I don’t know about you but I am soooooooo…. ready for Spring.
So today, I decided to freshen up our porch. I pulled out some fabric that I recently found at Mill Outlet and started making some new pillow covers.
We have a wide porch and 4 chairs. I’m not into matchy- matchy so I did not make all 4 pillows identical.
For the pillows on the left side I just switched out the pillow sleeve on the green pillows with the same fabric to make them a bit different from the right side.
Left side of porch
Right side of porch.
I also added a spring wreath and inserted some red berries for a pop of color and tie into the pillows.
Even our scottie statue got a makeover with a ribbon of the pillow fabric.
I can’t wait for it to be warm enough so we can purchase some flowers.
It felt good to complete a project. Lately I feel like I have lots of new UFOs that are really close to completion but are not there yet. I really need to stop starting new projects and get down to finishing up some of my existing projects.
Donna’s Heart wall-hanging.
Mary’s Scottie calendar block.
Have a Lovely Day and Happy Stitchin,
Mary & Donna
2017 quilt top
I started this quilt last January and completed the top and then put the quilt top in my UFO box. Earlier this month I decided to practice some free motion quilting so I pulled out the quilt. The Rainbow Star quilt pattern is free on Leah Day’s website (leahday.com). When you cut out this quilt pattern, you have enough to make 2 quilt tops. On Leah Day’s website, you will find the directions to make this quilt and also information about how to quilt the top using free motion quilting and straight line quilting with a walking foot. She has great videos on her website for free motion quilting designs. These are the quilting designs that I used: pink – modern weave, purple – chain of pearls, blue – Poseidon’s eye, teal – flowing feathers leaves, green – fern and stem, yellow – lemonade, orange – snake paisley, and red – ocean currents. For the square corners and triangle sections, I used ideas from Angela Walters’ book: Shape by Shape free motion quilting.
2018 – completed quilt
I had fun with the free motion quilting designs. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Dancing Grid (left) and Grid (right)
I started a creative journey using Deborah Boschert’s book – Art Quilt Collage. I started with the chapter on the Design Process. The book has 8 design guides to help with the creative process of possibilities. The 8 design guides are: landscape, grid, third plus, symmetrical, magic three, one amazing line, dancing grid, and modular. I decided to try using 5 colors using Kona cotton (purple, orange, yellow, green, and stone).
Symmetrical (top) and Modular (bottom)
Third Plus (left) and Landscape (right)
I tried to challenge myself by limiting the colors that I used so I could focus on the design process. Two of the blocks I made a second time because I didn’t like my composition and color choices. I tried to use different techniques with each block. On one of the blocks, I used a fabric gel pen to write on the purple fabric. I like fabric with handwriting so it was fun to create my own. It was easy and fun to do. I did hand stitching with embroidery floss on the yellow block (one amazing line design). I added a bird to one block (third plus design) – the bird was printed on card stock so I just cut it out and stitched around the edges to attach it.
Magic Three (left) and One Amazing Line (left)
I really had fun with the project and wanted to think of a way to put the blocks together in a quilt. So I have started a larger block (21″ x 21″) to add to the quilt. More details in another post when it is finished. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna