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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Scrappy Summer 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

It is Memorial Day – when the nation takes time to honor the men and women who’ve lost their lives serving our country. I also want to thank all of the soldiers currently serving and their families for all of the sacrifices you are making while protecting our freedom.
 
Years ago, I wanted to made a quilt using fabrics that were out of my comfort zone. When I was out shopping at a little quilt shop I found a kit (on sale- yeah!) which made it much easier for me to pull together a collection of fat quarters. They were all medium to dark in muted colors. Many of them were by Moda from their Kansas Troubles collection. Well, I made this quilt – not my favorite but I did enjoy making the wacky cut blocks.

Traditional

Traditional

A couple of years later I decided to try to use the leftovers to make a more contemporary (less traditional?) design. I really like it but it has been on the back burner because I just can’t figure out a border. This quilt uses the same fabric collection but for this quilt I added a light background. I named it Kansas (Toto) as in ‘We aren’t in Kansas anymore’.

Kansas (Toto)

Kansas (Toto)

The Memorial day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of Micki’s Scrappy Summer. This is where I pulled together a large collection of fabrics and then challenge myself to use them to make a few small quilts. Once you get the fabrics chosen it is fun to just focus on playing with designs. I already have two ideas for this year. You can look at the ‘My Quilts’ page and see the results of Scrappy Summer 2014 and 2015.

Did I mention that I bought two of those kits? I decided that I would also be adding some fabrics from my stash. Isn’t shopping in your jammies the best thing ever! So now I have 57 color and 20 background fat quarters ready to go.

Here are some of the Kansas Troubles fabrics by Moda. Do you recognize any of them? Do you have some in your stash? It will definitely be a challenge to use these.

Kansas Troubles

Kansas Troubles

These fabrics are still NOT in my comfort zone – but hey – Scrappy Summer is a time to play.

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RSC May 2016 Blocks

Sunday, May 15, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Five months and counting. SoScrappy decided GREEN was May’s block color in her 2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge. If you haven’t heard about the challenge – look in the right hand column to find a button to the blog.

RSC May 2016

RSC May 2016

I am only doing one block design this year but I have seen that there are folks out there that having several going. Check out the Angela’s linky posts to see the fun.

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Blooming columbine plants

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

My front yard is going thru some renovations. My brother helped me remove many old shrubs (past their prime) to make way for a new garden. Well, I haven’t figured out exactly what I want but was pleasantly surprised when some volunteer columbine plants showed up. These are the first ones to bloom.

columbine

columbine

Last year I had many columbines blooming in my back yard. Colors ranged from soft pink to maroon and lilac to darker purple. The weather was fabulous last weekend and I was able to get out in the garden and play in the dirt. This week the forecast says rain and cooler temperatures which means more quilting less gardening.

How is your garden growing?

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Flowering crab apple tree

Monday, May 2, 2016 in GARDENING by 2 Dogs Studio

Wow… spring has sprung.  YAHOO !   It is amazing how fast the plants and unfortunately the weeds are growing.

My flowering crab apple tree has been blooming for a week or so. We have had rain for many days in a row and finally got some much needed sunshine. I am glad the rain stopped and I was able to get a photo to share with you. The blooms are wonderful but it won’t be long and all of the petals will be laying on the ground.

Flowering crab apple tree

Flowering crab apple tree

blossoms

blossoms

Looks like the columbine in my front yard will be the next to bloom. I wonder what color they will be.

Have a wonderful day!

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