Handful of Scraps, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s

I figured if I was going to make much progress on the Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks I needed to make some decent templates.  I have been using freezer paper – iron to fabric- draw on a seam allowance and then cut with scissors.  This process is not bad if you plan on just doing one block at a time as I have been doing now and then – but if I am going to make better progress with it I need better templates so I can stack fabric picked out for more than one block at a time and cut about 4 pieces at a time.  Looking through some pieces that I had put aside for templates I found some light cardboard and got to work.  Taping a piece of the freezer paper templates to the cardboard then drawing a seam allowance on them – got out a duller rotary blade that has been set aside I got to work cutting them out – turned out pretty good maybe this week I can get busy!  Here they are in the box with the blocks.  (the two templates in the middle are for the outer edge pieces – I put a 1/2 inch allowance on the pieces that face the edge of the block so that I can trim up when finished – otherwise my blocks always end up too small.)


One more hexie done – 3 of the 8 needed for Handful of Scraps to “square” it up I put quotes on that as it isn’t actually “square” but as close as you get.


Laid out on the floor you can kind of see how it will go.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today


Then it was time to relax with a cup of peppermint tea and try to forget my jaw was hurting from the dentist appointment earlier in the day and read a book – I sure hope my mouth is back to normal Tuesday (today) so I can get busy with basting Scrappy Stars!


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10 comments… add one
  • Marianne Feb 21, 2017

    I used to have the jaw hurting issue, too, but now my hygienist stops often and reminds me not to open my mouth too wide. She massages it periodically, too. I don’t know what I will do if I have to have a crown or some other lengthy procedure, but for now we have figured out a solution. I feel for you!

    When I have a lot of applique pieces to cut out, I usually use template plastic (the kind you can iron. I also use it to cut out multiple freezer paper pieces, sometimes tracing one shape and stacking multiple pieces underneath to cut out more than one at a time. I did that with the orange peels when I made that quilt. And sometimes, I use the plastic to fold and iron seam allowances down before appliqueing. But I do work a lot more slowly than you do. I’m lucky if I do a block a day.

    • Karen Feb 21, 2017

      this tooth was the very back tooth on the upper right side – had to have my mouth open wide and I have a small mouth so hard to work on – even though he stops frequently it usually takes a day or to for it to get back to normal – last night it was pretty bad but this morning it is much better- just to be careful with it now for a couple days and all well be fine. I try to rotary cut as much as possibly or use my accuquilt dies, but I do not have dies for this one 🙂 so must do it the old fashioned way – have none of the template plastic but I usually end up cutting through it any way so light cardboard is better for me

  • Sandra B Feb 21, 2017

    Hope your mouth is feeling better! My gums are very sensitive, and I always have a sore mouth after a trip to the dentist….even a routine cleaning gives me soreness….I always plan on eating soft foods, and drinking lots of hot tea afterwards!
    I use cardboard templates, too…seems to work well for me.

    • Karen Feb 21, 2017

      better today but still can’t open my mouth all that much – no big sandwiches for me today! When I get home from running errands it is time to get the star quilt basted!

  • Dottie bishaw Feb 21, 2017

    I hope by now your jaw is better. Excited to see pictures of the basting of the Scrappy Stars! The hexie quilt will be done pretty soon the way you’re going. How long does it take to make one of the Retro Propeller blocks?

    • Karen Feb 21, 2017

      If I have all the pieces cut out for the air ship blocks it only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to make a block – which is one reason for the templates – I have about 6 colors picked out now and just need pressing then I can get more cut out and it can move faster. I have the Scrappy Stars on the floor already to pin baste – just got finished with all the prep work – that was a busy hour – time for a break! Jaw is better – not perfect but better!

  • Kathi Feb 22, 2017

    Hey Karen, I love your tip about leaving more room out the outside edges of your templates to have blocks end up the right size… I hope to remember this tip next time I make templates like this! Kathi
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    • Karen Feb 22, 2017

      I’m not a perfect piecer and my blocks always end up too small – this is the one way I know to be able to get them to turn out better (I use a quarter inch foot and still they are never right)

  • Marsha Feb 22, 2017

    The only thing I do are hexagons and I tried printing papers as well as cutting my own, but it’s so much easier to buy them in packages. I do reuse them about 4 or 5 times before they are done.
    Itching to get back to stitching more hexagons but must refrain and work on some other things first.
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    • Karen Feb 22, 2017

      yes if all you work with are hexagons it is is easy to buy them – so many other shapes are not available though

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