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December 12, 2018
One fish ...quilt from Making A Lather

I have the word borders on the fish jar quilt. Winter photography is interesting? I am wondering if I need another border? It's a good size now, but bigger can be better.

I am working on the customer quilts that are Christmas presents. I think I am on track with finishing on time.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

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December 10, 2018
Waterfall Quilt Along: Week 3 from Goer

I am just loving my palette for the Waterfall Quilt Along. Light tones are a bit of a struggle in my fabric collection though... so we'll see how this comes together.

This weekend I got the strip piecing done for the first sewing step of the quilt along. (I think this makes me just one week behind schedule. Yay!) Next up, I will be cutting the strips and then I can start piecing blocks. I'm making the baby size quilt, so I should be back on track soon. :-)

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December 6, 2018
Waterfall Quilt Along from Goer

If you're new here, maybe you haven't seen my WIP list. No need to click. Spoiler: it's long. ;-) The way this happens might be obvious. I have a lot of things in progress that I love, but something new and shiny comes along (in my head or on the internet) and I think "I want to make that." Can you relate?

That's exactly what happened with the Waterfall Quilt Along. I admired the original quilts as Amy made them. So when she offered the quilt along, I decided to go for it. Do I need a ...

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December 5, 2018
orca bay progress from Making A Lather

I received a wonderful email with picture from Holly:

Hello Maggie.  I fell in love with your Christmas Snowflake quilting the moment I saw it.  Lucky for me, I learned (newbie here !) how to do paper piecing this summer, so as soon as the current flimsies were done, I started on Christmas Snowflakes.  I did it with three colours, red, green and gold, and used the same fabrics for the three snowflakes in each colour way.  I quilted it with that spiral pattern I first saw on Crazy Mom Quilts.  The finished size is about 54 inches square and I ...

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December 4, 2018
fishy goals from Making A Lather

I have all the fish words done for the fish jar quilt.  Lowercase I was a quick letter. Wait until you see L. Too bad there weren't more of them. I am so glad we had some good guessers.

here is the fish quilt from earlier.

If I just keep swimming, I will get this done.

I am hoping to meet a few goals for next year.

1. I am declaring 2019 the year of flannel. I have several boxes I need to weed through and decide on either using it or passing it on to someone that will ...

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November 28, 2018
orca bay webbed from Making A Lather

I have the orca bay mystery quilt webbed together in quadrants. I quickly ran outside to take pictures before the snow. I was hoping to study the pictures to see if I could find the mistakes before I quilted them into the quilt.

It didn't work. It wasn't until I took the pieces to the sewing machine, that I noticed many of the pesky cornerstones were turned the wrong way. And when one was turned, the whole row was wrong. This makes a strong case for webbing the quilt together in smaller chunks.

It's still hard to ...

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November 27, 2018
one, two fishy from Making A Lather

I am making progress on the letters I am making for the border of the fish jar quilt.
Any guesses yet what I am saying in the border - it's not buckle my shoe.

here is the fish quilt from earlier.

I am linking to:

too cute tuesday

chameleon color linky

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November 25, 2018
Winter Stitching from Val's Quilting Studio

With Winter on our doorsteps and evenings starting earlier and earlier, I spent this morning inventorying my many hand stitching projects that are a WIP and those I'd like to finish by years end. For evening stitching, first up is to put the finishes stitches on my Anni Downs BOM:
This one has been so much fun to work on this past year. I'm admittedly beginning to look forward  to have it finished and hanging in our home.

Next up, is my Sunny Side of the Street wool applique:
I love the combination of cotton and wool. I ...

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November 24, 2018
fish jars from Making A Lather

I have the main part of the fish quilt finished and I decided to add a fun border.

Can you guess what I am doing?

We did all our black Friday shopping online. I sent family gifts to my children in Utah with free shipping. I even sent a gift to my Southern Indiana kiddos with free shipping. That way if we miss connections over Christmas, I won't stress about it.
We ordered a smoker for our Christmas.
I did go way to early to Joann fabrics for 70 % off of keepsake calico fabric and discovered they have moda ...

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November 21, 2018
orca sashing from Making A Lather

Trudging ahead on orca bay mystery quilt, I have 200 + sashing units ready for webbing the top.
Will the top be done when the new mystery clue goes live? I don't know...

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

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November 9, 2018
Night & Day from Liz Makes Crafts

I've found myself into house quilts lately, so when I saw the Suburbs quilt (by Cluck Cluck Sew) colored in Tula Pink's De La Luna colorway, I was instantly attracted.

I got to sewing it as soon as the fabric arrived, and I really enjoyed putting these houses together!

The more I looked at it though, the more a narrative began to form in my head. I started imagining a little village that looks sweet and idyllic during the day, but when the sun goes down, activity within the houses brew up and the real nature of the ...

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October 26, 2018
Lantern Lane ~ A Love Affair with Paper Piecing from Liz Makes Crafts

Since the beginning of my quilting journey, I've loved foundation paper piecing. I learned the technique very early on, and because I was told by the instructor that it was easy and forgiving, I believed her. Since then, I've always seen it as the gateway to perfect points intricate piecing.

And so, when I saw Lantern Lane by Sassafras Lane, I knew I had to make it. I could see the inspiration of Chinese lanterns so clearly, and I also immediately knew what I wanted to use for the fabric: a collection from Connecting Threads called Captiva. It ...

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October 12, 2018
#100Days100Blocks2018: Cityscape from Liz Makes Crafts

Cityscape is the 2nd of my #100Days100Blocks2018 quilt tops, using the Skyline layout. I've always had a thing for skylines, so naturally I was very attracted to this layout.

While I love black and white and gray and would have no problem making a quilt with just those colors, I absolutely love the pops of neon in this quilt. I had just enough for one "colored" floor for each building, so I placed it in the floor below the penthouse unit for each building.

I ended up using all but 2 of the blocks I sewed for this top ...

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September 28, 2018
#100Days100Blocks2018: Trellis from Liz Makes Crafts

The first quilt top I got from the #100Days100Blocks2018 challenge is complete. Trellis is the layout I used for this one because I love the graphic, high-contrast look of the frames with the colorful blocks.

This quilt required some advanced planning, as I knew I wanted a rainbow effect that washes diagonally, and the colorways in Pacific allowed me to do that. I drew a color chart in advance so I knew how many of each type to make. Once I finally finished the blocks, I laid them out on the design wall.

Once the layout was complete, it was ...

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September 16, 2018
Evening Stitching from Val's Quilting Studio

With Fall knocking at the door, it was so nice to end my busy week stitching at the kitchen table. The  windows were open and with a glass of "cheer" nearbyI finished my wool birdies and started to trace templates for the flowers that will all be added to my Sunnyside of the Street quilt.

Here's a peek at the birdies finished and blocks awaiting to be stitched together:
A happy weekend of stitching for sure. This week's plan: Once I get these blocks sewn together and it's flowers pinned and prepped for my evening hand ...

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September 15, 2018
#100Days100Blocks2018 Blocks 64 - 70 from Liz Makes Crafts

Finally, finally we're at this point. This is my last week of #100Days100Blocks2018, and it's been a long journey. I always knew I was going to make it here barring unforeseen circumstances, but I didn't realize it'd be so much dragging my feet. I blame myself really, I got the idea to do 2 quilts, doing 1 would have been less mentally exhausting. But now that I'm done with the blocks ... I look forward to assembling them!


After block #64, the rest of the blocks will only be completed with the black/white colorway ...

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September 14, 2018
Knitted Selvages Rug - A Finish! from MMM Quilts

Yay for another item to cross off my Q3FAL List which is here. I started this exactly a year ago (knitters extraordinaire like Helen in Ireland and Sue in England may roll their eyes at my tortoise pace) and I've just picked away at it here and there, as my selvages stock grew, (that was my first excuse) and then as I accumulated lots and lots of them, my excuse was, well, nothing.

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Knitted Selvages Rug - A Finish! from MMM Quilts

Yay for another item to cross off my Q3FAL List which is here. I started this exactly a year ago (knitters extraordinaire like Helen in Ireland and Sue in England may roll their eyes at my tortoise pace) and I've just picked away at it here and there, as my selvages stock grew, (that was my first excuse) and then as I accumulated lots and lots of them, my excuse was, well, nothing.

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September 11, 2018
A new WIP!!! from Val's Quilting Studio

I can't even remember the last time I had a new project on the design wall! I'm sooooo excited! 
My Labor Day sew day was so productive that I immediately came home and put this WIP on the design wall. If you ever liked Buggy Barn quilt patterns....the One Sister continues the wonkiness and this is her Sunny Side of the Street Pattern from her newest Crazy Kind of Wonderful book.
Next step is the wool applique! Stay tuned! I think this is going to be a quick finish.

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September 8, 2018
#100Days100Blocks2018 Blocks 57 - 63 from Liz Makes Crafts

It's week 9 of #100Days100Blocks2018, and I'm so close to the finish line that I can taste it. This is my last full week making blocks using the Pacific colorway, as I'm only making 64 blocks total for that quilt.








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