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Retro Air Ship Propeller’s, scrap quilts

Scrappy Stars – washed, dried and crinkly – amazed at the shrinkage!!  I dried it on medium, washed in cold water –  Quilters Dream 100% cotton batting – finished at 72 x 84 shrunk a good 6 inches all around.  But it is still a good size and I love it.  I machine quilted with Presencia #60 light blue thread – in both bobbin and top on my home machine a Juki – which does a fantastic job and doesn’t bog down over thick seams the least little bit.







Six more air ship propeller’s cut and I got started working on them.


But I only did three of them – I have finally caught Mike’s cold and didn’t have as much energy as usual so I was a bit slower yesterday than I can be at times.


My fabric from the last Craftsy sale arrived rather quickly.  I got 3 yards of the Espresso on the left, 4 yards of Canary, and 3 yards of Nickel. I have seen so many scrap quilts this past year with gray for a background I thought I would do one to – one day! I have no plans for the others at the moment – just figure they will all be background fabrics.  Linking to Fort Worth Fabric Studio, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Crazy Mom Quilts.


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38 comments… add one
  • Ramona Mar 3, 2017

    Karen, Scrappy Stars looks great! I love your scrappy binding. Hopefully you will be over your cold quickly and will be back to normal speed.
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    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      I’m sure I will get back up to speed quickly. Luckily a cold and not anything worse

  • Deb Mar 3, 2017

    Hope that cold clears up quickly. Pretty new airships and congrats on the Star quilt finish; it looks awesome!
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    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      drinking green tea and eating toast and blowing my nose – glad it is not worse. I want to get the next three air ship blocks done today and get another photo – that will motivate me to cut more. Not sure how big I want this quilt – how big are you doing yours.

  • Gretchen Mar 3, 2017

    Scrappy Stars has turned out wonderful. I forget, what are your plans for it? I also have purchased some light gray to use as a background for a quilt. I would have never considered if I hadn’t seen so many other people using it. I have a plan but just haven’t gotten to it yet.
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    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      no plans for Scrappy Stars at the moment. The quilts are stacking up for sure, I need to come up with a new place to fold and stack. I’m thinking maybe a scrappy string quilt for the gray but just an idea at the moment

  • Isabella Mar 3, 2017

    I LOVE IT! The crinkle from washing and drying it is perfect. I have really enjoyed watching you make this quilt. Your posts were well explained and watching the progress was simply delightful. Thank you for sharing.
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    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      thanks Isabella – I love the crinkle washed look – I know some people do not want their quilt washed and crinkled and prefer the flat look but I always think washing and drying the quilt gives it more of a used antique look and it is what I prefer – one time I wasn’t thinking and I picked up part poly and quilted the quilt and never noticed what I had used – washed the quilt and it didn’t shrink up – I was so disappointed with the look LOL – I rarely ever use the quilt (of course that might be because of the black back ground that picks up so much dust and lint lol)

  • Jayne Mar 3, 2017

    Honestly, there is nothing quite like the crinkle of a freshly finished and washed quilt! Your scrappy quilt is beautiful and certainly brightens up any space!

    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      thanks Jayne – it will brighten a room with all those scraps in it for sure!

  • Liz Mar 3, 2017

    Your scrappy stars evolved wonderfully and beautiful too.
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    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      the quilt went fast too considering that I am always working on more than one at a time, started it in November and finished by the end of February. And by using scraps it only cost me $62 to make – would have been less if I would have found my batting on sale but with the scrap batting left over I actually have enough to use for a baby quilt at least which means I could say it cost me $52 to make instead!

  • Sandra B Mar 3, 2017

    Karen, Scrappy Stars is definitely high on the list of my favorites of the quilts you have made since I have been following your blog! You know I love scrappy quilts, and this one is beautiful! Love the crinkly soft look after it has been washed and dried….
    I am sorry you are not feeling well…and hope that your cold passes quickly! Sometimes, at least for me, a cold is as much a nuisance as the feeling bad part….
    Here in Virginia, we had snow showers this morning! And it was 80 degrees two days ago! Now the sun is shining, but it is only in the 40s… Low tonight predicted to be in the 20s…
    I hope to get some quilting done over the weekend….our kitty has been under the weather, so I have been spending a bit of time holding him… Since I am mostly a hand piecer, I am still able to work on small pieces with him in my lap…we went to the Vet yesterday and got some medicine, so hopefully he will bounce back soon…it is a pulled ligament in his leg, and he is in some pain….but apparently this is not an unusual injury for kitties, and he should recover just fine….he is only 20 months old, so he wants to play, but it hurts when he bends that leg….hopefully, he will recover soon!

    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      hope your kitty gets better soon. it is typical March weather here – breezy and the wind is making it feel cooler than the 59 degrees that it is. Glad you like the Stars – you can make one too! I’m sure I will feel better by the end of the weekend – a typical cold where you have ups and downs in how you feel!

