• Lemonade

    What is that old adage ‘when life gives you lemons make lemonade’?

     

    Well, this quilt has gone thru many variations. You can read more about it here. I have been working on this off and on for ages but finally added the borders.

    Flying Geese
    close up

    It is starting to look like spring here in Minnesota. Some of the hostas are starting to show and the peonies are peeking up over the edge of the pot. Hmmm… I see a lot of bare ground – looks like I need to get some mulch.

    plants

    Have a great day and check out my ‘Linky Parties’ page to find some fabulous blogs where I share my projects and get inspiration.

    Micki
  • Lilac Stars

    I really like how my ‘Lilac Stars’ quilt looks. It isn’t very large….only 50×60 but I think it is adorable. I used Cluck Cluck Sew’s pattern to make the wonky stars. Here is her updated tutorial.

    Lilac Stars
    closeup

    It looks like spring is finally here. I have been cleaning out the garden and noticed lots of plants that are starting to show a little green. Wonderful to have warmer temps and be able to be outside without coats and mittens. Yahoo !

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

    Micki
  • Use the old stash – Floral Rail Fence

    Some of the fabrics I used in my ‘Floral Rail Fence’ quilt are the leftovers from this basket quilt that I made way back in 2006. Photo not the best but it gives you an idea.

    Baskets

     

    ‘Floral Rail Fence’ quilt finishes at 57 x 77. This quilt started out as simple rail fence blocks that I could have set in either a stair step or chevron layout. BUT…and you know there was a but….but that seemed to predictable. I started moving the blocks around and thinking of how I could spice up a layout using these blocks.

    Floral Rail Fence

    It was an easy quilt to make. No triangles or complicated sewing and it went together quickly. Other than the borders, the quilt uses only 2-1/2″ strips.

    close up

    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
  • What’s up – 3.26.19

    I have made some real progress on my projects lately. Maybe it is because I haven’t had to shovel snow or deal with cold temperatures lately. In fact, we might even get to be over 60 degrees this week. I still have snow in my backyard but I think that maybe spring is here.

     

    quilt center

    Sometimes, when I am hesitant on working on a project I have to step back. It seems as though this quilt has been telling me that it isn’t ready for borders. Something is missing. Well, after looking at the quilt center for awhile I figured it out. It needs a few more geese in the lower right hand corner.

    Floral Rails

    Over the past couple of weeks I was able to sew the rows together and add the borders. Yeah ! I will do a post soon to show you the finished quilt top.

    lilac star rows

    Another quilt top is done. Borders have been added and once I take a good photo I will do a separate post.

    hourglass rows

    The blocks have been sewn into rows and now I am sewing the rows together. It has a lot of seams to match but is coming along nicely.

    modern puzzle blocks
    I have had these two matching fabrics for ages and didn’t know what to do with them until I found the free ‘Modern Puzzle’ quilt pattern by Christa Watson. Click on her links so you can download the PDF. Christa’s pattern uses jelly rolls but I had yardage so I did strip sets. I added some beige fabric and starting sewing. This went together VERY EASY. I might have to make a more scrappy version some day.

    Of course, these aren’t my only projects. I am also working on two charity quilts. The patterns are easy and it has been fun to work on something that goes together quickly.

    How are your projects coming along ?

    Micki
  • Book Challenge # 6

    There are three of us that have been challenging each other to use some of our quilt books. One person gets to select the book and the pattern and we all have to make our own version. Jane selected the ‘Tulip Garden’ pattern from Jan Bode Smiley’s quilt book called ‘Focus on Batiks’. Sorry for the crooked photo but I wasn’t able to find a photo on-line and had to scan the book page on my printer.

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    Carla’s

    For my variation on this challenge, I made the blocks smaller, changed the piecing a little bit (using trapezoids instead of rectangles and half-square triangles), and changed the orientation of the blocks to make the quilt tall instead of wide. I met TWO challenges by using large rick-rack sewn between the border and binding, and I will be donating the quilt to the President’s Challenge at the Minnesota Quilt Show, which is asking for baby quilts with special edge techniques.

    Carla’s

    Jane’s

    “Sunrise” finishes 43” x 60” just the right size. Is it too obviously that I got to choose which quilt design we used for this book challenge. The batik fabrics were already in my stash. The two changes I made to the design were the layout and size of the block.

    Jane’s

    Micki’s

    I made a small 38″ square wall hanging using black, white and pink with a touch of yellow. The floral border brings it all together. Hard to believe that it is the same block. I oversized the block and turned them so that the top of the flower is in the center.

    Micki’s

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

    Have a great day !
     

    Micki
  • 2018 Quiltville Leader Ender Challenge

    Do you follow Bonnie Hunter’s blog? If you like making scrappy quilts – you should. Each year she creates a challenge block for us to make (no rules, no timeframes) using her leader ender process. 2018 Quiltville’s Leader Ender challenge was to make half square triangles and four patches. Bonnie’s layout used them to make star blocks.

     

    Star block

    It is never too late to join the fun. The next challenge doesn’t start until the first of July. Check here for more information. She has a very nice tutorial that you can print out.

    I decided to switch up the block slightly. Some of my blocks have the HST’s positioned so that the color is in the center of the block and sometimes in the corners. Same thing with the four patches. I was able to create some nice diagonal lines. Here is my 48 x 64 quilt ‘Orient’.

    Orient

    We got more snow (UGH !!) this past weekend. It looks pretty but the snow was very heavy to shovel. I will be glad when spring finally arrives.

    winter scene

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

    Micki
  • What’s up – 3.05.19

    Well, it has been a few weeks since the last update and I had hoped for more progress on my projects but, instead, I started another quilt. Pinterest is a wonderful source for inspiration but can also distract you from your current ideas. There are SOOOOO many ideas on-line that you just HAVE to make. It seems like I have been playing with new ideas and not finishing up the old ones.

     

    quilt center
    The flying geese quilt is still missing the side borders. This is one of those cases where I thought I had enough background fabric UNTIL I changed the design. I have done some calculations and I might have just enough of the solid navy fabric but I need to make careful cuts.

    Floral Rails
    The blocks have been sewn into rows and I am working on adding the borders. Unfortunately, I don’t have a long enough piece of the border fabric to use for the side borders. Are you sensing a theme? The borders will have to be pieced. Not a big deal – it will look fine.

    lilac star rows
    My star blocks are up on my design wall sewn into rows. They might be slightly wrinkled but it gives you a look at the quilt center. Maybe now I will be get motivated to add the borders.

    layout
    Here is my idea for the layout of my leader ender hourglass blocks. I was inspired by a Red Pepper’s quilt . When you look at the my photo you can see that I arranged the hourglass blocks slightly different. The color section of each hourglass unit surrounds the rail fence to form a block. The pink area (design wall) will end up being a variety of plain 3″ finished beige squares.

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki