Make Your Quilting Merrier with Martelli

Happy Holidays to All.  As always, I am working on a holiday quilt right into Christmas week.

Step 1- Align the frame

I embroidered 20 three inch cornerstones for the inner border and 4 five inch cornerstones for the outer border. I need to center all 25  designs- one at a time -and square them up to exactly 3.5″ x 3.5″ or 5.5″ x 5.5″.

Using the Martelli framing system, I completed each one in just 40 seconds. So if you do a lot of this kind of fussy cutting and you are wondering whether it is worth the investment to buy the framing system, I would definitely recommend trying it out.  I have a full set of these fabulous tools for students to use here at Kinsey Quilts studio or you can contact Martelli and order your own.

Step 2- Drop in the center square.


Step 3- Lift off the outer frame and cut around the edge of the square.

Ta-Da! Perfectly centered and cut accurately in just 40 seconds!









Disclosure: I do NOT receive anything for promoting Martelli products. However, I believe that folks who make good products should be praised. Martelli is a family owned and operated company with awesome customer service.

Happy Sewing to all, and to all a good night!

May your New Year be blessed and your bobbins be full.

Donna MJ Kinsey, Kinsey Quilts


New Patterns Launch at Houston International Quilt Market & Festival

I am pleased to announce the launch of 2 new patterns- Dragonfly Dance and Tropical Table Runner- on sale at Turtle Hand Batiks, Booth 651 at the Houston International Quilt Market (Oct 28-30) and Quilt Festival (Nov 2-5). Both patterns feature the gorgeous hand painted fabrics from Turtle Hand Batiks . If you are planning to attend the  show, please stop by Booth #651 and say hello to Tina Hilton, owner of Turtle Hand Batiks. While you are there, take a moment to admire the astonishing batik fabrics made by artists working in home-based workshops in Malaysia and check out my new patterns.

You will enjoy visiting with Tina. She is a delightfully brilliant soul who radiates kindness and creativity. Meeting her will brighten your day, so please add her booth to the many stops on your busy schedule. I hope you have a wonderful show experience.

Now, back to the patterns….

Dragonfly Dance features full-size, ready to use drawings of dragonflies in 5 sizes. These dragonflies can be appliqued, embroidered, or drawn and colored on the unique artisan batiks from Turtle Hand Batiks, or you can use your own fabric stash. Use the dragonflies together or individually on a variety of  projects – wall hangings, tote bags, t-shirts, tea towels, baby bibs and, of course, quilts.





Here’s a fun project that will interest young fabric artists- create your own pillowcase. This one is decorated with Tulip fabric markers and Crayola crayons.







Tropical Table Runner uses 3 flower art panels just to inspire you. However, this design will work well with any motif you choose.


The pattern features easy to read large print, detailed drawings, and instructions that guide you through the entire process, with helpful tips for a beautiful finish.


My patterns and a selection of Turtle Hand Batik fabric panels are also available at Kinsey Quilts Studio. You can order the patterns by sending an email to:

Treasured Family Heirloom

Great Granny Savannah Glass Amos of Lenoir, TN hand pieced this quilt from the fabric she used to make clothing for her children and grandchildren. This quilt was stored in a closet for many years and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to quilt it, allowing my client and her family to enjoy a treasured heirloom that will be passed down for generations to come. Some of the fabrics look like they came from flour sacks, and though I am no expert, I would date this quilt late 1940’s-early 1950’s based on the prints. This is the photo before quilting.

I used a hand-guided longarm to quilt 404,228 stitches on this antique 4-patch top. The muslin borders are quilted with hispid greenbriar leaves and the squares are quilted with a traditional orange peel design. I used Bamboo Blend batting.

The quilt measures 68″ x 84″. It is backed with a 100% cotton Moda fabric which complements the antique look of the quilt.  If you have an heirloom in a box in the attic or under the bed, and want to see it finished, please contact me: I also have some experience with restoration of stained quilt tops.



Are You Going to Scarborough Faire?

This 93″ x 94″ quilt commemorates many years of participation in the Scarborough Renaissance Festival Performing Company.



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Doug has portrayed the charming Sir Jamison Rooke, Lord High Mayor, Baron of Scarborough, Steward of York, so gracefully and with such powerful presence that his character’s history has been woven into the very fabric of the village faire.

The shield block was developed from this photo of the front gate whereScarby-Front-Gate-with-Rook-Shield the Rooke shield still contributes to the ambiance of the faire, inviting guests to “Step back in Time” and “Prepare Thyself for Merriment.”


To honor the Rooke, I developed a rook design for quilting the borders and sashing. All quilting is hand-guided (no computers) without marking the quilt. Jacobs2 Jacobs3

Zentangle Stocking Card Class –Free at the Library

red-stocking-card-302aGreetings Tanglers. The Weatherford Public Library is graciously funding free kits to make the stocking card. Glue sticks and colored pencils will be provided by the library for your use during class.

Class meets on Monday evening, Dec 12  6pm-7:30 and Tuesday afternoon from 2 pm-3:30.  You must contact me to sign up so a kit can be prepared for you. Tell me what class you are signing up for and choose ONE color: red, blue, or green. Class is limited to 15 students per class so sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a

You may sign up for both, if there is room. For example, you may make the red card on Monday night and the blue one on Tuesday.

Contact Donna 214-763-9953 or email:

Thanks to the Weatherford Library for sponsoring this blue-stocking-card-302aprogram.

Hope to see you there.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Stocking Card Class 302A – Learn 2 New Tangles: Eaxy & Xin

These stockings show 3 different decorating possibilities- patchwork, Hollibaugh, and stripes. You also have different options for the top of the stocking. Of course, these are only to inspire you. We will learn 2 new tangles- Xin and Eaxy. You are encouraged to use your favorite tangles. Because these are teaching samples, I wrote the names of the tangles used. Email: if you are interested in taking the class or purchasing a kit. Card class including kit and sales tax: $5.

I also have kits ready for the notebook cover class- $10.
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