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July 12, 2021
swept away from Making A Lather

I finished piecing the sea swept cornerstone blocks at Friday quilt group.


And then I had to trim them. I used the studio 180 squared squared to trim them.


And then I counted them - sigh, I am 6 short. hmm- maybe I had the steps backward. haha

But, they are beautiful and I am so pleased.

Sue is back to Friday group after covid. We have missed her.


and I gave Linda her quilt back after quilting it. It was a beauty.


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July 8, 2021
one monthly goal from Making A Lather

 I am a little late setting my goals for July. 

I really want to keep sewing my sea swept sashing blocks - I hope to finish them this month.


I am sneaking in one of my ufo quilts - Aunt Eliza's star -- on to the longarm. I really want to get it quilted this month.


I haven't been spending much time sewing lately. I need to make a list of the next steps needed on my works in progress, and then, I won't just stare at the mess and not know what to do. A list is much more ...

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June 28, 2021
progress from Making A Lather

This seems like a small accomplishment for my sea swept quilt, but, I have made a decision to cut new blocks for the sashings and trim down to the right size. These 2 blocks were made using the exact measurements. They are not bad but a little small. I need 56 of these blocks for the quilt I am making.


Our guild had an open sew and charity quilt workshop Saturday. I took my accuquilt and tumbler die for cutting through donation fabrics. Somehow my die was broken and we had to suspend the cutting. sigh... I've never had ...

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June 22, 2021
moving on with sea swept from Making A Lather

I have all the snails trail blocks finished for sea swept. And it was time to figure out how I was going to make the sashings without a pattern. The actual pattern is for paper piecing, and my blocks are machine pieced and larger than the pattern makes.

Linda's 3 and mine

I remembered a template I have from studio 180 and I could even find it... hooray. But, I wasn't sure how to make it a double square in a square. You tube told me,   I needed the technique sheet with a chart. While I was purchasing ...

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June 14, 2021
sea swept progress from Making A Lather

At retreat this weekend, I sewed the last 4 blocks I need for sea swept. I ordered studio 180 template for the sashing. I think it will save me the headache of math "to fit" what I have already made. I have the squared squared template. I ordered diamond rects. hooray.  I still have many cut pieces - I may make it larger.


There is always something scrappy going on at the sewing machine. This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book addicted to scraps called Carolina Chain. I had the blocks done in April.  I use them as a ...

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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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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



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May 21, 2021
recycle shirts from Making A Lather

These blocks are addictive. While I was planning my new sea swept quilt, I made sample blocks in shirt fabric. Good thing I did, I made mistakes. But, now, I want to keep making snails trails in shirt fabrics too. I will need to cut more. If you can start one quilt why not start two.


Working with recycled shirts is such a pleasure. The fabric is soft and does what I ask it to do. There is a lot of fabric in a shirt. I have these five shirts are for sale on etsy.






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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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