Making A New Quilt

Murrieta Stars – Flannel, sewing room

Just a little one!  I have been hand piecing so much and hand quilting, raking outside and so much work can get my fingers aching that I changed it up a little bit yesterday and was piecing a small quilt – I will add a border to it to make it a little bigger.  I had four extra pieces leftover so for now I put them in the corners – this fabric is from the fall 5 inch charm set that I won last week mixed with  5 inch charm pack of white that I had.  Just something small I will try to get it to be about 48 x 60 inches.  I think I have a green that will work out for the border or a brown – or maybe both for two borders – I might decide to go through the scraps and find some more pieces to mix in with this to make it bigger before borders – I know among all those scraps there should be some — this was from a pattern I saw on Pinterest

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You remember when we were putting together the sewing room I told you that the cutting table can be cranked higher – here is a photo of the two tables together when one is cranked up – I was separating blocks into color groups and didn’t want to bend as my back was aching from the yard work the day before.


A close up of the crank – when you are not using the crank you can remove it so you are not bumping into it like I would do – maybe you wouldn’t?


I could have cranked the table up just a little more I realized later – I’m next to it to you can see how high the table an go  – I am just under 5’8” inches so this works out so good!


Me next to the desk table which is basically the same height as the other when it is not cranked up – you see how much I would need to bend!!

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When the tables are even next to each other – just a tad off but not much.


For Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy I will be working on Murrieta Stars – it is coming along so nicely and quickly now – I’m glad I decided no flowers to quilt!  This grid shows up so much better.  Friday nights work here –  I’m also linking up to Quilting is More Fun than Housework


Saturday nights work here and for Sunday I will be cranking it down I think and starting on the next side.  I might do a few hexies as well and maybe some machine work as well.


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42 comments… add one
  • Marianne Nov 19, 2017

    I love the look of half square triangle quilts like yours. It will be a nice little quilt. And your crank set up is ingenious!

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      yes it works out really well, I love how you just insert the crank and roll it up high

  • Kare Nov 19, 2017

    My table has an adjustable height too, it was a very worthwhile investment. Love your half square triangle quilt, HST are so versatile.

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      it is nice isn’t it and so much better on the back- worth the price

  • Barbara Nov 19, 2017

    I like the new quilt, it has a modern feel to it. The grid looks great. I have a tall cutting table too, it’s important to go easy on the back.

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      we need tall tables for our backs!

  • Gail Nov 19, 2017

    My sewing room furniture is custom made to my short height (5’1”) so that I don’t have any back pain while cutting, sewing or pressing. Your crank table looks good and sturdy and is perfect for you! I have a friend who bought bed risers for her cutting table to make it the right height. Your quilting looks amazing!
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      I have heard of the bed risers but didn’t want that as I use the table for the sewing machine too and then it would be too high for the chair – this works out great – it is nice that you were able to have your furniture design for your short height too – amazing what we can do to make it all comfortable for us isn’t it

  • Martha Bilski Nov 19, 2017

    I have a few charm packs I could use for HSTs. One of the too many projects in my head.
    Love the cutting table.
    And the Murrietta Stars!!
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      so many patterns for HST’s pinterest has so many and of course all the books do to

  • Jayne Nov 19, 2017

    I have a table that does that and it is a lifesaver for cutting! It makes is much easier on the back! Its fun seeing yours in action!

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      I’m glad to hear others have this kind of table too – it is a must if you can buy one or make one it really helps the back

  • Diann Bottrell Nov 19, 2017

    Your new HST project looks like fun to play with! I love all the different designs those little blocks can create. Having the ability to raise and lower your cutting table is such a great idea! A few years ago, I bought a table that I use for cutting that is kitchen counter height, and I love it. It’s very comfortable to stand work at. Enjoy your Sunday stitching, Karen!

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      My old table was for the kitchen but it was quite small and is in the cupboard area now to stack things under or lay flat, I really do not have room for it anywhere now to use. This quilt should go together quickly – just wanted to do something small.

  • Jill Nov 19, 2017

    It is always good to change our projects around to save the hand muscles as is correct working table height. One can’t go wrong with HSTs. Prompt use of your recent charm pack win.
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      yes I just had an urge to whip something up – and to learn a little more about my new machine will stitching – like today I have to remember how to wind a bobbin LOL and to use the auto threader!!

