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May 6, 2019
Two tutorials - Quilts from Shirts from Studio Dragonfly Quilts


The original post for these quilts was just over two years ago. This set of mini-quilts was made for a family of five siblings to remember their father. I've received several questions about reproducing the design for the first and third quilts so thought I'd share that information here so that you can make one, too.

One frequent question is about how to size the finished quilt to be bigger or smaller. Both of these designs are based on an eight block by eight block grid. In other words, there are eight rows of eight blocks. To determine ...

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April 26, 2019
cactus patch quilt from Making A Lather

I have a finish, and even though I haven't found a sunny day, I took photos.  It is a queen sized quilt from a Bonnie Hunter pattern in scraps and shirttails. I blogged about it here. I made it using "made " fabric as the center squares and recycled shirts as the sashings.


I did a free motion swirl pattern all over the quilt on my long arm. Even with the wind, there is always an errant thread somewhere. haha


This is one of my goals for the 2019 finish along. My goals are listed  here.

I am linking to ...

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March 27, 2019
fair and square from Making A Lather

In this post I was trying to figure what the string blocks were that I found. I later realized, I had started fair and square without making any note of it.
After the string blocks were finished, I started making 360- 4 patches that finish at 2 1/2 inches.


Those are finished and I am slowly putting the blocks together. I am using this as my away project for Tuesday quilt group and Friday quilt group. And There is always fun to be had and slower progress.


I just love it when all the prep work is done, and ...

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March 25, 2019
cactus patch from Making A Lather

Cactus patch was the first quilt I wanted to make in Bonnie Hunter's first book scraps and shirttails. I really liked the half blocks and how the half square triangles are a little wonky. The centers for each block are crumb blocks, and the colors were bright.
I already had a growing pile of crumb blocks, and, was excited for the idea on how to use them. I worked on it, off and on, for awhile, and then, it disappeared into the ufo void. The ufo void must be a fascinating place.


I have wanted to finish it many ...

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March 24, 2019
Stash report March 24, 2019 from Making A Lather

It's a miracle, but, there was no new fabric making a home here with me last week. I did buy some shirts at the rescue mission for .25 each. But, I walked away from thrift store fabric and giveaways and other peoples's scraps....at least last week. I make no promises.



I am still sorting through the green scraps, and used the shortish strips to make 4 patches in 2 1/2 inch size. I used the 2 1/2 inch die to subcut into twosies.


And then there were more 4 patches for the irish chain quilt ...

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February 23, 2019
bargain basement from Making A Lather

I have a finish - bargain basement from the book scraps and shirttails.


It was cold and windy, but most of the snow was gone, so we opted for an outside shot.


I have decided this will be for my Grandson Matthew. It has his Grandpa's shirts in it, and, oddly enough, there was a scrap leftover block from His Dad's eagle quilt over 20 years ago. It's the little gold friendship star lower left side. I guess I don't get rid of anything.


I think the border really adds to the quilt and frames it nicely ...

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February 21, 2019
strings from Making A Lather

Here I talked about a puzzle I had with a batch of shirting string blocks that I didn't remember. I had gone through my ufo lists and my wish lists, and I couldn't find any project that I would want these blocks, but I had precut a substantial number of foundation squares, so, I just kept going. I had about 10 squares left when I saw the quilt again that inspired them. It is fair and square - a quiltville pattern. Puzzle solved. They are finished now, trimmed and depapered. It's time to look at what else I ...

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January 31, 2019
string puzzle from Making A Lather


Admittedly, it has been awhile since I sat at the treadle to make string blocks. But, when I did, I found a small pile of shirt string blocks that I don't remember. Did I just decide to make them for the parts department or were they intentional. There were paper foundations cut to a specific size and stacked in sets of 10. and there were at least 50. That means they were intentional but for what?  I just don't remember. I have looked through my pinterest boards and my in process lists, and I can't seem to ...

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January 30, 2019
bargain basement from Making A Lather

Oh my! We have -17 degrees in Indiana today with a strong wind. I don't think we are going anywhere. Good day for quilting, and hot chocolate.

The last time I blogged about Bargain basement, I had gotten this far. I still had not decided on borders. I blogged about it here in June of 2017. I had added borders eventually, but I don't have a record of that.
 One morning last week, I was waking and wondering what to do for a project that day. And, even though I have a gazillion in process projects, I thought ...

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November 30, 2018
Two Memory Quilts - Simple and Special from Studio Dragonfly Quilts



I've been on a bit of a sewing break, focusing more on time with my family and taking care of my health. But when this project came my way, I was ready to get back to it. Many months ago, a coworker had asked if I would be willing to make a quilt from her brother's shirts. I told her I would be happy to, but had pretty much forgotten until she showed up with shirts in October.

