Author: Lorinda Davis

I’m a sewist, designer and sewing instructor living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. If you have any questions, would like to commission a one-of-a-kind quilt, or are local and would like to set up lessons, please email me at

Selfish Sewing and Another Quilter’s Project

This weekend, I did a few quick projects that I had been putting off for much too long. In the midst of all the WIPS, it’s been too easy to neglect some quick, little things that I could do to make my studio more joyful and efficient.

Since starting my quilting life a couple of years ago, I’ve been using the cheap little pincushions from the store and the plastic cover that came with my sewing machine. And I hate to admit that my ‘pressing board’ was simply a folded towel on my table. So it was definitely time for an upgrade!

I’m not usually into cutesy things, but I adore these little houses and flowers and had to use them in my studio!

Finished Sewing Room projects

The pressing board isn’t very visible, but i used Sharon Schamber’s Tutorial. One change I made was that I used a thinner wood material to make it more lightweight. I wanted a big board and I move it off the table a lot, so I really needed it to be light.

PincushionFor this, I used the Sprocket Pincushion pattern on Cluck Cluck Sew. It’s the first time I’ve ever made a pincushion, and I can see why people get so addicted! What a fun, easy and QUICK project! It originally had a lighter pink button that matched the houses background, but it was too pastel for me…. give me hot pink any day! After the instant gratification this project provided, I foresee many more pincushions in my future.

Sewing Machine Cover

Lastly, I made a proper sewing machine cover. I found the pattern here. Following the instructions to adjust the pattern for my machine was easy, but I think that because I was worried about making it too small, I erred on the side of making it a little too big. I think next time I make a cover, I’ll do one that’s pieced or a bit more structured, but I’m really happy with it!

Mel's Quilt Binding

Lastly, this week I’m working on the binding for another quilter’s project. One of my kid’s coaches has a family member going through cancer treatment, and another mom asked if I would be willing to help finish off this comfort quilt for them. I feel very honored to be asked and was happy to help. We will be trading off working on the binding during practices.  Since it’s not my work, I’m just going to be showing you the binding today!

I’m still working on my other WIPs, but am saving a progress report on those til next week.

This week, I’m linking up to:

Fabric TuesdayLinkyBeeswip wednesdayNTT Button 1

Happy Sewing!


Color Play: June 25, 2015

Hello, and welcome to this week’s Color Play. I skipped last time, since it was my kids’ first week off of school and the hubby was out of town. But I’m happy to be back at it.

This week, my color inspiration is my daughter Lauren. Nearly thirteen, this girl is just coming into her own in her fashion choices. She had been begging dad to let her dye the tips of her hair blue and was allowed to once school was out. She is a wise, godly, brave, strong and beautiful girl and I am in awe of her.

A Day at the Lake_

This first picture is from our ill-fated first boat trip of the year. We got to the lake and realized the inner tube wasn’t inflated enough, then we ended up broken down in the middle of the lake (which I’m sure will be a funny story eventually).

But at least she looked adorable. I was inspired by how the colors in her bathing suit, top and hair worked so well together. And I love the pinks in that rose. A Day at the Lake Palette  Day at the Lake Bundle 1 Day at the Lake Bundle 2 Day at the Lake Bundle 3Next is just a snapshot of her in our yard. I think black, white and red are such classic, bold colors to wear, and wanted to play around with the addition of teal into that mix.    Lauren in Late June_Lauren in Late June Palette Late June Bundle 1Late June Bundle 3Late June Bundle 2

Thanks for joining me today, and happy sewing!


Tuesday Check-In: Compass Stars are Complete!

Ryan's Quilt

Oh my gosh you guys… I am FINALLY done paper piecing the compass stars for Ryan’s quilt! The blocks are 12 inches in a 4×4 grid. As you can see, I’ve also done the first border. I will be improvising these as I go, but I know there will be solid colors intermixed with pieced borders. It is now too wide to fit on my design wall, so from now on, all pictures of this quilt top will be at wonky angles or clipped to my fence!

Ryans Quilt Outside

Other than that there’s not much sewing happening around here. Last week was the first week of summer break and we’ve been doing a lot of work to the exterior of our house, so  my sewing to-do list is piling up! I’m hoping to get a little selfish sewing done this week, but I’ll share more about that next time.

This week, I’m linking up to:

Fabric TuesdaySew-Cute-Tuesday-e1384841858599LinkyBeeswip wednesdayNTT Button 1

Happy sewing!


Tuesday Check-In: a finish, some borders and handsewing

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Friday was the last day of school for my kids, so I haven’t been sewing nearly as much as I’d like to be. Here’s what I’ve got going on this week:

Jaxon Baby Quilt

I finished the baby quilt for my friend’s shower, but I was sick and unable to go to the party. 😦 The quilt is all wrapped up and waiting til I see her next.

Compass Quilt Borders

I’m plugging away at Ryan’s quilt. The compass stars take a long time to complete, so I’ve been breaking up the monotony by chain piecing borders. I’m planning on improvising the border pieces, alternating some complicated piecing with plain, solid borders. I’m getting to the point where I need to start thinking about a possible backing for this one. This Alison Glass print would be perfect, but I think it’s a little too purple. I’ll probably bring the top to my LQS in the next few weeks and compare the two.

Around the World in Blue and Green

Here is my current hand piecing project. The pattern is called Windows Into My World by Geta Grama, and is pretty amazing. She has some of the best modern quilt patterns out there! This is a project that I started over a year ago, then set aside for a while. Now I keep it along with a small sewing kit in a 2-gallon Ziploc that I grab whenever I’m heading somewhere that I might be able to sew…. usually my daughters Tae Kwon Do class. In fact, I’ve joked that I need to rename this “My Tae Kwon Do Quilt”.

