Evening in the Garden Quilts

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October / November Goals

October

Happy November!  It’s crisp and sunny and leaf-covered here, perfect quilting weather (after I get the garden cleaned up and put away!).

October’s quilting was a mixed success.  I really like the String Ornaments quilt that I just planned to start, but had to finish.  Handy Dandy, on the other hand…  I think I’m just bored because every block is quilted the same way.  Whatever the reason, I put it off and put it off, until I finally got it out and quilted one row of blocks.  (Thank you to the Twilters on Twitter for all your encouragement!)  Then I spent a week very sick and couldn’t quilt at all, so there went the month.  I’ll keep it out and try to get back to it between tasks this month.

 

October Goals:

  1. Make donation blocks for Kat’s September/October block driveYes!  I made a dozen and mailed them.  See above.
  2. Finish quilting Handy DandyUm, no.  I got it out and quilted one more row of it, but there’s a lot more to do.
  3. Bind Handy Dandy.  No.
  4. Begin a Christmas scrap quilt.  Begun and finished!  Once I started, I couldn’t stop on this one.

 

November will begin with a commission quilt, and then I’ll see what else I can find time for.

November Goals:

  1. Design, communicate, and order fabrics for Louisville commission quilt.
  2. Piece top for Louisville.
  3. Quilt and bind Louisville.
  4. Pull fabrics, begin cutting for Charlotte’s new mystery.
  5. Work on Handy Dandy.

 

As far as I know, I’m not sewing anything for Christmas, but who knows?

 

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Good luck on your goals!


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String Ornament Finish

 

 

 

 

 

 

My quilt full of String Ornaments is finished, and I love it!  It feels clean and modern, but still very Christmasy and cozy.

2019-10-18 151166066350927415059..jpgThe top was inspired by this ornament fabric I’ve had for awhile and wanted to use for the backing.  I love the contrast between the Victorian ornaments and the modern ones.

2019-10-18 153341309616076094866..jpg2019-10-18 153757255540887197421..jpgThe red and green fabrics are all from my Christmas scraps, I didn’t cut into any yardage for them.  It was fun to remember all the projects and it really did clean up my scrap bin.  I pieced them on seed catalog and phone book pages, which came away very easily.  Usually I remove the paper as soon as I’m finished piecing, but this time I left it on until I had added the white corners.  That made the blocks stable enough to sew together without the paper.

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The various white-on-white background fabrics were all from that 12 lb. box from the Fat Quarter Shop last month.

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I used the backing fabric to make the binding.

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And, yes, it’s been inspected.

We’re linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Finished or Not Finished Friday at Alycia Quilts.

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Winter Animals Quilt Finish

Here it is! All quilted and cosy with a flannel backing. This ended up 50″ x 72″.

The panel is part of “Merriment” by Moda. When I bought it, I really had no idea of the scale of the animal segments. (There is also a panel with smaller animals.) The Etsy seller gave the measurements and had good photos, but I just didn’t realize that each animal was a fat quarter! So I cut them down a lot (two panels), then framed them back up to 16″ square. My first 8 block quilt!

Interestingly, I used three fabrics from the 12 lb. grab bag. Meant to be?

Going to be hard to part with this one, but look for it soon in my Etsy shop.

Good luck with your finishes!

Linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


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Sunday Stash Report: 9/15/19

20190913_114644 (1).jpgSo, the fabric that came in.  Did you know that Fat Quarter Shop has its 12 lb. “Grab Bag” boxes again?  I stumbled on them unexpectedly (on sale), and I’ve wanted one for so long I just had to get one.  I know.  I know.  Well, some enhancement was part of the goal.  This is just a…big chunk of enhancement.  (Note:  Today I can’t find these Grab Bags.  I guess you’ll have to check back till they have them again.)

I was initially a little disappointed in this box.  I was looking for bright colors and bold prints, and it took awhile to find any.  Are reproduction calico prints really making a comeback lately?  I sure got a lot of them.  Also, I started sneezing non-stop as I went through the box.  Please tell me I’m not allergic to cotton!  I assume it was the finishes, so they all went right into the washer and dryer.

