Laptop carrier bag by patterns by Annie

Mary wanted a new laptop carrier bag for Christmas so I looked online for patterns.  I found a pattern ( which was the right size and had an adjustable strap and 2 handles.  Mary gathered some fabrics together of colors that she liked.  I chose one of the fabrics for the focus fabric and then found coordinating fabrics.  I combined ideas from the two styles of the laptop bag because Mary wanted a large zippered pocket on the outside to hold the power cord.  I added 2 strips of paper piecing to give some detail to the front and back of the bag.  I used Soft n Stable for the stabilizer of the bag.  I was concerned that the bag would be too thick around the edges to sew with this stabilizer so I modified the width of the pockets to create less bulk.  I stitched together a couple of pieces of stabilizer to slide in the bottom of the bag.  I found some of the directions confusing so I used some easier techniques that I knew would work for the pockets and the strap/handles.  I am glad that Mary likes her new laptop carrier bag. I attached a little green Scottie dog that Mary gave me to the side strap. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna


Puffin gifts

We exchange handmade gifts with a couple of our quilter friends.   This year, I made 2 things that would remind them of our wonderful quilting tour to Iceland that we all went on this year.

Iceland hotpad

One was a hotpad with a map of Iceland and an appliquéd Puffin.

The Puffin was fussy cut from a tea towel that I purchased in Iceland.   I do love puffins and was very excited when we saw them on the cliffs in Iceland.

Mug rug


The other is a paper pieced mug rug.   I found the puffin pattern online and purchased & downloaded it.

Making the mug rug rectangle made a good fit for a mug without having to cover-up the puffin.

Happy Stitchin,




Sliding fabric boxes

I heard about this book from a friend at a quilting class – Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey.  There are 15 projects in the book.  I chose to make 3 sliding fabric boxes.  Sliding boxes are good for keeping your threads and sewing gadgets together especially when taking supplies to quilt retreat or classes.  Each box has the same black and white zipper fabric for the sliding box.  I used different fabrics for the outside fabric case.  The finished box is about 7″ wide x 2.5″ high x 9.5″ .  I use Pellon Peltex (double sided) for the heavyweight interfacing and Shape-flex for the woven interfacing.  The boxes were fun to make and the directions and pictures were helpful.  Have fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Square Drawstring Bag by Gourmet Quilter

I won this pattern by Susan Claire (Gourmet quilter) and fabric in a raffle drawing at a quilt retreat that we went to last year.  I found the pattern in my UFO box earlier this week and decided to make the bag.  Sometimes I need to do a small project after completing big projects.  The pattern requires 5 six inch squares of fabric of assorted colors and a 30″ piece of cord which is cut in half.  There is a video tutorial on how to make this bag (  I decided to use the video tutorial since I started this project at night.  Not sure I would read all the directions correctly late in the day.  The tutorial was great – I would recommend using it.  This was a fun little bag to make.   I made 6 bags that I can have ready to give as little gifts.  I think they look super cute.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Floral Sketch (Daisy) embroidery design and MahJongg

After making the Ethnic Bird embroidery designs, I wanted to test out my larger hoop so I stitched out a Floral Sketch design (Daisy) by Hatched in Africa.  I didn’t want to use white fabric for my background so I started looking through my color boxes of fabric.  I found a piece of coral fabric  to use with navy thread.  I love how the embroidery stitched out with this color combination.  Well, now I needed a project for the floral embroidery design.  Can’t have embroidery designs laying around.  I have enough UFOs laying around. After Mary and I started playing the MahJongg game with some neighbors, she found some MahJongg fabric to buy online.  I made 4 zipper pouches to give away to friends.  I still had some MahJongg fabric leftover so I made a zipper bag for us to take to MahJongg games.  I used the floral embroidery for the front of the bag and added a zipper – the leftover MahJongg fabric was put on the back of the bag.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Kindle storage cases with Nepal fabric.

imageMy daughter in law visited her family in Nepal this fall.  She brought back some fabric from Nepal. I made 2 cases for Kindles using some of the fabric.  Since I was giving her a Kindle for Christmas, I decided to make her a fabric case to store her Kindle.  I had to make the pattern twice because the first case was too small for her Kindle. imageI added embellishments to the outside.  With the Nepal fabric, there were some scraps of fabric with embroidery (flowers and gold leaves). So I cut out the flowers and leaves that I wanted to use and top stitched them with black thread.  The 2 Kindle cases could also be used for small purses too.  There is also an inside pocket.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Another folded star potholder

imageLast month I made 2 folded star potholders – square shape.  I made those potholders larger so that I could use them as a trivet.  I wanted to try making the same pattern using a circle design and bias strip binding.  I used the same technique to make star shapes on the potholder.  It is important to have enough contrast between your 4 colors so that you can see the star design. Then I made a card stock template of a circle (about 7.5″ diameter).  I trace the shape on the potholder and then sewed on that line.  imageNext I put together the layers to quilt (backing, insul-brite, and star design).  I quilted through the star points and then trimmed the circle.  I made bias binding – 2″ wide strips.  After stitching the binding on one side, I hand-stitched the binding to the back of the potholder.  This is a great pattern for using fabric scraps from your stash.   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna