• Borders

    The question is ….how long does it take to get a border on a quilt?

    In this case, more than three months. The center of Scrappy Summer 2017 #3-Triangles was done in September 2017 and I finally got the border sewn on last month. As you can tell from the photo the border is extremely complicated – NOT !!. Between work deadlines, holidays and other quilt projects the quilt top sat in ‘time out’ for a long time.

    Scrappy Summer 2017 – Triangles

    Geez…well at least the quilt top is finally done.

    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.

  • Scrappy Summer 2017 - Curves

    Here is Scrappy Summer 2017 #2 – Curves (41×55). I have always wanted to try my hand at making the drunkards path block and I thought this would be a great opportunity.


    I had an idea for the layout of this small quilt when I started making the blocks but then I started thinking ‘what if?’. That changed the design and unfortunately if I wanted to offset the blocks I needed to add a small rectangle to one end of the block. Sometimes the batik fabric hides the seam and sometimes it doesn’t. Did you notice the black/white checkered fabric in the center of the big block? My girl friend Carla suggested adding something unexpected and it really turned out great.

    I have been working on Scrappy Summer #3 and all that is left to be done is to add the border. Come back and see what I did with the flying geese blocks.

    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.

  • Scrappy Summer 2017 - Diamonds

    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!

  • Scrappy Summer 2017 kickoff

    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?