Evening in the Garden Quilts

Adventures in Fabric Art


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!

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Sunday Stash Report: 2/4/18

I bought nine yards of fabric this week. Isn’t it pretty? And obviously necessary?

And I used three and a half making Star Wars #13.

This week: + 9 yards, – 3.5 yards

This year: + 33.75 yards, – 25.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 8.5 yards

Clearly, this can’t go on forever! I can’t buy fabric every week, can I?

Hope you’re doing a better job using your stash!


A Finish, and Other Progress

This week I finished the other commissioned baby quilt I was working on. This was special because I had made one for her older sister, accented in purple, and now grandma has ordered this in, well, rose. Then we went to see The Last Jedi last night, and I kept thinking, “Those are x-wings! I’ve appliqued those a lot lately!”

I’ve been working on my studio, partly prompted by a Twilter call for “as is” photos the other day, and partly just a New Year’s clean up. I have a lot crammed into a small room, and some has to be out and messy, but I’m doing what I can.

These birdseed bags have been lying under my cutting table for…a long time. I’ve finally started making them into shopping bags just to get them out of there. They’re straight, not cone-shaped as this picture looks.

This bulletin board was a complete wreck, several layers deep in expired coupons, old project directions, etc. Now it’s ready to tack up something I need currently.

My old webbing baskets on top of my lockers literally disintegrated this winter. I hope it was sun damage from before we installed the current windows that are supposed to protect against uv rays. I shopped my basement for the center basket and Hobby Lobby for the pink ones. One holds a mystery quilt in progress, one has leaders and enders kits, and one has extra shipping supplies.

And I vacuumed!

I’m currently re-reading this book. Not too much is new to me, but it’s interesting to see the small things she does differently, and her work is beautiful. She goes over all the steps involved, so I recommend this if you’re just starting, or getting back into, free motion quilting.

There! What have you been doing?

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January/February Goals

PicMonkey Collage Jan 2018As usual, this January was a very productive month!  Cold weather kept me in and gave me lots of time to sew.

January Goals:

  1. Quilt and bind low-volume donation baby quilt (zebras).  Yes!
  2. Quilt and bind bright cat donation baby quilt.  Yes!
  3. Complete Clue 1 of Charlotte H’s Summer Stars at Fawn Lake.  Yes!
  4. Make string blocks for Kat’s Jan/Feb Covered in Love block drive.  Yes!

Bonus:  I also made two quilts for my Etsy shop, and another on commission.  I also appliqued cardinals to complete an old wall hanging.


February Goals:

  1. Complete Clue 2 of Charlotte H’s Summer Stars at Fawn Lake .
  2. Complete and mail current commission quilt.
  3. Quilt and bind Gold and Green Christmas Quilt .
  4. Sew up grocery bags from birdseed bags.


Let’s see how much I get done in February!

How are you doing?


Spray Basting: The End of the Can!

Those of you without much other entertainment may be wondering how I’m doing with my can of spray baste that I opened last year. In this post, I argued that spray basting quilts was not expensive and emphasized using it with a light hand. I estimated at that time that I used two cans of June Tailor spray in a year of quiltmaking.

I was wrong. Today the can I opened on February 5, 2017 sputtered out in the middle of a baby quilt. The one can lasted very close to a year. It basted three queen quilts, one twin, six throws, and nine and a half baby quilts. (Not bad for a can I’m sure I bought with a half-price coupon.) This was the 9.95 oz. can.

So now you know. Maybe you’ll take me seriously when I say I baste my quilts lightly!