Happy New Year

quilts, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

I don’t know about most of you but usually New Year’s Eve or day I take the all decorations down and get the house back to “normal” – and that is exactly what I did yesterday.  I wanted to get the design wall back up so I could look Floral Fantasy over better – with the tree out I had no room to do that.  I was going to start to sew the blocks together and I did start but I soon realized that I had some blocks next to each other that had too much of the same colors in them.  So I have changed up the arrangement from what I had been showing you all and I plan on adding a little embroidery to a few blocks to enhance the color a little as in poor light you can barely see some of the pieces!   And yes this is a Michelle Hill design from her 2nd  William Morris  book – someone asked that just yesterday and thought I better credit her.


This is the fabric I will use for the binding on the Red and Green applique – no I haven’t started it yet.  This fabric is used for the sashing and I might be in trouble.  I’m really not sure anymore because I started it such a long time ago–I don’t know if I washed it enough – I think I did before I put it in the quilt but not 100%.  (I had bought a whole bolt of this fabric about 4 or more years ago – I intended to wash it as I needed it but I don’t remember if I did every time I cut some off of it.)   Because I decided to use it for the binding and not know for sure if I washed it I went ahead yesterday and soaked it and soaked it and soaked it and finally the water was clear – I had a full sink and followed instructions that I got from Vicki at Field Trips in Fiber – but that is a big quilt to wash when I get the biding done and lets be honest – it might end up with a pink background instead of the light beige that it is!  I hope not but if it happens it happens – I will follow her directions given to me the other day and soak it in the bathtub with as much water as I can fit in it and soak,soak,soak.  Vicki hand dyes spectacular fabric and knows what she is talking about.  (by the way this is the red that is in my second Dear Jane quilt as well – that might end up being a red/pink quilt instead of red/very pale yellow after it is quilted – although with that one too – I will soak and soak)  EDITED:  yes I did put color catchers in each soak also)


This is the stencil I decided to use in the Uncommon, Common Bride – not the one that I had said I was going to use.  I just couldn’t get the corners to fit right with that stencil.  I looked through the stencils that I have and after measuring and looking I decided this one fit best and you know I didn’t have to adjust anything – it totally fit!  So I got started just a little bit last night to see how I liked it.  After I do this on this part of the border then I will mark a grid to finish up this border.


It fit around the corner with no adjustment needed!


One more Diamond done as well.


So that is how I brought in the New Year – how about you?  Do you party?  We normally stay home and have a quiet evening like usual.  Watch a bit of tv, call my mom to wish her a Happy New Year and sew!

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11 comments… add one
  • Teri Dingler Jan 1, 2014

    Karen- even in soaking, couldn’t you use the “color catchers” sheets like the ones used in the washing machine to help “catch” some of the colors and keep the colors from “bleeding” on each other? I never wash a quilt now without them no matter whether I have pre-washed the fabric or not- amazing little scutters.
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  • Vicki W Jan 1, 2014

    I’m glad that the soaking worked out well. I took my decorations down yesterday too. Glad to have that task over! Love the rope border.
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  • Mary LeClerc Jan 1, 2014

    You are off to a great start! Love the quilting design.

  • Thimbleanna Jan 1, 2014

    It was a quiet evening here (well, except for the neighborhood firecrackers LOL) I hope 2014 will be very good to you — I’m looking forward to seeing your quilts unfold! Happy New Year!
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  • Charlotte Jan 1, 2014

    I love borders with such a design in them but rarely use them because I guess I’m too stupid to figure the math for making the corners work. lol What great luck to have them work the first time for you.
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  • Doreen Jan 1, 2014

    That stencil is so perfect! A design wall is one thing, I believe, is not talked about enough! It helps one to see what is really going on. Even then, a camera shot sometimes is needed for that “fresh eyes” look! All is productive your way….as always! I don’t prewash any fabric so don’t ever have the question!!!! Hugs and best wishes to you and your family……………………

  • Pam Jan 1, 2014

    That’s great that you didn’t ahem to make any adjustments with your border stencil. I think it’s a good omen for the New Year! Take care, Pam
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  • Pam Jan 1, 2014

    Sorry for that typo – I meant to write “have” to make any adjustments!
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  • audrey Jan 2, 2014

    We always put our tree/decorations up on New Years Day too. Still need to vacuum, but everythings been put up. Your applique blocks are looking so good. It will be an amazing quilt!

  • Victoria Jan 2, 2014

    Hi! Happy New Year everybody! here in Spain we’re still on Christmas holidays (well, kids) because next 6th Jan will be the equivalent to your Christmas morning….the presents day! (The Three Wise Kings’Day). Lovely quilts Karen, I’m in love with the Red and Green one, my favourite!. My New Year’s Eve was partly quiet, quiet dinner but then go out for a drink with friends and some dancing too!. Love!
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  • Cathi Jan 2, 2014

    The fabric you’re using for the binding is gorgeous.
    The owner of a quilt store told me about a red and white appliqué quilt that was brought in that had bled quite a bit. They used Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover on it and the red that had bled disappeared.
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