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September 4, 2021
ode to joey quilt finish from Making A Lather

I have an actual finish this week. My ode to Joey quilt is almost ready for the quilt show the first of October. I just need to make a label. I have worked on this quilt for almost three years. First, I made the words by color for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy in 2019. And then, I have slowly been sewing it together. I began this as a way to heal a broken heart, and it has become very meaningful to me.

80x85 = about 20 yards of fabric

I used a wide flannel back and a scrappy ...

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July 22, 2021
crayon quilt from Making A Lather

 It's time to pull out the crayon quilt I have ready for borders. I worked on it until december 2019 and I had everything ready to do for borders. I needed to add the white inner borders first. Before I could add the outer borders.

I made the crayons as part of the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy in 2019 from 2 1/2 inch strips and scraps.
Once the inner borders were done, I could start adding the outer borders. I have just the top border sewn. Since I don't have a pattern for the borders ...

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November 21, 2020
irish webbed from Making A Lather

 I webbed the Irish chain quilt at retreat last week. This was one of my rainbow scrap challenge projects. I have worked on it for 2 years.

I spent this week pinning rows and sewing the  top together. It is ready for a back and some binding.

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January 3, 2020
woven from Making A Lather

I'm pretty excited to have woven checkerboards as a top. Now that I see the picture, I think I will add at least a black border. hmmm...

I really like seeing all the different scraps in this quilt that I used as part of the rainbow scrap challenge, and, it seems, I rarely use black, because, I had lots of options in the black scrap basket.

In our Friday group, Sue made Editya Sitar's Christmas tree

And Maris made a patriotic soul searching, with plans to donate it to the vet's home in town.

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December 13, 2019
friday sew from Making A Lather

Last week, our Friday group met together. Everyone was busy with their projects. I really enjoy this time together, but only recently started taking my sewing machine again, after the restrictions for my back surgery were lifted. I have a rainbow crayon quilt I wanted to put together.

I had made the letters, along with the crayon, according to the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge. So, if you wondered what the letters were meant to be, this is part of them. I was really interested in letters for 2019. It seems I made letters for everything ...

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December 7, 2019
rsc rainbow from Making A Lather

Just in time for the rainbow scrap challenge check in, I have a rainbow top finished. It was so fun to see the chain come together as I sewed the rows. Each of the color parts are strips and crumbs sewn together to make "fabric". It is called end of the rainbow.

Rainbow quilts take a whole year to percolate. Every month, it takes one color, and, then, after many colors, it is ready to reveal itself.

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November 30, 2019
rainbow scraps from Making A Lather

I needed the last color to finish putting the Irish chain quilt together. But, with the end of the year, I have lost momentum on the rainbow quilts.
I am guessing, I am concerned with getting all wips for the year nestled in their winter homes for the wait for the start of a new year and new goals. It's a myth I still believe, that January first all the ufos disappear into a happier place, and I can just start any old thing I want..... again.... shhh don't tell me...
I had a time to get the ...

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November 16, 2019
woven from Making A Lather

At friday quilt group, I had a chance to layout the woven checkerboard quilt on the floor. Cynthia of Quilting is more fun than housework, had made this quilt last year and I really liked it. I have been making the double 4 patch as part of the rainbow scrap challenge this year. It is time to actually sew it together.

I also started putting the wonky courthouse square together in 4s. I can't wait to finish it. It is using up bits and bobs of scraps.

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November 13, 2019
purple lantern block from Making A Lather

I have another tiny tuesday block finished from the rainbow scrap challenge. I used a batting design board to lay the pieces the way I wanted them to go. I think the block was called lantern.

I sewed each row. The smallest purple went with the largest neutral, and so on.

And, then, I sewed the rows together. It needed a trim.

This blocks is set with a straight border finishing at 7 inches

We have had a big snow with single digit temperatures, We are not used to it this so early. But, it is so pretty, and, the ...

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November 9, 2019
fantastic star from Making A Lather

In an effort to catch up a back log of rainbow sewing, I have made a purple scraptastic star. I really like making these. I have 2 1/2 inch squares in little boxes and they are generally one of a kind. I don't usually cut squares unless that is the last possible cut I can get from them. I prefer to keep strips and cut squares if I need them.

