Doggy blanket for Messi

Last month my “grand-doggy” Messi was visiting with us while my son was on a business trip.  I decided to make him a light weight doggy blanket since it was so hot.   Using a quilt as you go technique, I sewed scraps of doggy fabric, hot air balloons, music, and computer fabric to make the top of the blanket.  On the back, I pieced together several pieces of flannel.  I also put Messi’s name on the backing using a fabric with doggy bones (fusible appliqué).  I love making projects using fabric scraps.  Messi loves to pose for pictures – just tell him to sit.

Ranger is walking over to check out Messi’s new doggy quilt.

I think he probably thought I was going to toss him a doggy treat. When my son picked up Messi, I told him about the doggy quilt that I made.  It turns out that I made Messi his quilt on his birthday.  He is now 3 years old.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

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Habitat for Humanity donation quilt – 1 row completed

At our last bee meeting, we decided on a layout for our quilt with the completed blocks.  Mary and Terri stitched the blocks together in rows and sections while LouAnn and I pressed and trimmed the blocks. Then each person took home a section to quilt. At the next meeting we plan to put the rows/sections together using sashing and a “quilt as you go” technique. Before I could quilt my row, I had to “redo” my block that had 3 beach houses on it.  The block was too big for the row so I had to lose one of the houses.  I cut out the other 2 houses so I could re-use them on the new quilt block.  I changed the sky from white to blue for the new block and added a palm tree.  I tried to line up the sand on my block so it would match the other two blocks.

My redesigned block

Then I stitched the blocks together to make a row. I quilted the row using free motion quilting for the sky and a walking foot making curved lines for the sand areas.  At our next bee meeting, we will attach the rows with sashing. Can’t wait to see all the sections put together. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

“Jane Sassaman inspired” art quilt is finished

Added strips of green fabric under the “threads”

I am so excited that another UFO project is finished.  I re-arranged the circles at the bottom of the quilt after consulting with Mary and Lynn. I attached the circles with different buttons. I also had to add some hand sewing to secure the circles. Then the next challenge was to attach the top piece to the main center quilt section with the “threads” section that was made with the water soluble stabilizer.  Using some left over leaf fabrics , I made strips that I could use behind the “threads” to attach the top and large center pieces. I topstitched the strips on the backside of the 2 quilted sections.  I had fun trying new techniques with this quilt.   This quilt reminds me of the leaves on the plants in Hawaii.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

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

Floral Sketch (Daisy) embroidery design and MahJongg

After making the Ethnic Bird embroidery designs, I wanted to test out my larger hoop so I stitched out a Floral Sketch design (Daisy) by Hatched in Africa.  I didn’t want to use white fabric for my background so I started looking through my color boxes of fabric.  I found a piece of coral fabric  to use with navy thread.  I love how the embroidery stitched out with this color combination.  Well, now I needed a project for the floral embroidery design.  Can’t have embroidery designs laying around.  I have enough UFOs laying around. After Mary and I started playing the MahJongg game with some neighbors, she found some MahJongg fabric to buy online.  I made 4 zipper pouches to give away to friends.  I still had some MahJongg fabric leftover so I made a zipper bag for us to take to MahJongg games.  I used the floral embroidery for the front of the bag and added a zipper – the leftover MahJongg fabric was put on the back of the bag.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Ethnic Birds embroidery designs

I just got my machine back from being serviced and wanted to try out some embroidery designs.  I started stitching out Ethnic Bird designs from Hatched in Africa when I decided the birds needed to go in a project.  I wanted to update my sewing machine cover and add fabric at the sides of the cover too. I used the old machine cover to cut out pieces for the side ends of the cover.  I used 7 bird embroidery designs to make the sewing cover.  I added green and black strips around the birds to coordinate with the pieces from the old machine cover. I also did some decorative machine stitching with green thread on the sewing machine cover.  It was a quick project and now I have some fun birds on my sewing machine cover.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna