Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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Friday Finish: Star Wars

IMG_2825Here’s my latest finish.  It’s a fun size (48″ x 60″), and was quick and easy to make.  It includes two Star Wars fabrics, some batik, some metallic print, another gray print, some blue Grunge, a blue geometric, and some Kona Ash.  I found these scraps while straightening some of my fabric drawers and decided to make them up for donation.

2017-03-17 15.50.04How do you keep your blocks in order for assembly?  Usually I number them using Crayola Washable marker.  This time the blocks were too dark, metallic, etc., for the marker to show up on most of them.  Instead, I used numbered bits of blue painters tape, which was really more work than I wanted to do.  These stuck long enough to get the blocks to my sewing machine, and it went together properly.  However, the tape started to come off as I was sewing and stuck to everything else in sight.  I wore a few numbers to dinner that night, and I am still finding them.  Please tell me a better way!

IMG_2826The quilting was a lot of fun.  The light-colored diagonals are sewn with Superior NiteLite (glow-in-the-dark) thread, and I experimented with some decorative stitches to put a little more thread on there.  I use gray Bottom Line for the swirls and ribbon candy.

IMG_2827I pieced the back with more of the scraps.

IMG_2829I haven’t decided where I’ll be donating it yet, but I have a few ideas.

I’m linking up to Sew Some Love at Kat and Cat Quilts.


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Another Cabin-ish Finish

img_2817bHere is the second of the small donation quilts made from 7.5″ “log cabin” blocks.  These have the large 3″ centers again, and I didn’t even bother with “logs”.  I just used 2.5″ strips, arranging the colors to imitate log cabin blocks.  I set them in the Barn Raising design.  It finished at 42″ x 63″ before washing.

img_2820Like the first one, I chose the fabrics for this quilt after first choosing the backing fabric.

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After quilting between all the blocks, I quilted ribbons in the white areas (Sulky), and feathers in the print areas (Superior Living Colors).

img_2822This quilt will also go to A Mother’s Hope, at Margaret’s Hope Chest.

I’m linking up to Sew Some Love at Kat and Cat Quilts.


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Log Cabin Finish

img_2811These aren’t traditional log cabin blocks.  The centers are large, and there are only two “logs” on each side.  They are only 7.5 inches square, and there are fifty-four of them.  The quilt came out 42″ by 63″, but that was before it was washed.  I didn’t piece these to a foundation, just started adding to the center squares.  That made it much easier to chain piece them.

img_2814The colors are inspired by both Spring, and the backing fabric.

img_2813I quilted this with Sulky white and Superior Living Colors pink thread.  The bottom thread is Bottom Line.  The batting is Warm and Plush.

img_2815This is going to Margaret’s Hope Chest for a program called A Mother’s Hope.

 

 


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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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Two Elephant Finishes

img_2796img_2793I took advantage of the Australia Day Sew In yesterday to finish up the second of the elephant baby quilts.  Then I washed them both up for photos.

img_2801img_2799The batting is Warm and Plush.  It really is nice and plush-y, and fine for quilting.  One drawback is that it shrinks more than the regular Warm battings.  I put minimal quilting in the version of Pink Pinwheels that I made for Etsy, and it shrank two inches in each direction, which wasn’t a problem, since it was a little large anyway.  I made an effort to add more quilting to these two (roughly every inch or two inches), and it shrank 1.5 inches in each direction (on a 36″ x 42″ quilt).  It is nice and poofy, just be aware.

img_2800The binding is the last of a Riley Blake one inch charcoal stripe.

img_2803Thank you for all the encouragement.  These are really fun fabrics, and the aqua ones have been in my stash for a while, so I was glad to use them.  These are in my Etsy shop.

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


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Pink Pinwheel Quilt


Actually, the name of this block is Whirlwind.  I made it for the new daughter of a friend.


At first it looked like this, with plain 9″ blocks of the print.  Blech.  I put it up on Twitter, and the Twilters agreed it needed something.  That’s when I cut the blocks down to 6″ and added borders (Snow).  That gave me an opportunity to fussy-cut the fabric a little.  I like the result.


If you think this only has a little diagonal quilting, good, that’s the effect I wanted.  But, really, It has a lot of quilting.  I first stitched in every ditch with fine thread (Bottom Line), and then did the diagonal stitching with Fantastico.


The back is a great pink and gray hounds tooth corduroy and a strip of gray Kona.


I bound it with strips of gray and white chevron fabric, which makes nice diagonal stripes.

I’m linking up to Let’s Make Baby Quilts at Michelles’s Romantic Triangle


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Grungy Christmas Stars

A while back I made a variety of wonky stars using Christmas fabric scraps.

I put them together with lots of negative space made of various white and creamy Moda Grunge and borders of Windham’s Glisten.  Then I took them apart and inserted a peppermint strip for definition. 

Oftentimes, after a quilt is washed I regret not having quilted it more.  This was not the case.  I quilted shadow stars in the plain blocks, and filled around all the stars in various ways.

I quilted holly and ribbons in the first, wide border.  I quilted roping in the narrow gray border.  

I quilted ribbons in the outer border. (For this I used my Leaves Galore ruler from Sue Pelland.  I just didn’t move it over as much as for leaves.  I guess long, skinny leaves look like ribbons.)

After the fancy quilting, I went back with my walking foot and quilted straight lines wherever they fit to try to make the border quilting a little closer in density to the center.  I didn’t succeed,  but it’seems also pretty flat, so I think it helped.

The back is a creamy batik with faint green snowflakes.

This time I really think I accomplished the vision I had for this quilt.  It’s here in my Etsy shop.