Dawn's Quilting Room
a quilt happy blog
Friday - December 17, 2021
Quilts of Valor Blocks 2021
My quilt guild loves participating in community activities. This year one of our activities has been to sew blocks for Quilts of Valor. The 2021 blocks include the 8-Point Floating Star and the Floating Wonky Star. After finishing my Uneven Star quilt, it seemed natural to sew Floating Wonky Star quilt blocks since they are somewhat similar.
An abbreviated version of the rules: create blocks measuring 12 1/2" (unfinished) with a white background and stars of red, blue, or a mix of red & blue star/patriotic fabrics. It's difficult to see in the photo, but my blue star is a tone-on-tone fabric featuring a star print, while the red star fabric features tiny white dots.
If you need the mailing address, send the finished blocks to:
Quilts of Valor
I hope everyone is finding creative time during the busyness of the holidays. I'm already forming a list of projects I want to try in 2022!
Saturday - November 27, 2021
Gift Ideas for Quilters
Everyone loves receiving gifts, but I also love to give them. Friends often ask me what gifts I would give to fellow quilters ... affordable gifts for stocking stuffers! So I had to cross sewing machines and fancy quilting toys from the list.
If you are looking for quilting books, I hope you will consider the ones I wrote. They are available in paperback or Kindle format ($12.99 / $3.99). I kept the price affordable.
101 Quilt Challenges & Inspirations
The Quilt Guild Companion: For Every Quilter
Saturday - October 16, 2021
I'm Seeing Stars
Our quilt guild is offering some fun challenges. I love creating challenge quilts; they always expand my creativity.
I discarded several quilt designs that were not working with my color scheme, or that I didn't have enough fabric to complete. I ultimately chose the Uneven Star block, which I paper pieced. The stars are in wisteria (pale purple), Macaroni and Cheese (orange) and white. The background is green, and I added a dark green border. All the fabrics are tone-on-tone. With the exception of the white fabric, I used almost every snippet of those colors. I have a 2" x 4" piece of the orange remaining.
Challenge yourself and have a great day!
Friday - September 3, 2021
Quilt Guilds are Fantastic
Covid brings many challenges, one of them being social interaction. While some people embrace hermit status, most human beings require the presence of others. If you live alone, this presents even more social limitations. Pets can help, but they aren't stellar conversationalists. That's where groups help.
Covid is beginning to release its grip a bit ... and some of our guild members are now meeting in person (still wearing masks and social distancing). We Zoom the in-person meetings for those who cannot attend. Some people are immune compromised, others are homebound looking after loved ones and some are not ready to commit to in-person meetings. This hybrid situation is working very well.
Saturday - August 7, 2021
Revisiting the Southwest
I was asked to submit a quilt to a gallery showing. So many ideas! I jettisoned a lot of designs before settling on a southwestern fabric palette.
Years ago, I had visited friends in New Mexico. The sights, colors and feelings have stayed with me. It was a magical vacation. And subconsciously I must have been collecting fabrics that reminded me of my trip. I designed a simple quilt that showcases the fabrics.
Friday - July 2, 2021
Our quilt guild special projects coordinator is so organized ... it's scary in a good way. She is heading our guild's boutique sale at a local poly-arts festival. Guild members were invited to her home (mandatory masks and all Covid distancing protocols in place). When we arrived, she had all the sewing and quilting project kits set on an enormous table. Sewn samples of the projects were on display, and she had demos set up to show exactly how to create the items.
Some of the projects included sewing zippered bags from vinyl-coated candy bags, egg collecting aprons (lots of people raising chickens in the area), baby burp cloths and bibs, fidget toys and mats as well as lap and crib quilts.
I decided to sew baby bibs. I had never sewn with Minky before and was curious to try it since each bib was backed with the silky, soft fabric. I'm happy to say that sewing was easy. I also was able to use a hera tool to score quilt lines on the bib front and did crosshatch quilting, which turned out well. In the past, we learned that sports-themed fabrics sell well, so many of our projects included some team spirit material.
Wishing you a day filled with creativity!
Friday - June 18, 2021
Quilting Glove Dilemma Solved
I've been quilting a larger than normal (for me) quilt using my Bernina domestic sewing machine. Wrestling all that fabric is a chore. I've tried several different devices designed to aid in maneuvering fabric through the sewing machine, but while some of the methods work for smaller projects, anything larger than a smaller crib quilt is chancy when it comes to ease of quilting.
Here are some of the options I looked at:
What I decided to buy, and what works great for me are simple gardening gloves that I purchased from Lowe's (see below). The gloves fit my hands beautifully and have gripper dots on the palms and fingers. I like the thickness, too, and my hands can breathe. The gloves came packaged as two pair for $3.94.
Have fun quilting!
Saturday - May 8, 2021
Back to the Block-of-the-Month
I'm having fun with disappearing quilt blocks. Some designs work better than others for disappearing blocks.
It's a case of experimenting to see what works and what doesn't. Creative fun time!
Hope you are enjoying a great day!
Saturday - April 10, 2021
My New Ruler
I love my Creative Grids Ruler (8 1/2" x 24 1/2"). No more ruler sliding. This ruler has lots of "grippy" circles to help keep it in place.
I also like the black and white ruler markings on the clear acrylic. They are easy to read. Plus, the ruler is wider than any of my other rulers (and I have a large selection).
This is my go-to ruler when cutting fabric. I've been happily using it since Christmas. Come the holidays, I'll whisper to the helper elves that this quilter would enjoy more of these grippy rulers.
Enjoy a terrific day!
Friday - March 19, 2021
More Disappearing Blocks
I've been enjoying our quilt guild's block-of-the-month ... particularly creating the disappearing quilt blocks. Two of the blocks given us to sew were the Quartered Star and Shoofly, both 9-patch designs.
There will be a total of nine different quilt blocks. I've been contemplating whether to make one quilt that combines the two different size blocks, or two smaller wall hangings.
Enjoy a creative day!
Saturday - February 20, 2021
It's Time Again
Before Covid, when our quilt guild met in person, someone brought in some fabric they wanted others to adopt. One of the pieces immediately captured my interest. The material featured various clock faces and timepieces.
I decided to keep the quilt simple. I sewed a bold orange fabric and the clock print in an hourglass pattern. Originally, I had thought to create a Halloween quilt and planned to add a cat silhouette looking at the moon. But when I auditioned the applique cat and moon against the pieced background, the design was way too busy. The orange/print hourglass quilt top overpowered the potential applique.
I used some of the watch fabric to create a label for the quilt back. This quilt will go into our next quilt show.
Hope you enjoy the day!
Saturday - January 16, 2021
A New Year of Quilting Joy
I am so excited to explore a new year of creativity. I think we are all ready to dust 2020 off our shoes and prepare to walk a new more uplifting path. One way to do this is to keep engaged with our creative side. Some of my favorite activities include writing, quilting, gardening and baking.
On the writing front, I finished writing a picture book. For gardening, I bought the vegetable seeds for my garden and will start germinating the seeds indoors in a few months. Baking involved experimenting with new bread recipes. I also discovered the joy of making chocolate lasagna ... way too good!
My quilt guild has been doing a block-of-the month. To make this ongoing project more interesting for me, I am creating one block in the traditional design, and then creating the same block and "disappearing" it. The smaller block is composed of 2 1/2" squares in a 9-patch format. The larger block is made from 3 1/2" squares. When the larger block is sewn together, I slice it into four equal sections, then I rotate the blocks and sew the pieces back together for a disappearing block. Same block pattern; totally different looks.