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Handful of Scraps, Round We Go

Saturday started off with a drive to the farmer’s market in another town – the town that my brother and his wife bring their farm products to.  I hadn’t visited then in awhile and thought what better time then when I know they will be in one place for awhile (they are busy people)   I was able to chat with them for close to an hour in between people stopping by to purchase and was able to get some wonderful veggies of my own from them.  Then it was on to home to get busy doing things all day.

Can you believe it is fall already!!  It is dry and hot here – I’m not sure when we had rain here last – we did last week when I drove to visit family in another part of the state but my section here at home didn’t and I don’t think we have had rain in 3 weeks now – first too much now none.

I managed to get that 3rd side of Handful of Scraps done between Friday night and off and on Saturday and  now on to the next side.

Handful of Scraps

A close up of the mixture of neutral fabrics I am using.

Handful of Scraps

Then it was on to getting the next Round We Go circle/star ready.  I showed you the scrapbag of fabric I was planning on using and they work out really well and one star barely begins to use this bunch up.  Using the acrylic templates included I trace around each piece (seam allowance is included) six pieces barely cut this piece of fabric.  I use a sandpaper board and it has dried glue on it if you were wondering about this work surface.

marking templates

these are the colors I am working with for this one – I decided to try fussy cutting and worked at it a little harder than I have in the past.  When fussy cutting of course your fabric ends up looking like Swiss Cheese which is why this thrifty quilter doesn’t usually do it!!  Here it is just glue basted and laying there.

round we go

At this point some pieces are sewn together – and some are not – I’m joining Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and will continue working on this piece and maybe trading it out part way through the day to do some more applique on the vine for Fall Harvest.  Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework .

round we go

September Supplies Event at Craftsy this weekend Up to 50% off on supplies and kits.  Sale ends tonight Sunday the 24th at midnight  (it’s my birthday today! hmm should I get anything or maybe I got enough in Paducah lol?)  thanks to all that have made purchases through my links.








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26 comments… add one
  • Gail Sep 24, 2017

    Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful celebration filled with family, friends, delicious food and some sewing time too!
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Gail

  • Celia Sep 24, 2017

    Happy birthday,Karen, have a lovely day!

    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Celia

  • deb Sep 24, 2017

    So pretty. enjoy your slow stitching today.

    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      I’m sure I will enjoy the slow stitching – just wish it was cool enough to do it on the porch

  • Diann Bottrell Sep 24, 2017

    Love all of your EPP projects – they are so pretty and interesting to look at! Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day, Karen!
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Diann – I never would have thought I would do EPP as always was a hand piecer before that – it is harder working with the firmer templates that came with the stars though then the thinner papers I use with the hexagons.

  • Deb Sep 24, 2017

    love the fabrics on this latest Round we go….

    Same kind of weather here though we did have a bit of rain a few days ago. Not much…some gentle showers and that was it.
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      a week from today they say we might wake up to temps in the 40’s – why can’t it be a gradual change lol – I’ll well be freezing then

  • Jayne Sep 24, 2017

    This is coming together and it is just stunning! I am in love with it and how ‘digital’ those hexies look. Your current EPP project is going to be amazing as well. I’ve got a tub full of ‘swiss cheese’ fabrics that I’m using for my current EPP project! I can relate!

    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      most of my fabric really isn’t right for fussy cutting – I don’t have many modern prints – I will need to look through my boxes as I recognize my fabric when it gets time to move back into the sewing room.

  • Deborah Quartz Sep 24, 2017

    Love your Handful of Scraps quilt it really catches the eye, Love those colors for the Round We Go circle piece. Happy Stitching
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Deb – now to figure out what will be next step after I get done with the 4th side – I want this to grow to queen size and it is only around 50×60 right now (estimate)

  • Quilter Kathy Sep 24, 2017

    That was interesting to see the steps in making your round block.
    Enjoy your stitching today!

    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Kathy I have been really watching how other people make their quilts and sometimes you can really pick up something new to try

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 24, 2017

    Happy, happy birthday Karen!!! Hope you have a wonderful day, and YES you should treat yourself to buying something from Craftsy since it is your birthday, lol! Your hexie quilt is growing before our eyes, so pretty. I had to laugh to myself because I have some of the same neurals in my hexie quilt too. I’m only working on the third star point now, long way to go. Enjoy the wonderful day you were born!

    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Dottie – I think I will pass for now though, I have enough to organize in the new quilting room soon!

  • Cynthia Brunz Sep 24, 2017

    Using sandpaper to hold your fabric in place is a great idea. I love those circle stars. Happy birthday and thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      I got the sandpaper idea long ago and sometimes put a piece of felt over the top especially if I am hand piecing a piece with running stitches holds everything in place really good to keep the block in order.

  • Linda Dutch Sep 24, 2017

    Loving your circle stars!
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    • Karen Sep 24, 2017

      thanks Linda – these firmer papers though are tougher on my thumbs! if I print them out myself I use freezer paper!

  • Kathi Sep 24, 2017

    Happy Birthday Karen!!! I love that you got to visit with some family… love the new Round we go star and how you are sewing it… I also loooove your progress on handful of scraps! Hope your birthday was extra special.. did you decide to buy anything during Craftsy’s sale or somewhere else?? lol Kathi
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    • Karen Sep 25, 2017

      I’m not sure if I replied yesterday I lost track! no I didn’t get anything, I thought about it but then decided I had enough from the show travels – that seriously should be considered a birthday present!

  • Janice Holton Sep 24, 2017

    Well, it’s late in the day and I missed wishing you a happy birthday so I hope it was a great one! I love your fussy cut block; however, I do understand why you don’t do it very often! Still, it looks pretty great!
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    • Karen Sep 25, 2017

      thanks Janice – I think the main thing I do not like about fussy cutting is the fabric left behind is like swiss cheese and you have to cut it up for scraps basically and that is it what else can you do with it

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