Book Challenge #3

August 30, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

For Book Challenge #3 Jane choose the pattern ‘Circuit Board’ from Amy Ellis’s book ‘Modern Neutrals.

Jane’s ….

“Gemstones” is 52” x 76”.

This was a fun quilt to assemble – even the high contrast snowball blocks. Even though over 50 fabrics were used, only four were purchased – the rest were from stash or leftovers from other projects. The background fabric was purchased and three were the light jade fabrics. Made a tiny ‘ding’ in my fabric collection.


Carla’s ….

Table runner was named “Challenge Squared” because it met the requirements for two different quilt challenges – one involving using a certain pattern and the other requiring the use of certain fabrics. Quilting done on my long arm and domestic machine.

Challenge Squared

Mine ….

It might take you a minute to find the blocks from the original quilt. I changed the direction of every other zigzag row and colors of the square in the square block were positioned differently.


The garden is winding down. The last day lily blooms just finished but….look at one of the awesome Endless Summer hydrangea blooms.

Endless Summer Hydrangea

Have a great week !


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!


Quarter Log Cabin

July 25, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

Bright colors and black and white fabrics make for a fun quilt. I have been wanting to make a quarter log cabin block for ages but couldn’t decide on design. Do I go with the traditional light on one side and dark on the other? Do I have multiple size logs? Do I have the same number of logs on each side?   OMG… so many decisions. Long story short I decided on the bright colors and then I thought about how to position them in the block. I was going to add some white fabrics but then changed my mind when I found a few leftover black and white four patches.   Hmmmm…what if ….it might work. Well, I will let you decide. Did the combo of the four patches and the quarter log cabin work?

Quarter Log Cabin

Quilt top is done but I won’t be able to trim down my setting triangles until I clean off my cutting table. Here is a crooked closeup photo.


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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?


French Lilac

May 16, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

My goal this year is to try to finish some of my UFO’s. I started this quilt summer of 2012. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a layout so I ended up setting them aside on the back burner. They got pulled out the following spring but to no avail. Didn’t get too far but decided that I would at least get the blocks sewn together into rows. With no border inspiration they ended up back on the shelf. Skip ahead four (really four years?) and I brought it out of time out (again). After pondering lots of layout options, I decided on what I wanted to do for the border. FINALLY the quilt top (56 x 74) is finished . Patience or perseverance? Feels good to be able to cross something off the UFO list.

The design is a simple rotated square in a square in purples, green and brown.

French Lilac

Here is a close up.

close up

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


Changing quilts – Spring 2017

May 8, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

It’s spring and time to switch out the quilts I have on display.

Here is my quilt “Waterfall’ that I made from lovely batiks back in 2011. It is 81″ x 97” – which is a big quilt for me.


This is one of my favorite quilts. First because it bright and bold and second because it is an easy quilt to make. I called this ‘Grid’ and ended up finishing at 67″ square. Wonder why I haven’t made another color version? Yet.


Have a great day.