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April 15, 2019
What's in a Name Tag? from Becca's Crazy Projects

To help people get to know each other, the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild coordinated a name tag swap.

I decided that I want to do some tiny paper piecing to make sure I got it right. I designed a stack of tiny flying geese. I used Electric Quilt 8 to design the paper piecing papers. There is an option to print as many as will fit on a page, so I went with it. There was a printing problem (the user) so I ended up with two pages of these.
I grabbed my bin of scraps and make a couple ...

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March 22, 2019
Lola pouch ~ swap from Charm About You



Honestly swaps make me a bit nervous, what if the recipient judges my sewing or worse doesn't like what I've made for them. There have been occasions where I haven't taken part in swaps because of time constraints but then I feel left out. Knowing I could focus on one small make, I jumped in to join the pouch swap for the Purple Stitches Sewcial Retreat which was this past weekend. 
Despite the worries, it's actually made easy when you join a swap as very often you are asked what you like / dislike and you are ...

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February 28, 2019
block swap from Making A Lather

I am participating in a swap with 4 other quilting friends. We make for each other every month. We all do this differently. Lucy sent 3 months worth before the middle of January. She is a go getter. Linda works in Friday group consistently, meets the goal, and then, works on something else for a little while. Sue works consistently and then works ahead. She isn't stopping until she is finished for the whole year. I am not sure how Hazel does it at home, But, she is over 80 and she can do it anyway she pleases, so ...

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January 21, 2019
Red IS a Neutral from Seaside Stitches

Blogiversary post 2 of 10

In the Fall of 2016, Barb Vedder hosted a block swap: broken dishes blocks made with solids- any red plus one other color. 


I chose to use a pale yellow and pale blue for my blocks.


Barb mixed them up and returned an assorted pile of blocks to us.

I pieced my top on November 1, 2016 and started quilting on the 3rd.


I had just taken a Craftsy class with Christina Camelli, so I had a blast quilting in red thread. It is the neutral in this quilt, after all!


Do you see the ...

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January 9, 2019
It's a swap from Making A Lather

My swap partners are way ahead of me. They have buckets of little tiny pieces cut for our version of circa 1880 quilt. And they are sewing them together. One of our partners has already delivered 3 months of blocks.
I have been working on good fortune mystery quilt and I have let it slide.
Linda's squares...


Sue's blocks...


I decided to do mine with strip piecing. It seemed like I cut and cut and cut........
and sewed and sewed and sewed .......
and there were 10. I need 30 every month for the swap. Hmm, this is going ...

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December 17, 2018
christmas ornament swap . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Greetings!! It's been so CRAZY!  I love this season so very much, but it is time consuming, ya' know?!?

Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose, hosted a sweet ornament exchange this year, and I participated in it!  I was gifted to by Deb, a non-blogger, who took some time to get to know me (via my blog) and really found the perfect little ornament for my tree . . .
Isn't that precious?!  A s'more snowman! Just perfect for me!  In addition, she added some fun little happies to go with the ornament:
What a happy package!

I had the ...

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December 10, 2018
Catch Up with In The Boon Docks from In the Boondocks


My Sew Together Bag more about it this bag here


Extra long Strap


Quilt for a Foster Child one of a local family! Blocks from a free Craftsy class years ago, I learned a lot.  You see my first hexagons I ever made. Beautiful baby will always have a quilt.


Woppet Buckets - I love this pattern and just keep making more! Clever Woppet on Instagram - Anna Cunningham 


These first (2) I made for out bathroom to hold our toiletries!


This one was for the #woppetbucketswap


Swapped this one for Luke Hayes’ birthday!  I got some great ornaments in return!


The ...

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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October 18, 2018
Stitch Gathering 2018 from Charm About You

Real life wobbles, true friends and bunches of creativity! //

There is something so special about spending time with kindred spirits; especially those people that understand fabric love, why we cut up fabric and sew it back together, the procraftination brought about by a quilt needing to be basted, etc. Quilt retreats are the place where we can enjoy talking about sewing and actually doing it! Earlier this month I went to the Stitch Gathering, organised by lovely Jo Avery of mybearpaw. I taught in 2017 and was thrilled to be asked to teach again this year. 

Jo has this fun ...

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September 17, 2018
F2F3 July and August from I Patch and Quilt

May last year I put these small blocks together for my Hot Green quilt… which is still waiting to be quilted, by the way…

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I put these small blocks the middle of the flying geese border.

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I really like making these small blocks so I grabbed the pattern again for my F2F3 swap blocks for Sue for the month of July.

Sue had requested blocks in blues and white: navy to cobalt to light blues plus white.

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I put four of the small cute blocks together to create one bigger block.

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Which I really love.  Blue Heart on Apple iOS 11.3 Blue Heart on Apple iOS 11.3 Blue Heart on Apple iOS 11.3

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For the second block I ...

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August 13, 2018
I've been a busy beaver! from Books, Hooks, Sticks, etc.

August has started out as a great month to get things done.  I don't know what has changed, but I seem to have more "umph" to get things done.


I was in a swap through a Facebook group (small swap, only 4 of us) for Churn Dash blocks.  Here are the blocks I sent out:

The swap was to make one Churn Dash dark and the other one light using colors requested by each person.


I am also in Stash Bee this year.  Here is the block that I did for August.




The directions given had the flying geese ...

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June 12, 2018
And another sew-along! from Espritpatch

I hadn't joined a sew-along for such a long time and suddenly there are so many I want to take part in. The latest one I have found on Instagram is the #kingfisherstitchalong organised by Tales of Cloth and Stiched in Color. And although I really don't need another EPP project, I thought it would actually be the perfect project to use up the hexie flowers I collected along the year of the Inchy Hexie Swap.


So for now, I have gathered all my flowers and will need to pick the ones I want to include in this ...

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May 4, 2018
One monthly goal and a finish from Making A Lather

May is here and time to set my goals for One monthly Goal at elm Street quilts

 I bought this elegant quilt kit a while ago from  a presenter to our guild, Lynn Schmitt Cibulka. The kit was chock full of fiber goodies, wool, velvet, sateen, brocade. I have been intimidated by it. It was costly and so different, that I was also afraid I would never actually make it. So my goal for it this month is to untie the ribbon, and look through it, and read the directions. And if that leads to something more so be it ...

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April 27, 2018
project box decisions from Making A Lather

I found a project box in my reorganiztion and decided I just wanted to finish these projects and be done with the whole box. I am afraid the word just has been my undoing many times. After finishing the sewing on hippie baby, I moved on to Twisted braid. This is from a jelly roll book that I have had for a long time. I had this wonderful set of jelly roll strips in red, white, and blue. And then it was put on the project shelf. I decided I wanted to make this quilt, I still like it, and ...

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April 22, 2018
Stash report April 22, 2018 from Making A Lather

It was an exceptionally rewarding day at goodwill this week for fabric. It has been a long time since I have found anything remotely worth the trip. It was fun, but, it won't look good on my numbers for stash report. There was 6 yards of the top oldie but goodie fabric, 5 yards of the blue and 3 1/2 of shirting plaid.



 There was 2 yards of homespun and, of course, Christmas. Altogether, there was 29 1/2 yards. I spent $15.00.


Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 1 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to ...

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April 20, 2018
more hippie baby from Making A Lather

I have been arranging blocks for hippie baby. And I am never very good at this part. I just keep moving things around and not satisfied. So, I just did it.


 I think it is smaller than I envisioned. But the top is together and I am ready to find borders.

But, wait, I have an idea.... so much for a simple, quick finish.
A few more stars.


I am linking to:
Finished or Not Fridays   
Whoop Whoop


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April 17, 2018
progress from Making A Lather

Every morning I am making 2 of these friendship stars for a swap. I am having fun seeing each one as I iron it when they are finished. My little basket is getting empty. It looks like I may have to cut more background pieces.


I have a customer quilt to deliver.


I thought the fabrics were gorgeous. I used an allover paisley in red. It looks great.


I am linking to:
Free Motion by the River
to do tuesday
too cute tuesday

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April 9, 2018
divergence from Becca's Crazy Projects

This quilt was a result of one of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild bee I participated in last year.

I was the queen bee for the month of April, so I guess it is fitting I finished it in April of this year.
I used the same backing for another quilt and liked it. I thought it would be perfect for this quilt. I quilted swirls as an all-over quilting design. The thread is a very light gray, the same light gray I piece with most of the time.
I think the quilting really adds a dimension to the quilt ...

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April 7, 2018
Quilted Postcard Swap/Blog Hop from Val's Quilting Studio

Last month I posted the quilted postcard I sent from Oregon to Indiana...
I created this one for my Kris who blogs at Krislovesfabric. Her prompt was: MAKE.
My postcard note said: "Kris you make very beautiful gifts and I'm sure they bring sunshine to many hearts."

and  the one that traveled through the mail from Michigan to Oregon to little ol' me! 
This one was created for me  by Sunshine'sAddiction using my prompt: HAPPY.
She illustrated that happy transition many us feel as Winter finally turns into Spring.
Well today we are having a Postcard Blog Hop ...

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April 4, 2018
green squared away from Making A Lather

Happy Birthday to hubby - He's signing up for social security today - wow! We met when we were 16. Hard to believe that was so long ago.


I have sewn the triangles together to make the March squared away sampler for the rainbow scrap challenge. I made 3 blocks.




 I have had fun sewing little friendship stars together. I am trying to make a set for my swap partner and a set for me, but I used up little scraps and may have had enough for only 1. Besides that, we are cleaning the dreaded basement. He does love to ...

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