Saturday’s “Work”

Handful of Scraps, quilts, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s

I say “work” as how can quilting and piecing be work – it is so nice to “work” with fabric isn’t it.  Kathleen and Deb and I are all working on  blocks called  Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks (pattern’s original name back in the 1930’s—before that who knows what it was, now it is Steam Punk) we were all going to try to do two blocks a month – I haven’t done them this month so I thought I better  get my two blocks for the month done.  We started in September which means by the end of the month I should have at least four completed – well I better get busy – I managed to get one done yesterday bringing my total to 3 completed.  Backgrounds on mine are going to vary as centers will occasionally be fussy if I have the right piece  for it.  There will be sashing in between blocks – narrow – maybe a dark gray? How many blocks? don’t know at this point.  The first two blocks I hand pieced but I have enough hand work going on right now that I machine pieced yesterday’s block and it went so quickly – I did applique the circle in place.  I well be setting these on point.


While I was cutting the fabric for the above block (the red/gray one) I thought while the fabric was pressed I should cut enough for a large hexie for Handful of Scraps and enough small for several of those – I think I should do that every time I press fabric if the fabric will go in those quilts also.  So here are my piles of fabric.


I will continue making my large hexie today to join in with Kathy for Slow Sunday Stitching and Quilting is More Fun than Housework.


When putting clean sheets on the bed last night I decided to change quilts once again – some of you probably haven’t seen this one.  I made it in 2003-2005 – it took a year to hand piece (yes Judy Niemeyer’s quilts are paper pieced – but not by me) This one is called Twisted Star.  Background is a mottled yellow batik and the ribbons are batiks as well, most of the stars are from the stash of scraps.  I think it took me about 10 months to hand quilt – back then I didn’t quilt almost every day!


Some close ups:



When I hand quilted this one I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in between the ribbons and stars and went for a swirly zig-zaggy type curvy line – this one also has a heavier batting like Joseph’s Coat and is used in the fall/winter months – occasionally for several weeks at a time in the coldest part of our winter they both might be on the bed!!


I think I have enough bed size quilts made that I could put a different quilt on the bed every month of the year!

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38 comments… add one
  • Kathi Oct 23, 2016

    Twisted star looks amazing on your bed!!! I haven’t noticed it in the past!!! Keep warm there my friend! I have the windows mainly closed and a little heater on out here this morning… time to start moving about now and return to closet organization though! Lol
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      we have had a couple nights in the 40’s and my legs get cold easily – back to the 50’s at night and maybe the windows well even get opened again today – the house has not gotten below 67 so no heater on here just using a heavier robe this morning

  • Elzaan Oct 23, 2016

    That is a beautiful quilt. I love the colours.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks Elzaan – nice to hear from you!

  • Marianne Oct 23, 2016

    I love that twisted star quilt!! Beautiful colors, and your quilting enhances the design so well. Was it hard to quilt through the heavier batting? I made a quilt using heavier batting but machine quilted it. I gave it to my sister’s friend who lost her apartment in a flood. But it is super warm.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      I have never had trouble hand quilting through heavier batting or batiks although a lot of people do – bigger stitches and use a thimble of some type

  • Deb Oct 23, 2016

    This is an amazing quilt….I love it!

    And I am so glad that you and Kathleen thought up the Airship Project ; the blocks are so pretty.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks Deb – now I think I would be brave enough to paper piece at the time I made it I rarely used my sewing machine and didn’t trust it – I trusted my fingers better LOL — after I made the first two airship blocks I decided I had to liven it up a little with varied colors of background to make it more interesting to keep going at it – I doubt I will have many plain white – I think most will be light to medium light prints

  • Liz Oct 23, 2016

    That is such a cheerful quilt. I would to go to sleep and wake up with quilt. I will bet you sleep good with it.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      yes I do and yes I love this quilt

  • CathieJ Oct 23, 2016

    Twisted star is beautiful. I love the ribbon motif that is running between the stars. How unusual.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks – I thought it a lovely pattern and still love it – one day maybe I will make another version in a totally different color scheme – still have the pattern – I think I sent the papers to someone else though so would have to see about that!

