Bee Project – Habitat for Humanity charity quilt (in progress)

Here are my blocks for our Quilt Bee’s Habitat for Humanity charity quilt (that Donna discussed in the previous post).

Mary’s blocks. The bottom 3 are paper pieced blocks.

I had fun making these blocks (particularly the dog house block with the scottie) and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone else’s blocks.

Happy Stitchin’


Habitat for Humanity charity quilt in progress

Our quilting bee decided to make a charity quilt sponsored by our local quilt guild for Habitat for Humanity homes built in our area.  We wanted to make a fun quilt with a beach theme since we live near the beach. Some of the blocks are paper pieced and others are pieced or use machine appliqué. There are 4 members in our group so we all made blocks using several sizes that would make it easier to fit the blocks together into a quilt.  At our next meeting we are going to finalize our quilt designs with all the blocks that we have made. Then we will divide the quilt into 4 sections to be quilted by individual members. At the following meeting we wil put the quilt sections together using “quilt as you go”. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt. The photos in this post are the blocks that I made.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Quilt of Valor round robin project

I decided to try the Round Robin quilting bee project earlier this year.  To start this project, a person in the bee puts a random “leftover” block in a plastic bag.  Members can choose a bag and then add a border.  Once the border is added, the project goes back in the plastic bag for a different member to choose and add a border.  This is the first time that I picked up a bag – my bag was for a Quilt of Valor.  I added the last row using piano keys design.  I had lots of small strips of fabric leftover from other red/white/ and blue quilts.  I sewed the strips together and then cut the strips to fit the sides of the quilt to make the next border.  I will pass this quilt top to the another member at our next meeting.  I think that the quilt is looking good.  Once the quilt is completed, it will be donated to one of the charity projects at the quilt guild. 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


Neonatal Charity quilts

Our local quilt guild  makes quilts for the Neonatal Unit at our local hospital.    Here are three that Donna and I  completed at our last neonatal sew-in.

Charity quilts made by Donna / Mary / Donna

These quilts are easy and we are really fortunate that the coordinator of this charity project, kits-up all of the quilts so all you have to do is sew and quilt them.   I like that they are relatively small so you can whip one up quickly and feel real productive.   These quilts are also great for practicing your free-motion quilting on.

Happy Stitchin’



Quilt of Valor with selvage borders

     I am back to my quilting projects.  I took a break to start substitute teaching part time so I haven’t been completing as many projects in the past month.  I started this Quilt of Valor last year when I started making selvage strip blocks and modern Disappearing nine patch squares.  When I started working again on this project, I needed to make more selvage blocks and more nine patch quilt blocks so that the quilt would be large enough (at least 55″ x 65″).  Here is a tutorial of a modern Disappearing nine patch quilt block using different layouts of the nine patch squares before cutting them:     I made the selvage strip blocks by sewing selvage strips (red and blue) on to a muslin base.  I put together the Disappearing nine patch blocks for the main section of the quilt.  Then I added the borders.  I used free motion quilting for the center of the quilt and a walking foot for straight line quilting in the borders.  I found a red/ white/ and blue plaid fabric to use for the binding.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.

Back from Quilt Guild Retreat – part 2

imageOne of the things that we do at retreat is to ask everyone (if they like) to make one 12 1/2″ block and the last night we raffle them on.

We sting them up in the main meeting room and they always look great!

This year we did B&W blocks and got 40 blocks so we had 4 raffle drawing and the winners each got 10 blocks.

No…. neither of us won.   Maybe next year.



One of the ladies in our group makes beautiful fabric collaged cards and did a little workshop on how to make them.    Here is the one that I made.






I don’t like to take projects to retreat that make me concentrate.  Too many people to visit with.  So I brought a charity quilt project.   A lasagna quilt.   You’ve all seen them.   Here it is (before I cut it up.lasanga1



Donna’s layout

Now, if I had left it that way and added borders, I’d be done.   But I got to thinking about Ricky Tims and how he cuts up things and then puts them back together.   Why not try it with a lasagna quilt?   One of my friend said YES and with that encouragement I cut it up.     First I separated it into two square pieces and then I cut it on the diagonal from corner to corner.   A few of us took the pieces to the design wall and played with it.   Nothing looked good, until Donna walked over and arranged them.   lasanga2

I sewed them back together and now I have 2 quilts (that both need borders).    What do you think?

I don’t think that I’d do it again as it took too much time and I could’ve  finished it if I’d left it as your basic lasagna quilt.  Oh well, it was fun experiementing.   Ya don’t know until you try something new.


Another project was to do a paper pieced block for our guild’s 2018 raffles quilt.   This was my contribution to the quilt.image


The “Big Block” 36″ x 36″



Lastly, worked on a Big block for my southwest Modern Sampler quilt.

It’s a 36″ x 36″ block.   I’ll do a separate post on that whole quilt.  Here is just one Big block from the quilt.   It combines lots of different block sizes and this is the biggest one in the quilt.

Happy Stitchin’