Iceland Landscape – completed!

Woohoo….. I finally finished my Iceland landscape that was started at an art quilt workshop (“Sewing the Land”, from Sue Benner) at the Hudson River Valley Art workshops in Greenville, NY.    My landscape inspiration was of a picture from a book that I bought during our August trip to Iceland .

Iceland Landscape inspiration picture

My 1st post about this piece can be found here.

It became a UFO because I was stuck on two things.

  1. Finding the right background fabric to mount it on.   I wanted to try to do a portrait type mounting where the top piece is completely finished and then attached to a background quilt that was also quilted.  So it’s a quilt mounted on a quilt.
  2. How to best make clouds to stream over the mountains (like in my inspiration picture).   Everyone in my class, including Sue Benner felt that I really needed to add the clouds.

I tried wool felting some clouds, but broke 3 needles.  So then I decided to just use sheers as that is really what this piece is all about (working with cotton fabric with sheer overlays).

So… here is my finished piece.

Iceland Landscape  (click on the image to see details)

I learned a lot working on this piece and found that for me, it’s not good to force completion of a piece.   When I’m stuck, I just set it aside, work on something else and hope that eventually I’ll get an inspired idea on how to best complete it.   Rushing to complete a project, just for the sake of completing it just doesn’t seem to work for me.

Well…. another UFO done and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Happy Stitchin’




Two more Little Seascapes

While I was working on my donation seascape, I made 2 others.   I was just having fun making them.

By the Light of the Full Moon – Seascape #1

This was my 1st little seascape.   It was started in our quilt guild workshop from Eileen Williams a NC Fiber Artist.

I really wanted to do a night seascape and loved playing with the light on the water.
























Seascape #2

Seascape #2. I really love the colors of this one.

With each seascape, I played around with color, texture, couching various fibers, decorative stitches, thread painting and beading with shells.   Fun, fun, fun.



Now I have to get back to finishing two UFOs so I can enter them into our Quilt Guild’s quilt show.

Happy Stitchin’




5 color art quilt challenge completed

I decided to use needle felting for a bird nest. It looked like the bird was just floating in air so I added the nest.  I used purple and orange wool to needle felt a nest. Very fast and easy to do with a needle felting tool from Clover. I also added green leaves to the quilt using apliquick tools to turn under the edges. My first few practice leaves did not turn out well. It takes some practice to learn how to use the tools.  I made 11 leaves using this technique.  I used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to stitch on the leaves.  This was a fun piece to play with using only 5 colors and different designs for the 7 squares. I like the piece even though I didn’t use my favorite colors for the quilt. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Sewing and Embroidery weekend

I had a busy weekend with some embroidery and sewing projects. I set up my embroidery module and got to work. I used two hand dyed napkins from the thrift store for the sky blue background for 3 embroidery designs: tomatoes, eggplant, and blackbird.


Then I used a brown batik for the background of carrots, garlic, onion, and a beet. I am going to use these embroidery designs for an art quilt challenge. I am still working on ideas for the collage quilt.

imageI also made a quilt label for black, white and red lasagna quilt.

For my last project I used machine decorative stitches and free motion quilting to add details to the flowers in the vase and bird.
More information later when this project is complete. I still have leaves to add to the piece.  And there was a great sunset on Saturday that I saw from my sewing room window.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.   Donna.

Five Color art quilt collage challenge

Dancing Grid (left) and Grid (right)

I started a creative journey using Deborah Boschert’s book – Art Quilt Collage.  I started with the chapter on the Design Process.  The book has 8 design guides to help with the creative process of possibilities.  The 8 design guides are: landscape, grid, third plus, symmetrical, magic three, one amazing line, dancing grid, and modular.  I decided to try using 5 colors using Kona cotton (purple, orange, yellow, green, and stone).

Symmetrical (top) and Modular (bottom)

Third Plus (left) and Landscape (right)

I tried to challenge myself by limiting the colors that I used so I could focus on the design process.  Two of the blocks I made a second time because I didn’t like my composition and color choices.  I tried to use different techniques with each block.  On one of the blocks, I used a fabric gel pen to write on the purple fabric.  I like fabric with handwriting so it was fun to create my own.  It was easy and fun to do.  I did hand stitching with embroidery floss on the yellow block (one amazing line design).  I added a bird to one block (third plus design) – the bird was printed on card stock so I just cut it out and stitched around the edges to attach it.

Magic Three (left) and One Amazing Line (left)

I really had fun with the project and wanted to think of a way to put the blocks together in a quilt.  So I have started a larger block (21″ x 21″) to add to the quilt.  More details in another post when it is finished. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Vegetable Patch embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa

I am starting a new fabric collage quilt using vegetables.  I have a few ideas in mind but not sure how the quilt will look when it is finished.  It is all about the process.  Sometimes it is hard to imagine what the finished quilt will look like so I just start making parts/blocks.  I usually have a finished size and shape in mind.  So I am starting with the inspiration piece which is a dyed batik rectangle (about 4″ x 6″) of a vegetable patch.  I have always wanted to make a fruit/ vegetable wall hanging.  Mary and I found the 3 different inspiration pieces at the Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY  in October while visiting with our brother and his wife.  We each picked one of the small batik pieces and then gave one to an art quilter friend.  So our quilt challenge is to use the small batik piece as inspiration to make a quilted wall hanging. I like to use different techniques in my fabric collage quilts.   So I looked at the Vegetable Patch embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa and picked 4 vegetable designs to embroider: beet, garlic, mushroom, and carrots. I chose carrots and a beet since these 2 vegetables are in the inspiration piece.  Last summer Mary and I dyed some linen napkins from a thrift store.  So I used 4 different dyed linen napkins for the backgrounds of the vegetable embroidery designs. These small vegetables were super quick to embroider.  I may need to embroider more vegetables depending on the finished size and design for the the wall hanging.   Now I have a start on the project – just have to wait for more ideas to inspire me.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Art birds wallhanging

I made this little art birds wallhanging (15″ x 19″) a couple of years ago but I hadn’t quilted the piece.  So I was looking through my UFOs and decided to complete this small project.  I used burlap, wool, felt, cheesecloth and cotton fabrics to create this little scene with the 2 birds.  It was a fun project to play with different fabrics.  So I echo quilted some of the piece and then used  free motion quilting for the rest of the piece.  I used a fun fabric for the border and the binding and now it’s done. Sometimes I need a break from large projects and just have to work on a small piece.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna