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.
- 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.
- 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.
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. 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.
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