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September 13, 2019
scarecrow rug from Making A Lather

Hubby and I had a great time at the wool keepers rug hooking event in Danville, Indiana. It was my first big car trip and away from home time since back surgery. I really enjoyed the rug hookers, and their enthusiasm. There were more vendors there than usual, and the colors of wool were worth drinking in and feeling the inspiration. Rug hooking has been a wonderful way to meet with some very lovely women in my area. But, just like quilting, I have enough wool and enough projects so that I didn't plan on buying or starting anything ...

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August 31, 2019
carolina chain blocks from Making A Lather

Right now, any sewing I do has to be easy and easy to reach. I found these laying next to the machine. I use Carolina chain as an away project, but it just looked like fun, so, I sewed a few blocks. I'd like to say that this is a great scrap buster pattern, but, it barely made a dent.

I've started another snowman for my rug.

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August 24, 2019
more on ringo lake quilt from Making A Lather

I have the first half of on ringo lake mystery quilt together. And all the rows ready for the second half of the quilt.

I don't see any mistakes so far. we will see...
I have a new snowman to share from my rug I am hooking, it will have to be my bright blue for the rainbow scrap challenge.

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lots of blue inspiration at
rsc19 super saturday

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August 12, 2019
snowman rug from Making A Lather

Nothing new is really happening here, until I find a new normal from surgery. Hubby has been off of work taking care of me and we are starting to talk about him going back to work. So I am a good deal better.
I have pulled my rug hooking out for when I am just sitting and resting. I can hook 2 or 3 strips before I need to move again. I don't see any pictures of this rug on the blog yet. Here are the first and second cute snowmen.

and Jimmy Durante snowman.

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July 16, 2019
tiny tuesday from Making A Lather

I needed to get back to making my tiny Tuesday blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. I am a "tiny"  bit behind. haha I have finished May and orange. I have 3 for June and blue yet to do.

I have a snowman finished for my rug hooking. I don't know why I am dragging my feet on this rug. The snowmen are adorable and they are easy to hook.

I am getting very close to having all the garden party blocks sewn. I will need to cut 1 1/2 inch strips for the chain blocks.

Tomorrow is ...

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May 19, 2019
stash report May 19, 2019 from Making A Lather

I've added a few pieces to my civil war reproduction stash, since I am using them in my circa 1880 swap. I have many more prints than neutrals, and, it seems I am using a lot of neutrals. I really like the cheddar/ mustard yellows and poison greens, so I add them any chance I get. This sort of fabric doesn't seem to be popular right now with all the modern and bright colors available. I hope that pretty soon, people will be sending repro fabric to goodwill, until then, I have to buy here and there since ...

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May 9, 2019
Ramblings from a Fiber Fanatic from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Teri) love fibers—cotton, wool, silk, velvet, linen: I love it all. I enjoy exploring different textures and methods for manipulating the various materials. Below are a few samplings of some newly acquired fibers that we are hoping to play with for our newest project. We may just find that we have garnered some fun experimental experiences, but who knows? It will indeed be fun to explore.

Wool thread
Alpaca roving
Chenille threads

Scrumptious silks and velvets 
Wool and angora roving
More alpaca

While appliqué and embroidery are my passion, I am not averse to learning something new. Hence ...

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April 25, 2019
new rug hooking from Making A Lather

Mr. Frosty #1 is complete and I have started Mr. Frosty #2.

If I am doing a dark night sky, I am not sure what color to make the hat yet. I  want it to contrast. So black won't work. I guess I will get colorful.

Carolyn finished her moon rug - very cute.

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creative compulsions

needle and thread Thursdays

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April 17, 2019
fair and square from Making A Lather

Two Friday group sews, and all the 4 patches are attached for Fair and square, a quiltville pattern. I am thrilled with the scrappy goodness.

I have the framing pieces cut, and will start adding them to the blocks at the next Friday group sew. It won't be this Friday as hubby and I are off to a fiber festival for the day.

Yesterday was rug hooking guild, and I started mr. snowman. He is going to be so cute.

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midweek makers

Oh Scrap

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April 16, 2019
new rug hooking project from Making A Lather

I have been very slow on rug hooking my circles rug. I started 4 circles in January, and have just finished them. I was doing this as an in between project. I had finished the Cleveland rug, and I hadn't decided what the next project would be.  I have some really great projects in the planning stages. I just couldn't decide.

It will be a big rug. Each of the bigger circles are 4 1/2 inches and I fill in with whatever size will fit. I have a long way to go, But, I have a new ...

