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October 1, 2020
to do: brag about my friends from Making A Lather

 My Friday group meets at the library. There are 3 of us, that meet regularly, and, we have another 5 that comes many times, but, off and on. They are all very talented, and approach quilting differently. That's why I enjoy it so much. I just like to make quilts. I may not have a reason to make one or a plan on what I am going to do with it. I may have several projects going at the same time, and, I tend to bounce around from project to project. I quilt my own quilts on a longarm ...

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September 21, 2020
Postage Stamp Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I heard Mary (@mary_thecuriousquilter) was hosting a charm square swap I jumped in with both feet and my considerable collection of 2.5" squares of fabric. I've had some really good luck and some really bad luck with swaps in the past. I went into this one with high hopes and I was not disappointed. 

The first step, for me, was sorting through my collection of 2.5" squares. I have been cutting these little pieces of fun for quite a while now. This is what the collection looked like before I started sorting.

This is what it ...

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September 4, 2020
Pincushion swap! (Really fun!) from Lily Pad Quilting

 Heather at the Sewing Loft put together a fun swap for all of us who signed up!

I made a new friend "down the road a-piece" in Georgia, and received a cool package of goodies! 

First, though, let's look at what happened at my end of the swap! (Grin)

I heard that pinks and a little teal were her "sweet spot" for colors, so I dug out some of my "Sophie" scraps.

I constructed a tiny scrappy block for the front, and a strip (foundation pieced) block for the back and sewed them into a pincushion "envelope," then stuffed ...

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August 7, 2020
Postage Stamp Quilt Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been trimming some of my smaller scraps into 2.5" squares for a while now. Here is my collection of little squares. I learned about a charm square swap hosted by the Curious Quilter on Instagram. This is often where I learn about all sorts of fun swaps.
Here is the empty space left behind after I sorted out several stacks to swap. I am hoping to get back quite a collection of new fabrics.
Here are my swap stacks. Two identical sets (left top and middle), three unique sets (right top, middle and bottom), and two for ...

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July 26, 2020
A finish! from Espritpatch

I still find it very difficult to find some sewing time. Either I am spending my evenings looking for a job or, when I am not, I find myself lacking motivation, energy, brain space to do anything at all. I am lucky that I have had interviews and am progressing with a few companies for now until I get finally an offer that works for me and for all but it is rather a draining process. Anyway, over a few sessions, I have finally managed to sew the binding down on this long-time UFO. 


The string blocks came from a ...

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January 8, 2020
Lucy's basket from Making A Lather

We had a visitor to our little Friday quilt group. She had made these little fabric star ornaments for each of the guild members for our Christmas meeting. We were all thrilled. When she made a visit with us she taught us how to make them.  I could follow along with her and made mine, but, I don't think I could do it again on my own.



This was the day I put my basket quilt together. I don't have a plan beyond this. I am guessing it is about 65 by 70.  Each basket is 3 1 ...

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December 9, 2019
A Gift for Me from Goer

Yesterday I shared the gift I made for the BAM holiday gift exchange. Today I'm showing off the lovely gift I received from Cheri.

First, she made this adorable Hanukkah gift bag to wrap my gift in. As I declared at the party, this could have been the gift! In case you missed my earlier tutorial post, I'm on a quest to make a bunch of reusable Hanukkah gift bags.

I opened the gift and was a little perplexed. Thankfully it came with an introductory note explaining that it is a magic wallet for quilt blocks. It fits ...

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December 8, 2019
Teal and Purple Open Wide Zippered Pouch from Goer

Today was our holiday part at Bay Area Modern Quilting. There's an annual tradition of a gift swap among members. In 2017, I made this apron for Gerre. And last year I made a pair of fabric trays for Joelle. This year I was assigned to make for Mary, and she indicated that her favorite colors were purple and teal and that she'd like "anything." I knew immediately that it would be fun to create something for her and decided her "anything" would be a bag, making it a twofer as it fits the requirements for the November ...

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November 25, 2019
this and that from Making A Lather

It was a long weekend, I have been slowly cleaning for company and Thanksgiving. Not my favorite thing to do. So, I do it very slowly with as many distractions as I can find. I did dig the Christmas tree out of storage. So far it looks a little pathetic.
I made another sand castle block. This quilt is in the book string frenzy. I started it here and here and here.


...and 2 more florabunda blocks. This is a free quilt at quiltville- more here.



 ...and another row of basket blocks. more here


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November 19, 2019
more courthouse steps blocks from Making A Lather

I am starting to see what this wonky courthouse steps quilt will look like when finished. I am joining squares together in sections to make it easier to assemble. More here.
I have really enjoyed making this quilt in the evening when it is dark and cold. It adds a little bright. It is s free pattern from Bonnie Hunter at quiltvile.


I have November and December swap blocks sewn and ready to trim. Which means I am finished with the swap. It will be a top priority for next year to assemble the quilt. I hope. More here




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November 13, 2019
swap happy . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

It's said that it's better to give than to receive, and believe me, I'm all about that. But if you've ever been in a swap with Janet of Rogue Quilter fame, you know it's awesome to receive, too!  Janet and I did a little swap between our birthdays (mine is early in October and hers is later in November). I stitched up a mug rug for her and she stitched up one of her marvelous pin cushions for me. We both stayed in our comfort zones!
Along with this beautiful pin cushion (which reminds me ...

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October 31, 2019
basket one monthly goal from Making A Lather

I have a dozen of these batting boards to use for block piecing. I never remember to use them, but, they came in handy for preparing my basket blocks. I really enjoyed making the blocks once the hard decision was made about which baskets to put where. It was really easy to chain sew, without the pressure of choosing.



I made a few basket blocks first thing in the mornings, and every chance I had, in between other projects. I was surprised how quickly I had a pile of blocks.








I had enough swap baskets to make 57 blocks of ...

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October 25, 2019
Lucy's basket from Making A Lather

My one monthly goal for October was to make a plan for 230 swap baskets I have, and decide a plan. All I needed was a plan, and, the next thing I know, I am obsessed with these scrappy baskets.


Now my big worry is that, I did the math early on for how much fabric I would need for the sashings, and I had enough. Now, I wonder if my math was wonky, and what will I do if I run out of the fabric.


I know I will have enough to do each block, but maybe not enough ...

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October 17, 2019
ready to swap from Making A Lather

I have my swap blocks finished for October. It wouldn't be that hard to just finish the year, if I stuck with it, but I feel behind on some other projects so I will leave them for now. I started this quilt here.


I have had fun sorting through some of the scrap packs I bought at the quilt show. I know I don't have many pinks. So, a perfectly legal purchase.


This pack had a lot of blue.


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October 7, 2019
swap blocks from Making A Lather

It's that time again - a new month - a new set of swap blocks to make.  These are some that I have received from my friends in the swap. I really enjoy making these blocks, and, I have thoroughly enjoyed swapping. The year will end soon enough and it will be time for the hard work of assembly to begin.


We had a chance to attend a quilt show in Lafayette and enjoyed the quilts.




But I really liked the "garage sale" portion. I bought a scrap bag of blacks, a joann block of the month from the 90s. a ...

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August 30, 2015
Nine Patch Swap | August from Quilt In Style

Ehe der August vorbei ist will ich Euch den Block für den Simple Nine Patch Swap nicht vorenthalten. Die Farbwahl für diesen Monat war blau und weiß. Was lustig ist, ist das die anderen Blöcke auch alle in Meerestfarbönen gehalten sind. Wer interessiert ist an den anderen Blöcken findet sie im Patchwork und Quiltforum. Before August is over I want to share with you this months block for

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