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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RSC June 2016 blocks

Sunday, June 19, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Have you been following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge? Angela at So Scrappy blog has chosen teal for June’s color. If interested in knowing more, I have a button in the right hand column that will take you to her blog. You can check out her linky parties and see what everyone is making.

RSC June 2016

RSC June 2016

I now have 60 blocks done and eventually I will need to figure out how I want to lay them out.

All of the pinks, rose, and shades of purple flowers in the backyard have been replaced with white and yellow. Many of my day lilies are showing buds so it won’t be long until I have various colors of blooms.

backyard

backyard

Have a great day !

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Whimsey

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

I was getting ready to put together this post on the completion of the quilt top and realized that I haven’t shown you anything about it.

As you can see it is simple block made up of squares and rectangles. What makes the quilt fun is the fabric. Most of the fabrics are from a collection called Hubba Hubba from Moda.

Whimsey blocks

Whimsey blocks

The block finishes at 6″ and every other one is rotated. I wanted the quilt to hang is a small spot in my home so I did a grid of 7×9 blocks. You could easily make the quilt larger by adding more blocks or a border.

Whimsey

Whimsey 42×55

 

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

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Spring flowers

Tuesday, June 7, 2016 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

Warning…warning….post has MANY photos of my garden. I just love this time of the year to be out in the garden. Nice weather, low humidity and the mosquitoes are not out in force yet. Yeah !

One of my many pink peony bushes.

Pink Peony

Pink Peony

I have a few peony bushes that have large dark rose flowers.

Dark Rose Peony

Dark Rose Peony

I really like my circular raised bed in the backyard – lots of place to put plants (please ignore weeds). There are a few empty spaces by the fence. My brother and I removed some old shrubs that were past their prime. I want to replace them with something that will have some winter interest but just not sure what.

Back yard

Back yard

Dwarf Siberian Iris hanging out by the garage.

Dwarf Siberian Iris

Dwarf Siberian Iris

I am not sure but I think the blue flowering plant is called ‘Ajuga’.

Ajugla?

Ajuga?

Columbine has popped up all around the garden this year. Here are some purple columbine hiding among the hostas and peony bushes.

Purple columbine

Purple columbine

Purple Alliums showing off. I used to have couple dozen of white daffodils blooming next to the alliums but only one bloomed this year. Unfortunately, it didn’t get into the photo.

Aillum

Aillum

Peachy pink iris after the rain.

Peach Iris

Peach Iris

Happy gardening !

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