Christmas wall hanging from a panel

Mary found this holiday fabric panel in our Christmas fabric box.  So I decided to make a wall hanging using this panel.  I cut it apart, added blocks and fabric from our stash. It took some time to rearrange the blocks to get a design.   I quilted the wall hanging using a wonky flower design that I found on YouTube.  The finished wall hanging is about 30″ x 34″.  It is now hanging in the dining room. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Bernina Cosmos quilt project – post #2 (Embroidery)

Bird block #1

Bird block #1

I was looking through my embroidery designs and found some cute birds and circle designs from OESD.  I embroidered the 2 bird designs on black fabric using fall colors.  I also used fall colors to embroider the floral and geometric circle designs.  I used the circular attachment to make circles with the floral and geometric designs.  I will add these circle designs once I have stitched the quilt blocks together.  The bird designs were used in 2 of the quilt blocks.  In the first bird block, I added the bird embroidery to make a curved block.  I cut a bias strip (1.25″ wide) of purple fabric to make a curve strip on this block.  Using a blind appliqué stitch, I stitched the strip along a curved line using purple thread.  I added 2 rows of decorative stitching on the sides of the purple strip.  Using a twin needle (2.0) and 2 shades of green thread, I stitched some grasses by the bird.  The second bird embroidery block was made using a black background.  The 2 birds are stitched in the same colors.

Bird block #2

To complete the block, I added a circle of fabric (texture magic) for another flower and then stitched it in place with decorative stitches.  I added the stem with a triple stitch and plants with a decorative stitch.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Bird block #2

Bernina Cosmos online class – post #1

Decorative stitching block

Decorative stitching block

I saw this online class on the Heirloom Creations quilt shop’s website (located in South Dakota).  I have used this shop’s website in the past for  tutorials on using Bernina sewing machines(sewing  I really liked the circle designs in the Cosmos quilt class.  So I signed up last fall for the class.  The class uses lots of Bernina feet/attachments and decorative stitches.  I have learned so much about the feet and stitches on my machine.  So far I have completed 9 blocks (finished size will be about 10.5″).  My plan is to make a quilt with 12 blocks for a wall hanging.  I decided to make the quilt using fall colors.  I used the Cut-A-Round tool to make the circle shapes and stitched the curves together.  Here are the first two blocks that I made using decorative stitching.  I will add more detail to these blocks later before quilting.

Couching yarn and free motion cording

Couching yarn and free motion cording

Couched yarn and floss and embroidery design circle

All of the blocks have decorative stitches.  The next two blocks have decorative stitching and couching.  For couching yarn, I used the Bernina foot #12C and a zig zag stitch. I used a straight stitch to attach the variegated ribbon. Then I played around with cords and used a free motion foot #43 to apply the cord.  I had a lot of fun with the free motion cording.  I bought a bag full of lots of colors of cording so more fun sewing days ahead. I also used a decorative stitch to couch 3 strands of variegated thread. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna


One more Fabric Bowl

I also made a fabric bowl (to help test Donna’s class instructions) and I decided to make a Fall (with a twist) bowl.   Fall leaves were appliquéd on and then I punched the color with turquoise (not your typical fall color but it did look good with the leaves).

Mary’s Fabric Bowl


Side view











It’s always fun to play with color and I love the unexpected color.

Happy Stitchin,


Row by Row quilt

A couple years ago I made a Row by Row quilt with 2 rows and 3 “summer” inspired squares.  I designed the Row by Row with the houses and palm trees in 2014 for the quilt shop that I worked.  The other row with the lighthouse came from a quilt shop in Cape Cod.  I was looking at my quilt projects last week and found 2 more quilted rows  (Row by Row patterns that I designed for the quilt shop in 2015 and 2016) that I could add to the original Row by Row wall hanging quilt.  Since the original quilt was put together using Quilt as You Go, it would be easy to add 2 more rows.  First I removed part of the binding so that I could add a row at the top and the other row at the bottom of the quilt.  I didn’t have any of the blue sashing fabric that I had used in the original quilt to join the quilted rows.  So I found a different fabric for the sashing.  After adding fabric to the binding,  I sewed the binding on the top and bottom of the quilt.  It was not as easy as I thought to put the binding back on.  But the binding is on so the quilt is ready for the summer.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Claudia Creations “Through the Woods”

imageLast May I took a class from Claudia to learn how to multi-hoop one of her designs with my embroidery machine.  This was my first time doing a pattern this large. image I had to re-hoop the fabric eleven times to complete this wall hanging.  I chose to change the border design of the pattern and I didn’t embroider the words on the pattern.   I was able to line up the design for each hooping using Claudia’s technique for multi-hooping.  I was amazed that my design lined up. image My embroidery piece did not lay flat after I finished the embroidery work – probably because I do not have a lot of experience hooping the fabric and forgot to float the stabilizer under the hoop each time.  I am just happy that I was able to push the right buttons on my machine to stitch out the design.  Since my piece did not lay flat and – yes, I did iron it with Best Press, I quilted the piece with a tight stippling and the piece laid flat. Yeh!  imageInstead of the 4 patch border,  I cut strips of medium to dark fabric in 3 widths (1″, 1.5″, and 2″).  Then I sub-cut the strips and sewed them back together to make a scrappy border.  Can’t wait to hang the wall hanging up in the house.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Leaf table topper

imageI saw this pattern on line and just had to make it.  You can use different fabrics to make a seasonal leaf table topper.  I used “Soft and Stable” instead of batting for the leaf shapes to give the leaves some “body”.   I also used batik fabrics and picked colors that played well together.  A walking foot is helpful when making this project.  imageIt helps to audition your fabric choice on the background leaf fabric.  I was going to use the light green fabric for the back of the leaves and the dark green fabric for the top of the leaves.  But I placed my fabrics on the dark green and the colors didn’t pop so I used the light green fabric for the top of the leaves.

imageI would like to make another table topper in fall colors.  still thinking about fall and cooler weather.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Quilt as You Go fall table runner

image I was looking for “quilt as you go” patterns on line and found this pattern.  The finished table runner is about 9″ x 35″ – a narrow table runner but I had a spot in the house for it.  Since it has been so hot this summer, I decided to make a fall table runner so I could think about cooler weather coming.  After sewing together strip sets, you can quilt as you go using these strip sets.  You can also make this pattern more scrappy than I did since I wanted to highlight the leaf fabric on the table runner.  imageThe directions were clear and easy to follow.  Now I am ready for fall and cool weather.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Happy Easter skinny quilt with a bunny chick

image         I had lots of fun picking out fabric for this spring Skinny Quilt featuring a yellow chick with bunny ears. Such a cute chick sitting on a pile of Easter eggs.      image I used fusible machine applique for the chick, eggs and grass. The finished quilt is about 14″ by 28″ – quick and fun to make. Happy Spring. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Pumpkins for Sale wall hanging

image      Happy Thanksgiving.  I thought that I would post a holiday quilt today.  I hope that you enjoy the day with family and friends.   The finished size is about 14″ x 28″.  I made this quilt for the quilt shop owner who I work for.  Her birthday is in November and she doesn’t have time to make seasonal quilted projects for her home.  Thought she would like a little fall wallhanging for her home.    I added 2 folded squares in the corner of the backing so that I could hang it using a cut down yardstick from Lowes.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna