to the food. I remember, I found purple, and florals which I was looking to add to my stash. My table buddy was a good girl for her stash, but, kept bringing me fabric she thought I needed. haha

I can always use neutrals

and blues


Stash report June 13, 2021

Fabric Used this ...

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June 12, 2021
retreat top from Making A Lather

We had a sleep in your own bed retreat yesterday and will have one today. My main project to work on was my ode to Joey quilt. I worked on piecing the rows and joining the rows. I plan on using it as a visual aid for Church class on Sunday. I made the words according to the color of the month for rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. It is a rectangle the wrong way, so, I need to figure out what I want to do for the top and bottom.

someone was taking pictures 



I have 3 quilts ...

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February 24, 2021
The retreat MUST go on from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

 I have to say that I was a bit distracted yesterday. Thanks to everyone who scrambled to do some research, and we have TWO retreats booked. I had planned on four retreats for this coming year, and I need to book at least one more later in the year, but with all the prep that I had to do yesterday, I could only manage to deal with two of them. A lot of e-mails went back and forth. 

I'm happy to report that I'm EXCITED about the new places and well, I can't wait to get there ...

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February 1, 2021
retreat and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

Our guild had another open sew Saturday. I took what I had done on bonnie Hunter quilt zuckerwatte from her book string fling, and, decided to see how far I could get. With just 20 minutes to spare, I had the center top finished. It was a great boost. I had started at the beginning of January with only string blocks made. I cut a gazillion  HSTS - ( half square triangles ) ... sewn a bunch together, and made  rows. and blocks. 

    

Now that we have a new month, it is time to refocus on another set of goals. My one monthly goal ...

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January 25, 2021
retreat progress from Making A Lather

 I went to a two day "sleep in your own bed" retreat this weekend. It has been awhile that I have had a chance to just keep after a chosen project. I had this snoopy quilt that just needed a few blocks and assembly. I think this will be a great quilt for a new Grandson coming in May. I need to find a back and give it a good press. 

snoopy wiggle time

I have been chasing this quilt for a year now. Country roads was part of rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. And, now, the center is ...

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January 24, 2021
Stash report January 24 , 2021 from Making A Lather

I needed a back for a rainbow quilt, and I found this great polka dot. Polka dots are just so fun.

Stash report  January 24, 2021

Fabric Used this week:  9 yards - pink flannel baby quilt

Fabric Used year to Date: 31 yards

Fabric Added this week: 5 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 24 yards

net fabric: 7 yards used more than bought

I stitched at least 15 minutes 5 out of 7 days - We were gone one day and recovering the next. But, I did experience 3 days of sunshine in one week - happy dance

I didn't ...

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