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
Last 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. 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. 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! Instead 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
I 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. It 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.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
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. The directions were clear and easy to follow. Now I am ready for fall and cool weather. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
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. 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
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
Since I live near the ocean, I just had to make the “Beach Chair” wall hanging. The completed size is about 14″x 28″. This pattern uses fusible machine applique – the pattern pieces are already reversed so they are ready to trace. I really like the design of the sun on this pattern. It took some time to figure out how to assemble the chair on the quilt – all the rest of the pieces were easy to put together on the wallhanging. I can’t wait to make some of the other designs in the book – they are so cute. Keep having fun quilting and sewing. Donna