Another Row

Midnight Garden, scrap quilts

Another scrappy star row was added to the Scrappy Star quilt and I seem to be doing only one row at a time and then I get tired of it – I think this will be hanging around for another week before I get all the rows put together.

Chain Piecing – while it does go fast – it is boring!


3 rows now put together.


A close up of the coneflower on Midnight Garden so you that asked can see the background fabric better.  A very pretty purple batik – this will make 4 blocks I think – maybe 5 and then I have a dark blue batik also to use – I hope I have enough – I might have to piece the center block and have it half and half!  The stitches aren’t perfect and I should have traded that very light pink wool out for another one as soon as I cut it out – that one was a repurposed  wool piece that was given to me and while I admire those that stick with that type of wool to me it is too thin and I really think – even though pricey – I love the hand dyed wool so much more – it is thicker and consistent – a joy to work with where as that light pink and a few other pieces I have used since getting it have been thin, frayed, and at times had a smell to it.  I think I will be a picky wool applique from now on.  All the rest of this piece has the hand dyed wool in it and I love it.  It  is what I used in the Postage Stamp quilt border and really enjoyed it.


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21 comments… add one
  • Marianne Feb 9, 2017

    I agree about the boredom of putting together all those little squares into sashing, but it does look really nice. Yes, doing just a chunk a day will get you through! That is also my complain with piano key borders – they just seem to take forever, especially if they’re the outside border of a bed-sized quilt.

    Love the Midnight Garden pattern! I have had a wool candle mat kit with cone flowers hanging around for over a year and am thinking of taking it south with us to work on. Every time I think about tracing and cutting all those petals, I set it aside!

    • Karen Feb 9, 2017

      the wool applique is pretty easy to do – I would take it along – if you prep it all in advance you could even do it in the car if you sew in the car – I’m usually too busy looking around but still sew in the evenings when we travel.

    • Carla Evans Feb 9, 2017

      I get a little jealous every time I read about you going south!! I’m sure it is well deserved!

      • Karen Feb 9, 2017

        ? going south? we are not heading south – we do live in the upper part of the south though

        • Carla Evans Feb 9, 2017

          No, Marie’s comment…sorry@

  • Doreen Johnson Feb 9, 2017

    Your Scrappy Stars is looking fabulous.
    I often refer to monotonous sewing projects as Perseverance quilts. The end result is always so rewarding.

    Great start to you Midnight Garden.
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    • Karen Feb 9, 2017

      yes in the end I will be glad I did this scrappy border – I hope I do not have to cut out more pieces – there is a lot of brown in the box – I might have to dig in one of the other boxes and cut some of them down to 2 inches to mix in more color.

  • maxine lesline Feb 9, 2017

    Even the dull and boring stuff gets finished when done like you are doing .. litttle by little… varied with more interesting work…especially when the result is lovely as this quilt.

    • Karen Feb 9, 2017

      yes if you try to do a little every day it eventually gets done!

  • Lorna McMahon Feb 9, 2017

    Love those scrappy stars! Your rows are coming together fast!
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    • Karen Feb 9, 2017

      thanks – I don’t know how much I will get done over the next couple days but will keep making sashing!

  • Deb Feb 9, 2017

    nice progress on both projects / that scrap border is just bringing the stars to life more and more and the floral applique is so pretty.
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  • Dottie bishaw Feb 9, 2017

    Keep going Karen, a little at a time, like you said. You’re doing great and it just keeps looking so beautiful as it grows. Love it. Another day working in the yard cleaning up and now working on cutting out more little baskets. Enjoy your posts with pictures, thank you.

    • Karen Feb 9, 2017

      thanks Dottie – I didn’t get around to too much quilting today – maybe later this weekend – enjoy working on your yard

  • Astrid Feb 9, 2017

    OOOO! Love your scrappy star quilt! I’ve been playing with the idea to make one like that too, using up some 2 inch charms.
    Haven’t been into blogland for a very long time, missed a lot. Hope all is well your side. We are fine here.

    • Karen Feb 10, 2017

      my charms are 2 inches also – great to hear from you Astrid, you have been away a long time!

  • Angiein SoCal Feb 11, 2017

    Oooh I like both of those projects, Karen. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone.
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    • Karen Feb 11, 2017

      thanks Angie! I will be glad when they are both finished and I can try to finish my other projects neglected but already started.

  • Vicki W Feb 15, 2017

    The star quilt is looking great!

    • Karen Feb 15, 2017

      thanks – maybe I will finish it tomorrow

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