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November 13, 2019
purple lantern block from Making A Lather

I have another tiny tuesday block finished from the rainbow scrap challenge. I used a batting design board to lay the pieces the way I wanted them to go. I think the block was called lantern.


I sewed each row. The smallest purple went with the largest neutral, and so on.


And, then, I sewed the rows together. It needed a trim.


This blocks is set with a straight border finishing at 7 inches


We have had a big snow with single digit temperatures, We are not used to it this so early. But, it is so pretty, and, the ...

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November 9, 2019
fantastic star from Making A Lather

In an effort to catch up a back log of rainbow sewing, I have made a purple scraptastic star. I really like making these. I have 2 1/2 inch squares in little boxes and they are generally one of a kind. I don't usually cut squares unless that is the last possible cut I can get from them. I prefer to keep strips and cut squares if I need them.


A friend at a recent sew in had started making these trolls for Christmas presents. I think they are very cute.
I tried to talk her into doing ...

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November 6, 2019
Moonscape Baby Quilt, WIP from Jan's Quilts


At Quiltcon this year, I received two mini-charm packs of Moonscape by Dear Stella.  I wanted to use all those small squares in a baby quilt but needed to come up with a plan.


This is the plan I came up with, and it uses almost all of the mini-charms.  I decided not to make traditional 9-patches and eliminated some seams by making 7-patches.  These 6.5" blocks were very quick and easy.



Right now, the quilt top measures about 30" inches square, but I'm waiting on some Moonscape yardage, so I can add a border.  Below are my ...

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this and that from Making A Lather

I had one of those sewing mornings, that I just couldn't figure out what to sew. I was in a funky mood and everything sounded blah. So I pulled out some oldies that are basically leader ender, until, I decide what else to do with them.
I used a bloc loc template set to make a few of the these blocks.



I sewed a few tumblers together.


I made 3 shoofly blocks.


And for added measure, I sewed two florabunda blocks.


And, then, I felt so much better.

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November 5, 2019
tiny blocks from Making A Lather

I think these blocks are so cute. I made these last week for the tiny Tuesday sampler from the rainbow scrap challenge. I am a little behind in my blocks.



I am enjoying sewing the wonky courthouse blocks in the evening at my treadle. As long as I have the strips in the right size, I can get them done quickly. I often run out of neutral strips, and then, I have to go on a scavenger hunt to find more of them.


Today is a beautiful fall day with actual sunshine, and I have a quilt group meeting tonight ...

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November 4, 2019
sewing rows from Making A Lather

I have started putting the rows together for the quiltville garden party quilt. It is set on point, so, some rows go together quickly, and, some take forever. But, each row is so fun. I haven't laid it out, I just grab a block that looks good with the ones in the row, and add it. I try to mix my favorites, and keep an eye for the uglies. I started sewing this quilt 6 months ago, and I have made great progress.


I have another snowman finished for my rug. He is a little plain, but, he has ...

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November 2, 2019
tiny storm block from Making A Lather

We had our first snowfall on Halloween. It was a surprise this early. It has been a pretty fall, and our sweet gum finally had yellow leaves. We bought sweet gum especially for it's fall color, but it hasn't changed in the fall in four years. It was lovely this year.


I stopped trying to catch up on the tiny Tuesday blocks when I ran into this little challenging block.
I was a bit intimidated.


It was all paper pieced, but the pieces were very tiny.


I didn't do it all at once, but a little every ...

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November 1, 2019
November goals from Making A Lather

It's November and time for a new one monthly goal. Yesterday, I blogged about finishing all the blocks for my October goal. For the month of November, I want to arrange my swap basket blocks into a top. I could set them block to block...


or on point...

Last year, about this time, I was working on a quilt for my Granddaughter. I don't remember what distracted me, but, this is as far as I sewed.  I had a panel and a layer cake to match.


I need to lay it all out again, and try to remember ...

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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 30, 2019
courthouse from Making A Lather

I really had no intention of starting another "string" project, but, I did want to clean the treadle area from the last one. As I picked up the strings all over the place, I just sort of started sewing them like the new Bonnie Hunter wonky courthouse steps. Oh my, they are fun. She is offering this pattern as a freebie and it is downloadable on her site.

I am making mine really stringy and scrappy with leftovers from the mess I have made "stringing" before this.

I just needed to trim a few to get an idea of the ...

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October 29, 2019
pineapple from Making A Lather

I had the pineapple template and project out last week, and I wanted to try another round before I lose interest again.




It would be helpful at this time, to decide the size I am making. haha

you tube video

I started it here and here.

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October 28, 2019
setting triangles from Making A Lather

I need to make setting triangles for Bonnie Hunter's garden party. The count for the 9 patch units included what I would need for the triangles, so I didn't need to make the 3 square unit. I did have to cut and make the 2 square unit and 1 square unit.


I need one more piece for the bottom, and it will be the extras from the 9 patch units.


And our youngest Grandchild - isn't he a cute lil pumpkin?


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October 26, 2019
blue letters from Making A Lather

Again more letters, this time in blue. I think that does it for this year. Now, to start putting everything together. I am making these as part of the rainbow scrap challenge.


Fortunately my friends are doing something that doesn't have more letters, and more interesting to view. These are destined for donation quilts.







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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 24, 2019
garden party chain from Making A Lather

I have made 81 chain blocks for my garden party quilt. I really like looking at them like this. The stacks look impressive. It takes a bit of time to make these, and eventually they will be part of a quilt.
Now, I need to trim these and start the setting triangles.


One of my unexpected finds at the Indy quilt show, was an actual rug hooking project. It was in the garage sale among some bags of scraps. I just had to bring it home. I have a plan to make hooked chair pads for my dining room chairs ...

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October 23, 2019
wonky star from Making A Lather

My goal was to make the tiny tuesday block called wonky stars. Each block finishes at 4 inches, so the scraps do not have to be very big. I searched through my little scraps for pink star points.


Each star point block is sewn free form and can be wonky. That is a fun way to sew. - no pressure


I webbed the rows together in a 9 patch kind of way.


And set on the diagonal for the tiny tuesday sampler.


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October 22, 2019
pineapple template from Making A Lather

I have been anxious to pull out the pineapple project bin, and get back to making these blocks.
I was also worried that I wouldn't remember how or what I was doing.
This is the kind of quilt that makes scraps so much fun.


I am using the creative grids template which makes it easy to remember what I need to do.


I had 4 blocks I was working on at a time and they are now trimmed and ready for the next round.


I thought I would try to find the mini pineapple ruler in the wild, until ...

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October 21, 2019
finished 4 patches from Making A Lather

I have all (512) the 4 patches sewn for sand castles. It took most of the year to sew them as leaders and enders for other projects. I am ready to start cutting the setting pieces for this quilt. I am not in a hurry and didn't plan on finishing this year even, but the 4 patches seemed to go on forever.


But, oops, the cutting table has suffered a bit this year. Partly because I couldn't bend over after back surgery - still can't - to put stuff where they go and partly, if I felt like quilting ...

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October 19, 2019
more letters from Making A Lather

I definitely overdid the letter quilts this year, But I have had a great time with them, and I am not done yet. I feel like all I blog about are letters. I made yellow letters....


and purple letters....


I have more blue to do.
I am slowly putting some of my quilt show purchases away. I have this bundle of homespuns. They may be not trending now, but I like them and everything comes around again.


I bought these paper pieced kaleidoscopes and all the papers printed.


For now, I will put these treasures away for someday.

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October 18, 2019
string quilt from Making A Lather

I have been working on this string block quilt for a long time. It was interrupted by my back surgery. I restarted it as soon as I was comfortable to treadle again. So far it has all been done on the treadle.
There are lots of strings in this quilt. I have it to the top stage and need to decide on borders. I am glad to be far enough along that I can clean up the mess. A string quilt tends to be very messy.


It was pumpkin carving time with our Grandchildren last weekend and it was great ...

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