Picnic Petals quilt by Whole Circle Studio

Our quilt guild had a Zoom class earlier this month from Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio.

I wanted to make the throw size quilt so Mary took the class also and helped me sew the blocks for my quilt during the class.  The blocks were huge – 18″ square.  The finished size was about 60″ x 66″.

Sheri was a good instructor and shared many tips and other quilts.  It was fun to be on a Zoom class with other quilters from our guild especially to see the color choices made by the other quilters.

I liked the modern look of this quilt pattern.  I used a white and purple batik for the background fabric.  After I started cutting the fabric, I noticed that I needed to watch how I placed the templates since my background fabric was directional.

The curved piecing was easy to sew since the curves were gentle and the blocks were large.

For the quilting, I used a walking foot with variegated thread to echo quilt the petals.  In the open areas, I used free motion stippling and made feathers inside the petals.

I used colored strips of different lengths from leftover fabric to make the binding.

Keep having fun and sewing. Donna

Celtic design table topper

I have been taking online quilting classes from Philippa Naylor this year.

I decided to practice making the bias strips from the “Stems and Bias Strip Appliqué” class by making a small quilt about 40″ square. In the class we got the pattern for the circles and leaf shapes. She showed the design during the this class but not the directions for making the quilt. I used fall colors for my quilt.

In the class I learned how to make mitre corners for the bias strips. It was tricky to do since the strips were only about 1/2″ wide. I used water soluble glue to place the strips on the quilt and then stitched them in place.

The overlapping design of the bias strips reminded me of a Celtic design. I used different decorative stitches to appliqué the circles and leaf shapes.

For the quilting, I did echo quilting first and then added stippling.

It was a fun project to complete.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Trapunto Star bed quilt (Sweet Pea embroidery designs)

I started this embroidery project in January after seeing a post on the Sweet Pea embroidery facebook page. The quilt looked so beautiful that I just had to make it. I have been working on the quilt every month by making 20-30 blocks a month. I used “quilt as you go” to attach the blocks with a 1″ sashing on the front and 1.75″ sashing on the back. (see Leah Day quilting for tips on doing this technique). I put blocks together in rows and sections. The final seam down the middle of the quilt was the most challenging to put together since I had to match up the rows on a really long seam. I have about 40 left over border blocks because we weren’t sure how many border blocks we would need. Not sure what to do with the border blocks so they are in a box for now. I will give Mary her bed quilt at Christmas.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Donated Lasagna Quilts

I had lots of leftover 2.5″ fabric scraps from other Quilt of Valor quilts so I decided to make a lasagna quilt. I forgot how fast these quilts sew together. I added borders and then quilted it. A charity group in our quilt guild was looking for cot quilts for a homeless shelter (WOF by 70″-90″). They were taking quilt tops and members would quilt and bind them. We have lots of green fabric so I decided to make another lasagna quilt. I set up my little featherweight machine on my back porch, and started sewing. I was having so much fun sewing the lasagna quilts that I decided to make a blue quilt top and then a brown quilt top. I finished 3 quilt tops in a week. Now I am ready to move on to my other UFOs. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Embroidery “Trapunto Star” quilt

I am so excited that I have just finished making all the quilt blocks (182) using my embroidery machine.

I started this quilt project in January.  The “Trapunto Star” embroidery is a Sweet Pea embroidery design.

I didn’t follow the directions for hooping the design.  I wanted to see the quilting design on the backing fabric so I also hooped the backing fabric under the stabilizer (I used polymesh).   In the directions, the quilt squares are stitched together then the backing is attached by stitching in the ditch.  Since my quilt blocks already had the backing fabric,  I had to use a different method of “quilt as you go” to attach the blocks.  I am using a method that Leah Day uses for joining the blocks with a sashing.

25 squares

For the sashing, I used a 1″ wide white fabric for the top and a colored batik fabric (cut size – 1.75″ and then folded) for the back of the quilt.  I topstitched the sashing strips in place.

