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May 12, 2021
snails trail from Making A Lather

we have a truckload of compost for the garden. We have not bought in bulk before. That is what watching you tube gardening videos will do to you.

our tires were squishy

Our Friday group met, and I started sea swept for the month of May until I get it to a flimsy. I didn't have it all cut, yet. I wanted to be able to try it, and, make sure I could do it. My first try on a sample block was off and I didn't even know it. I am so glad that blogger friends helped ...

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May 5, 2021
to do: find my mojo from Making A Lather

 I am not sure where my mojo went, but, I think I know that I suffered from 'finish it 'obsession. And, I have plenty to obsess about finishing in quilting. But, if that is all I do, obsess, check lists, and worry about how much I am not doing, then, the fun is gone.

Sometimes, I just get tired of the mess. And I want to scoop it all into a large trash bag.

This time of year, I love the outdoors, but, I spend too much time "finish it" sewing. I need to remember to take time to enjoy ...

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April 19, 2021
new quilt project from Making A Lather

I had a great sew day Saturday with our guild. I planned on starting a new project that came recently from Missouri star. I don't remember how I saw this kit, but, I think it was on you tube. The charm squares are from Africa as a free enterprise sort of cooperation with Missouri Star, I don't have anything like this, it looked easy, and it was something new. 

Saturday, I spent a little bit sewing the first round of black to the charm squares. Then, I took a break for sewing borders for a quilt, and lunch ...

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March 26, 2021
crossed top from Making A Lather

I have a top  for crossed strings. It was such an adventure building the blocks, putting the blocks together, and discovering a top. I think at this point, I will call it done and make a back and binding. I was hoping to have a nice day to take photos, but, no.



It was windy and no sunshine. I think the quilt has more color in real life, but, I like the weave. I still have a whole basket of strings.

I'm linking to:

TGIFF different     here  and here

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March 22, 2021
a new old project from Making A Lather

Shhh I am not really working on this project. It is not on the list for the month.. or the year.. 

It was part of the huge reorganization of ufo projects. I felt sorry for it. I knew it would not get picked as the top ten projects for many years to come. It would just sit there, looking sad every time, that it was not chosen. And, all I would have to do is sew a few 2 1/2 inch strips together, that are already cut.

This is a quilt called almost amish from Jos country junction here ...

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February 15, 2021
swingin checkerboard quilt from Making A Lather

 I have been collecting pink and green scraps for a quilted twins free pattern called swingin checkerboard. This is one of those patterns that you collect, sew forever in between other projects, sew sew sew, and love the whole process until it is finally a quilt. I am in no hurry. One thing I have noticed with Becky's patterns, is that they are relatively easy to have a successful result, and, look much more complicated than they were to make. 


I have a box with 2,112 -2 inch squares sewn into sets of 4. I started in ...

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January 14, 2021
crumb star from Making A Lather

I haven't been able to add to the pink drawer of 2 1/2 inch strips in a long time. It is full. I noticed some red had worked it's way into the drawer when I wasn't looking, too. I have a new rainbow scrap challenge block I want to make to use from this drawer and help clean and organize it.

The first step was to divide the strips into width of fabric strips and shorter. I was curious about how many would fall into each category. I grabbed a part of the pile for the ...

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December 16, 2020
swingin checkerboard from Making A Lather

I have a few minutes in the evening to sew on my treadle - I really didn't want to start a new project, but, I wanted to make a quilted twins quilt called swingin checkerboard, this year, and didn't get to it. So, I am giving myself permission to just sew a few strips together while watching conference in the evening.

That is, until, I become consumed with the project, and it takes over what I am doing. I have quilter's ADD, I guess. First, I just cut a few strip sets to see what they would look ...

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November 24, 2020
to do: cut more baby wiggle from Making A Lather

I had a sew day last Thursday, and, I decided to work on a baby quilt I have had cut for a couple of years. I love cynthia Brunz's wiggle time pattern and wanted to try something with these fabrics. I discovered that I had cut 2 strips wrong, and, that meant, I didn't have enough fabric to finish it. I think it will be ok if I mix background fabrics.

Even though, it is not Thanksgiving yet. I baked bread, and loved the smell of that in the house. It just seems like  the holidays. We bought ...

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September 23, 2020
norwegian snowflakes quilt from Making A Lather

I started cutting and piecing Norwegian snowflake in July  on my treadle. It is a complicated idea to set up, but, easy to piece. It uses a lot of blue 2 inch scraps. And there are a lot of pieces. The pattern is a grid like block. I had three sets of 4 to make a big block, and I was anxious to see how it will look.

It is a quilted twins free pattern, called norwegian snowflakes, I found here. There are 4 blocks in each quadrant, and, 4 quadrants in a block, and, 9 blocks in the quilt ...

