Sunday, January 12, 2014

A very charming week

Yep, I used up 7 packs of charms this week, 5 on a quilt and 2 on coasters.  What fun!  The coasters took 6 charms each, so super absorbent.  They are super cute and spills not a problem, just toss them in the wash.  Here's a tutorial on these super easy coasters (note I just used charmed squares, no fusible anything and I did top stitch at the end for a bit more structure and finished look).  I also made the triangles by folding on the diagonal and layering in the same way.  I love the bright colored ones, those are going to be awesome for summer.


I saw this Garden Trellis quilt made with charm squares or a layer cake and knew I had to have one of my own.  I had a bunch of batik charm packs just taking up space for must be close to 2 years now!  Then I saw Connie's Runner in the Snow made out of batiks and regular fabric and I knew exactly what I wanted for my Night in the Garden quilt.  And I do have to say that I so admire those of you that get out in the snow to take pictures.  I gave it a try but it was just a bit too windy in the Chicago area, and yet, I still like those better than the others!  On the back of this one is some corded moleskin that is super soft.  I used a light blue Glide thread on top, bottom line in the bottom, light blue and Quilters Dream blend batting.  And pantograph is fantasy flame, one of my favorites.  It looks like something climbing up a trellis stretching to see how high it can get.
Night in the Garden 
Night in the Garden Back
Trying my hand at snow pictures, these colors look pretty accurate.

The wind gave me a little help showing the back!
 Take a look at the side bar for all the fun linky parties this week - so much inspiration!!




31 comments:

  1. Oh, I like this quilt a lot and great photos.

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  2. It is lovely Sue - and the backing looks great! Is this a new header picture or have I just been slow to notice it? It looks great!!

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  3. I love the colors you used. I'm pinning this for my future enjoyment.

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  4. Found you on Sew Many ways, LOVE your quilt! Just had to come check it out :)

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  5. Love the quilt. I have that pattern too and some day I'll actually make something with it.

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  6. Lovely quilt. I need to dust off some of my batiks and make a quilt. For some reason I just "save" them for the perfect project.

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  7. Nice! Love your coasters!! And that quilt is fantastic. Thanks for linking it. I've added it to my ever-growing Must-Make list.

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  8. Great coasters. I've also made them as circles (Coil up your cords and tuck them inside!) and still have to try hexie shaped coasters too..

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  9. What an amazing quilt! ANd the quilting is fabulous. Congrats, Sue!

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  10. Oh my - your Night in the Garden is wonderful Sue!!! I just love the play of all those batiks against that steadying gray. Brava!!!

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  11. I would say your charming Quilt is handsome! I really like it! :)

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  12. I was wondering what batting you used in your quilts. Do you stick with the same one all the time or do you use different ones? Love the Night in the Garden and good job of naming it!

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  13. Your coasters are so fun Sue! I am going to have to check out that tutorial! Your quilt turned out lovely! I love that pattern!

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  14. so pretty!!! love the snow pictures!

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  15. Hi! I love your quilt! That pattern is perfect for those beautiful Fabrics! Wonderful coasters too! Teje

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  16. I would love to make one of these someday... yours is gorgeous! For me the hardest thing about snow pictures is the fogged up glasses on a brisk day. Hard to know exactly what I'm getting in my frame! And the coasters are adorable!

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  17. I love making those coasters, but never thought about folding them diagonally, yours are just fantastic! I love that quilt too, awesome!

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  18. Your quilt is awesome! Great job & love the back! The quilting is amazing.

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  19. Your quilts are just gorgeous. I have been reading your blog and I just love it. I am your newest follower.
    I made a few charm pack coasters for Christmas gifts. They are so much fun to make.
    Hope you have a great day.
    Hugs
    donna

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  20. Love, love, love it! The coasters are lovely as well... hmmm, no where did I put those little charm packs? :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  21. Your coaster are so cute and....I think I have a charm pack of the orange batiks you used in the triangle ones. Beautiful, beautiful quilt Sue! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  22. These are such fabulous projects! I love the quilt, especially the fabulous quilting! The snow pictures look awesome! I love how bright and crisp they turn out. Thanks for sharing and linking up with TGIFF!

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  23. Great quilt on the snow. Where do you live?

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  24. Night in the Garden is absolutely stunning!!! What is that quilt design?

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  25. This is an AWESOME quilt. I have a soft spot for argyle. Everything about it is great. Good job!

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  26. I love the back of the quilt, sometimes I'm all about the back and often prefer them to the front! Thanks for the link for the coasters tutorial, yours look great and I love the idea of being able to through them in the sewing machine.

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    1. my fingers were typing but my brain wasn't thinking: "throw them in the washing machine" is obviously what I should have typed!

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  27. Sue, this quilt is so gorgeous. I love the colors, and the pattern is great. It looks like argyle to me! As usual, your quilting amazes me!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  28. Batiks look so good in Night in the Garden.

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  29. Your quilts and coasters are so pretty!

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