Donna Thornal from Olivia & Marie Create has been sewing and making her whole life, but about three years ago she discovered quilting and a new passion was born! Donna is currently training with Lisa Sonora to be a Creative Journey facilitator, and hopes one day to spend most of her time guiding others along their creative journey and concentrating on her own creations.

Born and raised in the deep South (South Carolina and Florida), Donna has lived in five different countries since she left the United States in 1992. She now lives in London, where she is currently Treasurer of the London chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.

You can take a look at Donna’s quilting, as well as some of her other creative projects on her new Olivia & Marie Create website, and on Instagram @oliviamariecreate.

We asked Donna to share some of her latest sewing with us…

From Donna: “This is a floor mat I made as part of an online class on Curved Piecing taught by Rachel Hauser of Stitched in Color last year. As you can see, I have quite a few kitschy kitchen/homemaking fabrics (and this isn’t even all of them)! I love to repurpose fabrics from around the house, so I used an old fleece dog blanket instead of wadding inside this mat. In fact, I’ve been collecting old cashmere sweaters that belonged to my mom and nana, and I’m really looking forward to turning those into a cozy quilt.”

From Donna: “This is my most recent version of the Super Tote by Anna Graham of Noodlhead. I made this to practice with the pattern, before making it for my partner in Easy Swap UK last year. I love all of these beautiful Cotton & Steel fabrics, but the fabric on the front panel was actually a big mistake, which you can read about on my blog. You can also take a look at the finished version for my swap partner, which was a totally different colour palette (red, blue and yellow Alexander Henry fabric).”

From Donna: “This block was my contribution to a red and white block swap between the London and Seattle Modern Quilt Guild chapters. It’s called Spring Blossom and was featured on Sew Mama Sew last year by Charise of Charise Creates. I really love Charise’s vintage style and this block definitely gave me a chance to play with more curved piecing, something I really love.”