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


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