Have you made a Temperature quilt?

I have seen Temperature quilts online and have been interested in making one.  Depending on the number of temperature ranges that you use and your fabrics, these quilts look really different. So I decided to start making a Temperature quilt starting in the new year. I found a pattern that I liked and 10 fabrics.  Some of the quilt patterns use 11 fabrics but I only made 10 different temperature ranges for my area.  So I made a chart with the temperature ranges and my fabrics.  So far I have made 4 blocks so far.  I think that it will be a fun project for the year.  I will probably make the blocks once a week but I wanted to get started right away so I made the first 4 blocks. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Meadow Mist blog – mystery quilt

I started the free mystery quilt on Meadow Mist blog in August. I decided to make a Quilt of Valor using the mystery quilt blocks.  For the first month I pre-cut all the fabric into squares and rectangles.  That was a lot of cutting.  During the following months, I have been making units and blocks using the squares and rectangles.  Here are images of some of the units and blocks that I have been making.                                                         Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

President’s challenge quilt

Our local quilt guild is having a quilt show in March.  The president of the guild set a challenge for members to create a window wall hanging (18″ x 30″) to enter in the upcoming quilt show.  I like doing challenges. I looked at some of my finished landscape quilts and decided to cut apart one of the quilts for this challenge.  I took a landscape class from Joyce Becker at Asilomar Conference center in Pacific Grove, CA about 10 years ago.  In that class I used my photo of the Nauset Lighthouse in Eastham, MA (on Cape Cod) as my inspiration.  The landscape technique used pre-starched fabric that was free cut into shapes for the quilt. I cut the original quilt to fit the required dimensions for the challenge.  Since the original quilt was already quilted, I used “quilt as you go” technique to add the window sashing and frame for my window quilt.

It was a fun challenge.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Lone Star quilt is finished

I finished the borders to add to the Lone Star quilt top so that it would fit a queen size bed.  The side borders have star blocks.  The top border was made using diamond shapes.  The lower border has the diamond border plus a border with star blocks and log cabin blocks. I also used the white flowers blocks for the cornerstones at the bottom of the quilt (from the Murder Mystery quilt blocks).  All the borders were added using “quilt as you go” technique since the center Lone Star design was already quilted. I had to buy more fabric to complete the quilt so that it would fit on the guest bed at our brother’s house.  Fortunately I was able to find fabric that matched the colors in the quilt and also matched the backing fabric.  Our brother and his wife had visited Yellowstone national park during the summer so I decided to give them this quilt which was based on a Murder Mystery quilt with a setting in Yellowstone.  I was very happy to finish the project and drop it off at our brother’s house.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Homemade Christmas Cards

Last minute inspiration (I really should start projects like this in September).

Last weekend, I decided it might be fun to make some Christmas Cards using fabric scraps for my close friends and quilting gal-pals. I looked at Pinterest for inspiration and then came up with these.

I used scraps from our 1 – 2.5″ strip bin and cut narrow strips with a wavey rotary blade. Then I got my glue stick out and went at it.

After all the tree scraps were glued on, I got out my Singer Featherweight (as it can sew through anything) and did some random stitching to secure the fabric. I used a silver and gold enamel pen to add a few bulbs to the trees and then glued the green card stock card to a brown card.

It was fun. I may have to make this an annual event and do a different design next year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stitchin’,


Back porch quilting

We had some nice weather last week so I put my featherweight sewing machine on the back porch table to quilt a couple of charity quilts.  What fun.  I love hearing the sound of an all mechanical sewing machine.  I was making 2 “Hungry Caterpillar” quilts (fabrics inspired by one of my favorite children book author – Eric Carle). The first quilt started with a panel and then I just added different borders.

For the second quilt, I used the left over fabrics to make a second Eric Carle quilt.  It was a simple design with 6″ squares but I love the border fabric with the caterpillar eating his way through the food and getting sick. Very happy quilts.  I have more Eric Carle fabrics based on his other books so more fun sewing in the future.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Conquering Curved Piecing class project completed

I finished the project for Ricky Tims’ online class on curved piecing.  I used different quilting techniques on the different colors/ pieces of the design.  Some of the quilting designs that were used: straight line, stippling, feathers, flowing lines with stippling, matrix, and paisley swirls.

Ricky Tims had a class video on making a facing for the quilt instead of a binding. I used his technique to make my facing.  It was a different technique than I have used in the past.  It is always tricky to get the corners looking good with a facing.

This online class was excellent.  Ricky responded with comments to all the quilts in progress in each lesson so that we could also learn from Ricky and from each other.  The quilt gallery with the class’ quilts was very inspirational.  So creative!

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Canal Bridge in Venice – UFO landscape finished

I decided to use an alternative binding technique using 3 strands of yarn to finish the edges. You can see a video on YouTube: Bernina – Edge treatments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RDUAU5RkZQ).  First you sew 3 strands of yarn on all edges of the back of the quilt using a Herringbone stitch.  Then work on the front of the quilt – sew 3 strands of yarn on all edges.  I have used this edging technique for small art quilts.

For the Venice landscape, I used a variegated yarn for the edge treatment.  The canal water was made from strips of hand painted fabrics. The little bit of sky was also hand painted.  I used a confetti technique to applique the green leaves on the bushes and then I free motion quilted the leaves in place. The landscape was made with fusible applique pieces.

This landscape was fun to make.  It is based on some of my photos during a trip to Venice many years ago.


Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Ricky Tims’ online class – Conquering Curved Piecing

All the seams are pieced and ready to be quilted.

Earlier this month I started Ricky Tims’ curved piecing class (also called Loco Motion Going off the Rails).  There are 6 online sessions (each instructional video is about one hour).  It is a great format.  For each lesson, you have a homework assignment and then post your progress/homework in a class gallery.  Ricky comments on every photo with suggestions or approval to move on to the next assignment.  You also get to see the other quilts in the class and read Ricky’s suggestions for their designs.

First we created our own design – about 8.5″ square. Here is my updated version with some suggested changes.  You can see the flowing lines of the design highlighted. Once approved we made a larger freezer paper design so that we would have templates.  Quilt designs were between 30″ to 36″ square. My quilt design was a 30″ square.

Here is a picture of some of my initial fabrics but I had to make some changes once the fabrics were on the design wall.  I added 2 more green background fabrics and changed some of the blue and purple fabrics.  A design wall is very helpful to this process.

With the freezer paper templates ironed on the fabrics, the next step was to add stay stitching and registration marks to help match seams when sewing.  The templates were then trimmed and put back on the design wall.



Now I am ready to start quilting the design.  I think it will take some time to figure out the different quilting motifs to use.  I will watch  Ricky’s video on quilting designs again to get some ideas.  So far the class has been fun.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Murder Mystery quilt – Lone Star update

I have quilted most of the top of the Lone Star section – about 60″ square.  First I stitched in the ditch around the star points to secure the layers before starting to quilt. I used straight line quilting with a walking foot to quilt the Lone Star design.  I used a variegated thread – blues, yellows, and reds.  There are 4 black triangle sections and 4 black squares sections to quilt around the star design.  I marked leaf designs in the triangle sections using a chalk marker on the black.  I added feather designs and swirl designs in the leaf shapes then I echo quilted around the leaves. I haven’t decided what design to put in the large black squares yet.

So I moved on to the 3 outer borders and started to make star blocks using the fabrics from the Lone Star design.  I found a tutorial on Missouri Star quilt You tube to make a Lemon star block. The finished blocks are about 11″ square.  I have 8 star blocks made to use on the 3 borders. I will need a total of at least 15 star blocks and may have to put some filler blocks in so the math works out.  I am taking a break from making star blocks and will work on another project.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna