Tag Archives: Rose Garden

#1 – Recycled Shirt Square Dance Quilt

December is dedicated to turning quilt tops into finished quilts and the first one is done –  Recycled Shirt Square Dance.

The panto-graph used is the circular design Citrus from Urban Elementz which was a fun and fast pattern.  It is perhaps an unusual choice for a recycled shirt quilt, however I like the unexpected aspect of it.

While I was binding Square Dance in the evenings, I was machine quilting on the next top during the day.  The second top is off the machine waiting for the handstich of the binding and quilt top #3 is being loaded.  If I can keep this up, I will definitely make my goal for finished quilts.

However my EPP project Rose Garden has come to a temporary halt since binding is taking top priority.  I have been putting the binding time to good use to consider my options for the back ground fabric of Rose Garden.  I think that a lightish turquoise will be the winner, maybe a bit lighter than the fabric in the picture below.

The problem is that I don’t have any turquoise yardage in my stash.  Online retail therapy has taken care of that issue, but now the wait for delivery starts.  Since it is so difficult to match fabric online – who am I kidding, it is impossible! – if I don’t like any of the fabrics that were just ordered, I will use black or dark gray for the background.

The next quilt won’t bind itself, so now it is time to put thread in the needle and get to work.

Happy Quilty Holidays,

Marlene

Effervescence & Rose Garden EPP

While working on the Hope Chest quilt top, I cut out 4-patch Stack-n-Whack blocks as leaders/enders using the Effervescence fabric from Robert Kaufmann.  They sewed together so quickly and before long I had a nice pile of blocks.

Paula Doyle shows her quilt using this fabric in her book East Stack Quilts.  It is so elegant looking that I decided to make one for myself.

The reason it took me 2 weeks to finish the top is because I needed to order more fabric since I miscalculated the amount needed – the border was only on one side of the fabric.  I like the 4-patch blocks in the four corners so there was no need to match and miter the corners.

My version is 68″ square (7 x 7 block layout), however it is easy to adjust the top to whatever size desired.

Some of my favorite blocks:

This quilt was so much fun and I really like the neutral color range.  Maybe I need to add another neutral quilt top to my 2021 goal list.

As a treat to myself, I subscribed to the EPP Quilty Box from Paper Pieces and received my first box in November.

All of my EPP projects except one have been hexagons, so this will stretch my EPP skills.  The November project is Rose Garden which contains pentagons, 36 degree 5-pointed star and irregular heptagons – definitely a new challenge for me.  I have some ideas for a different layout than shown and will show pictures once I get a little further along.

Wishing everyone a safe & healthy Holiday season.

Marlene