As I was folding them, I began to look upon the fabrics more favorably.  I got a ton of white-to-cream neutrals, a stack of black prints, various navys, greens, and grays that I really like, a little bit of Grunge, and a single piece of Kaffe!  Maybe a third of the fabrics were prints that I would never have chosen.  But that was the point of a grab bag, to give depth to my stash.  So.

One difference I noticed from several years ago is that there weren’t too many one-yard cuts.  There were lots of half yards, and lots of smaller pieces, even a broken layer cake.  I’m sure it will all be useful.

With all the smaller pieces of fabric, I can’t begin to measure it.  I’m just going to go with Fat Quarter Shop’s estimate and say twenty yards.  That’s bad enough!

PicMonkey Collage TransThe sewing!  It pales in comparison, but I did use four yards this week to make these wall hangings from printed panels.  Now you see where those little stars went!  Look for them soon in my Etsy shop.

 

This week: + 20 yards, – 4 yards

This year: + 74.5 yards, – 72.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 1.75 yards

Ah, well, back behind the starting line.  I still have three and a half months left to destash this year!

Better luck to you!


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August / September Goals, and Sunday Stash Report

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Wow, it’s been almost a month!  Sorry about that.  But I’m sewing again!  So here I am.

Entertaining, home renovation, and hot weather got in the way of sewing last month.  And, I was just plain tired of Handy Dandy.  The quilting was going fine, but I got sick of it and quit going up to work on it.  So I dumped it under a table, and started some more projects.

I made this baby quilt from a panel (yes, it’s a variation on one I’ve done before).

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Then I used scraps to start some of these Christmas coasters.  Next up are some Christmas pieces for my shop  (doing better on sales lately!).

 

August Goals:

  1. Finish quilting Handy DandyNo.  I made progress, but not done.
  2. Bind Handy Dandy.  Nope!
  3. Make a baby quilt from a “Moon and Back” panel for my shop.  Yes!  Here.

 

September Goals:

  1. Make some Christmas coasters from scraps.
  2. Make a wall hanging from a printed panel.
  3. Start a nordic-themed quilt from a printed panel.

 

Meanwhile, in the Stash:

This week: + 3 yards, – 3.25 yards

This year: + 54.5 yards, – 68.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 14.25 yards

 

Looking forward to seeing more of you as we move into fall here in the north!


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Sports Baby Quilt #1

2019-06-16 12.34.37The sun came out for a while yesterday, so Yuri and I raced out to take some quilt photos.

 

2019-06-16 12.35.15I had a variety of sports fabric scraps left from some baby quilts I’ve made as gifts and commissions.  I planned to make one quilt, but it turned out I had enough for three.

 

2019-06-16 12.35.01Some of the fabrics were already cut in 6.5″ squares, and I wanted to keep the large prints visible, so I stuck with squares for this one.  I found the blue ombre semi-solid that I think adds interest to the alternate squares.

 

2019-06-09 16.42.48Since this turned into three quilts, I had the opportunity to assembly-line them a little, making all the bindings and labels at once, basting two at the same time, etc.

 

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2019-06-16 12.38.50And, yes, I had it checked for snuggliness.  It passed!

Stay tuned for the next two soon.

 

Find this for sale in my Etsy Shop.

 


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Stellar II

 

 

2019-05-17 13.37.01This is the Supernova pattern again.  When I made this quilt, using the tutorial from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Jaye said she thought I should make some variations.  Here’s one; you never know if I might try more.

 

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This floral fabric is too pretty to be called a stash dog, but it had been hanging around my stash for way too long.  Like, I have no idea how long.  Many years.  I bought this pretty ombre recently to use with it, so until I bound it, this was a two fabric quilt.

 

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Here’s the first layout.

 

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And the second.

 

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And I finally went to the top-to-bottom color wash layout.

 

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I quilted in the ditches from the center out with pink Bottom Line, and used a serpentine stitch in between in pink Sulky.  I used all light pink Bottom Line on the back and I can’t believe how well it blended with all the colors.  I guess it’s a thing that light pink does that, but I didn’t know.

 

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I’m very happy with the way this turned out, and with my binding fabric.

 

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Yuri’s happy, too.  We hope you have some good finishes this week.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

We’re linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.