2017 Quiltville Mystery Clue 1

Monday, December 4, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Are you participating in Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville Mystery Challenge “On Ringo Lake’? I am although I am not much of a mystery type quilt gal. I challenged my fellow quilt guild members to do this mystery as a group project. There are four of us that will be making quilts. I am not sure how big of a quilt I want so I am making about half the blocks. I can always go back and make more after the reveal.

Clue 1 has you making nine patches. I wanted more variety so I did shorter strip sets.

Strip sets

Nine Patches

These adorable tiny nine patches will finish at 3″ square.

For more information you can click on the icon in the right hand side bar. This will link you to Bonnie’s blog and you can click on the ‘On Ringo Lake’ tab at the top of the page. Bonnie will post a clue every Friday and she does a linky party on Monday’s so that everyone can show off their progress. Many of the folks are using Bonnie’s colors but I did see some other color combinations. Check it out and see what the fun is all about. It is not too late to join the party.


2017 Micki Leader Ender

Sunday, November 12, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

I really like Bonnie Hunter’s Carolina Chain quilt pattern in her ‘Addicted to Scraps’ book and decided to use it for my leader ender project this year.

I used some of my recycled shirts and a couple of solids from my stash to make this 60×76 quilt top. I started laying the blocks out on my design wall and wasn’t happy with the look. Instead of having them set on point I went with a nine patch block layout. I think that the sashing really sets the blocks off nicely.

2017 Micki Leader Ender

The little red rotated square cornerstones finish at 2″. Yikes – what was I thinking.

How are your projects coming along?


Scrappy Summer 2017 - Curves

Monday, September 18, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is Scrappy Summer 2017 #2 – Curves (41×55). I have always wanted to try my hand at making the drunkards path block and I thought this would be a great opportunity.


I had an idea for the layout of this small quilt when I started making the blocks but then I started thinking ‘what if?’. That changed the design and unfortunately if I wanted to offset the blocks I needed to add a small rectangle to one end of the block. Sometimes the batik fabric hides the seam and sometimes it doesn’t. Did you notice the black/white checkered fabric in the center of the big block? My girl friend Carla suggested adding something unexpected and it really turned out great.

I have been working on Scrappy Summer #3 and all that is left to be done is to add the border. Come back and see what I did with the flying geese blocks.

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.


Book Challenge #3

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

For Book Challenge #3 Jane choose the pattern ‘Circuit Board’ from Amy Ellis’s book ‘Modern Neutrals.

Jane’s ….

“Gemstones” is 52” x 76”.

This was a fun quilt to assemble – even the high contrast snowball blocks. Even though over 50 fabrics were used, only four were purchased – the rest were from stash or leftovers from other projects. The background fabric was purchased and three were the light jade fabrics. Made a tiny ‘ding’ in my fabric collection.


Carla’s ….

Table runner was named “Challenge Squared” because it met the requirements for two different quilt challenges – one involving using a certain pattern and the other requiring the use of certain fabrics. Quilting done on my long arm and domestic machine.

Challenge Squared

Mine ….

It might take you a minute to find the blocks from the original quilt. I changed the direction of every other zigzag row and colors of the square in the square block were positioned differently.


The garden is winding down. The last day lily blooms just finished but….look at one of the awesome Endless Summer hydrangea blooms.

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Have a great week !


Scrappy Summer 2017 - Diamonds

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is the first Scrappy Summer 2017 quilt top.

‘Diamonds’ was made using a LARGE variety of batiks. It finishes at 47″ x 65″. I am proud to say that ALL of the fabrics came from my stash.   Yahoo !  There are a few duplicates but for the most part the fabrics were only used once. Yes, the cutting table is still packed so the oversized setting triangles edges haven’t been trimmed down yet.


I cut the fat quarters into strips and then cross cut them into large triangles using my 60 degree ruler. They were then matched up into pairs and placed on my design wall to figure out placement. The triangles were sewn together into rows – easy peasy. Oh, by the way, I am working on my second scrappy summer quilt which is based on curves. Come back and see how it turns out.

Although most of the day lilies have finished blooming I did catch a cool photo of a ruffled peach one.


Here is my back yard showing how the birds and the breeze have scattered coneflower seeds all around the garden.

back yard

Have a great day!


Quarter Log Cabin

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Bright colors and black and white fabrics make for a fun quilt. I have been wanting to make a quarter log cabin block for ages but couldn’t decide on design. Do I go with the traditional light on one side and dark on the other? Do I have multiple size logs? Do I have the same number of logs on each side?   OMG… so many decisions. Long story short I decided on the bright colors and then I thought about how to position them in the block. I was going to add some white fabrics but then changed my mind when I found a few leftover black and white four patches.   Hmmmm…what if ….it might work. Well, I will let you decide. Did the combo of the four patches and the quarter log cabin work?

Quarter Log Cabin

Quilt top is done but I won’t be able to trim down my setting triangles until I clean off my cutting table. Here is a crooked closeup photo.


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


Three charity quilts

Sunday, July 9, 2017 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

I know…not the prettiest but it will keep someone warm. I am thinking this ‘quilt as you go’ was done in late 90’s. All I had to do was add the binding. I must have loved this color combination because I still have some of it. I have cut up the leftover fabrics into fat quarters for our quilt guild to use for door prizes and have given the quilt to charity.


There is a group of folks that graciously take quilt tops and finish them for a variety of local charities. They are the ones that received the baby flannel quilts I posted about earlier this year. It has been in storage for ages and I decided that instead of languishing in a box it should be given away. Bonus… I had enough of the paisley fabric to use for the backing.

Paisley 54 x 67

This is one of my ‘Using the old stash’ quilts. I had a bunch of old calico type fabrics that I was no longer in love with but they were still too good to just toss. Decided it would be perfect for testing out Bonnie Hunter’s ‘Rectangle Wrangle’ pattern. I did change the size of the finish rectangles from 1″x2″ to 1-1/2″ x 3″ so that I could press the seams open. Quilt finished at 54″ x 72″ and was given to charity.

Rectangle Wrangle

It was a learning experience – love the pattern but next time I probably won’t put two dark fabrics together. And because you really wanted to see a close up of the fabrics here is a photo…aren’t they lovely (not really).


How are your projects coming along?

For those who love flowers here is a photo of some beautiful Asiatic lilies (at least that is what I think there are).

Asiatic Lily

Have a great day !