2017 Quilts


At the end of the year I always like to do a post on what quilts I finished – I like to keep a record and this is a way I can see what I finished or started and not finished – some of you do it too I know.  Some quilts I barely even remember – I like to keep a list on a piece of paper that I keep on my desk – I think I remembered them all.

January I made a baby quilt quilt I just referred to as “scrappy baby quilt”, I had found some finished blocks among a box of scraps and added to them with sashing and piano key border and on to a donation quilt it became.  Machine pieced and machine quilted.


In March I finished another scrap quilt – Scrappy Stars – it was machine pieced and machine quilted also.


In March I also finished the top of Retro Air Ship Propellers.  This quilt had been started the year before.  It is machine pieced and the centers were needle turned appliqued.  I started to hand piece this quilt but then switched to machine piecing.  It is in the pile to be quilted.


And the two year project of the Postage Stamp Quilt was finished!  it was machine pieced, wool applique flowers stitched by hand with embroidery thread and a clam shell border done by hand.  The quilt is hand quilted.


Murrieta Stars top done and in the process of hand quilting it now.  It is machine pieced.


Next up another scrap quilt – Tumalo Trails machine pieced and in the stack to be quilted.


Stain Glass stars made from some blocks that never got turned into a full quilt. – EPP and hand quilted.


Scrappy Basketsneedle turn applique and machine pieced waiting to be hand quilted.


A machine pieced small top with no name that was sent on to be quilted by another and donated to a veterans hospital

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And last but not least my hexie quilt Handful of Scraps – top completed waiting to be quilted.  This quilt is English Paper Pieced.


Numerous other quilts have been started but not finished.  The sewing room was torn apart at the beginning of the year and finished in October remodeled and Murrieta Stars is on the quilt frame and I hope it will be done by the end of January and one of the 5 (one from the previous year) in the basket of tops waiting to be quilted will be put on the frame.  I am linking to Quilt Fabrications Mid Week Makers where Susan would like to see your yearly work.

Thanks for being a reader and sticking with me all these years – some readers come and go and some of you have been with me the 11 years I have been blogging – 12 years in April!  Thanks for dropping by and leaving me comments, I love hearing from you all and try to answer all of your comments

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20 comments… add one
  • Susan Riley Dec 28, 2017

    Karen-could not remember when I started following you but these quilts helped me out! Some were ‘brand new’ to me. Adore the postage stamp quilt-1 1/2″?
    Retro Air Ship Propellers-my sister bought me a bag of blocks in this pattern from the 30’s at Roundtree in TX for $32 a few years back. This has become a very popular pattern lately. This bag however is indicative of why there are so many unfinished projects in antique venues…no wonder the maker gave up. Holy moly. Susan

    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      it is funny how the Retro Air Ship propeller block become so popular again – the pattern I have is from the 1940’s! from the old Kansas City Star newspaper weekly pattern where as a lot of people are buying the pricey Steam Punk pattern. – I paid nothing for mine. The postage stamp quilt is made up of 1.5 inch squares.

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 28, 2017

    Congratulations on being a blogger for almost twelve years Karen! What a accomplishment that is. Your quilts are all so beautiful. I remember following along with all of them, it’s like seeing old dear friends. You really did get so much done, what a wonderful year you had told in quilts. I worked on my Hertfordshire quilt last night, prepping the rest of the center block. You asked what method I’m using yesterday, I’m EPP it just like you. I figured that method would be the most accurate for me, plus I enjoy it while watching movies.

    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      yes 12 years in the spring. EPP is pretty accurate for sure but a little hard on cramping fingers – I have to keep remembering to stretch the fingers at times.

  • Diann Bottrell Dec 28, 2017

    Wow, 12 years as a blogger is amazing! Glad I discovered you this year! I enjoyed the look back at your quilts – you have such a beautiful variety of work and creativity. I’m inspired by hand applique, but don’t ever do much of it. A friend here has said she will teach me to do needle turn applique this coming year. I’m looking forward to that!

    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      I am starting a new needle turn applique quilt right now – getting the pattern ready! you will have fun with it –

  • Barbara Dec 28, 2017

    Oh how productive you were in 2017! Love seeing those quilts in review, thanks for posting them.

    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      your welcome Barbara – I kind of went crazy with piecing tops when I had things moved to the dining room and living room last winter and spring

  • Vicki V Dec 28, 2017

    You had a very productive year! That veterans quilt has been quilted and is out for binding. It should find it’s new home in the next couple of months!

    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      great on the veterans quilt – glad it will have a place to go.

  • Sarah Dec 28, 2017

    Your quilts are all so amazing. I didn’t realise you had finished your EPP quilt, (must have missed that post) it looks fantastic! I will be interested to see how you quilt it.
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    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      thanks Sarah – I will be cutting the ends straight on the hexie quilt – I decided to forgo a border and keep it couch size. I’m not planning any fancy quilting for it just straight lines probably

  • Rebecca Grace Dec 28, 2017

    I must have missed that first baby quilt. It’s adorable! You have definitely had a productive year of quilting. I’m looking forward to seeing what you accomplish in 2018! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      I would like to get 3 quilts quilted on the hand quilting frame at least – we will see – 5 waiting in line.

  • Sandra B Dec 28, 2017

    Loved the look back at all the 2017 quilts, Karen….you know that Postage Stamps quilt is a favorite of mine…it always makes me smile! The borders on that quilt are amazing!!
    Looking forward to seeing all that you do in 2018!

    • Karen Dec 28, 2017

      thanks – I think it is my favorite out of all of these too!

  • Janice Holton Dec 28, 2017

    What a great year, Karen! I must have been following you for about a year because I remember all of these quilts except the very first one. I still marvel over that postage stamp quilt. 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 29, 2017

      that baby quilt had went together pretty quickly I probably had barely blogged about it. I still love the postage stamp quilt too 🙂

  • Kate Dec 30, 2017

    I really love your scrappy baskets quilt, it inspired me to start one of my own in pinks and white using up my daughter’s clothing from when she was smaller together with bed linens from both my grandmothers. You are such a prolific quilter however, I shall probably still be making blocks for the next seven years (this is how long I’ve been reading your blog so far!) Glad you had a good Christmas, very best wishes to you and your family for the year ahead.

    • Karen Dec 30, 2017

      that sounds like a great idea for a scrappy baskets quilt – one at a time and it will get done! Thanks for joining me for 7 years! and Happy New Year to you

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