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Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt

tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt40_jpgFinally I have sat down and started a hexagon for the Handful of Scraps quilt once again.  It sure has been awhile hasn’t it.  It isn’t quite laying flat sorry a about that.  The center is yellow – not quite showing that on my computer.    Having the quilt back up on the design wall really inspired me to get back to it.  When you pack a quilt top away so you can concentrate on something else really does put it “out of sight out of mind” – you really tend to forget about quilts that way.    I think when we work on redoing the quilt/office next month I really need to give thought to how the walls and shelf space will be – if I can I would almost rather have another half wall space if I can for another design wall.  I like being able to see what I am working on – it inspires you to keep making progress on things.  I am linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.

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I finished Ciera’s Ponytail hat yesterday – I used some information that was given to me the other that Jeanie from MO gave me but I am not real good at reading a pattern for crochet or knitting – I guess I need to learn that – but overall I was able to do ok.  I wanted it big enough to fold over at the part that goes over the ears.  I’m glad this wasn’t intended for a Christmas present as I really don’t know if I will get to the post office this week – it can be sent next week seeing as I didn’t say it was for Christmas.

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At the very top you crochet (or knit) around a elastic ponytail holder giving it a little stretch at the top.  It is just a little big for my head and Ciera has a lot more hair and her head is a little bigger than mine so I hope it works out.

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The Postage Stamp quilt has been rolled down and ready to work on the 4 row of blocks now.  I’m afraid I didn’t get done with much of anything else.

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Thank you Joan G. for telling me that you have used Insul-Bright in Tea Cozies and like how it works.  I will be giving it a try.  I am going to try to finish up that project this morning.

Thank goodness the last of our extra cold weather was last night and now we are in for two weeks of warmer weather – back to normal – on Monday morning we woke up to 12 degrees!! Ouch!! a really colder than normal morning for us – we are not used to weather like that – even though I lived in the north for 28 years I have been here in Arkansas for 36 years now and not used to bitter cold weather anymore.  Little has gone on in the line of Xmas baking so I guess I better get busy over the next couple days if I am going to get any done.  Melanie and Aniya are coming over in the late afternoon after I get back from Little Rock from an appointment earlier in the day on Wednesday – they will help with cookies – I plan on getting the dough made for about three different kinds today so that part will be ready to work on when I get home and they get over here –  they can take a bit home with them so they are not all here for us to eat.  Today I will meet Melanie when she gets done with work this afternoon and will finish up the last little bit of shopping that I need to do – why is it that every year the last week before Xmas just seems to fly by and you almost do not have time to do all you plan on?

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30 comments… add one
  • Marianne Dec 20, 2016

    You’re right – putting away UFOs can be lethal to ever finishing. It’s out of sight, out of mind! I have a box of miscellaneous blocks, the ones I make as trials for one project or another, and I found a center medallion I had set aside for “manana.” It’s about 24″ x 24″ and I really need to decide what I’m going to do next, if anything. Maybe I’ll just turn it into a table topper at this point. Looking at something every day really helps get things done.

    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      I do tend to forget things if put aside too long

  • Doreen Dec 20, 2016

    So glad to ‘hear’ of your warming trend!! We will be on our way south on the 27th and one of our overnights will be in Ft. Smith. Again, we’re pulling Tom’s motorcycle/trailer so hope we have less of the snow/ice/freezing rain that was encountered last year.
    You are so right about the “out of sight” thing!!! That’s why design walls/bulletin boards are so very necessary!!!!!! Your projects look super. I’m satisfied with all that’s done here. Now to “organize” for the trip……………………………….

    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      I don’t think any ice/snow is in the forecast for our area for after Christmas but it sure can change from one day to another – hope your trip to Texas goes great! and have fun.

  • Mary Dec 20, 2016

    You are one busy lady! I love your mouse pad.
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  • Mary B Dec 20, 2016

    Love your hat, I noticed that it is. To het and not knitted. Do you think your friend would mind if you shared her pattern? I do not know how to knit but can crochet and follow a pattern. I would love to make one for my 16 year old grand daughter who lives in Virginia!
    Love your blog and all the pictures! Mary – mburnette912@bellsouth.net

  • Mary B Dec 20, 2016

    Should say crocheted not knitted. Lol

  • JEANie in MO Dec 20, 2016

    I love how the hat came out! Glad you could use the link. I need to try making one for a friend.

    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      I’m not good reading a pattern but by looking at all of them I was able to figure it out good enough to get it done! thanks 🙂

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 20, 2016

    Beautiful hat, and yes, projects out of sight, out of mind. I like having a multitude of projects to work on, it keeps things interesting. Lol the cold is leaving us today too. We got down to 16, the coldest we’ve been in years . Christmas we will be 72, the warmest in 45 years. Enjoy your baking day.

    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      we are supposed to be low 60’s but Xmas day for rain showers – nice to have it warmer though – are you in Texas?

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 20, 2016

    Yes, in Crowley, TX under Ft Worth.

    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      just far enough west from us that you have dryer heat and not quite so humid in the summer

  • Sandra B Dec 20, 2016

    Ciera’s hat turned out great, Karen! I really like the colors in the yarn you used….
    Here in Virginia we have been up and down on temperatures the last week….really cold one day, then unusually warm the next day, then back to cold….today is on the cold side, but the sun is shining brightly and there isn’t much wind, so it isn’t too bad….I do wish the weather would settle down, though.
    I know what you mean about having so much to do the last week before Christmas….I figured when I retired, I would have everything done way ahead and could just sit back and relax in the days leading up to Christmas….well, I retired five years ago, and it hasn’t happened yet! I guess as long as there is time left, I just keep finding more things to do…such is life!!

    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      meeting Melanie in a little while to finish up the shopping – not much to get just a few little things. Sun is out today and in the 40’s – on our way back to normal! I always wait too long before I think about Xmas because it always seems to come too quickly – and I am just not in the Christmas mood in July!

  • Angie in SoCal Dec 20, 2016

    Lovely hexagons, lovely hat. Divine postage stamp quilt. Stay warm,
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    • Karen Dec 20, 2016

      thanks, thanks, thanks 🙂 it has gotten pretty much back to normal weather today thank goodness – I just take that extra cold weather so long LOL I’m a wimp

  • Karen Dec 20, 2016

    Wow! You are just zooming along on that postage stamp quilt. You are an inspiration! Since you’ve been hand quilting on yours, I’ve been inspired to bring mine out of hiding again and cut more pieces for it. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

    • Karen Dec 21, 2016

      I normally try to hand quilt for an hour or two every evening. It is routine and I am a poor sleeper – I try to do something relaxing to begin to chill out – sometimes it works – wish it did all the time!

  • Glenda Dec 21, 2016

    Hi Karen, out of sight out of mind sure is true for me too LOL. I’m going to ask hubby to put a rail up the whole length of one wall near the top of one wall so I can hang some quilts across it to motivate me to spend more time sewing and quilting next year!!!! Thanks for you constant company through 2016 Karen it has been such a pleasure to visit you when I ver I felt like it. Wishing you a happy time with family over Christmas. Hugs Glenda
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    • Karen Dec 21, 2016

      thanks Glenda! it has been a pleasure to visit your blog every week and see what is going on in the land down under! Merry Christmas to you

  • Elaine Dec 22, 2016

    love the hat! well done for winging it!!
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    • Karen Dec 22, 2016

      thanks! I’m surprised it turned out as good as it did

  • Nanette Dec 24, 2016

    I am enjoying your Blog. I too had started Handful of Scraps with reproduction fabrics, have the pattern for Ms Billings, and too many other projects from 2016 that need my attention. I love your postage stamp quilt. I plan on doing one with scraps just for a “no brainer” quilt. I love your basket quilt blocks. Keep up the good work.
    I like to knit also and want to improve this next year. I found a shop in San Antonio that provides excellent lessons and will take a few.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      I wish I had a friendly place around here to learn how to knit – there is one shop but I didn’t care for the person there all that much – I went there once and she didn’t like the way I held my needles and yarn and i just can’t hold them any other way – with arthritis in my hands I have to do it how I am comfortable and it was irritating how she kept insisting I was doing it wrong – I knew I wouldn’t be able to put up with someone so bossy! I have gotten a couple Craftsy classes now I must take the time to listen to them and try to learn! thanks for being a reader.

  • Nanette Dec 24, 2016

    I have tried 2 other shops in the area (we live about 30 miles from SA) in the country so no lessons here. There was a teacher at the first shop and she was horrible, so I tried another shop and YUP you guessed it – there she was again! The new shop provides private lessons and the owner is very personable. So maybe I hit gold on this one, but the shop is about 40 miles one way. But when you get to live in the country what is an 80 mile trip for a 1 hour lesson? LOL!

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      yes everything is so far if you live in the country – I’m sure I could look in other towns to see if I could find a knitting teacher I like but then the drive – I am a visual learner so really must watch and learn and do things over and over to learn like that – for learning a sock it would take awhile 🙂

  • Nanette Dec 24, 2016

    I have made one pair of socks using the 5 needles. I want to make some more and learn how to make them using 2 circular needles! Once you get the hang of working with the needles it is OK, it is the yarn that is thin that makes it a little tricky to see the stitches and heaven forbid if you make a mistake. That is where I need some guidance on how to recover from a dropped stitch. I have also signed up for the Craftsy classes. That is a neat place to go to learn different techniques on all crafts!
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