Piecing Flannel

Murrieta Stars – Flannel, Postage Stamp Quilt

Jumping in and starting the new quilt!  I just seem to be working on one new quilt after another recently.  After all I had all the pieces (most all) cut I thought why not.  I always like to start one and see how it goes together.  I did find that I want to cut the dog ears out before I start putting together – the pieces will line up better.  I thought I had a little specialty ruler that was made for that but for the life of me I can not find it and don’t remember the name – I did a search and the only one I can find was a Marti Michelle that was made specifically for it and realized that one of the templates of hers that I have would do the same job – do any of you have a special ruler made just for trimming dog ears?

The piece I have isn’t exactly the same size as the triangles that I have but if you line it up to the edge it works on both sizes that I am using it for.

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The only other ruler that I had was a bit large but it did work but was awkward.  Big ruler with little pieces.

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The blocks I did yesterday for Murrieta Stars.  They will all need to be squared up when done.  They are supposed to finish at 9.5 inches and mine most likely will be anywhere from 9.25 to 9.5  Normal for me!

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I decided to take time out from piecing and divide up all my colors and pieces into the pieces needed for the blocks and start to trim those dog ears off – you can make better flying geese with all the pieces already cut if the pieces are trimmed I have found.

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A bit of progress made on the Postage Stamp quilt on Friday night – two recorded shows of Blue Bloods and one of  Designated Survivor – determined to finish this last row this weekend and move on to the final border – this quilt will be finished this month!!!

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My little apple tree that I planted 3 years ago I had mentioned had blossoms on it for the first time and now I spotted some little apples on it– maybe some photos soon when they actually get big enough to see!

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11 comments… add one
  • Ramona Apr 8, 2017

    I don’t have a “dog ear” trimmer but see that it could be helpful. I’ve made the mistake of trimming a bit too much off of the corners. You’re Stars are looking good.
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  • Kathi Apr 8, 2017

    I have been pondering a Marti Mitchell template set! lol Glad you have that for dog ear trimming… I can see where the other one would be too big… I also have a tri recs set that I think trims the dogears and is a bit smaller but not as small as your Marti Mitchell one… wish I knew of one specifically for that purpose!
    Love seeing you make time in the eves to work on your postage stamp quilt… it will be done before you know it.
    How exciting that your apple tree has grown big enough to have buds and baby apples too! Wonder if the first crop will be yummy to eat or if they will be cooking apples??? You will do something good with them as creative as you are in the kitchen!
    I got my quilt that is up next all cut out yesterday and am marking the little flippy corner squares today… also my batting came late yesterday so I should load the frame today and hope to blog tomorrow about it all 😀 Have a happy weekend friend! Kathi
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  • Carolyn Sands Apr 8, 2017

    I believe Judy Martin has a corner trimmer tool. I also think that Jimmy Beyer has one too. The stars are looking good.

  • Liz Apr 8, 2017

    I believe Fons and Porter have rulers for cutting off the dog ears. Love seeing your progress.
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  • maxine lesline Apr 8, 2017

    Apples ! So hoping for you to have a crop, however small. Do remember the variety? Seeing the organized little stacks of cut fabric is sort of awesome… lots of motivation for people like me.

  • Mary Apr 8, 2017

    Wow. You have accomplished so much on this new quilt.
    I love your table runner.

  • Dottie bishaw Apr 8, 2017

    I use the Easy Angle ruler when I cut triangles up to six inches, no cutting of dog ears. You just cut the triangles out of strips of fabric. I, like you, like to start a new quilt while working on one. It’s exciting to have a bunch going on. You are really moving on Postage Stamp. Have a fun weekend.

  • Kelly Grace Apr 8, 2017

    I have the Fons and Porter triangle trimmer set that I’ve used in the past. If I am not using that I am using my Accuquilt Studio and one of my triangle dies that cuts them off for me.
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  • audrey Apr 8, 2017

    Ahh.. Love that quilt in the hoop! Great one for this time of year.:) Wish I had one of those triangle templates. They are so efficient for piecing triangles!

  • Denise :) Apr 9, 2017

    (This comment is actually for your next post — but your blog kept giving me an error message saying I was trying to automate spam. Ugh. So I thought I’d try to comment on a prior post.)

    The tulips are so gorgeous, I can almost smell them! Your postage stamp quilt is a definite WOW! Enjoy your slow stitching! 🙂
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  • Deborah Erb Apr 19, 2017

    I find it hilarious that everyone trims these corners. When I learned to quilt we just learned that the corners overlapped and became really good at dealing with it. Plus it protected corners from fraying

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