Polaroid quilt swap

My blocks for the swap

Our quarterly bee was celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  So one member came up with the idea to make 20 polaroid squares that we could swap at our next meeting and then make a quilt.  Eight members participated so they made 160 blocks to swap.  I made 100 blocks and Mary helped me finish the second half of the blocks.  At our meeting this month we swapped the blocks.  It was fun seeing the different blocks in the swap.  Our next goal is to complete a quilt top with these blocks by our December meeting.  I will have to look for some quilt ideas on the internet.  Will keep you posted.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Back from our quilt guild’s retreat – part 1

Mary and I went to our quilt guild’s annual retreat last week (3 night retreat along the NC coast) with 40 quilters.  We had great weather considering that it is February.  I worked on some projects that I had started at our quilting retreat in January. image I finished quilting and binding a baby charity quilt and the mittens (Herky Jerky) wall hanging. imageimage I continued working on making squares using selvages in red and blue for a border on a Quilt of Valor. image Here is a website with 25 sewing projects using selvages: http://thesewingloftblog.com/25-things-to-make-with-fabric-selvage/. image I also continued working on a modern Disappearing 9 patch using patriotic fabrics – the selvage squares will be the border to this quilt.  Mary and I also made  paper piecing log cabin blocks for the next year’s raffle quilt. Here is my block. image Several members of a quilt bee bought paper piecing patterns and batik scraps for retreat members to make some blocks.  About 20 blocks were made during retreat.  There was a demo on making a fabric collage greeting card.image  I made a card with a beach scene but I still need to add stitching and embellishments to the card.  We played games on two nights.  One game was called ” Right, Left, Center”  I won one of the games and the prize was 33 assorted 10″ squares.  imageIt was fun to play the games but also fun to win the fabric too – especially a bird print that I really liked. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Turning Twenty Asian bed quilt

imageMary and I worked on a bed quilt for one of our younger brothers.  He likes Asian fabric so we went through our stash to find some red and black Asian fabrics and then Mary found some more fabric online.

A quilter friend gave us a large piece of Asian fabric which we used for the back.  image




We started this quilt in January during our guild retreat.  The design of the quilt is a variation of the Turning Twenty quilt pattern.

After we made the blocks, I sewed the blocks into 3 sections of 2 rows of blocks each.  I used a Quilt-As-You-Go technique that I saw on Leah Day’s tutorial on Youtube.  I used free motion stippling to quilt the 3 sections and used wool batting for this quilt.  I made quilting strips from the scraps of fabric left over from the blocks for the front joining strips and used black fabric for the backing joining strips. image

Mary used black fabric to make the binding.  Hope he will enjoy his new bed quilt.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.


Syracuse University lap quilt

image       I made this quilt for one of my brothers who turned 60 earlier this month.  He enjoys watching Syracuse University’s basketball team so I found some sports team fabric on line.  It is very bright orange and blue so I found some other fabrics to tone down the bright orange.image I was a quick quilt to make – a four patch and then large square with the theme fabric.   The quilt is a lap throw size.  Since he also enjoys watching football games,  I put football theme flannel on the back of the quilt.  Hope he enjoys his lap quilt.  Keep sewing and quilting.  Donna

Ready for a quilting marathon

image      I have been busy getting some quilt tops ready to be quilted.  I made a baby charity quilt using charm squares from a Pepper Cory – Brushstrokes fabric and a kid soccer novelty print.    imageThen I made a lasagna quilt which I cut in 2 for 2 quilts and added 6″ borders to both.           imageThose 2 quilts will go to a program that helps the homeless.  The fourth quilt top is a bed quilt for our youngest brother.  Mary and I worked together to piece the blocks – modified ” Turning Twenty” design in red and black Asian fabric.        imageThen I sewed the blocks into 3 sections so I could “Quilt as you Go” and then piece the finished quilted sections together.  I am trying wool batting for this quilt since my brother does not want a heavy quilt.  I will let you know how that works out in another post.  So all the quilt tops and backing is ready.       image Just have to cut the batting and I am off and running. Will post the finished quilts as I complete them.  It has been so hot and humid this month that I have been doing lots of sewing and quilting.  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


Sew Radiant quilt – Serger quilt class at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

image          I made this quilt using a Serger and the 4 thread overlock stitch.  Sew Radiant is an Eleanor Burns’ Quilt in a Day pattern.  Once I marked the 1/4″ seam allowance on the serger using blue painter tape, I was set to go.  This pattern has a modern look with the  design off set to one side with only 2 borders.  This quilt pattern can be made using a serger or a sewing machine.  I did have to use my sewing machine to sew 4 seams to attach the triangle pieces that extend into the two borders.  The pattern includes 3 different layouts.  It was an easy pattern to follow and complete.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna  image