Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


Quilt of Valor Finish, #it’llquiltout

These last two weeks I pieced and quilted this quilt for Quilts of Valor. I try to make one every year, but I may have missed last year.

I used the Four-Patch Star tutorialfrom Missouri Star because I had just used it for the Scrappy Stars quilt, was still in the mood, and because it fit the patriotic scraps and yardage I had.

After it was pieced, though, I found a problem. The stars lay flat enough, but the negative areas were billowing in the breeze. Apparently, the trouble was with the main background fabric, off-white with printed white stars. I received it as a prize during a sew-in. It must have been a very inexpensive fabric, and did it ever stretch as it was sewn. Whew!

To correct the problem I did several things.

  • I sprayed the areas with water and steamed them. It didn’t really shrink them much, but it directed the fullness toward the centers.
  • I cut the borders to the “correct” measurements, rather than measure the quilt. I always do this, but this time it was really importan t.
  • I spray-basted this quilt on my Ping Pong table, pushing and tugging until the borders lined up along the edges.
  • I quilted between all the blocks using my walking foot. I don’t do this religiously anymore, but this quilt sure needed it.

I used the same orange peel quilting I had used in the last quilt. I have already planned to, because I thought the “stars” in the negative space would look good, but it really proved to be the perfect motif for controlling fullness. The curved lines directed the fabric toward the center, and then against the seamlines, where I eased or tucked it in.

And flatness ensued. It looks pretty good, aside from some minor tension issues. I’m happy to donate this quilt.



Friday Finish: Scrappy Stars

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I used the last of our rapidly melting snow to photograph this new quilt. This started out as a way to use up some scraps, and it grew from there.

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I used Missouri Star’s Four Patch Star tutorial to make the nine stars in the center. I made my ten inch “layer cake” squares from strings, then cut them apart for the star rays. (The quilting is done with Superior’s Fantastico and Living Colors on top, and Bottom Line on the bottom.)

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That was when this quilt got demanding. It didn’t like the background fabric I had for it, so I had to buy the golden snowflake fabric (on sale!). So much for using my stash. Then it told me it needed a curvy bias design in the border. And then, of course, it needed wavy edges. More bias binding. Sheesh. But I love the result. This is roughly 60″ square.

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Where have your quilts been taking you?

I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


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Sunday Stash Report: 1/28/18

This week I finished this baby quilt.

And I bought five yards of fabric.

This week: + 5 yards, – 3.5 yards

This year: + 24.75 yards, – 21.75 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 3 yards

I’ve wanted to make a houndstooth check quilt for a long time. I used this tutorial by Jenny at Missouri Star. It was very easy, but watch the pieced blocks. They’re all bias, so they’re very stretchy. When I sewed them to the plain blocks, I used pins, and sewed with the plain blocks on top to ease in any fullness. I’m very happy with the way it turned out. It in my Etsy shop.

I hope you’re getting some sewing time!


Sunday Stash Report: 1/21/18

Terrible weather during the past week, so lots of sewing got done!  And no new fabric. Yet.

2018-01-18 09.34.11This baby quilt was inspired by some of the fabric I got on sale after Christmas.  The two fabrics are not related, but I thought they belonged together.

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2018-01-21 14.44.52This quilt looks familiar, but I just finished it as a custom order.  This makes # 12 of my elephant/Star Wars baby quilts using this design.

So that’s seven yards used this week.

This week:  + 0 yards,  – 7 yards

This year:  + 19.75 yards,  – 18.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  1.5 yards


Almost breaking even!  Good luck on your destashing!


First Finishes

I quilted and bound these two scrappy baby quilts.  These cat fabric scraps have been lying for years and I’m glad to finally use them (there are more, small scraps that I made into leaders and enders kits for more tops.)

These flannel zebra scraps are newer, but I’m still glad to use them.  My first low volume piece of the year!

These are headed to Project Linus.

I’m linking up to Oh, Scrap! and Let’s Make Baby Quilts.



Nautical Baby Quilt Finish

IMG_2949This week I put together this baby quilt that I designed a few months ago.  It has it’s roots in quilts I made in 2012 and 2013, but with much larger blocks.  The blocks are all real signal flags, but I chose them for their graphic appeal, rather than their meaning.

IMG_2951I had a signal flag print ready for the backing, but as I was looking for some fabric to piece into it, I found a big piece of this great fish batik, and this nautical stripe that I used for the binding.  Love those fish!



This sunny picture shows the quilting.  I wanted improv wavy lines across it, but was afraid I would have trouble making smooth lines on such a large space.

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I used both sides of two rulers to mark a few lines.  That left these voids between the wavy lines, so when I echoed the waves, I doubled back to make wave/flame shapes to fill in.

Incidently, I spray basted this using that same can of June Tailor I started back on February 5.  It’s getting low, but I think I can do one more quilt in January!


I had fun making this, and I think it came out well.  Find it in my Etsy shop soon.

I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Poinsettia Finish

IMG_2920Last week I finished the Poinsettia Quilt, and I’m really happy with the result.  It’s 60″ square, with a bazillion 4″ curved patches.  The design is by Anne at Springleaf Studios, and she did it as a Christmas Quilt-Along in 2015.  I love her fabrics,  but I used what I had.

IMG_2921This is similar to my Spring Violets quilt from 2014.  It’s a Drunkard’s Path variation.  A regular Drunkard’s Path is easier to piece because the “legs” aren’t so exacting.  “Beach Drunk” is a good example of a regular one.

2017-11-16 16.31.37I used Superior Threads’ Fantastico in red and green to quilt the flowers and leaves, and Bottom Line in light green for the background and bottom thread.

IMG_2930The back is a wonderful green and white leaf print that I though was perfect.  So did Yuri.


This is for sale in my Etsy Shop.


And a nice scrappy binding!

Hope you are finishing something.