12.5″ blocks for a quilt raffle

Mary’s block

Our quilt guild is having their annual retreat in January.  Each year we ask participants to make a 12.5″ block (finished size – 12″) for a raffle drawing on the last day of the retreat.  Last year the theme was black and white blocks.  We had enough blocks for 2 winners of 12 blocks each.  This year the theme is “sea glass” colors.  Mary and I are excited about this theme because we really love these colors – reminds us of the beach that we live near.  Last year it was hard to find 12″ finished block patterns on the internet that we liked.  Last month we were visiting with our 2 quilting friends and talked about block patterns.

Donna’s block

Carolyn loaned us a book with 1000 quilt blocks – all 12″ finished size.  What a great book.  The book has 4 different categories of blocks: appliqué, foundation pieced, mixed techniques, and pieced blocks).  There is a cd included with the patterns.  The book also includes setting ideas and yardage information.

Donna’s block

The book is published by Fons & Porter: “Quiltmakers 1000 blocks”.  This book is a great resource.  We plan to buy our own copy of the book.   So Mary and I completed 3 blocks so we have 3 chances to win.  Hope we are lucky at the retreat later this month.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna and Mary


Art birds wallhanging

I made this little art birds wallhanging (15″ x 19″) a couple of years ago but I hadn’t quilted the piece.  So I was looking through my UFOs and decided to complete this small project.  I used burlap, wool, felt, cheesecloth and cotton fabrics to create this little scene with the 2 birds.  It was a fun project to play with different fabrics.  So I echo quilted some of the piece and then used  free motion quilting for the rest of the piece.  I used a fun fabric for the border and the binding and now it’s done. Sometimes I need a break from large projects and just have to work on a small piece.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Laptop carrier bag by patterns by Annie

Mary wanted a new laptop carrier bag for Christmas so I looked online for patterns.  I found a pattern (ByAnnie.com) which was the right size and had an adjustable strap and 2 handles.  Mary gathered some fabrics together of colors that she liked.  I chose one of the fabrics for the focus fabric and then found coordinating fabrics.  I combined ideas from the two styles of the laptop bag because Mary wanted a large zippered pocket on the outside to hold the power cord.  I added 2 strips of paper piecing to give some detail to the front and back of the bag.  I used Soft n Stable for the stabilizer of the bag.  I was concerned that the bag would be too thick around the edges to sew with this stabilizer so I modified the width of the pockets to create less bulk.  I stitched together a couple of pieces of stabilizer to slide in the bottom of the bag.  I found some of the directions confusing so I used some easier techniques that I knew would work for the pockets and the strap/handles.  I am glad that Mary likes her new laptop carrier bag. I attached a little green Scottie dog that Mary gave me to the side strap. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Strip quilt using sea glass colors

I am trying to work through my stash. LOL  So I started cutting 2.5″ strips of different lengths to make a quilt for a gift – needs to be finished by May. I used white strips to break up the colors. Right now the quilt is about 66″ x 72″. I added a narrow border and plan to work on an 8″ border using a 4″ kite die cut that I got for Christmas.   I am planning to make the border during my quilt guild’s retreat in mid- January. So I will keep you posted on my progress.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

A small fabric art bowl

Last month my daughter in law was looking at my collection of fabric art bowls.  I decided to try making a small art fabric bowl using an 8.5″ diameter circle instead of a 14.5″ – 15″ circle. I thought that my daughter in law could use the smaller bowl to put her keys or jewelry.  I chose black and white prints and some red prints to create the bowl.  It was more challenging to stitch up the sides of the bowl because of the smaller size. But I got it done.  Hope my daughter in law likes her Christmas gift.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Polaroid Challenge quilt

I have finished quilting and binding the Polaroid challenge quilt.  One of my quilting bees was celebrating its 20th anniversary.  So we decided to exchange 20 small fabric squares (novelty prints) that we could put into a square using white fabric to look like a polaroid picture.  The squares reminded me of an “I spy” quilt.  I used leftover fabric scraps of Kona solids to make wonky squares with my polaroid squares.  I still have more polaroid squares to put into another quilt project.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Puffin gifts

We exchange handmade gifts with a couple of our quilter friends.   This year, I made 2 things that would remind them of our wonderful quilting tour to Iceland that we all went on this year.

Iceland hotpad

One was a hotpad with a map of Iceland and an appliquéd Puffin.

The Puffin was fussy cut from a tea towel that I purchased in Iceland.   I do love puffins and was very excited when we saw them on the cliffs in Iceland.

Mug rug


The other is a paper pieced mug rug.   I found the puffin pattern online and purchased & downloaded it.

Making the mug rug rectangle made a good fit for a mug without having to cover-up the puffin.

Happy Stitchin,