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!