Retro Air Ship Propeller

Postage Stamp Quilt, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s

Over the last several days I have been working on the 2nd Retro air ship Propeller block.  When hand piecing no matter if you draw your seam lines on or not you always seem to run into blocks not turning out exactly square – especially if curves are involved – actually I think that happens to me if I am machine piecing as well!  I have one block squared at 9.75 and one block at 10 exactly!  I will keep them both and see what happens next.  One way to fix this is when cutting out the pieces have all the outside edges a little bigger than they need to be then when you square up you have extra space on the edges making it possible.  I learned that when I hand pieced my Dear Jane blocks years ago and I think I will do that for this quilt too.  I don’t know if it shows up in this photo but the blue propeller is on a solid white background the orange color one is on a light beige.  I will be using light neutrals for the backgrounds possibly some with prints to make it interesting – a lot of different small pieces from the scrap boxes and shelves will be put to use.


The 3rd cluster of flowers is finished on the Postage Stamp border so now that these two hand work items are at the finished stage for the areas I was doing I will take a short break and work on Aniya’s trick or treat bag.  It shouldn’t take more than a couple days but when it comes to me working on something that is not always a quilt it doesn’t always go as quickly as one would think.


And a couple more areas of The Final Frontier have been completed (Monday night) and more work was done last night.


I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and to Jo’s Country Junction (I think a lot read Jo’s blog but I am new to her) and Quilt Fabrication: Midweek Makers.


I totally took yesterday off from yard work and the bulbs.  My knees and elbows were bothering me from all the bending and shoveling (trying to shovel?) the day before – when that happens I know it is time for a day or two off and do something else.  In this case it meant yesterday to get started on my sister in law’s book that I mentioned a couple days ago and work on the handwork.  It was a pleasant day outside to do both until about 2 in the afternoon or so when it suddenly got up to 85 degrees and it was time to move inside!  I need to do some grocery shopping today so I think the yard work might wait again – actually planting those bulbs might wait until after we get a little rain, it will make work easier in this case.  The weatherman has been saying off and on rain for the next week so I guess we will find out it has been very dry lately.

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14 comments… add one
  • Terry Sep 14, 2016

    You have some very pretty quilts going on! Have a great week.

    • Karen Sep 14, 2016

      too many at times!

  • maxine Sep 14, 2016

    The embellishment on the leaves and flowers on Postage Stamp adds depth and complexity…. Good idea to take a rest from yard work.. “Know when to hold ’em… and when to fold ’em.” And, yes, very usual that blocks end up a bit wonky… your idea of making them larger to account for trimming is the solution… little scraps call for more seams.. and so more chance of ‘wonky’. I like working with little scraps… no matter the more time to trim up and rip out and start over. Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quilting addresses the issue.

    • Karen Sep 14, 2016

      the embellishing does add a lot of dimension to the flowers and leafs they do not look finished until it is added!

  • Deb Sep 14, 2016

    It all looks lovely and good to take a yard work break, yes! 🙂
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    • Karen Sep 14, 2016

      sure needed the break and it continues today

  • Susan Sep 14, 2016

    Everything is coming along nicely! Thanks for sharing the update on Midweek Makers

  • Jo Sep 14, 2016

    I’m not an applique-er so seeing any applique is always fun.

  • Raewyn Sep 14, 2016

    Nice to have some time off the garden to stitch… you are making some good progress on your projects, wonky blocks or not 🙂

    • Karen Sep 14, 2016

      thanks sometimes too much of the yard work really makes me sore!

  • The Eclectic Abuela Sep 14, 2016

    Everyone needs a break! Beautiful work.

    • Karen Sep 14, 2016

      my knees sure did need a break – I think I will wait until the weekend to plant bulbs!

  • Julie McCluney Sep 14, 2016

    I love the propellers and your choice of fabrics. Sorry I have never commented on your blog but I follow it whenever you post and enjoy it. You are a busy bee! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Karen Sep 14, 2016

      I blog just about every day – feel free to drop by again – I always enjoy hearing from readers!

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