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September 22, 2018
blue trees from Making A Lather

I am a little short for the rainbow scrap challenge. this week. I really didn't take the time to get this week's blocks together. I did get them planned.
I only wanted 2 dark blue blocks for my birch trees. I cut the 12 1/2 in background squares


And I sewed a few strips together for the tree inserts.


I have spent a little time each day sewing hourglass units for orca bay and pieces for my double wedding ring. I am not seeing great progress at this point, but I am moving forward. I am still ...

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September 19, 2018
more double wedding ring from Making A Lather

My cataract surgery went well... so far, I wasn't sure I would feel like blogging, but something simple will do.
I am still working on sewing pieces together for the double wedding ring quilt.  I try to work on it every morning.


Last week our challenge was to add the 3rd mellon to the center.


I am very thrilled with my progress. It looks like it is supposed to look. I am guessing this week is all about rows.
double wedding ring quilt along with Jo of Jo's Country junction.

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September 17, 2018
piecing orca bay from Making A Lather

The string blocks are finished for Quiltville mystery quilt Orca Bay, so it is time to move on to the pieced blocks. It looks like they are mostly ohio star blocks with alternating black and white corners and a red center. I have an accuquilt die for the quarter square triangles which makes it easier to cut. I need a massive amount. No matter how hard I tried, the little pieces just wouldn't come out in an orderly way.


They are only 1 1/2 inch and fiddley.


The hourglass block is 2 1/2 inches and, oh, so ...

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September 15, 2018
rainbow tokoyo quilt from Making A Lather

The color for the month of September is dark blue for the rainbow scrap challenge. There is a dark blue as a color listing on the pattern for Tokoyo Subway. But I don't see it in the picture. Dark blue may be too dark. I guess I won't really know until I connect the subways.


 I use a pressing sheet to iron close to the interfacing.


when I add the dark blue, I can add all the white and it will be ready to sew. I had two of them ready to sew this month. It looks like ...

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September 12, 2018
double wedding ring count from Making A Lather

Double wedding ring quilts have been showing up on pinterest and they are certainly different. Check out this link to "modern" wedding ring quilts

Last week I went as far as I could with my quilt without cutting more center pieces and melons, and decided to do a count. I am doing this double wedding ring quilt along with Jo of Jo's Country junction.
I have 7 at this stage. I am missing 2 center melon pieces that I know I cut. 273 sewn pieces


I have 9 at this stage -342 sewn pieces


I have 16 at this ...

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September 10, 2018
orca bay strings from Making A Lather

I worked on my red string blocks for Orca bay quiltville mystery quilt. Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November.

I had a nice pile of red strings, but I used up most of them rather early in the process, so I took some bigger scraps and cut strips with my rotary cutter.




Then, I just grabbed something and tried to make ...

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September 8, 2018
a bit of soul from Making A Lather

I cut the dark blue pieces I needed for soul searching so that I could take them to Friday group with me. I am using 2 1/22 in strips from my scrap drawers.





I was able to sew it together before I spent time piecing my double wedding ring. This is the last block I need for the quilt. Well at least that is the plan. After I put it together, I may think I want it bigger.
Dark blue is the rainbow scrap challenge color for September.

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September 6, 2018
Scrap Bin Quilted Pillow from The Cloth Parcel

Remember our Confetti Weave Quilt (still a personal favorite!)?  After trimming the half-square triangles, we saved all of the leftover small triangle pieces.  We thought we would make something really cool, since there were so many of them. After sewing them together with the same gray background from the quilt (also trimmings) into half-square triangles, […]

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September 5, 2018
more double wedding ring blues from Making A Lather

Last week's assignment for Jo of Jo's country junction double wedding ring quilt along was to attach two melons to a center square, but only sewing one side. They have already been joined at the squares. I was happy with my seam until I realized I had sewn it to the outside oops. I quick sewed one together on the inside. I am not taking it apart until I see if it can be used this way. This is what happens if I am talking or listening in my small group.


much better. tee hee  I have spent ...

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September 3, 2018
strings from Making A Lather

More work on my string/mystery quilt challenge as part of what Jo is challenging us to do.
The blue string blocks for orca bay mystery quilt are finished, so I have started to work on the red. I have several pieced and a few trimmed. It is taking a long time, because I don't like string piecing, but I think, it will speed up soon, because I am tired of the mess.





For my one monthly goal this month, I want to finish the strings for orca bay, finish roll roll cotton boll, and I want ...

