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: http://www.stlouisfolkvictorian.com/2012/07/modernized-d9p.html     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’




Back from our quilt guild’s retreat – part 1

Mary and I went to our quilt guild’s annual retreat last week (3 night retreat along the NC coast) with 40 quilters.  We had great weather considering that it is February.  I worked on some projects that I had started at our quilting retreat in January. image I finished quilting and binding a baby charity quilt and the mittens (Herky Jerky) wall hanging. imageimage I continued working on making squares using selvages in red and blue for a border on a Quilt of Valor. image Here is a website with 25 sewing projects using selvages: http://thesewingloftblog.com/25-things-to-make-with-fabric-selvage/. image I also continued working on a modern Disappearing 9 patch using patriotic fabrics – the selvage squares will be the border to this quilt.  Mary and I also made  paper piecing log cabin blocks for the next year’s raffle quilt. Here is my block. image Several members of a quilt bee bought paper piecing patterns and batik scraps for retreat members to make some blocks.  About 20 blocks were made during retreat.  There was a demo on making a fabric collage greeting card.image  I made a card with a beach scene but I still need to add stitching and embellishments to the card.  We played games on two nights.  One game was called ” Right, Left, Center”  I won one of the games and the prize was 33 assorted 10″ squares.  imageIt was fun to play the games but also fun to win the fabric too – especially a bird print that I really liked. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Rainbow Star quilt

imageI checked out Leah Day’s free motion quilting project to get some new ideas for free- motion quilting.  I found the Rainbow Star quilt project to practice some new free- motion quilting designs.  Here is the website with information about this project: https://leahday.com/pages/twin-rainbow-star-quilt-pattern.  When you cut out the fabric to make the rainbow star quilt, you get enough pieces to make two quilts.  Awesome – more practice for free motion quilting.  Each star point has a different free motion design. image Leah Day has great tutorials on free- motion quilting designs.  Check out her website – you will be amazed at all her designs. imageFor the white background squares and triangles,  I used free- motion quilting designs from the book “Shape by Shape Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters”.  I added a border to the quilt (about 3.5″ finished border).  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Updated post on Charity quilts for NC flood victims from Hurricane Matthew

imageSince the quilt shop where I have been working is closing, I was able to bring home a couple of  my store samples to donate to the flood victims.  (Green triangle quilt was made with one fabric with 4 shades of green.  imageGreen and burgundy batiks half square triangle quilt – This quilt was made with my serger – Sew Radiant pattern. Also I found 5 quilt tops in the back room of the store from the previous quilt shop.  So I took them home.image I quilted 3 of the tops and Mary quilted one top.  Mary quilted a really sweet blue and green baby quilt. marys-charity-quiltimageThe last quilt top needs some repair before Mary can quilt it. imageKeep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Charity quilt for Louisiana flood victims

Unfortunately there has been many flood victims this year.

One of the ladies in our Modern Quilting Group has a brother that is a minister in Louisiana and our group agreed to send him some quilts for some of his parish members that were hard hit by the August 2016 flooding there.  Rainfall exceeded 20 inches in multiple parishes.


Here is one that I turned in at our meeting this week.  Hopefully this will put a smile on a little boy’s face as his family deals with the long and hard road to recovery/rebuilding.

Happy Stitchin’


Quilts for flood victims of Hurricane Matthew

matthew-charity-quiltsWe were very lucky when the hurricane came through our area.  We did get 9 – 10″ of rain and high winds (75 mph) but only lost power for about 12 hours during the night.  We did not have any flooding in our neighborhood.  The flooding in other areas of southeastern North Carolina has been unbelievable – to see whole towns underwater and rivers are still flooding houses and roads.

Our local fire station was collecting food, water, and blankets for the flood victims.  So Mary and I dropped off food, water, and four quilts that we finished making this past week.  The recovery from this hurricane will take a long time for the people who have lost everything.

Hope you were safe during the hurricane.  Keep sewing and quilting.  Donna