Quilt of Valor quilt and baby quilt completed

I completed a Quilt of Valor (60″ x 73″) with leftover fabric from a Chinese Coins quilt of valor that I completed last year.  I had lots of leftover rectangles (6″ length) with various widths.  I added strips of solid colors (blue and white).  I did an overall stippling quilting pattern for this quilt.

I also completed a baby appliqué quilt for a friend using ocean animals.  I had lots of ocean fabrics which I used in this quilt to piece the backing – fish, whales, and other ocean animals.  I used the ocean appliqué pattern from this book by Kim Schaefer. There are really cute animal quilts and bibs in this book.  Since I live near the beach, I wanted to make the baby quilt with the ocean animals.  The finished size of this quilt was a 48″ square. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Sweet Pea Embroidery sew along for June – Ocean Scene

I completed my first sew along challenge with Sweet Pea embroidery designs.

I saw the ocean scene design on their facebook page and the many different entries looked fun.  Looking at the other entries helped me to pick out colors and thread colors.  So I signed up and bought the design.  You even get a discount for the current sew along design.

There is a specific window of time to complete your design to enter in the contest to win free designs.  The embroidery company is in Australia so you have to submit your design based on Australian time – I noticed that some people on facebook missed the deadline because of the time difference.    Each design has 3 sizes – I did the largest hoop size design (7″ x 12″).  

There were 5 panels for the scene and then the panels were sewn together.  I added 2 borders, then put another layer of batting for the whole design and added the binding.  

It took some time to find the fabrics for the scene – I tried to have dark, medium and light values for the water.  

This was a fun project to complete but it did take time.  The last panel (beach scene) took 200 minutes.  So what did I do while the machine was busy stitching out the designs?  I cleaned out 8 drawers in our sewing room.  I found items to donate, throw out, and organize so I can actually find some of the supplies.  LOL.  I plan to try another sew along later this year.  

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna


Finished piece.

Update on Habitat for Humanity group project by our quilting bee

Our quilting bee, “Bee Inspired”, had lots of fun making this quilt for Habitat for Humanity donation.  Each member made blocks of different sizes with a beach theme since we live by the coast.  We decided on a quilt design once the squares were completed.  We pieced together sections of the quilt at one of our bee meetings.  Each member was given a section to quilt so that we could use a Quilt as You Go technique to put the quilt sections together.  We used the same backing fabric for each of the sections.  At our last meeting, we put the sections together using a 1″ strip on the front and a folded 1.75″ strip on the backing.  I finished the quilt by adding a binding.  We all love this quilt – it will be hard to give it away but we know that a family will enjoy receiving our quilt for their new home. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Another UFO completed: SeaLife collage quilt

The first two blocks in this collage quilt were made at a workshop (Mid-Atlantic quilt festival – Feb. 2015) with Linda Schmidt (Life’s a Beach class) – the wave and the sandy beach blocks. It is amazing how well the shells stayed on the fabric with fabric glue.  I did have to pull off a few shells when I added the binding but I glued the shells back on when the binding was complete.   A year later I decided to make more SeaLife quilt blocks to create a collage quilt similar to my Bird collage quilt (All about Birds).  You can read about the other blocks in earlier posts on the blog.  I really enjoy making collage quilts.  It is fun to make random blocks of different sizes and experiment with new techniques.  Then the challenge is to fit the blocks together and fill in the holes with new blocks to complete the quilt.  I used lots of different techniques on the SeaLife collage quilt.


The final 2 blocks added to the quilt were the seahorse block and the filler water block with the 5 orange fish.  To make the fish, I added Pellon 950f to the back of an orange fabric to stabilize the fabric for free motion quilting. Then using black thread I made the outline of the fish and added details to the fish.  I cut the fish out and glued them on the quilt and then stitched them on using a triple stitch and black thread.

I bought the seahorse square (about 12″ square) from a vendor at a quilt show earlier this year. I added a border around the seahorse square so that it would fit on the final row of the quilt.  Then I used free motion stitching to quilt the block.

I am very excited that this collage quilt is finally done.  It took some time to figure out what to add to the quilt and how to put the rows together with the quilt as you go technique.  My next collage quilt will be travel inspired.  I already have some small quilt blocks that I can use for this next quilt.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Habitat for Humanity donation quilt – 1 row completed

At our last bee meeting, we decided on a layout for our quilt with the completed blocks.  Mary and Terri stitched the blocks together in rows and sections while LouAnn and I pressed and trimmed the blocks. Then each person took home a section to quilt. At the next meeting we plan to put the rows/sections together using sashing and a “quilt as you go” technique. Before I could quilt my row, I had to “redo” my block that had 3 beach houses on it.  The block was too big for the row so I had to lose one of the houses.  I cut out the other 2 houses so I could re-use them on the new quilt block.  I changed the sky from white to blue for the new block and added a palm tree.  I tried to line up the sand on my block so it would match the other two blocks.

My redesigned block

Then I stitched the blocks together to make a row. I quilted the row using free motion quilting for the sky and a walking foot making curved lines for the sand areas.  At our next bee meeting, we will attach the rows with sashing. Can’t wait to see all the sections put together. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Completed Sea life quilt block using painted fusible web


I am getting close to finishing the SeaLife quilt collage.  I completed the fish block by adding painted fusible web to the background neutral fabric.  I found the painted fusible web technique in “Fabric Art Workshop” book by Susan Stein. This book has over 25 different techniques to explore.  The directions and pictures are easy to follow.  I painted pieces of fusible web using Dye-na-Flow (transparent fabric paint).  I had to be careful painting the fusible web – if the web gets too wet it will tear.  I used a sponge brush.  The paint dries fast.  Once the paint is dry, you can apply it to the fabric. Be careful with your iron – make sure you cover your ironing board and use a pressing sheet or parchment paper.  I am talking from experience.  I thought I had everything covered but needed to use the iron cleaner after this experiment.

Finished block

I also added some “leafy” stuff to the block and cut apart some of the practice piece of threads using the washable soluble stabilizer.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.


Dolphin block completed for SeaLife collage quilt

I wanted to add a dolphin or whale to my ocean quilt.  I found a pattern by McKenna Ryan – “Tweedle Dee” part of the Sea Breeze quilt pattern.  I used this dolphin pattern as my inspiration and made some changes. I quilted the background square (“calm waters” quilting design) before adding the appliqué pieces.  For the dolphin, I used a light grey instead of white and used the blind hem stitch to attach the dolphin.  I tried using the buttonhole stitch but I didn’t like the look of that stitch.  I added 3 pieces of coral to the sand.  I added a couple of shells to the sand but I didn’t like them so I took them off.  I also added some pieces of different fabrics (not cotton fabric) and gold threads that had been fused together using a heat gun (a technique that our friend Linda showed us).

Finished block

I like this block.  I think I will make some small paper pieced fish squares to the collage.  I also have a seahorse block to quilt.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Buoys from Cape Cod” wall hanging

image      I have been trying to complete a quilted piece using a photograph of buoys from a trip to Cape Cod in 2012.  I tried making this piece with the photo printed on fabric at a thread painting workshop in Santa Fe (see post dated 5/13/2014).  I did not like the technique which used a piece of heavy weight canvas with batting.  The piece didn’t lay flat with all the thread painting.  So I discarded that piece.  Last fall I took a class in acrylic painting class at a local art center.  I am almost done with my painting of the buoys – still have to finish the fencing.  (see post dated 10/7/2016).

Last year I started a fabric wall hanging using the photo of the buoys.  I enlarged the photo and then made a freezer paper pattern of the pieces on the photo.  imageI used fusible web to attach the fabric pieces to a background piece (Pellon #910 stabilizer).  I used the triple stitch to make the background wire fencing. image I used lots of different colors of thread and variegated threads to thread paint the piece.  For additional shading, I used pastel dye sticks and colored pencils (Prismacolor).  I used a hot iron on the areas where I used the colored pencils and dye sticks.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Honu” Sea Turtle & Wave pattern by Sylvia Pippen Designs

image  I bought this pattern at a quilt shop in Maui, Hawaii while on vacation in April 2013.  I really liked the sample of this pattern hanging in the shop.  I even bought Sashiko needles and thread to complete the project.  Fast forward a couple of years, I decided to finish this project using my sewing machine instead of the Sashiko hand stitching. I quilted the background using a grid design like in many Sashiko quilts.  I used white thread to outline the waves and add the waves on the dark blue fabric. image I added some free motion stitching to the background circle by echoing the waves.  I also changed the shape of the quilt to a square (about 18″ square).  Another UFO project is completed. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Wave” quilt block for my Sealife collage quilt

imageI have been looking through my boxes in the my sewing room to find some UFO projects to work on.  I took a class (Life’s a Beach) in 2015 at Mid-Atlantic quilt festival from Linda Schmidt.  We used lots of fun surface treatment and unusual fabrics to create 2 quilt squares – a beach and a crashing wave.  I finished the beach quilt square last year.  The crashing wave quilt was just waiting to be quilted.  The wave was painted and then I pinned lots of different fabrics to make a 3-D wave crashing.  I can’t remember all the different fabrics used – we shared our stash in the class.  The water was easier to quilt – free motion quilting- for the curves in the wave.  I switched to my walking foot with silver thread for the crashing wave part. Definitely more challenging to stitch over the layers of fabric.  I tried to glue some of the fabric in place but that didn’t work so I went back to the pins.  Now the wave block is ready to go in my Sealife collage quilt once I come up with the final layout.  Keep you posted. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna