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May 10, 2021
Virtual Fibre Art Show and OMG from Quilting & Learning

I hope that May is treating you well. It's still cold and rainy in Ottawa but then it is only May

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May 7, 2021
May One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

Life continues to be hectic. I realized this morning that I hadn't decided on a One Monthly Goal for May.  

I won't be able to stitch a couple of weekends this month, we have family obligations. Work continues to be crazy busy and will likely remain so.  So this month's OMG needs to be something simple, no point in setting an unrealistic task for the month.  

Grassy Creek is the project closest to being a finish.  

Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

The goal for May is to get the label and binding made, then ...

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May 3, 2021
May Goal from Making A Lather

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This is a Bonnie HUnter quilt ufo, that, I started before she printed the pattern. She showed making the blocks during a quilt cam, and, we were at least a year away from the book ( string frenzy) release. I had  most of the string centers in my stash of crumb blocks. I hunted around for the pattern, made it in 3 different sizes, chose my favorite size, and, made them in our room in Florida over Christmas. I thought I could get ahead a bit by having my blocks ...

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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 23, 2021
floating stars finish from Making A Lather

We had a Spring surprise this week...snow and 3-4 inches. It was so pretty. There were big fluffy flakes falling against a blue sky. And it accumulated through the night. Snow in April is much more fun than snow in January. We know it just won't last, and, we can just enjoy it.

I have a finish. The floating stars quilt is finished. It seemed to take forever to just add border and quilt and bind. Now that it is done, I think it will be a gift for a new Grandson coming in May.

finish the top ...

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April 9, 2021
floating stars top from Making A Lather

I added the same blue as the setting triangles to finish the top of floating stars. This is my one monthly goal for April. It needs backing, and, binding, and, a turn on the longarm. Hopefully, this will be another ufo done this month. I am sneaking it in between other people's quilts. If I didn't, I would never have finishes.

I am trying to make 2 easy breezy blocks each morning. It's easier after I cut a lot of squares from scraps. I cut a stack of the background pieces as well. I will work through ...

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April 7, 2021
To Do Tuesday for 04/06/21 from Life In Pieces

It's been a rough week on a couple of fronts.  Consequently, I ended up taking an unscheduled break from the computer and the sewing room. I just couldn't face either over the weekend. So progress on last week's To Do List is pretty pitiful.  

Weekly To Do List for 3/30/2021

  • Grassy Creek: Press and clean up quilt top - progress
  • Morewood Mystery - Continue to assemble quilt top - no progress
  • Unity: Make HSTs for clue 6 as leader and enders - no progress
  • Secret Easter Sewing

So only one check mark, some progress on the quilt top clean ...

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April 2, 2021
A new Goal from Making A Lather

It is a new month and I want to set new goals for the one monthly goal at elm street quilts

The color of the month for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy is blue. As the UFo I want to finish, I have chosen floating stars. I think it just needs borders and quilted. I started this quilt with a class in March of 2017.   Most of the blocks were made then. And the top was was made by July 2017. I think I stopped because there was a border decision to be made, and I wasn't ...

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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 8, 2021
sparkle Christmas from Making A Lather

I cracked open the sparkle box and started sewing the blocks. I had already cut this out a few years ago. It seemed an easy project to tackle. I am using this UFO for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. Green is the color for March and a good Christmas quilt has plenty of green. I played round and round with chain piecing the squares in a square. 

 This project has been hiding in the ufo closet, so, it was fun to revisit the fabrics. It will be a fun " to go" project since all the thinking is ...

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March 6, 2021
March One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

The first week of March is just about over, so it's definitely time to decide on a One Monthly Goal.  

I just noticed that the OMG button says "motivation in a monthly link up". That's exactly what I need at certain stages of the quilting process. So which project needs that extra "umph" to get to the next stage?  

Not Red, White and Blue Stars.  

I've turned corner three on stitching down the binding.  A good sit down session tonight will net me a finished quilt. Plenty of motivation with that project.  

Grassy Creek needs borders. Borders ...

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March 2, 2021
to do: one monthly goal from Making A Lather

 It's a new month with new possibilities. The rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappys color for March is green. I have an older ufo in green that I want to complete for the month. This was one of my first EPPs. I remember starting it on the plane coming home from visiting my daughter several years ago. I knew I would be sad to leave her, so I picked something to do. I haven't worked on it in a long time. I wanted to make it bigger, but, now, I just want to finish it.

