Saturday Was A Busy Day

Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts, Winter Wonderland

While I was waiting for the weather to warm up a little bit – we are having a couple cold nights in a row – 36 this morning – kind of chilly for blowing leaves and cleaning off the porch–I spent a little time cutting some hexies to work on today for Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching – I have a feeling it won’t warm up enough to do outside work until 1 in the afternoon so I will spend the morning stitching.   Two groups of hexies ready for Handful of Scraps and the fabric left over was cut for tiny hexies – I didn’t cut the right size rectangles to put over the die and ended up a little too big – good thing I have the small hexie die too so it wasn’t wasted.  I decided to have one hexie from the red print that made up the two baskets yesterday for the scrappy baskets quilt.


A couple more scrappy stars were sewed as well – that uses up all the blues/whites that I had cut so I need to get more of those ready – I have one 16 patch block finished so I need to make up more of those as well.  These are 12 inch blocks and just making as I get them done out of the 2 inch scrap box.  As you can see I took them off the wall and they have their own project box now added to the stack of projects and will take out now and then to get a photo.  I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework today – what scraps are you using?


The area of the Postage Stamp quilt that I was working on last night – I am moving slower quilting right now and not as long, my fingers healed a bit from the Final Frontier but I do not want them to get as bad as they were so I am starting out slower on this one.  Speaking of the Final Frontier I am almost done with two side of binding and will work a little more on that today as well.


Time to switch to another quilt on the bed so they all get used a little bit – I will leave this one on through the end of December probably as it is  “Winter Wonderland” and a more of a Holiday style quilt – then beginning of January The Final Frontier will go on the bed – wool batting and should keep us toasty for winter.  Winter Wonderland was finished in June it was the quilt before The Final Frontier on the frame.


And a view of the embroidery


I normally do not even think of Christmas until Thanksgiving is over but after putting the winter quilt on the bed and  looking at blogs yesterday as I was going through my  Feedly reader I saw one that had a listing of free tutorials and patterns for Christmas so thought I would share in case any of you have not seen these – go to S.O.T.A.K. Handmade  and see what she has, maybe one will be helpful to you – I think it said 20 tutorials and patterns – Xmas tree skirts, tags, stockings etc?  Another blog with a free pattern today is Jen Daily Quilts with a thankful pattern.

We are staying home for Thanksgiving this year and Melanie and Ric will come over for the big meal – which for four people really shouldn’t be very big – and I haven’t a clue what I will make this year – most of the time we go with turkey and the usual side dishes and pumpkin pie and other times I change it up a little – one year I think we had Italian – I guess I better get busy and decide as the turkey needs to have time to thaw out if I get one!  I better get my grocery shopping done on Monday.

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36 comments… add one
  • Sarah Nov 20, 2016

    Your winter wonderland quilt is so beautiful! And I love the redwork centre panel. The funny thing is I have never thought of changing the top quilt on our bed depending on the season! But I will now!
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      Lately I have been changing the quilt on the bed every month because I make so many they are stacked up not being used – I make them to use them!

  • Deb Nov 20, 2016

    Perfect timing for Winter Wonderland to go onto the bed. It makes me feel all Christmas-y just looking at it 🙂 Helps that a little snow is coming down this morning too 🙂
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      well no snow here and we didn’t get a freeze, I bet they did down in the valley, up here on the ridge we are at 35 this morning though and I have my big fuzzy robe on and a heat wrap around my neck – must have slept “funny” as my neck and shoulders are tight!

  • Marianne Nov 20, 2016

    Great time to put that winter wonderland quilt on – it is so “country”! I need to change out my living room quilts but am waiting for Thanksgiving to be over. Then I’ll decorate the house a little, including the quilts.

    Have a nice Thanksgiving with family. Five friends without family are coming here, and one is bringing the turkey and trimmings. I’ll do veggies, appetizers (lite!), and clean up. Works well for me. We are expecting snow today – knew this nice weather wasn’t going to last.

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      I have a fall wreath for the front door and keep forgetting to put it out – almost time to decorate for Xmas and it is still packed away. Well need to do that today and have it out this week anyhow. I think I will do cornish hens this Thanksgiving – and Italian stuffing – Melanie and Ric do not care for turkey all that much and if we really want turkey I can get a turkey breast for the two of us and do it up for us another time – that is nice to have Thanksgiving with a group of friends that have no family

  • Carole Nov 20, 2016

    Lovely quilt, the redwork is just beautiful!
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      thanks Carole

  • gayle Nov 20, 2016

    All your pictures are checking the boxes of projects I want to start – hexies, scrapjar stars, applique, redwork… It’s like you’re reading my mind!
    I love your idea of changing out the quilt to display/use/enjoy. And your Winter Wonderland is the perfect choice for this time of year! (It’s currently snowing here. Argh! I’m not ready!)

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      thanks! I love scrappy quilts 🙂 I have so many big quilts I forget about them if I don’t change out every month I like for them all to be used – the girls have so many too from me

  • Northern Deb Nov 20, 2016

    Love all your quilt! Im working on hexies a bit today also. We were hit with a good amount of snow yesterday and along with that came cold cold temps and gusty winds. So today is a perfect day to cover up with a quilt and hand sew. Have a nice Thanksgiving!

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      I don’t mind not having snow right now – it is cold here and so many leafs on the ground still to clean up and more falling off the trees – one day this week I need to get the mower back out and mulch once again and then in another week or two do it again. So many leafs still on the trees. – hope to get more binding done today too I had forgotten to mention that one I think besides hexies.

  • Becky T Nov 20, 2016

    2-4-12-or 20
    Thanksgiving is always traditional at our house and we play with the charismas dinner. Chinese food, Mexican, roast goose you name it.

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      I’ve decided on Cornish Hens for Thanksgiving this year and a stuffing with Italian sausage

  • Kate Nov 20, 2016

    Love your Winter Wonderland quilt!!

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      thanks Kate

  • Cynthia Brunz Nov 20, 2016

    So many wonderful projects. Thanks for sharing them with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      your welcome Cynthia – I am working on too many things and haven’t taken a stitch yet this morning – better get a move on I guess

  • Jayne Honnold Nov 20, 2016

    You have some pretty quilts and projects in the works! I need to do a better job of switching out quilts on my beds.

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      this year I am trying harder to remember to change quilts out – in the past I seemed to do it only two or three times a year, this year I am trying monthly

  • Doreen Nov 20, 2016

    Such pretty projects in the works – looks like you are so wonderfully close to finishing your Postage Stamp quilt! I LOVE your rendition of the Winter Wonderland quilt pattern! I’ve been storing these embroidery blocks for a couple years now trying to decide how to finish the piecework. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      thanks! I just got the postage stamp quilt on the frame so it will be awhile still – maybe 3 -5 months

  • Belarmina Nov 20, 2016

    Karen tu precioso edredón me encanta
    tus trabajos hexagonos y estrellas tambien me gustan
    disfruta de tus compras el lunes
    buena semana

    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      thanks! do you have a Thanksgiving Day in Spain also or a similiar day to give thanks? thanks for stopping by

  • Karon Scott Nov 20, 2016

    I love the stars…..such a cute way to use the scraps.
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      thanks! and it all came about from seeing a photo on someone else’s blog!

  • CathieJ Nov 20, 2016

    We were a party of four last Thanksgiving and we are up to five this year. I have never strayed from the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I like that you are easy going about it. I love Winter Wonderland. It looks beautiful on the bed.
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    • Karen Nov 20, 2016

      Well I have always had to accommodate picky eater’s! Dear daughter and hubby for some reason do not like turkey!! how can you not like turkey – they are not keen on ham either! so such a problem at times – what to serve when we want turkey!

  • Jennie in GA Nov 21, 2016

    Love your Winter Wonderland. It’s on my bucket list.
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    • Karen Nov 21, 2016

      it is a nice pattern – I had never done any red work and wanted to do at least one and I always loved that pattern so finally got it.

  • Paula Budinger Nov 24, 2016

    I love the aqua stars used for the scrappy ones. They have a nice airy feeling. The red work is so cute with the snowmen, etc. nice to be able to change bed quilts frequently. I need to start on a summer bed quilt. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Karen Nov 24, 2016

      Happy Thanksgiving Paula – I love the aqua too – I think it is one of my favorite colors, when I get done with this quilt I will need to start looking for more of it to add to the stash

  • Kate Nov 25, 2016

    Your Winter Wonderland quilt is gorgeous. The 16 patch stars is so colorful and pretty. Hope your Thanksgiving dinner turned out well.
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    • Karen Nov 25, 2016

      turned out great – but too much food like always! isn’t that the way it goes. I do like these quilts!

  • LisaS Nov 30, 2016

    Winter Wonderland looks great on your bed! I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. I was celebrating in Aruba and the food just wasn’t the same ?.

    • Karen Nov 30, 2016

      yes I imagine the food for thanksgiving wasn’t the same in Aruba – but what a view!

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