Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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Final Finish for January (Sloths #2)

This baby quilt will brighten your cloudy day! My sloth panel contained four images, facing in opposite directions because they were for making stuffed sloths. While I used all my restraint to keep Sloths #1 very low volume, I didn’t even try here!

The tree fabric is the same as the first one, and I love it. It’s a paisley batik left over from a quilt back (strangely, I can’t remember which one).

The plain background was perfect for quilted leaf shapes. The variegated Fantastico from Superior is subtle, but adds a nice sheen.

My favorite part is the vibrant backing. It’s been in my stash since 2014, and I finally found its destiny. I love large prints, but they don’t fit everywhere.

These little quilts turned out to be 33″ x 40″. You’ll find them in my Etsy shop soon.

And that’s all the sloths! Back to squares and triangles.


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Hanging Around

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Last week I finished this sleepy little baby quilt.  I bought the sloths printed on a panel, and put them on my own (stash) background with a couple of branches from which they could hang.

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I didn’t want to use Steam a Seam under these very large pieces of applique.  Instead, I starched them heavily, and then used spray adhesive (baste) to hold them in place when they were dry.  It worked fine.  I did use Steam a Seam under the leaves, and they were harder to quilt through.  I think this is the first time I used my Leaves Galore ruler set to actually cut leaves!  Usually I’m just using it to trace curves or leaves for quilting.

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If the background looks very textured, it’s true.  The gray print is super busy, so I quilted lots of wavy horizontal lines on it.  It’s not exactly drapey, but it’s soft enough and feels great.

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Find this in my shop soon.

And, I have extra sloths, so look for another version soon!

 


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Sunday Stash Report

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Here’s 1.75 yards of new fabric to counter the winter weather.

 

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This week I finished the two pillow covers that match the Chartreuse and White quilt, using 1.5 yards of fabric.

 

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And I have finished this sloth quilt, using 2.75 yards.  Look for photos soon!

 

This week:  + 1.75 yards,   –  4.25 yards

This year:   + 15.25 yards,    – 17.25 yards

Total destashed / added in 2020:  2 yards

 

Using the stash, a little at a time!  Enjoy your sewing!


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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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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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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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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!