Another ufo I ...

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February 27, 2021
February One Monthly Goal Completed from Life In Pieces

Yesterday was a stay at home and sew day.  The first thing on my list was getting my February One Monthly Goal completed. 

The plan for this month was to get my version of Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt, assembled.  That got done pretty early on during my sewing day. 

Grassy Creek, the 2020 Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt

My deep red looks more brown than red in this photo.  I'm really happy with how my version came together. I had already decided not to add the borders from Bonnie's version. After playing in EQ a ...

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February 23, 2021
Bloom with Grace from Needle and Foot

A while back, when the Bloom With Grace fabric first arrived in my shop, I knew I wanted to use some to make a Mercyful Quilt. It seemed so perfect for bringing comfort to a grieving family. The colors are gorgeous and the sentiment is very sweet. I took a panel and cut the four main blocks apart. Then it sat. This seems to happen quite often in my sewing room!

After a bit, I cut borders from some of the coordinates in this line. I added these to the four blocks and alternated the colors when I placed the ...

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February 6, 2021
February One Monthly Goal from Life In Pieces

It's been one of those weeks, absolutely nutty at work.  One of my coworkers described yesterday as "the most Mondayed Friday ever".  I was definitely ready for the weekend so I could catch my breath a bit. In contemplating what was on the agenda for the sewing room I realized that I hadn't yet decided on the One Monthly Goal for February. 

That oversight should definitely be remedied.  As usual there are several options to choose from.  Red, White and Blue Stars is quilted, but it's in transit and not actually here.  Considering it took almost three ...

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February 3, 2021
February Plans from Needle and Foot

Just sitting here on a chilly, damp morning drinking that first cup of coffee. (Nothing better than that first cup, is there?) I am trying to wrap my head around the fact that my oldest child is celebrating his 36th birthday today and number two celebrated his 34th birthday two days ago. How did that even happen? Time just marches on. I love having adult children – watching them carve their path, raise children, and develop their careers. It is truly satisfying.

OK – moving on from blathering about my boys, let’s look at a fun project I worked on this ...

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February 1, 2021
retreat and one monthly goal from Making A Lather

Our guild had another open sew Saturday. I took what I had done on bonnie Hunter quilt zuckerwatte from her book string fling, and, decided to see how far I could get. With just 20 minutes to spare, I had the center top finished. It was a great boost. I had started at the beginning of January with only string blocks made. I cut a gazillion  HSTS - ( half square triangles ) ... sewn a bunch together, and made  rows. and blocks. 


Now that we have a new month, it is time to refocus on another set of goals. My one monthly goal ...

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January 30, 2021
January OMG, Smashed to Smithereens from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Well, folks, my January OMG (One Monthly Goal) was to make four more sampler blocks for my Retro Building Blocks quilt.  I made six!

Four Retro Building Blocks Added to the Design Wall...

Plus This One...

...And Also This One

I know that making six blocks in a whole month might seem like a pretty weak goal, but I also completed a vintage quilt repair for a client, quilted several charity tops for our guild's outreach to local pediatric hospitals, and I just finished quilting a huge, gorgeous Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt for a client that I am DYING ...

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January 9, 2021
jelly roll finish from Making A Lather

I have a finish for my January one monthly goal at elm street quilts. This is an older ufo ( 2013) made from a jelly roll and free pattern by cindy carter.

76 x 76

12 yards of fabric

I really liked the border with the rest of the quilt. I quilted simple circle loops in a light gray thread. I machine sewed the binding. I needed to open a new roll of hobbs 80/20 batting. I noticed it was not the same as other bolts. I wonder if there was a change in the manufacture. It seemed thinner and ...

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January 2, 2021
January Goal from Sew Some Sunshine

It's the new year, so I'm going to jump in with Elm Street Quilts for the January One Monthly Goal.  A personal goal of mine is to be more intentional with my sewing this year.  So much has happened this past year with the pandemic and the year before was very busy for me with graduate school.  Now that school is over I am hopeful I'll be getting back on track in 2021.  I'm also hoping to share some finished projects that I did do these past few years that never made it to social media ...

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