Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Sunday Stash Report: 11/20/16

In the past two weeks I haven’t finished anything, and I have added four yards of fabric.  No worries, it will come out in the end.

2016-11-17-12-24-25I have been making lots of progress on quilting Christmas Stars.  I only have two borders left to quilt.  I’d say I would finish it this week, but I’ll be traveling most of the week to visit my husband’s family.

For those of you not traveling, don’t forget to join in the Black Friday Sew In on Twitter and Facebook (#BFSI).  I’ll be hanging around, just not sewing.

2016-11-19-13-40-35The “new” fabric came from my late mother’s  stash.  She donated the bulk of it a couple years ago, but my sister and I were cleaning out the closet in her studio and the drawers in her sewing table.  We got about halfway through.  There were lots of old patterns exchanged with her internet friends from the very early days when quilters first connected in chat rooms.  There was hunted-and-gathered fabric for a couple of quilts, and some experimental UFOs.  Drawings my son had made for her weren’t too far from a bag of scraps from the dress she wore to my wedding and her sketches for the whole-cloth baby quilt she hand-quilted for him.  We found a few misplaced family heirloom quilts, and put them where they belonged.  Other than the fabric, I only brought home a small box of tools, needles, and supplies, and a Maple Leaf top to finish for donation.  It was poignant and exhausting, and an interesting way to grieve her loss and share family stories with my sister.
This week:  + 4 yards,  – 0 yards
This year: + 108.25 yards,  – 133 yards
Net destashed in 2016:  24.75 yards

Enjoy this busy week and being with family.

I’m linking up with Sunday Stash at Patchwork Times.


WIP Wednesday: Christmas Stars

Yesterday I finished taking apart the inner border blocks to add the red and white striped flanges.  Today I sewed the last of the chunks together for the top, and I pieced the borders.  Bad photo, but the light goes away early these days.

I still have to cut corner blocks, and then I can sew on the borders.

It felt good to keep busy sewing today.


Sunday Stash Report: 11/6/16

I only had a couple of small finishes this week, but I didn’t buy any new fabric, so it’s good.

I made these six 12.5″ blocks for Kat’s November block drive.  These are quick and easy to make, and I could have made more, but I ran out of white/cream scraps. Still, they used about a yard of scraps.

This cat mat for Krissi used about 2.25 yards, almost all the scraps from the Lavender Baby Quilt.  I had fun playing around with free motion quilting on it.  I’m pleased with the paw prints down the center.

Krissi took a serious liking to that baby quilt, was on it constantly, and took it personally when I made her stay off long enough for me to quilt it.  I tend to think that fabric is fabric to a cat, and there’s certainly enough lying around the studio, even on the sunny cutting table.  

Instead, after I put the baby quilt away, this is where I found Krissi, day after day.  Followed by long, accusing looks at me.

So I made her the mat, and now this is where I find her every time I go up there. (That is her happy face.)

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 3.25 yards
This year: + 104.25 yards,  – 133 yards
Net destashed in 2016:  28.75 yards

Are you keeping you stash and your cats happy?

I’m linking up to the Stash Report at Patchwork Times.

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WIP Wednesday: Stars

Yesterday I finished these ten wonky stars, and I’m very happy with them.

Here’s how they look in the quilt.  It’s supposed to be low volume, but I know it needs another pop or two of color.  It will have a bright binding, but I think it needs more. 

I’m very open to suggestions, because the place I would add some piping will require lots of unsewing.