Brown bag mystery quilt project by “Bee-Inspired” quilting bee

2nd quilt (guy quilt) – clues 1 & 2

Our quilting bee decided to do a mystery quilt project. There were 3 different colors to choose from: warm batiks, cool batiks, and bright cotton. There are 5 clues which are mailed every 2 weeks. We just received the 3rd clue.

Clue #1 in 5 different color  ways

Here is a look at clue #1 with the 5 different colors that our group is working on.

Clue #3 completed

I decided to make another quilt to use as a gift. So I went into my stash to look for fabric for a “guy” quilt. I chose navy and tan for this quilt.

Earlier this month our quilting bee met for a sew day and worked on clue #3 of our mystery quilt project.

Looking forward to seeing what the finished quilts will look like.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna



Black and white strip quilt is finished

I started this strip quilt in January during our quilt guild retreat.  I used random strips of different sizes in black, white, gray, and red. You think that you are using up lots of fabric from your stash to make a quilt but there is still plenty of fabric in the stash. I wasn’t sure how big the quilt would be but I was trying to make a lap quilt.   The finished size is about 64″ x 70″.  I really like the variety of solids and prints.  Since I was feeling better before my next cancer treatment this week, I decided to finish the quilt with the binding.  It feels good to complete some projects. I also added a binding to a charity baby quilt over the weekend. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.


Fire Island Hosta quilt top completed

I started working on the Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern (by Judy Neimeyer) last summer.  I made many sections of the quilt but had not started to put the sections together.  Last month I started to put the sections together. I watched some Youtube videos about putting together this quilt top.  After watching some videos, I started using a fabric glue stick to put together the curved sections. It was a lot easier to “ease” the fabric on the curves using the glue stick and less pins required.  I am amazed that all the sections went together – even matched the seams in the middle.  Next, I had to figure out the borders because I had bought the wrong size by mistake – I bought the 74″ square quilt pattern instead of a queen size pattern (94″ square).  So I needed to figure out more borders to make the quilt bigger.  First I added a narrow blue dot border (about 1″) then a scrappy border using leftover fabric from the quilt top.  The final border was a large print fabric but needed some cornerstones to add interest to the border.

First try at cornerstones

I looked for a 9″ paper pieced quilt square pattern online and found a pattern with points.  I made 4 blocks and was disappointed that they weren’t all the same size when I finished.  Also the finished quilt square reminded me of corn on the cob.  So I went in search of another pattern – this time a pieced pattern.

Final cornerstone for the borders

I am burnt out with paper piecing right now.  So I selected different scraps from the quilt and made 4 more cornerstone blocks.  I like the new cornerstones better.  I am glad that I decided to make new blocks.  After all the work that went into making this quilt, I needed to be happy with the borders too.

My grand-doggie decided to help me finish the quilt top. LOL

Once I piece a backing together, I will send it to my friend Sarah for long arm quilting. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

“Kira” quilt pattern (GE Designs) from quilting traveling buddies

Last month our quilting traveling buddies, Carolyn and Barb, surprised me with a lap quilt that they made using the Kira pattern.  Last August Mary and I  had traveled together with Carolyn and Barb to Iceland with the quilt designer, Gudrun from GE Designs.  We got the Kira quilt pattern during our trip when we had a sew day with Icelandic quilters.  Carolyn and Barb used lots of pink fabric in the quilt because I had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  For the backing, they used green flannel fabric with scissors to remember our quilting trip to Ireland a few years ago.  I love the design of this quilt pattern.

Ranger’s “stamp of approval”

I made 2 squares using the Kira pattern when we were in Iceland.  Carolyn, Barb, and Mary have all made  “Kira” quilts since our trip to Iceland.  I guess I was the “slacker” in the group but now I have my own Kira lap quilt from Carolyn and Barb. Check out GE Designs for more fun and easy patterns. Keep have fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Iceland Landscape – completed!

Woohoo….. I finally finished my Iceland landscape that was started at an art quilt workshop (“Sewing the Land”, from Sue Benner) at the Hudson River Valley Art workshops in Greenville, NY.    My landscape inspiration was of a picture from a book that I bought during our August trip to Iceland .

Iceland Landscape inspiration picture

My 1st post about this piece can be found here.

It became a UFO because I was stuck on two things.

  1. Finding the right background fabric to mount it on.   I wanted to try to do a portrait type mounting where the top piece is completely finished and then attached to a background quilt that was also quilted.  So it’s a quilt mounted on a quilt.
  2. How to best make clouds to stream over the mountains (like in my inspiration picture).   Everyone in my class, including Sue Benner felt that I really needed to add the clouds.

I tried wool felting some clouds, but broke 3 needles.  So then I decided to just use sheers as that is really what this piece is all about (working with cotton fabric with sheer overlays).

So… here is my finished piece.

Iceland Landscape  (click on the image to see details)

I learned a lot working on this piece and found that for me, it’s not good to force completion of a piece.   When I’m stuck, I just set it aside, work on something else and hope that eventually I’ll get an inspired idea on how to best complete it.   Rushing to complete a project, just for the sake of completing it just doesn’t seem to work for me.

Well…. another UFO done and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Happy Stitchin’



Two more Little Seascapes

While I was working on my donation seascape, I made 2 others.   I was just having fun making them.

By the Light of the Full Moon – Seascape #1

This was my 1st little seascape.   It was started in our quilt guild workshop from Eileen Williams a NC Fiber Artist.

I really wanted to do a night seascape and loved playing with the light on the water.
























Seascape #2

Seascape #2. I really love the colors of this one.

With each seascape, I played around with color, texture, couching various fibers, decorative stitches, thread painting and beading with shells.   Fun, fun, fun.



Now I have to get back to finishing two UFOs so I can enter them into our Quilt Guild’s quilt show.

Happy Stitchin’




Donation for a Arts Center fundraiser

Our local Arts Center was having a fundraiser and were asking for raffle basket donations.   At one of fundraising event meetings, a couple of the ladies said they were going to donate a piece of their artwork (painting & stain glass).   So, I decide that I would donate a Fiber Art piece.

Anyway, I recently took a class with our quilt guild from Eileen Williams a NC Fiber Artist.   Her work is incredible.   We learned how to make small beachscapes and I figured that making one for the fundraiser would be perfect (since we live on the coast of NC).

I have great fun making it.  My piece included the following techniques:  piecing, couching yarn & cording & and other fibers, beading, wool felting and thread painting.   It had a lot of texture and color.   I just loved my piece.   Donna said she would donate one of her fabric bowls so my raffle item would have even more Fiber Art in it.     I thought that our entry was awesome and would surely impress.

I even made a little label/sign for our donation.

Close-up #1

Close-up #2 (notice the turtles)

Close-up #3

Foolish me, for trying to convince people that Fiber Art is a real art and not “craft”.    The watercolor painting and the stained glass piece were displayed as individual items on easels.    Our Fiber Art piece was in a basket and the raffle coordinator added a pair of dollar store flip flops,  sea shell soaps and some other beachy items.    (I guess our items were not sufficient).   The basket was all wrapped up in that clear wrap and tied on top.   You could barely see the my Wall Hanging or the detail work on it.   Donna’s fabric bowl was behind the other stuff in the basket and was barely visible.

Donna’s fabric bowl

I was so upset when I saw how it was displayed with the other baskets, all tied up in clear wrap with the pet stuff basket, chocolate basket, spa basket, etc.

One of the other ladies at the event said, “so you do craft stuff”.   I said, “I am a Fiber Artist” and then she stumbled a bit and said the she didn’t mean to imply that it was not art.

Well….. I don’t think I’ll be donating to “Art Groups” again.     I guess we still have a long way to go before Fiber Art is truly recognized as Art and not Craft.

The good news is that one of our friends won our basket and was beside herself with joy as she’s really wanted one of our pieces.   She is in our weekly Mahjong group and sees all of our fiber art hanging in our house when we play at our house.    I am so happy that it went to a good home where it will be appreciated and where we can visit it when we play at her house.

Happy Stitchin’