Oh My This is a Little Fiddly Block

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Granny’s Gone Crazy, scrap quilts

I said I was going to make 3 of each of these blocks from Temecula Quilt Company (see yesterdays post)  and I will – now that this one is done maybe the next two will be easy?  One can hope.

Here is after I got going – put my hand next to it so you can see the tiny pieces


After a couple little mistakes and some ripping I ended up with this for the center – not quite matched up in places – but there you go I ripped enough.


In the end it looked like this – the center is just a little out of whack but there you go, I’m not wasting time on it – two more and hopefully the centers will be matched up better – finished is 4 inches big!


This is what I have so far for this project – a name for this one?  Not sure right now I think I will wait and see what comes week after week.


I thought I now had 60 scrappy little baskets but I miscounted and there are 57 I believe.  Still have not thought of a name for this one.  Linking to Mrs. Sew & Sow and Ester’s Quilt Blog.


And four more to add to Granny’s Gone Crazy.


Last night more oregano was cut for the dehydrator, and some sage  – I put the sage in overnight with the oregano rinsed and left to dry on open racks on top of the countertop  that way the moisture will be out of them this morning and they won’t take 24 hours in the dehydrator – I dried some about two weeks ago and made the mistake of rinsing and then turning on the dehydrator and thought it would  be done over night – mistake – it took 24 hours.  Has to have time to dry out a little first when you need to rinse the dirt off.  Also picked the first large tomato and 2 cherry tomatoes – the cherry tomatoes will be getting ready faster now- I have no other large tomatoes near the stage of picking right now.

I am making more waffles this morning and will take a photo and type up the recipe for Wednesdays post – you will get your oatmeal serving in this recipe.


I don’t mention the sales on AccuQuilt all that much as they are not good about letting the affiliates know when there is a sale like Craftsy is – I was looking the other day and saw a sale going on — I have been planning on buying some strip dies – yes strips should be easy for most to cut – but I have horrible cutting skills, my rulers shifts even with the little things under it to hold it in place – I think the problem lays with my hands and wrist from arthritis so I took this opportunity to order.  Because items in my order were more than $49.99 each I didn’t get one free but I did get the 25% off plus my points that I had saved.  They ship really fast and supposed to arrive on Wednesday!  It will be nice to actually have strips that are straight.  If you are looking for dies now is a good time to buy – offer good until the end of the month.










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30 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Jun 13, 2017

    The blocks from Temecula Quilts are very cute. I thought about making these myself for about 4 seconds then decided not to. I have enough small pieces with my NI blocks. Your baskets are increasing. What’s wrong with just calling the project scrappy little baskets? The little EPP flowers are cute. Have a lovely day!
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    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      these are tiny blocks – I wish I had thought for 10 seconds then told myself no, I might not do all 12 weeks at this rate but then I’m not doing a NI

  • Marianne Jun 13, 2017

    I like “Scrappy Little Baskets,” too. Yikes! That tiny block is tiny. Guess I will pass it by. Our two day heat wave (temperatures in the 90’s with high humidity) is supposed to leave us tonight, so I’ll be back sewing tomorrow. I do love my Go Baby but think I will resist temptation for the sale. I have been eyeing those strip cutters so I’ll be curious to see how they work for you.

    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      didn’t you do a Nearly Insane and a Dear Jane – the blocks are about the same as those are. I will let you know about the strip cutters.

  • Charlotte Jun 13, 2017

    Call them Fiddle-dee-dee blocks 🙂 Small and tedious, but very pretty!
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    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      nice to hear from you Charlotte – hope you are doing well!

  • Karen Jun 13, 2017

    How about “A Tisket, a Tasket, a Green and Yellow Basket”? That’s the first thing that popped into my head when I first saw you working on this project. And they are quite a task. I’m rethinking starting the little mini pieces, but who knows it might happen anyway.

    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      I have heard of “A Tisket, A Tasket” but not the add on green & yellow Basket

  • audrey Jun 13, 2017

    Very small blocks! I find that size so difficult to work with, but kudos to you for starting this project!

