Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


WIP Wednesday: Donation Blocks

Brrr! Hope those of you up north are keeping warm and finding lots of time to sew.

Today I vacuumed my studio, and then got a start on some string blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love. The foundations themselves use a lot of fabric!

I currently plan to head head to Ailsa Craig, Ontario, in May for the Quilt Festival. Here is a link Charlotte Scott sent me to register for classes: https://ailsacraigartscentreampquiltfibreartsfestival.wildapricot.org/page-18145?fbclid=IwAR3Kh64qa6rDyE0nQgMYWYgtWXkTeqhaeqatvK1mUWZpwBw8kS-FqLmF8Pg

I don’t yet know which days I’ll be there or what I want to attend.

Twilter meet-up?


Sunday Stash Report: 1/27/19

This week I used 4.25 yards for the purple baby quilt, birthday pouch, and lining for my tote. And no new quilting fabric! I’m not counting home dec fabric for bags.

This week: + 0 yards, – 4.25 yards

This year: + 13 yards, – 15.5 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 2.5 yards

So there I am, in the black! For now, anyway.

Get out there and use your stash!



2019-01-22 15.53.58-2I have some finishes this week.  I made this tote bag for me!  Mostly I made it so that I could incorporate parts of a favorite old sweatshirt I was discarding.  (My Canadian friends will understand about Roots!)


2019-01-22 15.55.18Also, I was tired of my water bottle falling over and leaking in whatever random tote bag I grabbed for the gym.  I added loops of some wide elastic belting I had.


2019-01-22 15.54.34Also, sloths.


2019-01-25 16.20.05Yesterday I made this tiny zipper pouch for my friend’s birthday.


2019-01-26 16.08.34And today I finished up this baby quilt made from scraps from a recent project.


2019-01-25 14.47.03 I quilted it all with the walking foot.


I hope you’re finding time for some finishes!


Sunday Stash Report: 1/13/19

I didn’t buy fabric! I completed the tree skirt, using 4.25 yards, and seven more donation pillowcases.

This week: + 0 yards, – 11.25 yards

This year: + 13 yards, – 11.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 1.75 yards

Also, I put away some fabric and broke up shipping boxes and put them away, so the studio is starting to look better. Yesterday I started the pull out scraps for the Handy Dandy Scrap mystery.

We have about four inches of snow here, so sewing is a good thing to do!

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2019 Goals


Quilting, like life, is a work in progress, isn’t it?  After enough years the goals and resolutions begin to repeat themselves.  Whether progress has been made or not, there’s always more to do.  And if it’s a worthwhile goal, why not keep it up?

Keep up with my photos.

  • I need to clean out my Dropbox every month after my goals post, deleting repetitive photos and filing others in the proper folders.
  • I really, really, need to add photos to Flickr every month, so I’m not doing it all at the end of the year.  Besides, it’s more fun to add current photos and interact with friends and groups.


Organize my studio.

This is a repeated one, but it needs it again.

  • I need to better store boxes and packing materials.  Boxes need to go in another room.       I may need some new bins for packing storage.
  • I want to declutter some of the knick knacks I have on display.
  • I should vacuum and put away fabric after each project.


Make things other than quilts.

This is another goal from the past.  These won’t be the elaborate things some people make, but just a change, and practice reading patterns.

  • I’m making a tree skirt
  • I want to make some more easy tote bags, because I have more uses and ideas.
  • I’ll try a new zipper pouch pattern.


Get back into printmaking.

I keep mentioning this and not doing much with it.  Let this be the year!

  • Borrow or buy a book or two about printing on fabric.
  • Experiment with some easy media like foam or cardboard that will hurt my hands less than carving blocks.
  • Turn the results into hangings, etc.


Turn over my stash

  • Use 25 -50 net yards of fabric this year.  It’s getting harder, now that I’m down 500 yards from when I started this.
  • Add back in colors and prints that I need.  I haven’t found a subscription service that’s just right, so I’m doing my own.  Last year I added greens, this month it was blues.


I’m counting on you to hold me to these!  Good luck on your goals this year!




Sunday Stash Report: 1/6/19

New fabric for a new year! And I have several projects in the works, but none are yet complete.

As part of destashing this year, I want to add back in colors that are depleted, so this month it’s blue.

I don’t understand my blue fabric. It’s not my favorite color, but somehow I acquired a large drawer full of the stuff. Then I made an effort to make gift and donation quilts from it. For years. And now I search in vain when I need the right shade. So here’s a little bit of new, fresh blue.

This week: + 13 yards, – 0 yards

This year: + 13 yards, – 0 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 13 yards

Lots of time in front of us to use that stash!