Poodle Strip Quilt and Garden Update

Strip Front

I have had this stack of fabric sitting in my sewing room for quite some time. Months ago I swapped Alison for two of the fabrics – one from Jennifer Paganelli’s Poodle line and one from Dena Design’s Leanika line. I wasn’t planning on using them together when I swapped for them, but once they arrived I loved how they coordinated.

Strip Detail

I paired them up with a couple different Kona pinks and browns, Sandi Henderson’s Henna Garden in Spring and Pink and another Poodle print from Etsy. I just love the combination.

Strip Back

For the back I simply did wider strips of the same fabrics. It makes it reversible which is always nice. I quilted it with straight lines, 1/4″ on the top and bottom of the seams of the strips on the front. The binding is the lighter Kona pink from the front. It measures 57″ x 40″. This quilt was donated to the 100 Quilts for Kids program.

I also wanted to give you a garden (ahem…farm) update. I am 2 months in and so far it has been pretty successful. The weeds think so anyway!

Garden Update

I have had pretty good success with all the seeds. What you are looking at here is sunflowers, cosmos, corn, pumpkin, watermelon and cantaloupe (still too small to see in this photo), carrots, scallions, cucumber, lettuce, peppers, beans and tomatoes (which are almost all out of the photo). Everything was started from a seed except the peppers and tomatoes. I have spent a LOT of time weeding. I noticed everyone around me has mini tillers that they use to keep the dirt tilled up and the weeds from taking over. Maybe I will consider that next year if I do this again. 600 square feet is a lot to maintain. But it has been fun and I look forward to harvesting more vegetables soon. The lettuce is already ready and tasty!



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    June 28, 2011

    Try laying cardboard down and then a light mulch on top – it will make a great weed barier for the rest of the season and keep your beds straightened out!
    Looking good!

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    June 28, 2011

    Have you thought of trying raised flower beds? We love ours and after a few weedings they dont get many weeds.

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      June 28, 2011

      Heather, I would *love* to do that. Unfortunately this is a community garden plot so they aren’t allowed. If I had sunny space in my yard, I would do raised beds for sure.

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    June 28, 2011

    So pretty! And your garden looks awesome! 🙂

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    June 28, 2011

    Congratulations on the quilt and the garden, but especially the garden! Keeping weeds at bay is no small chore. I know! How cool that you have access to a community garden.

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    June 28, 2011

    I love strip quilts and yours is lovely. Someone in my guild recently pointed out how easy it is to quilt-as-you-go with a strip quilt, though she used some technical term for it that entered and left my self-taught brain within a days time. Should have written it down. 🙂

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    June 29, 2011

    Hi: Will the good folks scrappy quilt pattern be available sometimes soon? I just like it so much, that I would like o make one . I even like the colors.
    Thanks Jeannette

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      June 29, 2011

      Hi Jeannette! I’m glad you like the Good Folks Scrappy quilt! I don’t have a pattern for it, it was really just made by piecing together strips of leftover fabric until I ran out. If you didn’t have scraps, you could take a FQ set and cut random width strips and sew those together. The fabric set I used was Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line.

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    June 29, 2011

    That is a lovely fabric combo. I am a big fan of the pink/browns right now!
    ~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 

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    June 29, 2011

    LOVE that quilt!

    Our garden hasn’t been real successful this year. The tomatoes look less than promising and we are not real sure where the potatoes disappeared to.

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    June 30, 2011

    Your quilt is lovely!!! Kudos on the garden, it’s a lot of work to make it successful, but a what a great way to enjoy the summer sun. It looks super!

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    kate@ swimbikequilt

    September 28, 2011

    Thanks, Faith!!! It’s such a great quilt!


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