A Little Stitcher

Mary at her 1st sewing machine.

I was cleaning out a photo box and came across an old photo of me and my 1st sewing machine.   Yes, I really did have blonde hair.

I looked on eBay to see if I could find one similar and figure out the make of this machine but no luck.   Guess they didn’t last.

I don’t remember making anything notable on it so it was probably a short lived interest and I was likely into something else the following week.

Do you remember when you got your 1st sewing machine?

Happy Stitchin’



Quilts donated to Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project

Mary posted last fall about the Carolina Hurricane quilt project to donate quilts to hurricane victims.  Here is an updated post from the quilt project site: https://frommycarolinahome.com/2019/01/06/carolina-hurricane-quilt-project-2/

There are some shops in North Carolina that are collecting quilts for this project.  I saw on the site that Loving Stitches in Fayetteville was collecting quilts.  So I dropped off 4 quilts for kids at the shop earlier this month when I brought my machine in for repair.

Looks like Ranger was interested in the quilts too.  I hope the kids like these bright quilts.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Ringing the bell

Last week I finished my chemo treatments so I received a certificate from the my cancer care team and “rang the bell”.

My doctor loved the quilt that I gave her and the nurses loved their little zippered bags and kleenex holders.





I am so happy to be done with the chemotherapy.  I still have radiation, PT, and hormone therapy to complete but at least the worst is over.  I am hoping to get more energy to complete all the quilting projects that I have been thinking about this summer.

Thank you for all your positive thoughts and encouragement as I continue on my journey to kick cancer to the curb.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna

Polaroid Challenge quilt

I have finished quilting and binding the Polaroid challenge quilt.  One of my quilting bees was celebrating its 20th anniversary.  So we decided to exchange 20 small fabric squares (novelty prints) that we could put into a square using white fabric to look like a polaroid picture.  The squares reminded me of an “I spy” quilt.  I used leftover fabric scraps of Kona solids to make wonky squares with my polaroid squares.  I still have more polaroid squares to put into another quilt project.  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

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

Chicken pincushion

image      What a fun pincushion to make!  I always thought that I would need 3 pieces of fabric to make the body of the chicken but it only takes 2 squares.  The beak and tail are folded squares that make prairie points.  The fluff on the head can be yarn or a strip of fabric.  I used straight pins for the eyes.   I am going to teach some kids how to make this pincushion in my next kids camp class.  I think that they will have fun making this funny chicken pincushion.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Kids Sewing Camp – round 1

image      I completed the first session of Kids Sewing Camp.  Two more sessions scheduled for July and August.  The first day, the four girls made a headband, sunglass case and a fabric tray.  All these projects used straight line sewing, backstitching, and turning the projects right side out. Day 2 they made a “grab n go” reversible bag – also called a Japanese knot bag.    imageThey were very excited about picking out the fabric for their bag.  This project required sewing on curved lines and turning the project inside out.  The last day  they made a reversible bandana apron and a stuffed animal of their own design and colored with fabric markers.  They had fun making the sewing projects.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna



Sea Life quilt with cuddle accents

image         I made this fun sea life quilt using cuddle for accents.  This quilt would be great for a young child because of the cuddle accents in each block: tan circle on ship’s wheel, water spout on the whale,   image tan on seashell, bird’s wings, crab’s claws, and seaweed and white stripes on the fish.      I quilted the background blocks before adding the applique pieces.  I used Shape Flex as a stabilizer on the back of the cuddle accents before I stitched them to the background block.  Then I used a Quilt as You Go technique to join the blocks. I added a border and binding and the finished quilt size was 54″ x 42″. This quilt was easy to make with the large blocks and applique pieces.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna   image


Car quilt and drawstring bag with cars

image         I made a car quilt and drawstring bag for my daughter in law’s nephew.  He is 2 years old and lives in Nepal.  We met him last month when we were in Nepal.  He was very excited about the cars in drawstring bag and wouldn’t let anyone play with them.      imageThe quilt was easy to make – just big squares with black sashing.  I used a big stitch on the black sashing with white thread to make the sashing look like a road.

image          The back of the quilt is a flannel car print.  I used some leftover car fabric to make the drawstring bag.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna