Clover Bias Stem Maker, cutting bias binding, Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Round We Go

I decided to tackle making my vines for the Fall Harvest quilt and get them appliqued in place so I can then decide what else to add – right now instead of acorns and pumpkins or whatever I am leaning towards fall leaves – mainly because they are easier and faster to do because they are bigger – bigger in my mind is easier to applique and faster than tiny pieces like nuts!

I use the Clover Bias Stem Maker for my vines.  You put your fabric strip in on one side, this photo was a little fussy, sorry it was the only one I had and I hadn’t realized.


Flip it over and put the paper with the fuse side down on the other side.

using Clover Bias Stem Maker

Press the paper side down to your fabric strip.


I put a pin through one piece into the ironing board and gently glide the iron the whole length pulling the tool ahead of it.


Almost ran out of the fusible and in the end it wouldn’t have matter all that much anyhow as this package maybe was a little defective and it barely stuck to the quilt top!!  I had to put pins in too or use glue.


The vines do not look like much by itself, but when I add colorful leafs here and there it will be much prettier.

Fall Harvest

I fold the quilt top in quarters and then over again to have a nice neat area to do my applique without the top becoming a wrinkled mess.


I finished the 2nd circle for the Round We Go quilt and now two of this pattern is finished.  These will be appliqued to squares eventually.  I picked out fabric for a 3rd but I will wait to show until I get started on it.  I was asked where can you get the Round We Go pattern/templates – it is an Australian pattern by Sue Daley – the place I got it at no longer has them listed so much have run out – I tracked down one other place in the States that has them Mountain Creek Quilt Shop in Tennessee.  This is a pricey set – you get all the papers you need, the pattern instruction book and acrylic templates which of course you can use over and over again – the papers are firm so you would be able to use them again also if you want to make more for a different quilt sometime.  This was a splurge for me I have been buying very little fabric the past several years using my scrap stash instead so treated myself to this.

Round We Go

For Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I have plenty of hand work projects to work on – the circles or the vines or neutral hexies – I will decide as the day goes on.  Also linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.

EDITED:  10: 16 AM  I have been told that using spray starch is a no no when using fusible – I used spray starch on my brown fabric before cutting the strips so it is very likely that is what caused the fusible to not stick well when making the vines – it was a very low humidity day (38%) when I was working on the vines so humidity was not a problem.






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18 comments… add one
  • Diann Bottrell Sep 10, 2017

    Your bias stem maker looks really useful! I didn’t realize there was fusible made for bias strips – that would deifnitely be helpful for small thin pieces like stems. I really like your Round We Go blocks! Enjoy your stitching time today, Karen!
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    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      the fusible used to be more available – I had a harder time finding it this time and found it didn’t work as well as it did years ago – it used to stick to the fabric much better I thought – I had used spray starch on the fabric when prepping before I cut it and I am wondering if that caused the problem

  • Gail Sep 10, 2017

    You have lots of projects to choose from today! Those round we go circles are interesting! Can’t wait to see more. I’m looking forward to seeing what you add to the vines as well.
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    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      I have several books with leave patterns so will be going through those and fabric choices soon

  • Deb Sep 10, 2017

    I agree about the leaves versus acorns 🙂
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    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      one would think a small acorn could be done faster than a leaf – but not so!!

  • Mary Sep 10, 2017

    Thanks for sharing how you create your bias vine. What are you planning on doing with your hexies?
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    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      the new star circles you mean? they go in a quilt called Round We Go

  • JoanG Sep 10, 2017

    I’ve had problems with the fusible when making bias tape with it. I know that if the weather is humid it doesn’t stick. I finally gave up on using it and just make bias tape without fusible.
    I love looking at the great variety of projects you always have on the go.

    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      I used to use the fusible a lot but in recent years have had a harder time finding it. I decided to try it again this time and wish now that I hadn’t bother – it is sticking in some places but not all so have the tiny applique pins in it the whole length too

  • Angela Sep 10, 2017

    Your bias vine looks all ready for lots of beautiful leaves. Looks like plenty of hand stitching projects to keep you hoping for a while.
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    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      yes I keep telling myself to use the machine more and keep coming up with more hand projects which of course is what I have always loved ever since I started to quilt 30+ years ago. I do have the bird quilt to get back to and that is machine and I need to machine quilt Primary Colors – well start that the week after Paducah

  • Cynthia Brunz Sep 10, 2017

    I love my bias tape makers. I have used the fusible too with no problems. It is going to look great with leaves on it. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      I’m sure it must have been the spray starch – just wasn’t thinking!

  • Dottie bishaw Sep 10, 2017

    I love the vine idea with the leaves. I think that will look really good with the little baskets. I have been watching the weather channel this afternoon, the eye is right over Naples now. My son texted this morning that they have lost their power. All we can do is pray and hope for the best. Enjoy your Sunday.

    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      good luck to him! hope it won’t be real bad, one blogger that I read has in laws in Naples that refused to leave

  • Belarmina Sep 10, 2017

    Karen que bonito el edredón de las cestas ¡¡me encanta!!!

    • Karen Sep 10, 2017

      thanks – I started on the vine but a lot to applique

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