Its a Finish

Handful of Scraps, Murrieta Stars – Flannel

Murrieta Stars is official finished – other than washing/drying and a label that is.  Finished in time for our 40 hours or so of temperatures below freezing.  Now we will see how warm it keeps us and do we still need a second quilt on the bed.

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Multi-color binding – I love doing binding like this and using up more of the scraps.  I have plenty still left over and need to look it over and see if I will make some pillow cases or save it to mix with more flannel from another kit that I have.  Linking to My Quilt Infatuation.



And quilting started on Handful of Scraps – not a lot but a start.  The thread is a King Tut variegated thread with colors from black to orange to yellows and greens.  Simple diamond shape cross hatching in the neutrals and the flowers and diamond shape flowers in the center will have more outline type of quilting.




I think today I will bake a loaf of bread to help keep the house warm and a fire will be in the fireplace – actually already is!  It is cold out there!!  Other than exercising it will be a sewing/cooking day I think because even if it is cold outside I go to the fitness center to get in my exercise.

Now that Murrieta Stars is finished I need to look quilts over and see what is next to get some work done on.  I will wash the quilt in a couple days and take more photos of the crinklyness of it after washing and drying – measure it and see what it finished off at.  I can tell you I started to piece the top in April 2017 and here it is done not even a full 9 months later! I usually  do not move them to the quilting frame that fast.  I’m patting myself on the back here!

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46 comments… add one
  • Rebecca Grace Jan 16, 2018

    Good for you, Karen! It’s absolutely stunning. Your tiny, even hand quilting stitches make me happy just looking at them. I didn’t realize Murrieta Stars was flannel, though. Backing and top fabrics both? What kind of batting did you use? I’ll be interested to hear whether it still needs a second quilt.

    I’m envisioning a very cozy day for you, with your fireplace crackling, and you stitching merrily away as the smell of baking bread permeates your home. It’s 20 degrees in Charlotte this morning and I promised to meet a friend to “power walk” at the greenway at 8 AM. I will be layering just about every piece of clothing I own…
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    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      yes the top and back are flannel, the batting is quilters dream med weight cotton – it is big stitch (for me) so I used a much bigger needle than I normally do and thicker thread, aurifil #12. About 3 AM the temp was dropping more and more outside and I did pull up an extra quilt over the top of us – we get chilly here in the south the house temp was down to 66 and it is 10 outside as predicted -our heating unit is old and doesn’t keep up with 68 in the house when it gets that cold outside. I can’t imagine power walking outside in the winter 🙂 I can just picture you with layer after layer –

  • Gabriele Stabel Jan 16, 2018

    Wow, Karen ! What a wonderful quilt, you’ve made. I hope the quilt keeps you warm and cozy. I’m looking forward to your next quilt. I admire your quilting again and again.

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    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      the quilt will do nicely most of the winter I think by itself, but an extra quilt did have to be added over the legs – the temp in the house was dropping as well as the temp outside – 10 degrees this morning

  • Vivian Jan 16, 2018

    It’s been a pleasure to watch you work on Murrieta Stars! I have a big hand quilting project planned for this year and you consistently inspired me that a little a day gets it done.

    Hmmm, fresh warm bread and a newly finished quilt on a bitter cold day — doesn’t get much better than that in the middle of winter!

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      thanks Vivian – it was fun working on this quilt and trying out flannel – much harder to quilt for me than the regular quilters cotton I was used to but the bigger needle and thicker thread worked out in the end.

  • Deb Jan 16, 2018

    It looks wonderful on the bed! 🙂
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    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      thanks Deb, I love it still needed to add another quilt half way through the night but going down to 10 degrees is not a normal thing there, it will be great by itself most of the time I bet.
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  • Debbie B Jan 16, 2018

    Great job! Your quilt looks warm and toasty…just what you need right now.

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      thanks – it is a nice quilt I like the way it turned out

  • Ruth Jan 16, 2018

    Beautiful! Stay toasty and warm under it. This is some winter!
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    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      it sure is some winter – one day it 10 when you wake up and on the weekend it might hit 60 – in Arkansas you never know what it will be – but then I have been hearing some of you in normally cold areas have been having a weird winter as well —

  • Carolyn Jan 16, 2018

    Karen, oh that is beautiful on your bed! The hexagon quilting is interesting to me because I am trying to decide how to quilt my Gmothers Flower Garden quilt. Would you tackle that diamond cross hatching on a full size quilt with your Juki sewing machine? It is a pretty alternative to outlining every hexagon individually. Guess doing that even by hand would be quicker than the outline.

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      I think most sewing machines can handle the cross hatch – I do not have my juki out right now as I had been having problems with it when I did the a quilt in the summer time with it – I brought it in to have the tension adjusted and was’t happy with the results, then I won the Babylock and have been using that one instead – I do not have room to have more than one machine out and still have table room. I have not tried it yet for quilting. It is just my opinion mine you but if you spend a lot of time hand piecing a quilt like hexies I just think it deserves to be hand quilted – but that is my opinion and the way my mind works. I normally have only machine quilted a quilt that I pieced by machine. But like I say that is me a lot will hand piece a quilt and then machine quilt it – but I love the hand quilting too so do that

  • Diann Bottrell Jan 16, 2018

    We woke up to minus 5 degrees this morning, brrr! Two quilts are definitely needed at our house! Congratulations on your finish – it looks wonderful on your bed. You can already see the pretty texture coming out on Handful of Scraps, too.

