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Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Life in General, Murrieta Stars – Flannel, Round We Go

My thread arrived (Aurifil #12) – I am happy once again to be sitting at the quilting frame in the evening.  I order two colors of thread and then decided between the two – one was Delft Blue and the other was Jade – to me the Jade looks more Turquoise and I loved it with the mustard type color of yellow in this quilt and all the other colors in it  – so that was the choice.  I had ordered needles too but they turned out to be way too large and I dug out some others that I had in the drawer – some of dozens of packets of needles that have collected up – like all of you I’m sure – we try out different kinds all the time.

The thread and what it looks like in the fabric – these stitches were just testing out the thread and the needles and was pulled back out when I decided. Murrieta Stars.

Aurifil #12

The needles – much bigger than I normally use and it might prove to be too big but they glide through this flannel top, batting and flannel back really good.  And easy to thread!  I haven’t a clue where I got them though and so I will need to do a search and if they work well I will be ordering more.

Bohn Needles

This first border will be in a grid – I don’t know if I will carry it through to the next or not – we will see.

Marking lines Mark B Gone

Fall Harvest – one border of applique done and working from bottom to top I have 2 done and on the third leaf.

Fall Harvest

Round We Go the 3rd of block #2 done – Not quite enough contrast on this one – I wish the point of the star would have been a little darker but I do like the little bird – or maybe it is the gray that should have been a little lighter – who knows – it stays!

Round We Go

This much done – still don’t care for that green one so much and might eventually replace it.  And seeing as all the rest of them have red, gray and white shades in them, maybe I need to stick with that throughout.  The top 3 are all the same design yet look different and the next four are the block #1

Round We Go

Linking to Anja QuiltsConfessions of a Fabric Addict Busy Hands Quilts (Finished or Not) – and Crazy Mom Quilts

We took a drive up in the Ozark Mts. yesterday to see if there was any fall color – not much! it has been a weird fall, first too much rain then not enough, pretty nice days, mostly still in the 70’s – some of this area has already had a frost but we have been no where near close – I think our coldest night so far has been 46.  This is about 40-50 miles north of us we live on the very first ridges of the foothills of the Ozark Mts.

Ozark Mt. Arkansas

This one taken at a rest area

Ozark Mts. Arkansas

Where we found this!  Never have I seen so many Praying Mantis – (walking sticks) all over the restroom doors and outside of the building.  Had to swish them away from the door handle to enter the bathroom – I wasn’t sure what I would find (they are modern flush toilets and lights) but with so many insects I felt sure they would have gotten into the building – but only two inside (thank heavens – when you gotta go – you gotta go!!)

Praying Mantis

All over the pavement too.  Never seen so many in one place before!!

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16 comments… add one
  • Liz Oct 20, 2017

    Those praying mantis really gave me a laugh. They are such strange criters.

    So glad you are back to hand quilting. Love seeing your progress daily.

    I love any thing Bohen from France. I use their needles and chalk pens?
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    • Karen Oct 20, 2017

      I will need to do search and got more of them – so far it is a good sharp strong needle – do you get yours anywhere in particular

  • Vicki W Oct 20, 2017

    Yay! You are back to quilting! We don’t have any color here yet either. I think the leaves will blow off before they change.

    • Karen Oct 20, 2017

      I don’t think we will have good fall color this year here

  • Roseanne Oct 20, 2017

    Hi Karen,
    I really love those Round We Go blocks. I see what you are saying about the tip with the little bird, but I think it looks nice. Those three blocks really do look different, considering they are the same pattern. Ooh, those praying mantis – I would have just crossed my legs . . . ~smile~ Roseanne
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    • Karen Oct 20, 2017

      once you got past the door it was ok LOL – I sure did look around though first!

  • Dottie bishaw Oct 20, 2017

    Oh, so funny! I don’t think I could touch that door, but when you gotta go, nothing would stop me either, lol! I really like the stitches with that color of thread, so pretty. You got a lot done yesterday plus had some fun going for a ride. The trees looked like that all the way to Kentucky too, not too much color. My DH took me out for a birthday breakfast, so a very nice day today. Hope you have a other lovely day.

    • Karen Oct 20, 2017

      glad you had a great visit for a birthday present and stopping at Paducah was a plus and then breakfast too
      A couple of bugs aren’t going to stop me LOL

  • Diann Bottrell Oct 20, 2017

    Looks like a pretty drive! Those praying mantises would be a little unnerving, though. When we see one here, we get excited! Glad you got the thread you were waiting for and can get back to your handquilting routine!

    • Karen Oct 20, 2017

      it was a pretty drive, would have been better if the leaves had been turning colors though. Yes so glad I got my thread and found a good needle to work with flannel

  • Myra Oct 20, 2017

    The crosshatch quilting looks great for the border. Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday.
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    • Karen Oct 21, 2017

      thanks for stopping by Myra

  • Kathi Oct 21, 2017

    I just love the thread you decided on… I bought an Aurifil “thread card” that has all their colors on it in real thread… I found it really helps in the decision making… it is a bit pricey but I gifted it to myself one year for a birthday 🙂
    Oh my on those praying mantises too!!! I love your circle star progress!!
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    • Karen Oct 21, 2017

      I have a thread card like that for another brand but they just sent it to last year for some reason or other

  • Della Cornell Oct 21, 2017

    Do you always use Aurifil #12 for your hand quilting? Where do you purchase it?

    • Karen Oct 21, 2017

      This is only the 2nd quilt I have used the Aurifil #12 thread for the hand quilting. I am doing bigger stitches then I used to as the arthritis in my hands is worst then it used to be and I can’t hold the tiny needles as well so doing more big stitch. I have used YLI hand quilting thread and King Tut variegated for my hand quilting – but I do love this thread and if I continue to do larger stitches with a larger needle for my hand quilting I will continue to use this thread. I use Red Rock Threads on line store to purchase the thread – I have no quilt shops in my area for almost 90 miles radius. Red Rock Threads has fast service and reasonable prices – I’m satisfied with them but have no affiliation to them.

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