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October 11, 2018
Scrap Quilt Secrets VS. Strip Quilt Secrets from Butterfly Threads


My first book, SCRAP QUILT SECRETS was developed from the questions I kept hearing during my teaching trips and workshops. I was constantly asked about my design process, and how I went about selecting my designs, fabrics and scraps to make the quilts that seem to all have my signature look. Some folks describe my style as cozy, or cheerful, or a variety of other kind compliments. But the bottom line was, the quilters I met wanted to know how I went from scrap basket to finished quilt.

So I wrote a book. That book is one I'm very ...

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October 8, 2018
And To Think, When I Was 16 I Hated the Color Purple from Quilty Folk

Basket Love is the fourteenth finish of the year! To some, it probably looks like I'm racing through the quilts and never stop to take a deep breath. Others see it for exactly what it is--Quilting is my happy place. Well, right after the husband, kids and grandchild. Never want to minimize the importance of those particular persons in my life!

Basket Love is finished!
But quilting and more importantly, working with my hands, keeps the endless worries and cares at bay. Long ago I made hand quilting an important and necessary part of my daily and weekly routine ...

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September 27, 2018
They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! from Stash Overflow

If you’re of a certain age, you might remember the song with this refrain:

And They’re coming to take me away Ha Ha
They’re coming to take me away ho ho he he ha ha
to the funny farm where life is beautiful all the time, and I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white coats
and they’re coming to take me away ha ha

I’ve been told before that I’m nuts, so why are they coming to take me away this time? I saved a bunch of ...

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September 24, 2018
roll roll from Making A Lather

As part of my mystery quilt challenge, I have finished roll roll cotton boll, Bonnie Hunter's mystery from 2010, and her 7th mystery, and my 11th finish.
I want to have it in the guild show this  October, even if I did lose most of the points on the border, so I still need a sleeve and label, but I count it finished. I really like the neutral string background. And the colors are great, very traditional and cozy.







Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book ...

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September 17, 2018
piecing orca bay from Making A Lather

The string blocks are finished for Quiltville mystery quilt Orca Bay, so it is time to move on to the pieced blocks. It looks like they are mostly ohio star blocks with alternating black and white corners and a red center. I have an accuquilt die for the quarter square triangles which makes it easier to cut. I need a massive amount. No matter how hard I tried, the little pieces just wouldn't come out in an orderly way.


They are only 1 1/2 inch and fiddley.


The hourglass block is 2 1/2 inches and, oh, so ...

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September 14, 2018
Stringing Along While Bordering on Boredom from Stash Overflow

September began with our monthly Sew & Tell meeting. Kathy showed what she’s been up to the last several months.

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Kathy’s yarmulkes for the princess’s upcoming Bat Mitzvah.

She had a lot of fun choosing the fabrics. Each one has a novelty print on one side and what she called a “sane” fabric (tone on tone) on the other side so the owner can wear it on the sober side if preferred. This one is really cute:

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Yarmulke with a llama wearing a yarmulke!

Kathy commissioned the shawl and other bits from a local maker. They’re hand-dyed ...

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September 10, 2018
orca bay strings from Making A Lather

I worked on my red string blocks for Orca bay quiltville mystery quilt. Jo of Jo's country junction is trying to finish all the quilts in quiltville's string fling book before the new book is published. I am trying to finish all the mystery quilts as part of that challenge before the new mystery in November.

I had a nice pile of red strings, but I used up most of them rather early in the process, so I took some bigger scraps and cut strips with my rotary cutter.




Then, I just grabbed something and tried to make ...

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September 3, 2018
strings from Making A Lather

More work on my string/mystery quilt challenge as part of what Jo is challenging us to do.
The blue string blocks for orca bay mystery quilt are finished, so I have started to work on the red. I have several pieced and a few trimmed. It is taking a long time, because I don't like string piecing, but I think, it will speed up soon, because I am tired of the mess.





For my one monthly goal this month, I want to finish the strings for orca bay, finish roll roll cotton boll, and I want ...

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August 31, 2018
String blocks and 9-patches from Stash Overflow

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written here. Apparently my quilting slump extended into writing about my quilting or vice versa. I realized that I haven’t been taking photos of what I’ve been doing. I decided I need to start documenting what I’m doing even if it isn’t so much.

I’ve been actively avoiding working on my must do projects but feel like I need to be doing something. After returning from a couple of weeks visiting family in Illinois, I didn’t feel like working on what I’m supposed to ...

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August 27, 2018
mystery strings from Making A Lather

I've trimmed a few and de-papered a few blue string blocks for Orca Bay mystery quilt.



I just can't like string piecing. I try.  But, I don't enjoy string piecing. While I am sewing these, I am planning how I will just take my tub and dump it into the trash.
I need to remember, I don't like a foundations this small -31/2 inch square. I don't like the triangle corners - I have to really hunt for pieces that are big enough. I don't like having one color I have to sort and ...

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August 20, 2018
getting started with orca bay quilt from Making A Lather

Roll roll Cotton boll is in the quilting cue waiting it's turn. And as much as I would like to completely finish it before starting the next quiltville mystery quilt, it could be awhile. So, I began planning orca bay. I was sure I had the string parts finished, but I can't find them anywhere or any mention of them in my master lists. I don't know how I missed this mystery quilt. I've done parts of all the others. Oh well. Time to start at the beginning. I was just going to cut the foundation ...

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August 17, 2018
I was ruthless from Stitchin' Therapy

  I haven't done a lot in the sewing room this week, but I wanted to get some fabric put away that I pulled out of the closet.  You know how that goes probably.  You have to re-arrange things to get it back in, and in the process you find things.  Don't even think about snickering because it could happen to you.

   First find......a water color wall hanging unfinished......and sewn together wrong!  I remember this one.  Oh  yes, from just before I got so sick 2 years ago.  This was from the last strip pieced class I ...

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August 9, 2018
Tiny Strings, Big Quilts from Kat & Cat Quilts


Happy weekend! I finished two scrappy quilts for Covered in Love this week.  These were pieced by me back in late April during a fit of scrappy productivity using 1.5" string scraps.


I made a tutorial for these blocks and it has become pretty popular on Pinterest.  I wish I knew if any one has actually made their own version!


Basically I sewed together skinny strings to make panels of warm, cool, and neutral fabric, then made HSTs from them.


I had a whole lot more blue/cool colored strings than neutral or warm, so I made one cool ...

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July 16, 2018
More string things from Stitchin' Therapy

  String blocks of course are a project to use leftovers strips and strings on.    I did 4 more sections for a spider web block.   I really like the black and white print for the center star shape.
 But I am drowning in strings here.











  So coiled baskets are a way to use some strings.  And it gives me a project to work on when I am sitting outside,  or watching TV, etc.  I am sorting strings into color families  to add to the clothesline.  Glue stick and  those mighty clips sure make it  easy to control the ends.
   I am ...

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July 9, 2018
how we roll from Making A Lather

As I was going outside to photo roll roll, I noticed the mandevella was really blooming.


Assembly of the rows has begun for roll roll cotton boll. I am so glad that there are not many seams to match, but it is always a challenge to get the direction on the corner setting triangle correct.


I am loving it already. But, here is the thing, I can not dredge up a single memory of sewing the blocks together. With all the triangles, there should be some memory. But, no. funny. Maybe, I did it in my sleep.



I am joining ...

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July 2, 2018
roll roll assembly from Making A Lather

I have been anxious to start the piecing for roll roll cotton boll. I had my heart set on it, and then discovered that I had made the string blocks too small. This was my reward for doing a bit of clean up in the sewing room. I would clean a section and then sew a bit. I was able to sew the first 2 rows and see if I was going to be happy with my fix for the string blocks. I think I will like it.



I am joining Jo of Jo's country junction with her string ...

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June 25, 2018
fixing to roll roll from Making A Lather

I had so many great suggestions for fixing roll roll cotton boll quilt. Thank you. Here is where I realized I had made all the alternate blocks too small.The easiest fix is the best fix. If I had actually string pieced the blocks, this fix would not have worked. The diagonal lines would have been compromised, but, since I don't like string piecing, and I had had some crumb blocks made already, I had decided earlier, I would try this quilt with crumb piecing. I have to see it visually, so I even made a square from paper ...

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June 4, 2018
And that's a wrap, Hands 2 Help 2018 Grand Finale from Sue Daurio's Quilting Adventures

The grand Finale!! Hands 2 Help 2018 has come to and end. These wonderful quilters created 8 beauties for some wonder causes. Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo gets 2 quilts, Little Lambs Foundation for Kids gets 2 quilts, Project Linus local to McHenry Co will get 2 quilts and Sage Cancer Center in McHenry will get 2 quilts from this year and 5 from the previous year. DorothyVeronikaLaurieLiane KoehlRobertTomDeborah - thank you for all you do! We met our goal of 8 quilts this year, and I do think they are the best quilts we ...

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May 9, 2018
May Goals and a Stash Report from Sew........This Is My Blog

Keeping up with goals this year is turning out to be a bigger challenge than I expected it to be.   I normally only set one goal a month so this year with the Scrap Attack challenge and the 6 & 6 in 2018 goals it's been a struggle to keep on track.  Even so, I have completed all eight of the goals I've set so far.  I'm just always scrambling around at the end of the month to get it all done.  What can I say?  Life just keeps getting in the way of my fun.  

The slip ...

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May 8, 2018
Playing With Scale is a Finished Quilt Top! from Quilty Folk

Well, the Playing With Scale quilt top is done! So labor intensive sewing all the rows together. All those stitched, then cut-to-size strip blocks needing reinforcement along the edges. 

Looking at the centerpiece
I was very intrigued by the January challenge and had all sorts of ideas and intentions. Then as the centerpiece developed, the quilt took on a life of its own. Didn't turn out looking like most of the ideas floating around in my head at all! As per usual when playing with improv., the first thing needing to happen is a gathering of fabrics. This stack ...

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