Here are some things I’ve learned during this project:

1) For me, glue basting and English Paper Piecing do not mix. I originally glue basted these and because if the shape of the pieces, there was some slipping that happened and things got a bit messed up. I went back and thread basted the crap out of all the pieces that hadn’t been sewn together yet and everything’s going much nicer! That being said, I’ve done ok glue basting hexies before, but I think we all just have our own preferences.

2) When you’re learning to EPP and they tell you to ‘take a tiny bite’ of the fabric…. there is such a thing as too tiny of a ‘bite’! I found that taking super small amounts of fabric (like 2-3 threads) was slowing my way down and actually making my stitches show. It may be because I am using some cheaper fabric for this project, but those few threads that I had grabbed were pulling loose rather than bringing the rest of the fabric close into the stitch with them. Once I figured out to grab more of that fabric, I was faster (not concentrating so hard on getting ‘tiny bites’) and my stitches nearly disappeared.

I hope you all are having a wonderful week of quilty fun. This week, I’m linking up to:

Fabric Tuesday



wip wednesday

Color Play: June 11, 2015

Welcome to the first-ever Color Play post! I’m so excited to start this weekly series. My goal is to show you how to turn the colors surrounding you every day into inspiration for your next project.

Each week, I’ll be taking photos of the interesting things around me and turning each photo into a palette in my sketch pad. I’ll then use one of those palettes to pull bundles from my stash. It’s amazing to see fabrics combined that you never would have thought to put together.

So let’s get started!

Birthday Flowers

Birthday Flowers Palette

Last week I turned 36. These flowers were sitting on my front porch early in the morning on the day after my birthday…. a gift from one of my best friends. Since then, they have been filling my whole house with their yummy scent!

Sunset Drive Sunset Drive Palette

Saturday was a gorgeous day here in the PNW. Unfortunately, I had to spend a lot of it inside. In the evening, my husband and I thought a family trip to Dairy Queen was in order. This photo was taken as we drove through some farmland on the way.

Sunday Morning in June Palette

The last palette has no photo. It was inspired by the colors people were wearing at my church on Sunday morning, but I didn’t want to be snapping photos of the congregation! There were a lot of teals (including 3/5 of my own family), some pinks and corals and a little bit of yellows and greens too. I chose this palette to recreate as fabric bundles because the colors were too fun to pass up!

Here are the fabric bundles I pulled that were inspired by the Sunday Morning palette.

Sunday Morning Bundle 2

First we have a group of midtones with very geometric prints. I don’t LOVE it, but I do like that orange with those teals.

Sunday Morning Bundle 3

For this one, I took just the lightest shades. It screams baby blanket to me!

Sunday Morning Bundle 1 Sunday Morning Bundle 4

I really loved these last two. They best represent what I was seeing on Sunday morning. And I would never have thought to make those combinations without having done this exercise. I encourage you to try it out yourself!

Tuesday Check-in: What I’m working on

DSC_0104DSC_0118I didn’t do as much work last week on Ryan’s quilt as I planned to, but yesterday I started the last seven compass star blocks and some of the border pieces. I’m so excited to see this one done and on our bed!

DSC_0085  I’m still working on the quilting of the elephant baby quilt. Often by the time I get to the quilting stage, I get impatient and either choose straight-line quilting, or I free-motion quilt in a rush- ending up with sloppy work. Since there is no deadline for this one, I’m taking the time to really work on improving my free-motion skills on my domestic machine. And taking the time to do things right is making everything go much smoother!


This quilt is a last-minute baby shower gift for a friend from church. Fortunately, I had exactly what I needed in my stash to make her something that coordinates with the baby’s nursery. I love it when that happens! Quilting and binding will have to happen before Friday night.

Linking up to:

Sew-Cute-Tuesday-e1384841858599 LinkyBees wip wednesday NTT Button 1Fabric Tuesday

What I’m working on this week

I’ve had a busy week getting this page organized and looking the way I want it to, buying the domain name, and setting up an email address. There’s still lots to be done, but I’m happy with where it’s starting!

I couple of weeks ago, I pulled out all my WIPs to get a really clear picture of what needs done.


That’s a lot of projects that need finished!

My main priority right now is to get my husband’s quilt finished. Originally, we were planning on it being a queen-sized quilt with 56 compass stars.  Well, one year later, I’m finding out just how very ambitious that was.  My attention span is just too short for that!  After talking it over with him, we came up with a new design idea. A 4X4 square of 16 stars framed out in a simple, modern medallion quilt.  He said he actually likes this design better because there’s a clear focal point.  Whether or not that’s true, I love him for saying so!  Nine stars down, seven to go. And, of course, the whole rest of the thing!


I found the pattern for this block here.

Last month, I joined my first quilt guild… very exciting!  Our next meeting is tomorrow, so I had to finish my name tag.  Now I need to stitch up a lanyard to coordinate.


Lastly, this week I’m going to plan and start the quilting on this baby quilt. (After a good starching and pressing! Yikes!)  I love the colors because they’re not overly girly. This one will be donated to the hospital through my guild.



I’m linking up to:

Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday

Needle and Thread Thursday


Welcome to my little place on the web!

My name is Lorinda. I’m married to my favorite guy in the world, and mother to three teen and preteen kids.

I started this blog to share my creative journey with the wide world and connect with other makers. I am mainly a quilter, but also dabble in drawing, painting, photography, crochet, and woodworking. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you crafty people and hearing about the things you’re making and doing.

Because I’m such a visual person, you may find that there’s lots of pictures here and not quite so many words. So, without further ado, here’s some photos of my work.






color block