Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Sunday Stash Report: 10/21/18

My only finish this week was this little pillowcase for a travel size pillow. I continue to quilt the Cardinal quilt.

But I didn’t buy any new fabric!

This week: + 0 yards, – .5 yards

This year: + 80.75 yards, – 115.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 35 yards

With the sudden cold weather, you’d think I’d have plenty of time for quilting, but it hasn’t worked that way. There’s still lots to do outside and inside. My garden hasn’t had a frost yet (most around me have), so I’m still picking as well as cleaning up. I made a small batch of tomato sauce today, and stuffed peppers are on the menu for this week. I’ll miss my marigolds when they freeze.

Keep using your stash!

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Butterfly Finish

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The quilt is finished and the baby isn’t even a week old!

2018-10-14 13.45.54 (1)I used this tutorial from Missouri Star, but I made the blocks 9″, instead of 12″.  Or, more accurately, I made them 9.75 x 9″, instead of 13 x 12″ in the original quilt.  I hate rectangle blocks!  But these were very easy, and I only needed ten of them.  Jenny used 2.5″ strips.  I used 2″ strips, and it was perfect for using up some leftovers from another project.  My solid blocks used 5″ squares, so they would be perfect for a charm pack.

2018-10-14 13.45.48 (1)I quilted between all the blocks, and then used pink Fantastico to quilt wavy diagonal lines, some of them with butterflies.

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And this one counts toward my low-volume goal!

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Sunday Stash Report: 10/14/18

I made a baby quilt this week and I managed not to buy any fabric.

This week: + 0 yards, – 3.75 yards

This year: + 80.75 yards, – 115.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 34.5 yards

Chipping away at it! As I looked back at a previous baby girl quilt, I notice I said that I had lots of light pinks. Not anymore! (My taste seems to run more to the magentas and fuchsias…) So pinks might be in my next stash enhancement purchase.

Keep using your stash!


Blue Christmas Finish

Here is the latest of my quilts from the pile of panels I purchased this summer. I was aware that I had almost no blue Christmas scraps to use with it, so I purchased some tree yardage for the side borders, and a charm pack of blue and silver batiks, which became the stars. It finished about 50″ by 65″.

Unlike a pieced quilt, this had a large center with no seams to hide any “foundation” quilting to keep things square. Instead, I machine basted a roughly 12″ grid of Dissolve Extra thread on top.

The stars are quilted with gray Bottom Line, the buildings and sleigh with black BL, and the sky and border with navy and white Fantastico.

I really like the way the quilting in the sky looks. I made sort of flame shapes from the center out. Close to the center, the thread hardly shows, but the white parts begin to show up in the dark edges of the sky.

I backed this with a blue batik with silver metallic snowflakes.

And, yes, it’s been tested for snuggliness.

Good luck on your finishes!

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Sunday Stash Report: 10/7/18

Another finish! And no new fabric!

Yuri and I took photos of this one today, so look for a post soon.

This week: + 0 yards, – 6.5 yards

This year: + 80.75 yards, – 111.5 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 30.75 yards

This quilt is totally made from fabric I bought this summer, but, hey, it was logged into the stash and now it’s back out. I have a scrap quilt planned to dive a little deeper into the old stuff.

So use your stash, whether it’s old or new!


September/ October Goals

2018-09-05 20-1542091846..jpgI did well on my September goals.

September Goals:

  1. Quilt and bind Summer Stars on Fawn LakeYes!  Here.  DH claimed it.
  2. Piece top for Christmas quilt from truck and tractor panelsYes!
  3. Quilt and bind Christmas quilt.  Yes!  Here.

Bonus:  Almost finished with another (blue) Christmas quilt!


October Goals:

  1. Make a mat for a cart in my kitchen.
  2. Piece the cardinal panel Christmas quilt.
  3. Quilt and bind cardinal Christmas quilt.
  4. Make blocks for a donation quilt (probably log cabins).


You may notice that I’m not doing donation blocks for Kat as I usually do.  Her Sept/Oct blocks are fun and easy, but I just don’t have the grown-up novelty scraps to make them.  I’ll jump back in later.  If you have the scraps, why don’t you make some?


Good luck to you on meeting your goals!