• Squirrel

    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
    closeup

    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.

    Micki
  • Double Cross

    Here is the last of my Scrappy Summer 2016 series. ‘Double Cross’ quilt top is completed and finishes at 56″ x 65″.

    I started with an idea to do a ‘plus or addition’ quilt block but then decided to spice it up a little with the gold insert (finishes 1/2′). I know, I know…silly girl. What was I thinking. But it does adds just a little something something to the quilt.

    Double Cross
    Double Cross

    In case you missed them, here is Scrappy Summer #1 Jewel Box and #2 Bow Tie.

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

    Micki
  • Bow Tie

    Here is my Scrappy Summer 2016 #2 quilt top ‘Bow Tie’ all completed.

    The quilt is 65 x 65. I ended up using 40 prints and one background. My challenge was to see what I could create using a simple bow tie block. Of course, there had to be a little twist to the layout.

    Bow Tie
    Bow Tie

     
    Although the color in the purple coneflowers are starting to fade the rudbeckia is definitely showing off in bright yellow.

    Rudbeckia
    Rudbeckia

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

    Micki
  • Jewel Box

    Here is my Scrappy Summer 2016 #1 quilt top ‘Jewel Box’ all completed.

    The quilt is 50 x 63 set in a 6×8 grid of 6″ finished blocks. It uses 36 (not my style any longer) prints and half as many backgrounds. My challenge was to see what I could create using a simple block. Of course, there had to be a little twist to the layout. The jewel box blocks are surrounded by a beautiful rich burnt gold fabric. The fabric shows off the blocks and then continues into the border.

    Scrappy Summer 2016 - Jewel Box
    Scrappy Summer 2016 – Jewel Box

    Squint.. can you see where I tried (emphasis on tried) to have the longest diagonal row with darker background in the center? I know…very subtle. Didn’t think to do this until all of the blocks were made.

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

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2016 Update

    The past few days have been VERY HOT and VERY HUMID. Bad news – to hot to be in the garden. Good news – more time for quilting. Summer is moving along quickly and I haven’t shared the progress I am making on my Scrappy Summer challenge quilts.
     

    SS 16 - #1 Jewel Box

    #1 JEWEL BOX
    The blocks are made and now I am auditioning sashing fabric. Should go together fast once I decide.

    SS 16 #2 Bow Ties

    #2 BOW TIE
    For the ‘jewel box’ quilt (above) I decided that I wanted a variety of backgrounds but I am using one single background for the ‘bow tie’ quilt. I have had a few ideas on the design on this quilt but think I have FINALLY decided on one. All of the bow tie pieces are ready to start sewing them into pairs.

    Couldn’t resist sneaking in a garden photo. Isn’t this a luscious color for a day lily?

    day lily
    day lily

    Enjoy the weekend !

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer #1 blocks

    Making great progress on the first quilt of this summer’s series. If you are new to my blog, Scrappy Summer is my own personal challenge. I take a collection of fabrics and try to make several smaller quilts focusing on having fun and playing with fabrics. To read more click here. I have already made 80 half square triangles and 80 four patches.

    2016 Scrappy Summer - #1
    2016 Scrappy Summer #1

    Super simple block that is fun and easy to put together. I will show you more once I get some of the blocks put together.

    Have a great Fourth of July.

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer 2016

    It is Memorial Day – when the nation takes time to honor the men and women who’ve lost their lives serving our country. I 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.
     
    Years ago, I wanted to made a quilt using fabrics that were out of my comfort zone. When I was out shopping at a little quilt shop I found a kit (on sale- yeah!) which made it much easier for me to pull together a collection of fat quarters. They were all medium to dark in muted colors. Many of them were by Moda from their Kansas Troubles collection. Well, I made this quilt – not my favorite but I did enjoy making the wacky cut blocks.

    Traditional
    Traditional

    A couple of years later I decided to try to use the leftovers to make a more contemporary (less traditional?) design. I really like it but it has been on the back burner because I just can’t figure out a border. This quilt uses the same fabric collection but for this quilt I added a light background. I named it Kansas (Toto) as in ‘We aren’t in Kansas anymore’.

    Kansas (Toto)
    Kansas (Toto)

    The Memorial day weekend is the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of Micki’s Scrappy Summer. This is where I pulled 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. I already have two ideas for this year. You can look at the ‘My Quilts’ page and see the results of Scrappy Summer 2014 and 2015.

    Did I mention that I bought two of those kits? I decided that I would also be adding some fabrics from my stash. Isn’t shopping in your jammies the best thing ever! So now I have 57 color and 20 background fat quarters ready to go.

    Here are some of the Kansas Troubles fabrics by Moda. Do you recognize any of them? Do you have some in your stash? It will definitely be a challenge to use these.

    Kansas Troubles
    Kansas Troubles

    These fabrics are still NOT in my comfort zone – but hey – Scrappy Summer is a time to play.

    Micki