Prepping Morning Glory

Morning Glory, Murrieta Stars – Flannel

Back ground fabric was pressed pressed in half and then quartered before any placement of the templates.  Next up was cutting out the tree after I traced it onto more freezer paper –  and pressing the template to the brown fabric.

Morning Glory

then before I take the freezer paper off of the brown fabric I trace all around it with my white mechanical pencil – the white line will be the turn under line.  Also directly on to the template I mark where the center will be – with the white pencil  in the seam line area. I didn’t get a photo of it here.  Not a large mark needed just a short dash in the seam area.


When I cut the piece out I cut a quarter of an inch away from the white line (about I do not measure it) for the seam allowance to turn under with my needle.


And here is the back ground fabric – you can see the press lines on the fabric for half and quarter – that is where I begin to make sure my pieces are fairly accurately placed.  Nothing is glue basted at this point as I need to cut the leaves that go with the tree and the acorns as they get tucked behind some pieces – when I get all of those cut and seam lines marked then gluing will begin for this portion of the piece.  I do not draw the design on the fabric and I do not have a light box underneath it guiding me – just the marks on the tree that show me where the center is and that is lined up on the fabric and we go from there.  Some of it will be measured on the large tracing that I did of the entire pattern and then measure from the trunk out.  Linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching today and Quilting Is More Fun than Housework and Love, Laugh, Quilt.


I forgot to take photos of Murrieta Stars the last couple of days – here is what was done since Thursday I believe



When I roll the quilt down the next time in a day or two I will then mark the lines for the half square triangles as I have those going a different direction that the full plain squares.  The final two borders have a big flower in the corners.


End of the year Craftsy sale continues – clearance on some items and discounts on many things – up to 70% off on some things.  I am pretty sure the sale ends tonight at midnight.

Happy New Year – have a safe evening if you are out and about!!   See you next year

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36 comments… add one
  • Teri Dingler Dec 31, 2017

    Happy New Year to you! We are hunkering in for the week here in central Alabama with the cold air coming through- highs in mid 30’s and wind chills in single digits. I will be starting back my sewing ow home from traveling and after cooking Monday for one of the kids and their family. Let them drive the short distance- they are younger to brave the chilly air! Ha! Love the new quilt. I will be finishing one top and starting another next week and continuing to hand quilt on two with several lineed up to make! A busy year next year planned.

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      woke up to 23 and will be close to the high today I think glad we do not get cold like this often. Have a good visit with your kids. Happy New Year to you.

  • Deb Dec 31, 2017

    Happy New Year to you as well. It is bitter cold with snow on the ground / don’t want to venture out at all!

    This applique is lovely to watch 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      too cold here this week – woke up to 23 this morning and all week will be cold. Have not had even one snow flurry so far this winter – maybe next week – who can tell they keep changing the forecast! Happy New Year to you Deb, hope you never get the snow they had in Erie

  • Susan Riley Dec 31, 2017

    Thanks for sharing your detailed Wm Morris progress-always interesting to see other’s processes. I’m a dedicated back baster myself. Happy New Year, Susan

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      I have seen the back basting done but never interested enough to try a new method – I think once we hit what we like we pretty much stick with it. Happy New Year

  • Celia Dec 31, 2017

    Happy New Year, Karen. Your new Applique project looks lovely and I love the tree and the fabric you’ve used. It’s interesting to see how you prepare your Applique for needle turn, I do mine the same except I then tack (baste) the pieces to the background rather than glue.

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      I used to thread baste or use tiny pins but then I found Roxanne Glue and love it and use it for all my applique now although I still use tiny pins now and then

  • Carla Therrien Dec 31, 2017

    I used to make my applique pieces the same way until I started leaving the freezer paper on top and stitching. Although for something like this I would use the back basting method so things couldn’t shift around. I think the glueing down idea is great but I have only had sucess with stems. This project is going to be stunning. Great progress on your flannel quilt. We are at 29 currently………………stay warm the next couple of days are going to be brutal but at least we are not up north.

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      Once I “discovered” Roxanne Glue I started to use that for so much of my applique – I rarely thread baste now or use tiny pins although I still do use the pins now and then. – yes it is going to be too cold for sure this week

  • Carole Dec 31, 2017

    Such wonderful applique and hand quilting! One of these days I’ll get proficient at needleturn.
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      it does take a lot of practice, I started applique years ago and love it although I have taken a bit of a break from needle turn since I finished my last project a couple years ago – for awhile it seemed it was the only thing I was doing and I needed a little break from it.

  • Mary Dec 31, 2017

    Happy New Year to you and your family.
    Thinking of taking on an appliqué project this coming year. Thanks for showing your needle turn process.
    Your Murietta Stars quilt is gorgeous and your hand quilting is moving along quickly.

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      thanks Mary – Happy New Year to you

  • Gail Dec 31, 2017

    I’m looking forward to seeing your appliqué project as you work on it. Your star quilt is getting closer to being done. The quilting is lovely,
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      Yes the stars are moving to an end and will be ready to use for part of winter – I haven’t done a large applique project for awhile – it will take a bit of time for sure

  • Jayne Dec 31, 2017

    What a fun process to see. I look forward to seeing where this ends up!!

