Table runner with Paris travel fabric

Another Paris UFO came out of the box and finished.  I was looking through some older Modern Patchwork magazines and found a pattern that I always wanted to make.  The pattern is called “Modern Petals Table Runner” by Nicole Neblett – Winter 2014 issue.  I made 4 blocks for this table runner and added a narrow border.  I used a blue fabric with names of cities in Europe and a fabric with fun Eiffel Tower motifs and stamps. The pattern has gentle curves which were easy to sew.  I used a combination of straight line echo quilting and stippling for the table runner.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Stitched Indigo dyed fabric artwork

Have you even taken one of those Indigo dying workshops and then not known what to do with the beautiful piece of dyed fabric? I’m sure I’m not alone here.

Well, the other day I had a lightbulb moments. I pulled out two of my Indigo dyed pieces of fabric, cut them into squares, fused some shirt tailor to the back and then did some walking foot stitching on it.

I used white and navy thread and just stitched some gentle curves.

I already had some frames (that I rotate some of my photography in them), so I pulled out the photos in them and inserted my stitched Indigo pieces in them.

The was a quick and fun project and I love the final result.

Another home decor project done.

Happy Stitchin,


Cathedral Triangle Table topper (Sweet Pea embroidery design)

The Cathedral Triangle table topper was the December Sew along with Sweet Pea embroidery designs.  This design looks similar to a cathedral windows quilt design.  This design comes in 4 sizes and I used the 5x 5 design.  The finished table topper was about 20″ which fits on our living room end table.  The embroidery design stitched out beautifully but putting the triangle pieces together was a challenge.  I used 2 pieces of stabilizer and quilt batting so the seams were thick even after trimming away stabilizer and most of the batting in the seams.  I got it done using a 90/14 jeans needle and a walking foot.  If I make this design again, I would not used the quilt batting.  Without the quilt batting, it would be easier to stitch the seams together.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Catching up on some projects

Four more random projects are finished. I finally made a new cover for our ironing board.  The previous cover was too busy and didn’t fit well.  So now we have a new cover for the ironing board.

I also made a new computer bag to replace the one that made about 9 years ago.  I cut strips and did “quilt as you go” to sew the strips onto the Soft n Stable batting. I also added some straight line quilting to the strips.

New bag has purple handles.

Mary’s computer bag

It was time for a new design and a smaller bag. I also made Mary a new smaller computer bag with some fabric that she really liked.  It was a quick project to complete.




The last project was a baby quilt that I made using a panel.  My oldest son has friends who were having their first baby so I made them a quilt using a panel from our stash.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Another Ugly Fabric challenge completed

I decided to make a potholder with my ugly challenge fabric.  Several years ago I had taken a class with Karin Hellaby on making her “Exploding Pineapple” pattern. You can view her tutorial for this pattern on youtube. (  What makes this pineapple pattern so much fun?  No cutting triangles.  This technique uses only squares.  It is a fun and quick technique.  My potholder is about 8″ square. I used some leftover pieced fabric from my holiday table runners for the backing.  Hope you have fun trying this new technique. Karin Hellaby also has several books with quick and fun quilt block techniques.   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Ugly Fabric Challenge

Last year at our quilt guild Holiday party, we were given an ugly fabic (“olively green”) and challenged to use it sometime in 2020 to be entered in a prize raffle. We could make whatever we wanted.

For my Holiday ugly fabric challenge, I made a small table topper for our sunroom hutch and used the Ugly Fabric quilt technique.
I added some of the teal colors that are now on our sunroom chairs.

The green (ugly) fabric does not look so ugly. I also used some of the fabric on the front and back (and I hope that’s not cheating).

I do love a challenge.

Happy Stitchin,


Sprucing up our Sunroom chairs

At the beginning of the pandemic, we made a list of house items that we wanted to get to while we were pretty much stuck at home. The list included cleaning out draws, re-painting the kitchen island, going through our storage room to clean out things that we really don’t need. Needless to say, Habitat of Humanity Restore store has been profiting from our clear out project.

One of the items on the list was to recover our sunroom chairs (which were looking sad and faded). We had already purchased the fabric but I keep putting off this project as I really don’t enjoy making covering and we were not have company (due to the pandemic).

After Donna made two beautiful bird pillows and put them out on our sunroom porch chairs, it was clear that I needed to recover our faded chairs.

So, I finally checked off another item on our list.

Happy Stitchin,


Pillow Week

It all started with a small embroidery project using a monochromatic technique that I saw on the sewing website.

First I made a small red flower on red fabric. I liked the effect so I tried another flower embroidery design on teal fabric. Now what to do with my embroidery sample? I decided to make a pillow for my bed so I could try out the cording on pillow technique from Philippa Naylor’s online class (

I haven’t added cording to pillows in a long time. The technique worked great. One pillow done.

I remembered a panel of bird pictures that looked like watercolor. I found 2 different size pillow forms to use. So I cut up 2 bird panels, added borders and then used straight line quilting. I added cording to both pillows. After completing 3 pillows, I think I am done with pillows for awhile.  

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna


Holiday tree coasters

I have made other embroidery coasters by Kimberbell Designs in different motifs: spools of thread, apples, and watermelons. I made 4 coasters of each design. The pattern is basically a paper piecing design in the embroidery hoop. The embroidery design includes a cross hatch quilting design after all the pieces are sewn in place. I used scraps from my Christmas fabrics to complete the coasters. The finished size is about 5″ square. There are 3 sizes to choose from in the pattern – I chose the medium size. The coasters are completed in the hoop so all you need to do is turn them inside out and iron them. I think these coasters will look great for the holidays. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna




Humming Along panel by Wilmington Prints

I bought the “Humming Along” panel and some coordinating fat quarter fabrics a couple of years ago.  I liked the cactus and hummingbird in the panel.  I found the panel again when I was looking through my UFOs.  I decided to cut down the panel and make a smaller wall quilt to hang in the dining room.  There is a free pattern to use this quilt panel on Wilmington Prints.  I used the pattern ideas for the side blocks of the wall hanging (9 patch block).  Then I added a pieced border with solid fabrics to coordinate with the panel colors.  It was fun to play with different free motion quilting designs to quilt the panel.

placemat front

placemat back

With the leftover fabric I made 2 coordinating placemats for the kitchen island. Another UFO finished for the year.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna