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September 19, 2020
postage stamp red from Making A Lather

Little tiny squares and I are having fun in red for the rainbow scrap challenge. Some of the blocks turn out better than others. I don't know if they were not cut accurately or I get in a hurry and sew them too quickly. It's hard to be patient. Each block is different and interesting in it's own way, and, I want to see it.

I was able to sew the red row for the row x row. I have only yellow to go. I plan on putting the rows together soon. I can hardly wait. The ...

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September 18, 2020
fall finish from Making A Lather

I rarely manage to finish a topical quilt in time for any season. This year, I have finished patriotic quilts in time for July 4th, and, now, a fall quilt in time for fall. I must admit, that when I decide which quilts, in my personal blacklog, I am going to quilt, I start with the smallest or the easiest.

I started this one in November 2018 as a mystery quilt at my carolina home. Carole from from My Carolina home offered a quilt along mystery called autumn jubilee.  I worked on it  here and here

I used a flannel ...

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September 17, 2020
new basket from Making A Lather

I found this little beauty at suzies scraps here. I really like her blog for inspiration. I used her ideas for a broken dishes block hereand her tile block here.
I was really excited to find another way to use the quirky "trash" triangles I have in a box. and it is so cute. It is also another great way to use older scraps that are not nearly as modern. Although, all fabric trends repeat over time.

I put them together like a 9 patch. Right now, I have a bunch of 2 1/2 inch squares cut in ...

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September 16, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem....Looking Ahead! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

You may recall that a few weeks ago I asked readers for suggestions for my 2021 tutorial series.  If you aren't familiar with it, each year in January I do a series of posts with tutorials for quick, simple quilts perfect for charity giving - all as a precursor to the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge.  There were lots of great suggestions, but the one that really caught my attention was a request for tutorials using scrappy strings.  Lord knows I have PLENTY of scrappy strings to play with!  

So I started keeping that in mind as I cruised ...

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September 15, 2020
to do: catch up from Making A Lather

I didn't get this purple group of blocks posted last month, during purple at the rainbow scrap challenge. These blocks are part of my rainbow irish chain, that, I have been adding to each month since last year. Last year, I made the 4 patches, and, this year, I am making the bigger block. I was inspired by this quilt.

There have been several months that I did not need to work on it, as the colors for the month were not in my quilt. As we get closer to the finish ( I only need yellow), I am wondering ...

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September 14, 2020
shoo shoo from Making A Lather

I have more shoofly blocks finished. I have at least 100 of these, and, my goal is 160. At this point, most of my corners are cleanups, and, not necessarily matching. All my favorite sets have been made, and, I am trying to use the last of the hsts. I am not wasting any of them. Once I trimmed a gazillion 1 1/2 inch hsts, I wasn't about to let them go to the infinite string/ crumb bucket of shame.

I, occasionally, add an easy breezy little block as a leader /ender, just to see how it looks ...

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September 13, 2020
tiny reds from Making A Lather

I couldn't wait to dig into red for the rainbow scrap challenge in September. I knew I had no shortage of red scraps - they are everywhere. Next to blue, I have more red scraps than any other color. Probably because, there are so many reds. Many of my scraps are gifted to me, and, it is a well used color among quilters. I get a lot of  small scraps in red.

I made the tiny houses from 2 inch strip bin. I look for the shortest strip and cut it 2 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 inches ...

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September 9, 2020
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Wow Am I Inspired! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Well, vacation is over and wow was it wonderful!  And now I'm back to real life as we roar like a freight train to the holidays.  Seems like time passes so quickly, doesn't it?  

It felt really nice to be back in my studio today, although I only had a few minutes to play.  There is so much to be done then first day back from home - laundry, groceries, putting things away - but I did make a few minutes to work on another reindeer.   I'm getting close to finishing all nine, and I can't ...

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stash buster block from Making A Lather

A new block for me. It is the stashbuster 2020 block. It is a great block, and, I am going scrappy with it. I can't use my strip bins for it, so when I have scrap chunks, and, I can get a 3 1/2 and a matching 2 inch strip from the fabric, I have been cutting for it.

We have been canning tomatoes, and, enjoying the last of the garden. We grew eggplant this year, and, had cantaloupe that was yummy.

I am linking:

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September 8, 2020
to do: more ice cream from Making A Lather

I mentioned here, that after experimenting with how I wanted to make these ice cream cones, that, I had started making them in rainbow colors. Today, I have blueberry.

Our Tuesday quilt group met last week in one of of our members' new home. It was the first chance we have had to see it since they moved. We were very interested in her sewing room. 

It is very different than mine. I tend to decorate with tiny annoying pieces of scraps that fall out of the sky, when my back is turned. I carpet with boxes and bags of ...

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September 7, 2020
easy breezy from Making A Lather

 I wanted to try a neutral background for my psp20 blocks. I didn't use a single piece for the light background 1 1/2 inch squares. I just used anything hanging around in the basket I had on hand. I realized I might want to add more dark and light blocks to my growing pile. But, mostly, I will make my blocks according to the color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge. 

I've been adding a few easy breezy blocks each week. I find that, when I poke around in my 2 or 1 1/2 ...

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September 6, 2020
stash report: September, 6, 2020 from Making A Lather

I bought this fabric from quilted twins online. I needed to enhance my orange and yellow stash. I like quilted twins 1/2 yard bundles. I can get an assortment and it is good quality. Unfortunately, their fabric knows how to jump into the cart, so you have to be careful.

Stash report  September 2020

Fabric Used this week: 21 1/2 yards - I finished a baby quilt and  windmill quilt
Fabric Used year to Date: 268.25 yards

Fabric Added this week: 10 yards  
Fabric Added Year to Date: 117.75 yards
net fabric: 150.5 yards used more ...

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September 5, 2020
down country roads from Making A Lather

I am not sure why the first quilt I work on each month for the rainbow scrap challenge, is country roads. I guess because it is so easy to get started. I grab a few red 1 1/2 inch strips, stack them, cut them, and presto they are done. Nothing like instant gratification. There is a link at the bottom for the pattern.

I am sure I will be working on these next year.                         

I ran out of August before I ran out of purple projects to show. I made a purple row for my row x row quilt ...

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September 4, 2020
ice cream for quilters from Making A Lather

I bought this pattern in May to use for the rainbow scrap challenge. I was sure I could make it easier using die cuts. The die I have for the cone, makes a fatter base.

I didn't like any of my first attempts. I think I like them better with fatter ice cream bottoms, and, that Is what I have decided I will do. I have lime sherbet.

strawberry cream

grape sherbet

This month, I hope to make cherry ice cream.

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September 2, 2020
progress from Making A Lather

I must press on with these little shoofly blocks. I will get them sewn. This was last year's leader/ ender from Quiltville. 

Many if these hsts came from an orphan adoption.

I also have these star blocks cut and kitted that I wanted to catch up.

Sometimes progress doesn't seem like much, but, it is still moving forward.

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... But Plaidish May Be The Cure! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

It took a vacation to give me some time to do some scrappy sewing, but hey, I'll take it when I can get it!  You may remember a few weeks ago when Lilli and I spent an afternoon together pulling fabrics...

...which I then turned into a kit and tucked away for vacation.  It took all my will power not to dig right in - but there were other quilts that took precedence.

Someone was looking out for me, though, because when we got to Perdido Key we had two rainy days that kept us from enjoying the ...

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August 29, 2020
tiny purple squares from Making A Lather

 I have caught the postage stamp bug, and really can't concentrate on my other projects. I have 1 1/2 inch strips, but, very few 1 1/2 inch squares. I wasn't worried, because, I can cut squares from strips. My quilty friend was very supportive, and shared a zip lock bag of squares. It's always fun to see other quilter's fabrics. My plan was to grab a handful, and return the rest. She wouldn't take them back. haha.

My biggest challenge is having a solid strip long enough to do the whole block ...

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August 27, 2020
quilt and rug from Making A Lather

In may, I had all the bunnies fused to the blocks, except these two. I couldn't do these, because, they needed to overlap the borders. I wasn't sure about the borders, so, I left them for a bit in time out.
Now, I have all the bunnies fused, and stitched around, and bordered. The pattern, I am loosely following calls for 2 inch squares as sashing. I am not sure, what I want, yet. I need to let it percolate a little.

My rug hooking group has started meeting again at the library. My husband is a great ...

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August 26, 2020
Scrappy Quarter Cabin from Becca's Crazy Projects

Part 4: the scrappy finish.

I planned on trimming this quilt last week but didn't get around to it until Saturday. I cut my borders at 2.5" then trimmed them down after quilting. This helps me keep the border consistent all the way around after quilting.
I pulled out a bunch of 2.5" strips to make a scrappy binding. Scrappy bindings are generally my favorite and this was no different.
Such a happy scrappy binding! I even added a few more pieces before I was done.
I do love some swirls!
I finished the binding by machine ...

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August 25, 2020
to do: cut purple from Making A Lather

We have had great weather and have enjoyed outdoors, and, even found a monarch on our flower tubs. We have planted milkweed in our yard, but, it hasn't bloomed. What a surprise to see our own monarch butterfly.

I have spent the month cleaning and sorting my purple scraps as part of the rainbow scrap challenge this month.  I had an entire wire basket of scraps in that color. Apparently, it had been a long time since I sorted through and organized it. I certainly didn't think I had that many scraps.
I don't like the ironing ...

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