• What’s up – 7.20.19

    I have too many projects going. Have you ever had this problem? Well, I decided I needed to work on only ONE (okay two quilts but if one is for charity does it count?) project to try to get it done instead of starting another one. Let’s not even talk about the ones that have been put on the back burner.

     

    Bumble Bee quilt top is all done. I decided not to add borders since it was already pretty busy. I will do a separate post to show it off.

    Habitat #2 – still using 2-1/2″ strip sets to make the block but decided to use the ‘Hidden Well’ pattern idea. I pondered many designs but wasn’t happy until I found a layout on Pinterest. This video tutorial is from Missouri Star that does a great job of showing you how the block goes together.

    Leader/Enders – I know that I said I wouldn’t start any new projects but these fabrics are for Bonnie Hunter’s 2019 Leader Ender challenge. This year we will be making the ‘shoo-fly’ block. Do you know about the challenge? If not, check out Bonnie’s post here. She explains the process and gives you great directions on the finished 4-1/2″ or 6″ block.

    There is more than one box of yarn that has been sitting around for quite a while. Since I got into quilting I haven’t done much knitting or crocheting. A girlfriend of mine prodded me into picking up the crochet hook again. It will be a small charity baby afghan.

    Lots of flowers are blooming in the garden.

    flowers
    day lily

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • Habitat # 1

    Habitat # 1 – ‘Cracker Jacks’ quilt top is done. Other than having to sew long diagonal rows the quilt went together quickly. I sewed together 2-1/2″ x 20″ strip into sets of three and added the alternate hourglass blocks – easy peasy. The top finishes at 54 x 71. You can check out the pattern info here and here.

     

    Habitat #1
    closeup

    I have decided that this fabric collection will be my little summer challenge. I have LOTS of it and want to see what I can do with it. Let’s make a dent in the stash. I already have Habitat #2 made into blocks and working on designing #3.

    Of course, I have to share a photo of what is blooming in my backyard.

    Bee Balm

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 6.26.19

    How can it already be almost the end of June. Gosh, summer is going by too fast. After a few rainy overcast dreary days we are having a couple of days that have been wonderful. All of this is going to change starting tomorrow. The weather forecast is for high humidity and 90 plus degrees. Yikes! This will give me some time to quilt since it will be way too hot to be working in the garden.

     

    rows
    Bumble Bee – blocks are sewn together into rows. I like the look of the quilt so I am not sure if I will add a border or not. I guess I will wait until I have the rows sewn together to decide.

    blocks
    Habitat #1 – so instead of making the blocks like I mentioned here I decided to use hourglass blocks as the alternate block. Easy peasy with just two colors. Sounded good until…. I figured out that I would have to put the blocks on point. That also means that I will have to sew them together in diagonal seams. What was I thinking.

    The peonies are all done flowering and there isn’t anything blooming right now. Many of the daylilies are showing flower stalks so maybe in a week or so we will have some blooms. Here is a photo of my back yard shade garden. There are amethyste astilbles in the back with a variety of hostas in front of them.

    shade garden

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • What’s up – 6.15.19

    I have made great progress with both of my projects even though I have been spending more time in the garden than quilting.

     

    blocks
    blocks
    Bumble Bee – I have 63 of these simple blocks completed and now I need to decide on the layout. You can get more info on the pattern that I am using here.

    Habitat
    blocks
    Habitat #1 – have a lot of these rail fence blocks made and have decided that I would use them for the center of a cracker jack block. The block is basically a rail fence block with triangles added to have it look like a rotated square. Angela Pingel has a great tutorial for the block.

    I just had to share some of the first blooms of the summer. Don’t you just love the contrast between the rose colored flowers and the yellow green hosta?

    weigela and hostas

    These peach irises are the first to bloom each year. I now have lavender, purple and yellow ones blooming.

    peach iris

    I have several peonies plants that range from the palest pink to dark burgundy. This plant was in my Mom’s garden and it always reminds me of her.

    peonies

    How are your projects coming along?

    Micki
  • Modern Puzzle

    I completed this 48 x 64 quilt awhile ago and am finally getting around to sharing it with you. I used a free pattern I found on-line. You can find that information here. Since the quilt is already pretty busy, I decided to not add a border. Wouldn’t the pattern look great using a scrappy collection of fabrics. Might have to make another version.

    Modern Puzzle
    close up

    Bunnies are cute and adorable but can cause havoc in any garden. I wasn’t sure what to do but decided that perhaps adding some more boards to my backyard fence could slow them down. The light colored boards are the new ones.

    fence

    Weather has been great lately so I have been spending more time in the garden than in the quilt studio. The plants are looking great. Unfortunately, the same can be said about the weeds.

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

    Micki
  • 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
  • Magazine pattern

    I fell in love with Amy Ellis’s ‘Dash’ quilt in Modern Patchwork May/June 2018 magazine the moment I saw it. I had to make it.

    Dash by Amy Ellis

    Here is my version. I decided on using prints instead of solids and I added couple of extra fabrics to have more variety. I did move some of the blocks around but I still feel it looks similar to the Amy’s. The quilt doesn’t have a name yet. I was thinking that it had a hint of Halloween colors but not sure. Any suggestions?

    Magazine

    It is almost the end of fall in Minnesota. I thought I better take a picture of my burning bush shrub before all of the leaves drop. The good news is that I have quite a bit of perennial plants in my garden and the bad news is that I have lot of perennial plants that need to be cut down for the winter. Lots of work but I am almost done. There are still leaves on one tree so I will need to rake and cleanup the yard again.

    Fall

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

    Micki