A Little of Everything

Hertfordshire Quilt, knitting/crochet, Morning Glory, Murrieta Stars – Flannel

Well I guess almost everything in the sewing room that is going on.  I made progress on quite a few on the rainy Sunday that we had.

The shawl folded in half so I could measure it and see where I was – it is supposed to be 90 inches so about 2/3’s finished then will have to square it up a bit – what is that called when you get done with a yarn project and it is uneven? I have totally forgot which shows how often I actually ever finish anything with yarn lol – I know you get it wet and tack it to the carpet or wherever to let it dry and hope it is now even!


Hertfordshire Quilt the center glue basted – after a few mistakes were found I got this much all folded around the papers – I had made the squares in the corners 2.5 inches instead of 2 (I was adding seam allowance by mistake!) and the little skinny half piece at the end of each row I forgot to reverse and had to do those over.  I need to use something stronger for the paper in this quilt for the EPP — right now I am using one sheet of freezer paper, I have tried two pieces ironed together once in the past and I think it worked but I don’t mind buying a package of lightweight card stock – what do you use for EPP when you can not purchase ready made templates that are made out of light weight card stock like what you get at paper pieces – I like the weight of those – I find Sue Daley’s templates for the Round We Go pattern a little too stiff for my fingers but I like how when you glue baste the papers come out easily on her papers.  I know some of you save the magazine subscription inserts in magazines and they would work but I do not get magazines so I do not have any.

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I put one row on my little design wall and carried it to the living room to work on while a movie was being watched.


the movie was – The Accountant with Ben Aflack I got one side done.  I didn’t attach the squares to that row on the top left I am going to do each row first and check measurements and then add the squares.  Linking to Love, Laugh, Quilt today, Small Quilt’s & Doll Quilts, and Em’s ScrapBag  and MCM #101 Cooking Up Quilts .


A couple more of the leafy areas appliqued in place for Morning Glory – the brown branches will be appliqued when the green is in place and then the acorns.

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Work on Murrieta Stars was done on Saturday night and rolled down on Sunday

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And rolled down and ready to do more – hard to believe it is at the end here – this one did go very quickly.  I won’t be able to reach this all comfortable so will reach in about half the width and work all the way across and then roll it down one more time and finish it up – next week be done?  Getting close to 90 hours in this now.


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28 comments… add one
  • elaine Jan 8, 2018

    Wow you got a lot done! I think you mean ‘blocking’ when you wet yarn projects then ‘persuade’ them to the correct size 🙂 I bought a pack of A4 card from a local stationery shop, it is about the thickness/weight of a greetings card, it goes through the printer easily and I find it very good for making my own EPP pieces.
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      yes “blocking” was the term I was looking for! thanks for your input on the EPP

  • Deb Jan 8, 2018

    I just double my freezer paper. Someone commented the other day that Sentimental Stitches has heavy paper on her website.
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      I think I will try doubling my freezer paper first – by glue basting to the shining side the papers come off really easy but I will check and see what she has.

  • Deb G Jan 8, 2018

    I bought a package of card stock paper at Wal-Mart, the 110lb heavy weight, that seems to work well for the hexi sizes I print and glue baste.

    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      thanks for you input Deb!

  • Diann Bottrell Jan 8, 2018

    It’s so nice when you have the chance to work on a little of everything! My Sunday was like that, too. Looks like Murrieta Stars will be done before you know it!

    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      I know I can’t believe it has been going so quickly – I started it 3 months ago on the 19th of Oct.

  • Jocelyn Thurston Jan 8, 2018

    You are making sure progress and isn’t it nice to have a little handwork in front of a movie. I love that too. Lovely projects.
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      thanks Jocelyn I like having something to work on when I am watching tv always have!

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 8, 2018

    What a busy bee you were yesterday! I was gone most of yesterday, but I did get some stitching done in the evening. I have two sides attached to the block and am on the third side now. I use cardstock that I got at the Dollar Store, fifty sheets for a dollar. I like the extra stiffness and they go through my printer just fine. Three months working on Murrieta Stars is awsome! I’m pretty sure I have that yarn and used it for a shawl, but haven’t finished it yet, lol! I’ll have to check and see.

    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      I might try pressing two sheets of freezer together first before I buy anything but I will not try it until I get to the next round seeing as all of this is glue basted now

  • Ruth Jan 8, 2018

    I always have a lot of insert papers, so email me and I’ll mail you some.
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      thanks Ruth but I will try doubling the freezer paper first I have a ton of that!

  • Kathi Jan 8, 2018

    Congrats on getting so much done on so many projects… esp getting close to a finish on Murietta stars… and 2 applique projects too!!! WOW… I hope your blocking of the yarn project works out when you are done… I love the colors .. I have some wool socks those similar colors that I love! 🙂 Kathi
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      the shawl will just be used around the house so no big deal if blocking doesn’t work – have never done that so we will see!

  • Clara Jan 8, 2018

    Love all of your work!
    For EPP, I just buy a package of index cards at Walmart. I think the last package I bought was 48 cents—-so they’re very inexpensive. They’re not quite as heavy as cardstock, but index cards are a little more substantial than freezer paper.
    Your shawl is so pretty! What yarn are you using?

    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      the yarn is Lion Brand and it is called Tweed Stripes it is 100% acrylic – wool and I do not get along for close to the neck and back – makes me itch – weird because I can wear 100% wool socks or gloves without a problem but get it near my back,neck and head and forget it!
      Good idea on the index cards and I bet I have some laying around here to try out.

  • Janice Holton Jan 8, 2018

    I am in total awe of you hand quilters. I would NOT have the patience for that. How many hours do you spend each day hand quilting? Congrats on being so close to done with Murietta Stars!
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    • Karen Jan 8, 2018

      I usually quilt in the evening from about 7-9 give or take – it is my time to chill out at the quilting frame and just relax – I usually have a show of some sort on the Ipad from netflix going at the same time

  • Sue Daurio Jan 8, 2018

    Love love love the colors in your shawl, that is going to be beautiful when it’s done! Morning glory is going to be a head turner, especially with your hand quilting. 2018 is starting out as a productive year for you!
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    • Karen Jan 9, 2018

      thanks Sue

  • Colleen Jan 8, 2018

    I had bought some plastic templates at Joann’s with a hole punched in the middle, you use a chopstick or the like to pop it out of the fabric when you are ready to remove them.
    So I’d suggest you try using the lids from yogurt or other plastics.
    Bending would perhaps be a problem depends on how thin the plastic is I guess but plastic would be good for constant size and glueing but unless you have a collection of plastic lids you might not have enough material to make all you need

    • Karen Jan 9, 2018

      thank you for your input Colleen but using plastic isn’t something I like as these need to be bent this way and that for when sewing the whole thing together and there are many many pieces to do and I do not have tone of lids to use they are not something I collect – paper is what I am used to using and will stick with that

  • Pretty colors in the shawl you are making.
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    • Karen Jan 9, 2018

      thanks – just something different to make now and then when I want to put the quilting down

  • Emily Bailey Jan 11, 2018

    Your shawl has such a pretty blend of colors. I don’t get a lot done in yarn either. I guess I just prefer my quilting.
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    • Karen Jan 11, 2018

      I don’t get much done with yarn either – I have had this yarn for one and half years and started and tore apart about 3 projects now with it – one day it will get done!
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