Using a hoop/ring for free motion quilting on a baby quilt

Our quilting bee worked on star block for a charity quilt.   We decided to make 2 quilts as it was getting too large to quilt.    I took on quilting the small (baby/toddler) quilt.  

One of our Bee members recently demo’d a quilting hoop.   We then purchased one set of rings and I played with it to quilt this group project.   Now I usually do not do this much quilting on a charity quilt, but I thought it was a good opportunity to try this new quilting tool.

I quilted different design in each square.   Here are my thoughts on these rings.

Ranger approved.

Pros:  Good control and easily moves by gripping the two nobs.   You also don’t have to wear quilting gloves.  Yeah!   I used it with and without a slider and it worked great both ways.   Good for quilting small areas and for tight quilting.

Cons:  It may not be good for quilting a loose overall design as it could be restrictive and would require lots one ring re-positioning.

The 2 ring package that we got included an 8″ and an 11′ ring.   We also bought the Martelli ones.   Shop around.   The ones that have a sewing machine brand name on it can cost more and but they are also made my Martelli.

Happy Stitchin,


Another UFO complete – Neonatal quilts

I’m new thing is that before I can start a new piece, I make myself finish a UFO.    Hopefully this will force me to finish all those unfinished projects that are taking up space in our studio.

Y’all know what lasagna quilts are (2 1/2″ strips sewn together over and over again.  Here is a tutorial on Making a Jelly Roll Race quilt (aka Lasagna Quilt) with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star.   They are fast and easy to make.   I’ve make a number of these (for charity quilts) but this time I decided that after I had the top done, I’d cut it up and reassemble it into 2 neonatal baby quilts.   Below are pics of my reassembled lasagna quilts.


I’m not sure that I’d do it this way again but it was a fun experiment.


Photographing finished quilts.  Whenever we lay a quilt out on the floor to photograph, our scottie, Ranger has to supervise as he considers the floor as “his” space.   He has to check out the quilts and I thought I’d share a few pic of him enjoying these quilts.

I think these quilts are “Ranger Approved“.

Happy Stitchin,



3 baby quilts finished this week

I finished piecing and quilting 3 baby quilts in February but the quilts still needed binding.  So now the bindings are done and they can be donated to the local hospital through our quilt guild.

Rail fence pattern

One quilt was a baby quilt pattern – rail fence.  I had fun adding some small squares to the second border because I didn’t have enough border fabric.


The second quilt was made with a collection of fat eighths that I won in a raffle.  I decided to cut the fabric into large squares and added some fabric from my stash. So that was an easy baby quilt to make.


The 3rd quilt was made from a panel.  I had fun practicing free motion quilting on the panel. I added borders to meet the size requirements for a donation quilt.

It feels  good  to  finish  some  of  my  UFOs.

Keep having  fun  sewing  and  quilting.   Donna

Baby Bargello – Neonatal quilt

We’re back from quilt retreat and I just finished quilting and binding a neonatal quilt top that I made while there.  I was determined to not let this become a UFO, so I finished it right away.

Baby Bargello

Ranger approved!


Our Quilt Guild makes ~300 neonatal quilt per year for our local hospital.

This pattern is call Baby Bargello.   It’s one of my favorites.  I think it’s because I really like the name “Baby Bargello”.  So much fun to say.

I don’t think he wants me to donate it. LOL.


Happy Stitchin’



Scrappy quilt as you go baby quilt

bags of strips

I had a bag of strips (different widths) that I decided to use to make a baby quilt.  I thought that I would use up most of the strips in the bag but I still have lots of strips for another baby quilt.  I made 16 squares of batting and backing (about 11″ squares).  I used left over pieces of flannel for the backing.

flannel backing

I still have lots of flannel scraps left for another quilt.  I used the same blue fabric for the center stripe on each square.  I decided to just use blue and green strips for this quilt.  I trimmed the squares to about 10.5″.  I used green and blue strips to piece the squares together using quilt as you go technique (see Leah Day video quilt as you go on you tube).  I just found another quilt as you go technique on Missouri Star Quilter (  There are lots of resources on youtube with tutorials on quilt as you go.  Give it a try. The finished quilt is a more than 40″  x 40″ square.  I think I will be making a yellow and green quilt next.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Updated” Animal ABC and Wonky Bird wall hangings

Back in the 1980’s, I made 2 embroidery pieces (one crewel embroidery and the other cross stitch – not counted cross stitch) when my two sons were born.  Originally both pieces were hung in a picture frame that my dad made – no glass.  I took the pieces out of the frames years ago and put the embroidery pieces in one of my UFO boxes.  I have been looking through my UFO boxes and trying to finish projects.  I decided to update these 2 pieces by adding a border and binding so they could be hung on a wall (for future grandkids – “fingers crossed”).   I did have to do some repair work on the crewel piece using a light green yarn on the outline yarn border- still had plenty of leftover yarns from other crewel projects.  For the Wonky Bird piece, I used free motion quilting to finish it.  For the Animal ABC piece, I used a blue thread to match the outline stitch that framed each alphabet square to quilt using a walking foot on the outline stitch so you couldn’t see where I quilted.  I used free motion quilting for the border.  I think that these projects look super cute now – just waiting to hang in a baby’s room.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Polaroid quilt using Kona solid fabric scraps

I looked on pinterest for inspiration for a quilt with polaroid squares (I had about 160 polaroid squares to play with).  I liked the wonky blocks and the multi-color blocks.  So I found my bag of fabric scraps of Kona solids leftover from the class on the Gravity quilt pattern at the shop I worked at.  I cut 1.5″ and 2.5″ wide strips of assorted colors.  I sewed the 1.5″ strips on the top and bottom of each polaroid and the 2.5″ wide strips on the sides.  Then I made a 5″ square template which I placed at an angle of the block to cut the wonky blocks.  I positioned some blocks angled to the top left corner and some to the top right corner.  I made 80 wonky blocks.  Next I stitched 4 blocks together to make a 4 patch for a total of 20 blocks.  My plan was to use the 20 blocks to make a 4 x 5 block quilt but the quilt was getting too big for a charity baby quilt so I only used 16 four patches.  I put a 1.5″ sashing between the rows and 2.5″ border around all the rows.  The finished size is about 44″ square.  I have not quilted the top yet.  I really like all the colors in the quilt – very happy.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna