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Donna Sykes
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  • Whippany, NJ
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I live in Whippany, New Jersey with my husband Gary and our five sons. I am a registered nurse and work with developmentally disabled individuals. I have been quilting for approximately 23 years. I am self taught - learning from other quilters, or from my library of quilting books and magazines. I like scrappy, cozy, country quilts but am willing to try new things and techniques. I prefer to do all of my own quilting, as I think that the quilting makes the quilt, and have given in to machine quilting. I love to hand quilt but it takes sooooo long. Machine quilting can be an art in itself and I enjoy doing it. My first quilt in 2009 is going to one of my own design - a new adventure.
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quilting, hand quilting, machine quilting, other
My pets are awesome!
3 cats - Misty, Charlotte and Chester; 1 dog - Bruiser

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Retreat Weekend

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 6:26pm 7 Comments

This past weekend nine friends spent three days crafting at the Mechanisburg Crafters Retreat Center. This retreat center is located in Mechanicsburg, PA, just outside of Harrisburg. What a nice little town. Very quaint. We were a group of four quilters, four scrapbookers, and one rug hooker. It was such a great time. Everyone was so productive. The workroom was awesome. It had the best lighting - which is so important when crafting.

The project I chose to concentrate on this past…


Isn't this neat?

Posted on August 3, 2014 at 2:24pm 11 Comments

Hi everyone. I just came home from the NJ State Fair / Sussex County Farm & Horse Show. They held the tractor parade this afternoon. Isn't this tractor neat with its' quilted coat?

I entered two of my quilts in the fair for judging and was very pleased that my Dresden Doilies quilt had a 1st place ribbon on it and my Spanish Fields quilt had an honorable…


Dresden Doilies

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 11:17am 14 Comments

Hello everyone. I recently completed a project from McCall's Quilting Magazine. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and knew I had to make it. It is called Dresden Doilies and was designed by Gerri Robinson. I added the outer border and the lace as I wanted the quilt to be slightly larger than the original pattern.

Here is a closer look at the quilting.…


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At 10:16am on August 18, 2015, Janet Ollman Blackmer said…

I've never attempted anything this complex, with the angles.  Not sure I'm ready for that yet, but you did a beautiful job!

At 1:44pm on March 17, 2014, Karla Ridpath said…

Donna, I really enjoy doing the small projects like the Dresden Plate Doilies.  They don't take a lot of time and are not quite as overwhelming as a full quilt project.  It also lets me try different patterns and techniques without doing multiple blocks for a quilt.  I guess I like variety too much!

At 3:48pm on March 16, 2014, Karla Ridpath said…

Your quilting is gorgeous!

At 8:55am on December 28, 2013, Laura Geese said…

Hello there!  Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words on my quilt.  My daughter LOVED IT and I pray that Tori will as well when she gets older.

I pray you and your family have a WONDERFUL WEEKEND filled with many blessings!

At 4:29pm on September 15, 2013, handstitcher/IL said…

I'm sure your siblings and cousins were very grateful for your work. We were raised knowing that family history was important and to treasure their handiwork. It makes me feel grounded somehow, to know who and where I came from.

At 4:29pm on September 14, 2013, handstitcher/IL said…

Donna, thank you for your kind comment on my crazy quilt. I love combining quilting and family history and I see that you did that on your Holiday Quilt. It's beautiful!

At 12:25pm on August 15, 2013, Pam/NY said…

Donna-My hubby's name is also Gary...we had one son...I'm a nurse! Small world! With having had 5 sons...you're bound to have grandies and it will be the best time!

At 7:34am on August 3, 2013, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Donna, thanks for your encouragement and comment on the quilting slump post.  I am sure something will hit me and I'll be off and running again.  In the meantime, it is always fun to read and see what others are working on.  Hope all is well with you and yours and that you are working on a fun project.  

I'm hoping to attend an antique quilt lecture in the next week or two.  Maybe that will inspire me to get back to it.  

At 6:53am on June 20, 2013, Pam/NY said…

Thank you for the comment...I am married to a Gary and we had one son and I'm a retired ICU RN...go figure! We have two grandsons! Your quilting is beautiful!

At 4:10pm on November 4, 2012, Prairie Quilter Jan/NE said…

Donna, thanks for commenting on my MIL's hexie quilt.  The same diamond pattern is repeated at the top.  At first, she was going to give it a zig-zag edge that followed the first complete set of diamonds, but decided she doesn't enjoy the binding process and wasn't wanting to put a binding on those hex edges.  She opted to fill in with more half diamonds and make the top and bottom edges straight across.  I love the look and it fits perfectly on our queen size bed with a generous pillow tuck.  


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