  • Barbara Oct 23, 2016

    Stunningly beautiful! I love those little border stars too.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks! the little border stars were my own idea so I could make the quilt a little bigger and fit the bed, they are on all borders in different colors – appliqued on

  • CARLA Oct 23, 2016

    So how was this one pieced? It sure looks wonderful on your bed!
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      if I remember right I made stars and ribbons then attached with the other pieces- none was “square” but odd shape – just make in units and then attached – basically the same way one would make with papers but without using them if that makes sense.

  • LisaS Oct 23, 2016

    Thanks for showing your twisted star quilt. It’s a real beauty! I do think you are a little crazy hand piecing it rather than paper piecing it : )

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      well back when I started to make this one I rarely ever used my sewing machine for much more than bindings. I didn’t have a good machine either and it didn’t always work. I actually almost always made my quilts completely by hand until more recent years. I have always enjoyed making quilts by hand – I will need to show more of these “older” quilts

  • Carole Oct 23, 2016

    Your hand quilting is just wonderful.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks Carole

  • Kat Oct 23, 2016

    Oh my, the pressure is on. With one week left I better get busy on this months retro air-ship. What I nice feeling to know you can out your quilts so often and enjoy. Very pretty one there.
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      I am going to try to get one more made this week so I will have the two for the month

  • Quilter Kathy Oct 23, 2016

    It was fun to see this quilt! What a lot of work in it!
    Propeller blocks are really fun!
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks Kathy! I think I might switch to machine piecing these propeller blocks they sure go faster

  • Kim Webb Oct 23, 2016

    What a beautiful quilt. Love the colors. I took a class doing a paper pieced table runner by Judy Neimeyer last year. Maybe I should drag that back out and finish it up. It was complicated to say the least.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      they are complicated patterns aren’t they – and then to hand piece instead – LOL – but that is what I always used to do – I would use the papers as patterns and add the seam allowance on

  • Cynthia Brunz Oct 23, 2016

    I agree with everyone else, your quilt is amazing! I really like the colors you used. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks Cynthia – sometimes I look at this quilt and think I would like to make one of another color scheme – then I slap myself and wake up and realize I have plenty that I haven’t made still!!

  • Sandra B Oct 23, 2016

    Love this quilt, Karen! I love everything about it….the fabrics, the pattern, the quilting! And the little stars in the border are great….I know you always add a little something of your own and these are perfect….Thanks so much for sharing!
    I am mostly a hand piecer and hand quilter so I know how much work went into this!
    I hope you will share some more of your older quilts from time to time….
    It is cooler here in Virginia too, and the trees are turning…love this time of year!!

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      I have gotten a lot of new readers over time that have not seen a lot of my older quilts so I will try to remember to at least spread one out over the bed now and then and photo it and tell about it. Yes the stars on the border were my idea so the quilt would be a little larger to fit the bed well. We had two cold nights and now back to 70/50’s nice!!

  • Linda Dutch Oct 23, 2016

    Love your ‘twisted star’ quilt, great colours and all that hand quilting is amazing!
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    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks! hand quilting is almost the only way I do my quilts – now and then I will machine quilt something with straight lines but not real often

  • JoAnna Oct 23, 2016

    Wow, that twisted star is lovely! I have two Judy Niemeyer quilts in progress but I sure can’t imagine hand piecing either of them! Do you think it is doable to hand quilt a bed size quilt without a big frame?

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      I used to use a hoop years ago but haven’t in the 20 years since I got my standing floor frame – I don’t think I would like to do one in a hoop but I know others use them and hate the big floor frame

  • Belarmina Oct 23, 2016

    Karen los bloques muy bonitos los tres
    la colcha Twisted estrella magnifica
    me encanta
    buena semana

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      thanks Belarmina

  • Melanie Goad Oct 23, 2016

    I DO love the air ship propeller pattern. I can’t wait to see what it turns into.

    • Karen Oct 23, 2016

      if you like it when it is done it might have your name on it Mel

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