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      2 were needed here too – half way through the night my legs were cold and had to pull up the second quilt I left at the foot of the bed – it got down to 10 here, well be glad when this short cold spell passes us by – back to normal on Thursday.

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 16, 2018

    Your Murrieta Stars is so beautiful on your bed, Karen. The quilting shows up so wonderfully, I love it! It amazes me that you finished it in such a short time, nine months, wow! You deserve more than just one pat on the back. It looks so warm and cozy on your bed. The quilting on Handfuls of Scraps is a good idea. I like the cross hatching and that you are handquilting it instead of machine quilting. You spent too many hours on it handstitching it to machine quilt this one. Stay warm today, it’s 21 here this morning, but will be in the 70s this weekend, I can hardly wait.

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      Dottie it is has not gotten above 15 so far this morning – a high of 21 maybe for the day no snow – but it sure is cold. I have done a little applique this morning and will find more sewing today I’m sure

  • Thimbleanna Jan 16, 2018

    More back pats to you — It’s beautiful! I can only imagine how warm and cuddly (and heavy LOL) your new quilt is — I love flannel quilts! Our MomHelper is from Arkansas and she sent me a text today saying it snowed a little bit there and they shut down the state LOL. It was nasty cold here this morning 1-degree when I came to work — Brrrr!
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    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      the flannel was really nice last night but it still got cold enough we had to add another quilt to the bed around 2 – our heat system is old and these 10 and below temps we get now and then do not keep up with it – our part of Arkansas had no snow – and the state goes into hysteria when we have winter weather – being from the northern states originally we generally have a little chuckle over it but we must say we both though the state news last night on the tv went over board – droned on for 20 minutes at least on how the road crews, electric company etc were prepared as though we were expecting 10 inches + when in reality it was 3-4 inches in the southern part and as you went further north the less it was. School closes for a inch of snow or less around here – granted we do have a lot of twisty mountain roads being on the edges of the Ozark mountains and they are not good in ice and a lot of drop offs – but yes a little overkill on the news last night

  • Vicki W Jan 16, 2018

    Well done! HOS is going to be a quickie!

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      I will try to not go to fast LOL – really I am using a tiny needle again and after a year of not using the tiny needle it is taking some control to hold it again 🙂

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      I will try to not go to fast LOL – really I am using a tiny needle again and after a year of not using the tiny needle it is taking some control to hold it again 🙂

  • Quilter Kathy Jan 16, 2018

    I am patting you on the back too! Amazing finish done so quickly… great binding!

    • Karen Jan 16, 2018

      thanks Kathy – got 4 more in the “to be quilted box” so need to keep moving! hope you are feeling better!

  • Barbara Jan 16, 2018

    Wow! I love it. The colors are a joy and such a great idea for the binding. It ties the quilt together. Bet it will be warm and cozy tonight!

    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      thanks Barbara I’m glad I got done with it in time for the cold weather

  • Rebecca Jan 16, 2018

    Congratulations on a wonderful finish! Murrieta Stars looks so cozy on your bed. Homemade bread sounds delicious! Perfect for a winter’s day.

    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      it turned out great I think, so glad I got done with it and can now use it all winter

  • Colleen Jan 17, 2018

    My goodness I know you go at your own pace sewing and quilting you are not in a race with anyone but you are super productive. It’s even more amazing because I know your sewing room was in renovation and you did other sewing projects during that time period also.
    I wonder if you used a wool or silk batting if one quilt would be “enough” on these super cold nights?

    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      I used cotton batting for it. We only have a couple super cold nights in a row and usually out nights are in the high 20’s to mid 30’s in the winter. We did have to use 2 quilts though. No I’m not in a race but quilting/piecing and reading are my main projects that I do and when it is winter I am not doing much work outside so I get a lot done. – No pets and no children at home leaves for plenty of time to work on my quilts

  • Plum Cox Jan 17, 2018

    What a great looking quilt – lovely colour choices, lovely stitching! You really have completed it quickly. Lovely quilting on your hexie quilt too!

    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      Thanks! I’m really pleased with how this one has turned out

  • Rose Marie Jan 17, 2018

    I’ve watched your progress on this quilt and how wonderful to see it finished and on your bed! Another quilt to add to your collection. Well done!

    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      thanks Rose Marie, this quilt flew by with big stitching

  • Elzaan Jan 17, 2018

    Fantastic and well done! The quilt does look super cozy on the bed.
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      thanks – it is nice and soft!

  • Marsha Cooper Jan 17, 2018

    I love yellow so this is extra beautiful.
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    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      thanks – the first I have made that is primarily yellow!!

  • Belarmina Jan 17, 2018

    Karen cuanto me gusta tu nueva colcha
    ¡¡¡felicidades!!! Me encanta estos colores

    • Karen Jan 17, 2018

      nice to hear from you Belarmina – you have been busy and not on the computer?

  • Chris Jan 18, 2018

    It is gorgeous!! Great job all around.
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    • Karen Jan 18, 2018

      thanks Chris – glad to have another one finished

  • Lynette Jan 19, 2018

    Yay! It’s nice and cheery, too. Perfect for very cold nights. I love scrappy bindings as well, although I don’t do them as much as I should. Love your hexie quilt.
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    • Karen Jan 19, 2018

      thanks for dropping by Lynette – I am very pleased with the finished quilt and finally got around to washing it today and have it dried part way and now draped over furniture to finish drying.

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