• Scrappy Summer 2018 – Madame Butterfly

    This summer’s challenge is to ‘FINISH IT’. Instead of designing another quilt, I am working on finishing some of my old designs/ideas that have been sitting in the time out box for way too long. The second one is called ‘Madame Butterfly’. The first one I completed was Lilac Strips .

    Back when it was all the rage, I purchased some oriental fabrics. Unfortunately, they sat on the shelf forever since I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. Well, back in spring of 2014 I noticed a very cute pattern using hourglass blocks. The pattern reminded me of butterflies so I went on the hunt for the perfect butterfly block. I found the ‘Hope takes Flight’ free pattern by Kona. This inspired me to make these oversized blocks.

    Blocks

    My original idea for the layout included floating the blocks and adding sashing. Well, I didn’t like the look so I ended up putting the blocks and fabrics back on the shelf. Fast forward to 2018 when I pulled them out to try again. I changed the design and ended up with a smaller version. Madame Butterfly finishes at 44 x 50.

    Madame Butterfly

    I have decided to use these same fabrics for Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville 2018 Leader Ender Challenge. If you haven’t heard about her challenge you can get more information here.

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

    Micki
  • Book Challenge #5

    It was Carla’s turn to decide on Book Challenge #5. Normally, we choose a pattern from a book but Carla mixed it up this time. She chose the book “ScrapMania’ by Sally Schneider BUT instead of a pattern or quilt she chose a block. It is a half square triangle where one side is pieced. You might know it as Mary’s Triangle or Cats Cradle.

     

    The results of this challenge gave us three awesome quilts that have totally different looks.

    Jane’s version…

    I chose to use the Cat’s Cradle Tool by Creative Grids for the block used for this challenge. Years ago I made the block using HSTs and this tool made it so much easier. For inspiration, I finally used the Lemon Grove fabric by Alice Kennedy (top and bottom borders) – sometimes we just have a hard time cutting beautifully designed fabric into small pieces.

    Jane’s

    Carla’s version

    Reds and lights from the stash. I should have figured out the size BEFORE I started sewing and cutting! Putting together 1676 triangles has me disinclined to do much with half square triangles in the near future.

    Carla’s

    My version was done in batiks and finishes at 62 x 62. It was fun to dig into my boxes of batiks to choose just the right fabrics. Once I figured out that I wanted the quilt to look like stars it was easy UNTIL it came to deciding on sashing and borders.

    Micki’s

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

    Micki
  • Chrysanthenum

    No, not the flower but the name of my finished quilt top.

    The quilt was going to be around lap size but somehow it magically grew to 64″ x 88″. The original plan was to have a 4×5 block grid but it seemed a bit short so I added another row. The other culprit for the quilt getting bigger is the borders. They added another 8″ to each side.

    Chrysanthemum

    Take a look and see if you can figure out if the block center is the large grey solid squares or is the grey the background for the split (two fabrics) ‘Plus’ blocks.

     

    This awesome orange daylily is one of the last ones to bloom this summer.

    awesome daylily

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

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 – Lilac Strips

    This summer’s challenge is to ‘FINISH IT’. I am wanting to finish some of my old designs/ideas that have been sitting in the time out box for way too long. The first one was ‘Lilac Strips’ using a Michael Miller focus print along with green, maroon, purple and black and white fabrics.

    Here are the original blocks I made back in 2011.

    Original blocks

    The layout is somewhat similar to my original idea but I made some changes to have the design take a more modern spin. I decided that I wanted the block size smaller and the columns off set. I replaced a few of the blocks, made a few more and added sashing and borders.

    Here is the finished quilt top (43 x 58)
     

    Lilac Strips

     
    Just snapped this photo of some coneflowers. Can you see the bees on the flower towards the bottom? Looks like they are enjoying the flowers also.
     

    Coneflowers

    My webmaster worked some magic and updated my blog. Layout is about the same but it has a fresher brighter look.

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

    Micki
  • Using the old stash: Autumn fabrics

    In digging thru my old stash I came across a collection of autumn colored fabrics. All of them are nice fabrics but I never figured out how to use them. How about…we put them together and make some charity quilts. ‘Coins’ and ‘Disappearing Four Patches’ quilt tops were finished in 2017 and ‘Vintage’ in 2016. I just noticed that I never posted about them so it is definitely time to do little show and share.

    Autumn #1 – Coins (55 x 67) The photo is terrible – the colors are washed out but after trying a dozen times I gave up.

    Autumn Coins

    I made two charity quilts for the local Veterans home. They have requested that the quilts be long and skinny so that they can be used for either a bed or wheelchair.

    Autumn #2 – Vintage (38 x 74)

    Autumn

    Autumn #3 – Disappearing Four Patch (44 x 76)

    Autumn DFpatch

     

    The garden is looking good. I have bee balm, coneflowers and day lilies that are showing off their bright colors.

    backyard garden

    Here is my current favorite daylily.

    Ruffled Day Lily

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

    Micki
  • Quiltville 2017 Leader Ender Challenge

    If you follow Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltville blog you are familiar with her annual Leader Ender block challenge. July 2017, Bonnie announced that the challenge block would be the rail fence. Of course, I had to do it a bit different.

    I made the quilt using my stash of recycled mens shirts.

    Quiltville 2017 Leader Ender

    Can’t wait to see what Bonnie chooses this summer.

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

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2018 kickoff

    It is Memorial Day here is the U.S. – when the nation takes time to honor the men and women who’ve lost their lives serving our country. We also want to thank all of the soldiers currently serving and their families for all of the sacrifices you are making while protecting our freedom.

    The Memorial day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of Micki’s Scrappy Summer challenge. This is where I normally pull together a large collection of fabrics and then challenge myself to use them to make a few small quilts. Once you get the fabrics chosen it is fun to just focus on playing with designs. You can look at the ‘My Quilts’ page and see the results of Scrappy Summer 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. This year I am mixing it up. Instead of making MORE quilts I decided to finish some of my old UFO’s (unfinished objects), WIP’s (work in progress) or FIT (finish IT) quilts. ‘Finish it’ is a term that my best girlfriend and quilting buddy Jane came up with. What a novel idea … finish quilts you have already started.

    The first project will be ‘Lilac Strips’. It started as an idea in 2009 but didn’t make much progress. It came back out to play again 2011 where I made some blocks. Although I didn’t finish ‘Lilac Strips’ it did inspire me to make ‘Red Sizzle’.

    Red Sizzle

    In 2013, I brought out the project box but was still stumped on a layout. Couldn’t figure out what I wanted so it went back on the shelf. This brings up to today. I say let’s ‘FINISH IT’. It might end up a smaller quilt than I originally thought but at least it would be done. Here are the blocks (so far).

    Lilac Strips

    The weather guy just mentioned that we have beat all records for Minnesota for the highest temperature for May 28th – 100 degrees (real temp). UGH !!

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

    Micki