Scottie Patchwork Pillow

Flatty Dogs pattern

When I was searching for a UFO recently, I came across this Scottie patchwork pillow pattern that I got a couple of years ago and decided that it was about time I made it.

I already had both the 2 1/2″ fusible grid and I had lots of scraps so there was not excuse to not work on it.

It was easy to make and the fusible grid made it a fast project.

Our Scottie (Ranger) loves stuffie toys so I need to make sure he does not get his teeth on this pillow.   However, I couldn’t resist a photo-opt of him seeing the new Scottie pillow.


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Happy Stitchin,




Button Boats by Lazy Girl patterns

Looking for a quick gift to make for a friend, try making these “button boats” which are small fabric boxes in a different shape like a boat.  They are super easy to make.  You just cut a 10″ square of  peltex (I used double side fusible peltex) and then fuse 2 different fabrics on the square (front and back).  Using the template, cut out 3 shapes out of your square.  Stitch around the edges with a zig zag stitch – I stitched twice around the edges.  You should use a 90/14 needle since the peltex is stiff.  Follow the directions to finish sewing the box and add buttons and you are done.  I used covered rubber bands around the buttons. I think that my box looks cute.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Fall Leaves Bench pillow

I saw this embroidery design on Sweet Pea Embroidery ( and the feathers reminded me of fall leaves.  The original design used appliquéd fabric on the feathers.  I decided to skip the appliquéd fabric and just use fall thread colors.  I really like how the “leaves” turned out. The embroidery design even quilts the background for you.  Very cool.   I used scraps of solid fabric in fall colors to make a border and used a print with narrow leaf designs in many colors.  Now I have bench pillow covers for 2 seasons (summer – watermelon and now fall leaves).  Looks like I will have to find winter and spring designs for the bench pillow.  I saw a monarch butterfly on the marigold flowers yesterday.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Fall Placemats

When we decorated the house for Fall, we noticed that we did not have any Fall placemats.   So, I decide to make some.   I wanted them to look modern.   I found a free pattern on SewMamaSew’s blog.   It is a color block design and looked modern and easy.   Easy is the operative word as I did not want to spend a lot of time on this home dec project.  I really wanted to get back to my other (in-progress) projects.

So I decide to make 6 placemats.

Each one is a bit different (fabrics mixed up) and I curved the edges as I think it softened them a bit.   I also did straight line quilting with a mix of zigzag stitching (I stole this idea from a quilting friend).


It took longer than anticipated, but they are done and it’s still Fall.  Woohoo!

Now, back to my other projects.

Happy Stitchin,


Mary’s fabric wreath

In February, Mary made a fabric wreath for our front door.  She cut scraps of white and cream fabrics to attach to the wire wreath.  It used a lot of fabric to make the wreath.  Then she added a few hearts to the wreath to decorate for Valentine’s Day.  She decorated the wreath with green shamrocks in March and a bunch of carrots in April for Easter (bunnies, of course).  We do have bunnies in our neighborhood who like to eat up our flowers. I was inspired by the fabric flowers in the book “Sew Wild.” So  I cut out some flowers from a fabric print and used fusible web to attach the flowers to purple felt.  Using free motion quilting, I added petals to the flowers.  Then Mary attached the flowers to the wreath for May.  Who knows what will appear on the wreath in June?

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.    Donna and Mary

More fun embroidery projects using tea towels

I did take a break from embroidery last week.  I worked on 3 baby quilts to donate. They are quilted but I haven’t put on the bindings so no pictures yet.

This week I started working with tea towels and kitchen embroidery designs.  I found 3 striped towels in my embroidery supplies drawer to practice placement of the embroidery designs on towels.  Then I ordered more towels to embroider for a house warming gift.

I used “Bluework Kitchen” designs from Hatched in Africa embroidery designs.  These designs are really cute and only use one color.  Most of the designs stitch out in less than 10 minutes.  Awesome.

The first towel had red stripes so I used red thread for the stitching.  Since I didn’t place it exactly where I thought it should be, I added red rick rack trim to the bottom.

The last 2 towels had green and teal stripes so I used teal thread. I matched the same color of thread in the bobbin.  I also used a wash away stabilizer (AquaMesh).  I haven’t washed out the stabilizer yet.

I can’t wait to stitch out the other 7 towel designs.  So much fun and they stitch out so quickly.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Another pre-Hurricane Florence embroidery project

I have bought some quilting books over the summer since I wasn’t able to get out during my chemo treatments.  I have also been watching quilting and sewing shows on tv and online.  I watched an episode of Sewing with Nancy about using your embroidery module to make quilted squares.  So I bought the book which also came with a dvd – Quilt with an Embroidery Machine by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche.  I really liked one of the quilt designs – flowers on a solid gray background.  I decided to change the background color to green and make the flowers bright colors for spring.  I made four 8″ quilted squares which I joined together so that I could use it on an end table in the living room. I used a fabric scrap for the background – really bright flowers.

First try with the purple fabric flower. You can’t see any of the stitching on the purple and white print fabric.

Second try – now you can see the black stitching.

The technique to add the flowers was different than what I have done in the past.  For each square: the background, batting, and backing is quilted before adding the flowers.  I chose to add the backing at the end so only quilted 2 layers.  Then the flowers are added one layer at a time and the layers are trimmed at the end which is a different technique.  The pink flowers has 4 layers and the orange flower has 3 layers.  At first I chose a different purple and white fabric which I liked instead of the orange fabric. But you couldn’t see the embroidery/quilting stitches on that fabric. So I started again with the orange fabric. I used black thread for the entire project.  I used a yarn binding for the edges.

This project was fun. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna