Evening in the Garden Quilts

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Design Wall…Thursday. Whatever.

This is the leftover fabric from the backing for the Ombre donation quilt. I didn’t plan it this way. After cutting (tearing) my two backing pieces, this is what was left.

I haven’t trimmed it yet. I’m just looking at it and pulling a few scraps to go with it.

What would you add to this or do with it?

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Sunday Stash Report: 3/25/18

I made some progress this week on using the stash. This donation quilt used about 11.5 yards, and I bought one yard of gray fabric.

This week: + 1 yards, – 11.5 yards

This year: + 34.75 yards, – 58.0 yards

Net destashed  added in 2018: 23.25 yards

And I’m continuing to make hundreds of these little guys for Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.

Keep using your stash!


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Spring Greens

2018-03-23 13.49.56This week’s finish is a twin-size donation quilt.  I made the forty-eight 16-patch blocks as leaders and enders over the last year or so.

2018-03-23 13.50.57I love all the squares I put together, but they do look more interesting up close.  I thought the citrus greens would keep it bright, but when the blocks were finished, they were pretty dull.  That’s why I bought the ombre fabric to use for borders and sashing.

Of course, I had hoped to miter the border corners and let the green flow around the quilt without interruption, but I didn’t have enough fabric.  I used scraps to make the cornerstones instead.

2018-03-23 13.51.41The backing is a watercolor forest print.  I used the trimmings for the binding.

2018-03-21 13.22.00And here it is against the last snow of the winter (download).

Hope you’re keeping warm and having some great finishes!


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Sunday Stash Report: 3/11/18

As I often say, lots of sewing but only one small finish. I made these twelve donation blocks for Kat’s March/April block drive. They used two yards of fabric.

But I didn’t buy any fabric, so that helps.

This week: + 0 yards, – 2 yards

This year: + 33.75 yards, – 46.50 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 12.75 yards

I am continuing to work on this leaders and enders quilt.

I didn’t have enough fabric to miter the borders (so that the colors matched, so I made these cornerstones.

Hope you’ve been using your stash!


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WIP Wednesday: March-Along

I didn’t do very well the first few days of March, but since then I’ve gotten serious about getting in my fifteen minutes of sewing every day, and often more.

First I finished the six grocery bags made from birdseed bags.

Jaye asked how I made these. Over the years, I’ve done it several different ways, sometimes piecing the bags to get a certain size and adding lots of pockets and detail. For these I kept it very simple. I used an old rotary cutter to trim off the top and bottom of each bag, then I sewed a quarter inch from the lower edge, right side out. I turned the bag inside out, and sewed the bottom again (French seam) for strength. Then I sewed across each corner to create a flat bottom.

Then I turned down a “hem” on the top and zigzaged it, catching the denim handles. Finally, I turned the handles up and zigzaged them again for security.

Next, I made a dozen donation blocks for Kat’s March /April block drive for Covered in Love. I had never made the Hunters Star block, and it took me a while to get my brain around it, but after twelve I’m a pro.

Now I’m working on setting these leader-and-enders blocks with ombre fabric. I cut the borders first, then turned the fabric to cut the sashing from the various shades of green. Wish my design wall were bigger!

Hope you’re making lots of progress!


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February / March Goals

March is roaring in here today, so it’s time to check on the goals.

February Goals:

  1. Complete Clue 2 of Charlotte H’s Summer Stars at Fawn Lake . Yes! Cute, tiny units.
  2. Complete and mail current commission quilt. Yes!
  3. Quilt and bind Gold and Green Christmas Quilt . Yes!
  4. Sew up grocery bags from birdseed bags. Mostly. Two are finished and the other four need handles.

Bonus: I made a Quilt of Valor, using the same design as the Christmas quilt.

March Goals:

  1. Participate in March-Along, sponsored by Darla, the Scientific Quilter.
  2. Clue #3, Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.
  3. Make blocks for Kat’s March/April Covered in Love block drive .
  4. Complete donation top using green and white leader-and-enders blocks I’ve completed.

If you haven’t done March-Along before, it’s a fun reminder to do something quilty for fifteen minutes every day during the month of March. We decide what we want to count (I think I spent my time blogging today!), and Darla cheers us on. Come join us!