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January 19, 2020
I put on my sorting hat from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

You must bear with me as I document an update on my walking challenge. I've put in some intense days of walking this past week - well not really intense, but I did add in an extra walk with the girls and I've been logging some miles on the treadmill at the gym. It's not a big deal, but at the end of the day when you've done over 10 miles of walking, you're tired. As a result, I slept in this morning. Really slept in and that was mostly because the darn plow woke me ...

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January 18, 2020
A scrap happy day! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What a fun day! Well, most days are fun, but yesterday was an exception and something very good came out at the end.

It was a community project quilt sewing day in Studio B. There were six of us in total and the plan was to work on string quilts. For some reason, I've acquired a huge amount of 2" fabric strips. I'm not even sure what I was going to do with them. Most of them were crammed into this wire basket. I think I bought a bunch of ugly fat quarters and was going to make ...

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Scrappy Lap Quilt, getting it ready to quilt from Grandma's Red Needle

A couple of weeks ago I got the wide (108") backing for the scrappy lap quilt. 
If you read my previous post you can easily imagine how 'fun' it is to empty the table to get ready sandwiching the three layers together. 

The backing may not look wide on the photo, but it is double! 

UGH! How easy is it to deal with this width?!
Do you see the carton boxes to the upper left? That's the cat's! He loves them, uses to sleep in one and sometimes just hide in one of them, jumps out and scare ...

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January 17, 2020
Clue #4, #7, #8 Progress {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

After a long delay, I have finally finished Clue #4 for my Frolic mystery quilt! While the final reveal came out today, I am not as behind as I thought I might be.

To finish up Clue #4, I made all of the necessary sets of HSTs in navy, dark teal, and aqua.

I split up my aquas so that I used half of the different prints to make the aqua/navy HSTs and the other half of the prints to make the aqua/dark teal HSTs.

The left and center aquas are from my Pineapple Log Cabin quilt, the ...

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January 16, 2020
white basket scraps from Making A Lather

I sorted through a scrap basket, and it is empty. I can't believe it. It has been a bottomless pit for several months.

I had a small stack of scraps that looked like the right size for some 2 1/2 in HSTS. I had a great time cutting them into a useable size. I don't have any plans for them, but they are in drawers with their friends.

There were many shirt yokes that needed cut into useable sizes too. I don't have the hand strength to cut the yokes, so, I save them for the ...

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January 15, 2020
scrap bag blocks from Making A Lather

I found another scrap bag, during a new year push to clean the sewing area. It was a wonderful assortment of brights. I decided to start right away with an improv block that I liked on the internet. It was green and the rainbow color for January is green. I was hoping to use the scraps until they were gone, but it might take longer than I thought.

I am using a charm pack for the center. I have just cut willy nilly to create the strings. I am aiming for at least an 8 inch square.

It's a ...

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Sundae Pincushion from Wedding Dress Blue

I found this interesting object in a thrift store for 69-cents.  Too darling to leave behind.


So it came home with me.  To become a pincushion.


First try went…badly.  What was I thinking?!  Wrong shape.  Wrong size.


Second try, however, turned into this!



I am pretty sure I could make a pincushion every week for a year and not get tired of it.  Which is funny, because I really don’t use pincushions much.  I have a metal magnetic tray.

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I May Have A Scrap Problem... Something A Little Different! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's 2020, and I still have a scrap problem - how about you?  I haven't had much time this week to sew, or even check out the internet much, but I did come across a great new way to use scraps today.  And after all, everyone needs a new way to use up their scraps, right?

This was the first thing I saw - and as I have a pair of lampshades just like that, and I really don't like them, I immediately saw the potential!  Now, Pinterest is an amazing place, and when I started searching ...

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January 14, 2020
to do from Making A Lather

A big thank you to  the hosts of to do Tuesday for the prize I received. It is wonderful and very thoughtful ( they added scraps) yippee. They host a linky party every Tuesday that is fun.

I don't usually open charm packs, because, they are sacred, but, I really wanted to see what was in there. It is beautiful. I hope to find a use for this right away.

Let's try this list making again.
Last week's goals
1. cut frolic 5 - done
2. sew frolic 5 - done
3, quilt one of my quilts - it's on ...

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January 13, 2020
Clue #4, #6, #7 Progress {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

Slowly but surely I am making tiny bits of progress on my Frolic mystery quilt. I was able to dig deep in my stash to find two fat quarters to finish the cutting for Clue #4!

Yay for not having to go to the store and buy more fabric! I started drawing lines on the back of the small squares to pair each with a navy or dark teal small square to make the half-square triangles for Clue #4 and this will be the next thing I sew. Most of my aqua fabrics are left over from my April Shower ...

