Tumalo Trails

accuquilt, scrap quilts

Almost got to the point of putting more blocks together but not quite.  I got the grass cut in the morning and I skipped exercise as I woke up with a bit of a pinch in my left hip and I know not to try to do my exercise when that happens – give it a day or two of rest and it will be back to normal.  After I got all the dies put away and the machine – had to clear this table off a bit – I got to work sewing patches yesterday afternoon and read a book too – it was just too hot and humid to be outside – up to 86 but the news said with the humidity it felt like a 102 and I believed it.  I had to run to the post office and get gas in the car and that was it for me – I didn’t even varnish last night like I planned to.


Chain piecing goes fast and easy, pressed and squared and on to the half square triangles which meant getting back into the scrap boxes to find more pieces.  A pretty red print and a blue Jinny Beyer print that I must have gotten 15 years ago or more – that fabric felt a bit thinner compared to todays fabric which surprised me because I remember getting it in a monthly fabric club from Keepsake Quilting back then.


I got the pieces sewed and trimmed up – ready to put the blocks together.


Supply Sale at Craftsy – continues through Sunday up to 50% off kits and supplies!  This is where I got the flannel star quilt kit from that I had so much fabric left over.  I think I need to check it out again and see what kits there are once again – although I still have two on the shelf to make!!


I had a question from Dottie one of my readers without a blog asking was there a basket die from AccuQuilt – I didn’t think there was but then another reader said there was but it came in  a cube – I looked it up and found it – here is the link if anyone is interested.   Edtya Sitar Serendipity Cube Set – in AccuQuilt has a basket, This is a six inch die. So it might work if you are interested – but it comes in a set not separate.  I think this cube set is more for those that do machine applique but it might work for you if you really do not like to cut.  Beside the basket this cube set has a lot of other dies included.  This is a pretty new set and I had not seen it before — Cube sets are quite pricey but it includes 8 die sets, a cutting mat a box to store it all in, several patterns – this set also includes a CD with embroidery designs for your embroidery sewing machines if you have one so you do get a lot for your money.

Edyta cube set



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18 comments… add one
  • maxine lesline Jun 17, 2017

    Your blog, like most, I suppose, is an information exchange, also. Those 9 patches are cheery and colorful.. and pleasant to assemble, I expect. Fun to rummage through scrap boxes and often seeing something one has forgotten about. The temp here in Wichita today is to be 103 !!!! Roofers will hopefully find other, cooler, thingssto do.

    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      too hot for sure! high humidity here but grateful tomorrow well be better and Monday too I think Yes we as quilters have a lot of information to exchange

  • Doreen Jun 17, 2017

    I agree, the humid weather these days has been somewhat limiting for outdoor tasks but good for stitching! Luv your scrappy blocks!

    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      it was just too humid for me yesterday – I didn’t feel like I could move outside it tired me so much

  • Liz Jun 17, 2017

    I do believe that I will have to make tumalo trails. It’s definitely on the list. Love your progress.
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    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      thanks Liz – it is a fun easy quilt

  • Deb Jun 17, 2017

    I just checked OUR humidity ( because it already feels uncomfortable and hot and it is at 90% this morning, ugh.
    Love seeing all those cheery bright & scrappy blocks.
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    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      it is going to be like that for us today also – I really barely felt like going out the door yesterday!

  • Dottie bishaw Jun 17, 2017

    Your blocks are so pretty and bright, Karen, just right for staying inside and sewing on a hot day. Thank you for looking up the information about the baskets. I don’t do machine applique, but there is a lot of interesting things in that cube. I’ll just finish cutting the other 150 baskets and be done with it. I’m determined to finish and get on to my many other projects, lol! I really like all the dies, they save a lot of time and wear on the hands. Hope your hip feels better today.

    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      yes the dies save time – I wish they were a little lower in price though 🙂 not enough sales. Hip feels much better today – chronic – had bad bursitis in both hips some years ago and now at the slightest twinge I know to back off for a couple days!

  • Jeanne in Ohio Jun 17, 2017

    I think they have a “stamp basket” die by Alex Anderson, or used to. I have it. I haven’t used it for a while, but I think it’s a 6-inch block. It’s named after the baskets that were on a postage stamp many years ago. I love your Tumalo Trails blocks! I’m making it with the smaller strips and it’s a completely different look. Great quilt either way!

    • Karen Jun 17, 2017

      The person that had inquired was interested in saving time with cutting thank you for the info though
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  • Kristie Jun 17, 2017

    Nice progress on your quilt. Sure hope you start feeling better…might want to take it easy for a few days. I has been humid here in KY as well. If I have to do anything outside I do it early morning or late evening.

    • Karen Jun 18, 2017

      I’m fine – it was just little aches and pains- chronic stuff – ok now!

  • Kaholly Jun 18, 2017

    Heat works for me, but humidity is pretty hard to take! I pulled out some much older fabric the other day, too, fabric that, in its day was top of the line, and I was struck by how thin and flimsy it was. Quilting cotton has definitely come a long way, just like quilting, itself!
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    • Karen Jun 18, 2017

      humidity is very hard to take and the older we get the worse it is it seems! Yes cotton fabric has improved – I was surprised at how thin that old Jinny Beyer fabric was

  • Lynne Nicholson UK Jun 29, 2017

    Just found your blog after seeing your comment on another one and following the link.
    I have an accuquilt and yes the edyta sitar cube is expensive. There was a stand alone basket die on accuquilt’s website not sure of the size but personally i love the cube (& the qubes and companions) as i have sight issues i don’t see well enough to cut accurately so my accuquilt has been a godsend otherwise I would have had to give up sewing.

    • Karen Jun 29, 2017

      I love the die’s too – I do not have the one you mention though – if you have any kind of hand or vision problems though they are well worth the price – thanks for stopping by

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