Change In Quilt Plans

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Murrieta Stars – Flannel

Some of you will understand and some won’t but the quilting I showed you on Murrieta Stars yesterday has been ripped out!  That’s right all the stitches are out and I’m starting over again when my new thread arrives.  I just wasn’t happy with the thread – it sunk into the flannel too much and it wasn’t giving me the look I wanted.  So before it went any further I decided to take the stitches out – spritz out the blue lines and have a do over.  I have ordered some Aurifil #12 thread that is more like embroidery thread.  I ordered in a  dark blue and a dark green so I decide which I want to use when it gets here.  I used that thread for the Postage Stamp quilt late last year and I was very happy with it – it is much thicker than regular thread and will give me more of the look I want.  Also I’m not sure if I want all those chain stencils – it is a lot of work and with the way my hands are feeling right now I might go with more of a grid instead – straight lines are easier on hands then curvy things.  So back to a clean top.


I did get all my rulers hung (most that is), some do not have holes in them, or the holes were too small and my peg board filled up quickly.


I got the new Babylock Presto 2 out and turned it on. Started the video lesson and learned how to fill the bobbin and thread the machine – and even sewed a line to try it out.  It is nice and smooth but lots to learn.


The last of my Sweet Mint was cut and dried and I now have a half jar where as I had none before as it had all been used – sometimes the plants come back in the spring and sometimes they don’t.  I will leave the three pots out and put mulch around them next month and leave them for the winter and then see what happens – most of the time I need to buy new plants.  They certainly do not cost much and I got my moneys worth out of them.  I had six trays full of fresh mint to dry and ended up with about a cup dried – isn’t that the way it always goes.  I put in in small amounts dried into the coffee grinder and have it in smaller bits.


I store my tea in these jars, each jar holds about 2 cups dry I think.  I had peppermint and spearmint in pots too but they didn’t do well this year and I used it all up so I had to resort to ordering some.  Only a half jar of sweet mint now – but I’m sure I can survive on what I can find mail order from my favorite tea company.


For Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I will be working on my leaf applique.  Also linking to Quilting is More fun Than Housework today.


Craftsy is having a supply and kit sale this weekend – enjoy browsing through!  Sale ends at midnight






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22 comments… add one
  • Kathi Oct 15, 2017

    Leaves and pondering the grid you plan for your quilt will be a fun way to spend your Sunday I am sure Karen 😀
    I have changed my mind midstream before… and will probably do it again… nice to think about flannel soaking up that thread and needing the heavier weight… I like Aurifil 12 wt and I also enjoy Valdani… it has a rich old world type look to it. Valdani comes in a ball like perle cotton DMC…
    Enjoy your leaves and maybe you can work on your room more today… you could use heavy paperclips or maybe Mike has some large guage wire for those rulers with holes too small for the hangers on your board. I really LOVE how your room is looking… can you talk about your lighting I can see the tip of in a future post? I know you have great track lighting.. but it looks like a closer lightbulb of some sort near your frame.. does it get hot?? Does it bother your eyes?? Thanks!
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    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      I like how the Aurifil #12 comes on a spool – over all I think you get more for your money over using the little balls – especially for a big quilt – for the postage stamp quilt I used 1.5 spools. The light above the quilting frame is bright and I have to watch how I angle it it is an Ott light – if you want a link I can find it for you – I have 2 more coming so I can space them apart on the bar – but only one will be needed at a time – they are bright.

  • Marianne Oct 15, 2017

    Looks like you’re really settling into your new room. I’m sure you felt ready. I was wondering about that curved quilting in the flannel quilt as it seemed somewhat complicated. Of course, the last thing I hand quilted took two years to finish – and it’s only a wallhanging! Am finishing the binding now and will post a photo soon. I wish I had room for hanging rulers. I keep most of the specialty ones in an antique toast holder – sort of like a napkin holder only with several slots.

    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      yes I was very ready to get back to the sewing room but in the nine months since I sat at the frame I found my arthritis is worse so hopefully it is just a spell that won’t last long. I have never hand quilting flannel before and though I knew it would be harder it is harder than I thought it would be so yes those curves will be for something else. This quilt might take longer than my usual 3-4 months! I have a table top ruler holder as well and have the ones I use most on the table – it is a wood rack with slots in it.

  • Deb Oct 15, 2017

    Makes sense to me…..if you are going to spend all of that time hand quilting you want to see your stitches ! : )

    Settling in to the room quite nicely there. I will probably prep some applique for slow stitching later when we are to get some rain ( and then temps will drop this week )
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    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      we woke to rain and 72 degrees, have been up an hour and temp is dropping as they said it would – cold front coming through

  • Diann Bottrell Oct 15, 2017

    I don’t have a lot of experience with hand quilting, so it’s good for me to learn a little more about the different kinds of thread and how they work for different purposes. Hope the change you’re making works better, and that your hands feel better, too!

    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      well I don’t know if my hands will feel better but at least I will be happier to see the thread show up better after spending hours hand quilting you want your stitches to show 🙂 I think I need to stick to simpler quilting designs when the arthritis flares up so it will be easier on the wrist and fingers.

  • Barbara Oct 15, 2017

    Once I ripped out an entire king quilt after getting it back from a machine quilter who just picked a bad design for a modern quilt. I had let her decide what to quilt and I learned my lesson to be more specific in the future. It took me 50 hours, but I knew that if I left it, every time I looked at it I would think of how it could have been. Bravo to you for making the decision.

    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      Oh no! what a lot of work. So glad I decided now – I have done this before but I am always lucky that I decide quickly – this one wasn’t very far along, another one I had quilted all the way across about 6 inches or so in width so that took longer – I’m sure I will be happier with thicker thread

  • Quilter Kathy Oct 15, 2017

    I totally get that! If you’re not happy with the design or thread right from the start, it’s best to start over. I used the 12 wt. Aurifil on a big stitch project… a sampler quilt… I loved it! Now I’m thinking I should get another project to big stitch because it was very relaxing.

    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      I loved the Aurifil 12 on another quilt so I’m sure I will like it on this one too – I might have to start getting a small selection started so I have enough to choose from and not have to wait for an order next time.

  • Dottie bishaw Oct 15, 2017

    I like Aurifil 12 thread too because it shows the hand stitches so nicely. I’m glad you changed your mind before you had gone too far. Your tea leaves are so pretty in those glass jars as are the leaves on Fall Harvest. Enjoy your slow stitching today and learning about your new machine, what fun.

    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      thanks Dottie – enjoy a nice cool day today – work up to rain – we actually need more but it is gone and now the cold front is moving through – I will need some hot tea soon! plenty of kinds to chose from I go through a lot of hot drinks in the cool weather season

  • Cynthia Brunz Oct 15, 2017

    I have learned to trust my gut and just fix things I am not happy with. I think a thicker thread will work great. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      yes I too have learned that if you have a feeling it is not working out to stop – think about it over night and if you still feel like that to change it

  • Sandra B Oct 15, 2017

    I understand completely, Karen….sometimes what we see in our mind’s eye isn’t always a winner when we see it in reality…but that’s just part of the creative process! Glad you made the change now, before you had many many hours into it…. I know whatever you end up doing will be just perfect…. Looking forward to following along!
    Is the flannel harder to work with when hand quilting, as compared to regular quilting fabrics?
    Your rulers look great up on your peg board… I keep mine sitting in a little desktop file that was meant to sort file folders. It sat on my desk at work for many years…when I retired, I repurposed it and now it holds my rulers. Works great….
    I knew it wouldn’t be long before you pulled out your new sewing machine! I’ll bet you are stitching away on it in no time at all….

    • Karen Oct 15, 2017

      yes flannel is harder to quilt through I think – but then with the thread and needle not really being right maybe it will go better when the thread comes in as I will be using different needles too – I order a package and went through the drawers looking for more and will experiment. I decided to do the stenciled flower in the corners but to do straight lines on the rest of it and that will be easier on my hands then all the curves of the chains. I need to watch the video of how to use the sewing machine again and do hands on to experiment – it will be a little bit before i know how to switch off to all the stitches and the first quilt top to finish up using it will be Melanie’s bird quilt – I need to slow down on making more tops and try to concentrate on what is started – maybe make some small things to practice with the new machine too

  • carla Oct 16, 2017

    Looking forward to how the Aurifil #12 will look on the flannel. A flannel quilt really sounds cozy this am. We are at 47 degrees this am I need to get another quilt in the hoop!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2017

      48 here this morning – I think this flannel quilt won’t be ready this winter – but for sure next winter!

  • Cindy Oct 16, 2017

    I’m a little behind on reading the blogs I love, but I was curious to know if your pegboard came in the black, or if you painted it? If you posted about it earlier, I somehow have missed it. Thank you!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2017

      it came in the black – it is metal – hubby got them on line some place if you want a link let me know and I will try to find out where

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