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.


2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge

April 25, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

In 2016, I participated in So Scrappy’s Rainbow Scrap challenge. If you are not familiar with the challenge there is a button on the right hand column to link to Angela’s blog where you can find more information. She is hosting the challenge again this year – you can still join all of the scrappy fun.

Here is my finished 59″ x 69″ quilt top. YAHOO !

2016 Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Linking up with So Scrappy and Quilting is more fun than housework.

How are your projects coming along?


Quiltville 2016 Leader Ender Challenge

April 4, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

If you follow Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltsville blog you are familiar with her annual Leader Ender block challenge.

Here is my version of 2014’s Lozenge block challenge.


and 2015’s Tumbler block challenge….

Paint Chip Challenge

For 2016 Bonnie chose the Hourglass block. Here is my quilt ‘Weather Vane’.

Weather Vane 55×55

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.



March 1, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

If you follow Bonnie Hunter’s Quiltsville’s blog you know the term ‘squirrel’. It is when you are working on a quilt or project and you get a new idea, inspired by new fabric, find a new pattern and it looks more fun, more exciting…. So, you start another project.

I am famous for getting the quilt top center done but then stall out on adding the borders. Maybe I don’t know what I want to do for the borders OR I am bored with it OR I am more interested in the NEXT new, fun, exciting project. SQUIRREL !!

Here is another one of my ‘Scrappy Summer 2016′ quilt tops “Coins’. The center has been done since last October. I had decided that the border would just be strips of the background fabric – nothing hard or complicated but I haven’t gotten them sewn on until now. Really….squirrel….

Coins 53×64


This isn’t the only quilt top that needs a border. I have a few more WIP’s hiding out. I hesitate to set a goal but I have the best of intentions to drag them out and add their borders. Wish me luck that I don’t get distracted (again).

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.


Book Challenge # 2

February 13, 2017 in QUILTING by 2 Dogs Studio

We had the unveiling of the Book Challenge #2 a couple of weeks ago and I am finally pulling together the photos to share with you. It was my turn to choose the book and I decided that we would use a pattern from Alex Anderson’s ‘Simply Stars’ called ’54-40 or Fight’. Alex used 6″ finished blocks in red and blues and alot of plaids.

Jane did her version using lots of black and white prints and a variety of Moda marble fabrics in both bright colors and shades of grey. Isn’t it gorgeous !

Jane’s version

My version is done entirely with solids. As you can tell…. she is a better photographer.

Micki’s version

We never shared our design or color choices during the challenge so it is really interesting how our quilts look so similar. We both decided to change the pattern and make a rectangular quilt using bright colors and grey in the border. I added sashing and Jane switched up the outer border although the big difference is the color placement. Read a little more about our book challenges here.

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