Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art

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Sunday Stash Report: 9/29/19

Making progress! No new fabric (!), and I completed this cozy winter throw quilt.

This week: + 0 yards, – 6.5 yards

This year: + 74.5 yards, – 79.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2019: 4.75 yards

Yay, back in the black! And a few months left to use more.

How are you doing with your stash?

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Making Binding

The quilting is finished and the quilt is trimmed, so I made the binding. The problem was that after I found this perfect fabric, there was very little of it, and it ran the wrong direction. I cut and pieced and pieced and pieced, and I made enough, with a little to spare!

I had to sew straight seams, which I never do, but I didn’t have enough for diagonal joining. I pressed the seams open, and I hope it’s not too bulky.

Working on this, I remembered where I first saw this large-scale birch fabric. It was in a sale bin in a fabric store that was closed many years ago. I didn’t know what I would do with it, but I bought the rest of the bolt. I may paid $2 a yard.

In 2007 I used this fabric to make this wall hanging (it was updated with the cardinals more recently!).

In 2013 I made this winter nine-patch quilt. You can see I was a bit short on the birch fabric, so I used corner stones to fill out the border. Ooh, blurry!

So now, I’ve used the last. Except that the binding tail will go into my strings. And I probably have some 2.5″ patches in that bin…

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WIP Wednesday

Sewing is happening, slowly. I made two of these little 4.5″ stars that to go into Christmas wall hangings. I remember now that I don’t like to work small. Those are basted and ready to be quilted. Not today, though. It’s over 90°F here today, so maybe first thing in the morning…

I do want to share some links with you.

Here is Diagonal Seam Tape from Cluck, Cluck, Sew, to help with HSTs and flying geese.

These Fabric Bowl Covers from Quilt Social are new to me.

This Improv Garden quilt by Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework is my current favorite quilt online.

And, finally, if you’re looking for a place to donate small quilts and pillowcases, here’s a link.

That’s all for now. Hope you’re enjoying your sewing!

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July / August Goals

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Well, if you keep your goals really modest you can achieve them, right?  That’s what I did for July, and that’s what I’m doing again for August.  Summer is in full swing here, along with traveling, and entertaining friends and family.

July Goals:

  1. Baste Handy Dandy quilt.  Yes!
  2. Begin quilting Handy Dandy.  Yes!
  3. Make red, white, and blue star blocks for Kat’s Covered in Love July/August drive.  Yes!


August Goals

  1. Finish quilting Handy Dandy.  (This is a large, heavy quilt, and I don’t always feel light dealing with it.  I’m pecking away.)
  2. Bind Handy Dandy.
  3. Make a baby quilt from a “Moon and Back” panel for my shop.


My best wishes to all of you.  I hope you’re sewing and finding peace where ever you can.