Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Sunday Stash Report: 3/8/15


This post is brought to you by Yuri, who says every quilter needs an attractive paper weight.  Actually, he had a strong belief last evening that it was time to feed the cats, and was hoping that if he sat on something important enough I would have to stop my work.  Or that he could stare me into submission.  I had already yelled him for trying to remove pins from my piecing.  I did make him wait till I finished my block.  So there.

No fabric bought, and I used 3 1/2 yards for the Geese baby quilt.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 3.5 yards
This year:  + 26.5 yards,  – 45.75 yards
Net fabric destashed  in 2015:  19.25 yards

Hope all of you are moving your stash in the right direction!  I’m linking up to Patchwork Times.


Geese Finish

2015-03-06 11.07.16I finished the Geese baby quilt (38″ x 44″) made with Kona Ash and the bright “boy” scraps.  I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I took these photos in the bright sun just to show the quilting.

IMG_2283The quilting is all done with gray Bottom Line by Superior.  I wanted it to just be texture and shadows, no additional color.  The horizontal and vertical lines are all done with the walking foot, then I did the diagonals and the echo quilting in free motion.  It was a little hard to distinguish the geese that are flying horizontally, so I echo quilted inside of them, and I like the result.

IMG_2276The scraps include whales, construction trucks,  baseball equipment, and Mickey Mouse.  I was cleaning out my 6 1/2″ squares, so I made 51/2″finished  blocks to make the most of the fabric.  I used the two-squares-and-a-rectangle method, and this very handy chart to calculate sizes.

2015-03-06 11.07.36This is only the second Flying Geese quilt I’ve ever made, and the other was long ago.  I loved how easily and precisely the blocks went together using this method.  Now I’m going to do another, busier one using pinks!

2015-03-06 11.08.18Can’t wait to see your finishes!  I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.



WIP Wednesday: Geese



Just a quick one to show you what I’m doing (instead of any of my goals!).  I put together a scrappy Flying Geese quilt, and now I’m marking geese in the solid areas to quilt.  So far, so good.


While I pieced this and my last two projects, I’ve been working on this (my first) leaders and enders project, and am starting to see some progress.  I like doing it, and it eliminates lots of threads, but I don’t promise I’ll always be organized enough to do it.  I recently did some cleaning in the studio, which makes it possible to locate the basket when I get ready to piece.  (Someday this will be a “Frilly” quilt like Pam made.

Hope all of you are making progress!  I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


Sunday Stash and February/March Goals


This week I bought no fabric, and used three and a half yards from stash to make this quilt.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 3.5 yards
This year:  + 26.5 yards,  – 42.25 yards
Net fabric destashed  in 2015:  15.75 yards

February Goals

1.  Design and make winter-themed art quilt.  No.  Again.  Sigh.  This just isn’t going to happen.  I made the firescreen cover as a warm-up, but I have no interest in this quilt now.

2.   Audit Jinny Beyer BOM Craftsy Class.  Yes!  Caught up on the instructions.  Tempted to hand piece a block.

3.  Complete Step Two on Charlotte’s Scrap in a Box Mystery Quilt.  Yes!  Don’t seem to have photos.

4.  Piece and quilt Disappearing Four Patch with floral fabrics.  Yes!  And made a baby quilt from the scraps.  Here.

March Goals

1. Audit Jinny Beyer BOM Craftsy Class.

2.  Complete Step Three on Charlotte’s Scrap in a Box Mystery Quilt.

3.  Continue studio organization.

4. Make mug rug for Sandi’s (Quilt Cabana) swap.

5.  Assemble scrappy log cabin blocks I made a few months ago.

Maybe it’s the winter weather, but I feel very uninspired.  Hope this changes quickly!

I’m linking up to Patchwork Times!