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
I wanted to make a landscape quilt of Iceland after our trip in August. During the trip, Mary found a book – “Iceland colors + patterns” with photographs of Iceland and colors representing those photographs. I have wanted to make a quilt using Jean Wells’ techniques so I ordered her book and started sketching designs. I wanted to make a quilt to represent different aspects of the landscape: night sky, volcanos, green meadows, and the ocean.
Northern lights elements
Elements within in the landscape: lava rocks, moss on the rocks, flowing lava, northern lights, and waterfalls (I didn’t include the waterfalls element in the final quilt). I used curved piecing and improvisational cutting and piecing for the quilt blocks. I inserted strips of fabric to represent the elements. I had lots of scraps of Kona cotton in many colors so I used those scraps for some of the elements. I used mostly solid fabrics with a few exceptions – ocean, mountains and moss. I tried to use fabric to represent the elements in an abstract way instead of using realistic elements. I had lots of fun with this quilt. Of course some elements didn’t work so I had to start over (ex. mountains).
Mountains, waterfalls, and Angelina fiber that didn’t really work for the final design.
Angelina fibers would have added great movement for the northern lights.
I really like adding embellishments to my landscape quilts but I had to hold back with adding the Angelina fibers to the sky – it would have made a great embellishment for the northern lights if I was doing a more realistic landscape.
Next steps are the quilting and binding the quilt. I have to read more of Jean Wells’ book to get some new ideas.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Last year at the Mid-Atlantic quilt festival, I saw this NYC skyline panel by Hoffman fabrics. I just had to buy it – I just love the colors in the print. So I bought 2 panels just in case I wanted to cut up the panels to make a quilt. In February, we went back to the Mid-Atlantic quilt festival and I saw vendors selling the NYC skyline panel. I still hadn’t made a quilt with the fabric that I had at home. After looking on the internet at some samples of quilts made with this fabric panel, I came up with an idea. First, I cut off 6 inches from the top of the panel where the colors were lighter and more faded. Then I cut off about 6 inches from the bottom of the quilt so I could add my own design at the bottom of the quilt. Using left over taxi fabric from another city quilt, I added black fabric for the road around the taxi fabric. I used curved piecing to give movement to the lower portion where the taxis were. Then I added a bright green for the grass in city parks. I wanted to cut the panel vertically also so it would look less like a panel. I decided to piece scraps of solid fabrics (red, yellow, and green) to symbolize the traffic lights in the city. Next it was time to quilt the piece. I used black thread for most of the free motion quilting around the buildings, doors, and windows. In the sky area, I also used yellow thread for the light from a tall building and magenta thread to outline one of the buildings in the sky. It is harder than I thought to free motion quilt on straight lines. But I love how the quilting looks with the outline of the buildings. But I wish that I had used a solid color for the backing so that the outlines of the buildings would show on the backing. Mary noticed the backing of the quilt and suggested the solid color – unfortunately I was done with quilting. Next time I am going to use Mary’s suggestion. It would have looked really cool to see the skyline outlined on the backing.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
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