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May 27, 2019
Weekly update: tote bag finished, slab blocks, helping a friend, and new acquisitions from With Strings Attached

I used some of the newly-harvested rhubarb (see last week's update) to make Bertha's Rhubarb Dessert when I hosted P.E.O. on Monday evening.  My Fargo AAUW/Alpha Gam friend Pat S. gave me this cookbook years ago. It's from Litchville, North Dakota.

Lynn Rymarz portrayed Mary Cassatt at Wednesday's luncheon for the Clara Cummings Book Club.  Lynn's programs are always entertaining. (You can see her roster here.)   I'm new to CCBC though I know many of the members from AAUW, P.E.O., and GFWC.  (And I look forward to seeing Lynn ...

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May 25, 2019
OMG May Finish from Urban Quilter

I set a #onemonthlygoal of completing 6 grain-bag totes and I finished 10 of them! All 10 were delivered last night and will soon be available for purchase at Great North Aleworks. Linking this post up with One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.

3 of the 10 completed tote bags

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May 20, 2019
Weekly update: bullseye stars and something new from With Strings Attached

 (You'll have to read about rhubarb, art, and golf before you get to the bullseye stars-and-more.)

There was a notice in the church bulletin that Mrs. C had rhubarb to give away.  I took her up on the offer.  I brought two kitchen garbage bags and filled them (had I brought another I'd have taken more).

The timing was perfect because I used the last bag of rhubarb from last year to make a pie this weekend.

On Wednesday Pat and I enjoyed a day at the Art Institute. We went to see an exhibit of Rembrandt's ...

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May 2, 2019
OMG May from Urban Quilter

Materials for grain bag totes
I missed last month totally for One Monthly Goal, but am setting a #onemonthlygoal for May. 
I want to complete at least 6 grain-bag totes. I have handles all prepped for 10 bags and I have at least a few grain bags disassembled and ready to turn into tote bags. More than 6 would be great, but given what a wash-out April was I don't want to aim too high.

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April 28, 2019
Weekly update: Easter greetings, OMG, and something new from With Strings Attached

Easter in black and white:  the four Hilyard children in 1955 (Betsy, Steve, Barbara, Dave) and the Blaine girls in 1956.  (Mangel's Florist in Skokie had photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny.)

60 + years later, 2019:  it was sunny and warm today (in contrast to the record-setting snow on Palm Sunday).    I got the peonies staked.
There are two patches of bloodroot (a wildflower) in the garden. The daffodils are in full bloom.

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In the studio:   I finished the fourth tote bag.
That means I've completed all five parts of my stated One Monthly Goal for April ...

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April 19, 2019
While I'm here: tote bag #3 from With Strings Attached

Since I'm logged on:  here is tote bag #3 out of the four I've pledged to make for the April OMG.

I made the Seminole bands a long time ago.  I bought Simply Seminole by Dorothy Hanisko when it came out (1997!).  I went through a brief spell of practical patchwork during which trimmed a couple of sets of bath towels and a couple of sets of bed sheets.  These particular bands were part of 10+ feet, most of which I gave away in last month's Orphan Adoption   I saved enough to use on the front and ...

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April 17, 2019
Midweek: tote bag #2 from With Strings Attached

Here's the second of four tote bags I need to make.   (Two for the AAUW-IL convention, two for the Rotary golf outing.)

I made a similar bag in 2013 . Both use a pattern by  Heather Willm in her book Hopscotch Quilts. (That's the only pattern in the book that interests me.  I ought to copy it and then pass the book along.)  [Funny that I cannot think of tearing out pages from this or any book though I don't mind tearing out pages from a magazine.]

On to tote bag #3!

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Weekly update: lighting the way, onion snow, and catching up in the studio from With Strings Attached

Travelers in unfamiliar territory need a good lantern to dispel shadows and illuminate the path.
At Tuesday's AAUW meeting  Helena Abushamaa told us about her temporal and spiritual journeys. She grew up in Sweden in a non-religious, culturally Protestant family, and came to the U.S. for graduate school. After intense self-reflection she made the ultimate decision to become a Muslim.  She and her husband moved to the Chicago area and have raised their family here. She is now a religious educator at a local mosque. She shared the tenets of the faith with us and answered our many ...

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February 22, 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 .

The February OMG link up is HERE .

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 ...

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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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