Pictures from Crystal Coast Quilt Show, Morehead City

Mary and I went with friends on a road trip to see the Crystal Coast quilt show last weekend.  We saw many beautiful quilts and were inspired to try some new ideas. Also got some ideas for quilt challenges. And of course there was some shopping involved too.  We also stopped at a couple of quilt shops on the way home.  It was a fun day for all.  We are already planning our next adventure.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  See a quilt show and be inspired.  Donna

More flower embroidery designs for a new project

    My embroidery module is put away for now but I did have fun using the embroidery machine for a couple of weeks. I decided to make a skinny wall hanging using some of the flower sketches (Hatched In Africa designs) for this piece.  My daughter in law brought us some fabric from Nepal on her last trip home so I decided to use some of this fabric too.  I used the poppy flower sketches to embroider on black fabric, white fabric and sari dress fabric.  I know what size wall hanging I want to make but I am still working on the design to incorporate the embroidery pieces and the fabric from Nepal.  Still waiting for my inspiration to complete this piece.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Celtic Zodiac Symbol quilt block

I decided not to make a wall hanging with my Celtic Zodiac quilt block (salmon) because I didn’t like the size of the block.  So I decided to make the block into a pillow.  I found a pillow form in the closet and trimmed the block to fit.  The pillow was an easy project to complete.  So another UFO project is done.  I actually made both pillows in one afternoon (Hawaiian appliqué and Celtic Zodiac design).  I like to make quilted projects related to some of our travels.  I made 2 wall hangings from the Cape Cod trip (lighthouse and sailboat),  a Hawaiian appliqué pillow from Hawaii, an elephant from Nepal, NYC skyline using Hoffman digital print, and a Celtic Zodiac block from Ireland.  I want to make a wall hanging of the Rialto bridge from our Venice trip. I have an idea for that project but haven’t started it yet.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Hawaiian Applique quilt square finally done!

    Mary and I took a class a few years ago at our local quilt guild on making a Hawaiian appliqué quilt block.  We cut out our designs and basted the designs to white fabric.  The appliqué is needle turned by hand – not my favorite technique but I do like the look of the Hawaiian appliqué blocks.  I completed about 60% of the appliqué in the first year and then put it in my UFO box.  Found the design again when I was cleaning up and organizing the sewing room.  So I finished the needle turned appliqué and then used free motion quilting on my machine to complete the square.  I drew a quilting design on the blue appliqué design with a white marking pen.  The markings really helped me with the free motion quilting.  I used a walking foot to add echo – quilting lines in the white fabric.  I decided to make a pillow for our back porch with the quilt square.  When I decided to make an art quilt with Hawaiian leaves, Mary suggested using a Hawaiian appliqué block in the project.  She has a green Hawaiian appliqué square that I am going to finish quilting and then deconstruct the block for another art quilt project.  It feels good to complete another UFO. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Sidetracked by a pottery project – Garden Totem

I recently took a Garden Totem pottery class at our local Art Center.   This was my 1st attempt at molding clay.

My clay Fish

Some of my pieces, before I painted them with glaze and the final firing.


It was a 5 week class and we created lots of clay pieces that we would eventually stack into a garden totem.






After we molded/created our individual pieces, they were fired in a kiln and then we painted glazes on them and they were fired again.




Here is the finished project.

Of course I had to put a scottie in my totem.

My crazy bird.


I added some copper wiring  and some copper tubing to better space out my pottery pieces.   I really like the way the light catches on the copper.



Everyone’s totem was unique.

It was a really fun project and it adds a bit of whimsy to our garden.

Happy creating,



Embroidery flower sketches (Hatched in Africa designs) – part 1

Mary and I met with our “Bee Inspired” quilting bee last month.   We are going to do a two part project using embroidery designs.  We are using Flower Sketches embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa.  We stitched out several flower designs using only black thread to outline the flower designs.  Our bee tried different stabilizers for the embroidery and decided that 2 layers of OESD AquaMesh would work best since we could just rinse away the stabilizer instead of tearing or cutting out the stabilizer.  The Flower Sketches designs worked out well for this project.  Our next step will be to paint the embroidery designs using watercolor pencils and fabric inks.  We are looking forward to our next “sew” day with our bee.  The two embroidery designs at the top were stitched out by our friend Terri and the bottom 3 designs were stitched by Mary and me.  Stay tuned to see how we transform the black and white embroidery designs.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Flower fabric postcard

 Sometimes you just need to do a quick fun project that you can finish quickly so you don’t get frustrated with all your unfinished projects.  This postcard is about 4″ by 6″ or 7″.  I wanted a background with words so I found this fabric that had postmarks on it.   I used fabric glue to attach the fabric to interfacing (Pellon 910) which is non fusible.  I wanted to add an orange flower so I cut out petals from 2 different fabrics and used fabric glue to place the flower on the background.  Then using black thread, I free motion quilted a design on the flower petals.  I added a backing with more interfacing and used fabric glue to attach it to the front piece.  Using a zig zag stitch with orange thread, I stitched a couple of times around the edge to make a binding.  So much fun making these little projects.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna