Hexies, Flowers and Tumalo Trails

gardening, Granny’s Gone Crazy, Lucy Boston–Patchwork of the Crosses, scrap quilts

I have been  working one row at a time on Tumalo Trails for sewing the rows together and that will be how I continue it.  I have one more row to add – that might get done today but I won’t be surprised if I skip today and work on it Monday instead – I would like to get it all out on the floor so I can take a photo of the 5 rows complete and Mike is working 12-8 so I can get things moved around better knowing I have the house to myself and no one traipsing through the living room while I work with fabric taking up the whole floor.  I will put a strip of neutral fabric around the sides and then it has the piano key border on it  which I think I will stick with using scraps from all that I have used in the half square triangles plus others most likely as I doubt I have enough left from that for the whole border.  Linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.


It was time to trade out quilts on my bed for something different so the Postage Stamp Quilt was taken off the bed and put on a rack (it was getting a little heavy for this time of year) and Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses which I finished in 2014 – hand pieced using Inklingo and a running stitch, not English Paper Piecing was put on the bed – I had not had this one out for awhile – it is very light weight and almost too small for the bed it might not be on it for long – it was one of those disappointments that shrunk a little more than planned and I would have liked it longer for sure.  I think it ended up about 86 x 89 which is really almost too small for a queen bed with a deep mattress –



At some point today I will start to thread baste more hexies – I would like to get about 30 more hexie flowers ready before I add to the base again – I will be linking to Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy this morning.


The garden from the side of the house by the deck – I wanted to show just how much that tall sunflower stalk is compared to the rest of the garden – it has to be at least 7 feet tall now and really seems to be growing over 6 inches a day – it has 4 buds at the top of it – the stuff covering the wire fencing next to it are the Morning Glories that are not budding out and now has a lot of leaves turning yellow – too much rain perhaps – we got another 1.5 inches on Friday night – bringing our last 8 day total most likely now over 6 inches!!  Luckily most of it is being sucked into the ground and I only have 2 areas that are kind of soggy.


More of the double blossom daylilies have opened and so orange this year, they seem brighter than normal.


The roses on the other hand have not done well and I have not had many  blossoms at all – last year by this time of year they were twice as tall as they are now – climbers.  I did cut them back last year to about 3 feet tall as they had done poorly by the end of summer and I thought they needed to be trimmed cutting them back has never made them have a poor year.


We did cook out last night but didn’t think to take a photo until after the hamburgers were off the grill!








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30 comments… add one
  • LisaS Jul 9, 2017

    Watching you make Tumalo Trail made me take the plunge. I had a baggie of about 60 9-patches from a swap and decided to use those as the seeds for this quilt. I’ve finished the additional 150 9-patches and am working on the HSTs now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      🙂 so nice – are you using the tiny 1.5 that Bonnie used? I think I would have except I had just used that size recently in a different quilt and wanted one with some larger in it instead

  • maxine lesline Jul 9, 2017

    The quilt now on your bed is a calm, but colorful one.. seems that is my preference anymore… I do admire many busier quilts.. especially the row quilts of orphan blocks… but maybe not in a bedroom. The hand quilting really grabs me….of course…. and with thread that shows up your quilting..

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      for hand quilted quilts I always like to use a thread that you can see – I don’t try to hide the stitches

  • Deb Jul 9, 2017

    Everything inside and out looking beautiful!
    We had so much rain yesterday that several yards were ponding …I don’t know if it will even dry out enough to mow grass today or perhaps I’ll have to wait until tomorrow.
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    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      I was lucky I got the grass cut in between storms a couple days ago.

  • CathieJ Jul 9, 2017

    I really like the quilt that is on your bed. It is a shame that it is small, but it is nice and summery. Tumalo trails is really pretty. I love your garden too. I have never seen the double daylilies.
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    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks Cathie I do love the quilt but wish I would have made it just a little larger – I know my quilts shrink – they just seem to shrink more with the machine that I got about 6 years ago and I have to remember to make them a bit larger than I really need because of that.

  • What beautiful quilts! I loved seeing the Lucy Boston Patchwork of Crosses; think that is a new to me pattern. Your hexies are a great slow stitching project. And what a garden too…beautiful. We are having too much rain overall…need more sun.

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thankfully we are getting sun in between the rain to dry it all out! I loved making Patchwork of the Crosses – I just wish I had made it a little larger to allow for the shrinkage that I got.

  • Diann Bottrell Jul 9, 2017

    I love seeing how Tumalo Trails is coming together – such pretty colors! Those double blossom daylilies are really amazing!
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    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks Diann I have always loved those flowers too and this quilt is one I love

  • Cynthia Brunz Jul 9, 2017

    Scraps make the best quilts. Yours is looking lovely! Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks Cynthia scrap quilts are about all I make anymore

  • Terri Jul 9, 2017

    As always, such beautiful work, Karen. Your color sense is phenomenal.

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks Terri – I just grab from the scrap containers and hope for the best

  • Belarmina Jul 9, 2017

    Karen tus edredones , son siempre muy alegres.
    El girasol quiere coger el sol para el.
    Preciosas tus flores.
    buen semana

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      yes the sunflowers want to catch the sun – they will be pretty when open

  • Linda Dutch Jul 9, 2017

    Lovely scrappy quilt on the bed! You’ve made heaps of progress on your ‘tumalo trails’ it’s looking really great!
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    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks Linda I do love this quilt – I will finish up the body of the quilt tomorrow then start the border

  • Robin Jul 9, 2017

    The Lucy Boston patchwork looks so summery. Is that a word? Those double lilies are just gorgeous.

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks – I think summery is a good word for it!

  • Gail Jul 9, 2017

    Nice summer quilt on your bed…light and airy! Lovely flowers too.
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    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks – I always liked this one even though it took over a year to hand piece it!

  • Dottie bishaw Jul 9, 2017

    Love those daylilies! They are such a bright and pretty orange. Your sunflower is certainly getting tall. Your Patchwork of the Crosses is simply beautiful on your bed, such lovely colors! We had another busy and lovely day, but sad because my daughter and grandson have to go home tomorrow. Time certainly goes by so fast, doesn’t it?

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      it is rough not having all of our children live near by isn’t it – our younger girl that doesn’t live near by is coming in another week or so for a visit – a short one but better than nothing as we have not been able to get up to WI to see her in quite awhile

  • Kristie Jul 9, 2017

    You stay so busy! You always seem to accomplish so much. Love all of your projects and that Lucy Boston is beautiful!

    • Karen Jul 9, 2017

      thanks Kristie and thanks for sharing your travels on your blog – always love to see other places that quilters go to visit

  • Kay Jul 11, 2017

    I love your scrappy quilt and the fresh colour palette of the crosses quilt , they are both so beautiful. Our double flowered day lilies are blooming well too – but could you send some rain! We’ve had some today but hardly any so far this year, which is not what you expect of England.

    • Karen Jul 11, 2017

      I guess we are getting England’s rain – but now this week is hot and dry! I go out in the morning and stay in all afternoon unless I am shopping or in the car with the A/C going

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