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June 11, 2021
Appliqué Hearts from Modern Sunbonnet Sue

I’m on track stitching my appliqué hearts. My 100 blocks are prepared for needle-turn stitching. I’ve finished the first 10 blocks & met the check-in today. I’m using a new needle-turn appliqué technique on these blocks which I learned from a quilt friend. The appliqué shape is traced onto the back of the fabric. The […]

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June 7, 2021
more sea swept from Making A Lather

I have been making 7- 10 sea swept blocks every Friday with my quilt group. I have collected a nice size pile. I thought I would take an accounting and decide where to go from here. I was pleasantly surprised to realize I have 38 made. and 7 in process with 2 rounds. I need 42. This pattern calls for a sashing that will make a wonderful star. The pattern is also for paperpiecing. And the finished piece is smaller than what I am doing. SO, I will need to "invent" what I will need for my block. I think ...

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June 1, 2021
Progress! And a little tip. from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

 Baby quilt 1 ("Palate Cleanser") is coming along.

The baby quilt has only the top and bottom borders left to be quilted and then the binding. I quilted it on The Beaut with an edge-to-edge design from Designs by Juju (NAYY). It has not been without struggles, but for the most part it has gone well and I am pleased. I'm figuring out what I'll do on the top and bottom borders and hope to finish it next weekend.

So here's a tip that has helped me: Franken-batting. If you haven’t heard this phrase then you ...

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to do: cut more easy breezy from Making A Lather

I needed to cut more squares for easy breezy. I have found as many matches of 4 as I can in my 2 inch square drawer. Now, I have to cut from strips and chunks. I like this part. It can be done leisurely while watching TV in the evening. I take a 2 inch strip from the drawer, fold it in half, slice 2 inches twice, and the pile grows. I didn't count, so, I hope this will get me finished.

I am getting closer to having enough of these blocks. They have become a part of my ...

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May 31, 2021
sea swept again from Making A Lather

I feel like a broken record.... sea swept, easy breezy, aunt eliza.. repeat. I am really trying to stick to these and making progress however small. Our Friday group met again... on Friday... and I have a new batch of sea swept blocks finished.  I really like making these. I need to cut more background if I am to continue. I only work on these on Friday. I need 42 blocks to do the pattern. I think I have 20 +.

My friend Linda is making her sea swept with the smaller blocks and paper piecing. We had a chance to ...

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May 24, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

My Friday quilt group met, and, I had a chance to work on sea swept. I made 7 more blocks.

And, there are still more easy breezy blocks. Completed blocks are taking over the box, which means I am making progress.

2 a day keeps the scraps at bay

I am linking:

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May 10, 2021
works in progress from Making A Lather

What I am working on this week. I am trying to make 2 easy breezy blocks every day. I still have 70 + to go.

And if I have enough extra 1 1/2 inch squares to make a waffle stamps block, I make it in any color. Otherwise, I use the color of the month from rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. This month is red and I finished the red here.

I made a batch of  quilted twins free pattern called swingin checkerboard. I have another 30 - 40 to go.

I worked on rsc blocks in red for ...

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May 6, 2021
It's All About the Face: Part 2 - Dave and Emma from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

In an effort to be mindful in sharing my process with you, I'll show my progress on the projects instead of waiting to do the big reveal.

I was reading about the process pledge and getting a better understanding of it. In past blog posts I typically share the project after it's completed and talk about its journey at the same time. The posts get long-winded and it's no wonder so many people prefer Instagram over blogs. SEE THE PRETTY AND MOVE ON!

But I want a journal of my work in the hopes that someone in ...

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May 5, 2021
radio waves quilt from Making A Lather

Yesterday, I blogged about a new block I was trying, and I am so glad I did. Thank you for the help. Good thing, I tried a sample. Now to figure out, how to do it.

When I spent time cutting a box of shirts, I cut 7 1/2 inch squares for quilted twins free pattern called radio waves. I had a handful of shirt strips that I thought I might as well sew them together. I enjoyed making these, as I used 1 1/2 inch strips and mostly muslin by strip piecing, and, then sub cutting ...

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April 29, 2021
checkerboard from Making A Lather

I woke up one morning and my mojo was gone. I am sure it will come back, I just need to coast a little and, see what happens. Meanwhile, I am slowly working on a few clean up projects. I have a few more blocks for quilted twins free pattern called swingin checkerboard. 

And, I have the quilting done on baby snoopy. This was a project from a retreat in January, I think.

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Baby quilt 1 is officially a flimsy! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

That didn't take long! And another reason why I call it a palate cleanser.

