Tumalo Trails and Hexies


Just being gone for part of a weekend sometimes can seem to set you back on what you want to accomplish.  But I did settle in first thing in the morning to chain piece squares for Tumalo Trails and when I got back from exercise and grocery shopping I got the half square triangles made – hope I get these two big blocks done today and get half square triangles made for the next – I didn’t realize I had enough squares chained for 3 blocks and thought I had them for 2, didn’t realize it until I had laid them on the floor for color placement – I lay out and then stack a certain way to keep them in order for chain piecing again.  I chain piece wherever I can.

These are just laid in place and need sewing.  Linking to KoKa Quilts and  Esther’s Quilt Blog.


A couple more mini hexies for Granny’s Gone Crazy were sewed on Sunday night before I went to be – not a lot of progress on this but a little.  46 when I get that last one in place – somehow I do not think this one will ever grow to be a large quilt LOL – it will most likely be a table runner for the dining room table or maybe the coffee table if I really get tired of it – that table is shorter!!  Maybe about the same width as the widest part is now and then long enough to fit it – about 40 – 44 inches perhaps.  Even at that rate it will be over 500 hexies in it probably.


I keep my William Morris quilting book by my blogging friend from Australia Michele Hill on the coffee table to keep reminding me there is a quilt I want to make in it  I am waiting for the new Wm. Morris Moda line of fabric to come out and then I will get some of it and get started – I decided as soon as I saw the fabric advertised on line that it would be the fabric to use for the applique.  I have put myself on a list to be notified when it gets to the Fat Quarter Shop!  I already found an older Morris line to use for the borders and got that on sale at Hancocks of Paducah a month or so ago.  I am linking to Em’s Scrapbag, Love, Laugh,Quilt,

Hope you all had a good weekend and will stay busy this week –   I bet we all stay pretty busy.








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23 comments… add one
  • Kim Webb Jun 20, 2017

    Happy Anniversary. Glad you found a little time to get away even if the clouds didn’t cooperate.
    Tumalo Trails is on my list to do someday. Maybe sooner rather than later. Yours is coming right along and it looks great.

    • Karen Jun 20, 2017

      thanks Kim – glad the fog broke up for the short time that it did!

  • maxine lesline Jun 20, 2017

    Exercising .. important for quilters since they sit a lot… and maybe your mention of it might help motivate others. I know I am. The little quilt under your Wm Morris book always gets my attention… the soft colors are in my comfort zone. Hope your next trip will be better

    • Karen Jun 20, 2017

      I will need to take a photo of the little table runner on that table so you can see the whole thing – 6 log cabin blocks from some fat quarters. I try to exercise and stretch almost daily but of course there are some lazy days – but yes if you sit around a lot you need to make sure you exercise too I think.

  • Dottie bishaw Jun 20, 2017

    I love that pink Tumalo Trails block, just lovely. What is the name of the quilt you plan on making out of that book by your friend? I bet it’s going to be so lovely. The tiny hexies just boggle my mind every time I see them, lol. It does take time to get caught up again when one has been away for a while, but it is wonderful to get away , isn’t it?

    • Karen Jun 20, 2017

      it is called Morning Glory – has a large applique center, sashing and then 12 smaller applique blocks around it – I think it finishes around 77 inches square – I did another of her quilts several years ago and it is hanging on the living room wall. This one that I will make next does not have an applique border which would make it a little easier! I will take a photo of the one on the wall, you might not have seen it.

  • Dottie bishaw Jun 20, 2017

    Please do, we would all love to see it. Morning glory is such a beautiful name for a quilt.

  • audrey Jun 20, 2017

    Your Hexies are gorgeous, but I know what you mean about keeping it small. Some projects take more effort {mentally} to keep up the progress and love. It will be fabulous in a smaller quilt regardless!

    • Karen Jun 20, 2017

      LOL – yes I do believe that if I try to continue it to be a big quilt I would loose interest and be working on it still 10 years from now!

  • Glenda Australia Jun 20, 2017

    Morning Karen love love this new block you are making up. I can not believe how a 1/2 triangle can change a block sooooo much? I guess the shade and colour plays a big part on how they look, yours remind me of filleted sun through summer gardens. Thanks for sharing how you work so we can try making some thing as beautiful to. Ive so many new wee 1 1/2 inchsqaure 9 patches with all the machine sewing I’ve been doing for my two BOMs this year from my starters and enders. Cheers Glenda
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    • Karen Jun 20, 2017

      nice to hear from you Glenda! yes little pieces sure can be used!

  • Leeanne Hopper Jun 20, 2017

    hello from New Zealand! Magic hexies and I must get my Bonnie Hunter books out to look for Tumalo Trails pattern….looks like a great scrap buster! Right time for me to write a blog post and link up to sew-stitch-snap-share as well……..happy creating!
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    • Karen Jun 21, 2017

      thanks for dropping by -yes this quilt can use up your scraps – even the half square triangles – the whites are different – I think I have used about 8 different ones so far.

  • Kristie Jun 20, 2017

    Your blocks are really adding up! Like you, I enjoy chain piecing when possible. I keep thinking that I need to make this quilt as well. I have a bunch of scraps already cut into squares and I have the pattern somewhere.

    • Karen Jun 21, 2017

      I too have the squares already cut up so having this box by the sewing machine makes me really breeze on through some of it.

  • Patricia Jun 20, 2017

    I love your scrappy hexies! I’ve been wondering about starting a scappy hexie project. I have my Grandmother’s Flower Garden as my “forever” project, but am itching to make a smaller project! You have inspired me! Thank you for sharing!
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    • Karen Jun 21, 2017

      depending on the size you decide it could be a forever project! I really think I will keep this to table top size or it will take me forever – I started it about a year ago! It was in a box for quite awhile when i had 20 hexies made.

  • Linda Dutch Jun 20, 2017

    Loving these blocks for your ‘Tumalo Trails’ quilt, using your scraps to the max! Thanks for linking up with ‘sew stitch snap SHARE’
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    • Karen Jun 21, 2017

      this is a good scrap user quilt for sure.

  • Marsha Cooper Jun 21, 2017

    I need to keep that pattern in mind with all the patches that I have made in a box….oh so many projects started and so little time…..and oh the projects that I still want to start.
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    • Karen Jun 21, 2017

      yes I always have way too many patterns started and in my mind

  • Maureen Jun 21, 2017

    Now your Tumalo Trails looks to be a great scrap quilt, lovely and bright. What size are the blocks?

    • Karen Jun 22, 2017

      the blocks are 17 inches

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