Baby Scrap Quilt


Finally I got back to work machine quilting the small baby quilt that I had taken a break from the other day as it was giving me fits.  I decided I didn’t like how I was working it – I was making too much work for myself.  I have to remind myself sometimes when making a quilt for charity that I do not have to put hours and hours into it.  What I might consider mediocre work someone else will think is fantastic.  So I took a couple hours to undo the machine quilting that I had started and then repined and now I have it half done!  I truly was making too much work for myself.  I was going to outline all the sashing and cornerstones and all the blocks plus white spaces – really too much work for one that doesn’t do free motion but works with the walking foot.

Now I am doing slightly curvy lines and happy with it.


The back – sometimes you can see the lines better on the back.


Working on a few more hexies as well.  Linking to Tweety Loves Quilting.


I have a shelf close to the sewing area in the living room now dedicated to the sewing/computer stuff – I’m sure it will be over flowing soon.  Mike has been getting into his contract job all week and has not had time to clear out anymore of the sewing room – I hope we can make progress on that this weekend – but I have a feeling this one little room will be a project lasting him 6 months – I do truly hope that is not the case as I want to get back to my three roller frame.  I have not pushed getting into quilting this week, I had nice weather to enjoy for awhile and just getting settled into several new sewing areas has been an adjustment – I hope to start quilting again this weekend and then of course I will be taking off for the second half of the month soon so I will have a long break anyhow – I well be back to quilting in February for sure.


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16 comments… add one
  • Deb Jan 14, 2017

    the quilting looks great!
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    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      thanks – I always just have to remind myself that I don’t have to quilt all quilts as though they are heirloom quilts – I think when you start out always hand quilting then switch to doing some by machine it is hard to make a switch over in your mind

  • Ramona Jan 14, 2017

    It is funny how we have to remind ourselves that simple often is better. Your quilt is wonderful. Love your hexies.
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    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      yes simple is better for me especially with machine quilting as it is not the style I like but do out of necessity

  • Alida Jan 14, 2017

    Reminding ourself that simple designs are often as fantastic as more complicated ones is very important! Thanks for sharing your experience! Your quilt is beautiful!

    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      thanks Alida yes sometimes simple is best and now it is done! on to the binding

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 14, 2017

    Hi Karen, I’m finally back. I’ve been gone since last Sunday visiting my 102 yr old mother who is in the hospital with a broken femur. I’ve been reading all your posts and am all caught up now. You’ve been a busy bee again I see. I’m so sorry about that bee sting , he should have been enjoying the beautiful outside! I really like the curved quilting on the baby quilt. The postage stamp is so pretty, especially when you rolled it down to see the applique. Just beautiful!

    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      I hope your dear mom is doing better now – thanks for the compliments on the postage stamp quilt I am slowly getting back to quilting it and worked over an hour last night – I guess now to show progress I might have to lay it out on the floor now and then to show what is left to do!

  • Sandra B Jan 14, 2017

    Love those wavy lines of quilting…and that backing fabric is perfect!
    Always love seeing more hexies!

    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      thanks – I think someone well eventually be happy to get this little quilt – I have the binding cut, the quilting done and I doubt I will completely get it finished before taking off to my sisters on Thursday but it will be waiting for me when I get home.

  • Yep. Been there. Still am sometimes. I started out thinking charity quilts would be for practice. And then the tops piled up. So now I do a lot of meandering and keep making the loops bigger. If/when I get caught up, I might go back to practicing.

    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      I’m glad I have kept up with my quilting so I don’t have a lot of tops waiting in line – at one time about 4 or 5 years ago I had 7 tops waiting and it was around that time that I started to practice the machine quilting here and there on small quilts – I still really do not like it but it helps keep me caught up.

  • Nanette Jan 14, 2017

    Good for you – I agee with all you stated about not killing yourself. I have been know to do the same thing, but not as smart as you – LOL. Your hexies are looking good.
    I feel for you for I know that you miss your quilting area!

    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      yes sometimes you just have to remind yourself that you are never going to see the quilt again that you are making for charity – chances are the person receiving it well be delighted to get it and know nothing about quilting and won’t know that you didn’t quilt it to death! — yes I miss my quilting area but in a way enjoy working out in the dining room and living room

  • Lee Jan 14, 2017

    Are you hand sewing or machine sewing the hexagons. The quilts you are sewing for charity look great.

    • Karen Jan 14, 2017

      the hexies are English Paper Piecing – only one of the quilts I showed is for charity it is the baby quilt with lots of reds/blues – thanks for dropping by

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