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May 3, 2021
The Quilty Year so Far from Life In Pieces

The end of April means we are one third of the way through 2021.  That's a bit sobering as there's only been one finish  coming out of my sewing room so far this year.  I've been focusing on just a few projects at a time in hopes of moving more to the finished column, but it's been slow going. I've been playing along with Quilting Gail's 2021 PHD  program to help with the motivation. 

My PHD report for the end of April doesn't show much in the way of progress for the last ...

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April 26, 2021
Playing with Rainbows from Life In Pieces

It was a beautiful weekend, though both days were really windy.  I'm not sure where the time went, Saturday is a bit of a blur.  I did spend some time in the sewing room working on the Morewood Mystery project, as well as working on April's One Monthly Goal.  Since work has been so nuts this year, I picked an easy to accomplish task for this month; make a start on assembling the Cabins and Fans UFO.  It was slow going initially as there was some quilt math to take care of.  It's an on point setting ...

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April 19, 2021
Mostly Morewood from Life In Pieces

There is snow in the forecast for this week. I guess Mother Nature isn't ready to be done with winter yet.  It looks to be a weird week on the weather front.  Thankfully it was a nice weekend. We were able to meet up with the Scientist in Training for lunch and a chilly walk in park on Saturday. I got in one whole day of dedicated sewing time on Friday.  Though it doesn't seem like there was much progress.  

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

All the Morewood blocks are now stitched together.  That was ...

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April 12, 2021
Just Stitching Stuff from Life In Pieces

It was a quiet, but busy weekend. Taxes are finished, with some time left to play in the sewing room.  Getting Grassy Creek cleaned up and pressed was the first priority. 

The yellow and gray fabrics frayed a bit, so there were lots of loose threads to remove from the back.    

Once that was done, I could go stitch a bit at the machine. 

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

The top and bottom two rows of the Morewood Mystery quilt are completely assembled, but I'm still working on stitching the blocks together in the middle two ...

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March 27, 2021
The Front and Back from Life In Pieces

It was a quiet weekend, but not nearly long enough.  I'm not ready to head back to work today.  Thankfully, the meeting schedule doesn't look too nuts this week. Maybe I can get caught up a bit.  

It would be nice if work projects were going as well as my stitching projects.  Last week I finished adding the borders to Grassy Creek but wasn't able to get a photo to post.  That was remedied yesterday. 

Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

The top hasn't been pressed yet, so please excuse the wrinkles. I'm ...

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March 15, 2021
So What's Next? from Life In Pieces

It's really squishy outside after our rainy weekend.  The river running through town is up, but not out.  So we should be able to get to work no problem.  I'm glad we didn't get all that moisture as snow, but I know lots of places did.  Hope everyone will be able to dig out today.  

I didn't spend as much of my weekend in the sewing room as usual.  The Scientist in Training was home and so there were other things to do.  Though we did hang out together for a bit while I was working ...

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March 8, 2021
The Oldest UFO from Life In Pieces

The weather this weekend was beautiful. Sunny with temperatures in the mid 60s.  It was just too pretty to stay inside and sew all weekend, so there were a couple of long walks on the schedule this weekend.  Still there was plenty of stitching time.  

Friday night I put the last stitches into the binding for the Red, White and Blue Stars, aka the Picnic Stars quilt.  

Picnic Stars was the oldest UFO on my list.  We were still living in Texas when I started these Lone Star blocks back in April of  2005. Like most of my quilt starts ...

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March 1, 2021
One More Mystery from Life In Pieces

We took our monthly day off on Friday, so it was a three day weekend for me.  So I had three good afternoons of stitching time this week to work on the four quilts in my "focus" group.  Red, White and Blue Stars should be a finish this week. I've gotten past one corner of stitching on the binding.  The other three focus quilts in the works at the moment were all started last year as mystery quilt alongs.  I was able to get Grassy Creek off the big design wall this weekend so I could put Unity back ...

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February 22, 2021
The Other Mystery from Life In Pieces

Most of the snow had melted by yesterday afternoon. It was pretty while it lasted, but I certainly don't miss the bone chilling cold that came with the snow.  It was still mostly dreary weather this weekend, though we never got the rain that was forecast.  It was still good sewing room weather.  

Grassy Creek is still my focus project, but it's been the subject of my design wall post for the last couple of weeks.  So time to switch it up and highlight the other mystery quilt that's taken over the smaller design wall. 

Morewood Mystery ...

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February 15, 2021
Snow Stitching from Life In Pieces

We spent our Valentines Day bundled up in sweaters with our thickest socks on watching it snow. It was a good day to just hang out in the sewing room.  Work is virtual today, so though I won't get any additional stitching time, at least I don't have to layer up and trudge through the cold. 

I didn't get as much stitching time this weekend as usual.  I spent most of Saturday in Tulsa with the Scientist in Training.  We were supposed to have a girls weekend with my mother, but the forecasted snow pretty much nixed ...

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February 8, 2021
More of the Same from Life In Pieces

The first text on my phone this morning is that offices are closed.  We've had light freezing rain since yesterday afternoon.  That just means I'm working from home today. But at least I can do that in jeans and won't have to brave the 20 F temperatures to walk across the parking lot. 

There was a fair amount of stitching time this weekend, though it doesn't look like there was a lot of progress on Grassy Creek. 

Grassy Greek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

The top  and bottom 2 rows are all sewn together.  All ...

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February 1, 2021
More Making Mysteries from Life In Pieces

The weather continues to be cold, dreary and windy.  It's been really easy to just hang out in the sewing room when I'm not at work.  Consequently both design walls are currently covered with blocks.  

Morewood Mystery by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs

All the Block A's for Morewoord Mystery are up on the small design wall.  That finishes off the January clue.  I really like the colors/fabrics in these blocks.  The February clue will be out on Thursday, so I'll be ready to make a start on it next weekend.  

Grassy Creek is up ...

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January 25, 2021
Making Mysteries from Life In Pieces

It was cold and cloudy all weekend, perfect sewing room weather.  I took advantage of that and spent all of Saturday afternoon in the sewing room. Saturday morning I braved the biting cold (the wind made being outside absolutely miserable) and finished my January One Monthly Goal.   

The Red, White and Blue Stars quilt is all cleaned up, pressed, boxed and is now on it's way to Trudy for quilting.  My January OMG was to get this project prepped and mailed. Hopefully that means my first finish for 2021 will happen in February.  

Now that the RWB Stars is ...

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January 18, 2021
The First Block from Life In Pieces

It was a quiet weekend.  The Scientist in Training was back for part of the weekend, but she heads back to school today.  She spent most of Sunday afternoon hanging out with me in the sewing room. She embroidered while I puttered around doing this and that. It will be awhile before we have the opportunity to do that again as classes start tomorrow.  

Part of my puttering around was to finish de-threading the Red, White and Blue Stars quilt. 

Not a huge amount of thread, RWB Stars is a lap sized quilt, so it's not that big.  

The ...

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January 11, 2021
Here and There Progress from Life In Pieces

It was a cold weekend, perfect for hiding out in the sewing room.  I finally took some time to spritz up the my space a bit by vacuuming, dusting and just generally picking up a bit. It's always nice to stitch in an uncluttered space.  

The biggest to do for the weekend was to get the Red, White and Blue Stars quilt back cleaned up, pressed and packaged in preparation for sending the project out for quilting.

That's finished.  I don't always mark the top of the back, but will if I think it would help Trudy ...

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January 4, 2021
Pushing Daisies from Life In Pieces

 The first Monday of the new year means back to work after two weeks of nothing much but a bit of around the house spiffing up and lots of stitching time.  I can't say I'm ready to go back, but working does support my fabric habit, so back I'll go this morning. Thankfully this week is light on meetings so I'll time to deal with left over 2020 stuff and get a handle on the 2021 stuff.    

There was some good progress in the sewing room over the holiday break. I was able to sneak in ...

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December 28, 2020
More Unity from Life In Pieces

I've got 5 more days of vacation to enjoy before starting a new working year. The plan is to spend some significant time in the sewing room. Due to the Christmas holiday, most of my stitching time last week was all hand work.  I did make pretty good progress on that (see yesterday's post).  

The only other photo worthy progress was on Unity. 

Unity, 2020 Bonnie Hunter Sew-In-Place Quilt Along

The flying geese borders are all finished and attached.  Step 5 also includes the addition of two neutral border strips to the top and bottom. Hopefully I can ...

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December 21, 2020
Last Year's Mystery from Life In Pieces

My holiday vacation started last Friday and I've been enjoying the time off. There's been a fair amount of stitching going on over the long weekend. I'm still not caught up with Grassy Creek and likely won't be before Christmas.  A few pieces are cut out to start clue 3, but clue 4 isn't even printed out yet.  But I did finish the last stitch in the binding for last year's Bonnie Hunter mystery.  

Frolic, 2019 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt
Started December 1, 2019; Finished December 20, 2020

Frolic is all finished and is ...

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December 15, 2020
Mostly Mysteries and a Little Snow from Life In Pieces

We got snow yesterday! 

It was just a couple of inches, but it was pretty while it was coming down. 

This will probably be the end of the roses till next spring. 

On the stitching front, there's not much to show.  Frolic is still in the binding stage, I hope to have that finished for next Monday's post.  Unity is still up on the big design wall and there's been some progress on the second flying geese border, but nothing photo worthy. 

The rest of my sewing time has been split between the Morewood Mystery from Meadow ...

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December 7, 2020
Not a Lot of Stitching from Life In Pieces

I'm hoping this week is better than last week. There wasn't much stitching time last week, mainly due to having to work late several nights. I'm working on two mystery quilts and both are still building the pieces, so there's not much to show with those two projects as yet. But Unity is up on the big design wall. 

2020 Bonnie Hunter Sew-In-Place Quilt Along

The top row of flying geese is all sewn together and to the quilt top. I've got a good start on the flying geese for the bottom row.  There's ...

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