Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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Sunday Stash Report: 10/6/19

No new fabric, and I used two yards of scraps to make these twelve donation blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love. Can’t wait to see all the designs they’ll make with this Split Nine-Patch.

This week: + 0 yards, – 2 yards

This year: + 74.5 yards, – 81.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 6.75 yards

Creeping along, but it’s in the right direction.

Continuing to bust the scraps with these string blocks. Don’t these put you in the mood? And, for once, I can see a difference in the scrap bin!

Good luck using your stash!


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September/ October Goals

Happy October! We’re having a few hot days this week, but it has been feeling and looking like fall here.

I did well on my September goals.

September Goals:

  1. Make some Christmas coasters from scraps. Yes, several sets.
  2. Make a wall hanging from a printed panel. Yes! In fact I made three from the same panel. Here they are.
  3. Start a nordic-themed quilt from a printed panel. Yes! And finished it! Right here.

Bonus: I sewed a small zipper pouch for my purse.

This month I’m giving Handy Dandy another try. I’ve wanted to make a scrappy Christmas quilt for a while, but when I got out my Christmas scraps I saw I really had to do something! And Kat’s blocks this month are easy and great scrap busters.

October Goals:

  1. Make donation blocks for Kat’s September/October block drive.
  2. Finish quilting Handy Dandy.
  3. Bind Handy Dandy.
  4. Begin a Christmas scrap quilt.

Good luck to you this month!


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Sunday Stash Report: 9/29/19

Making progress! No new fabric (!), and I completed this cozy winter throw quilt.

This week: + 0 yards, – 6.5 yards

This year: + 74.5 yards, – 79.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 4.75 yards

Yay, back in the black! And a few months left to use more.

How are you doing with your stash?


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Winter Animals Quilt Finish

Here it is! All quilted and cosy with a flannel backing. This ended up 50″ x 72″.

The panel is part of “Merriment” by Moda. When I bought it, I really had no idea of the scale of the animal segments. (There is also a panel with smaller animals.) The Etsy seller gave the measurements and had good photos, but I just didn’t realize that each animal was a fat quarter! So I cut them down a lot (two panels), then framed them back up to 16″ square. My first 8 block quilt!

Interestingly, I used three fabrics from the 12 lb. grab bag. Meant to be?

Going to be hard to part with this one, but look for it soon in my Etsy shop.

Good luck with your finishes!

Linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


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Making Binding

The quilting is finished and the quilt is trimmed, so I made the binding. The problem was that after I found this perfect fabric, there was very little of it, and it ran the wrong direction. I cut and pieced and pieced and pieced, and I made enough, with a little to spare!

I had to sew straight seams, which I never do, but I didn’t have enough for diagonal joining. I pressed the seams open, and I hope it’s not too bulky.

Working on this, I remembered where I first saw this large-scale birch fabric. It was in a sale bin in a fabric store that was closed many years ago. I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I bought the rest of the bolt. I may paid $2 a yard.

In 2007 I used this fabric to make this wall hanging (it was updated with the cardinals more recently!).

In 2013 I made this winter nine-patch quilt. You can see I was a bit short on the birch fabric, so I used corner stones to fill out the border. Ooh, blurry!

So now, I’ve used the last. Except that the binding tail will go into my strings. And I probably have some 2.5″ patches in that bin…