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September 21, 2020
shirt strings from Making A Lather

 I used to set aside the weekend for sewing string and crumbs at my treadle. But, after finishing 2 wonky courthouse tops, my living room was a disaster of a mess. I was trying to give up string quilting, but, alas, I miss it. And, I will begin again with the same promises I make to myself, that I will always clean up as I go. haha -I had cut papers for Bonnie Hunter's geese on a string in early Spring. I am making more shirt strings and crumbs as I cut for other projects, and they looked so ...

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September 17, 2020
new basket from Making A Lather

I found this little beauty at suzies scraps here. I really like her blog for inspiration. I used her ideas for a broken dishes block hereand her tile block here.
I was really excited to find another way to use the quirky "trash" triangles I have in a box. and it is so cute. It is also another great way to use older scraps that are not nearly as modern. Although, all fabric trends repeat over time.

I put them together like a 9 patch. Right now, I have a bunch of 2 1/2 inch squares cut in ...

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September 9, 2020
stash buster block from Making A Lather

A new block for me. It is the stashbuster 2020 block. It is a great block, and, I am going scrappy with it. I can't use my strip bins for it, so when I have scrap chunks, and, I can get a 3 1/2 and a matching 2 inch strip from the fabric, I have been cutting for it.

We have been canning tomatoes, and, enjoying the last of the garden. We grew eggplant this year, and, had cantaloupe that was yummy.

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August 18, 2020
to do: try something new from Making A Lather

I found this great tutorial here, and, I just had to try it. I used 8 charm squares that were just hanging around, and using a 4 patch method, I made 8 hour glass blocks. Now, I want to drop everything and make more.

We packed pbjs, and, after zoom church, went to seven pillars recreational area about 40 minutes north of us Sunday. It was someplace I had never been, and, I sure enjoyed the views and putting my feet in the water.

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August 11, 2020
to do: cut more from Making A Lather

I have had a little fun with Bonnie Hunter's new leader / ender challenge. Easy Breezy is much easier than shoofly. With shoofly, I felt I had to practically make the block, before I could go back to my regular project. I went through my 2 inch strips, and, I collected a small batch of 4 matching squares. I didn't have as many as I had hoped. I will need to cut more from strips. But, I did get to play with a few blocks.

I am still chasing down the last of the shoofly blocks to finish making ...

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August 10, 2020
tile blocks from Making A Lather

I was intrigued with an antique tile quilt. And, Suzies scraps tutorial on tile blocks made easy. Suzie  blogs here. The quilt block uses charm squares and a 9 patch. I had a charm pack and some 5 inch squares that I thought would blend well together, so, I gave it a try. I switched parts of the blocks of  2 squares. I might like it better if I switch parts with more than 2. It is a big block that needs trimming, so, I think it will make a quick donation quilt.

I have found some cute blocks and ...

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August 1, 2020
something new from Making A Lather

Ack - never in my life, did I think I would make anything with 1 1/2 inch squares. strips maybe, but, not squares - too small and hard to get accurate. But, Cathy started making these adorable blocks, and I watched, and the next thing I know, I made one. And, then, another one was done. Oh no, what happened. I really like the blocks, and I like making them.....very much
I love the quilting community and all the inspiration floating around.

I have very few 1 1/2 inch squares in a cup by my machine. Usually, if I ...

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July 16, 2020
Love, Sewing Nests & Impatience from Where Art & Life Meet

I bet you can’t guess who sent this to me… If you guessed my mother, then you’d be correct. She alternates between, humor and heartwarming. But either way they all represent humans and/or animals creatively living their lives. I appreciate all of them. And then there’s this one, NOT sent by my mother, but she… Continue reading Love, Sewing Nests & Impatience

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July 13, 2020
easy breezy from Making A Lather

Bonnie Hunter of quiltville has announced a new leader/ender challenge for the next year. It's called easy breezy, and, it looks to be just that. She has given the directions for 2 sizes, a 6 inch and a 4 inch. It has taken me awhile to decide what I want to do. And, I am not sure I have. My first thought was to make the bigger block, since, we did little last time, and, I didn't get very far. But, it occurred to me that, if, I make the smaller size, I can use that with ...

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July 6, 2020
norwegian snowflakes from Making A Lather

As I was sorting scraps, I pulled any blues for a new quilt that uses 2 inch strips. It is a quilted twins free pattern, called norwegian snowflakes, I found here. I had finished my evening treadle project and was ready to just sew strips together. It seemed to take forever. I decided to do strips of 4, since the pattern has sections of 4. Then, I calculated how many of each of the sets I would need for each block. I subcut them on my accuquilt and started making stacks of the sets of four. I needed 7 different ...

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