Handful of Scraps, Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s

I think everything I worked on yesterday was scrappy once again – I continue to pull bits and piece off of the shelves to use on the projects.

First of all I managed to get my 4 – Air Ship Propeller blocks finished – 2 a month – started in September – Not a bad start – now that I added in two this month with a light gray background I seem to like these blocks better.  Of course nothing ever seems to come out the right size LOL – the block with the blue is the smallest at 9.75 and the gray blocks that I did this month are 10.25 – I cut the outside edges larger to make sure I could square them up this month so that is why they are working out larger – the brownish block is 10”  – either I cut them all down to 9.75 or make some extra and hope they all end at 10.25 now!!  We will see – I will figure it out later.


I rearranged hexies a little bit so I wouldn’t have too dark of a clump of blocks on the upper left and it is better – Handful of Scraps.


The red hexie was made Sunday and I used the same fabric that the propeller block has – seeing as the fabric was pressed!  I am linking up to Em’s Scrapbag: Moving it Forward today.  Also linking to Beth’s Cooking Up Quilts:MCM#44.  Monday has a lot of link ups – I am also linking to Love, Laugh, Quilt: Monday Making.


This area on The Final Frontier is where I picked up last night


I then rolled it down to work on this area – I hadn’t rolled it down yet when I took the photo LOL – but I knew I would!


Have you ever had Magic Cookie Bars – god are they sweet!!  I wrapped up 6 packages of two bars in each and we will have them through Xmas I do believe – one was enough – I do have a covered plate with two bars on them to eat sometime today – one for each of us – not two for me!  1 1/2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and melted 1/2 cup butter to form the crust.  Pour one can of chocolate sweetened condensed milk over the pressed down crumbs.  Place 1 1/3 cup of coconut on top of that – sprinkle it all over, then 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips scattered and 1 cup of chopped pecans – bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  I forgot to line the pan with parchment paper but I would advise it I really had to pry out the first couple of bars until I could get the spatula in to get under the bars to get them out of the pan.


I know there are a lot of us out here in blog land that have become addicted to hexagons and while surfing Pinterest yesterday I came across a free download – and I just had to share this hexie – how cool!  Click on the photo and it will take you to Nellie’s Niceties, the post is from March of 2014 scroll to the bottom of the post – a tutorial is on the page – at the bottom of the post is a link to a free pdf file for  the pieces so you can print them out.  Well I make it – who knows but I have found hexies go really well for using with your scraps – as long as you have enough of one color large enough for the background each of the other pieces can be a different fabric. (the pdf is still available – I downloaded it myself just yesterday)  (the hexie in the middle I thought would be one 1 inch but mine printed at 1 and 1/8th I’m not sure if that is what it is supposed to be but all the pieces match up in size.)

I plan on getting back to the diamonds now for the Williamsburg Beauty but the weekend needed something different I thought.

This week I might be digging up another flower bed that has run amuck!  Ground cover all over the place, bulbs too crowded.  I might redo the whole bed!  I bought 50 tulip bulbs and I might just put them in the ground now and go from there in the spring and redo it more then.  We will see what I feel like doing.  It is right next to the area Mike is currently working on so I need to find out if I will be in the way first but the week will be gorgeous weather so it would be a good time and I have meant to do this bed over for about 3 years now and we are never home it seems at this time of year and seeing as we are —

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  • Kathi Oct 24, 2016

    Hey Karen! Glad you had a scrappy Sunday”. I love you air ship propellor blocks and with a dark grey smashing will be nice!! Handful of scraps seems to really be taking shape!! I love that you (hopefully) rolled down final frontier! Soon you will be binding it!!! What flimsy is next in line for your frame??? I love your new hexies but won’t they lose their points when sewn??? I would love to give this a go if I am wrong… how big is each big hexi shape?? Hope you enjoyed your break from Williamsburg… are you machine or hand piecing those diamonds? The dessert looks sinful for sure! Lol… looking forward to seeing shots of some of mikes projects… what color tulip bulbs did you get??? I love tulips in every color and we can’t grow them here… I will enjoy your shots of them though come spring!!! Have a great Monday friend :). Kathi
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    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      I don’t know how big the star hexies are – I just found them and thought they were cute, I haven’t made any. I would need to make a couple copies of the pattern, cut them out and lay it and measure to know. I think the way the points are that they are still there when you attach – just like anything it is all about seam allowance.
      The diamonds are machine pieced but I am going to appliqué them to the quilt as I am making this up as I go and I haven’t a clue how to figure out the size that would connecting them all together so I sewed the two strips – off white and beige together and then will space the diamonds apart on it and pin in place before appliqué.
      The next up on the frame will be the Postage Stamp quilt.
      The tulips are a 50 pac. Variety I ordered them from amazon so will get them late in the week. I couldn’t find any but the expensive ones here and only in a 10 pack.

