Thursday, March 8, 2018

Craftsman Quilt and Garden Projects

A quilt for my DIY guy is in the works. My husband, wno loves to tinker in his building, has built birdhouses, a variety of boxes and a ruler organizer for my sewing room, our deck railing, shelves for our pantry and bathroom, and a ton of other treasures for me and our family. Now he is building me an arbor for the garden he just plowed! So I want to make something just for him. I found a really cute collection from Dan Morris Design "Craftsman" for Quilting Treasures and ordered yardage. It is even more colorful in person.

I think the Craftsman pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts will be the perfect choice.

"In other news . . ." the garden is nearly ready for planting. My husband rented a tiller for the tractor and plowed about a 40 by 50 foot space over the weekend. It is the biggest garden we've ever had with lots of space to make pathways and have room for watermelons and pumpkins.

Before planting can begin, the arbor will be built. I've always wanted a rose and flowering vine arbor next to my vegetable garden! We set the posts yesterday and will start putting up boards tomorrow. (I say "we" meaning I will be the holder of screws and drills and help level the boards!) I ordered two climbing roses and wisteria, and I purchased a couple flowering vines at Lowe's. I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rain Rain Go Away Mini Quilt

This mini quilt was inspired by a suggestion by Diann at Little Penguin Quilts. I commented on one of her blog posts that I had more yellow and gray in my stash than anything else, and she said, "Sounds like you need to make a yellow and gray quilt!" And away I went!

With the frequent rain and clouds we had last month, it seemed a good choice to do a gradient quilt with yellows flowing into grays. Luckily, we finally got a sunny day for a photo!

I didn't end up using a lot of my yellows and grays, because I dug into my scraps. So a full-sized yellow and gray quilt is in the future!

I love gradient quilts and made my first in 2015 - you can read about it here and see it on the left in the photo above.

The back is a piece of Yuwa fabric I'd been saving for awhile, and it was perfect for this little project.

As always, Jack was quite vocal about wanting my attention throughout the process!

Here are the details:

Rain Rain Go Away Mini Quilt
Finished size: 20 inches x 20 inches

Scraps from my scrap stash
Binding - Grunge in Stone
Backing - Yuwa Suzuko Koseki Paris Yellow Dots

Superior Threads #50 - Genoa Gray