Such a Pretty Day

gardening, scrap quilts, weather

Up to 65 degrees yesterday and today – maybe 75 on February 7th – Wow! I have seen more than one daffodil ready to pop open – which does happen every year around this time but so often we then get snow and you see the yellow peaking up out of the snow – this year? who knows sounds like we will have an early spring.

In between being outside, running errands, walking etc I got just a little bit of sewing done.  Scrappy Stars now has two rows put together.  I think I will try to put together two more long rows of the scraps for the top and bottom of these two before I move on to the rest of the rows and then just build them one row at a time.


This one left over block from a baby quilt that I made last month was sitting on the cutting table so I put it together with insulate bright and batting and made a hot pad – binding to do – maybe today?  I didn’t notice the quilting made kind of a wavy effect to the design – I must have been holding it too tightly in places as it went through the machine? no worry – it is just a hot pad after all – it was a little thick.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.


The windowsill is getting full in the dining room – the one area I have the most light at this time of year – basil, rosemary, and tomatoes!  the white pot has sage in it that I grew in my gro-garden that I have dismantled and stored away again – it needs new light bulbs and I’m just tired of paying the price for those bulbs – pricey for what I grow – a couple herbs here and there are not worth the price of the bulbs.   The bigger pot has six tulips planted – when I got my tulips late last fall I put six in the refrigerator to plant at the beginning of January and then I forgot – I planted them just before I went to my sister’s instead and I have 4 of them now coming up.  I hope the tomatoes grow – I spend so much on small/medium tomato plants in the spring I thought I would try starting some in the house instead.


Yes that black top on the box is pretty darn dusty – it had been up high on a shelf when I moved things to the dining room and never dusted it – my bad!  I took care of it after I saw the photo LOL

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23 comments… add one
  • Marianne Feb 7, 2017

    Love the way the scrappy stars look with the sashing!

    Snow again this morning – we just have dribs and drabs daily lately. This makes our lives easier but the snow along the roads dirtier.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      I wouldn’t mind a little snow we have only had it once this winter about a half an inch

  • Teri Dingler Feb 7, 2017

    Loving the sashing on Scrappy Stars! In my organizing and cleaning out I “planned ahead” for “next quilt tops” and boys howdy do I have a stack of tops to get busy making!!! Haha- I put the pattern, fabric all in a big zip lock bag and stacked them up! Now to whittle them down! AND to finish quilting the three I am quilting on currently! A quilter’s work is never done! Lol
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    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      how many do you have stacked up in bags to make?

  • Sharon S Feb 7, 2017

    I’m curious about the Insulate Bright and how effective it is. Still haven’t purchased any!!! Our quilt group has our annual Quilt Camp starting today….I am so excited. Three days of demos, quilting, being with other quilt members and good food.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      first time I have used it, everyone says it works great – I guess I will find out the first time I use it on something really hot!! have fun at your camp

  • Ramona Feb 7, 2017

    We are having gorgeous weather here in Virginia, too. I love your scrappy stars! The sashing is perfect! Are they 2 1/2″ squares you’re using? Enjoy your day!
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    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      no these are 2 inch squares – I save all sizes when I cut down scraps I keep cutting until they are down to 1.5 and save many!

  • Sandra B Feb 7, 2017

    I am also in Virginia, and our high today will be in low seventies! Tomorrow, too…then, they say we could have a wintry mix on Thursday!! Crazy!! Then back to warm weather for the weekend….
    Love your little table of plants!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      it has been 72 for a good part of the morning here – maybe to 75 by mid afternoon – nice! won’t be much sewing going on here 🙂

  • Belarmina Feb 7, 2017

    En España tenemos un frío invierno,
    karen tus estrellas se ven muy bonitas
    esperando ver como crecen las semillas!!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      Thanks – I hope the plants grow too

  • Dottie bishaw Feb 7, 2017

    I just love to see those beautiful scrappy stars with their pretty smashing. I worked in the yard trimming my roses today. It was 82 today and just beautiful. It felt so good to be outside again.

    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      No roses here but the little leaf buds are begining and on the hydrangea’s also spring is coming! I hope to get some work done on the sashing tomorrow

  • LisaS Feb 7, 2017

    That dust is nothing. You should see my house sometimes!

    • Karen Feb 7, 2017

      The dust I showed wasn’t the worst LOL – pretty bad in some places – I’m not sure when I got the step stool out to reach up high on some decorations and upper book shelves – no one will see right!

  • Kathleen Feb 7, 2017

    Your stars are just so pretty and coming along beautifully.
    It has been such a warm and screwy winter. I like snow and miss it these past two years.
    Good start on seedlings. You remind me I need to start also
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  • Glenda Australia Feb 7, 2017

    Karen I just LOVE those scrappy stars, its going to be one of your quilts that glow from any angle you look at it. I found a box of scraps this week in the attic and so Im a very very happy chappy. LOL after watching you make scrappy quilts Ive become hooked on them, so thank you for that. Happy Stitching Glenda
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    • Karen Feb 8, 2017

      glad you are hooked on scrap quilts too 🙂 there are so many quilts to make with them.

  • SewBea Feb 8, 2017

    Karen, I Love, love, love your Scrappy Stars quilt. I have some four patches that I created as a “leader – ender” project and they have been sitting in a bag for a while. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with them until I say your Scrappy Stars quilt. I am inspired to create my own Scrappy Stars quilt. The scrappy sashing really sets the blocks off perfectly. I only hope my blocks look as good as yours. I look forward to reading your blog every day. I am also in awe of your productivity.

    • Karen Feb 8, 2017

      4 patches would work our well this way too – i can never stick with a leader ender project – I will do a couple pieces that way and then just want to get busy with them and turn them into something. – thanks for stopping by

  • Marsha Feb 8, 2017

    We’ve had some springlike days here in Kansas too….spoils me.
    I wish I had the motivation to get gardening going.
    I love your scrappy stars!
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    • Karen Feb 8, 2017

      today is slower to warm up but it is 68 now and more daffodils did open over night – done sewing for the morning and out to the yard for awhile

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