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      thanks Jayne – it will be a long process what with the time spent on other quilts – Happy New Year to you

  • Diann Bottrell Dec 31, 2017

    It’s interesting to see your process and learn from you. That’s going to make a beautiful tree! Happy New Year, Karen! Looks Like a good day to stay in and sew!

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      this is a very good day to stay inside and cook and sew – I plan on doing a little baking today and tomorrow to help heat the house! While bread is rising (safely tucked away in the oven with a pan of hot water where it will be warm enough to rise!) I will be sewing

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 31, 2017

    Your explanation of how you do applique is very good, Karen. I think I might do mine the same way. I should get my center material on Tuesday hopefully. It’s very cold here too, 28 and cloudy all week, I’m ready for some sun. Your quilting is looking so pretty, do you use quilting thread or regular thread, I forgot? Have a wonderful New Years Eve and year stitching!

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      I used to mainly use King Tut variegated thread for my quilting as I like the texture and the colors but then someone mention Auriful #12 and I love that it is a little thicker than regular hand quilting thread and I have tried it on my last two quilts – it is good for the bigger stitch look but you need a threader for sure to get it in the needles and I can’t use as small of a needle as I used to use. I don’t know if I will stick with this kind or not – I think it will depend on the quilt – I have used YLI hand quilting thread as well. I will show how I dot the glue for the applique as soon as I get this first set of leaves and acorns cut out – I might have it ready for tomorrow’s post. I find that the small dots of glue that I use hold the applique in place but yet can be tugged gently back up even months later if you need to move a piece a little bit. The glue washes out when you wash the quilt.

  • Kathleen Dec 31, 2017

    Happy New Year (almost)
    Boy it is cold, and we are just a little colder here, woke up to 14 and are high is suppose to be around 20 Will see. Love your new project and will enjoy watching your progress.
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      it is warmer here lol it was 28 now dropping to 9 tonight and tomorrow only 23 and 9 again – I will be glad when it warms back up to 32 🙂

  • Cynthia Brunz Dec 31, 2017

    Happy New Year Karen! Thanks for sharing your process on your tree. I look forward to seeing more on this project. It makes me want to get back to some Appliqué. Also thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      applique can be fun but I always have to be in the mood to do it, some projects will take several years or more before I get them done – starting with the big center on this one so if I don’t want to finish it can be a wall hanging!

  • Debbie Bailey Dec 31, 2017

    Since I don’t read blogs daily I had some catching up to do today and checked out your Morning Glory project…wow! It is going to be a fun one to watch you make. Great start for 2018!
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      thanks Debbie – I need to stop daily reading of blogs and get on with my life of quilting and doing other things. I spend too much time at the computer! I hope I can stick this quilt out and make the whole thing and not stop at the center block when I am done with it – happy new year!

  • Belarmina Dec 31, 2017

    Karen bonito trabajo el que comienzas.
    Feliz año para ti y tu familia
    Saludos desde España

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      thanks Belarmina – and Happy New Year to you and your family as well

  • Sarah Dec 31, 2017

    Good start for your next project. I’ve had a go at needle turn appliqué but never mastered it so your intricate tree leaves me in awe! Look forward to seeing it develop! Happy New Year.
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    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      I have some of it glue basted in place – then cut my finger while preparing our evening meal and not sure if it will interfere with sewing – we will see it is on my left thumb so maybe it will be ok – needle turn takes a bit of practice it took me a long time before I felt like I was half way good at it — Happy New Year to you

  • Sandra B Dec 31, 2017

    Love seeing your appliqué prep process, Karen. I usually thread baste my pieces in place, so I am looking forward to seeing your glue process. Seems that would be quicker than thread basting pieces in place.
    We just got back from dinner… At our favorite Italian restaurant….it is only a few blocks from our house, so we didn’t have to worry about getting out in any crazy New Year’s Eve traffic…. Cannot believe 2017 is coming to an end…this has been a quick passing year!
    We will stay up and watch the Times Square ball drop…my husband said he was going to set the alarm on his phone in case we nod off!! I will be doing some hand stitching so that should keep me awake!
    We are in quite a cold snap here in Virginia….we will have lows in the single digits later in the coming week. I am like you, Karen….already ready for winter to be over. The older I get, the less I like winter!
    Happy New Year to you, Karen!! Looking forward to following along on Morning Glory, and Hertfordshire Quilt, and any other quilts you make in the coming year!!

    • Karen Dec 31, 2017

      I don’t know if we will stay up that late LOL – I would be like your husband and have to set the alarm just in case. Cold snap started here and our high was 28 but for a very short time and I think it is 20 now and down to single digits tonight, tomorrow night and now they say maybe Tuesday night too – I didn’t do any baking today as the house stayed ok, but tomorrow I will do some baking to help heat the house! Happy New Year and thanks for staying in touch 🙂

  • CathieJ Jan 1, 2018

    Happy New Year! I love your quilting. I can’t wait to see the floral borders. I am also looking forward to seeing your applique project grow. That fabric is great for the tree.
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    • Karen Jan 1, 2018

      It is just one big flower in the corners like I did on the opposite end – the flannel doesn’t’ do fancy quilting well, it is hard to see the stitches so I just did one big flower in the corners of the two borders.

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