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June 18, 2019
more pineapple blocks from Making A Lather

I was in the mood to put another round on the pineapple blocks. It is easier if I have a long strip that I can use for chain piecing. I am using a bag of scraps gifted to me by a fellow guild quilter.


For this round, the corners of the template are used for trimming by placing the center square in the right template square.



 I started it here.

I am linking to:


chameleon color linky

Oh scrap

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June 15, 2019
blue crayon from Making A Lather

I didn't get much blue sewing done this week for the rainbow scrap challenge. I had a steroid injection in my back and it was fine, but stressing over it had me a little blah. I did sew a blue crayon together for the crayon quilt.


I started making little tulip blocks, just for fun. It is a new Bonnie Hunter pattern in quiltmaker magazine called blossom time. Each block requires very little thinking or fabric, so I grabbed a scrappy bucket and cut a few just to try. My only problem is borrowing little 4 patches from the ...

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June 14, 2019
progress from Making A Lather

I am not in a finishing mood....at all. I seem to want to drift from project to project. I did another round on some pineapple blocks, more here.


I made a few more florabunda blocks, more here.


I made another section of sweet land of liberty, more here.


I have a few more garden party blocks, more here.


I am linking to:



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June 13, 2019
lightening and liberty from Making A Lather

I have finished a few more blocks for my string block that I am calling lightening. I think I need 4 more blocks and then I will make it a quilt.... or not. But, I have cleaned up the area and even vacuumed, so I am hesitant to start the mess. I swear, the strings just go flying.


My women's group at church had a patriotic themed crafty evening. They said bring your own project if you want. Why not a quilt that I have started and need to finish. Other than my daughter's quilt, this is probably ...

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June 10, 2019
storms and garden party from Making A Lather

Uh oh - tree limb on top of house. We didn't hear it come down in the storm. But, this is an ash tree and has been infected by the emerald ash borer. We have been nursing it, trying to save it for 2-3 years. Some of the branches are dead, but some are still very alive. It may not have taken much to get the branch down. We called in reinforcements ( our son) and it was removed. I am so glad he is still young enough. I don't think we are.





I have my first blocks for garden ...

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June 8, 2019
blue scraps from Making A Lather

My blue drawer hasn't been loved on in a long time. The color drawers we have already had for the rainbow scrap challenge are tidy, except green. I don't know what happened, but I didn't sort through the drawer.


I am glad it is time to sort through blue. I have noticed that even if I have an organizational plan in my color drawers, the minute I need something, it is toss and tumble.


first up for the rainbow scrap challenge and the dark blue month of June, is my flying home blocks. I had enough of ...

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June 6, 2019
tiny tuesday progress from Making A Lather

I have to catch up with all the blocks for the rainbow scrap challenge. Angie at Quilting on the Crescent. shared a tiny tuesday block last month that I have finished. I made a mistake with it, but it stays this way. It was supposed to have the orange print in all four corners.




Sally at The Objects of Design shared this cute block last month. It's called bear bowtie.


I was intimidated by this one. I am not very skilled at applique, and the reverse applique was scarey. But, once I made the decision to do it, it ...

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June 4, 2019
template fun from Making A Lather

I grabbed a few spikey pieces to sew together using the bloc loc templates. They are small and will finish at 2 1/2 inches square. They are very cute and easy to do. I cut mine from small leftover scrap pieces. I need to cut the other pieces I need so that I can see a star together.


Usually, I avoid trimming down, if I can, but, with this template it is easy and I end up with a perfect block.

I used the florabunda blocks as leader/ender  as I was sewing. I made three from this floral ...

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June 3, 2019
strings and organization from Making A Lather

This is the first time in a long time that I could see this much floor in my sewing room. I am pretty excited. On the other hand, the reason I can see it, is because the flat surfaces are now covered again. And when I want to sew, I will move everything to the floor, and the cycle will continue. Hopefully, every time it goes back and forth, the mess will shrink, as I figure out what I am going to do with odds and ends of stuff.  Do you have little bits of this and that with no ...

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orange letters from Making A Lather

I just barely finished these in May for the rainbow scrap challenge, just in time to squeak into a blue month. I am usually done and ready for a new color a week ahead, and, then drumming my fingers for the new month. Not May, I have really been surprised it is a new month. I ran out of scraps and had to cut a little bit of yardage. These are the orange letters I need for a quote quilt.




I am still cleaning out bags and buckets. If I don't know where to put them I am taking ...

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May 30, 2019
4 patches from Making A Lather

I need 512 - 4 patches for sand castle quilt - a quiltville pattern. I am using them as leader/ enders for other stitching. I have only made 200 and I need more. My bucket was looking empty, and, I needed more variety.


I thought this was a good reason to dig through the 1 1/2 inch strip bin, and strip piece the odd stuff.
Now, I need time at the accuquilt to get sets of twosies cut, and then, I can mindlessly sew more tiny 4 patches. I am guessing I have not made enough even yet, but, it will ...

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May 28, 2019
borders and strings from Making A Lather

I have the borders on smith mountain morning and it is a race to see if I can finish it before the end of the month. I have the backing material and a just emptied longarm. It could happen. It's a pretty quilt, and I hesitate, thinking I should do something special in the quilting. But, I know I prefer a more simple pattern, and I don't have to do what everyone else is doing. I love the piecing of a quilt, and I certainly wouldn't pay a longarmer to do the fancy stuff, so why would ...

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May 25, 2019
the end of the rainbow from Making A Lather

This is officially the last Saturday in May and for orange at the rainbow scrap challenge. I am not really finished with the color yet. I haven't even started orange words for my quilt. But I did get the "made" fabric ready for the end of the rainbow quilt. Each month I make 6 blocks. I only have one more color and then all the pieces will be ready to assemble.


There are some rows that I had enough finished blocks to partially assemble them.


I made 32- 4 patches for an irish chain quilt I am hoping to ...

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May 24, 2019
progress from Making A Lather

From pieces and parts, I am slowly making 72 florabunda blocks. I am mostly cutting the old florals if I come upon them in sorting other scraps. I need a 3 1/2 in strip to make the HSTs and a 2 inch strip for the 4 patches. If I find a piece that has that much fabric, I cut it, and stack it in the box. Finding the yellows isn't as easy. And I don't have that many yellows in my stash, it is time to shop for more. Bummer:).


I had enough for 3 of this ...

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May 22, 2019
pineapple new round from Making A Lather

Yesterday was hijacked by my husband's heart and atrial fibrillation. They decided to shock him into rhythm. It was a long ordeal, and more waiting time than fixing time. It started in the morning, and, I thought we had circumvented the hospital by going to the doctor's office. Our doctor was out for the day, and his partner decided to be a bit more aggressive. So, we ended up spending a few hours in the hospital for a cardiac conversion.
He is much better and home. We have a million more medications and instructions, getting older isn't ...

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May 18, 2019
rainbow scrap progress from Making A Lather

Orange is such a great color. It can look great hiding among other colors (fall colors ) or jump right out at you. Still, I don't have that much of it in my stash. hmmmmm
I did make 2 flying home blocks.


And, 5 woven checkerboard blocks


and an orange crayon.


Notice the green grass that I can use as a background for photos. I couldn't do that at the beginning of this year's rainbow challenge.

I am linking:

lots of orange inspiration at:
rsc19 super saturday

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May 17, 2019
Mod Mountains Sew-Along from Liz Makes Crafts

At the beginning of this year I joined 2 sew-alongs. But I didn't blog about them because I had a feeling that I'd fall behind. And fall behind I did. I haven't even started one of them, and the second one ... I'm several months behind too.

So the last thing I need is yet another sew-along, right? Well, when Suzy Quilts started her Mod Mountains Sew-Along, I felt the urge to join in. Suzy has this magic of making everything look shiny, exciting, and fun, and I felt myself being pulled in. I tried to resist ...

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organizing my sewing area from Making A Lather

I have been in a cleaning organizing mood. It started with this shelf and turned into a complete rearrange. I had just stuffed anything up here that I didn't want to deal with deciding yet. Bad idea. I found so many wonderful surprises aka things I thought were lost forever. The shelves were over my sewing machine.


After the rearrange, my cutting table is under here to the right. So I moved all my frequently used templates to the shelves. Now we will see if I can keep it nice. The books and notebooks to the left are freguently ...

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May 16, 2019
swap blocks from Making A Lather

I had a chance to work on my swap blocks for May. I am swapping with 4 other quilters to make our own version of circa 1880. Every month I make 30 blocks to swap, and I receive 30 blocks. It is like Christmas looking at what others have made. I haven't trimmed these yet.


I played a game with myself that for every block I finished, I could iron a languishing hst. I make them from leftover triangles but, I don't always get them ironed. This way I can do the boring part while making my blocks ...

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May 14, 2019
pineapple round 2 from Making A Lather

As a way to chain piece my pineapple blocks, I used a  long strip of color for round 2. I could lay the pineapple centers on the strip and just sew. Then I cut them apart and did another side, and so on.


I have had an obsession with making these little 4 1/2 inch string blocks and creating larger blocks. It uses small bits and goes very fast. And you can't make just one. I did not enjoy making the larger
 6 1/2 inch blocks for sand castles. I took forever and it was more difficult ...

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