Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Goals, or Where Did Summer Go?

After I wrote my June goals it became clear that I wasn’t going to get anything done on a specific timetable.  The weather heated up, the garden came on, my son came and went and came back again, vacation…  I sort of gave up and went with the flow.  I sewed whatever caught my eye, usually baby quilts, and for weeks at a time I didn’t sew at all.


June Goals:

  1. Add borders to Summer Stars at Fawn LakeYes, finally.
  2. Quilt and bind Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.  Nope.
  3. Make Heart baby quilt.  (low volume)  Yes.  Here.
  4. Make Anchor baby quilt.  (low volume)  Yes.  Here.

And three more baby quilts and a batch of donation blocks.  It was the whole summer.


September starts out much the same, but I’m ready to get some order back in my life so I have written a few modest goals.  We’ll see.


September Goals:

  1. Quilt and bind Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.
  2. Piece top for Christmas quilt from truck and tractor panels.
  3. Quilt and bind Christmas quilt.


I do know I’m more productive when I have plans.  Summer Stars at Fawn Lake is spray basted and ready to begin quilting tomorrow.

Anyone like to join me in a Labor Day Sew-In?  I’m mostly on Twitter, but I’ll pop over to the Twilters facebook group from time to time.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my Fawn Lake backing fabric.

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/26/18

2018-08-26 17.17.44This week I used 3.75 yards of fabric on this baby quilt, an I didn’t buy any fabric.


This week: + 0 yards, – 3.75 yards

This year: + 63.5 yards, – 87 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  23.5 yards


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Use that stash!

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WIP Wednesday: Framing Animals

This week I’m working with another one of the panels. This one is flannel with various forest animals on it. I decided to frame them at an angle to add interest. This would be easier if they were squares, but they’re not. They finish at 15″ × 18″. (The block is symmetrical. My studio is too small for me to get directly in front of it.)

Alternating blocks will be framed in orange. This isn’t the final layout.

Hope you’re making progress this week!

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/19/18

Wow, Sunday again already!

This week I bought 6.5 yards of fabric, the White and Snow Kona, and the Christmas print. Because I don’t have enough Christmas fabric. Hmmm.

And I used 1.75 yards to make nine donation blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love.

This week: + 6.5 yards, – 1.75 yards

This year: + 63.5 yards, – 83.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 19.75 yards

I know, I’m going backwards in usage, but I know I’ll reverse that soon. I’m feeling all that Christmas fabric!

Keep using your stash!


Old Business

2018-07-22 13.50.44closeHere’s the finished baby quilt I never got around to posting.  Finally getting back into a bit of a routine, although the garden is taking some of my time.

Does it look a little poochy in the center?  The quilting is really uneven, with lots on the squares in the borders compared to the “star bunting” in the center.  After this was taken, I went back and added more swags and more stars, and it’s flatter now.

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Is it just me, or are so many panels really long and skinny?  They make funny shaped baby quilts, without some help.  Does the shape work better with bed-size quilts?  But it’s a pretty panel, and flannel!

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And everything needs chevrons, right?  I keep waiting, but they’re still all over the Pinterest nursery boards.

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This is in my Etsy shop.


2018-08-14 11.59.57This week I’m making some scrappy star blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love.  These are the centers.  Yes, sock monkeys.  Playing sports.  And the Millenium Falcon.

May the Sewing Force be with you!



Sunday Stash Report: 8/12/18

Just back from vacation, so no sewing has happened, but I did purchase 2.5 yards from Crazy Moose Fabrics in Greenville, ME. These will go with the Christmas panel I bought last month.

This week: + 2.5 yards, – 0 yards

This year: + 58 yards, – 81.5 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 23.5 yards

And my machine is back from its trip to the spa, so I’ll see if I can use some fabric soon. Good luck on your destashing!