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


Iceland landscape quilt inspired by Jean Wells abstract landscape quilts

Final design

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

Row by Row quilt

A couple years ago I made a Row by Row quilt with 2 rows and 3 “summer” inspired squares.  I designed the Row by Row with the houses and palm trees in 2014 for the quilt shop that I worked.  The other row with the lighthouse came from a quilt shop in Cape Cod.  I was looking at my quilt projects last week and found 2 more quilted rows  (Row by Row patterns that I designed for the quilt shop in 2015 and 2016) that I could add to the original Row by Row wall hanging quilt.  Since the original quilt was put together using Quilt as You Go, it would be easy to add 2 more rows.  First I removed part of the binding so that I could add a row at the top and the other row at the bottom of the quilt.  I didn’t have any of the blue sashing fabric that I had used in the original quilt to join the quilted rows.  So I found a different fabric for the sashing.  After adding fabric to the binding,  I sewed the binding on the top and bottom of the quilt.  It was not as easy as I thought to put the binding back on.  But the binding is on so the quilt is ready for the summer.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Hoffman Skyline digital print quilt

   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

Another landscape quilt using a background fabric

I was watching the Quilt Show (https://thequiltshow.com) recently and saw an episode with Ricky Tims making a quick landscape quilt. image 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. image 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

Irish Landscape (Dingle Peninsula) quilted wall hanging

dscn4811Mary 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.  imageI 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.  imageOnce 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. image 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.  imageSee 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

“Buoys from Cape Cod” wall hanging

image      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.  imageI 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. image 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