Keep on Cutting

quilts, Red & Green Traditional Applique, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

Scrap work continues here in this house – I emptied the 3rd wire basket yesterday morning, pressed and started to cut in the afternoon. Again a couple larger than fat quarter pieces were found and I put them on the cardboard and put them neatly on the shelf.  This was waiting for me in the afternoon to tackle.  Some fabric I have found – actually quite a bit of it had been given to me over the years in trades as quite a bit I have come across is not something I would buy – just not me – mainly the novelty prints – I rarely do trades anymore as I was not always a happy camper with what I received!


I added another inch of 2 1/2 inch strips to my pile from the day before!


Now that I have the 3 wire baskets from this shelf taken care of I will tackle this mess before it falls down and then back to the other baskets.  Most of this will get wrapped around the comic book boards and be stacked on the shelve on end.   there are about 3 pieces of flannel up here that I am not sure what I will do with – I really do not use flannel much I need to check and see what size that white piece is – it might work out for a small design board? Well have to look at it.  Well I have been working on the scraps it seems like I keep remembering scrap patterns that I have in my box or on the computer and they keep fighting my memory to the top wanting to be made first!    What are your quilting plans for the New Year.  I will do a post on New Years Day of what got finished in 2013 in my quilting room – and what didn’t get done – do you reflect back like that too?


I got more of the Floral Fantasy block done last night – all that remains now is two flowers and the darkest purple towards the top of the design.


This much done on the Red and Green Friday night.


This much left to do – I think I can accomplish this by Tuesday night and say I finished it in 2013 – other than the binding that is! I have been trying to spend about 1 1/2 to 2 hours each day/evening at the frame and it is paying off.   Some of this well have been done last night as I write my post the evening before you see it.


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14 comments… add one
  • Astrid Dec 29, 2013

    Doesn’t it feel good for each piece of fabric you put the knife into?! 🙂 It’s a lot of work, I know, that’s why I now do it after each finished projects.
    I hate plans, because I never stick to them. For 2014 I hope to finish the two queen size quilts; one ready for quilting and the other one needs backing. Since I’m taking a break from sewing these days, I couldn’t help it but have a look at some of my stash… Got an idea for a couple of quilts… I’ll see what 2014 brings… 🙂 No, I never reflect back… Done or not done, we can’t change the past….
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  • Teri Dingler Dec 29, 2013

    I may get very industrious and make the 5 grandsons quilts for Christmas 2014- I have a head start as I have one done already that one of the wants- one that is over. Half done on the squares so we shall see! I better get busy if I am!!!
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  • Sartenada Dec 29, 2013

    I enjoyed this post. My favorite photo is the fourth from the top.

    Happy New Year 2014.

  • Liz Dec 29, 2013

    Congrats on sticking with cutting down the scraps. Before you know it you’ll have a bin full of 2.5 inch strips. Mine is out of control again, ugh.
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  • Nedra Dec 29, 2013

    Nice job tackling all those scraps. And you sure have done a wonderful job on The Red and Green, which looks like it will be done by the end of the year:)

  • Charlotte Dec 29, 2013

    Are your flannel pieces large enough for pillowcases? I’ve seen several made out of flannel for grandchildren.
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  • Chris Dec 29, 2013

    I am a new blogger and have been drafting a post and reflecting back over the past year and looking at the projects I want to start in the coming year.
    I am fascinated with your approach to organizing scraps. I have many many UFO’s and over the past couple of years have been organizing everything I need in project boxes including patterns, backing and background fabrics. I am not to the point of organizing the scraps until after I complete some of the projects.
    Sometimes on New Years Eve I have looked at a blank calendar and drawn up a plan to complete quilts. The plan starts out simple then gets overwhelming and I end up not touching anything on the list. I think that blogging about our journey and progress, especially with encouragement from quilters around the world, is a great way of motivating us to complete projects.
    I have really enjoyed seeing your progress on the Red and Green Quilt. It makes me want to consider hand quilting something this year. After I complete something first.

  • Doreen Dec 29, 2013

    I usually don’t do a year end recap. I’m always looking towards what is on the horizon, I guess. These last few months I’ve started quilting for others and so it is so different…….there are no resulting scraps/leftovers!!! Kinda weird! My January will be a very busy one……..several quilts for clients, a QOV, start GS’s grad. quilt, continue on gr.granddaughter(#2)’s quilt for b’day in July (or Christmas, not sure). The days just stack up somehow……I know you understand, Karen!!!! Lovely progress on your applique/quilting/scraps. Hugs……………………..

  • Vicki W Dec 29, 2013

    I need to do what you are doing but I’m heads down in the middle of a project right now. I’m also not much for reviews at year end. There are usually other times of the year that are better review points for me.
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  • Donna Phelps Dec 29, 2013

    You are doing a great job with your scraps. I am getting ready to do the same. I have enjoyed scrap piecing for some time. I especially like to paper piece with my scraps. Why don’t you make a crib sized rag quilt with your flannel and donate it. Just a thought.

  • Victoria Dec 29, 2013

    Hi Karen! I’m still on my Christmas blog holidays but reading your posts every night, I’m here!. Well my quilting plans for next 2014 will be a 1.35 cm x 1.80 cm long Irish chain quilt in beige and blue (I’m a novice quilter so it’s a nice and easy project for me) and another one in appliqué with little houses, butterflies and tulips. Liiiitle by liiiitle, that’s a lot of work all being sewn by hand!. Love!!
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  • Debra Dec 29, 2013

    Looks like your making great progress.
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  • Thimbleanna Dec 29, 2013

    Wow — you’re hiking right along on Red and Green! All that quilting — you can definitely count it as done for this year — even without the binding. !
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  • Angela Dec 30, 2013

    I think this time of year must be popular for reflecting. I always plan more than I can possibly finish in a year and then end up working on different projects all together. Still, taking stock is always nice. Sometimes it is surprising how much is done in a year.
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