• Carla’s Squares

    Carla is a great friend and a member of my local quilt guild. She also persuaded me to join a charity quilt group. Back in January, Carla must have thought I needed a challenge and gifted me a bag of miscellaneous squares. They were mostly green and purple fabrics but not all the exact same size. Now….what to do with them.

    Here is the first quilt top I made adding some white background and an orange accent fabric. It is a version of a disappearing nine patch block but I decided to sew them differently since some of the fabrics where directional. An extra challenge.

    Carla’s Squares 1
    (45×58)

    The second quilt is a simple rail fence block.

    Carla’s Squares 2
    (41×46)

    Here is a closeup of the rail fence quilt top to show off the fabrics.

    closeup

    The peonies and iris’s are done blooming already but my oakleaf hydrangea is showing off.

    oakleaf hydangea

    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
  • 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.

    Flowers

    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.

    Birds

    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

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

    Happy Holidays

    Micki
  • Habitat # 3

    Well, finally, I am posting a photo of Habitat # 3. If you are new to my blog I tend to do a series of small quilts during the summer. I choose a fabric collection and work with them for awhile. The fourth quilt top in this series is also done and will take some nice photos and share them later. I know there is enough yardage, leftovers strip sets and scraps to make more so don’t be surprised if you see another quilt in the future.
     

    Habitat # 3 is an oversized ‘Plus’ layout. It finishes at 52″ square.

    Habitat # 3

    closeup

    I liked the ‘plus’ block layout so much that I decided to pull together some oriental fabrics and make another quilt. I made the blocks bigger and added more blocks to make it finish at 59×77. The photo has a little yellow cast but you get the idea. Sorry about that but look at closeup photo. It is closer to the actual colors.

    Oriental Plus
    closeup

    It is getting time to start getting the garden ready for winter. The only blooms left now are a few rubeckias and the beautiful Endless Summer hydrangea blooms.

    hydrangea

    I have recently joined a group of wonderful ladies that get together to make charity quilts. I am now on a mission to try to use up some of my stash. It has been keeping me busy. 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 – 9.08.2019

    Hard to believe it is already September…. where did the summer go.

     

    Habitat #3 went together quickly. Such an easy pattern that I made a second one using oriental fabrics. I will do a separate post showing you both.

    Habitat #4 – I am doing a square block with a color insert. I need to save some fabric for backings so this is probably the last one of the series. BUT…I do have leftover strips sets that might appear in a quilt sometime.

    Quiltville 2019 Leader ender blocks – I have made a bunch more half square triangles and now need to decide on block centers.

    Apricot afghan is almost done. The next one will probably be using two shades of blue.

    This project started innocently with bonus HST from BBB Stars quilt . Decided that I would make them in broken dishes blocks and use them as the center of a medallion quilt. I was going to make a variety of blocks for the different rounds but when I decided to only make a small wall hanging it made more sense to continue using the same blocks.

    Birds and Flowers – I am making two small charity quilts using these fabrics. The stripe fabric will be the sashing but not sure about the border fabric.

     

    These photos were taken awhile ago.

    blackberry lily
    Dahlia

    How are your projects coming along ?

    Micki
  • Habitat #2

    Here is another quilt using the Habitat fabric collection. You can read more about it here. I have lots of this fabric collection and then I added other fabrics from my stash. My challenge is to see if I can find some fun designs and use up the fabrics. I am sewing together #3 and have an idea for #4.

     

    Not sure what to name this quilt (53×63). Hidden Wells (block pattern name) doesn’t feel right.

    Habitat # 2
    closeup

    These are rudbeckia flowers which are also called ‘Black-Eye Susans’. Pretty little daisy like flowers that reminds me that fall is fast approaching.

    Rudbeckia

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

    Micki
  • What’s up 8.10.2019

    Well, how is your summer coming along? Minnesota’s summer isn’t as long as we would want so you need to get outside and enjoy the warm temps as much as possible. I have spent a lot of time in the garden. Sometimes weeding and gardening and sometimes just relaxing with a good book.

     

    Habitat #2 – I have added a simple border and will take a photo soon. I will share the finished quilt top in a later post.

    Habitat #3 – a simple but oversized ‘plus’ blocks using the same Habitat fabric collection (I am on a mission to use up this old stash) with a taupe solid background.

    Bonnie Hunter’s 2019 Leader Ender challenge – here are some of my half square triangles. There are enough done to make 17 shoo-fly blocks. Still have lots to make since the blocks finish at 6″. Stay tune.

    Colorful afghan – I have finished this small, bright and colorful charity baby afghan. It ended up around 36″ x 48″. Nice baby size and it is soft and cuddly. Now I wish I knew someone who would tie in all of the yarn ends.

    Apricot afghan – this is my next crochet project. A simple blanket pattern using some apricot and grey yarns. My quilting buddy and best friend donated the yarn for this charity afghan. Thanks Jane !

    Here are some of the last blooms of my pink and peach daylilies.

    Day lily
    Day lily
    Day lily

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • Bumble Bee

    No…not the insect silly, the quilt. I used a variety of black, white, grey and yellow fabrics to make this easy peasy quilt top. You can find more information on the pattern I used here.

     

    Bumble Bee 56×72
    closeup

    The garden has been in full bloom for the past week or so. Lots and lots of daylilies, hostas and coneflowers.

    garden in bloom

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

    Micki