Row by Row quilt

A couple years ago I made a Row by Row quilt with 2 rows and 3 “summer” inspired squares.  I designed the Row by Row with the houses and palm trees in 2014 for the quilt shop that I worked.  The other row with the lighthouse came from a quilt shop in Cape Cod.  I was looking at my quilt projects last week and found 2 more quilted rows  (Row by Row patterns that I designed for the quilt shop in 2015 and 2016) that I could add to the original Row by Row wall hanging quilt.  Since the original quilt was put together using Quilt as You Go, it would be easy to add 2 more rows.  First I removed part of the binding so that I could add a row at the top and the other row at the bottom of the quilt.  I didn’t have any of the blue sashing fabric that I had used in the original quilt to join the quilted rows.  So I found a different fabric for the sashing.  After adding fabric to the binding,  I sewed the binding on the top and bottom of the quilt.  It was not as easy as I thought to put the binding back on.  But the binding is on so the quilt is ready for the summer.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

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May Calendar wall quilt (pattern by Kim Schaefer)

imageDuring the grey days of winter, it is fun to work on a project with bright spring flowers.   I worked on this project during the quilt retreat last week.  Another UFO finished.  I made a few changes and added embellishments to this wall hanging. The top picture shows the quilt top after working at the retreat.  I did use a single piece of yellow polka dot fabric for the background.  I did not add the green appliqué squares on the border.  I free motion quilted a flower design on the background before adding the appliqué pieces.  When I got home from the retreat, I looked at the flowers. image I did not like the flower with the huge center so I took off the center.  I added another layer of petals and a smaller center.   I like that flower now.  I also added a larger orange center to the large purple flower. image I used thread scraps and black tulle to embellish the center of the pink flower.  For the orange flower, I free motion quilted a pebble design with gold thread.  I wanted to use buttons for the center of the purple flowers. imageSo I took a couple of pictures to decide what buttons I wanted to use before sewing the buttons on.  I didn’t like these first 2 designs.  I saw a picture in a Quilting Arts magazine that showed a quilt that used lots of different size buttons to fill in an area on the quilt.  So I tried this design.  imageI liked it.  Next – how to sew on the buttons without using the design that I liked.  A glue stick didn’t work so I used a hot glue gun (no sewing involved).  Then I used a piece of light purple tulle to cover the buttons – I used a zipper foot and straight stitch to stitch on the tulle and then trim close to the stitching line.  imageIt was fun playing with different embellishments. I added white tulle to the bee’s wings.  I used a Micron 05 black marker to add spots to the butterfly.image Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

March Calendar wall quilt (pattern by Kim Schaefer)

I have completed 5 calendar wall quilts from Kim Schaefer’s Calendar Quilts (12 months of Fun, Fusible Projects). I do not plan to complete the fall or winter wall quilts because I have lots of fall and Christmas wall quilts. image I made a few changes to the March quilt.  I used one piece of fabric for the light blue background instead of a pieced background of 5″ squares.  I did not add the beige appliqué squares to the border of the quilt.  I free motion quilted the background with a leaf design before adding the appliqué pieces.  I used a combination of  free motion quilting and the blanket stitch to attach the appliqué pieces.  imageCan’t wait to hang up my new wall hanging. Guess I will have to wait a couple of months.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Happy New Year

DSCN8012Happy New Year.  Hope your new year will be filled with fun sewing and quilting projects.  I plan to work through my UFOs again this year.  I did finish about half of the projects from my list from last January.  Of course I have lots of new project ideas that I hope to complete also.  DSCN8014I am posting this picture of my snowman wall hanging and hoping that we don’t get winter weather (snow or ice) this weekend.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Quilt as you Go” calendar squares – UFO

I still had 6 calendar quilted squares from a previous challenge at our Modern Quilting guild that needed to be put into a quilt.  I had already put the 3 summer calendar blocks in a small wall hanging imagewith two Row by Row patterns.  And I also put the 3 fall calendar blocks in a small wall hanging with two Row by Row patterns.  imageNow it was time to do something with the winter and spring calendar blocks. I also used Quilt As You Go technique to put these wall hangings together.

So I took the 3 winter calendar blocks and put them together using Quilt As You Go technique (Leah Day’s you tube video).  I did make a change to the fabric strip for the back the quilt squares.  Leah uses 1.5″ strips but I like to have a little wider strip on the back so I use 1.75″ strip on the back when attaching the quilted calendar blocks.  image imageAfter putting the winter and spring calendar blocks together, I used yarn to make a binding.  I used 3 strands of yarn on the back and 3 strands of yarn on the front using a herringbone stitch.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Another UFO project done. Donna

Happy 4th of July

image     Hope you are enjoying your 4th of July weekend.  We have been visiting with relatives this weekend: son and daughter-in-law, brother and his teenage daughter.  Went to the beach and the community pool and played bocce ball in the backyard.  Lots of fun.  Even the dogs got to cool off in a small plastic pool in the backyard.  The 3 quilt squares represent summer time fun: beach, boating, 4th of July, and family picnics. Enjoy your summer and keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna