Applique, Quilting and Soup!

Baking/cooking, Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts, Williamsburg Beauty

Yesterday off and on all day I worked on appliqueing the diamonds on Williamsburg Beauty – much progress was made – one side remains to do!  My diamonds are not all perfectly lined up perfectly making some a little bit off – I think I might applique a circle over each point-in between them actually over lapping the points – that way it won’t be noticeable and make me happier with it.

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More progress on Scrappy Stars as well – I got 6 more 16 patch blocks made (one was left over from the day before) and cut more star points and squares – 7 more ready to finish in the next day or two – I do a lot of chain piecing so it actually goes quite fast once you got the rhythm going.

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I was putting a few scrap pieces that were cut into the 2.5 inch box and as you can see it is getting pretty full too.  I will soon have to work on making a scrap quilt out of these squares.

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Saturday’s quilting session on The Postage Stamp got me almost to the middle and that is where I picked up on it last night.  Linking to MCM#49 and Em’s Scrapbag.

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I laid down on the floor and got a photo from the back side – I don’t usually do that but I was curious as to what the design looked like and I was satisfied.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup for Sunday’s supper – Mike has the beginnings of a cold and it was a cold chilly day – just right to hit the spot.

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Recipe (my version)

6 cups of Chicken Stock – I use the kind in the cartons
1 to 2 chicken breast sliced into small chunks
1 onion chopped
1 cup carrots sliced
1 cup celery chopped
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon hot Chinese mustard
salt and pepper to taste – two bullion cubes if you think it needs more flavor
2 cups egg noodles

Brown the chicken and onions for about 5 minutes in  1/4 cup olive oil or less, then add everything else and let simmer for about 30 minutes – if the vegetables are about done then add the noodles – cook for about 10 minutes until the noodles are to your liking.   About 4-6 servings.  If you do not like hot Chinese Mustard leave it out we think it adds a nice kick to it.


Check out Craftsy – Last Chance to order from the Black Friday Sale — runs through tonight at midnight.  Many things are already out of stock.  All Classes $17.99 or less.  All Supplies and Kits on sale up to 70% off.  If you have not tried Craftsy’s new Boundless fabric line now is a good time to try them out – try the charm squares at very low price they also have a new yarn if you are a knitter called Cloudborn – perfect time to try these new lines out to see if you like them.

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Scrappy Quilts

Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts

So many of my quilts are scrappy quilts – I like to make use of the tiniest of pieces although I am not as obsessed with saving those tiniest of pieces any more, a little more gets tossed in the trash now compared to what I used to save – by that I mean I might have actually been able to save a few more 1.5 inch squares than I used to LOL.

yesterday I got busy on the Scrappy Stars and made good progress.  I showed 11 stars in the last photo of them laid out and now there are 18 of them!

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One more Scrappy Basket – these squares are 6 inch squares – the pattern called for 5.5 I think but I wanted a little more room to work – I might cut them down to 5.5 or I might just leave them as is.

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You haven’t seen this one for awhile – Williamsburg Beauty – it has been neglected once again so I made last evening while watching the news to applique a couple more diamonds in place – 2 sides done! 2 sides left to do.  This one will be worked on this week I think as I should be able to get the applique done in a week or so if I just put my mind to it- then 2 or 3 more borders that will be plain and it will be ready to quilt.  I will be working on some of this applique today for Kathy’s Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching and Love Laugh Quilt.

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Another major Scrappy Quilt!  The Postage Stamp quilt has been rolled down and quilting has begun on the little pieces.  I am linking to Quilting is More Fun than Housework – she wants to see what you do with your scraps!

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Zig Zag through the squares and a line down the middle of the white pieces – the end pieces you will notice are not all even – they are wonky so that I could square these up to 10 inches I think it was.  That is ok, there will be a line up the middle no matter what size they are.

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Thank you to all who have ordered through my links to Craftsy and Accuquilt – I surely do appreciate it and I totally understand that not everyone can order or wishes to order that is why I try to always put the advertisement at the bottom of the post that way anyone not interested can just stop reading here— Clicking on my link cost you nothing but gives me a little bit of a commission if something is purchased – my quilt supply money – thanks.  There is no need to apologize to me as some of you have done in private email – we all have different budgets and favorite places to shop —  totally understand – due to a budget is why I do this advertising!


Check out Craftsy – the sale has started!!  Sales runs through Monday at midnight.  Some things are already out of stock.  All Classes $17.99 or less.  All Supplies and Kits on sale up to 70% off.  If you have not tried Craftsy’s new Boundless fabric line now is a good time to try them out – try the charm squares at very low price they also have a new yarn if you are a knitter called Cloudborn – perfect time to try these new lines out to see if you like them.

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Patches and Yard

Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts

A lot of 16 patches done yesterday and now to get the star parts done and seven more stars might be finished soon.  Scrappy Stars.

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One more Scrappy Baskets.

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The Postage Stamp – almost finished with the first border.  Just a little bit more and it gets rolled down and work starts on the patches.

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More leafs to mulch – but still some on the trees – do I wait and do it all at once  – we will see – it might be a few more weeks before they are finished.  Linking to Tweety Loves Quilting.

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The flower bed was completely dug up and replanted – the Crinum Lilies are back in and tulips bulbs plus lily of the valleys – I think some of the daffodils got tossed back in as well.

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Some of the last of the roses were cut for Thanksgiving day – sadly none of the red roses were left.

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One of the trees in the backyard – still covered in leafs – they will all be falling soon – normally they turn reddish orange so I am wondering why they are yellow this years, maybe they will still turn.

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Check out Craftsy – the sale has started!!  Sales runs through Monday at midnight.  Some things are already out of stock.  All Classes $17.99 or less.  All Supplies and Kits on sale up to 70% off.  If you have not tried Craftsy’s new Boundless fabric line now is a good time to try them out – try the charm squares at very low price they also have a new yarn if you are a knitter called Cloudborn – perfect time to try these new lines out to see if you like them.

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Binding Finished

Postage Stamp Quilt, Quilty 365 - The Final Frontier, scrap quilts

Finally I got the binding finished for The Final Frontier – I am going to wash and dry the quilt this weekend and get a label on it.  I will blog about it and show the final photos on the first of the month when Audrey has her link up for the Quilty 365 as that is where my quilt grew from. In the meantime here it is folded after all the stitching was done.

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One more Scrappy Basket added to the wall – I got a little stitching done while the turkey was baking and then after Melanie and Ric left for home I got done with more.

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this much across on the Postage Stamp was finished the last several days and I got started again last night.  I have been spritzing the blue lines off as I go and no bleed from the wool – I know some of you had placed concerns about it bleeding- so far just fine!

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I have been very lazy making labels for my quilts the second half of this year and yesterday I got four of them made – it really is a very easy process I don’t know why I haven’t kept up with it this year and now I have four to stitch on – I have gone back to making my own – I had ordered some that I used for awhile and they are cute I had ordered them from an etsy shop but they didn’t have all the information on them that I like to include.  I type up labels for the quilts using Microsoft Word and then print them out on some new photo fabric that someone had mentioned to me – it feels just like ordinary fabric not that stiff stuff that I have seen and tried to use in the past – I don’t even remember the names of the different varieties I tried in the past.  This kind is called Crafter’s Image and you can easily stitch through it by hand to the back of your quilt with no effort at all.  It is made from cotton poplin and treated for photos.  Just what I wanted.  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict , Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Busy Hands Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts.


  Check out Craftsy – the sale has started!!  Sales runs through Monday at midnight.  Some things are already out of stock.  All Classes $17.99 or less.  All Supplies and Kits on sale up to 70% off.  If you have not tried Craftsy’s new Boundless fabric line now is a good time to try them out – try the charm squares at very low price they also have a new yarn if you are a knitter called Cloudborn – perfect time to try these new lines out to see if you like them. 

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Pies and Quilting

Quilty 365 - The Final Frontier, scrap quilts

In between making pumpkin pies, doing laundry and regular household chores I was able to get in time on my quilting.  We are having a small Thanksgiving with just our daughter Melanie and her husband Ric over for an early in the day meal and then will be on our own the rest of the day.  Plenty of time for more sewing I’m sure!  With a main large meal early in the day means no more cooking for me after one!  Leftovers the rest of the day and tomorrow too.

One more Scrappy Star made and I rearranged my table – with it sticking out in the room a bit – I will see if I can get used to it as I do have more room to work for sure.  I rearranged in such a way that when I am cutting pieces for the stars I can leave the accuquilt out and have room to cut fabric the right sizes to put through the dies. I have room on the right side of the table along the side to operate the machine crank.  On the table is the star I made today and I have a small stack of star points and squares ready for about 4 or 5 more I think.

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My neutrals for the stars are not all the same – I am pulling from this box and from other stacks here and there determined to use up the small pieces!

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A little more binding on The Final Frontier was done and I have one side and about 10 inches of the 3rd side left to do.

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Four more Scrappy Baskets are cut.  I had cut six squares of this shirting and I will be using a variety of those fabrics as well.  I can actually see a dent in the small pieces of fabrics in the boxes on the shelves on the wall in here – in the boxes are mainly fat quarter or less – some a little larger but anything in the boxes are well less than a 1/2 yard and closer to fq in size.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all in the states and for those of you in the states and outside of the states looking for Black Friday sales – of course they start early!!  Check out Craftsy – the sale has started!!  Sales runs through Monday at midnight.  Some things are already out of stock.  All Classes $17.99 or less.  All Supplies and Kits on sale up to 70% off.

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Scrappy Stars and Other Things

Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts, sewing room

Yesterday I had an appointment in Little Rock but not until late afternoon so I was able to work on a few things.  First I got out my box of scrappy stars and got to work.  The two inch blocks that I am using in the box.

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Two more made.  If I do queen size I need a whole lot more – these are about 12 inches.

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Finished this side of the Postage Stamp quilt and rolled it down on Tuesday night.

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And got started on this side.

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The whole thing – the quilt hanging over the end is the Hopscotch quilt – it is ready to machine quilt but I am waiting until after Thanksgiving to get started.

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One reader – another Karen from Tu-Na quilts suggested that I just pull the table out and leave the leaf up on the back of the table to give me room but leave it in the same spot it always is in – The only problem with doing that is the narrow room – I put the chair by the quilting frame so you could see the space in the room available if I do that.  The larger cutting mat resting against the wall does fit the table and covers most of the space if I decide to do that – I’m just not sure if I like it pulled out into the room like that – I’m not used to it of course – I might leave it for a day or two and see if I get used to it with time – it does give my table an extra 11.5 inches of available space to use if I leave it out.

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If I decide to leave it out there is an extra 11.5 inches of space behind the table then that some things could be stored there of course and maybe out from under the quilting frame! – I can not turn my sewing machine table to rest next to it as that would stick even further out in the room it is 47.5 inches a good 10 inches longer.  I do not want to push the cutting table all the way resting against the design wall as that would take away a bit of space there.  And that is where I leave it off yesterday – looking at it and trying to decide if I can get used to it sticking out LOL – we will see what happens!!  Because I wasn’t home I was answering some comments on my phone while waiting for my doctor appointment (rheumatologist – routine check up) I feel that I missed some of you so if it was anything important let me know!  I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts , Quilt Fabrication: Midweek Makers, Jo’s Country Junction and My Quilt Infatuation.

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