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

Hoffman Skyline digital print quilt

   Last year at the Mid-Atlantic quilt festival, I saw this NYC skyline panel by Hoffman fabrics.  I just had to buy it – I just love the colors in the print.  So I bought 2 panels just in case I wanted to cut up the panels to make a quilt.  In February, we went back to the Mid-Atlantic quilt festival and I saw vendors selling the NYC skyline panel.  I still hadn’t made a quilt with the fabric that I had at home.  After looking on the internet at some samples of quilts made with this fabric panel, I came up with an idea.  First, I cut off 6 inches from the top of the panel where the colors were lighter and more faded.    Then I cut off about 6 inches from the bottom of the quilt so I could add my own design at the bottom of the quilt.  Using left over taxi fabric from another city quilt,  I added black fabric for the road around the taxi fabric.  I used curved piecing to give movement to the lower portion where the taxis were.  Then I added a bright green for the grass in city parks.  I wanted to cut the panel vertically also so it would look less like a panel.  I decided to piece scraps of solid fabrics (red, yellow, and green) to symbolize the traffic lights in the city.  Next it was time to quilt the piece.  I used black thread for most of the free motion quilting around the buildings, doors, and windows.  In the sky area, I also used yellow thread for the light from a tall building and magenta thread to outline one of the buildings in the sky.  It is harder than I thought to free motion quilt on straight lines.  But I love how the quilting looks with the outline of the buildings.  But I wish that I had used a solid color for the backing so that the outlines of the buildings would show on the backing.  Mary noticed the backing of the quilt and suggested the solid color – unfortunately I was done with quilting.  Next time I am going to use Mary’s suggestion.  It would have looked really cool to see the skyline outlined on the backing.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

I entered 2 of my quilts in the wall hanging competition.  I was excited that both quilts were accepted.  All About Birds was a collage quilt  which was lots of fun to make the individual blocks and then put them together.  Grandpa’s Garden was an original design with purple flowers on a trellis. I also took 2 classes at the show.  I took a half day class with Bobbie Bergquist using Tsukineko inks.  We played with the inks on small pieces of fabric – marbling using shaving cream, using stencils, and using aloe to paint with the inks.  The instructor gave us a CD with 20 ways to use Tsukineko inks and pens.  I am looking forward to trying some of those other techniques.  I also took a class with Mary using Dye-Na-Flow paints.  Ashley Nichols was a great instructor – very organized and a great hand out.  We didn’t have to use prepared for dye fabrics.  We used an iron to heat set the paint designs.  I look forward to paying with these techniques more in the future.  I really had fun using black thread to do free motion quilting designs.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Celtic Zodiac Quilt Square – the Swan

Another UFO done!

When we traveled to Ireland in 2012 with a couple of our quilting friends, we all agreed to make one of these Zodiac Celtic quilt squares.   Here is mine.



celtic-swan-instructionsThe pattern (Designs by Nikki Foley) was published in a magazine that Donna bought while we were there and I chose the Swan.  Nothing to do with my birth month, but we used to have 2 swans that graced the canal behind our house.  The male swan was not fond of Ranger (our scottie dog) and would give him a mean look whenever he glided by.   Ranger never barked at him, just stared him down.

Well,  both swans passed away last year so I picked the swan zodiac square to honor them.  And….. to be honest, I didn’t really like the scary looking Goat that was my birth month sign.

I plan to mount it on a stretcher frame for display purposes.

Happy Stitchin’


Celtic Zodiac Quilt Square (Designs by Nikki Foley)

When we traveled to Ireland in 2012 with Carolyn and Barb, we bought a few Irish quilting magazines.  During our January retreat, the four of us (the Galway Girls) decided to make an Irish quilt square to remember our trip to Ireland.  We each made a quilt square of an animal that represented a Celtic Zodiac sign from the “Irish Quilting” magazine.  We didn’t pick our own zodiac signs but we chose an animal that we liked.  imageBarb and I picked the “Salmon” – August 5 to September 1st.  Mary chose the “Swan” – September 2 – 29.  Carolyn chose the “Cat” – January 21 – 17 February. I used fusible web and a blanket stitch for the appliqué pieces.  I plan to put my completed quilt square on a stretcher frame to hang in the house.  I added a border so that I would have fabric to wrap around the frame.  Finished size with border is about 22″ square.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Cocoa or Coffee? Make it your own.

coffeecup1Woohoo!   I finished one of my projects from our Tabor City quilt retreat.

We picked up this pattern & kit, ages ago, someplace and it was in our UFO pile.


I decided that I really didn’t care for the hot cocoa look and the fabrics, but I loved, loved, loved the hanger.

So, I decided to turn it into a coffee mug and use my own fabrics with colors that worked in our house (blues/greens)

coffee-cup4Yes…. I had to fussy cut a scottie dog to add to the cup (since I do own a collection of scottie dog mugs).


This little piece now hangs in our kitchen, near the coffee machine.

Happy Stitch’n


May Calendar wall quilt (pattern by Kim Schaefer)

imageDuring the grey days of winter, it is fun to work on a project with bright spring flowers.   I worked on this project during the quilt retreat last week.  Another UFO finished.  I made a few changes and added embellishments to this wall hanging. The top picture shows the quilt top after working at the retreat.  I did use a single piece of yellow polka dot fabric for the background.  I did not add the green appliqué squares on the border.  I free motion quilted a flower design on the background before adding the appliqué pieces.  When I got home from the retreat, I looked at the flowers. image I did not like the flower with the huge center so I took off the center.  I added another layer of petals and a smaller center.   I like that flower now.  I also added a larger orange center to the large purple flower. image I used thread scraps and black tulle to embellish the center of the pink flower.  For the orange flower, I free motion quilted a pebble design with gold thread.  I wanted to use buttons for the center of the purple flowers. imageSo I took a couple of pictures to decide what buttons I wanted to use before sewing the buttons on.  I didn’t like these first 2 designs.  I saw a picture in a Quilting Arts magazine that showed a quilt that used lots of different size buttons to fill in an area on the quilt.  So I tried this design.  imageI liked it.  Next – how to sew on the buttons without using the design that I liked.  A glue stick didn’t work so I used a hot glue gun (no sewing involved).  Then I used a piece of light purple tulle to cover the buttons – I used a zipper foot and straight stitch to stitch on the tulle and then trim close to the stitching line.  imageIt was fun playing with different embellishments. I added white tulle to the bee’s wings.  I used a Micron 05 black marker to add spots to the butterfly.image Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna