Scrappy Summer #1

Even though I have been spending a little more time in the garden, I was still able to finish my Scrappy Summer #1. The quilt ‘Trip Around the Checkerboard’ was a fun and easy quilt to make. Of course, I had to add some subtle design elements. If you look REAL close you might be able to find the three diamond shapes that are outlined in maroon/purple, teal, and rust/red.

Trip Around the Checkerboard
Trip Around the Checkerboard

I have made some progress with Scrappy Summer # 2. It is the easy ‘Greek Cross’ block. I have seen it in many of the blogs that I follow but it seems appropriate that I am attracted to Teje’s post – she lives in Greece. Check out Teje’s post and tutorial here. Now, I just have to decide on a quilt name. Any suggestions?

Greek Cross
Greek Cross

I find it hard to believe that it is already almost the middle of July. Where has summer gone? Lately, it has been too nice to do a lot of quilting but then again it has been too nice to worry about gardening. Over the weekend, with my brother’s assistance, I purchased an Ipad Aire. Can I say ‘FABULOUS‘!   I am able to hang out in my porch sipping on some iced coffee and review blogs, email etc. I might even take some garden photos with the IPAD this weekend. The cone flowers are just starting to show some color along with a few of the day lilies.

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



  • Sara

    I love the look of the patchwork blocks. Your seams seam to line up so perfectly! Enjoy the summer while it lasts, there’s always time for quilting in the freezing cold and dark of winter.

  • Claire

    I like Scrappy Summer #1–the colors appeal to me (I was just shopping for a similar palette, yours tells me I need to add purple). I did see your diamonds. Checks “move” when I look at them, and I think the diamonds intensify that. (I remember sewing checkered fabric being a challenge)

  • Teje

    Hi Micki! Your scrappy summer 1 quilt looks beautiful! Greek Cross block is great and I’m happy I inspired you to start them. Thank you for linking to my blog! Sunny wishes from GREECE! x Teje

    • 2 Dogs Studio

      Jenn, I was trying to think of somehow to describe my layout. I figured it was somewhere between the ‘Roschack’ test and ‘Where’s Waldo’ but ‘optical illusion’ sounds perfect. Micki

  • Ann

    Very successful checkerboard Scrappy Trip. Love the consistency of your tone-on-tone prints; they really set your design! Congratulations.

    • 2 Dogs Studio

      Ann, I choose the fabrics from my stash. I wanted to play with some ideas this summer and found a lot (as in 64) fabrics that were more tone on tone. I don’t seem to be using them as much lately. Stop by again…more small quilts being made with the same collection. Micki

    • 2 Dogs Studio

      Lara, the blocks were easy to put together – hardest part was deciding which color I wanted to have as the diagonal center. Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. Micki

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