Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


And Another Rainbow Finish

I finished this slightly different quilt a few days ago.

I started this several weeks ago as a regular rainbow, but…it didn’t gather! I don’t have a picture, but it was not going to make it into a rainbow. I considered taking the strips apart and resewing it, but with 1.5″ strips of mostly Kona, I thought that would be a mess. More than once I considered wadding it up for the trash.

Finally, I cut it into wedges, and with some white strips, I paper pieced it to a newspaper pattern. Then I added facings to both edges, so that I could machine applique the rainbow to the background with a blind stitch. That worked well. I hadn’t been happy with satin stitching the raw edges that I did before.

I love the backing. It’s a piece of Cotton and Steel.

Yuri checked it out and approves.

Take care.

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Sunday Stash Report: 9/13/2020

My thoughts go out to all of you friends in the fire and hurricane areas, and for any other trials you’re facing in this ridiculous and deadly year. So far we’re safe and well here.

This week I used 6.5 yards of fabric for the Blue Christmas quilt.

This week: + 0 yards, – 6.5 yards

This year: + 78.5 yards,  – 107 yards

Total destashed / added in 2020: 28.5 yards

Keep sewing.


Blue Christmas Finish

This week I finished this Christmas throw. It’s 49 x 62″.

These stars gave me a few fits. Is it the Tri-Rex (Recks?) rulers that I need for them? Whatever it is, I don’t have it.

Also, it was hard to coordinate the blues from my random selection of snowy fabrics. At first I used a dark dusty blue to frame the scenes. I really liked the fabric (and am sad it’s reduced to scraps), but it wasn’t right. The light blue I used instead actually has bits of lavender in it, but, strangely, it worked better.

It didn’t seem to matter how green or purple the blues were, but whether they glowed, like the scenes.

Yuri’s favorite part is the winter scene on the back.

This is in my Etsy shop.

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Sunday Stash Report: 9/6/2020

It’s Labor Day weekend here in the US, so I hope you’re finding lots of time to sew or relax or catch up or…

This week I didn’t finish anything, and I bought one yard of fabric.

This week: + 1 yards, – 0 yards

This year: + 78.5 yards,  – 100.5 yards

Total destashed / added in 2020: 22 yards

I’m making great progress quoting this Blue Christmas quilt.

Take care, and use your stash.


Sunday Stash Report and Finishes

I used three yards to make these twelve donation blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love block drive.

I also finished the new rainbow quilt from Kona solids.

I don’t like the solids as well, but I love how they look with the backing fabric. (I started one with narrow strips of prints and solids, but… maybe you’ll see it later if I can do anything with it.)

This week: + 0 yards, – 6.25 yards

This year: + 77.5 yards, – 100.5 yards

Total destashed / added in 2020: 23 yards

Keep using your stash!


Sunday Stash Report: 8/16/2020

Kona Baby Blue, Warm Sienna, Lake Blue, Cloud, Amber, and lots of White!

Oh, the numbers are going the wrong way but look how pretty!  Yes, I needed this.

I did use 6.5 yards to make the two Sloth baby quilts.

This week: + 11 yards, – 6.5 yards

This year: + 77.5 yards, – 94.25 yards

Total destashed / added in 2020: 16.75 yards

Do you have bits of red, white, and blue in your Stash?  The July/August Covered in Love block drive is a great way to put them to use.  No rules, just 12.5″ stars, any design!  (See, you can hardly tell that’s left-over Louisville Cardinal fabric… 😉. )

Take care!