Murrieta Stars

Hertfordshire Quilt, Murrieta Stars – Flannel, quilts

Just about done..  I  think I should have finished this quilt sometime last night after I was writing this post.  I have mentioned that I write my post the night before and then schedule it.  I normally write my post after I clean up the kitchen after supper and then settle in to an evening of watching tv/netflix or amazon and mainly work on my quilting.

One Thursday night I got done with a good portion of the last border – it is narrow and easy crosshatch.

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This much was left to work on last night and I don’t believe anything was going to come up and disrupt my routine.  I hope to get the binding sewn on by machine to the front this weekend and then start the hand stitching to the back.  I’ll show a photo when it is off the frame of course and the next quilt on it – which I hope to get done with later today.

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I did get the 4 sides of the Hertfordshire Quilt pieced over the last couple days – this was done EPP and then I took all of the papers out as I want to try a little different way of doing this now – machine piecing – LOL – yes me, I just have way too many hand projects going on right now and although these pieces are little and I’m not a precise piecer I am going to give it a try.  Until you get to the last border of the quilt it is mainly very doable as machine piecing .  The last border is a honeycomb type of pattern I guess you call it which I might very well have to do by hand.  It got a little stretched out when I was taking papers out and trying to press it flat.  The next round is a sashing so I will make the sashing a little wider than it needs to be and square it up from there and hopefully the next round will go good.  I will still take my time with this quilt and go slow with the piecing as there is still no rush to piece it, just changing the way I do it.  At the same time I will be machine stitching two patches that will turn into four patches for a leader project like Bonnie Hunter does.

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The Round We Go quilt on the left side of the design wall is EPP and then appliqued to squares – the birds are machine stitched.  I will have a hand quilting project going for the next who knows how many years.  Morning Glory is needle turn applique – a little hexie project is by hand and I have two UFO’s also applique by hand.  That is why I thought I would try here on out to machine stitch Hertfordshire.

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22 comments… add one
  • Susan Riley Jan 13, 2018

    Congrats!!!!! You & Katy are my inspirations! Susan

    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      thanks – which Katy and I will check out her blog

  • Liz Jan 13, 2018

    Love watching your progress. You always get stuff done. What does hubby do when you are hand quilting?
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    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      he does whatever he feels like doing- we tend to watch different shows or just not at the same time, he is usually in the living room watching stuff on his Ipad or tv, reading his kindle or in the sewing room with me but on the computer – he likes absolute silence when watching shows (except blasting volume) and I like to chatter now and then and prefer the volume soft (I have excellent hearing )

  • Deb Jan 13, 2018

    Whoo hoo almost done! And the design wall looks so bright and cheerful with the different projects up there.
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    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      finished it last night! the design wall is bright and cheerful, I really must get some more birds made they are not that hard to do I don’t know why I have such a hard time getting to them

  • Ruth Jan 13, 2018

    I just noticed the quilting pattern and it is beautiful! I do love what you make.
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    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      thank you Ruth – I did one direction of cross grid in the open squares, another in the second border and different in the last but yet all simple

  • Diann Bottrell Jan 13, 2018

    I bet you will be slow stitching some binding on Murrieta Stars today or tomorrow! Love the peek at the projects on your design wall. Enjoy, whatever you work on!

    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      I think the binding will take me 3 or 4 days for sure! I will get to the machine part of the binding this afternoon

  • Doreen Jan 13, 2018

    Your evening situations are, for the most part, identical descriptions of ours (my hearing is quite good, too!). Luv that you’re having a go at the machine piecing. Your birdies are so lovable (and a tad wacky… a very nice way).
    Temps certainly have changed quickly….again…..down here!!! We had wonderful 80-ish temps and, this morning, woke to 40!!!!! Ugh!!!! The January TX winter month is definitely a roller coaster!!!! BUT far better than S.E. MN!!

    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      I bet a lot better than MN!! but yes the south is cold too for the south – I will be glad when it is back to 50’s every day 🙂 this week too cold for me.
      yes the birds are kind of wacky and I really need to get back to them!

  • Dottie bishaw Jan 13, 2018

    The projects are so pretty on your design wall. I can’t believe how close you are to a finish on Murrieta Stars, how wonderful. Your husband and my husband need to watch tv together, lol, as my hearing is good too. I prefer a lower volume like you. I have the sashing done on my Hertfordshire quilt, not perfect but done. The next round is even smaller, I was hoping it would be a little bigger, lol. I will be in awe of you if you machine piece it! It sure would be faster, but I know I can’t handle such tiny pieces. Have fun today!

    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      well I will give the machine a try we will see how it goes 🙂 finished the quilting last night on to the sashing today!

  • Kristie Jan 13, 2018

    YAY!!! I love the feeling of finishing something like that! Your design wall looks amazing…so many wonderful projects.
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    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      done and getting ready to stitch binding.

  • Belarmina Jan 13, 2018

    Karen tu colcha es una maravilla mas!!!
    espero verla foto terminada
    gracias por compartir

    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      thanks – working on the binding starts tonight – I will take a day or two break from hand quilting now and give my fingers a little rest.

  • Rebecca Grace Jan 13, 2018

    So many lovely projects you have going on! I’m glad you gave yourself permission to streamline part of the process on one quilt and focus your hand stitching energy where it will be most impactful. And, if you did indeed finish quilting that bit of the border last night, then CONGRATULATIONS! I’m curious, though — why do you schedule your posts to go live the next day rather than immediately publishing them?
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    • Karen Jan 13, 2018

      I don’t know why I schedule the post – I guess at one time I was writing them and posting them in the evening and then realized most were not reading them until the next day – I guess that is why – no real reason!
      Yes I finished the quilt last night and sewed the binding on and will do the hand stitching part now and maybe even take two days off of quilting.
      I don’t know if machine piecing these tiny pieces will work for Hertfordshire but I have too many hand projects going on and really need to spend more time learning this machine.

  • Magali Jan 14, 2018

    I’m always amazed by your wonderful projects. The birds are so cute!
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    • Karen Jan 14, 2018

      thank you ! I will get back to the birds soon I hope

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