Hexies, Tomatoes and New Quilt

accuquilt, Handful of Scraps, quilts

Well have to come up with a name for the Raffle quilt that I am making.  I am taking my time cutting fabric as I am not able to stand for hours on end as one of my hips has been bothering me and standing for hours makes it ache more and I can’t cut sitting down – the good old friend Arthritis is in action right now – getting older sucks big time doesn’t it!  But there you go – nothing you can do about it except let it work it’s way out – I rotate between projects making sure to sit down some, then get up – because as you know sometimes sitting down can make you stiffer after awhile!  It will hopefully go away as it always does sooner or later and I will get back to my never ending routine of doing what I darn well please!

I had enough pieces cut though to put some blocks together to form a big 24 inch unit.  This is the only big unit I will piece in advance though as I really want to be able to mix up the colors a bit – I can put smaller blocks together though – quite a few 4 patch blocks need to be made and the block sometimes referred to as a “signature” block is used as well.  Here is the one unit I made – see I told you it was just an easy quilt with big pieces – nothing difficult.  This is being made up of primary colors and the little dotted fabric.  All of the blocks are the same so the pattern repeats itself throughout.  Maybe I will call it “Primary Colors” — linking to Em’s Scrapbag this morning , Main Crush Monday#82 , Love Laugh Quilt and Tweety Loves Quilting.

primary colors

The other quilt I spent some time with yesterday were my hexies and Handful of Scraps.  I finished three rows to add to the bottom and as soon as I checked what it looked like I knew I had messed up in placement.  Little notes have been added to the bottom to fix and I will sew these three rows to the quilt before I mess it up again.

handful of scraps

Take an extra piece off


Add two more pieces!


The Marinara Sauce made from the garden tomatoes – I do it the crock pot way – put all ingredients in the crock pot – cook all day and vent the lid off of it to evaporate excess fluid for a couple hours at the end.   I put in the blender to smooth and then it is ready. This time after it cools off I am putting these in zip lock bags and lay flat in the freezer the next batches will be canned in jars as I don’t have a extra freezer just what is in the refrigerator.

marinara sauce

Another big sunflower – but this one is not yellow – and if you look to the right there is a bee up there.  The sunflowers peak is almost over though and they are starting to dry up and tip over from height and the rain the other day took a toll also.

sunflower and bee

In about 4 or 5 days I might have enough tomatoes to do the marinara sauce again.


Lots of green ones as well.

green tomatoes

Thanks for all that ordered through my links for the Craftsy class sale and just to let you know – today is the last day for the Christmas in July sale at AccuQuilt.  I just noticed that yesterday when I went in to order new cutting mats –









(I am compensated for any purchases made through my links.)

23 comments… add one
  • Marianne Jul 31, 2017

    I like the new quilt – very cheerful! I’ll enjoy seeing your progress.

    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      thanks Marianne

  • Dottie bishaw Jul 31, 2017

    The new quilt is looking good Karen. I can’t cut for long too without taking a break. It’s my back that gives me problems when I stand for long. A 93 year old woman I know always says old age sucks when I see her, lol! Your sauce looks delicious. I just love the pictures of your sunflower and tomatoes, beautiful! I’ve just been watering my plants, everything drys out so fast, we need some rain. It’s cooler today at least, 94.

    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      My sister and I both always say getting older sucks and we are only mid-60’s but both have arthritis and chronic conditions! Just can’t overdue exercise without paying for it later!
      more tomatoes today – thought I would wait a couple days before I picked but found some bottom rot on Roma’s and a bite out of another so thought I better let them ripen in the house once again

  • Vicki in MN Jul 31, 2017

    That block is so fun and colorful, love it. The hexie’s are to die for! Hope you are feeling better soon.

    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      thanks! it is “just” arthritis” well go away in it’s own time – just can’t do a lot of exercise or standing hours on end anymore or it gets me every time.
      I love the primary colors for this block

  • Kate Heads Jul 31, 2017

    I love the primary colours in your block, it makes it look so clean and fresh. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next.
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    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      thanks – the units are all repeats but will be creating the overall design – so much more cutting to do!

  • Vicki W Jul 31, 2017

    I don’t have arthritis but I have chronic tendinitis so I know what you mean by switching up. That’s why I have so many things going. No matter where the pain is settling that day there’s always something I can do somewhere! I love the name Primary Colors for the new quilt.

    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      yes if it isn’t bursitis in the hips it is osteoarthritis bothering me – and if not that something to do with the muscles LOL – been like this since I was in my mid 30’s so I am used to it and switch it up a lot like you do
      I think Primary Colors will be the name – it has kind of been in my head since I picked up the bundle of fabric off the shelf to use

  • Sandra B Jul 31, 2017

    Love the block for the raffle quilt, Karen….looking forward to seeing the blocks grow in number. This will be a great quilt!
    My mother-in-law used to say that getting older wasn’t for sissies! I tend to agree with that, as I get older, and various aches and pains appear…. Thankfully, they don’t last, but always seem to appear at the worst possible time….just have to react as they happen, by adjusting activity.

    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      ye adjusting activity is what I have been doing – there is always some project to work on!

  • Rebecca Grace Jul 31, 2017

    I’m sorry to hear your hip has been bothering you! You are so prolific with your quilting, your gardening, and your cooking that no one would ever guess anything was slowing you down. Have you considered the Accuquilt or Sizzix die cutters? That way you could cut sitting down, a lot faster than rotary cutting, too, and get right on to your sewing. Now something is making me think that you already have a GO! cutter, or maybe I’m imagining things?? Only downside is that the dies get so darned expensive. I’m trying to be really careful choosing ones that I will get a lot of use from.
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    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      I have the Go Cutter but I have to be standing to use it – I have never been able to get used to cutting any way sitting down because none of my tables but my sewing machine table is low enough and I don’t feel like taking the machine out to use the Go in it’s place – the Juki is heavy and I just don’t want to start switching out. I don’t have room for yet another table. Yes the dies are pricey so I try to watch what I get to make sure it is something I will keep on using.
      I have had medical problems of joints and muscles since my mid-30’s so I am used to this – sometimes as I get older it gets worse then it used to be and I have to get used to the fact that I can’t exercise every day and must switch to every other and none on weekends. Adjustments physically are something we have to get used to I guess.

  • Belarmina Jul 31, 2017

    Karen alegre tu nuevo edredón
    los hexagonos me encantan.
    ¡¡me llega el aroma de la salsa de tomate!!
    espero que pase pronto tu dolor

    • Karen Jul 31, 2017

      my hip is much better today – I will only exercise 3 days a week for now and take a day of rest between that helps. The tomato sauce smelled wonderful!

  • Alida Aug 1, 2017

    What a lovely block! I like simple designs that include a lot of fun colors! Your hexie quilt looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Karen Aug 1, 2017

      thanks Alida – I like that all the pieces can be cut from the accuquilt die and that they are not tiny for a change

  • Bea Aug 1, 2017

    Karen, I love your new quilt “Primary Colors” I thinks it’s the appropriate name for this one. It is so beautifully colorful. I shall enjoy watching your progress on this one.

    • Karen Aug 2, 2017

      thanks Bea – it looks like part of it will go fast while chain stitching the smaller blocks

  • Emily Aug 2, 2017

    The charity quilt will be wonderful! Your sauce looks great. We are just starting to get tomatoes, though I have zucchini coming on like crazy.
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    • Karen Aug 2, 2017

      I never have luck with zucchini and only get one now and then – crazy I know because so many people get so much of it they are ready to throw it away. My tomatoes are doing great though, well have enough to do another sauce in the crock pot tomorrow I think

  • Glenda Aug 8, 2017

    WOW Karen what a shot at that sunflower all those colours shinning through it!!!!!! Is that a bee on the side of it? Cheers Glenda
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