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,





Sliding fabric boxes

I heard about this book from a friend at a quilting class – Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey.  There are 15 projects in the book.  I chose to make 3 sliding fabric boxes.  Sliding boxes are good for keeping your threads and sewing gadgets together especially when taking supplies to quilt retreat or classes.  Each box has the same black and white zipper fabric for the sliding box.  I used different fabrics for the outside fabric case.  The finished box is about 7″ wide x 2.5″ high x 9.5″ .  I use Pellon Peltex (double sided) for the heavyweight interfacing and Shape-flex for the woven interfacing.  The boxes were fun to make and the directions and pictures were helpful.  Have fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Gingerbread Fun Embroidery – designs by Hatched in Africa

I wanted to make a skinny wallhanging with embroidery designs with gingerbread boys in coffee cups (Hatched in Africa designs).  I decided to make 3 designs and then make the wall hanging.  I changed the colors of the coffee cups to match the Christmas fabric (leftover scraps from a Moda Christmas panel) that I wanted to use.  It took me a while to remember how to use my embroidery machine – I forgot to add the basting box on the first 2 designs and changed the stabilizer on the last 2 designs.  By the time that I started the 3rd design, I remembered all the steps.  I cut a piece of batting to the size that I wanted and started to lay out the Christmas fabric and embroidery designs on the batting to come up with a design.  The finished size is about 11″ x 24″.  I was able to use the same quilt hanger that Mary had used for her coffee cup mini quilt.  I am going to have to practice my embroidery skills more so that I don’t forget the steps. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

UFO re-imagined into a Holiday pillow

I am a Scottie Dog junkie and during the Holiday season, I decorate our sunroom with all my scottie stuff.    We have an ottoman on the porch and I thought it needed a plaid quilted throw for it.   So, I pulled out our holiday fabric tub in search of inspiration.  What I found was one of Donna’s UFOs.   It had a white center, a green flange, and a red border.   The red border was already quilted.  Hummm…. this could be a nice pillow.

So I took Donna’s UFO (that she couldn’t remember what it was supposed to be) and created a new holiday pillow for our Scottie sunroom.   I suspect that it was a sample for a class she taught in making a flange.

I quilted the white area, appliquéd a plaid Scottie on it, and turned it into a pillow.

Earlier this year, Donna took one of my UFO (a Hawaiian appliqué) and deconstructed it and put it into an Art Quilt).  Now I’ve finished one of her UFOs.   I guess we’re even now.


This got me thinking, perhaps we should do a UFO challenge and give our fellow quilters one of our UFOs and let them do whatever they want to with the UFO to re-imagine it into something new and wonderful.

Happy Stitchin’



Guild Challenge – Winter Wonderland/Holiday postcard

Donna’s postcard

Our local quilt guild had a postcard challenge this month.  The postcard needed to be 4″ x 6″.  The theme was “holiday or winter”.  I used one of my previous quilts as inspiration for the postcard – a winter scene called “Christmas Morning”.  I used shades of purple for the background.  I made my design using Pellon Shir-Tailor, a fusible interfacing, as the base. After stitching the background, I fused the holiday trees to the background.  Then I used double sided fusible Pellon Peltex instead of quilt batting to make the postcard.  Using my hot glue gun, I added sequins to the trees to represent the tree lights.  I used a satin stitch to finish the edges of the postcard.  Quick and fun project – next I will have to tackle some of my UFO’s.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.    Donna


Here is my “Winter Wonderland / Holiday” postcard for our guild challenge.   I used the blue fabric as inspiration.

Mary’s postcard

First, I appliquéd on some snow (with 2 fabrics) and then I appliquéd a white winter tree (that I free cut) to mimic the blue background tree so it kinda looks like it is shadowed.  I also added a white star/sun and then colored it in with some colored pencils.  It needed something else for balance and I thought about adding a snowman, but it really didn’t look right.   So I cut out a tiny scottie dog and appliquéd it on.   Scotties make everything better (just saying).

Happy Stitchin,   Mary

Ps.  I also won 1st place in our guild challenge.   I think it was the scottie that clenched it!

Unusual Icelandic mini quilt

While reading Jean Wells’ book – Intuitive Color and Design, I saw a unique way to display a mini- quilt.  Jean had mounted a mini-quilt on twigs and a linen background.  I loved the look of this quilt on the twigs.  I am sure that Jean used real twigs for her project.  I went to my local craft store and found a cinnamon scented broom made of twigs.  So I bought it home and had to let it air out for a week because the cinnamon smell was too strong. LOL  I cut the twigs to put on my linen covered canvas (11″ x 14″).  What a mess.  There was pieces of twigs all over the place – just like it was shedding.  So time to find a different solution.  So I went to a different craft store and found some more twigs.  Success.  Easy to cut and no shedding.  Then I got out my hot glue gun out and glued the twigs to the canvas.  I made a small mini-quilt of Iceland (using my larger quilt as inspiration).  I used the hot glue gun to attach the mini-quilt.   This was a fun project.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

One more Fabric Bowl

I also made a fabric bowl (to help test Donna’s class instructions) and I decided to make a Fall (with a twist) bowl.   Fall leaves were appliquéd on and then I punched the color with turquoise (not your typical fall color but it did look good with the leaves).

Mary’s Fabric Bowl


Side view











It’s always fun to play with color and I love the unexpected color.

Happy Stitchin,