Guild Challenge – Winter Wonderland/Holiday postcard

Donna’s postcard

Our local quilt guild had a postcard challenge this month.  The postcard needed to be 4″ x 6″.  The theme was “holiday or winter”.  I used one of my previous quilts as inspiration for the postcard – a winter scene called “Christmas Morning”.  I used shades of purple for the background.  I made my design using Pellon Shir-Tailor, a fusible interfacing, as the base. After stitching the background, I fused the holiday trees to the background.  Then I used double sided fusible Pellon Peltex instead of quilt batting to make the postcard.  Using my hot glue gun, I added sequins to the trees to represent the tree lights.  I used a satin stitch to finish the edges of the postcard.  Quick and fun project – next I will have to tackle some of my UFO’s.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.    Donna


Here is my “Winter Wonderland / Holiday” postcard for our guild challenge.   I used the blue fabric as inspiration.

Mary’s postcard

First, I appliquéd on some snow (with 2 fabrics) and then I appliquéd a white winter tree (that I free cut) to mimic the blue background tree so it kinda looks like it is shadowed.  I also added a white star/sun and then colored it in with some colored pencils.  It needed something else for balance and I thought about adding a snowman, but it really didn’t look right.   So I cut out a tiny scottie dog and appliquéd it on.   Scotties make everything better (just saying).

Happy Stitchin,   Mary

Ps.  I also won 1st place in our guild challenge.   I think it was the scottie that clenched it!


Unusual Icelandic mini quilt

While reading Jean Wells’ book – Intuitive Color and Design, I saw a unique way to display a mini- quilt.  Jean had mounted a mini-quilt on twigs and a linen background.  I loved the look of this quilt on the twigs.  I am sure that Jean used real twigs for her project.  I went to my local craft store and found a cinnamon scented broom made of twigs.  So I bought it home and had to let it air out for a week because the cinnamon smell was too strong. LOL  I cut the twigs to put on my linen covered canvas (11″ x 14″).  What a mess.  There was pieces of twigs all over the place – just like it was shedding.  So time to find a different solution.  So I went to a different craft store and found some more twigs.  Success.  Easy to cut and no shedding.  Then I got out my hot glue gun out and glued the twigs to the canvas.  I made a small mini-quilt of Iceland (using my larger quilt as inspiration).  I used the hot glue gun to attach the mini-quilt.   This was a fun project.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

One more Fabric Bowl

I also made a fabric bowl (to help test Donna’s class instructions) and I decided to make a Fall (with a twist) bowl.   Fall leaves were appliquéd on and then I punched the color with turquoise (not your typical fall color but it did look good with the leaves).

Mary’s Fabric Bowl


Side view











It’s always fun to play with color and I love the unexpected color.

Happy Stitchin,


Two more landscape fabric bowls

I just finished making two fabric art bowls using Pellon double sided Peltex.  I have now made 6 fabric bowls.  If you would like more information about the other fabric bowls, check out a previous post – 12/4/2015: 3-D art quilt fabric bowl.  The bowls are fun to make using fabric scraps from your stash and fusible web.  The tricky part is to design the circle quilt while it is flat and then make 5 cuts to create the sides of the bowl.  You have to plan ahead to mark your fabric cuts so that you don’t cut the parts of your design that are important.  In the Sea Life bowl I wanted to make sure that I didn’t cut through the turtles but I didn’t really care about the coral or orange fish. Oops! A fish lost half of its body in the construction.  I still need to add some eyes to the fish and turtles using a fabric marker.  So much fun.

Design on flat surface before making the bowl.

I decided to make another more abstract landscape bowl.  I cut wedges of fabric to use for the background – sky, water, and woods.  Then I added trees and grasses. I really like this art bowl.

Finished bowl

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Cattails” landscape quilt completed

11″ x 18″

I finished the “Cattails” wall hanging that I started in Sue Benner’s Sewing the Land workshop last month.  I quilted the background using a walking foot to sew wavy lines in 3 different colored threads – blue, tan, and dark brown.  Then I stitched along the outline of all the grasses using a triple stitch – purple, orange, and greens.  I stitched the cattails last using a triple stitch along the outline of the stems and cattails.  I used thread sketching to add dark and light shading to the cattails.  For the satin stitch binding, I used 3 shades of green thread.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

“Sewing the Land” workshop with Sue Benner – Day 4/5

I have completed 3 small landscapes studies which I started during the 5 day workshop with Sue Benner.  I finished these pieces by adding free motion quilting and a binding using the satin stitch.

5″ x 8.5″

6″ x 9″

For the sunset landscape, I added more grasses in the water reflection using thread sketching.  My fall trees (looked more like a forest fire before quilting) are now quilted with lots of thread sketching in the trees so hopefully they now look like trees.  The last piece is a view from a window.  For inspiration I borrowed a photo from Carol who sat at our table during the workshop.  The photo is a view from a bathroom window at a resort in the Caribbean where Carol’s daughter got married.

8.5″ x 10″

I really enjoyed making the window scene.  It inspired me to make a collage quilt with views from different windows from my travels.  I have taken lots of windows and door photos while traveling.  Since I plan to add the Caribbean window to the collage, I did not finish the edges of this mini-quilt.  Small projects are fun to make – quick and easy – a nice break from working on larger projects.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Sewing the Land workshop – day 2/3

Water background

Ready for shading and quilting

Mary and I brought landscape photos to the class to use for inspiration in our quilted landscapes.  I decided to use a photo of cattails for my first piece.  First I created a background on my quilt sandwich.  I added lots of green leaves and then added some purple and orange leaves for fun.  I found a fun stripped fabric for the stems of the cattails. I like the fabrics that I used in this quilt.  I need to add some shading to the sides of the stems and also to the cattails.  Quilting will be the next step. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna