Milk Jug pattern by Laundry Basket quilts

Last year I ordered a couple of appliqué patterns from Laundry Basket quilts. The milk jug with the fall leaves and apples pattern would look good in our dining room area. I chose a grey fabric for the milk jug since our kitchen/dining area is mostly white and black. I also used a white fabric with grey leaves for the background. I cut out a few different shades of green before I found the shade that I liked best. I added a couple more leaves to the pattern for more interest. I really liked the little bird on the milk jug. The finished wall hanging is about 18″ x 32″ and will fit on one of the walls in the dining room. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Little Onions – a wall hanging

We have not been real active posting on our blog lately. Sorry about that, but we have been a bit busy. We sold our house and are currently in a small apartment until we can get into our new house.

Moving is a lot of work and you never really appreciate how much sewing stuff one has until you have to pack it up. We did move our sewing tables and machines into the apartment (in place of a dining table). We also packed up some projects to work on while we are in the apartment but the bulk of our stash is in storage so we are limited to the small stash that we included in our project boxes. I know, we could go out and buy more fabric, but we really don’t want to do that.

Little Onions

This is a small piece that I plan to attach it to a 10″x10″ canvas to hang in our new house (in the kitchen/dining area). The applique pattern was much bigger than I wanted so I just shrunk it down on our printer/copier. I also did some hand stitching to the onion for additional texture. I think it will be perfect in our new house.

Happy Stitchin,


The Advocacy Project – Sister Artists 2 (Kenya): Hippo

Donna and I both signed up for a block and I got this sweet Hippo. Here is my Advocacy Project quilt.

Original Embroidery block.

The original embroidery was made by Jackline from the Kangemi community. This Hippo has such a sweet face it is hard to picture it as such a dangerous animal.

Our challenge was to take this embroidered block and turn it into a wall hanging that can later be auctioned off as a fundraiser for the Kangemi community of women.

I added wonky log cabin blocks and added a little hand stitching around the hippo to add some additional texture. The color scheme, that I chose represents the water, grass and the land.

I think I picked up the top border fabric (village print) at the free table from one of our Quilt Guild meetings in 2019. It was a perfect addition to my quilt. Thanks to whoever donated it to my stash.

Finished quilt.

I do love challenge and this one was extra special and an honor to highlight another woman’s beautiful work.

Have fun stitchin,


The Advocacy Project – Sister Artists 2 (Kenya)

A member of my guild works with The Advocacy Project.  Check out their website to learn more about the project – Sister Artists 2 – Kenya. ( The project is a follow-up to Sister Artists 1, which connected art quilters in the Global North with women fiber artists in Mali. This new initiative seeks to build a similar partnership between art quilters and forty-one women who live in two under-served neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kibera and Kangemi.

I picked the elephant embroidery block for my art quilt which will be in an auction. All profits will be invested in income-generating projects designed by the artists in Kenya and managed by two partner organizations in Kenya.

I wanted to make a landscape quilt so I looked online at landscape photos of Kenya.  I decided to use Menengai Crater as the background for my quilt.  I cut fused strips of fabric to use for the land.  I added a single piece of fabric for the crater which was fused and then I used Angelina fibers for the snow.  For the sky, I used some left over hand dyed fabric from a kit by Frieda Anderson.  I had fun making the trees with fused fabric.  I quilted the background (land, crater, and sky) before I added the elephant embroidery and the trees.  It was a fun project to work on. 

Have fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Venice bridge quilt in progress

Last month I started working on a bridge scene from Venice.  Mary and I visited Venice about 15 years ago.  I painted white fabric with green and blue paint for the water since the canal water is a blue/green color.  I cut apart the water fabric into strips and stitched them onto a quilt sandwich of muslin, batting and backing.  I also used some painted fabric for the blue sky.  I used fusible appliqué to attach the buildings and the bridge.  Next I will do quilting on the buildings and the bridge.  Then I will add some confetti leaves in trees on the left side.  Still more work to do but I like my progress so far.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Picnic Petals quilt by Whole Circle Studio

Our quilt guild had a Zoom class earlier this month from Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio.

I wanted to make the throw size quilt so Mary took the class also and helped me sew the blocks for my quilt during the class.  The blocks were huge – 18″ square.  The finished size was about 60″ x 66″.

Sheri was a good instructor and shared many tips and other quilts.  It was fun to be on a Zoom class with other quilters from our guild especially to see the color choices made by the other quilters.

I liked the modern look of this quilt pattern.  I used a white and purple batik for the background fabric.  After I started cutting the fabric, I noticed that I needed to watch how I placed the templates since my background fabric was directional.

The curved piecing was easy to sew since the curves were gentle and the blocks were large.

For the quilting, I used a walking foot with variegated thread to echo quilt the petals.  In the open areas, I used free motion stippling and made feathers inside the petals.

I used colored strips of different lengths from leftover fabric to make the binding.

Keep having fun and sewing. Donna

Two online classes from 2021 Quilting Sewing Summit

2021 Quilting Sewing Summit had free quilting and sewing classes during the first week of February.  I took 2 classes – Trapunto and Paper piecing.  The Trapunto class was taught by a quilter from Hungry – Agnes Bobak.  In this class we made a trapunto shell using a stencil.  It was fun to take a class from an instructor outside the US. After the class I used my Inktense pencils to color the shell so it would stand out on the turquoise fabric.

The second class was a modern cactus pillow block using foundation paper piecing.  us pattern was called “Succulent” by Melissa Mason (Her website: Quilt All the Things).  I liked the modern look of this cactus flower. I quilted the block using my walking foot – straight lines and echo quilting. I decided not to make a pillow so I used a yarn binding instead.  The finished block is about 16″ square.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.


Table runner with Paris travel fabric

Another Paris UFO came out of the box and finished.  I was looking through some older Modern Patchwork magazines and found a pattern that I always wanted to make.  The pattern is called “Modern Petals Table Runner” by Nicole Neblett – Winter 2014 issue.  I made 4 blocks for this table runner and added a narrow border.  I used a blue fabric with names of cities in Europe and a fabric with fun Eiffel Tower motifs and stamps. The pattern has gentle curves which were easy to sew.  I used a combination of straight line echo quilting and stippling for the table runner.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

From fabric panel to quilted wall hanging

As I was going through one of my UFO boxes, I found a fabric panel of Paris.  The fabric panel has a watercolor look.  I decided to free motion quilt the panel and make a wall hanging (finished size is about 27″ x 46″).

I quilted the Eiffel Tower first with black thread – stitched a couple of times over the black lines for a sketchy look.  Then I quilted the background flowers and added more flowers and leaves to fill up the background.  I tried to use thread colors that were a shade darker than the colors in the panel.

I added a pink border and used a wacky flower motif to quilt the border.

It was a fun project to complete. Another UFO out of the box and finished.

Keep having fun quilting and sewing.  Donna

Scottie Quilt

While I was going through my doggie/scottie fabric stash (because the box does not close), I came across a scottie layer cake. I figured it was about time I do something with it.

Our scottie Ranger, does not really anymore throws, so I decided to make up the layer cake and donate it to Scottie Rescue so they can auction it off.

It turned out a bit busier than I like (I’m not a scrappy girl), but I still like it and I ‘m sure some scottie dog owner will love it.

Happy Stitchin,