I promise I'm working on the's much brighter than what you see here.

Monday was my day off from work and I had a lot of to-do things, but I managed to get the other two borders on the baby quilt. I'm looking through my stash for appropriate backing, but I'm going to wait a couple of days; we're hoping to know the baby's gender by Wednesday.

While it was on the design wall, I got an ...

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April 26, 2021
Monday morning design wall from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Just to mark progress...

I didn't get to work much on the baby quilt this past weekend. Other stuff to do; mostly taxes. Thank goodness, that's done. I told the Hubs when I finished it up Saturday evening that it's a lot more exhausting (and expensive) than it used to be. One of the perks of aging, I suppose.

By Sunday we had a hiccup in what we had planned because Saturday night the plumbing under our kitchen sink fell apart. I still have a sink and dishwasher full of dishes waiting to be done because we ...

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April 7, 2021
Moving right along—transitions; life and studio from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

There are many reasons why I only had 3 blog posts last year. I posted a few times on Instagram, but not much more than here. 

Even without the pandemic, life took some crazy turns for us in 2020. Hubs and I made decisions regarding our future, and I had to make some decisions regarding my work life. 

Due to work life, school took a back seat. I dropped the classes I had enrolled in that would have started mid-January 2020; the workload ramped up that same week. Over a year later, I’m working from home 11-12 hours per ...

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March 18, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

Sometimes, I forget to show the slow progress of some on going projects. I have sew days that don't seem to make any dents in the quilt making process. But, I know they do. And that has to be enough.

I am still hunting for old projects as I am trying to reorganize and label boxes, it consumes me. I have been very creative at storage, I must say.

Maple syrup is done. Hubby has it all put away for another year. It was my first year to trek around the trees and help with the buckets of sap ...

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March 15, 2021
Another small project - Fun and Done from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

...from another online class!

FWIW, online classes are a necessity given our current global pandemic state. I know I've mentioned that I'm not necessarily a fan, but remember when I said how much I clicked the "Buy Now" button? This was the result of one of those moments.

I've done some collage work and while I like it, I think my technique can be improved. I subscribe to Emily Taylor's (Collage Quilter) (NAYY) newsletter and she offered in... November? December? a free online class showing how to use her method to create her Winter Cardinal pattern ...

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February 1, 2021
Projects on the go . . . from Elsie Quilts

At this point, there is "Brown Scrappy" on the longarm (finally), a top finished and waiting while I find backing that works with it, a new nativity quilt that will be offered as a pattern on Etsy as soon as I finish the quilting, binding, and writing the instructions, a scavenger hunt that is crazy but fun and for a competition so I cannot show you yet, two bags of blocks from our guild that other quilters didn't want to put together, and a whole mess of yellow and accent prints/colored scraps on the design wall just begging ...

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January 24, 2021
Some Christmas makes from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

I call them Christmas makes, but they're more like "just because" makes...

...because I didn't start them until after Christmas.

Not to run on about how much I wasn't able to make last year, but I didn't make anyone a thing for Christmas. I made a hot pad in early December and took absolutely no joy in it. So now we have a new hot pad (well, I still have to sew down the loop), and while I would normally feel a tremendous amount of guilt for NOT making Christmas gifts (for my kids), this past ...

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January 3, 2021
Happy New Year! And, a Finally Finished! from A Prim and (not so) Proper Quilter

Yes, dear readers, today is only January 2, and I have a Finally Finished to reveal. And some thoughts about learning curves.

Happy New Year! I know I already said it, but it feels good to say it. 2020 is SO LAST YEAR as the kids say, and I think we are all grateful that it is.

Who knew a year ago that when I may have mentioned how awful 2019 was, that 2020 would be worse?

But more about 2020 in another post. I know it's been a while since my last post. There are many reasons for ...

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December 30, 2020
end of the year progress from Making A Lather

I've made good progress on the country roads quilt I am making. Right now, it is the right size for the top of the bed. I think 2-5 more rows might be enough for a queen size bed.

I have this quilt on the frame. It is an older ufo that is part of my January one monthly goal. I haven't seen it in awhile. I like it....again. I didn't remember that it was so big.

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December 29, 2020
to do: this and that from Making A Lather

The new litterbug - how many masks do you count?

I have just been working on my country roads quilt top - trying to get it together. I have 16 rows together so far. I think I will need at least 4 more. And these are the longest rows. In between rows, I can sew leaders/and enders. It keeps me happy.

Angela at so scrappy let loose the color for January, early. We will be doing pink, so I have pulled the first project I want to do for that. Otherwise, it has been a little down time for sewing. I ...

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