Back of quilt

So far I have assembled 25 blocks (about 40″ square).  I have 3 more 40″ squares to put together. Then I am going to add the border squares .  I have enough border blocks to make 2 rows on 3 sides (I have about 100 border blocks).  I hope I made enough border squares.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna

Trapunto Star Quilt (Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Design)

Earlier this month I started an embroidery “quilt as you go” project. I saw the Trapunto Star quilt on the Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery facebook page.  The quilt looked so beautiful that I wanted to try it but I didn’t need another quilt for my bed.  So  I am making the bed quilt for Mary.  She helped pick out the colors.  Mary also helped with the math to figure out how many 7″ quilt blocks I needed to make.  I need to make 182 quilt blocks.  So my goal is to complete 20 blocks a month and I have completed the first 20 for January.  I did make a few extra blocks while I tried out the 3 different block designs and decided on a thread color.  Mary is going to make a bed pillow with the practice blocks.  I started with white thread but switched to a beige thread so you could see the quilting better.  I am using different beige/cream colors for the backing fabric.  I did modify the directions by adding the backing fabric to the hoop – under the stabilizer. So each block will have the quilting on the front and back.  I completed the 4 all white blocks – easy with only one fabric on top.  I made 14 border blocks (same embroidery design as the white blocks).  And I made one each of the 2 other block designs that have appliqué fabric on the blocks.  My plan is to complete the quilted blocks in 9 to 10 months and then seam the blocks together and add the binding.  Sounds simple. LOL   Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Chinese Coins pattern: Quilt of Valor

A couple of years ago I cut up my red, white, and blue scraps into 6″ long rectangles with different widths.  I started putting together strips to make a Quilt of Valor using the Chinese Coins pattern.   Fast forward 2 years or so and the quilt is now done.  Did I make a dent in my scrap pile of rectangles? Not really – still looks like a big pile of scraps to me.  So I have started on another Quilt of Valor.

I used a couple of quilting rulers for free motion quilting. I used a straight edge ruler to make a series of 3 lines.  Then I used an arch ruler to make 3 rows of arches next to the straight lines. Then I repeated this pattern to finish the quilting.  I used a ruler foot for my sewing machine and Gina Perkes’ quilting rulers (“Audrey” ruler for straight lines and “Marilyn” ruler for arches/curves).

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Learning to use rulers in quilting

One of my learning goals for the year was to learn how to use the quilting rulers that I had purchased.  I have 3 rulers that I purchased from Gina Perkes ( https://thecopperneedle.com).  One ruler is a straight edge (Audrey), scallop – small and large (Jane) and the arch ruler (Marilyn).  I had the ruler foot for my machine so I was ready to check out the internet for tutorials.

I went to the Bernina WeAllSew site (https://weallsew.com/rulerwork

-quilting/) and found some good tips on how to set up my machine to get started.  Amanda Murphy has a 4 part tutorial on Rulerwork quilting ideas on this site.  I didn’t have the same rulers as Amanda but I was able to do most of the blocks following the tutorial and then just did my own ideas with the different rulers that I had to complete all 4 parts.

It was fun to do.  The straight edge ruler was the easier to use. The small scallops ruler was a challenge to hold steady so that the ruler didn’t slip.  I plan to keep on practicing with the rulers on other small projects.

Keep having fun quilting and learning new things.  Donna

Another UFO complete – Brown Bag Mystery quilt

Last Spring, our quilting bee started working on the Brown Bag mystery quilt.  Each member had different fabrics for this project.  I was really happy to get the colors I got (in my brown bag) as they are “my” colors (Teal).

Donna finished hers in August (you can see it HERE).

My finished quilt top has been sitting in my UFO pile for months (waiting to be quilted and bound).


Another UFO done.

It always feels good to get some of those UFO done.


Happy Stitchin,



Quilt Raffle – And the winner is, ME

Our local quilt guild has an annual quilt raffle as a fundraiser.   The drawing for the raffle is at our end of year Holiday Party in December.

Woohoo, I was the big winner!!!   Here is the quilt that I won.


Somewhere in here is one of the blocks that I made (but I can’t remember which one it was).

I think that the quilting is outstanding and was very excited to win.    It was a wonderful end to a tough year.

Happy Stitchin,