Scrappy Stars

Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, scrap quilts

Yesterday I decided to get away from the hexies for the day as I felt like they strained my eyes the day before and got the scrappy stars back out to work on.  I got parts cut out and put one together and now have 5 on the wall – these are 12 inch blocks.  I have a lot of aqua blues of various shades and I think I will stick with them, I have some dark like the one on the bottom some light and some in between – I might have enough to do a whole quilt with them – I like that color.


More parts ready to work on if I want to do machine work in between hand work this week.  I am linking to quilting is More Fun Than Housework today.


This much hand quilting done on the border of The Final Frontier


And this much left to do – I’ll joining in Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching getting this done! Almost there!  I also need to get the backing and batting cut to the right size for the Hopscotch quilt so I can get it on the frame to pin baste before I put the Postage Stamp quilt on the frame to hand quilt.


Do any of you have trouble with metal rubbing on your skin?


I hate the back of the metal buttons on jeans – they irritate me so much – the metal tab on the back just seems to push out onto my skin and bugs me.  How do you deal with it? sometimes I cover it a piece of fabric that I have folded into several layers and hand stitch over to keep it from bothering me


But yesterday I happened to see the two hexies that I had removed from the bottom of Handful of Scraps and thought hey why not use them – inserted a piece of batting and stitched the two together and over the metal tab it went.  Could have used a smaller one but this was what was near.



My book arrived – very fast!


Now to decide what kind of fabric to use – I would like to stick with a historical look so well be searching for the perfect fabric while I work on other things right now.  Anyone have any that they have seen that they think will look good?  I have seen some Moda – From the “Collection for a Cause” that I want to look at more to see if I would like that – I also need to look at the pattern more thoroughly for how much fabric is needed – I was just looking at patterns in the book without reading it yesterday. I thought the border were hexagons but they are honeycombs for this version – I think the Mrs. Billings are hexagons?  Doesn’t matter to me the patterns are in the book and I will make patterns by scanning in and use card stock or freezer paper – freezer paper is working good for the tiny hexies so I will probably use that when I get started.


Craftsy is beginning to have some Pre-Thanksgiving sales – you might want to check them out.  Fabric has been added to what was a depleted stock if you have been checking you would have noticed a lot of things as being out of stock.  Craftsy has introduced their new fabric line called Boundless – and they have Batiks!! Lots of them.  Another line introduced is Colonial Manor – if you are into knitting and crochet a new line of yarn called Cloudborn has been added – these that I list are all Craftsy lines and are lower priced than some of the other products that are still available although some have been discontinued. If you are interested in sales now is the time to start checking these products out!  Great time to be buying Christmas gifts or making them – for you or for others!


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39 comments… add one
  • Marianne Nov 13, 2016

    I love the turquoise scrappy stars – that block is so easy yet so effective. I made a baby quilt for a library raffle a few years ago using that block. Fun to do! I am thinking of suggesting it as a block of the month for my guild when my group’s turn comes up in April.
    I usually avoid the metal rubbing issue by buying pull on pants and jeans, but I do have a problem with the seams of some socks rubbing over my toes. I avoid that by buying socks without seams usually, but sometimes I have to simply wear my socks inside out. Ah, the aging process!

    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      the sock thing bothers me – I have to be really careful of what socks I buy – I recently saw an ad that says socks for diabetics do not have the seam across the toes – I might have to try those even though I am not diabetic!

  • Teresa Rawson Nov 13, 2016

    I like your scrappy star project! I think the aquas will add cheer and cohesion to the project. I love the idea of using every little scrappy bit for quilts, but like a unifying theme, like your stars. It really gives a foundation to ll that lovely scrappiness! And what a clever idea…using a padded hexie to fix jeans! That book looks interesting…are they designs of hers, or did she pattern antique quilts?
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      I haven’t read through the book other than looking at the photos yesterday I believe some of the quilts are designed by her on historic quilts and some were designed expressly by her ideas — I love scrappy stars!!

  • Deb Nov 13, 2016

    So Final Frontier is in the Final Round already. You are amazing. Love what you did with the hexies to protect your skin. It’s going to be fun seeing you start on this quilt in the book.
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      first I have to figure out what fabric – might have to wait until after Xmas so I can get some new fabric (on sale) for it – I really need to get back to the book today and see how much fabric I need for it.

  • CathieJ Nov 13, 2016

    I love the turquoise theme of those stars. It really sets off the scrappy center. Your quilting is looking so pretty. That book looks great, but those are going to be quite extensive projects. Enjoy!
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      yes the quilt patterns are extensive – not one to think you can get done with in a year – especially if you are crazy and work on 7 projects at once!! — I love aqua and have made several quilts over the years with a bit of it scattered in the quilts.

  • Gail Nov 13, 2016

    I also have several projects on the go at any one time. You should be able to finish off your hand quilting today! So fun to finish one project and be able to start quilting another one!
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      finished! taking it off the frame!

  • Ruth Nov 13, 2016

    Just ordered the book. Exactly when I’m going to make that quilt is in question, but I think I’ll happily drool over the projects.
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      🙂 I will be looking forward to photos on your blog when you start it – I hope to early next year but really have to think fabric choices for awhile

  • Quilter Kathy Nov 13, 2016

    You have so many beautiful projects Karen that I am practically drooling while reading your post! So excited that the final frontier has arrived on Final Frontier!
    Binding is up next… woohoo!
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      Just took it off the frame! hope to find time today to square up and start on the binding.

  • Vicki Nov 13, 2016

    Always fun to see what you are working on, those stars are to die for! Good idea on the hexie for your jeans!
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      I love my scrappy stars and so glad I saw a photo on someone’s blog that led me to take my 2inch square scrap box off the shelf and put it by the machine to work on.

  • Diann Bottrell Nov 13, 2016

    The scrappy stars are so much fun! Perfect for using little bits of fabric! I thght your hexie idea for your jeans was a great idea, too. Thanks for sharing it!
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      thanks! I think I always love scrappy quilts best.

  • Vicki W Nov 13, 2016

    I love the aqua stars!

    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      thanks Vicki – I love aqua! and scrappy always works for me

  • Doreen Nov 13, 2016

    LUV the hexie “fix”!!!! The aqua is awesome…….almost like a shadow-star, floating behind the block. Awesome!!!!!

    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      thanks Doreen!

  • Cynthia Brunz Nov 13, 2016

    Almost time to celebrate a finish. And a lovely one at that! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful projects with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      always nice to visit your blog Cynthia and see what others are doing.

  • Kaholly Nov 13, 2016

    You’ve made amazing progress on your quilt! I can’t believe it’s that close to being finished, AND you still found time for other beautiful things! XO
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      I’m a “quiltaholic” LOL – it is all I seem to do this past couple years. I guess I need a 12 step program to get a life LOL

  • Deb Nov 13, 2016

    My goodness you are productive! Do you sleep? So exciting to be close to a finish and love your solution with the hexies.

    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      LOL – actually I do not sleep well but I do not quilt in the middle of the night 🙂 normally if I wake up at 4 AM and can’t fall back to sleep I am on the computer or reader – machine work I do off and on in the daytime – hand quilting in the evening usually 2 hour sessions but not always – the trick is to be organized!

  • Kelly Nov 13, 2016

    Karen, I usually read posts in a feed aggregator, but the other day I actually came to your site and I was wondering what the theme is called you are using. I really like the layout and I might use it for my site. Can you help?
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      it is on wordpress – it is called Thesis —

    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      it is on wordpress – it is called Thesis — — it is pricey I think but hubby does a lot of stuff with the computer and does my web page plus various things for his numerous pages.

  • Jill Nov 13, 2016

    Often times my eyes need a rest from a certain project. I am learning the hard way to take a break when they tell me. I want to stitch for a long time. Your new quilt book looks lovely.
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      yes sometimes the eyes can just take so much of the close hand stitching on hexies and applique that you just have to put it down and do something else. The new quilt book is lovely – of course with opposing pages in different languages it makes it a little confusing – one page or column in French the next in English – it is better than buying a book just in French and not having a clue what they are saying! Just have to look at it closer.

  • Mary Nov 13, 2016

    Your productivity is astounding. It’s always fun to see what you’re up to.
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    • Karen Nov 13, 2016

      thank you Mary – sometimes I think I need to get a life 🙂 about all I do is sew and keep the house – and exercise of course! Life would be different if the grandchildren were nearer I’m sure or if I lived just down the street from some of my many siblings and nieces and nephews but we are all getting more and more spread apart.

  • Paula Budinger Nov 13, 2016

    You can never go wrong with turquoise, everything blends so well with it. That’s a fine star group already. You do have a lot of quilting lined up, good luck with those. The hexies will be perfect in that medallion. Enjoy the book!

    • Karen Nov 14, 2016

      too many projects going on here!

  • Kathi Nov 16, 2016

    Love your turquoise pointed stars ?
    Rachel remembered is a moda line that you may wanna check … remake from 1830-1850’s! Take care. Kathi
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    • Karen Nov 16, 2016

      thanks for the info on the line of fabric I will check it out

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