Neo-natal donation quilt

   Our quilt guild donates baby quilts to the Neo-natal wing of the local hospital.   Our guild gives out quilt kits (fabric, batting and pattern) to make these baby quilts.  I picked up the “mystery” baby quilt with no pattern and just the fabric.  I looked at the pre-cut pieces and couldn’t figure out a pattern.  So I added some of my fabric and decided to make a modified Chinese Coins quilt pattern.  I added white fabric for the sashing between the rows to brighten up the quilt.  I used my walking foot to straight line quilt the baby quilt.  I like the design of the quilt and the bright colors.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Another baby quilt finished

imageI went to a quilt workshop last month to make baby quilts for a local hospital.  I really enjoyed working with the animal print fabric.  Quilt kits were supplied with backing and batting for all the quilters at the workshop.  The committee makes up different quilt kits for each of their workshops.  It was a fun half day workshop to quilt top with some of  our quilter friends from the guild. imageJust heard at our last guild meeting that our guild has made more than 200 baby quilts for the hospital (our goal for the year was 200).  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

3 quilts to donate to Louisiana flood victims

imageOur modern quilting guild has started to make charity quilts to send to Louisiana.  One of our members has a brother who is a minister in Louisiana.  So we will send the quilts to him later this year.  I found 3 fabric panels that I could quilt for charity quilts.  Two of the quilt panels are the same – cute design with owls. image The third quilt panel looked like a pieced quilt so I practiced free motion quilting designs using some of the motifs on the panel for inspiration. What fun!  I also found 9 disappearing nine patch quilt squares that I have sewn together to make another quilt top.  That quilt is not quilted yet. image We are hoping that Hurricane Matthew does not cause lots of damage in our area this weekend.  Keeping our fingers crossed.  imageHave fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Ready for a quilting marathon

image      I have been busy getting some quilt tops ready to be quilted.  I made a baby charity quilt using charm squares from a Pepper Cory – Brushstrokes fabric and a kid soccer novelty print.    imageThen I made a lasagna quilt which I cut in 2 for 2 quilts and added 6″ borders to both.           imageThose 2 quilts will go to a program that helps the homeless.  The fourth quilt top is a bed quilt for our youngest brother.  Mary and I worked together to piece the blocks – modified ” Turning Twenty” design in red and black Asian fabric.        imageThen I sewed the blocks into 3 sections so I could “Quilt as you Go” and then piece the finished quilted sections together.  I am trying wool batting for this quilt since my brother does not want a heavy quilt.  I will let you know how that works out in another post.  So all the quilt tops and backing is ready.       image Just have to cut the batting and I am off and running. Will post the finished quilts as I complete them.  It has been so hot and humid this month that I have been doing lots of sewing and quilting.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Baby Whale quilt

image         This cute whale quilt is about 36″ square but you could make it larger by adding print borders using the whale fabrics. I used 3 fat quarters to make the whales and bubbles on this baby quilt. The bubbles and eyes are fused applique. This baby quilt was quick and easy to make. It is not quilted yet. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna    image

Three charity quilts

image     I finished 3 charity quilts to donate to 2 local charities.  I used 3″ strips of pink/purple/white fabrics to make a lasagna quilt.  I cut the quilt in half and added borders to make 2 quilts.  The baby quilt was made with 6″ square of alphabet print and strips of 4 colors.  This quilt was quick and easy.  I made the quilt top at the quilt retreat and then finished the quilting at home.  I used a running stitch to quilt the three quilts.    imageKeep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Baby bath mitt

image      I saw a tutorial to make baby bath mitts in a Quilting Arts gifts magazine.  The magazine was missing the template to make the bath mitt.  So I created my own pattern – knowing that the finished size was about 5″ by 8.5″.   I used cotton fabric for the accents on the hand towel.  I also used stitches on my machine to make the face – triple straight stitch and eyelet stitch. It was challenging to put the binding on the bottom edge.  Turned out cute. Not sure I will be making more using my pattern.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna