Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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Chartreuse and White Quilt

2020-01-17 16.24.21When I designed this, I thought I had invented a Hugs and Kisses quilt.  A quick internet search showed that I was way late on that, even though most of them are made differently from mine.  I was going to change to Xs and Os (like Elle King), but that’s been used for quilts, too.  So.  Any ideas?

 

2020-01-17 16.24.42I still like it, and I like the diagonal quilting, which changes directions a couple of times.

 

2020-01-17 16.24.59This is entirely from stash.  It’s 48″ x 72″.  It’s pieced and quilted with white Bottom Line thread from Superior.  Look for this in my Etsy shop soon.

 

2020-01-17 16.25.32Of course, I’ve had it inspected.  It passed.

 

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Good luck on your finishes!

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

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


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First Finishes

This week I made these two donation baby quilts from piles of scraps that have been hanging around for years. They’re 36″ x 42″. The angle makes the cat look small. He’s not. 😉

Not everything’s that old, but I happen to know the binding on the pink one is a Jinny Beyer fabric from 1992…

Now they can go out in the world and do some good! They’re heading to Project Linus. I drop them off at Red Rooster Quilts in Dublin, OH.


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Final Finish 2019

The weather cleared for about 15 minutes yesterday, so I snapped a few pictures of Handy Dandy, Charlotte Hawke’s 2019 mystery quilt. I’m relieved that its finished, and I’m sure you’re glad that I can’t wine about it anymore!

I enjoyed most of the piecing for this. There was a stumble when I had to choose different fabrics for my sashing, but after that it went together fine. I just really bogged down on the quilting. I took a break in the fall, and when I came back to it this month I felt better about it.

This really is a scrap-buster! I used everything from cats to sock monkeys to Star Wars fabrics, as well as a lot of tulips. Of course, the wonderful maple seed fabric!

And the bird fabric on the back had been in my closet for…many years.

Now its finished, just in time to start the next one!


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Christmas Cardinal Finish

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It never rains but it pours, so I managed to get two quilt commissions in the same week.  This throw is the smaller, and it needed time to travel, so I pushed and got it made before we travel for Thanksgiving.  It’s now winging its way to Germany.  It was a dull day yesterday when I took these photos, so it doesn’t really sparkle like it should.

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This is a requested second rendition of this quilt, which I made late last year, and which sold last month.  The cardinals, backing, and binding are the same, and I came pretty close on the gold snowflakes and the poinsettias.  In fact, I think I like the snowflake border better, though it lacks some of the busy-ness energy of the first fabric.

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This is quilted with Glitter, New Brites, Rainbows, and Bottom Line from Superior Threads.

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I used Pellon 50/50 batting for the first time.  It was easy to work with, but I don’t think it gave the quilting much definition.  I guess I should have read my own post to see what I used last time.

Now it’s back to the Louisville Cardinal quilt, and some holiday baking.  Good luck with your finishes.


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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.