Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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Beach Quilt #6, and Stash

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It’s chilly here, but bright, so I snapped some pictures of the new Beach Quilt.

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You can’t tell here, but the basket weave batik on the back is washed with a bit of aqua.

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This will be in my Etsy Shop.

 

So that used 6.5 yards of fabric, some that was long in the stash, and I didn’t buy any this week.  We’ll see how long that lasts!

 

This week: + 0 yards, – 6.5 yards

This year: + 30.75 yards, – 41 yards

Total destashed / added in 2020: 10.25 yards

 

Take care, everyone, and enjoy your sewing time.

 

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Spring Flowers Quilt

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Here we are!  I love this quilt!  It really says spring to me.

 

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It started with a panel from FabricUtopia on Etsy.  At 25 by 44″, it seemed too large for a wall hanging, so I made it into a throw quilt.  I don’t know the name of the flower block.  I didn’t use a tutorial, just inprovised it from some photos on line.

 

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The back is a different green, but I couldn’t resist the birds and roses print.

 

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It’s quilted front and back with white Bottom Line from Superior.  The flowers and butterfly are quilted with Rainbows.

 

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This will be in my Etsy shop!


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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.