Scrappy Summer 2017 - Diamonds

August 8, 2017 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Here is the first Scrappy Summer 2017 quilt top.

‘Diamonds’ was made using a LARGE variety of batiks. It finishes at 47″ x 65″. I am proud to say that ALL of the fabrics came from my stash.   Yahoo !  There are a few duplicates but for the most part the fabrics were only used once. Yes, the cutting table is still packed so the oversized setting triangles edges haven’t been trimmed down yet.


I cut the fat quarters into strips and then cross cut them into large triangles using my 60 degree ruler. They were then matched up into pairs and placed on my design wall to figure out placement. The triangles were sewn together into rows – easy peasy. Oh, by the way, I am working on my second scrappy summer quilt which is based on curves. Come back and see how it turns out.

Although most of the day lilies have finished blooming I did catch a cool photo of a ruffled peach one.


Here is my back yard showing how the birds and the breeze have scattered coneflower seeds all around the garden.

back yard

Have a great day!


Three charity quilts

July 9, 2017 in GARDENING, QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

I know…not the prettiest but it will keep someone warm. I am thinking this ‘quilt as you go’ was done in late 90’s. All I had to do was add the binding. I must have loved this color combination because I still have some of it. I have cut up the leftover fabrics into fat quarters for our quilt guild to use for door prizes and have given the quilt to charity.


There is a group of folks that graciously take quilt tops and finish them for a variety of local charities. They are the ones that received the baby flannel quilts I posted about earlier this year. It has been in storage for ages and I decided that instead of languishing in a box it should be given away. Bonus… I had enough of the paisley fabric to use for the backing.

Paisley 54 x 67

This is one of my ‘Using the old stash’ quilts. I had a bunch of old calico type fabrics that I was no longer in love with but they were still too good to just toss. Decided it would be perfect for testing out Bonnie Hunter’s ‘Rectangle Wrangle’ pattern. I did change the size of the finish rectangles from 1″x2″ to 1-1/2″ x 3″ so that I could press the seams open. Quilt finished at 54″ x 72″ and was given to charity.

Rectangle Wrangle

It was a learning experience – love the pattern but next time I probably won’t put two dark fabrics together. And because you really wanted to see a close up of the fabrics here is a photo…aren’t they lovely (not really).


How are your projects coming along?

For those who love flowers here is a photo of some beautiful Asiatic lilies (at least that is what I think there are).

Asiatic Lily

Have a great day !


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.


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.


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?


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.



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


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.


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

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

SS 16 #2 Bow Ties

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 !


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.



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.