Eight shirts, four cool color, four warm color, all in excellent condition. We looked at quilts on Pinterest and she ...

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August 9, 2018
catch up from Making A Lather

After my daughter went back home to Utah, I was feeling glitchy, unable to focus. So, I played catch up with the little odds and ends laying about. I had four glittter blocks to put together. I almost couldn't remember my method it has been so long.  I did a count, and I need 10 more to finish.


I have 7 more to this stage. Surely, I can push to the finish.


 I had a stack of shirts to put away and I remembered I need another 100 pieces cut for rectangle wrangle, so I cut 40 some.


And ...

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August 3, 2018
jupiter and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I have 2 blocks finished for Drops of Jupiter. There was almost only one. I am not sure I am liking it, and every seam is an inset seam. But, making two was better.





A new month is time for new goals for One monthly goal at Elm street quilts.

For August, I want to continue work on stella cyranna. I have the pieced rows finished, and it is time to assemble and work on the wool applique.


I want to quilt roll roll cotton boll. I found a backing, so I need to make the binding, and, I have ...

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May 8, 2018
shirts from Making A Lather

I have accumulated a box of shirt scraps, mostly yokes and plackets from cutting them. I put them aside and fold the rest of the shirt pieces. I decided one evening, while watching TV with my hubby that I would just sit and cut them into useable pieces. Then, I decided I might as well cut for a quilt. And the mess began. 


I wanted to cut for rectangle wrangle from scraps and shirttails. I needed 480 2 1/2 x 10 inches rectangles. Doing it this way made sure that I was cutting a variety of shirt fabrics, but ...

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April 16, 2018
A Star, I Think - Part 3 from Ravelly1



I had the front pocket area of each shirt left over & thought, 'why not make a pillow from the mix.' As you can see, I kept the pockets, thinking, they would be perfect to place little momentos inside. 
What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear from you.

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April 13, 2018
Star, I'm Thinking - Part 2 from Ravelly1

I've added a row at the top and bottom of the body of the quilt to lend some length and that's that!!!

Now to get to work on the backing which sometimes takes longer to do than the top.....sigh
I'm using a couple of the t-shirts provided and the rest of the HSTs.

Finally done with the backing. Yeah!!! 
Now I'll need to quilt everything and present it to her.........I'm going to buckle down and get this done. You've heard it here!!

This is my own design that I sketched out a ...

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April 9, 2018
Star, I'm Thinking from Ravelly1

I think I'll name this "Morning Star." I'm making it for a family friend whose husband passed away last fall. Some of the blocks are made from his old shirts. I dug thru the stash, pulled out the dark fabrics to make the star come to life. I need to sew the rows together, add a border & make a backing from the extra HST. Hopefully this won't take long. Fingers crossed & all.

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November 13, 2017
cheddar again from Making A Lather

I haven't forgotten about the cheddar sampler. I took photos of the rest of the blocks and laid them out together.

leaf block


missouri star
I don't remember

cups and saucers

It's time to add the sashing


I am linking to:
Making Monday  link in sidebar
main Crush Monday   link in sidebar

show and tell monday

design wall monday   link in sidebar



boms away   link in sidebar

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October 30, 2017
calling it done for October from Making A Lather

I feel like I have been working on these blocks forever, but it's only been a month. I started with 2 blocks finished and now I have 56. I will set them 7 x 8. I have all of the 125 string pieced sashings pieced, trimmed, and de papered. I have 50 of 72 cornerstones paper pieced. I really made a great start on this quilt. I'd like to think I will keep going, but if not I have it on the list for 2018. So I have met my goal for One monthly Goal OCtober.

Carrie Nation ...

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October 27, 2017
More cheddar blocks from Making A Lather

I have really concentrated on the cheddar sampler quilt, trying to get 56 blocks made by the end of the month. I have nearly 50, so it is still doable.This block took a little studying to decide how to approach it. Mostly, I am going by picture. I know that if there are 2 columns the blocks are 3 1/2, if there are 3 columns the blocks are 2 1/2 ,and if there are 4 columns the blocks are 1 1/2.
This is called mosaic





I spent one day making a block, making a pass on ...

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October 21, 2017
blocks and circles from Making A Lather

Someone asked about my scrappy circles rug. It began as an excuse to use leftover wool strips that were accumulating. I draw circles with 3 different sized jar lids and just fill in with what ever I can think to do without agonizing over the choices. The largest circle is 3 or 3 1/2 inches across.It is colorful and fun, and I just love it. It has become a bit too big to take with me anywhere and can almost pull a stand frame over, so I have been planning to use a small quilting frame and sew ...

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