  • Alycia Mar 3, 2017

    Oh your scrappy stars is just wonderful!

    • Karen Mar 3, 2017

      thanks! I love this quilt too – they are piling up though – I’m making too many!!

  • Vicki W Mar 3, 2017

    It turned out great!

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      thanks Vicki – it was fun

  • audrey Mar 3, 2017

    Love your crinkly finish! The texture is wonderful.:)

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      thanks Audrey – a quilt isn’t finished until it is crinkly!

  • JanineMarie Mar 3, 2017

    It’s always a little tricky to figure out exactly what size a quilt will end up, isn’t it? But even though Quilter’s Dream shrinks quite a bit, I love it. It crinkles up just right and is so soft and drapey. So I can imagine how wonderful your Scrappy Stars quilt feels, and I love the look with your scrappy binding.

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      yes and if I had wanted it queen size I would have made it huge! I like them to finish at least 96 wide and 100 long – but just never know how much they will shrink when I know I am putting them in the dryer

  • Kathi Mar 4, 2017

    Love your scrappy stars finish Karen!!! It did shrink quite a bit it seams though… wonder why really?? I don’t prewash generally and don’t recall my quilts shrinking that much with cotton batting… hmmm… well gorgeous and hopefully will be used until summer is fully here anyway! We are having a cool morning so I have sat down a bit to catch up on your blog… have a great weekend my friend! Kathi

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      Kathi I have noticed more shrinkage in my quilts since I got the new bigger washers and dryers that have come out for the last 8 years or so. The big water saver washing machines I hate – but I have it and now I’m stuck with it unless I want to spend more money on an older version – I do not like how they do not completely fill up full of water for washing quilts – yes you can use the bulk load and it puts in more water but still not enough – the dryer over all works ok but I have noticed the quilts shrink more with them and I use medium heat – if I use low heat they do not dry and I have to put them in for 2 or 3 cycles before they dry. I have also noticed that my washing machine is constantly off balance with the wash loads and my dryer tangles my sheets and quilts up something horrible – the old ones never did that. So much for new and improved. I could lay my quilts out to dry but really have no place to do that and I don’t hang them outside because of allergies (pollen)

  • Belarmina Mar 4, 2017

    Karen fantasticas tus estrellas,
    ¡¡me gusta!!

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      thanks – I love my stars

  • Dottie bishaw Mar 4, 2017

    Your quilt came out beautiful Karen , I love the crinkly look of it. Boy, I didn’t think it would shrink as much as it did. What a beautiful finish. I didn’t think cold germs could travel over the internet , but I guess they did , lol. I have a head cold and feel just like you. Let’s hope we get rid of it fast, take care.

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      Like I said in one of the comments above, I never had so much shrinkage in my older model clothes dryer – I really think these new machines are so different – I have had mine for about 4 years now and hate them, I had better luck with the older kinds of washers and dryers – one of sisters hates them too and when she moved she left them at the house – she didn’t want them and now has an older set which she is satisfied with – I have heard of others who do not like them either – good luck with your cold – I’m sure I will be better by Monday

  • Dottie bishaw Mar 4, 2017

    I’m with you on the front loaders washing machines. I’ve had mine for about 8 years and when it dies I’m getting a top loader. I always liked those better.

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      Dottie you misunderstood – I have a top loader – I do not like it and would rather have one that is not a “water saver” I do not like the way this one works, things are not always clean and sometimes need an extra rinse – uses little water but really needs more than it gives in my opinion

  • Sandy R. Mar 4, 2017

    Three cheers for finishing the Scrappy Stars Quilt. I just love scrappy quilts and yours is very attractive..great job!

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      yes I love how it turned out!

  • Lynette Mar 4, 2017

    This is pretty! The scraps are interesting, and the aquas pull it all together (I see a few that I have in my own stash, too). Yeah, it’s amazing how much batting can shrink. I usually preshrink mine, because I have to pre-wash my fabrics. Every once in a while, though, I want that super-crinkly effect. 🙂
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    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      Lynette how do you pre-shrink your batting do you mist it and put it in the dryer or what? will it shrink again after the quilt is finished and you wash and dry but not as much?

  • LisaS Mar 4, 2017

    Congratulations on Scrappy Stars! I’d love to know what you think of the Boundless fabrics when you’ve used them.

    • Karen Mar 4, 2017

      I have used the Boundless brand for the last six months or so now and like them, I compare them to the Bella solids – pretty much the same – a little lighter than Kona

  • Nanette Mar 5, 2017

    Your quilt turned out so pretty! Nice work! I like the background on the propellers.
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  • Thimbleanna Mar 7, 2017

    Your scrappy stars look fantastic Karen – Congratulations on a great finish!!!
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