• Votes are in

    I posed the question about adding a border to my Greek Cross quilt on a recent post and was pleasantly surprised when I received five replies. The votes have been counted and it was two votes from folks who suggested adding borders, one vote said it looked good as it is and two that thought it would look good either way. I was still wondering about the border when I finally figured out where I wanted to hang the quilt. The wall is next to the door going downstairs to my basement. The space isn’t very big but the quilt looks really nice there. Decision as been made – no borders. Greek Cross ended up being 36″ x 45″.

    Ignore the blue tape holding up the quilt top – couldn’t wait to share the photo. Now I need to install the curtain rod. Actually, since this is a small wall hanging, I will be trying the Command hanging hooks by 3M instead of using screws. I will let you know how it works.

    Greek Cross
    Greek Cross

    I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy day to offer their advice and suggestions.

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

    Micki
  • Do I need a border ?

    Scrappy Summer #2 – Greek Cross  

    My Greek cross blocks are all sewn together into rows. Now, do I need borders? The blocks finish 9″ so right now the quilt top would finish 36″ x 45″. Since I am only making a wall hanging the size is fine. Will adding borders add to the overall look or not? What do you think?

    Greek Cross
    Scrappy Summer #2 – Greek Cross

    Here are a couple of photos of my garden. The little pink ones are called Bee Balm and the other is a type of lily. I am not sure what species the previous owners planted but I am thinking they are either Asiatic or Tiger lily.

    Bee Balm

    Lilies

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

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer #1

    Even though I have been spending a little more time in the garden, I was still able to finish my Scrappy Summer #1. The quilt ‘Trip Around the Checkerboard’ was a fun and easy quilt to make. Of course, I had to add some subtle design elements. If you look REAL close you might be able to find the three diamond shapes that are outlined in maroon/purple, teal, and rust/red.

    Trip Around the Checkerboard
    Trip Around the Checkerboard

    I have made some progress with Scrappy Summer # 2. It is the easy ‘Greek Cross’ block. I have seen it in many of the blogs that I follow but it seems appropriate that I am attracted to Teje’s post – she lives in Greece. Check out Teje’s post and tutorial here. Now, I just have to decide on a quilt name. Any suggestions?

    Greek Cross
    Greek Cross

    I find it hard to believe that it is already almost the middle of July. Where has summer gone? Lately, it has been too nice to do a lot of quilting but then again it has been too nice to worry about gardening. Over the weekend, with my brother’s assistance, I purchased an Ipad Aire. Can I say ‘FABULOUS‘!   I am able to hang out in my porch sipping on some iced coffee and review blogs, email etc. I might even take some garden photos with the IPAD this weekend. The cone flowers are just starting to show some color along with a few of the day lilies.

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

    Micki
  • Blocks and Flowers

    On the last post, I mentioned that the name choices for the small quilt was either “Hopscotch” or “Trip Around the Checkerboard”. I decided on the second name – just more descriptive. But ‘Hopscotch’ stuck in my mind. I think I have an idea for another little quilt where that name would be fabulous. More to come later.

    Trip around the checkerboard
    Trip around the checkerboard

    Flowers are doing well. Luckily, I took this photo before all rain and winds hit this past Saturday.

    Flowers
    Flowers

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

    Micki
  • Change of plans

    Using my Scrappy Summer fabrics, I made strip sets to use for a 5×5 grid version of ‘Trip Around The World’ block (left side of photo). I knew the block would be dark…but this is really too dark. The colors all blur together. Time to change my plans. On the right side of the photo is the strip sets layout inspired by Red Pepper Quilts’ Checkerboard Quilt. Much better.

    Sample blocks
    Sample blocks

    Now do I just leave the strip sets in the original layout OR do I take them and mix and match up them into a block? Do I want the small quilt to be slightly planned vs scrappy? I was even thinking of planning out the color placement to form large diamond shapes. Not sure it is worth the extra work since the results would be so subtle. What do you think about naming the quilt either ‘Hopscotch’ or ‘Trip around the Checkerboard’. Which one do you like best? Any other suggestions?

    Peony
    Peony

    Between storm damage and power outages – my life was a bit hectic last week. Luckily, these flowers survived our record setting rainfall for June in Minnesota.

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

    Micki
  • Scrappy Summer Fabrics

    I am working on my Scrappy Summer quilt idea. What is that you say? Well, during the summer I spend more time in the garden and less time quilting. I needed a simple quilt idea(s) that are fun and easy. I have a lot of mostly tone on tone fabrics in medium to dark in my stash that I thought would be perfect. Ok..sounds easy. After hunting through my stacks of fabrics, I have found and cut 66 fat quarters. What was I thinking? 66 fabrics – seriously…that is like 16 1/2 yards of fabric. Okay, now that I have gotten over the initial shock of the number of fabrics, I am working on getting them all pressed and starched. It is all good, think about it, I will eventually have all the fabric ready to use to make a few scrappy smaller quilts. Time to play.

    Scrappy Summer Fabrics
    Scrappy Summer Fabrics

    I have already decided that the first quilt will be my version of the ‘Scrappy Trip Around the World’. You can check out Quiltsville for the free instructions here. Since my quilt won’t be very large I am thinking of calling it ‘Trip Around the City’ instead. Any suggestions?

    Photo from my garden of some very pale peach/pink iris’s. I also have lots of light and dark purple iris’s blooming. Several of my peony’s are just starting to open. Hopefully, the rain we are expecting this weekend won’t destroy them.

    Iris
    Iris

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

    Hope everyone has a chance to get together with family and friends and celebrate Father’s Day.

    Micki
  • Finally summer !

    Okay, you would think that the warmer weather would be an indicator of summer – nope.   Could the signs of summer be that the crab apple tress are flowering and the garden is flourishing – nope.   Is it summer because it is Memorial Day weekend – nope.   At my home, it is summer when it is consistently warm enough to hang out in the three season porch. This week I moved the small flat screen TV to the porch – it is now officially SUMMER!.   Now with that said, don’t think that all I do is sit around an watch TV. It is only a diversion for when I am done working in the garden. The porch offers a place to sit down with a nice glass of cool ice tea and relax and look at the garden through all of the windows. Perhaps read a book, design a quilt or simply enjoy the summer day.

    Flowering Crab Apple tree

    Most of the year, quilting is my thing to do. But when the weather is warmer I spend a lot of time in the garden. I decided this might be a perfect time to experiment/play with a quilt(s) idea rummaging in my head. Over time I have noticed that the fabrics I am using has changed. Most of the quilts I have done lately have had more prints and less tone on tone fabrics. I need to go through my messy stash of fabrics for three reasons. 1) sort and reorganize the fabrics on my shelves, 2) revisit and remember what I have and 3) cut a section of fabric from some of them to use in my ‘Scrappy Summer’ idea. Now how much fabric do I need? Hmmmm. One of my ideas is to make a quilt with triangles like a few that I have seen in various blogs that are made using strip sets. What about doing a small ‘scrappy trip around the world’. I also have been wanting to make a simple quilt of using squares and rectangles. Okay…now I have too many ideas.

    Well…enough talking. Time to take my coffee to the porch and make my list of tasks to do today.

    Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

    Micki