Irish Landscape (Dingle Peninsula) quilted wall hanging

dscn4811Mary and I went to Ireland with 2 quilting friends on a quilt tour about 4 years ago.  I wanted to make a quilted wall hanging based on one of the photographs that I took in Ireland.  The photograph was taken along the Dingle Peninsula (SW Ireland) with foxglove flowers.  imageI used pre-fused fabric strips to make the background.  I sorted the strips into piles based on value – light, medium and dark.  I cut a piece of pellon interfacing 910 (about 13″ x 18″) to build the landscape and drew lines for the sky, water, and grass.  I started building the landscape from the top (sky) by making curved cuts with my rotary cutter.  imageOnce I was happy with the fabric for the sky, I ironed the strips in place. I cut a 1/2″ strip of dark blue fabric to use for the horizon line where the water meets the sky.  Then I started with my darker strips for the water and added lighter strips closer to the grass section. image Last, I worked on the grass strips, sorted by value, cut curvy strips, placed on grass area and then ironed the strips.  Once the background was completed, I added some of the cliffs in the water section.  Then I quilted the background (made a quilt sandwich first).  Next, I used the triple stitch on my sewing machine to make the wire between the fence posts then I added the fence posts.  Last, I added the flower stems and then the leaves and flowers.  I used free motion quilting for the flowers and leaves – small circular shapes.  For the border, I used 3 strands of yarn on the back and then the front of the fabric.  imageSee a video of this technique: http://thequiltshow.com/learn/bernina/video/latest/alternative-edge-treatments.   I used variegated yarn for the binding (purple/green).  I think that I want to make another Irish landscape quilt of a thatched cottage.   This was a fun project.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

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