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February 18, 2019
Weekly update: three finishes from With Strings Attached

I made two tote bags.  These and the two I showed last week comprise my One Monthly Goal for February. 

The bag on the left uses the same pattern as one of last week's bags.  Both of them have fabric that I used for these tote bags .










Ripples blocks were made by ALA Biblioquilters for the silent auction at the annual conference in June.  They are easy to make -- two 1.5" x WOF strips sewn together, cut into 2.5" sections, and pieced. However, those pieces are devilishly slippery and they twist the wrong direction.  After I'd ...

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February 16, 2019
My 2 Fridays project.................. from Exuberant Color

This is the project I have been working on the last 2 Fridays.  I bought the pattern a few years ago and finally ordered the jute webbing it called for.  It was a LOT of work.  I will not go into the suitcase business!  The fabric is a heavier weight 56" wide fabric with trees and leaves in the print.



There is a zipper pocket on one end and a narrow side pocket between the straps on the side.  I added a pocket on the other end panel even though it wasn't on the pattern.  

I'm glad it ...

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February 11, 2019
Weekly update: OMG halfway and more from With Strings Attached

After I assembled Spare Parts IV (see previous post) I got started on the tote bags that are my One Monthly Goal for February.   By the time the end Sunday night PBS programs (Victoria followed by a documentary about Princess Margaret) I'd completed two of the four totes.

I got the Blazing Star block in a long-ago swap. I came across it when I pulled out spare parts -- high time to showcase this beauty. 

The guild did not meet on Wednesday because of bad weather.  The round robin coordinator is intrepid and delivered the February installment to me at ...

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September 21, 2018
On a roll from With Strings Attached

Another start-and-finish this week.  Believe me, this is highly unusual.  It's a combination of having free time and all the ingredients at hand -- along with great jolts of inspiration.

The reverse-applique batik block was part of a Magpies block exchange back in 2008.  (Thanks, Debs!) Ten years in the orphan blocks box is long enough.  Also, I acquired a yard of black-and-white batik earlier this year which was more than sufficient to make the tote bag.

The tote will be donated (like Wednesday's Maple Rails runner) to the silent auction at the Zion Woman's Club bunco night ...

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September 8, 2018
Mary's September Start from Urban Quilter

Pieces for a shopping bag, Sept. 2018
Project #9 on my 2018 Forward Progress list is my floral shopper. It is a cut out pattern, from an old skirt I liked the fabric but not the fit of,  with thread and matching bias strips in a bag. It has been in this state for several years. The goal for this month is to get the bag made. 

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May 27, 2018
Weekly update: part 2, OMG for May from With Strings Attached

I achieved the four parts of my stated One Monthly Goal for May.  Here is the finish link up

Part 1:  two tote bags for the Rotary golf outing raffle

Part 2:  a mug rug for a colleague who's retiring (and another for a friend who graduated from college)

Part 3:  three mug rugs for fellow Buduget & Finance committee members

Part 4:  a tote bag for the Budget & Finance committee chair
















Thanks once again to Patty for sponsoring One Monthly Goal. It helps me focus and achieve!

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May 21, 2018
Weekly update: winnings, THE wedding, and OMG part D from With Strings Attached

It was cool but sunny on Friday for the Rotary Golf Outing at Shepherd's Crook in Zion. This is our club's major money-maker.  We hope to net over $25,000 to fund international and local projects. (We award $12,000 each in college scholarships to Zion-Benton Township H.S. graduates --  $144,000 so far.)

We are among the major sponsors (and we also get a hole sponsorship sign).  I donated a quilt to the live auction and two tote bags with books to the bucket raffle.  The woman who got the quilt has been the successful bidder in ...

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May 14, 2018
Weekly update: parts A, B, and C from With Strings Attached

I have three of the four parts of my One Monthly Goal completed.

A -- Two tote bags for the Rotary Golf outing on May 18













B -- A mug rug for a colleague who is retiring (luncheon May 17)  (And while I was at it I made one for a friend who's graduating from Gateway Technical College this coming Tuesday.) 

C -- Three mug rugs for P.E.O. committee members with whom I've served this past year
(presentation June 1).  (Daisies are the P.E.O. flower.)

I am narrowing down ideas for D, a tote bag for the ...

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April 16, 2018
Weekly update: OMGs are nearly finished -- snow fooling! from With Strings Attached


The weekend weather was unseasonable: chilly and windy on Saturday, snow on Sunday.  C'mon, Mother Nature, it's mid-April!  The power went out just as our church service began.  No organ, no projector.  We used the bulletin for the responsive readings and sang a capella using the hymnal.  Power was out at home, too (a block from the church).  ComEd crews responded promptly and we were back in business at 12:15 p.m.  Considering that northeastern Wisconsin got record-breaking snowfall (23" in Green Bay), ours was a minor inconvenience.


My stated April OMG was to complete a list ...

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March 12, 2018
Weekly update: guild workshop, OMG, and a group quilt from With Strings Attached



Sue Pawlowski was the speaker at the NLCQG meeting on Wednesday. Her

design business is  Jack's Square Studios.

She began the trunk show by passing around this ball of thread, collected from her sewing when she conducts classes. It was heavy.








