Flower fabric postcard

 Sometimes you just need to do a quick fun project that you can finish quickly so you don’t get frustrated with all your unfinished projects.  This postcard is about 4″ by 6″ or 7″.  I wanted a background with words so I found this fabric that had postmarks on it.   I used fabric glue to attach the fabric to interfacing (Pellon 910) which is non fusible.  I wanted to add an orange flower so I cut out petals from 2 different fabrics and used fabric glue to place the flower on the background.  Then using black thread, I free motion quilted a design on the flower petals.  I added a backing with more interfacing and used fabric glue to attach it to the front piece.  Using a zig zag stitch with orange thread, I stitched a couple of times around the edge to make a binding.  So much fun making these little projects.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival

I entered 2 of my quilts in the wall hanging competition.  I was excited that both quilts were accepted.  All About Birds was a collage quilt  which was lots of fun to make the individual blocks and then put them together.  Grandpa’s Garden was an original design with purple flowers on a trellis. I also took 2 classes at the show.  I took a half day class with Bobbie Bergquist using Tsukineko inks.  We played with the inks on small pieces of fabric – marbling using shaving cream, using stencils, and using aloe to paint with the inks.  The instructor gave us a CD with 20 ways to use Tsukineko inks and pens.  I am looking forward to trying some of those other techniques.  I also took a class with Mary using Dye-Na-Flow paints.  Ashley Nichols was a great instructor – very organized and a great hand out.  We didn’t have to use prepared for dye fabrics.  We used an iron to heat set the paint designs.  I look forward to paying with these techniques more in the future.  I really had fun using black thread to do free motion quilting designs.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Celtic Zodiac Quilt Square – the Swan

Another UFO done!

When we traveled to Ireland in 2012 with a couple of our quilting friends, we all agreed to make one of these Zodiac Celtic quilt squares.   Here is mine.



celtic-swan-instructionsThe pattern (Designs by Nikki Foley) was published in a magazine that Donna bought while we were there and I chose the Swan.  Nothing to do with my birth month, but we used to have 2 swans that graced the canal behind our house.  The male swan was not fond of Ranger (our scottie dog) and would give him a mean look whenever he glided by.   Ranger never barked at him, just stared him down.

Well,  both swans passed away last year so I picked the swan zodiac square to honor them.  And….. to be honest, I didn’t really like the scary looking Goat that was my birth month sign.

I plan to mount it on a stretcher frame for display purposes.

Happy Stitchin’


Another landscape quilt using a background fabric

I was watching the Quilt Show (https://thequiltshow.com) recently and saw an episode with Ricky Tims making a quick landscape quilt. image He used a piece of hand dyed fabric for the background and then started adding different landscape elements.  He used a rotary cutter to make fabric “confetti” for the leaves on his landscape which he glued to the background.  I wanted to try out the technique.  So I looked through my fabric stash and found a piece of fabric that was multi-colored and might make a background.  I added strips of brown fabric to cover up some of the purple in the lower half of the quilt background.  I used a glue stick to add the confetti leaves.  Next time I will use pre-fused fabric so that I can iron the leaves down. image It was a challenge to free motion quilt the leaves that were “glued” down – my leaves kept popping off the quilt.  But it was a fun and quick way to make a little landscape piece.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

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

“Buoys from Cape Cod” wall hanging

image      I have been trying to complete a quilted piece using a photograph of buoys from a trip to Cape Cod in 2012.  I tried making this piece with the photo printed on fabric at a thread painting workshop in Santa Fe (see post dated 5/13/2014).  I did not like the technique which used a piece of heavy weight canvas with batting.  The piece didn’t lay flat with all the thread painting.  So I discarded that piece.  Last fall I took a class in acrylic painting class at a local art center.  I am almost done with my painting of the buoys – still have to finish the fencing.  (see post dated 10/7/2016).

Last year I started a fabric wall hanging using the photo of the buoys.  I enlarged the photo and then made a freezer paper pattern of the pieces on the photo.  imageI used fusible web to attach the fabric pieces to a background piece (Pellon #910 stabilizer).  I used the triple stitch to make the background wire fencing. image I used lots of different colors of thread and variegated threads to thread paint the piece.  For additional shading, I used pastel dye sticks and colored pencils (Prismacolor).  I used a hot iron on the areas where I used the colored pencils and dye sticks.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna