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March 31, 2023
SAHRR top finished at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

I've finished the quilt for my Stay At Home Round Robin (SAHRR). It's like most of my work - unpredictable, wonky, colourful and happy!

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March 18, 2023
my creative week number two.... spring bunnies and little hexies from Not Afraid of Color

For part two of my creative week, I have two things to share. The first is my Stay-At-Home-Round-Robin quilt, "Spring Bunnies" is finished! Yea! 

I made this into a spring theme this year, figuring out how to adjust prompts to fit into that!

"Spring Bunnies" 39" X 47"

We have had 6 prompts, and I've posted that week's blocks each time, with pattern sources and close ups. This week I will just share some close ups of my choices

The first prompt was "spool" blocks, and mine is in the image below... I did one with flowers as ...

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March 13, 2023
Working Towards a Finish from Life In Pieces

The last three or four weeks haven't been especially conductive to sewing room time. First the shoulder and then my back issues required me to reduce my activities, including stitching. Consequently I'm not where I'd like to be on the Stay at Home Round Robin.  The final parade is up today at Quilting Gail's.  We have till next Monday to link up which is good because my version is still in lots of pieces.  

Border 3 with the hourglass blocks is assembled.  The corresponding spacer border has also been added.  

Border 4's flying geese are ...

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March 10, 2023
Scraps all around from The Academic Quilter

 Hi everyone! I hope you have had a good week. I am starting to see some leaf buds on our trees, and I am happy dancing like crazy over that. Soon there will be leaves! That means there will be shade over the balcony and the deck again, and at some point it might get warm enough to have breakfast outside again. Won't that be glorious?
If you have been following along, you'll know that I started the Stay at Home Round Robin, a project hosted by Quilting Gail and featuring several of my favorite bloggers. (waving wildly ...

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March 7, 2023
To Do List for the Week of 3/7/2023 from Life In Pieces

We've had a beautiful few days, it actually felt like spring.  But that's over and we'll be back to colder temps and rain for the next few days. It will be good sewing room weather.  I skipped my all day sewing session on Sunday because it was too pretty to stay inside.  Consequently, I didn't get as far on last week's to do list as I had planned.  

To Do List for 2/28/2023

1. SAHRR: Finish Border 3, make progress on 4,5, and 6 - progress
2. Wild and Goosey: Make one block ...

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March 6, 2023
Stay At Home Round Robin: Week 6 from Life In Pieces

The last prompt for the SAHRR was posted by Quilting Gail last Monday.  Borders 1 and 2 are done, I'm still working on 3, 4, 5 and 6.  I did decide on what the final border will look like.  I'm not a fan of the typical 4 patch pinwheel blocks. Not sure why, they just don't appeal to me. So I typed pinwheel into the search function of EQ and found another pinwheel block that I did like. 

Of course this block requires 8 HSTs, all at 1.5" to end up with a 4" finished block ...

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March 5, 2023
second creativity post this week... stay at home round robin with 3-D pinwheels! whee! from Not Afraid of Color

Creativity Post part Deux!  The prompt for Stay-at-home-round-robin this week is pinwheels... Perfect for my spring quilt! whee!

I used this tutorial to make my blocks..


started with pinwheel fabrics cut 3" two sewn together on diagonal on either side of a center line, cut apart, makes two little blocks

 you'll need four background pieces cut at 2.5" as well 

they are just the most adorable 3-D blocks!!!

I didn't figure out the tricks til I was on block 4... you must trim the beginning triangle units down to 2.5"


 before ...

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March 3, 2023
PHD in 2023: February Update from Life In Pieces

February wasn't the best month on the stitching front. My shoulder issues sidelined me for about a week. I'm finding that there are still schedule disruptions, outside appointments, and other errands that intrude on my days.  That's OK we have stuff that needs to get done and I'm grateful that we can take care of those things now.  But it does cut into my stitching time and probably will for a bit. We delayed a lot of repair work because it was hard for us to get off work. At some point we'll get caught ...

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My Creative week includes... peeps, pineapple pinks, birds and hexies! (and a painting) from Not Afraid of Color

Welcome to this week's creativity round-up! Let's get started with a wee chickadee...

I have several items to share today. The Stay-at-home-round-robin (SAHRR) is coming along... and that's what the bird is for... a "square-in-a-square block" but I will start with my rainbow scrap challenge blocks in the scrap color of the month, PINK!

I'm still trying to learn to easily use the Gylene Fitzgerald pineapple scrappy ruler. I decided to stop trying to only use 1.5" strips, wasting too much for my taste, and instead cutting squares into fourths to add each new row ...

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February 28, 2023
To Do List for the Week of 2/28/2023 from Life In Pieces

I'm not sure where February went, I'm not ready for it to be March.  Though I am ready for it to be spring. It was in the 70s yesterday, but temps will start out below freezing later in the week. Early spring in Oklahoma is just a bit nutty.  But based on the weather in California the last week or so, I'm sure many are feeling that way now.  

I can't blame the weather for my lack of progress on last week's to do list. That is mostly due to my shoulder acting up. Progress ...

