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
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
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.
The 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.
I was watching the Quilt Show (https://thequiltshow.com) recently and saw an episode with Ricky Tims making a quick landscape quilt. 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. 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
Mary 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. I 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. Once 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. 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. See 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
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. I 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. 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