Quilting, Applique & and a Basket

Postage Stamp Quilt, quilts, scrap quilts

Monday was a busy day, I’m trying to get a few things done around the house and prepare an applique block for my trip.    The lady I ordered my thread from is sending the thread to my sister’s place so I well be able to work on my block after all  — The Teacher’s Pet located in Louisiana when Kathy realized I needed the thread for a project I was taking with me on a trip she suggested sending it to my sisters house – I hadn’t even though to ask her that – very good customer service – because of Martin Luther King Day the mail was not going out yesterday and I was not going to get it before I left!   Still some tiny flowers to get in place but this is what the applique block looks like so far – I eyeball placement don’t really care for plastic overlay.  Midnight Garden – this is wool applique but the pattern is for needle turn it is by Deborah Kemball.  This is the first of 9 blocks for it – a nice size wall hanging.  I cut my blocks at 14 or 15  inches they are to be finished at about 13 I think, but really you can determine that yourself when the block is done.  Embroidery tendrils from the flowers and leafs wander across the blocks joining them in the end.  I will be working this in buttonhole or whip stitch – I will look at Deborah’s instructions for fancy stitches and see if I can manage any without ruining the piece.


Baby quilt is done and ready for donation this year – finished at 36 x 46 inches.  Washed & dried complete with label.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog.


One more Scrappy Basket almost finished – need to finish the handle and the little cutout.  I planned to finish it last night before I got started quilting.  I have had a few ask where is the pattern for this quilt – it can be found in the book called “When the Cold Wind Blows” a Blackbird Design – the quilt itself is called “Trick or Treat” and was done in orange and brown colors – I think there are a variety of patterns out though using this scrappy basket but I do not know the names of the others.


and this is where I picked up last night on the Postage Stamp quilt.  When I get done with this sixth row going across I want to go back to the other side and finish the sixth row on that side of the quilt – some of the 6th row of blocks are only partially done that happened while I was getting used to being on a hoop instead of the frame.


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28 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Jan 17, 2017

    Congrats on the finish, it looks really cute. Your wool block is going to be very pretty. I like your colors. Have an enjoyable time with your sister.
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      thanks Gretchen – I’m sure we will have a good time, she is doing pretty well, still in therapy but improving

  • Marianne Jan 17, 2017

    That block looks really pretty! How are you attaching your pieces before appliqueing them down? Glue Baste It? Fusible Web? Glue stick? I’m thinking of doing the same thing before we head south. My stack of projects to take is getting high, though, and I need to be realistic about how much I’ll do. Have a fun time with your sister!

    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      I am glue basting with Roxanne – I really don’t care for fusing

  • Teri Dingler Jan 17, 2017

    I am loving that appliqué block! I just finished one (appliqué block) for a local quilt contest theme was in honor/memory of moms.
    I am fixing to start getting rid of some of my quilt stuff I know I won’t use- I have four quilt kits I know I won’t ever make and want to pass them on- cleaning out!!! I posted my “cooking” blog up above but don’t know if it came through so for any of your readers, I don’t have a separate “quilt” blog but will post later this morning on my cooking all the quilt kits I am passing on if anyone is interested in any! The address is
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      the link is there Teri and I am editing my blog post and add a mention!

  • Deb Jan 17, 2017

    That is awesome customer service indeed! 🙂
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      yes it was pretty good –

  • Mary Jan 17, 2017

    The dark background on your applique block really makes the colors pop!
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      I have two different pieces I am using, one purple, one blue – I sure had to soak them both a lot to get out extra dye!

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 17, 2017

    Love the colors of your applique block, and that baby quilt is just so bright and happy looking. What size are your basket blocks, it’s hard to tell by the picture. Hope you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself. We’ll be waiting to hear about your adventures!

    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      I think I cut the basket blocks 6 inches – just used up my last one and need to cut more one of these days. Thanks I will have my Ipad with me and will blog but don’t know if I will have stuff to blog every day 🙂

  • Sandra B Jan 17, 2017

    Karen, your applique block is going to be awesome… Love the colors you are using!!
    Looks like it will be a great project to take with you on your visit with your sister.
    Love seeing those little baskets grow in number….

    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      thanks Sandra – I need to try to finish cutting the pieces for the applique block and then roll it in another piece of fabric to protect it for travel.

  • Belarmina Jan 17, 2017

    Karen ese edredon esta precioso
    la cesta me encanta

    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      thanks – I will be getting back to these quilts as soon as I can when I get home from my sisters

  • audrey Jan 17, 2017

    What a sweet baby quilt! Love how bright it is. And those little baskets are wonderful. Such a great pattern.:)

    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      I think it turned out pretty well – I still don’t remember making these blocks and don’t know why they got stuck in one of the scrap boxes – glad I found them though and put them to use.

  • Glenda Australia Jan 17, 2017

    Dear Karen a lovely colourful Blog so much eye candy to look at. Im thinking of those colours you used in your first photo to make up Esther’s first block in her 2017 BOM but using a black back ground. Cheers Glenda
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2017

      I like the black background that Esther showed for the BOM – it makes it interesting.

  • Clare Jan 18, 2017

    Love your appliqué block. Lots of super projects.

    • Karen Jan 18, 2017

      thanks! I think I will really enjoy this wool project

  • Pale Blue Corner Jan 18, 2017

    I like the colours of your wool block, it is going to be very pretty. Have a fun time with your sister!
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    • Karen Jan 18, 2017

      thanks Emese we will have fun I’m sure and so much catching up to do even though we are in touch almost daily we haven’t seen each other in a little over 2 years.

  • Carla Jan 18, 2017

    Karen, looks like you have become a wool fan. Love the baby quilt the border really finishes it off nicely.

    • Karen Jan 18, 2017

      I think the wool will be calling to me for wall hangings and small projects – I found I really liked working with it after I did the border for the Postage Stamp quilt – too bad the good felted wool is so pricey – getting little bits at a time.

  • Nanette Jan 18, 2017

    Enjoy your time with your sister and glad she is progressing. Great about the thread!
    Before you know it you will be through with your Postage Stamp quilt!
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    • Karen Jan 18, 2017

      thanks! it will be awhile of quilting still but it is going well

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