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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RSC October 2016 blocks

Sunday, October 16, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

October marks the last month and Angela at So Scrappy has chosen yellow/orange. My fabrics range from yellow to gold which coincidentally matches many of the leaves that have fallen in my yard. Yes, it is official fall. It is a lovely time of the year but makes me think of what is coming next…UGH.

RSC October 2016

RSC October 2016

The challenge went from January to October with a new color each month. That makes it ten months times 10 blocks per month. Wowzy…100 blocks. Seems like a lot but these blocks will only finish at 5″ so I will need all of them to make a small quilt. I am not sure if I will add any other blocks to the design layout but I have been pondering a couple of options. I will be spending the rest of the year working on getting all of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2016 blocks together into a quilt.

Life is good ! Here are my pups capturing the sun coming in the front door.

life is good

life is good

I spent many hours outside getting the garden ready for winter. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

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

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Double Cross

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is the last of my Scrappy Summer 2016 series. ‘Double Cross’ quilt top is completed and finishes at 56″ x 65″.

I started with an idea to do a ‘plus or addition’ quilt block but then decided to spice it up a little with the gold insert (finishes 1/2′). I know, I know…silly girl. What was I thinking. But it does adds just a little something something to the quilt.

Double Cross

Double Cross

In case you missed them, here is Scrappy Summer #1 Jewel Box and #2 Bow Tie.

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changing quilts – fall 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

With Fall approaching it seems like a good time to switch out a couple of my quilts.

Here is my quilt ‘Bird of Paradise’ that I made in 2008. Geez, doesn’t seem that it was THAT long ago. My nickname for the quilt was ‘When Margaret met Carol’. Inspired by Margaret Miller’s ‘Strips that Sizzle’ book and a paper pieced block by Carol Doaks. Doesn’t the border and binding blend nicely with my purple walls?

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise 65 x 83

I also switched out my ‘Polka Dots’ quilt for ‘Red Stripes’ The quilt top was also completed in 2008. I must have been very busy that year.

Red Stripes

Red Stripes 64 x 85

I took my ‘Red Strips’ design and tweaked it a bit so that I could use some fussy cut animal fabric. The photo was taken at the 2010 Minnesota Quilt Show. Unfortunately, not a great photo but you get the idea.

Animals gone wild

Animals Gone Wild 53 x 74

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RSC September 2016 blocks

Saturday, September 17, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

For September, Angela at So Scrappy has chosen ‘rosy red’. If you are following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge you probably already know that Angela only has one more month/color to reveal before we start putting together the quilt top. Geez…might be time to figure out the layout.

RSC September 2016

RSC September 2016

If interested in knowing more, look in the right hand column to find a button to SoScrappy’s blog. You can check out her linky parties and see what everyone is making. You would be amazed at the variety of blocks.

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Bow Tie

Thursday, September 1, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is my Scrappy Summer 2016 #2 quilt top ‘Bow Tie’ all completed.

The quilt is 65 x 65. I ended up using 40 prints and one background. My challenge was to see what I could create using a simple bow tie block. Of course, there had to be a little twist to the layout.

Bow Tie

Bow Tie


 
Although the color in the purple coneflowers are starting to fade the rudbeckia is definitely showing off in bright yellow.

Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

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