A Lot of Sewing Going On

gardening, Primary Colors, quilts

On Sunday I finished up the applique of Stain Glass Stars, my 3 blocks that I had made for the La Passacaglia quilt that I decided I wasn’t going to make after I made those three.  I appliqued them to a piece of batik and it will be long narrow wall hanging – or turn the opposite way will work just as well.  When I got done with the applique I put it in the sink to soak all the glue out as there had been a bit in it for when I was shaping the stars to applique in place.  I do this by just placing in the sink with cold water and let it soak for hours while I do something else.  I do not wash it – the glue soaks out and the water gets kind of cloudy, I rinse and then lay flat to dry.  I am rinsing the glue out as I will be hand quilting the piece and want it softer to work on.

soaking glue out of fabric

When I got back from getting my hair done it was dry and I pressed it

stain glass stars

Hung it up to get a look – I think I will go ahead and hand quilt this one – it is small and will not take a lot of hours of work.  I will look this week to see what I have for a backing and I know I have pieces of batting in the closet – I first want to look through templates though and see if I have a small feather piece that I could use for all the way around the edges.  A grid would be used on the rest, outline around the stars and some in the design itself.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.

stain glass stars

Also I laid out some of the pieces for Primary Colors – one block in the lower left hand corner is the one that I had done a couple days ago.

primary colors

When I got started sewing I switched a few colors around here and there.  The big units are now put together but I will not be sewing these 24 inch blocks together until I have them all done so that if I need to move things around for better color I can.  These four are finished, pressed and put aside – I will try to work on a couple every day.  Now that these 4 blocks are done the design is showing through more.

primary colors

Almost daily I am getting a few morning glories opening, but only a couple a day – strange. The sunflowers are still getting blossoms but most are dying off.

morning glories and sunflowers

morning glories




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19 comments… add one
  • Marianne Aug 8, 2017

    Your Primary Colors quilt looks wonderful! I love the brightness! And the small wallhanging will be really nice – quick(ish) to quilt, too. Bet you’re glad to see some WIPs coming together. I finished a small quilt yesterday – feels good!

    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      yes it does feel good. I’m glad I decided on this quilt with big units it goes together much quicker that way and it us not complicated. Didn’t need complicated for a raffle quilt when doing myself and not with a group

  • Deb Aug 8, 2017

    Primary Colors is amazing …so bold and bright ! Will be fun to see the hand quilting on the stained glass hanging. 🙂
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    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      I need to dig the stencils out today to see what I have to fit this smallpiece

  • Lynn Gelston Aug 8, 2017

    The last photo of the morning glory is just lovely. I grew them in my gardens for years – even though they are basically weeds were I live. They will reseed with abandon in every possible spot. But I’ve always loved them.

    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      I always remember my mom having morning glories and this is the second time I have tried to plant them, surprised they took so long to start to flower and then to only get a few flowers here and there – I was beginning to think they were going to do nothing.

  • Vicki W Aug 8, 2017

    It’s too hot and humid to be outside. Sewing is a great occupation in August!

    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      it is humid here off and on this summer but we have been enjoying a much milder summer this year then we normally do – have not hit 90 at my house up on the ridge – close though – I do wish it would be a little dryer air though not as humid as usual but still humid and do not enjoy the porch in the afternoon – can not believe all the kids will be going back to school soon – our grandson is already back as the military school he goes to starts early

  • Dottie bishaw Aug 8, 2017

    Beautiful picture of the morning glory! Your raffle quilt will be so pretty, love the design on it. I like your idea of the feathers around your wall hanging. It shouldn’t take too long to quilt and will be so lovely.

    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      well I didn’t have any feathers the right size so I am going with a “rope” design” pictures tomorrow

  • Belarmina Aug 8, 2017

    Karen tu tapiz La Passacaglia me gusta
    ¡¡es bonito!!
    tu edredón de colores es alegre,

    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      thanks! it is colorful isn’t it

  • Glenda Aug 8, 2017

    So many beautiful colours in your blog today karen that blue morning glory is beautiful. Primary colours is looking stunning and growing so fast. yesterday it was around 23C and I was out side most of it in the garden and to day it is 14C wet and miserable so going to stay inside and sew I hope!!!! Cheers Glenda
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  • Thimbleanna Aug 8, 2017

    What a great way to salvage those blocks! Your primary colors quilt is coming along great too!
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    • Karen Aug 8, 2017

      both are coming along pretty well- I hate to have some blocks sit aside without turning them into something, especially when they are pretty but I lost interest in the quilt

  • Kathi Aug 9, 2017

    I like how you shared how you soak the glue out of your applique with the cloudy water pic… and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Primary Colors quilt start! This will be a fun one to build then to quilt 😀 Enjoy your yard… I love when you share pics of it… we have petunias here … but they are just the same all the time… Kathi
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    • Karen Aug 9, 2017

      thanks Kathi – I wish the sunflowers were still beautiful but they are almost finished now as well, more dead then alive.

  • Andrea Aug 9, 2017

    There is so much beautiful quilting eye candy going on in your blog today. It’s so colorful and vibrant. Primary colors is coming along beautifully. I look forward to seeing what you’ve got in your next post. Happy sewing! Andrea

    • Karen Aug 9, 2017

      thank you Andrea Primary Colors is a very quick quilt to piece and well be done in a couple more days I think if I stick with it and make more blocks daily

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