Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Scrappy Stars is Finished

img_2805Yes!  More than a year in the making, I’m very pleased that Scrappy Stars Around the Corner is finished.  And I’m pleased with the result.  There were moments, as I pushed and pulled the #bigheavyquilt through my machine, when I was afraid that it would be a wonky, stretched-out mess.  However, the magic of the washer and dryer put everything back where it should be, and it’s not bad at all.

2015-10-01-16-55-30This carton of eggs from my farmers’ market was the inspiration for the color scheme.  I knew I would add some darks for contrast, and then I found the turquoise and gray scraps from a project, so it morphed a bit.  I originally thought of it for the master bedroom, and giving it borders, but it ended up not matching.  Then I let it sit while I tried to decide what to do about it.  I finally decided to finish it up for a gift or to donate.

img_2807The back is pieced from four gray and gold fabrics.

img_2806aThis top lay much flatter than Scrap in a Box from the previous year, so perhaps my triangle piecing improved?  However, when I went to run quilting lines through it, I discovered problems with my sashing.  Next time, I will mark centers (at least) on my sashing strips so that everything lines up better.

img_2810And it’s passed its snuggle test, so I guess all is well!

I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday and Finish it up Friday.

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WIP Wednesday  2/1/17

Krissi and I have been working on the Scrappy Stars quilt.  (No, Krissi is not a fan of the camera!)

This is an old photo, but it shows it all nicely pressed, unlike now, after I dug it out of its basket.  No more rows are sewn on, but they’re all assembled and ready to add today.  And I found the corner pieces- they were between some of the blocks.

I’ll be spray basting this on my basement ping pong table, but for those of you who pin, check out Katie’s video of her method of board basting.  Great for small spaces, and not getting down on the floor!


WIP Wednesday: The “Fly” Fabric


Today I finished Clue 4 in the Scrappy Stars Around the Corner mystery quilt.  I like the way they turned out.


Here are the blocks laid out without any sashing.  The Snow sashing will lighten it up a lot.image

I’ve gotten questions about this very…interesting fabric that keeps popping up in my quilts.  I bought it about ten years ago, and I’ve been trying to use it up ever since.  Yes, I think those are flies.  Almost look like mosquitos.  Surely not supposed to be butterflies?image

I bought this fabric (probably at JoAnn) for my niece’s cat quilt.  (I’m sorry about these phone photos of film photos.)  I needed a “light” black, and this seemed whimsical.  I bought a couple yards because the entire background was supposed to be black.  And it looked great, design-wise.  But it made a very dark quilt for a graduation gift.  So I bought the pale green (with it’s own insects) to finish it out.  And I was left with lots of cut triangles and yardage to use up.  The best place I found to use a lot of it was the second of these Rail Fence quilts.  And maybe the last of it has ended up in SSAtC. image

Yes, this is the “Tidy Cat” on the yellow patches.  Tidy Cat briefly offered their litter in printed feed sacks about 12? 15?  years ago, so I had saved one or two and they were the genisis of this quilt.  You just never know.

Hope you’re making good progress on your projects!