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March 14, 2019
snowman rug from Making A Lather

I decided it was time to make a new rug. I've struggled with no inspiration. I just picked a pattern and started to transfer it to linen. I had drawn the pattern and enlarged it. I had it pinned and was ready to transfer to linen, and we had family for dinner, and it was scooped off the dining room table and off on an adventure.
But, I hunted through the jungle of a house, and found it, and started the transfer. I used red dot webbing and a juicy sharpie pen.
It took 2 visits to rug hooking ...

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March 7, 2019
rug hooking inspiration from Making A Lather

I've made very little progress on my circles rug. I seem to be uninspired.

Carmen is a steady consistent rug hooker and tends to work on one project at a time. So, she has made great progress on her beautiful rug. She has added tiny detail work that is inspiring.

Someone has bought a beautiful hand dyed piece of wool. It is very vibrant and impressive. Sometimes just the piece of beautiful wool can inspire a beautiful rug.

nope - nothing

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January 27, 2019
stash report January 27, 2019 from Making A Lather

Today would be my Father's 99th birthday. I celebrated by sending all my children a package of lifesaver butter rum candy.  I wish they had known him longer. Dad really liked them, and so did I. I still can see him giving one to me as a little girl with a big smile on his face. He's been gone for 30 years, and I still miss him. My birthday is tomorrow and we always celebrated together. And Mom was great at making a big deal of it.

I have another thrift store find. I found the pieces separately ...

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January 24, 2019
cleveland finish from Making A Lather

My Cleveland rug is finished. I used yarn to whip the edges that I dyed myself. This was a free pattern from the 2017 Atha (association of traditional rug hooking artists) biennial in Cleveland. My husband and I attended and had a great time. This year, the biennial is in Denver, and I am interested in attending. It is sad how easy it is to talk yourself out of anything fun.

A friend at Friday group was working on the binding for her Minecraft quilt. This is for her son who loves minecraft. She is a professional longarmer. and made ...

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January 17, 2019
down the homestretch rug hooking from Making A Lather

I am down the home stretch for my Cleveland rug. The left is the top of the rug and the right is the bottom of the rug and is already hooked. I hooked the year I started the rug and my initials in odd places as a way of marking time.

While resting ( aka watching TV) last night, I cut 2 1/2 inch tumblers out of a tub of scraps. Why? I ask myself. Because, I had a bunch of leftover tumblers from a tumbler quilt in 2017. And I couldn't decide what to do with them. I ...

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January 13, 2019
stash report January 13, 2019 from Making A Lather

We have a winter wonderland here in Indiana. I love the look and sound of snow. And at my age, I don't mind being snowed in for a bit. Church was even cancelled today, which is unusual. It started snowing during the night Friday, and snowed all day yesterday.

These are the bargains I found at Missouri star before the end of the year. I wanted the special for the olfa blades.
The layer cake is a new Kaffe Fasset. I have a quilt in progress that I thought I would use it to make, but I had it ...

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January 10, 2019
rug hooking and finish along from Making A Lather

I am joining in with the 2019 finish along at She can quilt. I have several goals for the quarter. Some I have already mentioned in my one monthly goal post, But this is for the quarter, and should include what I want to completely finish in the next 3 months.
I have it in my mind to get my Cleveland rug done. I think background goes quicker than the design, And I am making good progress.

For the quarter, I also want to finish the fish jar quilt

orca bay mystery quilt

celtic solstice

and a flannel rag ...

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January 4, 2019
rug hooking background from Making A Lather

It's time to work on the background for my Cleveland rug. I wanted to use several different dark blues. Some of the wool , I "married" together to keep the variety. Marrying is the rug hooking term for put it into a pot and boil it together. I like a scrappy look even in my rug hooking. If it looks intentional, it can cover any mistakes. I used an accuquilt die that is a size 8 to cut my strips. An 8 will work quickly and give a more even background.

I like to throw everything into a container and ...

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December 27, 2018
painters palette rug hooking from Making A Lather

Moving along with the painter's palette for my Cleveland rug. I am very close to finishing. well in rug time, not real time.

And a wonderful picture of my Grandchildren.

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needle and thread Thursdays

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December 11, 2018
hooking and quilting from Making A Lather

Apparently, Cleveland is proud of it's night life. For me, I made sparkling grape juice for my Cleveland rug.

I wanted to share a sweet quilt made by a Friday group friend. She designed it herself. She started with a T shirt from her late husband and made the center. He was a vet as well, so she kept each border in that color scheme.  When asked if she was gifting it to someone, she said that she wanted to sleep under it. It is beautiful.  and a treasure.

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