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September 22, 2021
shirt anvil blocks from Making A Lather

I have been working on finishing some old ufos to the 'to be quilted' stage. I am ready to stop making borders for a little while. It was time for some soothing sewing and making a little progress on the shirt anvil blocks. I really like these. Using shirt fabric is one of my favorite ways to make quilts. The cotton just feels so nice.


And I found a few scraps hanging around the machine that wanted me to sew them.


forever easy breezy blocks


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August 4, 2021
a little here and there from Making A Lather

I have made some progress on some of my projects.

I cut some more hsts for go fish leader/ender challenge from quiltville.


I made another block for the wedding ring or cross and crown blocks. I sorted through what I had cut and made sets. I should be able to grab a set and sew a block when time permits.


I realized I  hadn't looked at the shirt anvil blocks in a while. I sewed some hsts together in sets, so that, when I have the time, I can just sew the blocks.


And I found the one ...

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June 9, 2021
what I am working on from Making A Lather

 Do you know what stinging nettle is? It is a mean little weed that has spines all over it's stems and leaves, and, if you touch them, it injects a little bit of acid into your skin for a day's worth of burning and itching. Sometimes rubbing a maple leaf over it will neutralize the effect. When we bought our property 30 years ago, we had a forest of stinging nettles and burdock to clean out. We have worked very hard to eliminate most of them. So this year, I have watched youtube videos about gardening and herbs ...

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May 25, 2021
to do: new snowball from Making A Lather

 I noticed that I have a lot of 2 inch squares that are not matching for easy breezy. So, when I saw this new block, I knew I could use the non- matching 2 inch squares. Any chance to get scrappy is fun for me. I found this at Suzies-scraps.com, scrappy snowballs.



I have been sewing HSTs for the shirt anvil block again. I cut for awhile, and, then, I sew for awhile. Then, I pick up something else for a bit. I have quilting ADD. with no H for hyperactivity.


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April 14, 2021
what I am working on from Making A Lather

 A little bit here and there. I found some bright 4 patches in my reorganization of the project selves. I think I was planning on making a stepping stone quilt with them. In any event, I brought them over to work on as more of a leader/ ender. 


I need to cut more upcycled shirts for the anvil blocks. I really like making these. Each one looks so nice. 



These are the little easy breezy blocks made with 1 1/2 inch squares. I still have some cut and ready to sew.


I tried  a new bread recipe - honey orange ...

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March 18, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

Sometimes, I forget to show the slow progress of some on going projects. I have sew days that don't seem to make any dents in the quilt making process. But, I know they do. And that has to be enough.

I am still hunting for old projects as I am trying to reorganize and label boxes, it consumes me. I have been very creative at storage, I must say.

Maple syrup is done. Hubby has it all put away for another year. It was my first year to trek around the trees and help with the buckets of sap ...

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March 11, 2021
to do: sew off book from Making A Lather

I have been trying to stick to just my projects that are goals for the month. But, every now and again, I just need to sew a block for any other project.  I am using recycled shirts to sew these anvil blocks. Since I am still cutting for this shirt quilt, the box is near my machine. I pass by them on my way to sew, and I just needed to make a few.


other anvil blocks here

We are still collecting sap from our maple trees. This may be the last week. It isn't getting below freezing at ...

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December 2, 2020
a little sewing from Making A Lather

I am using recycled shirt fabric to make these anvil blocks. I tend to sew the hsts for 3 blocks at a time as a quick sit at the machine. I trim and press them in the evening while watching tv. It is easy sewing the pieces together the next day. I am using a hunk of muslin that I want to leave the stash. Although, there is something lovely about muslin. It is just a simple fabric, but, it behaves so well. It is much like the second or middle child.



I added a few easy breezy to the ...

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November 4, 2020
shirt strings from Making A Lather

What do you do when making a block makes more small scraps?


Start a new quilt. I randomly sewed small pieces and strings together to make slabs of shirt fabric. I really didn't have a plan.. yet


Then, I remembered Bonnie Hunter's free string x pattern, and a version that I liked the colors. I started cutting my slabs into 3 1/2 x 10 1/2 rectangles.


I am on my way to using up all my bits and pieces... LOL that's a joke, of course.  I won't even see a dent. I am really ...

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October 26, 2020
to do: use a new trimmer from Making A Lather

I have an abundance of shirts whole, and in parts. I found a great idea for a block using shirt fabric, and, started cutting. The block uses a 4 1/2 inch center and 10 -2 1/2 inch hsts so I cut and cut and cut...and sewed and sewed and sewed.....

I used my slotted trimmers for the hsts.




and, then, I had 4 blocks. I really like the look of them, and hope to continue.



oops I am angled challenged

It doesn't use as much from a shirt as I expected, so I have 2 sets ...

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