A friend at a recent sew in had started making these trolls for Christmas presents. I think they are very cute.
I tried to talk her into doing ...

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November 8, 2019
soul searching finish from Making A Lather

I finished this quilt last week, but couldn't get a picture. I made it last year as part of the rainbow scrap challenge. Each month of the color, I made a block. By the end of the year, I had a quilt. I really like following along each month to use up scraps and to stay inspired. I have seen some remarkable quilters and their projects.

This quilt was great at using 2 1/2 inch strips of scraps. I tried to do a machine binding, and I am still happier with a hand sewn binding.

This quilt is ...

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November 7, 2019
tiny purple blocks from Making A Lather

I think the change of seasons, and the switch from daylight savings time, has messed with my motivation. I am still going about the motions of sewing, but, with little or no desire to get things done. sigh..
I have 2 more tiny tuesday blocks to add to the pile, but they took days.

I think, maybe, it is hard to get excited about anything at this point in the year. I don't want to start anything new until after the holidays. and I don't want to work on anything that I know won't be finished this ...

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November 5, 2019
tiny blocks from Making A Lather

I think these blocks are so cute. I made these last week for the tiny Tuesday sampler from the rainbow scrap challenge. I am a little behind in my blocks.

I am enjoying sewing the wonky courthouse blocks in the evening at my treadle. As long as I have the strips in the right size, I can get them done quickly. I often run out of neutral strips, and then, I have to go on a scavenger hunt to find more of them.

Today is a beautiful fall day with actual sunshine, and I have a quilt group meeting tonight ...

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November 2, 2019
tiny storm block from Making A Lather

We had our first snowfall on Halloween. It was a surprise this early. It has been a pretty fall, and our sweet gum finally had yellow leaves. We bought sweet gum especially for it's fall color, but it hasn't changed in the fall in four years. It was lovely this year.

I stopped trying to catch up on the tiny Tuesday blocks when I ran into this little challenging block.
I was a bit intimidated.

It was all paper pieced, but the pieces were very tiny.

I didn't do it all at once, but a little every ...

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October 26, 2019
blue letters from Making A Lather

Again more letters, this time in blue. I think that does it for this year. Now, to start putting everything together. I am making these as part of the rainbow scrap challenge.

Fortunately my friends are doing something that doesn't have more letters, and more interesting to view. These are destined for donation quilts.

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October 23, 2019
wonky star from Making A Lather

My goal was to make the tiny tuesday block called wonky stars. Each block finishes at 4 inches, so the scraps do not have to be very big. I searched through my little scraps for pink star points.

Each star point block is sewn free form and can be wonky. That is a fun way to sew. - no pressure

I webbed the rows together in a 9 patch kind of way.

And set on the diagonal for the tiny tuesday sampler.

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October 19, 2019
more letters from Making A Lather

I definitely overdid the letter quilts this year, But I have had a great time with them, and I am not done yet. I feel like all I blog about are letters. I made yellow letters....

and purple letters....

I have more blue to do.
I am slowly putting some of my quilt show purchases away. I have this bundle of homespuns. They may be not trending now, but I like them and everything comes around again.

I bought these paper pieced kaleidoscopes and all the papers printed.

For now, I will put these treasures away for someday.

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October 16, 2019
rainbow tiny tuesday from Making A Lather

Every Tuesday at the rainbow scrap challenge, Angela offers us a new tiny Tuesday block.
I need to spend time making those blocks that I missed. Every one I make, I fall in love with when it is done. I don't have a design wall, so I haven't seen them together yet. I am really looking forward seeing the colors play together.

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October 14, 2019
rainbow finish from Making A Lather

As my first finish along finish for the 4th quarter, I have finished last year's rainbow scrap challenge quilt.
All it needed was quilting and binding.

I think it looks great as a rainbow quilt. It was much larger than expected. 72 x 82 At the same time I worked on the block in the color of the month, I made the hsts in that color.

The backing was a large piece of stash fabric with 2 inch polka dots all over. very cute

My finish along list is here
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October 5, 2019
rsc letters from Making A Lather

I had an evening with some quilting friends, and although they are very willing to help with my back limitations, I decided to just take scraps, book and rotary cutter. I needed to cut some letters.

I needed to go back and cut some red letters that I missed.

I cut the pieces for tiny tuesday monkey wrench

and hourglasses.

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