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

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

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RSC August 2016 Blocks

Sunday, August 28, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here are my August Rainbow Scrap challenge blocks. Angela of SoScrappy color challenge this month was to use a grey-purple color. I love purple and have a nice stash of fabrics but it was a challenge to find five grey-purple fabrics that would work. But I did and I was able to finish the blocks before the end of August – YAHOO !.

RSC August 2016

RSC August 2016

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

In keeping with August’s color here is a new bloom on my Endless Summer hydrangae plant.

Endless Summer

Endless Summer

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

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Book Challenge #1

Monday, August 15, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Anyone who knows me knows that I normally design my own quilts. Oh… I might be inspired by a quilt that I have seen on-line, in a blog, book, magazine etc but then I am plagued with the ‘what if’s’. What if…I move the blocks around, what if I put it on point, change this or change that, made bigger, made smaller..etc..etc. How can I change the design to make it my own. My girlfriend and quilting buddy challenged me to make a quilt like a pattern in a book.

Red Letter day quilt

Jane chose a simple pattern called ‘Red Letter Quilt’ from Sue Pfau’s book ‘Quilts from Sweet Jane’. The rules allowed me to change the fabrics/colors and two other things (size of blocks, border, sashing etc). This was quite the challenge but the resulting quilt still had to look like the original.

Once I chose the focus fabric for the center I knew that the center and the surrounding strip sets needed to be bigger. My second change was the border. ‘Melrose’ ended up at 69×87. I took at least twenty photos trying to capture the warm tan color of the background. This is the best one. Don’t you just love my plywood backdrop.

Melrose

Melrose

How are your projects coming along?

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Jewel Box

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is my Scrappy Summer 2016 #1 quilt top ‘Jewel Box’ all completed.

The quilt is 50 x 63 set in a 6×8 grid of 6″ finished blocks. It uses 36 (not my style any longer) prints and half as many backgrounds. My challenge was to see what I could create using a simple block. Of course, there had to be a little twist to the layout. The jewel box blocks are surrounded by a beautiful rich burnt gold fabric. The fabric shows off the blocks and then continues into the border.

Scrappy Summer 2016 - Jewel Box

Scrappy Summer 2016 – Jewel Box

Squint.. can you see where I tried (emphasis on tried) to have the longest diagonal row with darker background in the center? I know…very subtle. Didn’t think to do this until all of the blocks were made.

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

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Scrappy Summer 2016 Update

Saturday, July 23, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

The past few days have been VERY HOT and VERY HUMID. Bad news – to hot to be in the garden. Good news – more time for quilting. Summer is moving along quickly and I haven’t shared the progress I am making on my Scrappy Summer challenge quilts.
 

SS 16 - #1 Jewel Box

#1 JEWEL BOX
The blocks are made and now I am auditioning sashing fabric. Should go together fast once I decide.

SS 16 #2 Bow Ties

#2 BOW TIE
For the ‘jewel box’ quilt (above) I decided that I wanted a variety of backgrounds but I am using one single background for the ‘bow tie’ quilt. I have had a few ideas on the design on this quilt but think I have FINALLY decided on one. All of the bow tie pieces are ready to start sewing them into pairs.

Couldn’t resist sneaking in a garden photo. Isn’t this a luscious color for a day lily?

day lily

day lily

Enjoy the weekend !

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