  • Marianne Oct 24, 2016

    I love those magic cookies but have only made them once. Didn’t know there is now chocolate sweetened condensed milk. Maybe I’ll make them for Christmas (although we don’t need them!!).

    Love that hexie and may just have to print out the patter myself. I think it would make a very cute Christmas ornament. I bought a FQ from my LQS where they’re having a Christmas challenge – bring your ornament in during a particular week and people vote on their favorite. The winner wins more fat quarters. Oh, do I need more fabric? LOL!

    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      I first saw the chocolate sweetened condensed milk last year – also there was a caramel – I do not know if they were limited – I never used the chocolate and noticed the expiration date on the can was coming up so needed to use it.

  • Kaholly Oct 24, 2016

    Scrappy is almost as delicious as your magic bars! I’ll bet they would be a big hit here! I’m off to copy the ingredients onto my shopping list! Thanks for sharing. XO
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    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      I had to have another bar last night and I liked them better after I had put them in the refrigerator to firm them up a bit 🙂 now the rest are in the freezer – heaven knows how many calories are in them. –

  • Sandra B Oct 24, 2016

    Love the Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks….particularly the ones with the gray background! I really like how you are doing the backgrounds scrappy as well as the propellers… You know how I love scrappy quilts!
    We love a Magic Cookie Bars! They are a favorite, and so easy to make! Give me one of those with a cup of hot tea, and a good book, and I am all set….I may have to make some this afternoon!! I always keep the ingredients on hand, but make them more in cooler weather.

    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      I had just never made these bars before although I know recipes have been around for a long time for them. Yes I like the scrappy backgrounds for the propellers – I was going to make them all white or off white but found it boring. I will try them with all sorts of light/medium colors and prints.

  • maggie fellow Oct 24, 2016

    oh thank you for the star – I think it will work on my Jen Kingwell Happy Birds – yours are wonderful
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    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      isn’t that star hexie cute – just ran across it by accident and when it said free download I just had to share – I knew someone could use even though I know I won’t use it right now I might in the future.

  • Cathy Oct 24, 2016

    So many fantastic projects going on! I just love the way the hexies are coming together.

    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      thanks Cathy – I never thought I would become addicted to hexies

  • Astrid Oct 24, 2016

    Scrappy days are the best! Cute ASP and hexies. Sweetened condensed milk IS sweet! 🙂 I’ve seen the caramel one here, but not the chocolate. (I think that is good for me! lol) Looks yummy though!
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    • Karen Oct 24, 2016

      I tried the caramel one last year but the desert I tried didn’t turn out real good 🙁 I must need to look for a new recipe to try. I love scraps and have started another one today!

  • Belarmina Oct 25, 2016

    Karen tus bloque nave del aire del propulsor son preciosos
    todos los hexagonos se ven muy bien
    una pregunta chocolate de leche condensada
    es ¿dulce de leche?

    • Karen Oct 25, 2016

      sweetened condensed milk Belarmina is milk that has had the water taken out of it and sugar is added – it is cooked and then comes in a can and you mainly use it in desert recipes – very sweet – from the translation I think that is what you were asking me? Google doesn’t always do so well at translating!

  • Reene Oct 25, 2016

    Thanks for sharing my Hexiestars templates. I love seeing how far things spread in the internet sewing community 🙂

    • Karen Oct 25, 2016

      I had a lot of readers go look at this hexie – it is beautiful – I downloaded the free template that you had and hope to one day get to it!

  • Patricia Oct 26, 2016

    Love your Air Ship Propeller blocks! I saw some templates online. Did you make your own templates or purchase some online? They look fun to make Your hexie project is coming along quite nicely, isn’t it? It’s so beautiful….I love how the neutrals make the colors pop in a gentle way!

    Thank you for sharing!
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    • Karen Oct 27, 2016

      I was given a copy of the air ship templates from the old newspaper that used to print the old patterns once a week. I now have a DVD with all the old patterns on them that I found on line.

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