family, Hertfordshire Quilt, Murrieta Stars – Flannel

Our Christmas Day was quite except for a little while when Melanie and Aniya dropped by for a little visit – we had our Christmas meal with Melanie and Ric on Christmas Eve – so Christmas Day was a relaxing quite day (except while Aniya was here lol)  I got a bit of sewing done and watched a movie and read.

The center of Hertfordshire Quilt grew a little – and somehow I am already a 1/4 of an inch larger than it should be! how the heck is that happening, I am using the templates provided.  I will keep on going and at the first sashing area I will measure again and adjust if needed.  This square is supposed to finish at 7.5 inches and it is 7.75 inches.  Two pieces left to put in before moving to the next ring around


The quilt on the frame was rolled down again and work started on the left side Sunday night after the house was quite and Melanie had went home.  Linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog today.


Murrieta Stars is moving along or time flies when you are having fun I guess.

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Melanie and Aniya visiting Christmas Day.


Aniya brought us a present from her and her mom Amanda – they got the photos off of our facebook family stuff – the photo on the top right is our granddaughter Ciera and Aniya showing her the sunflowers in the garden when our daughter Jessica and grandchildren came to visit in the summer – mogepodge (not sure on the spelling for that) coasters.


It is nice having a little child around for the holidays!


Hope everyone had a great Christmas – now I need to get back really good to my exercise – put some of this excess Christmas cookies in the freezer so they won’t all be out and go back to eating healthy – most of the time!

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24 comments… add one
  • Linda simons Dec 26, 2017

    I had that problem too with EPP when I cut my own templates. try this: cut all your templates just inside the drawn line so no black shows. Now fabric on the fold doesn’t add more to the finished size. Good luck!

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      thanks Linda that is probably what the problem is, I’m sure I am not cutting them all exactly the same when it comes right down to that.
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  • maxine lesline Dec 26, 2017

    The Hertfordshire quilt has some splendid colors… seeing it go together will be interesting. As always…your hand quilting is lovely to see…lovely.

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      thanks – I do like these colors – mainly mixing two jelly rolls (the same design) and a fabric bundle of somewhat like colors – this first part has gone well, but will need to take plenty of breaks I’m sure – I think it finishes at 88 inches?

  • Ruth Dec 26, 2017

    I usually buy a few paper packs, but then make the rest myself. I use those pesky inserts in magazines, trace them, but cut them just inside the pencil line. Seems to work out just fine.

    This is going to be a gorgeous quilt!
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    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      this pattern didn’t have available templates for purchase so you have to use the ones in the book unless you measure all pieces and then search on paperpieces.com and see if they have them – yes I will cut right inside the pencil line from now on

  • Barbara Dec 26, 2017

    I haven’t received my precision blocks yet but I did watch a tutorial that says I have to do a scan 1/4 inch on all the seams. Just a thread off the 1/4 inch line. I bet that’s what’s going on with your block.
    I too have to get back on the exercise and healthy eating routine after the kids leave on Wednesday.

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      for EPP I think it is probably as the others have said to cut right inside the pencil line – I have only purchased pieces before so didn’t realize that – we are both back to the exercise routine today and instead of putting cookies in the freezer I am tempted to throw what is left away!

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 26, 2017

    The colors in your block are so lovely. I hope you solve your problem with it before I start so I can learn from it. What a lovely visit you had with your daughter and Anita for Christmas! We had a lovely day too, with calls from all our kids and grandkids, and all our siblings. It must feel good to see the edge of the quilt your quilting, what a wonderful sight! Enjoy your day.

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      Dottie I think as the others have said is the problem is to cut your template on the inside of the pencil line not on it or on the outside – I’m really not sure where I have been cutting – I doubt I have done it exactly the same – some on the line some on the inside and some next to LOL – from here on out it will be on the inside of the line and I will adjust the first sashing so the measurement will be correct for the next segment which is after the next section of the medallion

  • Diann Bottrell Dec 26, 2017

    What a cutie Aniya is, and I love the idea of the coasters! Your block is really pretty – I like the different colors you’re mixing together. Hope you get the mystery of the extra 1/4 inch solved!

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      isn’t she though – we love her. I think from what some of the other comments said I have found the reason for the problem on the extra 1/4 inch.

  • Connie Robison Dec 26, 2017

    Have you checked to see if there is an errata sheet. Sometimes it’s not us.
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    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      I’m not sure what you mean? there are templates in the book I am probably not cutting them quite accurately

  • Belarmina Dec 26, 2017

    Karen bonito bloque.
    divertida visita con la preciosa pitufina

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      yes it is always fun to visit with Aniya

  • Carla Therrien Dec 26, 2017

    Looking forward to your progress on the Herfordshire quilt! Quite an undertaking for sure! It was nice to be near family this year for Christmas, afterall its what its all about!

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      I bet – it would be nice if our younger daughter lived closer to us. This quilt should prove to be fun – where as there are a lot of pieces most of it is straight pieces and all the same on each border

  • Deb Dec 26, 2017

    Ah, little Aniyah loves it there 🙂
    And no wonder.

    I have never been a good piecer so when I see someone like you already off an 1/8 of an inch or 1/4 or whatever…and being honest about it, I just do a happy dance, lol. Seriously, years ago I participated in an online thing about making a pillow. And I am a greenhorn. And nothing worked. I emailed her and lo and behold the measurements were off.

    I went through the same thing with some magazine having the wrong measurements in regards to making a doll.

    I went through hell and back on both projects and in the end it wasn’t even ME, lol !! But I assumed that it was due to my inexperience
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    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      from what everyone tells me I should be cutting the templates on the inside of the pencil mark – I have been cutting on the line to next to the outside edge – 1/4 inch isn’t much but I hope to nip it in the bud and have the next area right! I would hate to be an inch off on the final medallion and have to try to figure out what to do with it LOL –yes Aniya loves it here she loves to come and play and boss me around – we even have one drawer in the dining room with coloring books and paper and she knows where it is and goes gets things out when she wants to and puts it all back before she leaves. Which reminds me I need to check and see if they are all used up and if I need to get some more to put in the drawer!

  • Sandra B Dec 26, 2017

    Karen, I love how Hertfordshire Quilt is coming along. When I backtracked to catch up on some of the blog posts I had missed, I saw the quilt….it is lovely! And I love the fabrics you are using. I look forward to following along on this quilt’s journey!!
    Love the coasters! What a great gift….
    Here in Virginia, the temperatures are plunging….looks like it is going to be colder than usual for the next week….UGH!! I don’t generally mind the cold weather, but this is a bit too cold for me…. Looks like I will be getting a lot of stitching done….and I will be keeping a pot of hot tea at the ready! And the crock pot will be getting a work out as well!

    • Karen Dec 26, 2017

      it is a lovely quilt isn’t it – I have thought about this quilt for about 2 or 3 years now and thought this was the time to do it.
      cold here too – for a week is is to be in the 30’s and maybe into the teens at night. soup and hot tea sounds good to me!!

  • Glenda Australia Dec 26, 2017

    Karen the fabrics you are using in yourHertfordshire Quilt centre are lovely, your work is lovely to look at as all ways, but so sorry to read that it is out all ready for you, its so frustrating not to be able to see why? I’m sure you will solve the problem though Knowing you. Wishing you all the very best for 2018 and thanks so much for all help and fun over 2017. Cheers Glenda
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    • Karen Dec 27, 2017

      oh it is not off by that much. I’m not worried about it just wanted to get it all figured out now is all I meant. You no me I am not a precise sewer – I will get it worked in the end.

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