Update on my Iceland quilt

I used a walking foot to quilt the Iceland quilt.  I quilted using wavy lines that were close together.  Even though I have already trimmed the quilt, I think that I will make the edges wavy and then put a facing on the quilt instead of a binding.  I am going to use a facing technique from Vikki Pignatelli (“Quilting by Improvisation”).  I took a quilting workshop with Vikki a few years ago.

Once the facing is on, I am going to make a second quilt using Kona cotton – medium gray color – and make this quilt  larger than the Iceland quilt.  I will add some skinny strips around the edges of the the gray quilt.  I am still thinking about the design.  Once this quilt is quilted, I will then attach the Iceland quilt to the background quilt.  I saw this technique in Jean Wells’ book – “Intuitive Color & Design”.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna


Another UFO completed: SeaLife collage quilt

The first two blocks in this collage quilt were made at a workshop (Mid-Atlantic quilt festival – Feb. 2015) with Linda Schmidt (Life’s a Beach class) – the wave and the sandy beach blocks. It is amazing how well the shells stayed on the fabric with fabric glue.  I did have to pull off a few shells when I added the binding but I glued the shells back on when the binding was complete.   A year later I decided to make more SeaLife quilt blocks to create a collage quilt similar to my Bird collage quilt (All about Birds).  You can read about the other blocks in earlier posts on the blog.  I really enjoy making collage quilts.  It is fun to make random blocks of different sizes and experiment with new techniques.  Then the challenge is to fit the blocks together and fill in the holes with new blocks to complete the quilt.  I used lots of different techniques on the SeaLife collage quilt.


The final 2 blocks added to the quilt were the seahorse block and the filler water block with the 5 orange fish.  To make the fish, I added Pellon 950f to the back of an orange fabric to stabilize the fabric for free motion quilting. Then using black thread I made the outline of the fish and added details to the fish.  I cut the fish out and glued them on the quilt and then stitched them on using a triple stitch and black thread.

I bought the seahorse square (about 12″ square) from a vendor at a quilt show earlier this year. I added a border around the seahorse square so that it would fit on the final row of the quilt.  Then I used free motion stitching to quilt the block.

I am very excited that this collage quilt is finally done.  It took some time to figure out what to add to the quilt and how to put the rows together with the quilt as you go technique.  My next collage quilt will be travel inspired.  I already have some small quilt blocks that I can use for this next quilt.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

“Jane Sassaman inspired” art quilt is finished

Added strips of green fabric under the “threads”

I am so excited that another UFO project is finished.  I re-arranged the circles at the bottom of the quilt after consulting with Mary and Lynn. I attached the circles with different buttons. I also had to add some hand sewing to secure the circles. Then the next challenge was to attach the top piece to the main center quilt section with the “threads” section that was made with the water soluble stabilizer.  Using some left over leaf fabrics , I made strips that I could use behind the “threads” to attach the top and large center pieces. I topstitched the strips on the backside of the 2 quilted sections.  I had fun trying new techniques with this quilt.   This quilt reminds me of the leaves on the plants in Hawaii.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Fabric fun outdoors

I went outside to play with fabric on a sunny morning last month.  I used white muslin, cotton batting, old linen napkins found at a thrift store and fusible web. I had sponge brushes, Lumiere metallic paint by Jacquard, and Dye-na-Flow fabric paint.  I mixed colors and just had fun.  I played with painting sunsets – need more practice getting the colors in sequence for different skies.  I had lots of fun painting with the Lumiere paints – who doesn’t like glitter paint.  I heat set the fabrics with an iron after the fabric dried outdoors.  The fabric will probably go in a circle quilt that I have been thinking about.  But I still have lots more paints and dyes to play.  Just waiting for the another sunny day so I can play again.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Completed Sea life quilt block using painted fusible web


I am getting close to finishing the SeaLife quilt collage.  I completed the fish block by adding painted fusible web to the background neutral fabric.  I found the painted fusible web technique in “Fabric Art Workshop” book by Susan Stein. This book has over 25 different techniques to explore.  The directions and pictures are easy to follow.  I painted pieces of fusible web using Dye-na-Flow (transparent fabric paint).  I had to be careful painting the fusible web – if the web gets too wet it will tear.  I used a sponge brush.  The paint dries fast.  Once the paint is dry, you can apply it to the fabric. Be careful with your iron – make sure you cover your ironing board and use a pressing sheet or parchment paper.  I am talking from experience.  I thought I had everything covered but needed to use the iron cleaner after this experiment.

Finished block

I also added some “leafy” stuff to the block and cut apart some of the practice piece of threads using the washable soluble stabilizer.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.


Dolphin block completed for SeaLife collage quilt

I wanted to add a dolphin or whale to my ocean quilt.  I found a pattern by McKenna Ryan – “Tweedle Dee” part of the Sea Breeze quilt pattern.  I used this dolphin pattern as my inspiration and made some changes. I quilted the background square (“calm waters” quilting design) before adding the appliqué pieces.  For the dolphin, I used a light grey instead of white and used the blind hem stitch to attach the dolphin.  I tried using the buttonhole stitch but I didn’t like the look of that stitch.  I added 3 pieces of coral to the sand.  I added a couple of shells to the sand but I didn’t like them so I took them off.  I also added some pieces of different fabrics (not cotton fabric) and gold threads that had been fused together using a heat gun (a technique that our friend Linda showed us).

Finished block

I like this block.  I think I will make some small paper pieced fish squares to the collage.  I also have a seahorse block to quilt.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Using water soluble stabilizer to make “scarf” piece

Practice piece

I wanted to add a yarn and thread piece to my Jane Sassaman project.  I have been wanting to try using water soluble stabilizer to put together threads and yarns to make a” see through” piece.  So I looked in one of my drawers and found Super Solvy by Sulky.  I am sure you can also use Solvy Water Soluble Stabilizer but I had a small package of Super Solvy that I got on clearance somewhere so I used that.  I looked on the internet for information on ” making a scarf with water soluble stabilizer” and found lots of tutorials and information for this project.  It was super easy to do.

Before free motion stitching

Use 2 pieces of stabilizer and lay your yarns, threads (I used some thick metallic threads to give it some sparkle), etc. on one piece of stabilizer.  Move your stuff around to get the effect that you want.  Then cover your piece with another piece of stabilizer.  Using a pressing sheet or parchment paper, iron lightly your piece to hold everything together.

Finished piece

Next, use free motion quilting to sew a grid in two directions and then free motion stippling to make sure everything will hold together once the stabilizer is gone.   Place your piece in cold water for about 15 minutes and then put it on a towel to dry.  Since I used Super Solvy which is extra sticky, I had to rinse it a second time after it dried on the towel because it was still sticky.  Super fun and easy.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna