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January 19, 2022
a lifetime of scraps from Making A Lather

This has been an eclectic scrap bucket.   Sorting this scrap bucket, I have found some fun surprises. I obviously just threw everything I wanted to clean up into the bucket at one point. I really like old blocks and feel a real urgency to rescue them. But, I don't know what to do with them. So, with indecision, they were doomed to a scoop and tidy. 

aren't these wonderful vintage fabrics?

I had already cut the 10 inch square. This was the pile of  scraps that I thought were big enough to have a 5 inch square cut ...

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January 17, 2022
Scrappy Placemat using Strips and Scrap Tape from Expect Moore

Turn your scraps into a useful placemat with this quilt-as-you-go scrappy placemat! You can whip up this placemat in about an hour using the quilt-as-you-go method, and your scraps. And, you can use your scraps of batting as well! Placemats are so handy to have, and scrappy, quilted placemats like these are super fun. Make […]

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5 quilts Jan 17 2022 from Making A Lather

 My 5 quilts progress report.

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - color red -candy is finished. I am sorting through the red strips and cutting for the next rsc project. These are the 2 1/2 inch strips. I want to clean up the bag and set a minimum of 12 inches in length to keep in the bag. Anything smaller will be sewn into 4 patches.

less than 12 inches

 I cut for Hunters star blocks using a new die I bought during the Holiday sales.

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January 14, 2022
finished hourglass quilt from Making A Lather

 I started this leader/ender challenge with quiltville in July of 2016. My friend Lucy, my daughter, and I swapped hourglass blocks all year. The top was done in September 2017. It has been waiting in the 'to be quilted' closet until this year. Now it has a chance to shine as a completed quilt. There are over 3000 pieces in this quilt. It was such fun to get a new package in the mail with new hourglasses. And fun again as they were sewn into the top.

This also completes my one monthly goal at elm street quilts. And ...

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January 13, 2022
In the bleak winter...P.Q. 13.1 All the colors from Sew Sunshine

Time for Project Quilting 13.1 first challenge of 2022All the colors is the theme over at Persimon dreams website. I have been doing quite a few of these challenges since some of the first seasons. Sometimes you need a boost to get started on something. This challenge was perfect to start because it is so cold and blah outside right now. This quilt is 40" x 55" fabric from stash, low volume

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January 12, 2022
5 quilts Jan 10, 2022 from Making A Lather

My 5 quilts progress report.

1. rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy - color red -candy - All the string blocks are sewn, trimmed, pressed and ready to sew into blocks. I trimmed them to 4 1/2 inches

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- I made the letters for the purple row. I really like purple. That's it for letters. I hope to start making the rows now.

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter - After a count of finished hourglass blocks for the mystery, I was 60 short.

Back to cutting and ...

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scrapbusting tool from Making A Lather

Another favorite tool I use when I am taming the scraps is the easy angle ruler. I bought mine years ago from the lady who invented it. I used it for years. I bought Bonnie Hunter's ruler too, but, find it a bit confusing, so I revert to the easy angle almost every time. I think you can still buy them at Joann fabric but it is a different brand

I needed to cut hsts for my star and crown block, so, when I grabbed the easy angle ruler, I realized how important this little ruler is to me ...

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January 10, 2022
Very Simple Yet Very Effective and Some 2022 Plans from caledonia quilter

 Here are a couple of November quilt jobs.  Both of these are made with simple blocks, and the end results are great.  Both are also very scrappy - my favorite!

#1 - 9-Patch blocks

#2 - Half-Square Triangle blocks

This is my New Years Day project.  I've been stitching a bit on this every day.  The rows are ready to sew together.  Maybe tonight I'll start that?

Today was one of those days where I was having trouble getting motivated.  To be honest though, many days are like that.

In the past week there have been THREE mornings when I slept ...

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January 9, 2022
stash report January 9, 2022 from Making A Lather

 This is the first time I have had an amaryllis. It has been a lovely experience. And I still have Christmas cactus blooming.

stash report January 9, 2022

fabric added -0000000yards

fabric added year to date0000000yards

fabric used 8 yards destashed

fabric used year to date 8 yards

8 yards used more than bought. I am starting the year ahead on fabric. 

I have so many scraps to get through, I really don't need to buy anything this year. This will be my next bin of scraps to cut. It is a 15 quart cheap plastic container. It weighs ...

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January 7, 2022
borders from Making A Lather

 Day 7 of January and I have not bought any fabric - This is a big deal for me. I wonder when the shakes will stop. Of course, I haven't been anywhere, but, I know how to use the submit now button on a website. I have at least 2 feet of floor cleaned up and vacuumed back from my sewing machine. For as nice as it feels, why can't I remember to keep it that way. I am barely energetic enough to sew. I have been trying to finish the gazillion hourglass blocks for rhododendron mystery. I thought ...

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January 6, 2022
taming the scraps from Making A Lather

 My favorite tool for taming my scraps is my creative grids stripology ruler. I have the strip dies for the accuquilt and I use them a lot. But, when I have odd sized smaller pieces of scrap that I plan on using to add variety to my bins, I like to use the template. I have both sizes. I use the original template with a larger scrap, and, the smaller one for ( wait for it) smaller scraps.

It is a quick cut or 2, and I can make several sizes from one scrap.

This is a scrap print that never ...

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January 3, 2022
5 quilts january, 3, 2022 from Making A Lather

 My 5 quilts progress report.

1. Rainbow scrap challenge - color red -candy - I cut the background pieces for candy quilt

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- nothing new done

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter - 

I am still working my way through clue 4. Lots of cutting needed and chain piecing took forever.

I discovered that if I chain piece my qsts like this through the machine

They will be webbed together for an easy sew to get the hour glass. I missed about 1 in 10 - turning them the wrong way ...

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January 2, 2022
stash report january 2, 2022 from Making A Lather

 Last year I accumulated 173 yards of fabric - which had to weigh 519 pounds. No wonder my house is creaking. If each quilt averaged 20 yards that is 8 1/2 quilts. I used 233 1/2 yards in my quilt making. In my mind I pick up a little here and there, not almost 200 yards. If I say I won't buy any over 100 yards this year. what will I do if I buy all of that in January. That leaves 11 months of no fabric.

fabric I cut from gifted fabric

I need to tame my ...

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January 1, 2022
one monthly goal and rainbow scrap challenge from Making A Lather

 I worked on crumb stars last year for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I have 72 blocks made which will make a nice lap size. I am moving it to the ufo list since I don't know what I want to do with them yet. I thought I might make a straight setting until I took the picture and then I like them on point. we shall see

I am anxious to move on to something new.

I want to make  5 quilts for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I seem to have a thing ...

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December 28, 2021
Kicking 2021 To The Curb from caledonia quilter

One of the best memories from 2021 - Beach Day in Exeter.  That car and I are approximately the same age.  I think it's a '57, and I'm a '56.

Lovely scrappy one that I quilted in September.

Margaret's 150 Canadian Women Quilt.  Mine is still only half way complete.

Wow, beautiful vintage blocks!

Ooh, so pretty.  I had trouble figuring out the quilting for this one but I love how it turned out.

Ahem.  How I spent December 16th.  Lined up for 4 1/2 hours at Dundurn Castle's parking lot for a booster shot on ...

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December 27, 2021
5 quilts Deccember 27, 2021 from Making A Lather

 My 5 quilts progress report.

1. boho heart - I am working on group 2 first section in pink, but, at this point, I am dropping this project off the list to add it to my rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy list, since, I want to work on it in rainbow color of the month.

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- I made a multi colored word rsc and abbreviation for rainbow scrap challenge. I sure didn't want to make the whole words - eek

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter - I ...

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December 26, 2021
stash report december 26 2021 from Making A Lather

The last stash report of the year - I hope you all had a merry Christmas. Ours was quiet

I am facing a scrap dilema. I am sure I have officially more scraps than yardage, but I can't find room for them or all the scrap quilts I want to make. They are piling up higher and higher. And it seems that the more I cut, the more there is. They are lurking behind every corner, under every surface, hanging from the ceiling. There is some in the garage, attic, and basement. Somehow, I must make a stand. I am ...

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December 22, 2021
wonky finish from Making A Lather

I chose wonky courthouse steps for my December  one monthly goal at elm street quilts. I think this will be the last finish for the year. I have met my goal for the phd 21I started this in 2019 as a fun side project using my smallest scraps. Making this was very therapeutic. Bonnie Hunter is offering this pattern as a freebie and it is downloadable on her site. I pieced this entirely on my Singer treadle

80 x91 = 22 yards 

I used a scrappy red binding and a flannel sheet for the back. It should be ...

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December 20, 2021
5 quilts december 20, 2021 from Making A Lather

 My 5 quilts progress report.

1. boho heart - woo hoo - section 1 and 2 in pink is done. I am planning on doing the part to the right next. 

2. full stop quilt that Angela is doing for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.- I made the date in red

3. rhododendren mystery - hunter - Clue 3 was made from the hsts from clue 1 and added wing triangles. Clue 4 looks like a stinker of a clue, but, it is next on the list

clue 3 

4. fish school - this is a year long project for the quiltville leader ...

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December 19, 2021
stash report dec 19 2021 from Making A Lather

I have a box that has arrived from Missourri star quilt, but, I haven't even opened yet. just in case hubby needs a gift for me haha

But I am playing with fabric. I am still sorting through the crumbs and strings into baggies by color. It makes a huge mess but will help with a rainbow project for next year.

stash report December 19, 2021

Fabric Used this week: 3 1/2 yards  

Fabric Used year to Date: 211 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this week:0 yards 
Fabric Added Year to Date: 173 yards

net fabric: 38 ...

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