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Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s, scrap quilts

Awhile back I had asked if anyone knew where I could get the Steampunk pattern – it is out there just not a lot of places – BUT what I found out is that it is actually a very old pattern given a new name!!!  Kathleen from Rose Prairie Quilts and Farm and I got to “talking” (email version) and she had a free source for me that was not under copyright!!  Always so nice when that happens.

Kathleen and I realized we both wanted to make this quilt and decided to make it at the same time and blog about it together.  Our quilts well be the Air Ship Propeller pattern from the Kansas City Star Newspaper patterns of the 1930’s.  We are referring to it as the Retro Air Ship Propeller.  It is always so nice to find out that a pattern you like that is now over $15 and templates over $25 is actually free if you can find it and no copyright.  This is the pattern – you add your seam allowance and figure out how to make it which if you have made quilts really isn’t so very hard to do.  Here is one free link to one that was in a quilters newsletter magazine, it is not the one I am using but close like it


I’m going to be making my quilt by hand and from scraps – I haven’t done one by hand for awhile that wasn’t applique or the EPP – this will be done with the running stitch and freezer paper templates  adding the seam allowance – you must add that in.  We are both going to try to make two blocks a month as we both of course have other quilt projects in the works.  My quilt blocks will be the size of this original pattern – I believe it is 9 or 10 inches finished – will find out when I finish the first block.  I think the last quilt that I made by hand like this was the Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses and the hexagon quilt Diamonds are Forever.  Follow along if you wish.  Here is my first block cut out and ready to stitch!  Kathleen has some links for the old pattern and she will be sharing those on her blog I believe and I well try to get them on here as well if anyone is interested.


Baby Hopscotch now has a little more than 2 sides of the binding done and thanks for all the input on bindings from yesterdays post.  It is interesting to see why some do and some do not do the binding completely one way or the other.


A little more on The Final Frontier.



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15 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Sep 2, 2016

    The Retro Air Ship looks interesting but doesn’t tempt me. I’ll enjoy watching your progress though. I find it interesting how designers can take an old pattern that is free for public domain use, then make an new quilt and charge $$ for the pattern. Have a good day. Blessings, Gretchen
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  • Marianne Sep 2, 2016

    That looks like a Ruby McKim pattern. I have an old book that compiled her patterns – will have to take a look in it. I have used her patterns quite a bit over the years, adapting them to paper piecing, applique, and even rotary cutting. Should be a nice, relaxing hand project for you (not me! LOL!).

    I am about to start machine quilting a little appliqued quilt which I think I will give to the library for an auction/banquet in the winter. We’ll see how it goes!

  • Deb Sep 2, 2016

    Are you using the online Martingale pattern ; is it applique then?
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  • Deb Sep 2, 2016

    Me again ; I am IN !! I’ll do the QNM applique template version. I found a few online where people were piecing these ( For instance at the Blog ” Fret Not Yourself” but to me it looks as if applique would be fine. Well, I’ll give it a whirl anyway ! 🙂 Maybe all different shades of backgrounds….
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  • Doreen Sep 2, 2016

    An adorable block pattern!
    The quilting on your 365 is beautiful, this will be a stunning quilt.
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  • Mari Sep 2, 2016

    I love the old patterns! I’ve never actually seen this one made up. Your first block looks great!
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  • Carie Sep 2, 2016

    I love the variety you have in your projects – the Steampunk one looks very effective put together and I love the Final Frontier, the colours are just so gorgeous!
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  • Heather J Sep 2, 2016

    I am glad you found it. It is one that always interested me. Hopefully it will rise to the top of the que soon, but I have several projects that have more urgency in my head so this one is pretty far down the list for me. I look forward to yours. The speed you get your hand projects done in amazes me. You do beautiful work.

  • Karen Sep 3, 2016

    I signed up for an Edyta Sitar Craftsy class and am probably halfway through watching the videos.
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  • maxine Sep 3, 2016

    Have been glad to see prior posts of your lovely hand quilting.. and am kind of amazed to know that there are quilters, other than me, who do hand piecing.. that is my sort-of therapy… sitting by a large window overlooking the courtyard and lake here at my apartment complex… and rifling thru baskets of scraps to find the right color or print for the next piece in the chain of 2″ pieces. These are intended to make a lap robe quilt for a grandchild in college.

  • Kathy ... aka Nana Sep 3, 2016

    So many of the newer patterns are so similar of older patterns, with at best changes so subtle that they’re almost unnoticeable. Glad you found a way to make the quilt you want without a lot of extra expense. I can’t wait to see yours come together.
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  • CathieJ Sep 4, 2016

    Thanks for the link to that free pattern. I have down-loaded it and look forward to a future project. I am also looking forward to watching your progress with this quilt. I like the idea that you will be hand-piecing it.
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  • Cynthia Sep 5, 2016

    Thanks for the incentive to undertake the airship propeller aka steam punk. I found the pattern in an older book on my shelf: Mary Mashuta’s Confetti Quilts (2003).

  • Thimbleanna Sep 5, 2016

    Ohmygosh — you’re a posting machine! I’ve been on vacation and I’ll never catch up! You’re doing the Steampunk though! I LOVED making that quilt and was almost sad when I finished. It sits in our family room and I love looking at it. I’m excited to see yours take shape!
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