(c) Sue Pawlowski 

Here are photos of some of her wonderful quilts. She is not afraid of small pieces -- 1-1/4" that finish at 3/4" or 1" that finish at 1/2".  Her pattern instructions have large and small block sizes

(c) Sue Pawlowski 




Sue has a great sense of humor, too!

On Saturday I participated in ...

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February 15, 2018
Project Bags from From the Strawberry Patch...

These are Project Bags, made from the pattern of the same name. I have made lots of them; as gifts, and a few to keep. They are pretty to look at and straight-forward to construct. According to the write up on the pattern, they are:  Great for organizing everything you need for each of your projects, these handy totes in four sizes have sturdy quilted bases and fun fabric details. A zippered

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Project Bags from From the Strawberry Patch...

These are Project Bags, made from the pattern of the same name. I have made lots of them; as gifts, and a few to keep. They are pretty to look at and straight-forward to construct. According to the write up on the pattern, they are:  Great for organizing everything you need for each of your projects, these handy totes in four sizes have sturdy quilted bases and fun fabric details. A zippered

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January 16, 2018
Weekly update: RSC, round robin, briefcase (again) and NYB from With Strings Attached


Chinese Puzzle is my 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge block.  This is 12.5" (unf). 



I'm participating in a round robin in our quilt guild.  This is month #3.  T. B. said, "Anything goes!" I added the blue flowers. (The flowers were extras from this project and this one.)








The New York Beauty quilt is at the flimsy stage.  This is my entry in the 2018 guild challenge. The theme is "quilt your initials" with one initial being the block name and two initials being the colors.  My initials are NEBH so I chose three of the four. A list ...

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January 8, 2018
Weekly update: ORL halfway, and other accomplishments from With Strings Attached

The Thomas Fire is the largest-ever fire in California.  Grace posted the announcement of a block drive to make quilts for the victims.  The drive is for this specific block (split 9-patch). One yard of fabric for these seven blocks which I mailed off on Saturday.









In other flinging:  I offered the presser feet from my now-deceased Pfaff on two Yahoo sales groups and had a taker within fifteen minutes. (And messages for days afterward, even though I posted a follow up stating that they were spoken for.)   I replied to a sales group request for neutral scraps. I emptied ...

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January 3, 2018
January OMG and first flimsy of the year from With Strings Attached

Tuesday sunset: clear and COLD
It's been bitterly cold here in northeasternmost Illinois and most of the country. Had our trip to the Georgia coast happened we'd have been cold there because we didn't plan to take heavy coats. This evening's quilt guild meeting has been cancelled due to the cold.










busting apart at the seams
My One Monthly Goal for January is actually two projects. 

I plan to repurpose a briefcase/tote to take to next month's ALA Midwinter Meeting . It will replace a repurposed briefcase that's worn out after a dozen or ...

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December 15, 2017
Updates from Tim Quilts

It has been a while since I posted, I have been busy, and still not quite up to par.  But the good news is that next procedure (to break up the pancreatic stones) is Monday morning.    I should be able to fee the benefits of that fairly quickly </p>
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October 25, 2017
OMG October: tote bags finished! from With Strings Attached

My October project for OMG was to set these twelve 7-1/2" (unfin.) blocks. They were my guild's 2016-17 BOM -- a skill-builder for paper foundation piecing.  Participants are to bring their blocks set (quilting not required) to qualify for a grand finale prize.

I realized that I didn't want to make a purple and lime quilt. Or wallhanging. Or placemats.  I could have made a dozen potholders, but in the end I decided to make tote bags.


I have had this pile of lime and purple on my cutting table for three weeks. I did buy more limes ...

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October 24, 2017
Weekly update: a flimsy, a center block, and totes from With Strings Attached



This embroidered piece has been on the wall in my studio for years. It's folded in thirds. I thought it was an odd kind of shelf liner. I learned this week (from a FB post by Diane Volk Harris) that it's the cover for a treadle sewing machine.




Here's the I Spy flimsy.  I had to buy fabric for the borders. The striped red and the bright-stars-on-blue are just right, I think. The novelties are cut 4.5 x 6.5 and the light blue strips are 2.5 x 4.5 so each block is 6 ...

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October 23, 2017
Weekly update: not much to report from With Strings Attached

Monday has come around again. How does that happen so quickly?

Not much progress in my studio this week. I'm still working on the purple and lime tote bags. I assure you that the end is in sight!   I hope to post a photo mid-week.

The Zion Woman's Club annual bunco party was Friday evening. It was great fun!  My guests were library friends.  I donated two tote bags with books -- both this maple leaf bag and a non-quilted tote. (I went through the box of library-conference totes. I need to weed!)  I also donated Paths and Stiles ...

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October 2, 2017
Weekly update: starts and finishes, September stash report from With Strings Attached

Rabbit, rabbit!  It's the first of the month.

I can boast of four small projects, started and finished this week.

This mug rug is a birthday gift for a friend who likes dragonflies. 










This mug rug will accompany some books and cookies as a get-well gift for another friend.  The 6" maple leaf block was in the orphan blocks box.












 I used two more orphan maple leaves for this tote bag.  (The other side is similar to this one. The leaf has slightly different colors.)  I fiddled with strips until I got to the size I wanted.

I'll ...

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