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Handful of Scraps, Retro Air Ship Propeller’s

Little by little the Propellers are getting done – believe it or not I actually started the first blocks for this quilt back in September!!  I only did a couple a month for two or three months – then nothing until last month.  I decided I had to get this top finished after the Scrappy Stars so I could start the flannel quilt kit that I got a couple years ago – I mentioned it and showed it to you last month.  Then I thought what was I doing planning to start another without getting this one finished.  The flannel is sitting on the cutting table waiting for me to cut into it – but I’m not going to until this one is done!  I think you can see from this photo that some of the rows are now finished with the corner stones – I think I used 5 different fabrics for the setting triangles and the 4 corners.  I hope to finish up the rows today.  In a perfect quilting world all of the squares would be lining up perfectly but I have a couple that are a little off making the secondary pattern a little off but I think it will still work for the way I want to quilt it.


The left corner and the left side is finished on the Handful of Scraps – next up another corner.  That is all the hexies that are shown for the sides of the quilt pattern – once it is appliqued to the backing it will look more complete  but I might decide to put one more row of neutrals all the way down the sides – we will see.  And yes when it is time to applique this to a background I will show how I will deal with it as I was asked if I would.  I won’t claim in advance that it will be perfect but we can hope!


It was another chilly day yesterday – no yard work done – by the weekend it is to be back in the high 70’s – I will kind of believe it when I feel it!!  After this past week of chilly weather that felt more like January then March – I am ready for it.  I have lettuce plants sitting on the windowsill that should have been planted last week – it still looks good – plan on getting those plants in the ground with some wire fencing around them on Saturday.

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7 comments… add one
  • Deb Mar 16, 2017

    Very cold here the last few days as well ; it’s the wind! The temp might be 17 but the wind chill is more like 7
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  • Swooze Mar 16, 2017

    Looking good! Can’t wait to see what you do with the borders.
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  • Michele Hill Mar 16, 2017

    They both look fabulous Karen… are a fast worker!
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  • Dottie bishaw Mar 16, 2017

    They both look good to me, too. I can hardly wait to see how you’re going to quilt the Propeller blocks, it will be a very pretty quilt with all those colors in it. It’s suppose to be in the 80s here in the DFW area this weekend, so it’s going to be nice.

  • Sandra B Mar 16, 2017

    Karen, I love how the Retro Air Ship Propeller blocks look! The mix of colors and the scrappy fabrics are just great!
    You are making good progress on Handful of Scraps…. I am looking forward to seeing the center appliquéd to the background….
    We are still in the frozen tundra here in Virginia…UGH! I went out to run some errands this morning and thought I would blow away….walking across parking lots with the strong wind was downright brutal….I sure hope this moves on through….the only thing nice I can say about it is that it could be worse….I do feel thankful that we haven’t had all the snow that some parts of the country have had in recent days. And I hope spring is soon of n its way to those areas!

  • Doreen Mar 17, 2017

    Your propeller top is gorgeous – I love your blocks!
    Your Hand Full of Scraps is coming along beautifully too!

  • Nanette Mar 19, 2017

    Very interesting quilt that propeller quilt is!
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