• Yellow Brick Road

    Warning….long story. I have a collection of fabrics that I wanted to use for a quick charity quilt but wasn’t sure what design or pattern to use. My girlfriend and quilting buddy, Carla, suggested I use the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ pattern by Atkinson Designs. Great idea. It looks like a design that would work with my colorful fabrics. So I started to cut them up but realized that I didn’t like one of the blocks in the pattern. So, what’s a girl going to do? I figured out a replacement block and got back to cutting and sewing.

    Yellow Brick Road 1

    Well, it was time to sew the blocks together and I didn’t like it when I used all three blocks types. I pondered the situation and moved around the blocks for awhile and then decided that I would use two of the block types in Yellow Brick Road 1 and use the other one for Yellow Brick Road 2.

    Yellow Brick Road 2

    Of course, I had made a few too many blocks so the leftovers got added to the second small quilt. Confused yet ? Yeah, I know.

    How are your projects coming along? Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Disappearing patches

    It has been ages since my last post. Lately, I haven’t had any blogging mojo…still doing lots of quilting but not feeling like doing any blogging. Hopefully, I will do a better job since I have lots of show and tell to share. Here are a couple charity quilt tops.

    I love the look of quilts made using both the disappearing four patch and the disappearing nine patch blocks. I have done them both before but this time I was only using two fabrics so I decided to try to make them using strip sets instead of piecing individual blocks. The photos are not the best but I included the full photo versions so you could see it but the closeups give you a better look at the fabrics.

    The first one is using two blue fabrics.

    Blue version

    Blue closeup photo.

    closeup

    When I did the second one I decided to change it up and added a accent fabric for the little squares.

    Lilac version

    Lilac closeup photo.

    closeup

    How are your projects coming along? Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

     

    Micki
  • Carla’s Squares

    Carla is a great friend and a member of my local quilt guild. She also persuaded me to join a charity quilt group. Back in January, Carla must have thought I needed a challenge and gifted me a bag of miscellaneous squares. They were mostly green and purple fabrics but not all the exact same size. Now….what to do with them.

    Here is the first quilt top I made adding some white background and an orange accent fabric. It is a version of a disappearing nine patch block but I decided to sew them differently since some of the fabrics where directional. An extra challenge.

    Carla’s Squares 1
    (45×58)

    The second quilt is a simple rail fence block.

    Carla’s Squares 2
    (41×46)

    Here is a closeup of the rail fence quilt top to show off the fabrics.

    closeup

    The peonies and iris’s are done blooming already but my oakleaf hydrangea is showing off.

    oakleaf hydangea

    How are your projects coming along? Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Kaffe Coin Quilt

    I have been super busy lately working on charity quilts and boomerang bags but was able to finish this quilt top. It started with a kit purchased ages ago of a collection of mostly Kaffe fat eighth’s fabrics. I think it took longer to figure out what to do with the fabrics than it took to actually sew it together.

    Kaffe Coins 47×60

    Closeup of the crazy fabrics.

    closeup

    The good news is I still have part of the fat eighth left over. Hmmm…wonder what I will do with them.

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Somer’s Garden

    I purchased a fat quarter bundle from Connecting Threads ages ago and decided it was time to use them. I rummaged thru my stash and found a few more fabrics to add to the collection. Now what to do with all of them. Something simple but graphic. What if . . . I make some 16 patch blocks.

    Take some 2-1/2″ strips, mix and match them to make the blocks and then offset them with dark blue rectangles. The charity quilt is cleverly name ‘Somer’s Garden’ which, coincidentally, is the name of the fabric line. I know, smart huh !

    Somer’s Garden 44 x 56
    closeup

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Guess what I found

    This quilt top has been done for quite some time but somehow I missed sharing a photo with you. It all started with a few Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I hunted thru my stash and found some more prints and solids to join the party. Normally, naming a quilt is a bit of a challenge for me but when I started pulling the fabrics together the name popped into my head. ‘Denyse and friends’ is basically made of uneven rail fences, square in a square blocks and lots of background. Easy quilt once you figure out placement of the color/prints. It finishes at 55 x 75.

     

    Denyse and friends

    Closeup of the quilt – ignore the wrinkles.

    closeup

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year !! Hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are ready for all of the fun and adventures in 2020. Have you made any resolutions?

     

    Here are a couple of charity quilt tops I recently made. Warning, you might want to put on a pair of sunglasses. The prints are adorable but when you put all of them together into a quilt …. wow, makes for a busy quilt. The first one has the flower print in the center of the squares with the bird print as the border.

    Flowers

    The ‘Bird’ quilt reverses the block center and border fabrics. Even the striped inner border are two different combinations of colors. These were fun quilts to make.

    Birds

    Minnesota was part of the big storm that hit this past week. We got rain, freezing rain and then the snow came. I like the way the snow looks on evergreen tree but it was a bit treacherous to walk or drive on.

    new snow

    Check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Happy Holidays

    Micki