RSC August 2016 Blocks

Sunday, August 28, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here are my August Rainbow Scrap challenge blocks. Angela of SoScrappy color challenge this month was to use a grey-purple color. I love purple and have a nice stash of fabrics but it was a challenge to find five grey-purple fabrics that would work. But I did and I was able to finish the blocks before the end of August – YAHOO !.

RSC August 2016

RSC August 2016

Linking up with So Scrappy and Quilting is more fun than housework.

In keeping with August’s color here is a new bloom on my Endless Summer hydrangae plant.

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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Book Challenge #1

Monday, August 15, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Anyone who knows me knows that I normally design my own quilts. Oh… I might be inspired by a quilt that I have seen on-line, in a blog, book, magazine etc but then I am plagued with the ‘what if’s’. What if…I move the blocks around, what if I put it on point, change this or change that, made bigger, made smaller..etc..etc. How can I change the design to make it my own. My girlfriend and quilting buddy challenged me to make a quilt like a pattern in a book.

Red Letter day quilt

Jane chose a simple pattern called ‘Red Letter Quilt’ from Sue Pfau’s book ‘Quilts from Sweet Jane’. The rules allowed me to change the fabrics/colors and two other things (size of blocks, border, sashing etc). This was quite the challenge but the resulting quilt still had to look like the original.

Once I chose the focus fabric for the center I knew that the center and the surrounding strip sets needed to be bigger. My second change was the border. ‘Melrose’ ended up at 69×87. I took at least twenty photos trying to capture the warm tan color of the background. This is the best one. Don’t you just love my plywood backdrop.

Melrose

Melrose

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.

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Jewel Box

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is my Scrappy Summer 2016 #1 quilt top ‘Jewel Box’ all completed.

The quilt is 50 x 63 set in a 6×8 grid of 6″ finished blocks. It uses 36 (not my style any longer) prints and half as many backgrounds. My challenge was to see what I could create using a simple block. Of course, there had to be a little twist to the layout. The jewel box blocks are surrounded by a beautiful rich burnt gold fabric. The fabric shows off the blocks and then continues into the border.

Scrappy Summer 2016 - Jewel Box

Scrappy Summer 2016 – Jewel Box

Squint.. can you see where I tried (emphasis on tried) to have the longest diagonal row with darker background in the center? I know…very subtle. Didn’t think to do this until all of the blocks were made.

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

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Scrappy Summer 2016 Update

Saturday, July 23, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

The past few days have been VERY HOT and VERY HUMID. Bad news – to hot to be in the garden. Good news – more time for quilting. Summer is moving along quickly and I haven’t shared the progress I am making on my Scrappy Summer challenge quilts.
 

SS 16 - #1 Jewel Box

#1 JEWEL BOX
The blocks are made and now I am auditioning sashing fabric. Should go together fast once I decide.

SS 16 #2 Bow Ties

#2 BOW TIE
For the ‘jewel box’ quilt (above) I decided that I wanted a variety of backgrounds but I am using one single background for the ‘bow tie’ quilt. I have had a few ideas on the design on this quilt but think I have FINALLY decided on one. All of the bow tie pieces are ready to start sewing them into pairs.

Couldn’t resist sneaking in a garden photo. Isn’t this a luscious color for a day lily?

day lily

day lily

Enjoy the weekend !

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RSC July 2016 blocks

Sunday, July 17, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here we are again with photos of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.  This month, SoScrappy chose ‘hot pink’ although mine blocks are more ‘just pink’ than ‘hot pink’.  I decided to show off all of the month’s blocks so far.  Looking good !

RSC blocks (so far)

RSC blocks (so far)

If you are interested in seeing what ever one else is doing check out the RSC16 button on the right side of the blog.

My garden is really blooming now. The coneflowers are plentiful – whether planted or volunteer plants they are great to look at and in the fall the birds love them to peck at them.

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

Here is a photo of a couple of my day lilies. I have them ranging in color from the softest pink to dark maroon, lemon yellow thru to bright orange yellow along with some peachy ones. The lemon yellow ones are plants I got from my mom. They are ‘old fashion’ ones that actually have a pleasant fragrance.

Day lilies

Day lilies

How is your garden doing? Hope you are having a great weekend.

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Lily quilt top is done

Monday, July 11, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

YAHOO ! – my ‘Lily’ quilt top is done. I love the simplicity of the block and think I might have to try it again with different fabrics.

Lily

Lily 58×74

Except for the corners of the blocks and the border section, it is made using only 2-1/2″ strips. You could easily do this with a jelly roll and yardage for the background.

Of course, no post is complete unless I add a couple of photos from the garden. I have had the ‘endless summer’ hydrangea plant for many years. This is the first year that I have gotten more than one of those beautiful, delicate blooms.

Hydrangea bloom

Hydrangea bloom

Here is some of my red asiatic lilies.

asiatic lily

asiatic lily

The coneflowers and day lilies are starting to bloom. I will have to get my camera out and takes some photos. How are you coming along with your quilt projects?

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

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Scrappy Summer #1 blocks

Monday, July 4, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Making great progress on the first quilt of this summer’s series. If you are new to my blog, Scrappy Summer is my own personal challenge. I take a collection of fabrics and try to make several smaller quilts focusing on having fun and playing with fabrics. To read more click here. I have already made 80 half square triangles and 80 four patches.

2016 Scrappy Summer - #1

2016 Scrappy Summer #1

Super simple block that is fun and easy to put together. I will show you more once I get some of the blocks put together.

Have a great Fourth of July.

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