Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets)

Borders are now on the quilt – on to the applique!  First I need to cut some bias strips from my brown and make my vines – then I need to look through all my applique patterns in my books (believe me a lot to go through) and find things like little acorns, leafs, maybe a little pumpkin or two? would love to add a little squirrel or something but I’m not good with animals – we well see on that one  but anyhow – you get the drift – Fall Harvest –  a fall design!  it will not have a ton of applique but just gently scattered around – mainly in the corners I think

fall harvest

Each corner is a little different – a four patch surrounded by a strip on all sides to form a block large enough to fit in the corner. ( a stray brown thread not a mark in that corner)


another corner


Another overall view.  The quilt top is finished at 83 inches square and overall it really lays flat compared to how it did when I put the the brown strip all around!!


Today I will possibly get started on the vine – but I might just work on my hexies instead – we will see – I really must soon get started on the machine quilting for Primary Colors also the raffle quilt that I am making – and the sewing machine needs a good cleaning before I do anything else with it.  Please join all of us with  our hand stitching over at Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching – I will link up first thing this morning (I schedule post night before so I’m not linked immediately) also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework .





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36 comments… add one
  • Marianne Sep 3, 2017

    Your quilt looks really nice, and I can’t wait to see the applique as it develops. I have a quilt that I plan to applique borders on before I attach it to the center which I plan to quilt before I attach the borders. Will see how that goes! Every time I think I can start work on that, something comes up. It’s raining today, so maybe I’ll be lucky.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      supposed to be warmer today and for a couple days then a cool front comes thought – possibly will have some nights get into the 50’s – that will actually feel nice to me

  • Kathi Sep 3, 2017

    I love your fall harvest quilt… looking for just the right patterns to add sounds like fun too.. as does cutting your vine in bias cuts… enjoy cleaning your machine when you get to that… mine needs a good cleaning too! And hexies are always a lot of fun! lol Kathi
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      mine needs a good cleaning, I have been doing so much sewing lately on it I know I haven’t kept up with it as much as I should have.

  • Deb Sep 3, 2017

    it will be fun to see what you come up with in regards to the applique 🙂
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      I hope it will look ok! sometimes when I don’t follow a pattern and just go for it I end up not liking the end result!

  • Kathy S. Sep 3, 2017

    Love all the scraps and neutrals that you have used on this quilt. I’m sure your applique is going to be beautiful and definitely one of a kind. Can’t wait to see your choices and progress. Take you’re time. I’ll be here.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Kathy, I need to start pulling books off the shelves and look through to get ideas of what I want for applique

  • deb Sep 3, 2017

    That is awesome! I wish I had seen this before I put my baskets together. Love the neutral border and oh how lovely it will be with all those fun fall things on the border.
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      I just plain got tired of making baskets – I think I have 64 of them? how did I think I was going to make the 300 called for in the pattern LOL – life is too short and there are so may quilts to make – I had to say enough on this one

  • Jamie Sep 3, 2017

    Such a sweet quilt, have enjoyed your blog. By the way, I can’t wait until my 4 year old washing machine breaks down…I miss my old agitator.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Jamie – I think those washing machines were some of the worst things invented considering some of us had to wash things two times to get them clean or put on an extra rinse they really didn’t do what was intended – safe water!

  • Barbara Sep 3, 2017

    Looks great! When I want specific appliqués I just google silhouette squirrel or silhouette pumpkin. Then I enlarge or shrink the design on my computer and trace a pattern right from the screen. It’s usually quicker then looking in books.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      LOL – I have so many books though it makes sense to sit down and look through some of them and remember what I have – your idea is a good one though and might do that too. Some I remember what book has what I want though

  • Angela Sep 3, 2017

    The baskets look great with your low volume alternate blocks and border treatment. The appliqué sounds like a great way to finish it off.
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Angela – I love using neutrals for backgrounds after seeing how Bonnie Hunter uses hers for so many years now and other quilters too

  • Carolyn Sep 3, 2017

    Karen, I think this is your prettiest quilt ever! Amazing borders for a special center! I can’t wait to see how your appliqué comes along, I have Ellie’s Quiltplace “Switch” in progress and am trying to think of the vine treatment I need to do. Fun! Thanks for sharing.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Carolyn – I’m glad I didn’t continue on making one basket after another I sure did get tired of them!

  • Pat Sep 3, 2017

    Love your neutral border. Hope you find the appliques you seek; having a lot of books means a lot of looking. Good for finding new projects that must be added to the to-do list! Have fun.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      that is one problem LOL finding more projects to make!!

  • Diann Bottrell Sep 3, 2017

    I love how this is turning out! The applique on the border will be a lovely touch. I’m looking forward to seeing it!
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Diann – I think I will put the vine on it first and then decide applique

  • CathieJ Sep 3, 2017

    This quilt is beautiful. I am looking forward to watching your applique progress. Enjoy your stitching.
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Cathie – I don’t plan to put a whole lot of applique on but just enough to dress up the border a little bit

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 3, 2017

    Love everything about this quilt Karen. I really like how you changed the pattern. The borders are going to be beautiful with your fall applique. I’m still thinking about if I want to continue finishing my baskets to 300. I’m still at 170, and have started on the same hexie quilt that you are doing. I’m really enjoying doing it, as I love hexies. Enjoy your slow stitching Sunday.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      Between cutting some brown strips for vines and finding more fabric to cut for hexies it has been a busy morning. I needed more variety in my neutral hexies.
      well if you go to 300 baskets you are more than half way there!

  • maxine lesline Sep 3, 2017

    Google can help with drawing a squirrel.. a bunny… a cat.. etc. Using creatures .. either pieced or appliqued seems to add a touch of welcome whimsy. I once made a rather large appliqued bunny.. made of little scraps sewed together for a wall hanging for a friend . Your border of neutrals is cool! A subtle but classy finish.

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      I always need a pattern if I am doing an animal which isn’t often – I have some in my books somewhere, I might decide to do one and might now. I haven’t gotten to the books yet today, but have gotten bias vines cut and more neutral hexies – something has been done!

  • gayle Sep 3, 2017

    I’m looking forward to seeing your applique! I keep thinking I want to make an applique quilt, or a quilt with an applique border, but I admit I haven’t started anything yet. In the meantime, I immensely enjoy watching other people’s appliques!
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      I kind of got burnt out on applique for awhile I have made many over the years – i have several applique quilts waiting in line

  • Cynthia Brunz Sep 3, 2017

    Love that scrappy border. It is going to look great with appliqué on it. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Cynthia I hope it will be as I am beginning to picture!

  • Belarmina Sep 3, 2017

    Karen este edredón me tiene hechizada !!!
    me gusta cada vez mas
    buena semana

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks – I’m glad I decided to do this way and not make 300 baskets! I would have been working on it for years!

  • Sandi Sep 3, 2017

    Beautiful quilt, I can’t wait to see your appliqué! I love how you pieced the borders. Hugs,

    • Karen Sep 3, 2017

      thanks Sandi – I am glad I changed the design from the original – sometimes that works best to go with one idea and then change it to more what you like

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