Applique and An Ironing Mat

Fall Harvest (scrappy baskets), Murrieta Stars – Flannel

The 3rd border of Fall Harvest is now done – the last border now to go and this top will be finished and I will get my hexies back out and get back to work on another quilt.  When I get close to a finish I like to concentrate on one and get it done.  I really need to get my Round We Go patterns back out to and get pattern 3 moving along – I have 4 to try to make this month and I haven’t even looked at them.  Showing here is the last border to do.


I got a new ironing pad – I couldn’t find one the right size to fit on this little cabinet so I bought a large one and cut it to size and sewed two pieces together to create a thicker mat – I used the zig zag on the new machine and it worked like a dream going through the layers.  I might add some ties to the corners to fasten to the top so it will stay put.


I didn’t do any quilting on Tuesday and so this is where I was picking up on it last night – that little round circle of light beige is a needle grabber a little piece of rubber.


Also no new birds added to the wall – it was nice though to crank the table up taller and cut the ironing mat to the right size and not work bent over!  I’m not sure what I am working on today  – maybe a bird? Not sure!  As you can tell I am enjoying my new quilting/sewing space and have to keep taking photos of it.


It was quite chilly yesterday – cloudy for quite a few days now and at least there was no rain the last two days but hopefully the sun will come out today and it will be brighter outside.  Might get close to freezing the next two nights – I wonder if we will get a frost – haven’t yet. What are you all working on lately?  Linking to My Quilt Infatuation today.



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15 comments… add one
  • Marianne Nov 9, 2017

    I finished those 8 little purses and finished sewing the binding on a quilt I’ve been working on for ages. Now I’m taking a little break. Seems I always have to do that after I finish an intense project. I started knitting a scarf the other day as a way of feeling like I’m accomplishing something without diving into anything too involving.

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      knitting sounds like a perfect break from quilting.

  • Teri Dingler Nov 9, 2017

    I still love those birds and may have to start again…but after the first if the year! Busy till then. Just made one top for a friend’s daughter and working on the sister’s quilt top-all in between a trip and cataract surgeries! These are quick tops and willl be machine quilted-easy to see…ha! Then after reading glasses get reconfigured I will get back to hand quilting the whole cloth quilt on frame, and I need to finish the red quilt I am about two thirds through, and still have the Old Italian Blocks I do on the side for a top and can’t remember how many more I need. We won’t talk about the ones lined up ready and waiting to be made! Us quilters stay busy, don’t we!

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      it sounds like you are staying pretty busy – hope your cataract surgeries go smoothly – I think I am the only person I have heard of that had complications – I guess I just had to be special LOL could have done without being “the one” to have problems from it.

  • Barbara Nov 9, 2017

    Is that the iron you don’t like? It looks like one I bought on Amazon, a small travel one but it works great for me. I was going to recommend it to you. It gets pretty hot, has steam and is light and easy to take to workshops.

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      yes this is the iron I do not like – it doesn’t slide across the fabric it almost sticks to it, it does get hot and the steam works too. I bought it about 5 years ago for the camper but never liked the way it worked. I had a very hard time pressing T-shirts or anything that had gotten way too wrinkled. You must have gotten a good one – quite a few others said they didn’t like this one either. I’m glad you got one that worked!!

  • Susan Riley Nov 9, 2017

    To all your readers: Quilt in a Day has Sand Paper Boards by Sue Daley for 40% off TODAY ONLY. Regular Price $18.00 On Sale $10.80
    I am finishing up my castle quilt in the next 3 days for my granddaughter: villages, dragons, scenes, unicorns. An entire village around the castle.

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      that is a good price!

  • LisaS Nov 9, 2017

    I’m working on binding both my Tumalo Trail and Split 9-Patch quilts. They need to be done by mid-December.

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      I will be glad to get my Tumalo Trails quilted one day – I don’t have a deadline though

  • Dottie bishaw Nov 9, 2017

    Yay, only one more border to go! I’ll be waiting to see the hexie quilt, I want to see how you finish it. I’m almost done with the sixth star point and ready to start on the rosettes. What a great idea to cut the ironing pad in half to fit your top. Your sewing room is just so pretty I never get tired of seeing your pictures. We got a inch and three tenths yesterday, so happy. It’s warmer today, but still cloudy. Enjoy your sewing room.

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      We haven’t had rain for two days now but it had been so cloudy until today – full on sun and back to 60 degrees maybe I’m ready for it.

  • Your hand quilting is lovely! What are you stitching in the center of the star? I’ve been working on packing as we’ll be heading south tomorrow to our winter home. I bought a lot of fabric this summer that I have to decide whether to take with or leave behind. Tough decisions.

  • Diann Bottrell Nov 9, 2017

    Looks like you’re getting the best set up for your work station figured out! Did you decide to paper piece the bird blocks? I’ve been working on quilting the Stars on Autumn Lane quilt, but ran out of thread! Lol! Have to go get some tomorrow.

    • Karen Nov 9, 2017

      I’m actually doing a combination of free style and paper piece LOL – the leg area I paper piece and part of the bird the beak and top strip are just added on. You are lucky to have a store to get thread!

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