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’




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

“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

Hudson River Valley Art Workshop in Greenville, NY

carriage house

Last week Mary and I took an art quilting class (Sewing the Land) from Sue Benner at the Hudson River Valley Art workshops in Greenville, NY.  The workshop is held at the Greenville Arms 1889 Inn in the carriage house. The workshop space was great – good lighting, enough power for everyone to use an iron, and a good workspace with design boards. Students stayed at the main house, carriage house or cottages.  The fall foliage was so beautiful at this time of year.  The class was 5 days with 18 students.  Sue Benner is an excellent teacher and we all learned about her techniques to make landscape quilts with fabric.

On day one, after learning some basics about her techniques, we each made 3 small studies using one of our photographs.

First small study

We had about 20 to 30 minutes to finish each small study.

Last small study – needs lots of work.

It was a fun first day.  More to come in the next post.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Looks more like a forest fire than fall foliage