Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Sunday Stash Report: 2/19/17

A nice big finish this week and no new fabric!  Scrappy Stars used 13.5 yards, my first finish in two weeks.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 13.5  yards
This year: + 38 yards,  – 37.75 yards
Net destashed added in 2017:  .25 yards
Look at that!  Only a quarter yard down!

Hope you’re using your stash!

I’m linking up to the Stash Report at Patchwork Times. 


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:  Finishing and Beginning

Yesterday I finished binding Scrappy Stars Around the Corner!  It turned out great, and I’ll post about it soon.

Today I started work on Clue 2 of Surrounded by Scraps, Charlotte’s mystery quilt for this year.  The ironic thing is, yes, it’s another #bigheavyquilt, and I suppose you’ll get to hear me complain again when it comes time to quilt it.  Oh, well.  I want it for our bed.

HollyAnne from String and Story passed along a recipe for homemade spray baste.  This is the first I’ve heard of it.  It’s said to work well, and sounds easy to make.  One reason given for making it is the high cost of commercial spray baste.  I think folks who are feeling this must be using way too much.  You know I finish a lot of quilts, but I swear I only go through about two cans a year.  I use June Taylor, and I whiff it ever so lightly over each layer.  I use so little, I’ve wondered before if the quilt were just being held together by good intentions!  But, no, when I need to peel back a layer for some reason, it’s always nicely stuck.  I started a new can on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 5), so let’s keep track of how many quilts I get from it.  Remind me!

Also, here’s the Quilters’ Alliance Contest and Auction.  The theme is “Voices”, and the quilts are just 16″ square.  I did this a few years ago.

Hope you’re making lots of progress on your projects!


WIP Wednesday:  Still Stars 

I’ve spent the last few days slogging away on the quilting of Scrappy Stars Around the Corner.  It is BIG and heavy, especially when rolled diagonally as it is now.  I’m almost done with the straight line walking foot quilting, and then I’ll finish up with some free motion.  Three bobbins so far.

This is my set up for quilting.  Sewing table, wood cabinet, ironing board (with slippery boxes), chair to catch the end.  I’ve removed the chair for the walking foot quilting, because it was causing everything to back up.  I’ll put it back for free motion.

Hope you’re making progress!  So many people are sick.  Stay warm (Northern Hemisphere folks!) and stay healthy!


Sunday Stash Report: 2/5/17

I kept busy this week working on the Scrappy Stars quilt, but I’m just getting started quilting it.  The only finish is twelve heart blocks for HollyAnne’s Quilt for Cure block drive.  They make up quickly.  Mine used two yards of fabric.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 2  yards
This year: + 38 yards,  – 24.25 yards
Net destashed added in 2017:  13.75 yards

I’m linking up to the Stash Report at Patchwork Times, and Sew Some Love at Kat and Cat Quilts.

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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!

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January / February Goals


January was a great sewing month for me!  New fabric, cold weather, clear goals…I got a lot done!

January Goals:

  1. Make pink baby quilt.  Yes!  Finished and gifted.
  2. Blocks for Kat’s block drive.  Yes!  And I mailed them.
  3. Finish cutting for Surrounded by Scraps mystery quilt.  I’ve cut all the print fabrics.  I’m cutting the background as I need it.
  4. Step one for SbS mystery quilt.  Yes!
  5. Make commissioned baby quilt.  Yes!

Bonus:  I made four more baby quilts for my shop!  A pink one, woodland, and the two elephants.

I’m going to try to cram a lot into February, too, knowing that we’ll have more snowy sewing weather, and vacation plans start in March.

February Goals:

  1. Complete Clue #2 for Surrounded by Scraps.
  2. Make donation blocks for HollyAnne at String and Story.
  3. Finish assembling top for Scrappy Stars Around the Corner (last year’s mystery quilt from Charlotte).
  4. Quilt and bind SSAC (see above).
  5. Take out my Storm at Sea (the Slow Quilt) and make some decisions.


If you need some concentrated sewing time, join us this weekend for the Sports Ball Sew In (#SBSI) on Twitter and the Twilters’ Facebook group.