Started the Rows

Handful of Scraps, quilts

We had more rain on Friday night and it kept the temperatures way down for Saturday – 80 for a high – couldn’t believe it – of course there is such a thing as too much rain – this brought our total up close to 5 inches I believe for the last 8 days or so.  But it is all soaking into the soil and I didn’t step into any mud pockets when I walked down to the garden yesterday – isn’t much of a garden left to check on.  The heat has really done a number on the cucumbers – they must like cooler weather I just can never seem to grow a good cucumber in recent years.  But the peppers are doing well – orange peppers and sweet red peppers.  The deer are eating the sweet potatoes – I had put all the wire away as it seemed like it was just the green beans they wanted – I guess they like sweet potatoes this year too – the leaves that is I guess I need to get a roll or wire back out to put over them before the deer eat the plants down to nothing.

Anyhow in between enjoying the porch on such a nice day I ran into town to see which new used books they had for sale at the librarie’s book store – they sell used books for fund raisers – Melanie had mentioned they had some quilting books so I thought I would check them out – not much!!  But I did pay 50 cents for this old one from 1989 – we all loved Mary Ellen Hopkins back in the day!  It was in such good condition – I always loved her common sense! I also love one of her quotes in the book “After all these years how could there possibly be ‘original designs’”  I so agree with that as we all know most quilt blocks of today are based on the old quilt blocks of yesterday.


But on to quilting – I came back in the house several times and would put together a row of Butterfly Parade, press it and tack it up to the wall and then go enjoy the outdoors again.  I got 4 rows done that way.  I still need to sew those rows together but they are now in long strips instead of blocks.  I will try to get a couple more put together today.


I took the hexies outside and put more of the neutrals together also.   In fact I used up just about all my neutrals and need to cut more squares to thread baste more hexies.  I see I pinned it back to the wall a little crooked.  I am linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching.  I am also linking to Lea Anne’s Podunk Pretties where she featured my Wagon’s West quilt today – how sweet is that!


Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  Last day for the class sale – thank you to all that have ordered through my links – it helps me keep quilting.

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17 comments… add one
  • Kathi Jul 10, 2016

    Had to catch up on your weekend posts… Loving all your projects you are working on Karen! I love Butterfly Parade progress… those neutral hexies and showing off your EPP skills to on Handful of Scraps.. my fave was the photo you shared yesterday though of Wagon’s West… I am glad even in the heat you are able to quilt some in the eve’s on it.. before the nice evening and crickets call you out to the porch 😉
    Have a blessed Sunday and a wonderful week ahead… guess you have some healthy deer too eating all your garden up selectively! lol Kathi
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  • Mary Jo Jul 10, 2016

    I still have my copy of Mary Ellen’s book.–after all these years I still look for the “units” in a quilt.
    Fond memories

  • Wanda Jul 10, 2016

    Yes, Mary Ellen was there for all of us with her tricks to break down the blocks. I like line drawings so I always enjoyed her books and ideas.

    Maybe you need to grow the cucumbers in a different spot where they only get morning sun.
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  • Kathy Jul 10, 2016

    I haven’t bought many quilting books over the years, but I do have that one – and use it regularly.
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  • Sally T Jul 10, 2016

    I love the palette of your butterfly parade. Subtle and beautiful.
    I used to work in Mary Ellen’s store Crazy Ladies and Friends and it brings back such wonderful memories to see that book.

  • Cynthia Brunz Jul 10, 2016

    Your design wall looks so lovely. Thanks for sharing your projects with Oh Scrap!
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  • CathieJ Jul 10, 2016

    Both of your current projects are very pretty. I have a several quilt books from the 80s and 90s. I look at them often.
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  • Deb Jul 10, 2016

    Love your hexagon project. Very pretty.
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  • Sandra B Jul 10, 2016

    Oh, the Butterfly Parade blocks sewn together in rows are looking great, Karen!! This is going to be an amazing quilt!
    And your hexies are really growing in number….
    I have such great memories of Mary Ellen Hopkins….back in the day, she would pop up on a quilt show from time to time….Georgia Bonesteel’s or Doreen Speckman’s shows, or maybe Fons and Porter…don’t remember for sure whose show, but I always enjoyed seeing Mary Ellen!! I guess that shows how long I have been a quilter!!

  • Linda Jones Jul 10, 2016

    Karen, love the colors in your butterfly quilt. Thank you for sharing. Are you still long arm quilting for people. I have a friend that needs someone. Thanks so much. Linda

  • Karen Jul 10, 2016

    Linda – I do not do long arm quilting you must have me confused with someone else – the big quilting frame in my blog post is a 3 roller hand quilting frame.

  • Quilter Kathy Jul 10, 2016

    You are making great progress on the hexies…way to go!
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  • Patricia Jul 11, 2016

    Loving your hexies quilt! The neutrals make the colors pop! I’m so glad to see others enjoy hexies as well!

  • suzanne Jul 11, 2016

    Whatever the glitch was, I am now receiving your blog via daily email again! Yay!

    So glad to be seeing your projects and hearing about your garden again. 🙂

  • Vicki Jul 11, 2016

    It’s been hot as blazes here but we haven’t had rain in almost a week so the mold is down considerably. I’m very happy about that!

  • Debbie B Jul 12, 2016

    Oh, I love that book. It was the first quilt book I ever purchased and did several quilts using her techniques while learning to quilt.

  • Sandy Panagos Jul 16, 2016

    That Butterfly Parade quilt is going to be gorgeous! Great design wall, too.
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