Binding and Blocks

Retro Air Ship Propeller’s, scrap quilts

On Monday night I concentrated on binding the Scrappy Stars – I got one side done and started on the second side and picked up on that last night to work some more.



Yesterday during the day though I concentrated on the Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks and six of them done – all that I had cut out. The six new blocks.


And with all the rest.  It sure grew fast!  I will need to make sure I cut out a stack again – it sure goes a lot faster and my hand made templates worked out great for it.  I intend to do On Point setting and probably with sashing – the half square triangles for setting will be numerous colors of the backing fabric  not sure what color the sashing will be and I do not – at this point know what size the quilt will be – it will depend on how tired I get of the quilt as usual LOL – I will try for queen size though.


I had mentioned that this blue/green block turned out smaller than all the rest – I’m not sure if I will use it but thought I would try to make the block the same size as the others by adding strips on all size – I do not know if I like it mixed with the others as you can see the seam work so well – of course with batting and backing it would not show up as much as it does now – it will go on the bottom of the stack and might not be used.


Fussy cut center on this one.  Now I had mentioned to someone that I do not use even one pin when doing curves and I was asked how do you do that as many use many pins!  I used to do that too until I watched a demo on the Curve Master Foot.  I had one at one time and realized you didn’t even need the foot and I sold it to someone who wanted it – it is all in the way you hold you fabric as it goes under the presser foot.  Just do a search on “Curve Master Foot” and You Tube with numerous videos will come up to watch and you will see what I mean.  Of course it helps that I cut my outside pieces larger than they need to be so I can square up when finished but it really works well and I didn’t use one pin to put these blocks together.  Saves time!!  Linking up to Esther’s Quilt Blog , Sew Fresh Quilts , Jo’s Country Junction and Quilt Fabrication: Midweek Makers.


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30 comments… add one
  • Kathi Mar 1, 2017

    Lovely progress on your binding… and on your propeller blocks… I think being set on point if you put this added onto block in the center this busy quilt will never tell it’s trueness… otherwise you could make a part of the backing with it though I tend to use wide backings I think you tend to piece them… just some ideas as I love the block itself and think it is not hurt by your additions to bring it up to size 🙂 Great work and glad they are moving faster now thanks to your templates too! Kathi
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      no I use wide backs as often as possible for backings, I do not like to piece backs. I do not know if I will use the block in the quilt or not. The scrappy star will be done soon – one and a half more sides to go on binding.

  • Elaine Mar 1, 2017

    Those propeller blocks are coming along nicely 🙂 I love your scrappy binding too!
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      thanks Elaine for stopping by – I’m going to try to get more work on the binding done today.

  • Ruth Mar 1, 2017

    You could make a pillow out of the not-quite-correct block. It’s going to be a stunning quilt!
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      I don’t usually make pillows from left over blocks – we just don’t use them all that much and they tend to get in our way – I know so many love pillows but we just don’t.

  • Jayne Mar 1, 2017

    I love those blocks and enjoy seeing each and every one! I’m not sure I would ever attempt making them, but it sure is a treat to see yours!

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      they really are quite easy to make – but I know not everyone wants to make quilt blocks with curves in them.

  • Puppilalla Mar 1, 2017

    The ‘Retro Air Ship Propeller’ and ‘Scrappy Stars’ look both wonderful. =)

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      thanks – I will be glad to get the binding done on the scrappy stars and have another finish – too many things piling up – now that I am getting into the curves of the air ship it is going much easier.

  • Quilter Kathy Mar 1, 2017

    I love a scrappy binding!
    And those propeller blocks are really fun!
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      thanks Kathy once I got the hang of the curves once again – been awhile – it started to go quickly – lots more to make though

  • Nancy F. Smith Mar 1, 2017

    If you want the block with the borders not to stand out, make more! Nancy

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      that is of course one way a person could do it 🙂 but I don’t think I want to bother with that!

  • Susan Mar 1, 2017

    You’re making fantastic progress – thanks for sharing!
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      thanks Susan – I’m glad to get these two moving and will be glad to get the binding done.

  • I love your scrappy binding!

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      thanks – I love scrappy binding too and it goes so well with scrappy quilts!

  • Marianne Mar 1, 2017

    I have a curve master foot and found it really useful for Winding Ways blocks. But you are right – it’s not really necessary once you figure out the “secret” to holding the pieces. I haven’t tried the foot on my new machine yet, but will one of these days.

    Love that scrappy binding!

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      yes once you learn the “secret” as to how to hold those curve pieces you really do not need it – I was glad to pass the foot on to someone else.

  • Sandra B Mar 1, 2017

    Love seeing all those Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks, Karen!
    And your binding on Scrappy Stars is almost done…. I am guessing that you will finish up today….

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      I don’t know about that!! LOL I haven’t even picked up a needle today so far – but I know I will later on – Mike is home today and I seem to get out of my routine when I’m not by myself

  • Allison Mar 1, 2017

    I usually intend to make something small and end up with about a queen size or so by the time I finish. Great scrappy looking blocks… they look like fun!
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      I like big quilts too!

  • Melanie Mar 1, 2017

    Wow, those propeller blocks look amazing. It will be an inspiring quilt – whatever the finished size 🙂

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      thanks Melanie – I’m loving it more and more as I build on more blocks – thanks for dropping by

  • Janice Holton Mar 1, 2017

    Hi Karen! As you already know I am in love with this scrappy star quilt and the good news is that I belong to two quilt Bees. I am planning on requesting this block for both of them! That will give me at least 24 blocks! I’m sure you probably mentioned this back in one of your past posts, but how big is this block and is there a pattern for it available somewhere?
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    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      I didn’t use a pattern but I know there are some out there! I used 2 inch squares in the middle (finish at 1.5) then when they were all together I figured out what the other sizes would be – off hand I think the squares in the corners were 3 inches but I don’t remember what the exact measurements of the other was. Hope you will end with a quilt you love!! I think the final block was about 12 inches – my piecing is never perfect I need to work on that and always need to trim.

  • Dottie bishaw Mar 1, 2017

    The Scrappy Stars quilt is looking more beautiful every time I see it. I’m going to put it on my to make list, I really like it. Your Propeller .tblocks are so pretty and really are starting to add. I seem to not get much done when my husband is around too, lol.

    • Karen Mar 1, 2017

      I didn’t get done with much of anything today – one more side of the binding to go – I think after I get my blog post written up and scheduled I will find something on tv and get that last side done! in the washing machine tomorrow I hope!!

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