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January 12, 2020
Back to work from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Hmmm -- I had a great day yesterday, but here's a mystery to ponder. We are doing our virtual challenge and as a result, I can see the number of miles logged by each day by our little group of four. I just eeked out 10,000 steps in the day. Shelly took a walk so I get where she got her miles, but Laura???  What did Laura do to get her miles yesterday??  I'm impressed Laura - keep it up. It just means that I'm going to have to up my game!

It's a new week and ...

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January 10, 2020
green scraps from Making A Lather

The color for the rainbow scrap challenge for January is bright green. Last year, the month of green, I didn't really do a look through the basket. I knew I needed to pull everything out, and sort through, to discover what hidden treasures I might have in the basket. My original plan was to cut everything into useable sizes. But, after it was neat and tidy, I didn't want to cut it.

After a good night's sleep, I was ready to cut again. I cut 3 1/2, 2 1/2, 2, and 1 1/2, and ...

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Handmade Gifts from Dizzy Quilts

I didn't make many gifts this year - I was a little short on time unfortunately, but I did manage to get small things done.

First was a secret Santa gift for the office exchange. The person I was matched with really likes pink, candles and tea. So I decided to buy her a scented candle, a tea cup and I made a pink one-hour basket to put them in!

I used fat quarters I had in my stash and some By Annie's Soft & Stable to give the basket some structure and make sure it wouldn't collapse with ...

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January 7, 2020
Clues #4, #5, & #6 Progress {Frolic Mystery Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

While I am going to talk about three clues today, I'm actually only done with one out of the three!

When we got home after Christmas, I had some time to do the cutting for both Clue #4 and Clue #5.

For Clue #4, our assignment was to cut pieces and parts for HSTs and for triangle parts to be used later. I had plenty of my navy fabric and my dark teal fabrics for my required number of sets, however I only had enough aqua fabrics for about 75% of the required number of sets. I will need ...

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January 6, 2020
A New Year of ? . . . from Heart Desire Creations

Quilting, creating, travel and fun with friends! A two night sew-in with friends in March, three retreats in April and one in November. No firm travel plans yet, but I’m working on it!

First up is prepping to make a quilt for a baby girl due this spring.  The requested colors are red, gray and black. Here are the reds I’ve chosen:


And here are the grays and blacks:


My plan is to make a scrappy sawtooth star, with four patches between each star block. The fabrics are all prewashed and pressed. I’d like to get them ...

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A New Idea: Star Kissed from Wedding Dress Blue

Years ago Sparkle Jane took a notion and decided to cut 1-1/4″ squares.  1-1/4″?!?  That is REALLY small.  But, they sat in this box and after a while started to hum at me.  Do projects ever do that to you?  Just sort of seem to hum in the back of your mind, “I could be beautiful.  Give me a chance.”

So, I started to piece, a little aimlessly at first.  Just as a leader-ender project.  Before I knew it, I was making 25-patches.  Then, there were 25 of them.

By then there was too much invested to stop ...

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January 5, 2020
stash report january 5, 2020 from Making A Lather

I haven't done a stash report since July. I had back surgery in July and most of my routines fell apart.
I enjoyed watching the statistics through the year, so, I hope to make this a regular part of my blogging again.
I typically count the fabric that comes in the week of the stash report, but this is an exception. I bought this fabric as a jumbled scrap bag last year at a quilt show. I knew it was hefty, but as I unpacked the bag and folded it, I discovered 10 yards of very yummy fabric.

I ...

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January 2, 2020
more sand castles from Making A Lather

I am certainly late today, as my youngest had his wisdom teeth removed. He is 24 and has aspergers, and doesn't like to be uncomfortable, oh my. He is certain he is dying. I will not give him a bell to call me LOL.
I am moving along on sand castle blocks. I would like to have a top by the end of January.

I am digging through a box of scraps from a quilt show in June. I had surgery in July, and, then, I forgot about it. I found some interesting treasures. I bought this pattern in ...

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January 1, 2020
OMG January 2020 from Urban Quilter

My one-monthly-goal for this month is to make 72 mini log cabin blocks for a quilt I want to have done in April. The plan is to make a lapquilt from 4" (finished size) log cabin blocks and I will need a total of 168. I have 30 made so if I made 72 this month and 72 next month I will be ready to assemble and quilt in March.

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Looking Ahead from From the Strawberry Patch...

Looking ahead to 2020; I have chosen a guiding word to focus on: VISION. Well, with this new year, what other word could I possibly choose for twenty/twenty than this one? I am borrowing a page from Quiltdivajulie's book today and choosing a guiding word to lead my path through these next twelve months.  So, in an effort to be guided by the word VISION, I need to look at, and see, what is

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