Happy Villages wall hanging

imageI took a class from Karen Eckmeier on making her “Happy Villages” wall hanging.  The finished size is about 16″ x 16″.  The class was 3 hours so I was able to get the building shapes and background pieces placed on the quilt by the end of the class.  Then I put it away for a few months.  I started working on it last weekend – adding windows, doors, steps and roofs.  I also changed some of the building colors.  I used my camera to take pictures during the process so I could check the colors and see if I had enough contrast in the piece.  In the first picture, I used some blue fabric for abuilding but it looked more like water so I swapped out the blue building shape for a different color.  imageI also made lots of changes with the windows: color and number per building.  I also added more trees, windows and a couple of walls to the village and changed the first bridge that I made. There is a layer of tulle over the piece.  I tried light blue, lavender, and black. image The black tulle really helped to pop the colors of the buildings.  To quilt the piece, I used free motion quilting around the outside of each of the pieces – you could have used a walking foot.  I used grey thread for the quilting of the village.  I decided to use grey fabric for the binding to give a softer look to the quilt. It was a challenging quilt to figure out the placement of the shapes in the village and where to put the steps.  Another UFO off my list.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna    image

Quilt as You Go fall table runner

image I was looking for “quilt as you go” patterns on line and found this pattern.  The finished table runner is about 9″ x 35″ – a narrow table runner but I had a spot in the house for it.  Since it has been so hot this summer, I decided to make a fall table runner so I could think about cooler weather coming.  After sewing together strip sets, you can quilt as you go using these strip sets.  You can also make this pattern more scrappy than I did since I wanted to highlight the leaf fabric on the table runner.  imageThe directions were clear and easy to follow.  Now I am ready for fall and cool weather.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Folded star potholders

image       I was looking on the internet for holiday gift ideas and found this tutorial to make a folded star potholder.  I decided to make my potholders square rather than round like the tutorial.  I also made mine a little larger so that I could use it as trivet on my counter for hot dishes and pots.  Using contrasting fabric is important so that you can see the folded star design.    image I had so much fun making the star design that I decided to make a second one for my college roommate from Australia that is visiting later this month.  I wanted to make her something small that would fit in her luggage.  I hope that she likes it.  It will be fun to see her – I haven’t seen her in about 22 years.      imageMary found a fabric print at a quilt show with the names of Australian cities which I used for the back of the potholder.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Alaskan Cruise UFO completed

image       Mary and I went on an Alaskan quilting cruise about 5 years ago with Stitchin Heaven quilt shop travel.  It was a great cruise and well organized.  There were 3 quilting classes during the cruise.  I did finish 2 of the projects.  The third project was a mystery quilt.  I completed most of the blocks but didn’t really like the fabric colors so did not complete that quilt.  While on the cruise, we stop at beautiful quilt shops.  Most of the quilt shops were small but there were many finished quilts on display for inspiration.  While in Skagway, we stopped at Rushin’ Taylor’s Quilt Shop.  I bought a pattern and kit to make a table runner with lupine flower appliqué.  Last week I was looking through my UFO project box and found this pattern.  The pattern also included directions to make placemats and napkins.  So I decided to make the placemats and napkins instead of the table runner.  I had also found a matching lupine flower fabric in my stash that I could use for the napkins.  imageI used the fabric and the pattern from the kit to make one side of the placemat (the side with the flower fabric) and then I designed a modern look for the other side of the placemat. image I did straight line quilting using my walking foot.   I do like to make placemats reversible so I can use both sides.  I am very excited to cross off a UFO project that I have wanted to finish for the past couple of years.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Upcycled market tote

imageHere is another upcycled market tote using a canvas tote with a logo on it. It was an opportunity to use up some of my food novelty fabrics.  I ripped out the seams on the sides of the tote bag.  Then I cut strips of fabric about 3 ” – 4″ wide and about an inch longer than the width of the side of the tote bag.  I cut the gentle curves and then pieced the strips back together match the size of the tote bag.       imageAfter pinning the curved piecing fabric to the tote, I stitched the new  fabric piece to the tote.  After stitching up the side seams, the tote was finished.  I found this tutorial on the Bernina USA website – We all sew projects.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Chicken pincushion

image      What a fun pincushion to make!  I always thought that I would need 3 pieces of fabric to make the body of the chicken but it only takes 2 squares.  The beak and tail are folded squares that make prairie points.  The fluff on the head can be yarn or a strip of fabric.  I used straight pins for the eyes.   I am going to teach some kids how to make this pincushion in my next kids camp class.  I think that they will have fun making this funny chicken pincushion.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Sari dress fabric for a zippered pouch

image   My daughter in law from Nepal gave me a sari dress and some extra fabric with trim that coordinated with the sari dress.  I decided to use the extra fabric from the sari to make a birthday gift for my daughter in law.   Using quilt as you go technique, I pieced the front of the pouch using the embroidery trim as the focus fabric.  image I like to use black and white fabric with red so that’s what I used for the lining.  I stabilized the sari fabric with shape flex (fusible interfacing) before starting the project.  Mailed the gift and received a call that my daughter in law liked the birthday gift.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna