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February 18, 2018
Prepping the Final Block... from Val's Quilting Studio

We started the day having brunch with friends and are avoiding a dreary, cold afternoon outside by watching movies and I'm busy prepping the final block of my Anni Downs BOM.
Looking forward to relaxing and spending the rest of the day just stitching. 

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February 13, 2018
Stash report February 10, 2018 from Making A Lather

I made a few more string units for birch trees on string Saturday.

I spun more natural dorset fleece for spinning Sunday

and yesterday I quilted a customer quilt.

and spread out a new mess looking for a navy background for my rug hooking project- Uncle Sam's hat. And, before I knew it, I had decided to sort and measure all the blue wool. It was so much fun petting the wool and thinking of all the projects I want to make, but, sorting wasn't even on the to do list anywhere. Now I have to add 'put ...

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February 10, 2018
color from Making A Lather

I worked on adding purple 2 inch squares to my Tokoyo subway quilt.It isn't very exciting in photos.
I needed 8 blocks with purple. Here is where I started this quilt

And just like salsa and chips, it never comes out even. I have quite a few 2 inch squares leftover.
I dyed some wool for friends at hooking guild. I am going to add these to my etsy shop as well.
I love dyeing and the pretty colors

I am linking to
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January 26, 2018
La Droguerie from Quilting Stories

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La Droguerie

A little trip to Paris last week. And for me, going to Paris means visiting and shopping at La Droguerie, my favorite haberdasher's shop. They have their own production and dyeing of great quality yarns. In this wonderful shop you can find quilting fabrics, Liberty fabrics, all sorts of threads, buttons, beads, ribbons... as well as catalogues with their great patterns for children or adults.

I remember when this shop was created in 1975, I was one of their first customer and so happy to find cashmere yarn, out of which I knitted a sweater for the one who ...

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January 15, 2018
FREE Mystery BOM REvEAL, FREE Sew-A-Long, NEW Patterns, kits & wool! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Hello!  I hope you all are staying warm on these chilly winter days!  
Since it has been sooo cold... we have been staying warm & busy inside!  
We can't wait to share our new BOM's, patterns & wool with you!  Let's check them out!

First off... We here is the "reveal" of our Buttermilk Homestead 2018, "MYSTERY" Block of the Month!  This one will be completely different & oh, so fun!  It also will feature my new fabric, wool & yarn dyes!  So be ready each month, as we have many gorgeous blocks ahead!  

So what did I put on the ...

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January 2, 2018
spinning from Making A Lather

It is really hard to believe we have a new year. I am afraid the holidays were different knowing that we would be losing employment in the new year. We had a few bouts of colds and bugs, nothing too serious, just annoying. But, I am hopeful that there is a plan in there somewhere.

I have started spinning a bit. The plan was to have a project for those evenings when I am too tired to think and sew. There is something very relaxing about spinning wool. My hands are methodically and slowly drafting the wool in a dance ...

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December 9, 2017
wool blending from Making A Lather

 Besides quilting, I am also a spinner. I am cleaning out the fiber closet, in an effort to greatly reduce. I forgot how much fun blending wool batts can be. I new I would never use any of these colors by themselves, but should I just get rid of it?  I thought I would try a combo, thinking in my head of Strawberry lemonade. I started with bright yellow, electric pink, and white.

I added white to yellow and to pink - love it

 I blended yellow and pink together - love it

And a little of all three.

It will make ...

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December 6, 2017
Day 5 of our "12 Days of Christmas" Online Event! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

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Welcome to Day 5 of the "12 Days of Christmas" Online Event! I did get the goods up earlier today and had to swing home to decorate the tree with the fam!!! We enjoyed apps cooked by Hannah! Love having her a hop skip & jump away for evenings like tonight!

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There is a variety pack of new goods online! We have some darling Christmas ornaments, more fabric bundles, restocked some goods and of course, new kits were added!
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Today I'm introducing you to Kelly, one of my shop gals! She and I showed up wearing the ...

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December 3, 2017
12 Days of Christmas Days 1 & 2 ON NOW on our website! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

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Welcome to our first days of our "12 Days of Christmas" Online Event!  Over the next 10 days, you will be able to enjoy new goods, holiday recipes, a FREE puzzle piece to collect and make into a complimentary pattern from us to you and enjoy decorating ideas and more on our website under the "12 Days of Christmas" category!  You won't want to miss out this festive event!  Let the merry making begin!

First, I am going to introduce you to one of my shop gals!  I will be sharing a bit about them and share one of ...

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Wool BOM Progress from Val's Quilting Studio

This past summer I set out to stitch this Anni Downs BOM. As I put them on my design wall this morning I was actually surprised how much progress I've made since summer:
 Only half of them are stitched  but now that the cutting and pinning are done, I look forward to the stitching that awaits each evening as the nights get darker and life slows down earlier than those long days of summer. It's truly my very favorite project right now.

Happily stitching and linking up with everyone at Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching linky.

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November 26, 2017
stash report November 26, 2017 from Making A Lather

There were a few black Friday specials with fabric. I also bought a kit from Craftsy that hasn't come yet, so I don't have to count it yet.

I made cinnamon raisin bread yesterday  yum! It was almost too sweet, so I will cut back on the sugar and raisins next time. I didn't get the picture before "someone" ate half the loaf.

  I dyed some cream colored wool to get a background I would like better for my Poppy rug. I was very happy with what I got. Dyeing is a little like magic. No idea ...

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November 17, 2017
Back In The Saddle from Mountain Quiltworks

What are friends for? To nudge you when they miss you on your blog! Thanks to my quilt blog friend Val over at Val's Quilting Studio, as she gently said, "Where the heck have you been, girl?"  I've actually been posting on Instagram, because it's much faster, easier, and people can just 'heart' the post and you get immediate feedback to know someone has seen your photo and read the comment.

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November 16, 2017
"In the Garden"—Oak Leaves and Acorns from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

I (Teri) was afraid that the only autumnal color we were going to get this year would be that which I stitched. Here in Maryland, the days stayed warm and the temperatures didn't drop as much at night much later than normal, resulting in an October of primarily green trees. In the past few weeks, we have finally been seeing some color, though it was sadly short-lived, as many of the leaves have already begun falling.

While I love green, the autumn palette is my favorite, so it was with great pleasure that I stitched this month's block ...

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November 15, 2017
Ornament Progress from Alamosa Quilter

They aren't all completed but I do have some finished.

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November 13, 2017
Dyeing to tell you a Yarn from knot what it seams

Busy making as much as I can for Etsy Made Local. I have been experimenting with natural dyes on cotton yarn. This is a batch of 100% cotton yarn dyed using natural pigment extracted from black beans.

I first boiled the un-dyed yarn for 45 mins in a water and alum (aluminum potassium sulfate) bath. This boiling processes bonds the dye fixative to the yarn.




The night before, I soaked 100g of black beans in 300g of filtered water and let it soak for 8 hours.


The purple/brown water left behind after I strained out the beans is the ...

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November 10, 2017
Trim the Tree Online Event, NEW "Mystery" Block Released & NEW Hexi Designs! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

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Happy "LUCKY" Friday!!!! I'm BACK! Whoop whoop!!! I have SEW much to share with you! Before I begin... you know what today is??? It's the release {and GIVEAWAY TIME} of the sweetest & cutest block in our Live Each Season "Mystery" Block of the Month! Whether or not you're doing this with us... you should go to our website & print off block 11! Plus, it's FREE!!! If you prefer kits, we have them ready to go too for you!! Don't forget to leave a comment below for a chance to WIN a kit ...

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November 3, 2017
Learning QAL - October Sum Up from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to Learning QAL's October Sum Up.

One of the views from Banff
Life is good here! I'm writing this post from the beautiful town of Banff, within the Banff National Park in Alberta.

As you can imagine, last weekend was a frenzy of activity at my sewing machine, getting my samples ready for this post and getting ready to leaving for Banff. 

Quilt blocks lounging in the grass in Banff!
Quilt Tops

First things first - to test the batting, I had to create some quilt tops. I wanted this to be as painless as possible - so I ...

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October 21, 2017
blocks and circles from Making A Lather

Someone asked about my scrappy circles rug. It began as an excuse to use leftover wool strips that were accumulating. I draw circles with 3 different sized jar lids and just fill in with what ever I can think to do without agonizing over the choices. The largest circle is 3 or 3 1/2 inches across.It is colorful and fun, and I just love it. It has become a bit too big to take with me anywhere and can almost pull a stand frame over, so I have been planning to use a small quilting frame and sew ...

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October 19, 2017
Introducing "In the Garden": A BOM Series from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

For some time now, Kara and I (Teri) have wanted to design a Block of the Month series. We discussed a number of different themes, but we finally settled on a garden. Before Kara left for Germany, we mapped out our plan, and worked with Kathy Makers of Primitive Homespuns Wool & Needleworks to select our palette of wools for the project. We love to mix different materials, so we will be combining wool, a variety of threads, ribbon, and even some beads. The blocks will vary in size, and ultimately, we plan to create a quilt out of the blocks ...

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October 17, 2017
Ornament Progress from Alamosa Quilter

I'm making progress on my ornaments for this year.

I have two appliqued and embroidered, the top two. I have 16 more that are appliqued and ready for embroidery. Not shown, I have about 10 more that are pinned waiting to be appliqued.

I'm planning to take these with me to Fall Market at the end of the month to work on in my hotel room at night.

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