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September 2, 2018
A Few Great Edge-to-Edge Quilts, A Little Rant, and the Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

When I post photos on my blog and discuss the quilts, the focus is usually on custom quilted work.  In reality, most of my work is edge-to-edge quilting.  It's way faster, and way less expensive.  Considering that most of what we make, as quilters, is utilitarian quilts that will be loved, used, puked on by the kids and the dog, and thrown in the washing machine?... e-2-e is the way to go.

This was a block of the month that we did at the Binbrook guild last year.  My blocks are all done but the top's not yet ...

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September 1, 2018
new rainbow color from Making A Lather

Today is the first day of the month, and the first I learned the new color of blue for the rainbow scrap challenge. I don't have anything to share yet in that color. I did make 2 flying geese of leftover in orange and put the oranges away for another time.



I have a picture of the design wall which I enjoy every time I walk through that hallway.


I have decided to hang a few of my project blocks from hangers over doors. It keeps them together and where I can see them to remember them. I have ...

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August 31, 2018
one monthly goal recap from Making A Lather

 I want to revisit my goals for the month of August and see how I have done. It's hard to believe we are at the end of another month. And today is my 44th wedding anniversary.

For August, I want to continue work on stella cyranna. I have the pieced rows finished, and it is time to assemble and work on the wool applique.
I had trouble with the instructions on the wool applique. I have only a picture to go by, and to me, the amount of wool is not adequate for the color combinations I am seeing ...

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August 29, 2018
dwr pieces from Making A Lather

I've been pinning and pinning and sewing for double wedding ring quilt along with Jo of Jo's Country junction.  Did I say pinning?



Last week's assignment was to join two melons together with a small seam between the squares. I only have 20 to 30 ready for that stage. I took the time to join more small pieces together and add to melons as time permitted.


It doesn't look like much yet, but, it will be a real quilt someday.


I am ready for today's instructions and joining one ring to the center. This part ...

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August 27, 2018
mystery strings from Making A Lather

I've trimmed a few and de-papered a few blue string blocks for Orca Bay mystery quilt.



I just can't like string piecing. I try.  But, I don't enjoy string piecing. While I am sewing these, I am planning how I will just take my tub and dump it into the trash.
I need to remember, I don't like a foundations this small -31/2 inch square. I don't like the triangle corners - I have to really hunt for pieces that are big enough. I don't like having one color I have to sort and ...

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August 25, 2018
squared away orange from Making A Lather

Trying to stay with just orange this month, I made choices for squared away block. Two of them, I liked but the small dot, and the slightly darker orange print, ummm no.


better


this is me sewing in the middle of my double wedding ring mess. Which is why I hadn't worked on the squared away blocks until the last minute.


 I didn't want to mess with my piles for the double wedding ring, but stuff was mixing up any way, so I did a bit of cleanup. And finally, we had blocks.




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August 24, 2018
glitter blocks finished from Making A Lather

And with that, the last 4 of the glitter blocks are done. I checked the dimensions, and I may want it bigger, but, not by making any more of these blocks. The blocks were not hard but challenging. And I did get into a rhythm when putting them together. I will have to get creative.


I wonder if I might like to add vertical bands. Although I like them altogether. It was a magical day outside for photos. Most of these blocks were made from scraps from a quilter's estate. 




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August 23, 2018
catch up from Making A Lather

In our Friday group, we have the chairman of our guild's charity quilt program. We are all inspired by her willingness to share. This was recently made by one of our members for the police program. Boy quilts are always on short supply. In Indiana the colts are boss.


This is a donation quilt for the women's shelter. that I am quilting for a friend.


This is a part of our sew along for Jen Kingwell's drops of jupiter. These blocks were made by Linda.


I have all the pieces sewn for the Quiltville leader and ender ...

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August 22, 2018
it looks like a double wedding ring from Making A Lather

It is time for the double wedding ring quilt along. Every Wednesday, Jo of Jo's country junction encourages us to make a double wedding ring quilt, which has been on my bucket list.

I spent a good bit of time finishing a batch of about 40 arcs for the second side of a melon. I was adding an angled piece to each end of the 6 piece A arcs. In Jo's pattern there is just piece A, but using my template, I discovered that I need both an A and a B for the full arc.



Last week ...

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August 20, 2018
getting started with orca bay quilt from Making A Lather

Roll roll Cotton boll is in the quilting cue waiting it's turn. And as much as I would like to completely finish it before starting the next quiltville mystery quilt, it could be awhile. So, I began planning orca bay. I was sure I had the string parts finished, but I can't find them anywhere or any mention of them in my master lists. I don't know how I missed this mystery quilt. I've done parts of all the others. Oh well. Time to start at the beginning. I was just going to cut the foundation ...

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