Upcycled thrift shop napkins with embroidery

I bought these napkins at a thrift store so that I could practice using some embroidery designs.  Since I had my embroidery module attached to my sewing machine after making the watermelon coasters,  I decided to find something else to embroider.  I found some fall leaves embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa (www.hatchedinafrica.com) called Autumn’s Little Things Appliqué.  I put a different colored leaf in each corner.  For a stabilizer, I planned to use AquaMesh since this stabilizer would wash away.  But unfortunately I had some scraps of PolyMesh from my last project (watermelon coasters) on my sewing table and I accidentally used some PolyMesh on the napkins instead of Aquamesh. It is very hard to tell the difference between AquaMesh and PolyMesh. It took me a while to figure out why some of the stabilizer was not washing away with water.  So it took me longer to finish this project because I had to remove the PolyMesh and start over with the AquaMesh.  Lesson learned – pay more attention to what stabilizer I am using.  I added a decorative stitch (#603) on my machine around the edges to add more interest to the napkins.  I put my embroidery module away to work on other sewing projects. My home decor project took longer than I had anticipated but I got it done. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna


Happy 4th of July – Red, White, and Blue Bandana Flag Wreath

Happy 4th of July!  I was looking on Pinterest a few weeks ago and saw a bandana 4th of July wreath. (Here is the link for the directions to make this flag wreath: https://www.isavea2z.com/red-white-blue-bandana-flag-wreath-craft-idea/).  Before I looked at the directions for the wreath I bought 6 bandanas (2 each of white, blue, and red).  Last week I looked at the directions and saw that I needed 6 bandanas of each color.  No problem. I had a box of red, white, and blue fabric scraps that I use for Quilts of Valor.  So I cut up scraps of fabric to match the size of the cut pieces of the bandana.  I used an 18″ wire wreath frame that we had and spent the morning tying fabric knots on the wire frame.  It was an easy project to do.  I really like how the wreath looks on the front door.  Mary added the ribbon and flag to the Scottie statue by the door.  Keep having fun  sewing and quilting. Donna

Watermelon coasters by Kimberbell

I started this embroidery project a month ago. My plan was to make 4 coasters to match a watermelon pillow and wall hanging that I made a couple of years ago. I made 2 coasters last month but then I had some side effects from my chemotherapy and couldn’t sew.  I finished the first 2 months of treatment and started a new treatment plan last week and so far I feel a lot better so I finished the other 2 coasters yesterday. Yeh! Back to my sewing. Here are the coordinating watermelon items to decorate our house in July: watermelon pillow (also a Kimberbell pattern) and a watermelon wall hanging (Kim Schaffer pattern). Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Spring Fever & a Porch makeover

I don’t know about you but I am soooooooo…. ready for Spring.

So today, I decided to freshen up our porch.   I pulled out some fabric that I recently found at Mill Outlet and started making some new pillow covers.

We have a wide porch and 4 chairs.  I’m not into matchy- matchy so I did not make all 4 pillows identical.

For the pillows on the left side I just switched out the pillow sleeve on the green pillows with the same fabric to make them a bit different from the right side.

Left side of porch

Right side of porch.

I also added a spring wreath and inserted some red berries for a pop of color and tie into the pillows.


Even our scottie statue got a makeover with a ribbon of the pillow fabric.

I can’t wait for it to be warm enough so we can purchase some flowers.

It felt good to complete a project.  Lately I feel like I have lots of new UFOs that are really close to completion but are not there yet.   I really need to stop starting new projects and get down to finishing up some of my existing projects.

Happy Stitchin,



UFO re-imagined into a Holiday pillow

I am a Scottie Dog junkie and during the Holiday season, I decorate our sunroom with all my scottie stuff.    We have an ottoman on the porch and I thought it needed a plaid quilted throw for it.   So, I pulled out our holiday fabric tub in search of inspiration.  What I found was one of Donna’s UFOs.   It had a white center, a green flange, and a red border.   The red border was already quilted.  Hummm…. this could be a nice pillow.

So I took Donna’s UFO (that she couldn’t remember what it was supposed to be) and created a new holiday pillow for our Scottie sunroom.   I suspect that it was a sample for a class she taught in making a flange.

I quilted the white area, appliquéd a plaid Scottie on it, and turned it into a pillow.

Earlier this year, Donna took one of my UFO (a Hawaiian appliqué) and deconstructed it and put it into an Art Quilt).  Now I’ve finished one of her UFOs.   I guess we’re even now.


This got me thinking, perhaps we should do a UFO challenge and give our fellow quilters one of our UFOs and let them do whatever they want to with the UFO to re-imagine it into something new and wonderful.

Happy Stitchin’



One more Fabric Bowl

I also made a fabric bowl (to help test Donna’s class instructions) and I decided to make a Fall (with a twist) bowl.   Fall leaves were appliquéd on and then I punched the color with turquoise (not your typical fall color but it did look good with the leaves).

Mary’s Fabric Bowl


Side view











It’s always fun to play with color and I love the unexpected color.

Happy Stitchin,


Two more landscape fabric bowls

I just finished making two fabric art bowls using Pellon double sided Peltex.  I have now made 6 fabric bowls.  If you would like more information about the other fabric bowls, check out a previous post – 12/4/2015: 3-D art quilt fabric bowl.  The bowls are fun to make using fabric scraps from your stash and fusible web.  The tricky part is to design the circle quilt while it is flat and then make 5 cuts to create the sides of the bowl.  You have to plan ahead to mark your fabric cuts so that you don’t cut the parts of your design that are important.  In the Sea Life bowl I wanted to make sure that I didn’t cut through the turtles but I didn’t really care about the coral or orange fish. Oops! A fish lost half of its body in the construction.  I still need to add some eyes to the fish and turtles using a fabric marker.  So much fun.

Design on flat surface before making the bowl.

I decided to make another more abstract landscape bowl.  I cut wedges of fabric to use for the background – sky, water, and woods.  Then I added trees and grasses. I really like this art bowl.

Finished bowl

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna