• Happy New Year

    Happy New Year !! Hope everyone had a great holiday season and you are ready for all of the fun and adventures in 2020. Have you made any resolutions?


    Here are a couple of charity quilt tops I recently made. Warning, you might want to put on a pair of sunglasses. The prints are adorable but when you put all of them together into a quilt …. wow, makes for a busy quilt. The first one has the flower print in the center of the squares with the bird print as the border.


    The ‘Bird’ quilt reverses the block center and border fabrics. Even the striped inner border are two different combinations of colors. These were fun quilts to make.


    Minnesota was part of the big storm that hit this past week. We got rain, freezing rain and then the snow came. I like the way the snow looks on evergreen tree but it was a bit treacherous to walk or drive on.

    new snow

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

    Happy Holidays

  • Changing quilts – December 2019

    My goal is to try to switch out my quilts seasonally but sometimes I forget. I am finally getting around to replacing my autumn quilt ‘Desert Morning’ with ‘Peppermint Twist’.


    Desert Morning

    the closeup shows off the batik fabrics and the lovely quilting.


    ‘Peppermint Twist’ is made using some fun non-traditional Christmas colors. Now that the quilt is up I need to gather some more holiday decorations.

    Peppermint Twist

    I added the closeup so you can see the fabrics I used.


    Happy Holidays !

  • 2019 Micki’s Leader Ender

    Every year I challenge myself to use some of my men’s recycled shirts for a leader ender project. When I look at my boxes (yes, boxes) of shirts I seriously need to start making more than ONE per year.


    For 2019 I decided on the rectangle inside a rectangle block to make this small quilt that finished at 45 x 59.

    2019 Micki Leader Ender

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

  • Habitat # 4

    Here is the fourth quilt top in my series using a old collection of fabrics from Bernatex called ‘Habitat’ along with fabrics from my stash. It is the last ‘planned’ quilt but I have bunches of strip sets and scraps leftover that I might use at some point.


    Habitat #4

    An easy and simple design that shows off the fabrics. The quilt top finishes 42×57.


    No more garden photos – it is officially the end of the season. Still have the last of the leaves to bag but the garden is ready for winter. Which is good since it has been gosh darn chilly lately. How are your projects coming along?

  • What’s up – 10.28.2019

    Wow…hard to believe that it has been almost two months since my last ‘what’s up’ post. I have been busy mostly doing charity quilts and getting the garden ready for the winter. Today we had a high of 38 degrees. Brrrr !!! We should be around 52.


    Here is a snapshot of the finished Habitat #4. I will be showing you the full quilt in a separate post.

    This is the shoo-fly block which is Quiltville’s Leader Ender challenge for 2019-2020. The center squares have been chosen and I am working on sewing the pieces together. OMG…the half square triangles will finish at 1-1/2″.

    This is my third crocheted baby afghan. Fun to have a small project to work when you need a break from quilting. Light blue with navy accent.

    The center of my medallion wall hanging is done. I used black, brown and beige broken dish blocks. Wow…so many seams coming together in a small 3″ finished block.

    I am making two quilts with the same birds and flowers collection of fabrics. One quilt has the bird fabric in the center and the other the flowers. I then reverse the fabrics for the borders. I think the stripe really add a zip to the look. The charity quilt tops are done but still need to make the backings and binding strips.

    blocks I am working on making quarter log cabin blocks using the same collection of black, white, grey and yellow fabrics that I used for my ‘Bumble Bee’ quilt. My plan is to do this as a ‘quilt as you go’ project. Wish me luck !


    How are your projects coming along ?

  • Habitat # 3

    Well, finally, I am posting a photo of Habitat # 3. If you are new to my blog I tend to do a series of small quilts during the summer. I choose a fabric collection and work with them for awhile. The fourth quilt top in this series is also done and will take some nice photos and share them later. I know there is enough yardage, leftovers strip sets and scraps to make more so don’t be surprised if you see another quilt in the future.

    Habitat # 3 is an oversized ‘Plus’ layout. It finishes at 52″ square.

    Habitat # 3


    I liked the ‘plus’ block layout so much that I decided to pull together some oriental fabrics and make another quilt. I made the blocks bigger and added more blocks to make it finish at 59×77. The photo has a little yellow cast but you get the idea. Sorry about that but look at closeup photo. It is closer to the actual colors.

    Oriental Plus

    It is getting time to start getting the garden ready for winter. The only blooms left now are a few rubeckias and the beautiful Endless Summer hydrangea blooms.


    I have recently joined a group of wonderful ladies that get together to make charity quilts. I am now on a mission to try to use up some of my stash. It has been keeping me busy. 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.

  • What’s up – 9.08.2019

    Hard to believe it is already September…. where did the summer go.


    Habitat #3 went together quickly. Such an easy pattern that I made a second one using oriental fabrics. I will do a separate post showing you both.

    Habitat #4 – I am doing a square block with a color insert. I need to save some fabric for backings so this is probably the last one of the series. BUT…I do have leftover strips sets that might appear in a quilt sometime.

    Quiltville 2019 Leader ender blocks – I have made a bunch more half square triangles and now need to decide on block centers.

    Apricot afghan is almost done. The next one will probably be using two shades of blue.

    This project started innocently with bonus HST from BBB Stars quilt . Decided that I would make them in broken dishes blocks and use them as the center of a medallion quilt. I was going to make a variety of blocks for the different rounds but when I decided to only make a small wall hanging it made more sense to continue using the same blocks.

    Birds and Flowers – I am making two small charity quilts using these fabrics. The stripe fabric will be the sashing but not sure about the border fabric.


    These photos were taken awhile ago.

    blackberry lily

    How are your projects coming along ?