Strip quilt with sea glass colors – Finished!

I finished the sea glass strip quilt last month.  I attached the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt first.  The border was made with left-over fabric from the quilt and the 4″ kite Accu-go die cut.  Four blocks made one 8″ block which I pieced together for the border.  I decided to use Quilt As You Go since the quilt kept growing.  So I “unstitched” the seam in the middle of the quilt and added the border to the sides.  Then I quilted each half of the quilt.  I made a narrow sashing using some of the strip fabrics for the front and backing fabric for the back of the quilt to attach the 2 sections together.  Added the binding and it’s done.  I think that the border really adds interest to the strip quilt.  Love the colors – reminds me of the ocean.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna


January 2018 “UFO project” (Rainbow Star Quilt) completed

2017 quilt top

I started this quilt last January and completed the top and then put the quilt top in my UFO box.  Earlier this month I decided to practice some free motion quilting so I pulled out the quilt.  The Rainbow Star quilt pattern is free on Leah Day’s website (  When you cut out this quilt pattern, you have enough to make 2 quilt tops.  On Leah Day’s website, you will find the directions to make this quilt and also information about how to quilt the top using free motion quilting and straight line quilting with a walking foot.  She has great videos on her website for free motion quilting designs.  These are the quilting designs that I used: pink – modern weave, purple – chain of pearls, blue – Poseidon’s eye, teal – flowing feathers leaves, green – fern and stem, yellow – lemonade, orange – snake paisley, and red – ocean currents.  For the square corners and triangle sections, I used ideas from Angela Walters’ book: Shape by Shape free motion quilting.

2018 – completed quilt

I had fun with the free motion quilting designs.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Strip quilt using sea glass colors

I am trying to work through my stash. LOL  So I started cutting 2.5″ strips of different lengths to make a quilt for a gift – needs to be finished by May. I used white strips to break up the colors. Right now the quilt is about 66″ x 72″. I added a narrow border and plan to work on an 8″ border using a 4″ kite die cut that I got for Christmas.   I am planning to make the border during my quilt guild’s retreat in mid- January. So I will keep you posted on my progress.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Bonnie Hunter’s – Scrappy Mountain Majesties!

For the record, I’m not a scrappy quilter.   While I really love seeing scrappy quilts and can appreciate all the work that goes into it, it’s just not something that I’ve wanted to do.   I guess, I’m much more of an art quilter and modern quilter.

One of my quilter friends, Carolyn, is a huge Bonnie Hunter fan and is always trying to get me to make one of her scrappy quilts.  You see, I never thought that I would ever finish a quilt that required you to sew 300, 500, or even 600 little small pieces of fabric together.      I had, successfully resisted the scrappy movement…. until I saw this one quilt that Carolyn made from mens shirts and I loved, loved, loved it.    Then she made and showed me another one.  Come to find out it is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern called Scrappy Mountain Majesties.   Oh My Needles, I just have to make this quilt.

We needed a new throw for our living room couch, so I pulled together blues and neutrals (tans/creams), bought some additional fabric (so it’s probably not “pure scrappy”), downloaded the pattern, and went at it.   It’s a great pattern with lots of different layouts.

Here is my finished throw.   I love the movement and it was EASY!  Yes, I said EASY.

majestic mountain

I can now say, I MAKE A BONNIE HUNTER SCRAPPY QUILT!    I guess that means that I am now in the club.

Oh…. notice that I also made a scrappy border and binding to use up my scraps.   Do I get extra points for that?

Happy Stitchin’


Ps.  Yes, Carolyn, I put a label on the back.



More paper piecing sections completed for Fire Island Hosta

I got on a roll with the paper piecing and completed all the large sections for the pattern. I think I need a little break from paper piecing now. I have plenty of UFOs that need to be completed.  I think I will look for an easy project that won’t take long to complete. I still have to finish trimming each section before I can start attaching the sections together. So far, all my sections look like the pictures in the pattern book.Hopefully all the sections will be easy to sew together.  Next I will finish cutting out the large leaves and leaf veins and attaching the leaf stems to 8 leaves. Then I can start putting the sections together.  Can’t wait to see if all the colors look good together in this quilt. I used the color wheel to help pick out the colors – I chose analogous colors starting with yellow to green to blue-green to blue.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Carpenter Star bed quilt

Mary and I worked together to make a bed quilt (queen size) as an anniversary gift for one of our relatives.

It was a surprise gift and we knew that purple was a favorite color.  So we went to the fabric store and found some purple fabric but we needed an accent color plus white for the background.  Since some of the purple print fabric had teal, we chose teal for the accent color – we do like teal.  

Mary made all the half-square triangle blocks and sewed the center motif of the Carpenter Star quilt pattern.  I quilted the center motif and then added borders using a quilt as you go technique.  Mary finished the quilt with the binding.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.

Donna and Mary

Progress on Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern designed by Judy Niemeyer)

I have started work on the Fire Island Hosta paper piecing quilt pattern that I bought last year.  I can’t believe that I actually bought the pattern but the quilt looks stunning at the quilt show.  Now the challenge is to complete the quilt.  In June, I sorted all the fabric into bags by the sections of the quilt. In July, I completed 2 sections (8 pieces per section).  Once all the cutting of the templates is completed, the sewing is easy since you just sew on the line.  I did follow the tips in the pattern which were helpful.  I set up a small iron and cutting board by my sewing machine so that it is easy to press and trim as you sew along.  My goal is to complete the quilt top by next April.  So I will try to keep working on the quilt each month until the top is finished.  The colors in the quilt will be white, yellow, green, blue-green, and blue. Hopefully the colors will all work together.  I will keep you posted on my progress.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna