Piecework Quilt and Fiber Art show

We live in the Wilmington, NC area and are members of our local quilt guild (Quilters by the Sea).   Last Fall, I volunteered to Chair the committee for our 2018 Quilt and Fiber Art Show (aka Piecework).    It is held at the Brooklyn Arts Center, a beautifully restored church & annex that host lots of events in downtown Wilmington.

 It was a much bigger project than I ever imagined and at times felt like a JOB (yikes….. I’m retired and don’t want a JOB).  As a result of this JOB and other family priorities, I have not had time/energy to focus on my quilting (with the exception of finishing off a piece for the show).      So, I thought I’d share some pics of the show which was held last month. 

Vendors below the quilts hanging in the Church.

Community Outreach quilts (Habitat for Humanity and Neo-Natal quilts)

Community Outreach quilts (QOV)

One of Donna’s pieces that was displayed on the fireplace mantel.

One of my pieces – ‘Snowdrops’.

More pics can be see on our Guild website.

Piecework 2018 Quilt & Fiber Art show is done and I’m happy to be back to quilting again.   The last pic is one of mine.  More about it in my next post.

Happy Stitchin,



Upcycled thrift shop napkins with embroidery

I bought these napkins at a thrift store so that I could practice using some embroidery designs.  Since I had my embroidery module attached to my sewing machine after making the watermelon coasters,  I decided to find something else to embroider.  I found some fall leaves embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa (www.hatchedinafrica.com) called Autumn’s Little Things Appliqué.  I put a different colored leaf in each corner.  For a stabilizer, I planned to use AquaMesh since this stabilizer would wash away.  But unfortunately I had some scraps of PolyMesh from my last project (watermelon coasters) on my sewing table and I accidentally used some PolyMesh on the napkins instead of Aquamesh. It is very hard to tell the difference between AquaMesh and PolyMesh. It took me a while to figure out why some of the stabilizer was not washing away with water.  So it took me longer to finish this project because I had to remove the PolyMesh and start over with the AquaMesh.  Lesson learned – pay more attention to what stabilizer I am using.  I added a decorative stitch (#603) on my machine around the edges to add more interest to the napkins.  I put my embroidery module away to work on other sewing projects. My home decor project took longer than I had anticipated but I got it done. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Happy 4th of July – Red, White, and Blue Bandana Flag Wreath

Happy 4th of July!  I was looking on Pinterest a few weeks ago and saw a bandana 4th of July wreath. (Here is the link for the directions to make this flag wreath: https://www.isavea2z.com/red-white-blue-bandana-flag-wreath-craft-idea/).  Before I looked at the directions for the wreath I bought 6 bandanas (2 each of white, blue, and red).  Last week I looked at the directions and saw that I needed 6 bandanas of each color.  No problem. I had a box of red, white, and blue fabric scraps that I use for Quilts of Valor.  So I cut up scraps of fabric to match the size of the cut pieces of the bandana.  I used an 18″ wire wreath frame that we had and spent the morning tying fabric knots on the wire frame.  It was an easy project to do.  I really like how the wreath looks on the front door.  Mary added the ribbon and flag to the Scottie statue by the door.  Keep having fun  sewing and quilting. Donna

Watermelon coasters by Kimberbell

I started this embroidery project a month ago. My plan was to make 4 coasters to match a watermelon pillow and wall hanging that I made a couple of years ago. I made 2 coasters last month but then I had some side effects from my chemotherapy and couldn’t sew.  I finished the first 2 months of treatment and started a new treatment plan last week and so far I feel a lot better so I finished the other 2 coasters yesterday. Yeh! Back to my sewing. Here are the coordinating watermelon items to decorate our house in July: watermelon pillow (also a Kimberbell pattern) and a watermelon wall hanging (Kim Schaffer pattern). Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

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