Retro Air Ship Propellers

quilts, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s

It’s coming together!!  I decided yesterday after I made the final two blocks that I had cut out to dig out the portable design wall and start putting the blocks up to see what I had.  First of course I had to remember where the heck the portable design wall was!!  With everything packed away in various places while the sewing room is being redone I thought it was probably in the closet – not!  Where oh where was it – finally remember I had put a box of things in the workshop – got my jacket – it was cold outside – and heading down to look.  Found it!

Right now I am sewing diagonal rows together.  I had three left over blocks – this wall is only 75 x 75 so it will not fit a queen size quilt on it.  I thought I would put my diagonal rows together and then decide if I want it larger – if I do then I just sew more blocks on the ends of the rows.  As you can see I decided to not add sashing.


I thought the way the blocks are put together created interesting secondary patterns and might be interesting to quilt those areas in designs.  You have the long diamond shapes where the background colors meet and then when four blocks meet in the center there is another design.  Everything is not meeting up exactly perfect I have found as I am putting them together but well enough that secondary designs will work out fine.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.


Seeing as I didn’t have anything else to blog about today I thought I would share the quilt that is  currently on the bed – I thought it was time to change quilts out – I had the Quilty 365 Quilt the Final Frontier on the bed all winter and it was time for a change.  This quilt is huge – it didn’t shrink like I like them too and I had allowed for that!!  I used black quilter’s dream batting in it – and I didn’t realize it at the time (just wasn’t thinking) that it is something 80/20 polyester/cotton – it didn’t shrink – I was so disappointed.  This quilt is my own design – I did use a Mariner’s compass pattern from some where and the “ribbon” around the compass is from Judy Niemeyer’s pattern Twisted Star – which I made several years previously.  So there are parts of two patterns incorporated into a new look.


Hand quilted of course!  I made this 10 years ago.  Although I do not like paper piecing I did use that method for the center compass and the corner compass stars.Although it doesn’t show up I used red thread but I wished afterwards that I had used a thicker thread so it would stand out better.  Two different kinds of black fabric used, the center is a print on print and the outer borders are a solid black which I do not like as it collects lint and dust like crazy and so this quilt just doesn’t get used as often as I would like because I get tired of cleaning it.  (just checked as someone was asking me about this quilt – finished the last stitch in December 2008 – 9 years ago)


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15 comments… add one
  • Deb Mar 14, 2017

    this quilt on the bed is just stunning!!!

    And I really enjoyed seeing all the airship blocks up and the secondary designs forming.
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  • maxine lesline Mar 14, 2017

    The propellers quilt, without sashing,, gets my exuberant vote… they appear to float.. just like an air ship. Such a colorful and cheery quilt. The black quilt on your bed is all hand quilted ! What a chunk out of one’s life…but worth it…completely… and your design? You must feel pleased to see it there…

  • maxine lesline Mar 14, 2017

    The propellers quilt, without sashing,, gets my exuberant vote… they appear to float.. just like an air ship. Such a colorful and cheery quilt. The black quilt on your bed is all hand quilted ! What a chunk out of one’s life…but worth it…completely… and your design? You must feel pleased to see it there…

  • Ruth Mar 14, 2017

    Wow! 2 gorgons quilts in one posting. I’m suffering from quilt envy.
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  • Vicki W Mar 14, 2017

    The black and red quilt is beautiful!

  • Liz Mar 14, 2017

    Love the quilt on the bed. Nice eye candy! Your propeller blocks are progressing beautifully.
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  • Dottie bishaw Mar 14, 2017

    Oh Karen, I love the black and red quilt, what a beauty! The hand quilting just knocks it out of the ball park. Were you blogging ten years ago? I have to go back and read your posts about this quilt if you did because it’s just so beautiful. The Air Ship Propeller quilt really is coming along. Love all the colors and your piecing is so precise. You’ve done so much work while I went home for my Mom’s funeral. She made and loved quilts too.

  • Sandra B Mar 14, 2017

    All those Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks look awesome, Karen! Love the on point setting, and how it creates those secondary areas that will look great with your hand quilting!
    The quilt on your bed is amazing….the black fabrics really make the red fabrics pop…. Beautiful quilt…..Thanks so much for sharing!
    Thankfully, we dodged the worst of Virginia’s wintry weather overnight…. We ended up getting mostly rain, with some sleet mixed in…. Had a couple of tree limbs down this morning, but they didn’t hit anything, and it could have been so much worse…now the sun is shining, and we are predicted to have highs in the upper forties today… I hope this is the last of our winter and we will move on into spring!

  • Dortha Mar 14, 2017

    Love your propeller blocks. Where can I find the pattern? Thank you.

  • Linda Dutch Mar 14, 2017

    Your quilt is going to be wonderful, I love the blocks set on point! And all the different but similar backgrounds is a great way to add a little depth.
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  • LisaS Mar 14, 2017

    It seems like only a week or so ago when you had 5 or 6 propellers done. I’m amazed at how quickly you got the rest of these done.

  • Glenda Australia Mar 14, 2017

    Karen you propeller quilt is so lovely It is even more stunning than I was visualising WOWWW You have blown me a way with the black and red quilt doesn’t it just explode power. I’d love to spend a day just looking at your quilts and asking you endless questions about hem LOL. Cheers Glenda
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  • Jeanne Mar 14, 2017

    I enjoy seeing your works in progress and then the completed quilt. You have a flair with color and piecing. Thank you for sharing. The black quilt on the bed is stunning. How many quilts do you have in your “stash” to rotate?

    Thanks again.

  • Bea Chester Mar 15, 2017

    Karen, your black & red quilt is stunning!!! I love it. Your work is so beautiful. Awesome job.

  • Plum Cox Mar 15, 2017

    Love those propellers! I’ll look forward to seeing what quilting you do in the areas that are free. Enjoyed seeing your eye popping red and black quilt too!

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