  • Dottie bishaw Nov 19, 2017

    The half square triangle quilt is just too cute! Love how your tables crank up or down like that, how smart is that? Your grid quilting really shows up and is so much better than the sunflower would have been. Enjoy all your projects!

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      yes the grid shows up better and is so much faster too!

  • Quilter Kathy Nov 19, 2017

    What a brilliant idea for a work table! Love it!
    The star quilting is so lovely!

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      thanks Kathy – I’m so glad hubby found the base for the table on line while he was searching – it was much lower in price then a lot of sewing table sets are that you see

  • Sarah Nov 19, 2017

    I love your HST piece, nice colours. Great idea with the adjustable table height. Making my Roman blind this week I’ve been bending over and boy does it make my back ache!
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      I can’t do the bending as well as I used to – I’m still hurting from yard work on Friday that I did and I had intended to do more today but I think it might wait another day.

  • Linda Dutch Nov 19, 2017

    Loving your HST project! And what a good setup you have with your table, it’s excellent!
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      yes this will be a nice easy little quilt and I love my tables

  • Judy P. Nov 19, 2017

    I am also 5′ 8″. My cutting table is a kitchen island from Ikea with a butcher block top. I splurged on it 15 years ago and have never looked back. It is the perfect height for us taller ladies.

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      the table that I had before the sewing room redo was a kitchen island too which was the right height but it was small only about 36×24 with a drop leaf to make it 36×36 but with the way the room was if I used the drop leaf it always stuck out wrong in the room and it was small – I’m glad we found this so that sometimes it can be low and goes up in height amazingly fast – sometimes a splurge is so worth it

  • Cynthia Brunz Nov 19, 2017

    I love your adjustable table! I use my table for different tasks and can understand the need for different heights. Your newest quilt is going to be sweet. thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      yes when you do different tasks you need different heights – this will be so great for my accuquilt cutter too

  • CathieJ Nov 19, 2017

    I love that little quilt that you have started. Your quilting is looking great. I really like your sewing and cutting table. I am always running up and down the stairs as I cut on my kitchen table and sew in my basement.
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      well you are getting exercise! I do not like my little pressing station and need to come up with something else when doing just a few small seams here and there – it just isn’t working – so today as I have been putting the little quilt together I have been going back and forth to the kitchen where I have the ironing board set up – the other way i can do it is to close my laptop and push it back and set up my small table top ironing board where the computer is – but do I want to do that or get the exercise?

  • Belarmina Nov 19, 2017

    Tu colcha es bonita , deseo ver el borde que decides
    ¡¡¡gran idea la mesa con elevador!!!
    buena semana

    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      yes love how the table goes up and down

  • Deb Nov 19, 2017

    Love the new quilt project and the adjustable table! 🙂 And the hand quilting is progressing so quickly ( I think that you hand quilt 2x the speed of me Lol 🙂
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    • Karen Nov 19, 2017

      the hand quilting is coming along great – I don’t know if this actually “big stitch” or not as I know I am not getting them even and sometimes I look at others that do big stitch and they look really big but I can’t force myself to do them that big LOL – I’m so used to doing tiny. But it is going smoothly – must be the needle. And yes I love being able to adjust the height of the table quickly

  • MaryLou Nov 19, 2017

    You have created such a nice work/play area – like how u can adjust the heights of the tables. The whole room just looks soooo nice glad u r taking time to enjoy all the work that went into getting it done. Your quilting is very nice.

    • Karen Nov 20, 2017

      thanks for dropping by Mary Lou, Yes I love how the the new room has come together and my tables are working out great

  • Tu-Na Quilts Nov 19, 2017

    Great adjustable table! Save the back now to quilt longer later. Wonderful new project you’ve started.

    • Karen Nov 20, 2017

      this adjustable table works out great

  • Alcea Rosea Nov 20, 2017

    Love your adjustable table, I bought elephant feet for my cutting table, I’m not as tall as you but still needed to raise the table.

    • Karen Nov 20, 2017

      they just make table too short for a lot of us don’t they!

  • Barbara Woods Nov 20, 2017

    Great quilting! It leaves sores on my fingers!

    • Karen Nov 21, 2017

      yes quilting leaves sores on my fingers too – and not have done much of it for the past year while the quilting frame was down it seems they have gotten sorer quickly

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