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February 27, 2023
Stay At Home Round Robin: Week 5 from Life In Pieces

It was a productive day.  Computer time makes my shoulder worse, sewing time seems to help, though I did a lot more scrap hunting and fabric cutting than I did stitching.  Hopefully as this week goes on the shoulder will hurt less, but till then I'll be limiting my computer time. 

Most of the afternoon and evening were spent playing catch up on the 2023 SAHRR.  The final prompt comes out tomorrow over at  the Quilting Gail blog.  I made good progress today on the previous prompts, but didn't get caught up. 

The stars from week 2 are ...

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February 25, 2023
SAHRR, a lap quilt and an extended Free Motion Mavericks party from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 421 of Free Motion Mavericks. I have a lot to share and the linking party will be on for three weeks while I'm on a travelling adventure.

Square within a Square for SAHRR

This week's instructions for the Stay at Home Round Robbin (SAHRR) is a square within a square block, recommended by Emily at The Darling Dagwood. She will be appliquéing flowers in the middle square, but I wanted to keep it fast and easy. A quick search bought me to 10 Ways to Make a Square-in-a-square block (see Related links below). I followed ...

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February 22, 2023
Playing a round from The Academic Quilter

 Hello all! I hope your week is going well. I've had a bunch of tests in the last couple of days so I'm a little worn out, but it has been quite warm for February, so that's a small compensation. While out walking I've seen things already starting to grow and a bunch of trees that are starting to leaf out. That also means that allergies are already growing, but I'll take it in exchange for some flowers any day.

Today I have an update on my Stay at Home Round Robin quilt. This is ...

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February 21, 2023
To Do List for the Week of 2/21/2023 from Life In Pieces

I'm a bit late posting today.  Computer time has been limited, my shoulder has started acting up again. That's eaten into my stitching time, my blog reading and email replies.  Being at the sewing machine doesn't bother it as badly as being on the computer does, but I've had to cut down on both to help get the inflammation down.  A couple of days of limited activity and my shoulder should be back to normal.  This along with my allergies over the weekend affected my progress on last week's to do list. 

To Do List ...

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February 20, 2023
Stay at Home Round Robin: Week 4 from Life In Pieces

Week 5 of the 2023 SAHRR will be posted by Emily of The Darling Dogwood blog in the morning.  So today wraps up week 4 of this stitch along.  The linky party for week 4 progress can be found over at Anja Quilts

I'm still behind on finishing my rounds.  Round 2 is almost complete, there's been good progress on round 3, but almost no progress on making the flying geese for week 4.  Here's how it looks up on the design wall. 

All that's left of round 2 is to sew the bottom border to ...

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February 19, 2023
FMQ Wild Hexies and Making Flying Geese from Quilting & Learning

Hi, welcome to week 420 of Free Motion Mavericks. I have a free motion quilting (FMQ) project to share as well as the flying geese for Round 4 of the SAHRR. I'm glad that you can join me today.

FMQ Wild Hexies, a Mystery UFO

I called this a mystery UFO in my July 2021 post because when I wrote the post, I had a partially made quilt on my design wall with extra fabric in a project box, but no pattern! Since I had been inspired to make the quilt by seeing a finished version on someone's ...

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February 18, 2023
my creative week.... Fun with Dick and Jane, SAHRR challenge met and some paintings from Not Afraid of Color

book cover, Fun with Dick and Jane  9" X 12.5"
the Project Quilting prompt this week was to interpret a favorite book...I remember the magical moment when I realized the alphabet I'd been singing and writing was the key to reading. The spark grew instantly. I came home and said, I CAN READ! I've never stopped!

As I pondered what to make in one week, I thought of our 1st grade readers. 

I thought of the other books that have also marked a time period  for me

Jessamy a story of a young girl who visits ...

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February 14, 2023
To Do List for the Week of 2/14/2023 from Life In Pieces

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hope you have some fun plans with your loved ones.  Grad Girl got her box of goodies over the weekend (including a toy or two for Queenie). My Guy is currently somewhere between here and Arizona, but he took me out for a special Valentine brunch on Saturday and then I took him out to dinner on Sunday (normally he cooks on Sunday).  

Last weekend was busy, on top of the celebrating the holiday early, there was science fair to judge and getting My Guy ready for his trip.  You can probably tell what's coming ...

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February 13, 2023
Hourglass blocks at Free Motion Mavericks from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to week 419 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party. I hope that you are all enjoying what ever February is bringing

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Stay At Home Round Robin: Week 3 from Life In Pieces

I don't normally put two posts up in one day, but while the SAHRR is going on, I'll probably wait till the last moment to post my progress so I can link up with the weekly progress post. This week you can see everyone's progress on week 3 over at ChrisKnitsSews SAHRR link up.  This will double as my normal Monday morning post for Monday Design Wall and Patchwork & Quilts.  

Even being home a lot more now that I'm retired, the piecing for SAHRR is running behind.  Maybe I'm just a slow stitcher?  I'm ...

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