    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      well it is only for 12 weeks – hope to keep up

  • Vicki Jun 13, 2017

    OK, that new project might just be a little over the edge!

    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      LOL – yes it is – reminds me very much of the Dear Jane blocks – no wonder I said I would never do another!!

  • Dottie bishaw Jun 13, 2017

    I have a Sizziz Pro and I bought the strip dies and I just love them, especially the two and one half inch one. I can cut up to six layers of fabric at once and have a mountain of strips in no time at all, and they are so straight and perfect! You are going to just love the dies. They save so much time too. Your tiny blocks and hexie flowers are so cute and so little.
    I managed to almost finish three baskets while waiting at the dentist’s office for my husband to get his implants, I had to drive him home because they sedated him and pulled 24 teeth. I put him to bed and now back to my baskets. Happy sewing!

    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      yes I will love the strips for sure – and these have additional markings on them so after you cut the strip you can turn them the opposite way and make squares or diamonds – hope your hubby well be well in a couple days and not in much pain

  • Susan Jun 13, 2017

    I just did those blocks from Temecula too. That second one is definitely fiddly! Mine came out nice but my colors were dull! Guess that I will make another, or two, or three.

    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      well I am going to make two more and hope my center will be a little bit better!

  • Rebecca Grace Jun 13, 2017

    Your baskets are darling and WOW, those pieces are tiny!! I would have cheated and paper pieced that center. Yours looks great in the finished block.

    Also, I love how you say, “but there you go.” I have relatives in the Midwest who use that expression, so I always smile when you write that. 🙂
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    • Karen Jun 13, 2017

      yes I might live in Arkansas but I spent the first 27 years of my life in the north – 20 of them in Wisconsin
      They are tiny pieces aren’t they!

  • Karen Jun 13, 2017

    Check out this musical version of “A tisket a Tasket, a green and yellow basket” It’s really cute and very catchy,,,I’m forewaring you.

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  • Nicky Jun 14, 2017

    All your projects are lovely – I think those teeny blocks will be charming and quirky when they are all together. The baskets are adorable …. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday
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    • Karen Jun 14, 2017

      thanks Nicky

  • Lorraine Jun 14, 2017

    I love your mini blocks. Keen to make them myself!

    Here’s a tip from me: make the half square triangle blocks oversize then cut them down. Press them while spray starching them to death so they don’t move while you join them together.
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    • Karen Jun 14, 2017

      thanks Lorraine – I’m afraid I did starch them lol

  • Maggie Jun 14, 2017

    Dear Gretchen
    The AccuQuilt strip dies work fantastic. I have the one inch and one and a half inch strip dies. I use the one and a half one for cutting my strips for my bargello quilts. It takes forty minutes instead of four hours to cut all the strips for the quilt. The beauty of it all, it is all perfectly straight strips!

    • Karen Jun 14, 2017

      sorry – don’t know if you left this comment for my blog or someone elses – this is Karen’s blog – but yes I did get the strip dies.

  • Janice Holton Jun 14, 2017

    Did you think of a name for your basket quilt yet? If not, how about Basket Case? Hee! Hee!

    • Karen Jun 14, 2017

      LOL that is a good one as I am beginning to think I am a basket case with all these patterns with small pieces!!

  • LisaS Jun 15, 2017

    Which of the AccuQuilt cutters do you have? I’m trying to decide if I should ask for one for Christmas. I’m starting to find cutting to be very tedious. I wonder how I would feel about the fabric waste when using the cutter.

    • Karen Jun 15, 2017

      I have the GO – one step up from the Baby. There really is very little waste as long as you are careful about arranging your fabric right on the cutter – watch some of the video’s that are available on the site – I think for each die there is a little video that you can see – by watching you see the best way to put the fabric – you sometimes still need to do a little cutting first but if you are bad at accuracy like I am it is worth it. They normally do have a sale some time near Christmas

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