• Scrappy Summer 2018 – Fractured

    Okay, it is no longer summer here in Minnesota BUT I am still calling this my third and final Scrappy Summer 2018 – ‘Finish It’ quilt. This design started in 2014 with scraps leftover from when I made this ‘Triangle’ quilt.

    Scrappy Summer 2014 #5 – Triangles

    When I cut the triangles from strips of fabrics I moved the ruler over slightly to allow for a larger wedge. The photo is of a different size strip and a different ruler but you get the idea.

    Wedge

    The small rectangle units in the block were made using the wedges with a small grey insert. I put them together with a lot of grey background and offset the blocks to give it a different look. Just a small (36 x 54) wall hanging but I really like the look of ‘Fractured’.

    Scrappy Summer 2018 – Fractured

    What have you been working on?

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    Micki
  • Antique Tile

    While looking for quilt inspiration on Pinterest I found a block that I knew I HAD to use in a quilt. “Antique Tile” is a simple block made up of squares and rectangles. I spent some, okay …lots of time checking out different layouts and also hunting for just the right fabric collection.

    Antique Tile

    I wanted to play with the block but wasn’t interested in making a huge quilt with this fabric collection (not enough choices) so I decided on a small wall hanging. The block is very versatile and with simple changes in either fabric selection or color placement could really change the look.

    So, maybe, there will be another version in my future. 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.

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 – Madame Butterfly

    This summer’s challenge is to ‘FINISH IT’. Instead of designing another quilt, I am working on finishing some of my old designs/ideas that have been sitting in the time out box for way too long. The second one is called ‘Madame Butterfly’. The first one I completed was Lilac Strips .

    Back when it was all the rage, I purchased some oriental fabrics. Unfortunately, they sat on the shelf forever since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. Well, back in spring of 2014 I noticed a very cute pattern using hourglass blocks. The pattern reminded me of butterflies so I went on the hunt for the perfect butterfly block. I found the ‘Hope takes Flight’ free pattern by Kona. This inspired me to make these oversized blocks.

    Blocks

    My original idea for the layout included floating the blocks and adding sashing. Well, I didn’t like the look so I ended up putting the blocks and fabrics back on the shelf. Fast forward to 2018 when I pulled them out to try again. I changed the design and ended up with a smaller version. Madame Butterfly finishes at 44 x 50.

    Madame Butterfly

    I have decided to use these same fabrics for Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville 2018 Leader Ender Challenge. If you haven’t heard about her challenge you can get more information here.

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

    Micki
  • Book Challenge #5

    It was Carla’s turn to decide on Book Challenge #5. Normally, we choose a pattern from a book but Carla mixed it up this time. She chose the book “ScrapMania’ by Sally Schneider BUT instead of a pattern or quilt she chose a block. It is a half square triangle where one side is pieced. You might know it as Mary’s Triangle or Cats Cradle.

     

    The results of this challenge gave us three awesome quilts that have totally different looks.

    Jane’s version…

    I chose to use the Cat’s Cradle Tool by Creative Grids for the block used for this challenge. Years ago I made the block using HSTs and this tool made it so much easier. For inspiration, I finally used the Lemon Grove fabric by Alice Kennedy (top and bottom borders) – sometimes we just have a hard time cutting beautifully designed fabric into small pieces.

    Jane’s

    Carla’s version

    Reds and lights from the stash. I should have figured out the size BEFORE I started sewing and cutting! Putting together 1676 triangles has me disinclined to do much with half square triangles in the near future.

    Carla’s

    My version was done in batiks and finishes at 62 x 62. It was fun to dig into my boxes of batiks to choose just the right fabrics. Once I figured out that I wanted the quilt to look like stars it was easy UNTIL it came to deciding on sashing and borders.

    Micki’s

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

    Micki
  • Chrysanthenum

    No, not the flower but the name of my finished quilt top.

    The quilt was going to be around lap size but somehow it magically grew to 64″ x 88″. The original plan was to have a 4×5 block grid but it seemed a bit short so I added another row. The other culprit for the quilt getting bigger is the borders. They added another 8″ to each side.

    Chrysanthemum

    Take a look and see if you can figure out if the block center is the large grey solid squares or is the grey the background for the split (two fabrics) ‘Plus’ blocks.

     

    This awesome orange daylily is one of the last ones to bloom this summer.

    awesome daylily

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

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 – Lilac Strips

    This summer’s challenge is to ‘FINISH IT’. I am wanting to finish some of my old designs/ideas that have been sitting in the time out box for way too long. The first one was ‘Lilac Strips’ using a Michael Miller focus print along with green, maroon, purple and black and white fabrics.

    Here are the original blocks I made back in 2011.

    Original blocks

    The layout is somewhat similar to my original idea but I made some changes to have the design take a more modern spin. I decided that I wanted the block size smaller and the columns off set. I replaced a few of the blocks, made a few more and added sashing and borders.

    Here is the finished quilt top (43 x 58)
     

    Lilac Strips

     
    Just snapped this photo of some coneflowers. Can you see the bees on the flower towards the bottom? Looks like they are enjoying the flowers also.
     

    Coneflowers

    My webmaster worked some magic and updated my blog. Layout is about the same but it has a fresher brighter look.

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

    Micki
  • Using the old stash: Autumn fabrics

    In digging thru my old stash I came across a collection of autumn colored fabrics. All of them are nice fabrics but I never figured out how to use them. How about…we put them together and make some charity quilts. ‘Coins’ and ‘Disappearing Four Patches’ quilt tops were finished in 2017 and ‘Vintage’ in 2016. I just noticed that I never posted about them so it is definitely time to do little show and share.

    Autumn #1 – Coins (55 x 67) The photo is terrible – the colors are washed out but after trying a dozen times I gave up.

    Autumn Coins

    I made two charity quilts for the local Veterans home. They have requested that the quilts be long and skinny so that they can be used for either a bed or wheelchair.

    Autumn #2 – Vintage (38 x 74)

    Autumn

    Autumn #3 – Disappearing Four Patch (44 x 76)

    Autumn DFpatch

     

    The garden is looking good. I have bee balm, coneflowers and day lilies that are showing off their bright colors.

    backyard garden

    Here is my current favorite daylily.

    Ruffled Day Lily

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

    Micki