Moss Garden Quilt Is Under Way

I met some friends early today for a hike and then came home and got working on my next quilt. I cut all the fabrics last night, so was ready to get busy when I got home today around 10 am.

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I made a lot of headway today. These blocks are 9.5 inches, and the 9 patch block pieces are 3.5 inches each. I still need to move some things around on the design wall. But I’m really liking how this looks.

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These fabrics are so amazing! I just love putting colors and patterns together. This looks different in reality than it did in my head, but I LOVE it!

The pattern for this quilt is free on the Free spirit website. I’m using different fabrics than this pattern calls for. You can find the pattern here.

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There’s all my pieces just waiting to be assembled.

And I want to talk about this fabric for a minute…

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That amazing fabric is Jupiter in the green color way. I found it online a couple of years ago and bought two yards — and I wish I’d purchased a lot more. This is the first time I’ve ever used any of it. I LOVE that fabric! The colors are so vibrant and bright. It’s one of my all time favorite Kaffe fabrics and  it can be a little hard to find. This is one that I’d ask KFC to bring back again!

I’m thinking I’m going to make this quilt 9 blocks by 9 blocks and will add a generous border. It should end up being a queen size quilt. And I’m thinking I just might keep it for myself! It doesn’t hurt to have options for your bed quilt!

Today was my last day of vacation. As I mentioned above, I met a couple of friends really early this morning to go for a hike.

And I mean ridiculously early.

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Yes, I really set my alarms for 3:30 and 3:45 this morning. 3:30 was the warning alarm, and 3:45 meant GET YOUR BUTT OUT OF BED!

It took me about an hour to get ready to go and I had a drive of a little over an hour before I met my friends at the trail head at 6 am.

I don’t see a lot of sunrises in my day to day. But I saw a gorgeous one this morning on my early drive… complete with a view of Mt. Hood.

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Let me just say that I am not a morning person. But our trek was so beautiful and quiet that it was worth the early alarms. My two friends and I and our seven dogs hiked for three hours and didn’t see one other person.

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It was 46 degrees when I arrived at the trail head, but it was easy to keep warm with the exercise. And it was so gorgeous when the sun started peaking through the trees.

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These boys sure did enjoy a nice long trail run with all their friends. This has been a great week for dogs!

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I just love the dense forests in Western Oregon. The trees are thick and big. There are ferns everywhere. And there is an earthy and organic smell that is unique to this part of the world. It’s pretty magnificent.

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We were well spaced out through our hike. Must have been at least 20 or 30 feet between us at all times. My friends are serious walkers. We did not lolly gag on this hike. We covered ground! The only stopping we do is to take photos of dogs!

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One last photo of the first rays of morning light and the dense forest fauna.

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14 Replies to “Moss Garden Quilt Is Under Way”

  1. Hi, I love your quilt. Question, what do you do with the quilts you make after everyone has been given one . They are not inexpensive to make and if you are prolific as I am what do you do?

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    1. Hahaha! This is exactly my dilemma! I have recently decided that I’m going to make a quilt for each of my siblings. Then I’ll move on to my nephews. I’ve also given some to friends. I’ve sold one, but I don;’t dream of being in the business. I pay someone to long arm my quilts, so that makes them pretty hefty so sell. I have several tops that are done and folded in a closet because I have no specific use for them. I figure I can pull them out, make a backing and have them quilted when an event comes up that needs a quilt. When you figure this all out, please let me know!!!

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  2. Oh how I miss the Oregon landscape! My aunt lived in Springfield/Eugene and I loved visiting! Beautiful views! Thank you for all your photos! I can just smell the woods. ❤️

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    1. It really is beautiful here. I moved here from Salt Lake and the green was really overwhelming at first. But then I got to be more accustomed to it. It is an amazing lush part of the world. I just love taking the back roads home rather than the freeway.

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  3. I love the first photo of the sun peeking between the trees in the forest. The pale pink in the sky with the luscious green, LOVE! I have seen the Moss Garden quilt in several of Kaffe’s books (I have all of them) and am constantly tempted to make one. Yours is going to be a beauty.. Glorious Color has the green Jupiter as well as many other colors.

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    1. Oh! I’ll go and check out Glorious Color. I would love to have a few more yards of that green in my stash. And I’ve wanted to make the Moss Garden for some time. It really does let those big prints sing. Glad you like my hike photos. I love the way you talk about color!

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  4. I also think Jupiter is cool! Where did you hike? My daughter moved to Vancouver WA a year or so ago and we enjoy hiking when we visit. It’s definitely different country than SE Michigan!

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    1. We were hiking in the Molalla National Forest. It’s south east of Portland about an hour. Rolling hills of farm land with tree covered hills. Really pretty and far enough away from Portland that you can have some solitude.

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