Small quilt pattern from Gloria Loughman’s book

imageI bought one of Gloria Loughman’s books (Quilted Symphony) a few years ago.  I have wanted to make one of the wall hangings in the book so I decided to make one this month. image I have been playing around with color for several of my quilts and found a pattern in the book that I liked. image I chose 4 analogous colors (yellow, yellow-green, green, and blue-green) for this wall hanging.  There are several projects in the book and great directions.  The pattern is made with some fusible machine appliqué and some piecing with edges turned under using the blind hem stitch. image I had fun using free motion quilting designs on the piece. image I added blue-green piping around the binding for an extra pop of color.  I had fun making this project – I think I will try another one with a different group of colors. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Charity quilt for Louisiana flood victims

Unfortunately there has been many flood victims this year.

One of the ladies in our Modern Quilting Group has a brother that is a minister in Louisiana and our group agreed to send him some quilts for some of his parish members that were hard hit by the August 2016 flooding there.  Rainfall exceeded 20 inches in multiple parishes.


Here is one that I turned in at our meeting this week.  Hopefully this will put a smile on a little boy’s face as his family deals with the long and hard road to recovery/rebuilding.

Happy Stitchin’


“Quilt as you Go” calendar squares – UFO

I still had 6 calendar quilted squares from a previous challenge at our Modern Quilting guild that needed to be put into a quilt.  I had already put the 3 summer calendar blocks in a small wall hanging imagewith two Row by Row patterns.  And I also put the 3 fall calendar blocks in a small wall hanging with two Row by Row patterns.  imageNow it was time to do something with the winter and spring calendar blocks. I also used Quilt As You Go technique to put these wall hangings together.

So I took the 3 winter calendar blocks and put them together using Quilt As You Go technique (Leah Day’s you tube video).  I did make a change to the fabric strip for the back the quilt squares.  Leah uses 1.5″ strips but I like to have a little wider strip on the back so I use 1.75″ strip on the back when attaching the quilted calendar blocks.  image imageAfter putting the winter and spring calendar blocks together, I used yarn to make a binding.  I used 3 strands of yarn on the back and 3 strands of yarn on the front using a herringbone stitch.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Another UFO project done. Donna

Quilts for flood victims of Hurricane Matthew

matthew-charity-quiltsWe were very lucky when the hurricane came through our area.  We did get 9 – 10″ of rain and high winds (75 mph) but only lost power for about 12 hours during the night.  We did not have any flooding in our neighborhood.  The flooding in other areas of southeastern North Carolina has been unbelievable – to see whole towns underwater and rivers are still flooding houses and roads.

Our local fire station was collecting food, water, and blankets for the flood victims.  So Mary and I dropped off food, water, and four quilts that we finished making this past week.  The recovery from this hurricane will take a long time for the people who have lost everything.

Hope you were safe during the hurricane.  Keep sewing and quilting.  Donna

Pineapple bag for the Bride

One of the young women that we work with at the quilt shop is getting married.   She loves, loves, loves pineapples.   Our shop through her a surprise bridal shower (with some of our shop’s best customers).



Donna and I collaborated on making her a pineapple tote.

I found some pineapple fabric online (not easy to find pineapple fabric).  I also designed the bag, pieced and quilted the front and back panels.  Donna make the big appliquéd pineapple and assembled the bag.   She is great with making bags and always makes sure there are inside pockets.


Front of the tote



Back of the tote

Congratulations Coral!

Happy Stitch’n,

                   Mary & Donna

Another folded star potholder

imageLast month I made 2 folded star potholders – square shape.  I made those potholders larger so that I could use them as a trivet.  I wanted to try making the same pattern using a circle design and bias strip binding.  I used the same technique to make star shapes on the potholder.  It is important to have enough contrast between your 4 colors so that you can see the star design. Then I made a card stock template of a circle (about 7.5″ diameter).  I trace the shape on the potholder and then sewed on that line.  imageNext I put together the layers to quilt (backing, insul-brite, and star design).  I quilted through the star points and then trimmed the circle.  I made bias binding – 2″ wide strips.  After stitching the binding on one side, I hand-stitched the binding to the back of the potholder.  This is a great pattern for using fabric scraps from your stash.   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Quilting during Hurricane Matthew

We were lucky to have power most of the day during Hurricane Matthew, so Donna and I both worked on our Modern Quilting Group’s block challenge.   We had to incorporate some/all of the challenge fabric and make a 12 1/2″ modern block.    The 1st one was ugly (according to Donna…. ok, I agreed) so I made another one.   Here is my second one.   I wish I had taken a pic of my 1st block so you too could have judged.

challenge-blocksI like this one.  It was inspired by watching Project Runway online.   The contestants got to create their own fabric and one of them did parrot feathers.   Now this is not a parrot feather, but it IS a modern feather.

Happy Stitch’n,