Handful of Scraps

Handful of Scraps, scrap quilts

I have been very undecided on how I want to finish my Handful of Scraps quilt which you all haven’t seen for several months – that is because I have been taking a break from it while deciding how I want to finish it.  This is where I left it at in May –  Here I had “roughly” basted it to a background – it is not even I know – it is basted only – I was going to applique more hexies around it in some way – but I have decided against that now and will take it off of this background – for sure not wasted fabric as it will be used to finished the quilt still as background.  For my Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I will be un-basting this from the back ground I think.  Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.


I never have decided how to finish the quilt while leaving off the complicated tiny applique pieces that were on the original border by Edtya Sitar.  I have been looking at hexie quilts on line and this one I keep going back to look at – very fussy – but yet I like it – of course it is from an Australian quilter – you can tell by the design of course –I found it on this blog – link in the photo and here.  I know I would leave some of the “stuff” out of it if I decide to do something like this – I will need to start deciding what to do with this top soon.  I would leave that top border off for sure if I do anything like this – maybe the small mariner’s compasses and then the half square triangles  but I have not decided anything – I might just decide to make the quilt larger by adding more hexies!!  One idea I have is about 3 rows all around in the neutral colors then about 10 rows of prints in a rectangle all around and then more neutrals finishing in more colors – and that is most likely what I will do.  But this quilt I show is pretty in it’s own way and I wanted to share the photo and the links to it.  (but fussy!)

When I get done with Tumalo Trails I will get Handful of Scraps back out and try to figure out how to finish it.  I did get the final two borders sewed but not to the quilt – I will try to do that at some point today also but a niece is dropping by this afternoon on her way home from a vacation and will be here for a couple hours in the afternoon and Melanie will run up to visit too so heaven knows if I will get to much of anything today!  Pressed, measured and ready to attach.


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34 comments… add one
  • Teri Dingler Jul 16, 2017

    That mariner’s compass is beautiful! whatever you do it will be stunning- I haven’t done hexies – ever- but you sure are making me want to.

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      well hexies aren’t for everyone – some hate them 🙂

  • Marianne Jul 16, 2017

    Wow – amazing quilt!

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      it is amazingly different for sure

  • Mary Jul 16, 2017

    I’m thinking of eventually bordering my Handful of Scraps version with hexies, like you are. The other quilt you showed is magnificent, but not the route I want to take. Thanks for sharing a picture of it though!

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      yes I like it but doubt I will spend the time doing it!

  • Liz Jul 16, 2017

    I love the table quilt. Maybe you could show it in a different post.

    The hexie quilt is beautiful and should be the focus no matter what you do. Have you thought of a thin or so black fabric? Black makes any color pop!
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  • Jayne Jul 16, 2017

    I love the hexies and love making them! Yours is gorgeous and what ever happens it’s going to be amazing!

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      thanks Jayne it is something to think about for sure

  • Kathi Jul 16, 2017

    Hello my friend! I am glad you are bringing out Handful of Scraps for more work in the near future… I have been so preoccupied with life I haven’t visited any blogs until today… glad I stopped by here though!!! I also love the quilt on your table top.. and your scrappy piano key border it is holding down too! 🙂 Kathi
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      thanks for stopping by Kathi – hope you are doing well

  • Diann Bottrell Jul 16, 2017

    Your hexie quilt is just beautiful, and definitely worth taking your time on figuring out how to finish it. I love the example you showed that has pieced borders around the center piece, but I agree, it is fussy!
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      it is fussy isn’t it! I’m not sure what I am doing at this point but need to get it back out to look at it and try to figure it out

  • tubakk Jul 16, 2017

    What a lovely hexagon quilt.

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  • Quilter Kathy Jul 16, 2017

    Your hexie quilt is beautiful! I like your finishing idea better as I find the photo of the other quilt to be very busy and distracting from the centre hexie design since there is so much going on with multiple pieced borders. i do like that one line of hexies that is surrounding/framing the centre part.

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      I think I like my way of thinking of finishing it too – because I want to finish it in my lifetime – but also the other one is very fussy and would take a long time to finish. I often wonder how the designers come up with so many ideas for one quilt – I would never think of combining so many things in one quilt.

  • Dottie bishaw Jul 16, 2017

    I did forget about your beautiful hexie quilt. I really like your idea of finishing it though, while the other quilt is beautiful it does seem to make my head spin with the thought of making it, lol! I guess certain parts of it would be good, but not all. Enjoy your visit with your niece and daughter!

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      LOL – yes it is a bit much all together isn’t it – the Australians always seem to have them turn out right in the end though and I wouldn’t know where to start or where to leave off on it.

  • Kay Jul 16, 2017

    It will look spectacular whatever you decide to do

    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      thanks Kay – I hope to get to the quilt later today to start taking out the basting threads and take it off the background piece and see what pops in my head! Niece just left so I have the rest of the day to sew – too hot to be outside for me!

  • Linda Dutch Jul 16, 2017

    I love your ‘handful of scraps’ so very pretty! For me, the centre of the Auzzie quilt is so very eyecatching, without all the extra fussy borders! Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do.
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      I doubt I will do the Aussie quilt although it is very eye catching – I want to finish it in this life time and just doing the rest in hexies will take me a couple years LOL

  • Thimbleanna Jul 16, 2017

    Whew! You’ve worn me out just trying to catch up with what you’ve been doing while I was gone. I’ve completely missed a quilt top from start to finish — you’re amazing! And what a dilemma about these hexies. I LOVE love that Australian quilt — I know whatever you decide will be wonderful!
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      I love that Australian top too but doubt I will finish my hexies off that way – I think I will do the whole thing in hexies even though basting it to a https://widgets.wp.com/notifications/2995633673#border like I had thought I would do would be easier – I just think I will like the look of all hexies better – I know I can get it done in this lifetime!

  • Jennie in GA Jul 16, 2017

    Your heroes are lovely and well deserving of a beautiful finish!
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      LOL – I saw this comment first and it puzzled me 🙂

  • Jennie in GA Jul 16, 2017

    Ugh…autocorrect!! Not heroes, hexies!!!
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      thanks!! I know exactly what you mean about auto correct – sure have to watch that when I use my phone to type

  • Nanette Chopin Cook Jul 16, 2017

    The Australian quilt is called Brinton Hall. It is a copy of a Reproduction quilt. The pattern was in a Quiltmania magazine. I have my center medallion almost completed but in putting the big push to sew all the hexies together in May my thumb went south thereby the hand surgeries.

    I am changing all the blocks that the Designer used as they do not help the effect of the beautiful quilt. I have a couple of posts on my blog for Brinton Hall and a picture of the original quilt which is amazing. I think it was a 1700 or 1800 quilt.

    The center is tricky to make but fun and is very unique. Have fun with it!
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    • Karen Jul 16, 2017

      I was just showing it as I thought it was pretty – I am not using it for my quilt – I thought the center didn’t look hard as it is the hexies but the surrounding borders were much harder to my mind

  • LisaS Jul 16, 2017

    Whatever you decide, I’m looking forward to following along on your progress. I love the quilt in your last post too. I haven’t seen that one before.

    • Karen Jul 17, 2017

      thanks I do believe I will just finish up with hexies

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