Book Challenge # 2

Monday, February 13, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

We had the unveiling of the Book Challenge #2 a couple of weeks ago and I am finally pulling together the photos to share with you. It was my turn to choose the book and I decided that we would use a pattern from Alex Anderson’s ‘Simply Stars’ called ’54-40 or Fight’. Alex used 6″ finished blocks in red and blues and alot of plaids.

Jane did her version using lots of black and white prints and a variety of Moda marble fabrics in both bright colors and shades of grey. Isn’t it gorgeous !

Jane’s version

My version is done entirely with solids. As you can tell…. she is a better photographer.

Micki’s version

We never shared our design or color choices during the challenge so it is really interesting how our quilts look so similar. We both decided to change the pattern and make a rectangular quilt using bright colors and grey in the border. I added sashing and Jane switched up the outer border although the big difference is the color placement. Read a little more about our book challenges here.

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Northwoods

Monday, January 30, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Last summer I was going thru some of my boxes of fabrics and decided it was time to use or give away the old, old stash. There was a box of old Christmas fabrics that I have been saving/hoarding/ignoring for some time. What if I use them to make a cute holiday wallhanging but set them in a more contemporary layout.

‘Northwoods’ has been made secretly over the past few months because it was a Christmas present for my brother Paul and his wife Janet. I am finally able to show it to you. They sent me this photo showing the quilt hanging in their foyer.

Northwoods

Check out the long arm quilting – it really enhances my simple tree quilt. The quilting was done by Patti Marrin of PM Quilt Design. Sorry, no closeups. Didn’t think about in the rush to finish the quilt but the pattern we chose included some holly leaves, berries and swirls.

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Micki’s Leader Ender 2016 Quilt

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Is this a 2016 or 2017 completed quilt? I guess, technically, I finished it in 2017 but the quilt center was done by October 2016. Over New Year’s, I finally found some time to add the borders.

2016 Micki’s Leader & Ender

All of the fabrics used in this quilt were recycled shirts except the dark blue outer border.

My inspiration was a photo that a reader sent to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltsville. The quilt is adorable and loved the variety of colors but since I was working with recycled shirts I stuck to the blue and white adding a splash of red and gold. I removed the sashing which made the setting triangles of the blocks become half square triangles.

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Tis the season

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Oh, I seem to be able to pull together fabrics for a quilt so why am I so bad when it comes to decorating my home for the holidays. The quilt now on display is ‘Winter Solstice’ hanging over my buffet has a lighted artificial garland and some holiday decorations. Makes my home look a little more festive.

Winter Solstice

The background is mostly made with 2″ finished four patches and squares. I am not sure WHY I decided that they needed to be so small. They add some texture but you almost have to have your nose against the quilt to see all of the different fabrics.

Happy Holiday !

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Too many projects

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Do you ever experience that? Having too many projects going at the same time. Yikes.

There are many WIP’s hanging around but here are the ones I am working on:

1) Bonnie Hunters 2016 Leader Ender Hourglass block challenge. I decided that since I gathered such a nice collection of beige, brown, black fabrics for the hour glass challenge I might as well use them to make another quilt. I am using Cluck Cluck Sew star block tutorial to make some simple star blocks. I was originally thinking of a straight forward layout with sashing but then …what if ?!?… Yes, I know the dreaded ‘what if’s’ attack again. As I completed the star point units I pinned them to some fleece on my design wall. Although I am not sure about what to put in the centers I really like it the interlocking layout. Downside is that I would need to make many more blocks to get a decent size quilt.

Stars

Stars

2) My girlfriend and I are doing another book challenge. If you didn’t see the last one check out Book Challenge #1. We take turns choosing a quilt from one of our books and actually using a pattern from it. I got to choose the quilt pattern this time. The quilt required MANY MANY 54.40 blocks which ended up more of a challenge than I thought they would be. It is a secret so I can’t share any photos yet.

3) Making another ‘Using your old stash’ quilts. This time using some of those old calico type fabrics that have been hiding out in boxes for years. The block is the same as my Using your old stash #2: Flannel. It is true – if you cut up ugly fabric small enough it isn’t as bad. These squares finish at 1-1/2″.

calicos

calicos

4) Lets not forget about the 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks. I made a few ‘replacement’ blocks and started sewing the blocks into rows. Will I get the quilt top done before the end of December? Who knows but I will try.

5) December deadlines are coming up soon. I need to sew on the binding on a quilted wallhanging gift, add a border to both my personal 2016 leader/ender (recycled men’s shirts’) challenge and the last Scrappy Summer 2016 quilt.

Need to prioritize and really need to stop looking at new ideas.

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Using the old stash 2: Flannel

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Another adventure using up some of my old stash.

I made a flannel quilt ages ago and had some leftover fabric. Flannel isn’t my thing and I probably won’t buy more so what can I do with the little I have. I gathered the fabrics, took inventory and started working on a simple design to use them. I had an thought… what if … hmmm sounds good and considering the colors are muted this would be ideal for a small charity baby quilt. I decided to do something simple using squares. What if I took the leftover fat quarters and cut 2-1/2″ strips and sewed them into strip sets. I could go with a 3×5 grid adding sashing on two sides. Nothing original, I am sure all of you have seen a version of this idea. Well, now the test….can I leave it at that. Will my ‘what if’s’ take over or can I just start cutting. As you can tell I started cutting before I could change my mind.

I did a show and tell of the blocks at my quilt group meeting last month and it was suggested that instead of making one small quilt I could make two baby quilts. Sounds like a plan and lucky me I had enough flannel to add the same border on both. I took a few photos of outside and this was the best one.

Flannel

Flannel

The flannel baby quilt top measures 38″ square. The border fabric is a bit more green than it looks. Adorable!

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Using the old stash 1: Woven

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Back ages ago I collected a variety of woven fabrics. Here is the quilt ‘Plaid Comfort’ that I made using them.

Plaid comfort

Plaid comfort

I have been working for awhile on trying to make a dent in my old stash of fabrics (AKA Using the stash) so I took what was left of those fabrics, tossed in a bunch of other woven fabrics and made this quilt. Love the combination of colors. Love how the quilt turned out. Now…what do I do with the leftover fabric !?!

Woven

Woven

I used a pattern from the book ‘Tried and True’ by Sandy Bonsib. The final step in the instructions of ‘Nine Patch Nuance’ had you take a 6-1/2″ ruler and trim the block at a wonky angle. But I decided my blocks were busy enough so I just trimmed them to a constant size.

 
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