My Quilting Projects

Handful of Scraps, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Wagon’s West (dresden plates)

Another of the center diamonds for Handful of Scraps is finished – two more to go before I start work to put the center of this quilt together.  I’m sure my interest will slow down like usual sometime!  As you can see in the corner of the room I have The Final Frontier finished and waiting for the quilting frame.  Underneath that is Wagons West which I will attempt to machine quilt.


Some have not seen the quilt – this is it – I do not know if I will make the applique border like this – it might be different.  I will put the six diamonds together as shown and then start on the “flowers”.  This book is called “Handful of Scraps” which I am calling my quilt and it is by Edyta Sitar.


Have all of you hexie fans seen the quilt at this link this is from Grit’s Life it is called “La Passion” talk about a challenging quilt to make!!  I am not showing a photo as you must go to her blog to see this – I’m not sure if I need permission to show it.  Let’s just say if you are a fan of hexie quilts you will want to see it and maybe even if you are not a fan of hexies.  Directions on how to make this quilt are there – she is sharing her pattern.  If I have read her instructions right you use 1/2 inch hexagons – is this right – has anyone made this quilt?  Her blog is in German but you can use the translator at the top of her blog – but as we all know sometimes that is easier said that done and if I ever get around to making it I will be reading carefully and looking at all the photos she provides.

Here is my quilty 365 quiltThe Final Frontier this is it – no bigger will it be – when you count that some squares have two circles in them there are 400+ circles in it so I have met the goal of 365 and surpassed.    My final border is a little ruffled in places — I will be using wool batting – after hand quilting, washing and low dry I’m sure it will crinkle up enough that it won’t be noticeable.  Right now it is 105 inches x 105 inches.  I am linking to Audrey’s Quilty 365 link up.


This is the fossil fern fabric for the backing of the quilt that arrived yesterday – I have 9 yards so there is some piecing to do – I need to sew it all together of course to make the backing the right size – but it was a very good price.  The thread is King Tut, Jewel Nile.



The Lavender plant in the garden is growing really well and has so many flowers on it – now I need to read up on what to use it for – I just wanted to see how pretty it would be.  Does anyone know if they take over your garden? I might have to move it if it does – or maybe I will just leave it here in the herb area of the garden.


Pretty flowers in the garden too although the flower garden is looking a little sparse right now as I have started it new this year – it will take awhile for it to fill out – I might add more annuals in it this year for that purpose and then next year see what grows back and add more perennials.


I had planted two of these and I’m glad they have survived their first month – maybe they will make it.  I also dug up Purple Coneflowers from other parts of the yard and planted 8 of them in the back area of the garden and one other flower that I have forgotten the name – Lambs Ear or something like that.  The green leaves are fuzzy and it has little white or pink flowers on it – I didn’t think I had anymore of them left – I planted some about 15 years ago and thought they had died over the years and then a couple days ago I found one under a tree and dug it up and transplanted.


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16 comments… add one
  • Glenda May 19, 2016

    Oh gosh Karen your quilty364circles quilt is magical, it just glows, I would want to see those colours hanging some were so I could just drown in them every day. You are on a roll all ready with your hexagons way to go, bet you change the border.LOL . Going to visit Grit ‘s link now thanks for sharing. Hugs Glenda from Down Under
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  • Doreen May 19, 2016

    I’m totally dumbfounded by that hexie quilt on Grit’s site (and the others that have been done using that pattern!!!!)!!! The sheer number of hexies (regardless of size) is staggering! Yours will be beautiful, I know. I luv Edyta’s pattern ideas. 105″x 105″, even if it’s a tad smaller after washing, will be a wonderful sized finish!!!!!
    Looking forward to your machine quilting……………………

  • Ruth May 19, 2016

    I’m willing to use 1″ hexie pieced for POTC, but that’s as small as I want to go. On the other hand, La Passacaglia uses even teenier pieces. EPP is a disease, and a very nice one.

    Your quilts are gorgeous!
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  • Vicki W May 19, 2016

    The Final Frontier looks great! I hope you are soaking that purple backing. I’d bet money that it will bleed some.

  • Kathy May 19, 2016

    I cannot imagine working with 1/2″ hexies. When I was at Paducah last Apeil, I saw some little 3/16″ papers … that’s less than a quarter inch! 😮

    Thst quilt of Edyta’s is on my list, but all that appliqué is what is pushing it way down the list (I have yet to come anywhere close to mastering appliqué). I cannot wait to see yours.
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  • Deb May 19, 2016

    Love the circle quilt and gorgeous garden flowers! This is the first that I’ve seen the La Passion quilt; oh my! 🙂
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  • Kathi May 19, 2016

    I am loving your Handful of Scraps progress… the other hexi quilt is mind blowing and only 1/2″ hexies to make such an intricate design… astounding!!! I am so excited for your progress on your quilts… and your flowers are delightful to see today… we are starting the rainy season FINALLY so maybe I will have flower pics to share sometime soon 🙂 Kathi
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  • Barbara May 19, 2016

    Beautiful quilt! You accomplish so much. The lavender will grow quite large over the years but not too quickly. It gets woody in the center as it gets big, so you may want to replace it every few years. It grows from one plant and doesn’t send runners out (like mint). It grows well from cuttings, so when you are ready for a new plant take some cuttings.
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  • Wanda May 19, 2016

    Lamb’s Ear will multiply everywhere……..I had a terrible time controlling it. It would be great in an area where you aren’t planting anything else.
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  • Janice Holton May 19, 2016

    I cannot believe how much you produce in one week! Sheesh! You amaze me and that hexi quilt is astounding. I don’t think I would have the patience to work on one project for that long. I am so looking forward to seeing how your Handful of Scraps develops!

  • Rebecca Grace May 19, 2016

    OH. MY. WORD. I went and looked at that hexie quilt — those are 1/2″ units?!! Truly impressive!! If anyone can handle that, it’s you! Congratulations on finishing your 365 quilt. The hexie quilt with the applique border is interesting… But I think I can tell why you’re unsure whether you’ll do the border. It just doesn’t relate to the body of the quilt that well — it’s almost like the borders to some other quilt were just “stuck on.” Unless the flowers are made up of hexies? I can’t really tell from the photo. If they are not hexie flowers, then I think you should make them as hexie flowers. But of course, it’s not my quilt so it’s none of my business! 😉
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  • LisaS May 20, 2016

    I love how your circle quilt turned out. Well done! That 1/2″ hexy quilt – OMG!! I could be tempted to try it though ?

    I think the yellow flowers, if they are coreopsis or tickseed, will spread. That never bothers me as I need more plants due to the deer and rabbits eating most of what I plant. I love volunteers!

  • Sherrie Jun 1, 2016

    Love your circle quilt, beautiful. As well as your hexie quilt. Have a great day!
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  • Heidi Jun 1, 2016

    Congratulations on your great Quilty365 top! Love all the dots, and the on-point setting. Good Luck with your hexie endeavor!!

  • sisbabe Jun 2, 2016

    Wow your circles quilt top is incredible! That is such a lot of circles 🙂 Love the on point layout and that sashing!

  • Pat in WNY Jun 2, 2016

    Your Quilty 365 top is gorgeous and your backing fabric is luscious. Do you have an overall quilting plan in mind or will you just outline the circles and call it done?

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