Pre-Hurricane Florence embroidery and evaluation

I had my embroidery module set up so I decided to do a couple of projects.  I have made coasters from KimberBell designs in the past so I decided to make some coasters for the fall. The directions are well written and easy to follow. Of course I did have to use the seam ripper a couple of times because I wasn’t really paying attention to the next step. These coasters are paper pieced and the project is completed in the embroidery hoop.  Mary suggested that I make green apples for the coasters so I found scraps of 7 different colors for the apples.  It does takes some time to make these coasters because you have to keep trimming the fabric before adding the next piece.  But I think that they look cute and it was time to put away the watermelon coasters. Fall is coming soon.

Last week we decided to evacuate out of the Wilmington area because hurricane Florence looked like it was coming into the coast at a category 4.  Two years ago we stayed for hurricane Matthew which was a category 1 and that was scary.  So we are staying with our youngest brother who lives about 2 hours west of Wilmington.  His daughter is away at college so he had an extra bedroom.  Now we are at day 6 at our brother’s house.  At least we saw the sun today.  Not sure when we can go back home because the roads are flooded that we need to take to get home.  Hopefully we will not have more rain this week and roads will dry up.  A couple of friends in our neighborhood have had water damage in their homes.  Not sure what we will find when we get back.  But we are safe and dry. Also have power. Our dog Ranger seems happy to explore a new place.

Hope you are safe.  Looking forward to getting back to quilting and sewing.  Keeping my fingers crossed.



“Jelly Roll” Rug

Jelly roll rugs are over the net with lots of pics (see   One of our Quilt Bee members showed one that she made at last months show-and-tell and we all jumped on the bandwagon.  So we all prep’d our fabric, batting, and fabric tubes and worked on our rugs at this months meeting.

Fabric tubes with batting in them.

Donna and I decided to only make one so we divided up the the task and worked on it together.

We made our owe fabric strips (instead of purchasing a jelly roll) so it would match the colors in our guest room.   It uses batting inside the tubes (instead of clothes line).   There are loads of tutorial videos that shows how to make one (Gotta love youtube).  It was easy to make and I like how it turned out.

Here is our finished rug.

Ranger approved.

Happy Stitchin’

Mary & Donna

Ringing the bell

Last week I finished my chemo treatments so I received a certificate from the my cancer care team and “rang the bell”.

My doctor loved the quilt that I gave her and the nurses loved their little zippered bags and kleenex holders.





I am so happy to be done with the chemotherapy.  I still have radiation, PT, and hormone therapy to complete but at least the worst is over.  I am hoping to get more energy to complete all the quilting projects that I have been thinking about this summer.

Thank you for all your positive thoughts and encouragement as I continue on my journey to kick cancer to the curb.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna

Brown Bag Mystery quilt completed

My quilting bee started working on the Brown Bag mystery quilt in the spring.  Each member had different fabrics for this project.  The quilting bee members are still working on this project.  All the finished quilt tops look so different with the color choices and placement of the colors.  I added a narrow raspberry border to my quilt since raspberry was the most prominent color in the quilt and I had some of the raspberry fabric left over.  I pieced the back of the quilt with some left over random blocks from the mystery fabrics and assorted pink/raspberry print fabric from my stash.  I really like the look of the quilt backing.

Ranger likes the quilt too.

The quilt is a throw size that I will give away as a gift. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Fire Island Hosta quilt completed

I started working on the Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern (by Judy Neimeyer) last summer. The finished quilt size is about 94″ x 94″.  I finished 2 queen size bed quilts this year.  I think that I am done with large bed quilts for a while – hopefully.  I completed the quilt top in April and mailed it to my friend Sarah to do the long arm quilting.  She had fun playing with different quilting designs on the quilt.  She did an amazing job on the quilting.  Last week I added the binding to the quilt.  So now I just need to make a quilt label.  Can’t wait to get this new quilt on my bed.  I am still amazed that I actually finished this large paper piecing quilt project.  It did take me almost a year to cut out all the pieces, put all the sections together and then add the borders.  I do love all the perfect points that you get with a paper piecing pattern like Judy Niemeyer’s patterns. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Neutral throw – Kira pattern

Last year we went on a quilters trip to Iceland that was lead by Gudrun Erla of GE Designs.   image  It was a truly awesome trip and one of the highlights was a workshop taught by Gudrun for our tour and local Icelandic quilters.   We learned how to use her Stripology Rulers and we worked on the Kira block.

When I was looking for a pattern to make a throw for a light cream loveseat I thought of this pattern and wondered how it our look in neutrals.   I usually like to use color but I really needed a neutral throw.


Kira on the design wall.

So, at our quilt guild’s January retreat, I worked on the blocks for the quilt.

I finished it a number of months ago, but just noticed that I forgot to blog about it.  So… here it the finished quilt.   It is an easy and fun pattern and I love using the Stripology Rule to cut the fabric.  It make cutting fun and super fast.   I highly recommend them.

Finished throw & Ranger approved.

If you are looking for a great trip to Iceland or a wonderful workshop for your guild, check out her website.    She has great patterns and they are all fast and easy.

Happy Stitchin,


“Snowdrops” art quilt inspired by Jane Sassamen

In my last post I showed picture of my “Snowdrops” wall hanging at our Quilt Guild’s Piecework exhibit.

My piece.

This started as a challenge that our little Art Quilt group took on.   I do love a challenge.

We all have soooooo…. many books of various well known quilters and decided that we would take one and use that quilt artist’s work as inspiration.   We picked Jane Sassaman.  (Love her work!)

She abstracts nature and uses bold colors.   So we all got out our sketchbooks and flower books and started sketching flowers.   We also gave ourselves a second challenge and that was that the quilt had to be in 3 pieces that we somehow connected.

My first piece was a dandelion.   After a few months of working on it, it became a UFO and I started over.   This time I picked an easier and simpler flower (the Snowdrop).

Drizzle stitch (close-up).

I played with swirls and dots and just had fun with it.  I played with decorative stitches to edge the appliqué pieces down.   Now, I did have a couple of challenges.   1)  how do you quilt all the dots?   I kinda got carried away with the dots and could not find a good decorative stitch that work well for small circles.   So… I ended up hand stitching them.

Hand stitched dots.

I also learned the drizzle stitch from one of our group and used it for the green twisty part (stamen) of the flowers.   Fun.

Close-up of binding and pet mesh backing.

For the binding, I used 3 rows of yarn (front and back) and a herringbone stitch to give a bit more texture.

My last big challenge was how to connect my 3 pieces.  Everything I tried did not seem stable enough (like the swivels).   Then I remembered a lecture by a Canadian quilter where she said she uses screening on the back to stabilize sectional quilts and your eye kinda just goes through it.   I didn’t want to use screening (worried about breaking needles), so I used pet screen.   That worked beautifully, gave yet another texture and was easy to machine stitch on.

I learned a lot with this piece AND it was great fun.   Our little Art Group is so inspirational and supportive.   We all shared connection ideas and all used different techniques.   Donna’s piece was her Hawaiian Leaves (which she already blogged about).   I was the last to finish (partly because I had to restart).

I do plan to get back to my dandelion and even have some new ideas on what I want to try.   Perhaps I’ll do some slicing and inserting.   I’ll post it when it is done (the UFO and the re-imaged finished piece).   I do have some other project in front of it so don’t hold your breath.

Happy Stitchin’