Scrappy Summer 2017 kickoff

June 4, 2017 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Memorial Day is the kickoff for the summer here in Minnesota and also for my personal ‘Scrappy Summer’ challenge.

Summer is my time to hang out in the garden but I still want to have some smaller quilt projects to play with in the evenings. For the past few years I have gathered a collection of fabrics that I use to make a few small quilts. By having the fabrics all ready chosen I can spend more time on just designing and sewing.

In 2014 , I used tone on tone fabrics (I have lots of them); in 2015 it was a collection of Kaffe fabrics and 2016 I used my Kansas Troubles stash. Check out my ‘Quilts’ page to see what I came up with.

Not to keep you on pins and needles (pun intended) but this year I have decided on using my batiks. I have a nice stash but I haven’t been using them lately and this gives me a great opportunity. My first Scrappy Summer 2017 quilt will be using triangles. There are 44 fat quarters so far but I am thinking I will be adding a few more along the way for variety. I have matched them into pairs and starting cutting the first triangles.

Batiks

Of course, I have to share a few flower photos from my garden. I love how I captured the dandelion in the background of the peach/pink irises.

Iris

I have pale lavender, purple and yellow irises but these are the my favorites. They are the most gorgeous deep rich dark purple. Too bad they don’t last longer.

Purple Iris

This pink peony is the first to bloom. One day they were tight little buds and the next day beautiful blooms.

pink peony

How is your garden doing?

signature

Bow Tie

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.

signature

RSC August 2016 Blocks

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.

signature

Scrappy Summer 2016 Update

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 !

signature

RSC July 2016 blocks

July 17, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here we are again with photos of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks.  This month, SoScrappy chose ‘hot pink’ although mine blocks are more ‘just pink’ than ‘hot pink’.  I decided to show off all of the month’s blocks so far.  Looking good !

RSC blocks (so far)

RSC blocks (so far)

If you are interested in seeing what ever one else is doing check out the RSC16 button on the right side of the blog.

My garden is really blooming now. The coneflowers are plentiful – whether planted or volunteer plants they are great to look at and in the fall the birds love them to peck at them.

Coneflowers

Coneflowers

Here is a photo of a couple of my day lilies. I have them ranging in color from the softest pink to dark maroon, lemon yellow thru to bright orange yellow along with some peachy ones. The lemon yellow ones are plants I got from my mom. They are ‘old fashion’ ones that actually have a pleasant fragrance.

Day lilies

Day lilies

How is your garden doing? Hope you are having a great weekend.

signature

Lily quilt top is done

July 11, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

YAHOO ! – my ‘Lily’ quilt top is done. I love the simplicity of the block and think I might have to try it again with different fabrics.

Lily

Lily 58×74

Except for the corners of the blocks and the border section, it is made using only 2-1/2″ strips. You could easily do this with a jelly roll and yardage for the background.

Of course, no post is complete unless I add a couple of photos from the garden. I have had the ‘endless summer’ hydrangea plant for many years. This is the first year that I have gotten more than one of those beautiful, delicate blooms.

Hydrangea bloom

Hydrangea bloom

Here is some of my red asiatic lilies.

asiatic lily

asiatic lily

The coneflowers and day lilies are starting to bloom. I will have to get my camera out and takes some photos. How are you coming along with your quilt projects?

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

signature

RSC June 2016 blocks

June 19, 2016 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Have you been following along with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge? Angela at So Scrappy blog has chosen teal for June’s color. If interested in knowing more, I have a button in the right hand column that will take you to her blog. You can check out her linky parties and see what everyone is making.

RSC June 2016

RSC June 2016

I now have 60 blocks done and eventually I will need to figure out how I want to lay them out.

All of the pinks, rose, and shades of purple flowers in the backyard have been replaced with white and yellow. Many of my day lilies are showing buds so it won’t be long until I have various colors of blooms.

backyard

backyard

Have a great day !

signature