• Somer’s Garden

    I purchased a fat quarter bundle from Connecting Threads ages ago and decided it was time to use them. I rummaged thru my stash and found a few more fabrics to add to the collection. Now what to do with all of them. Something simple but graphic. What if . . . I make some 16 patch blocks.

    Take some 2-1/2″ strips, mix and match them to make the blocks and then offset them with dark blue rectangles. The charity quilt is cleverly name ‘Somer’s Garden’ which, coincidentally, is the name of the fabric line. I know, smart huh !

    Somer’s Garden 44 x 56

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  • Guess what I found

    This quilt top has been done for quite some time but somehow I missed sharing a photo with you. It all started with a few Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I hunted thru my stash and found some more prints and solids to join the party. Normally, naming a quilt is a bit of a challenge for me but when I started pulling the fabrics together the name popped into my head. ‘Denyse and friends’ is basically made of uneven rail fences, square in a square blocks and lots of background. Easy quilt once you figure out placement of the color/prints. It finishes at 55 x 75.


    Denyse and friends

    Closeup of the quilt – ignore the wrinkles.


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  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year !! Hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are ready for all of the fun and adventures in 2020. Have you made any resolutions?


    Here are a couple of charity quilt tops I recently made. Warning, you might want to put on a pair of sunglasses. The prints are adorable but when you put all of them together into a quilt …. wow, makes for a busy quilt. The first one has the flower print in the center of the squares with the bird print as the border.


    The ‘Bird’ quilt reverses the block center and border fabrics. Even the striped inner border are two different combinations of colors. These were fun quilts to make.


    Minnesota was part of the big storm that hit this past week. We got rain, freezing rain and then the snow came. I like the way the snow looks on evergreen tree but it was a bit treacherous to walk or drive on.

    new snow

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    Happy Holidays

  • Changing quilts – December 2019

    My goal is to try to switch out my quilts seasonally but sometimes I forget. I am finally getting around to replacing my autumn quilt ‘Desert Morning’ with ‘Peppermint Twist’.


    Desert Morning

    the closeup shows off the batik fabrics and the lovely quilting.


    ‘Peppermint Twist’ is made using some fun non-traditional Christmas colors. Now that the quilt is up I need to gather some more holiday decorations.

    Peppermint Twist

    I added the closeup so you can see the fabrics I used.


    Happy Holidays !

  • 2019 Micki’s Leader Ender

    Every year I challenge myself to use some of my men’s recycled shirts for a leader ender project. When I look at my boxes (yes, boxes) of shirts I seriously need to start making more than ONE per year.


    For 2019 I decided on the rectangle inside a rectangle block to make this small quilt that finished at 45 x 59.

    2019 Micki Leader Ender

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  • Habitat # 4

    Here is the fourth quilt top in my series using a old collection of fabrics from Bernatex called ‘Habitat’ along with fabrics from my stash. It is the last ‘planned’ quilt but I have bunches of strip sets and scraps leftover that I might use at some point.


    Habitat #4

    An easy and simple design that shows off the fabrics. The quilt top finishes 42×57.


    No more garden photos – it is officially the end of the season. Still have the last of the leaves to bag but the garden is ready for winter. Which is good since it has been gosh darn chilly lately. How are your projects coming along?

  • What’s up – 10.28.2019

    Wow…hard to believe that it has been almost two months since my last ‘what’s up’ post. I have been busy mostly doing charity quilts and getting the garden ready for the winter. Today we had a high of 38 degrees. Brrrr !!! We should be around 52.


    Here is a snapshot of the finished Habitat #4. I will be showing you the full quilt in a separate post.

    This is the shoo-fly block which is Quiltville’s Leader Ender challenge for 2019-2020. The center squares have been chosen and I am working on sewing the pieces together. OMG…the half square triangles will finish at 1-1/2″.

    This is my third crocheted baby afghan. Fun to have a small project to work when you need a break from quilting. Light blue with navy accent.

    The center of my medallion wall hanging is done. I used black, brown and beige broken dish blocks. Wow…so many seams coming together in a small 3″ finished block.

    I am making two quilts with the same birds and flowers collection of fabrics. One quilt has the bird fabric in the center and the other the flowers. I then reverse the fabrics for the borders. I think the stripe really add a zip to the look. The charity quilt tops are done but still need to make the backings and binding strips.

    blocks I am working on making quarter log cabin blocks using the same collection of black, white, grey and yellow fabrics that I used for my ‘Bumble Bee’ quilt. My plan is to do this as a ‘quilt as you go’ project. Wish me luck !


    How are your projects coming along ?