My embroidery module is put away for now but I did have fun using the embroidery machine for a couple of weeks. I decided to make a skinny wall hanging using some of the flower sketches (Hatched In Africa designs) for this piece. My daughter in law brought us some fabric from Nepal on her last trip home so I decided to use some of this fabric too. I used the poppy flower sketches to embroider on black fabric, white fabric and sari dress fabric. I know what size wall hanging I want to make but I am still working on the design to incorporate the embroidery pieces and the fabric from Nepal. Still waiting for my inspiration to complete this piece. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I decided not to make a wall hanging with my Celtic Zodiac quilt block (salmon) because I didn’t like the size of the block. So I decided to make the block into a pillow. I found a pillow form in the closet and trimmed the block to fit. The pillow was an easy project to complete. So another UFO project is done. I actually made both pillows in one afternoon (Hawaiian appliqué and Celtic Zodiac design). I like to make quilted projects related to some of our travels. I made 2 wall hangings from the Cape Cod trip (lighthouse and sailboat), a Hawaiian appliqué pillow from Hawaii, an elephant from Nepal, NYC skyline using Hoffman digital print, and a Celtic Zodiac block from Ireland. I want to make a wall hanging of the Rialto bridge from our Venice trip. I have an idea for that project but haven’t started it yet. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Another UFO done!
When we traveled to Ireland in 2012 with a couple of our quilting friends, we all agreed to make one of these Zodiac Celtic quilt squares. Here is mine.
The pattern (Designs by Nikki Foley) was published in a magazine that Donna bought while we were there and I chose the Swan. Nothing to do with my birth month, but we used to have 2 swans that graced the canal behind our house. The male swan was not fond of Ranger (our scottie dog) and would give him a mean look whenever he glided by. Ranger never barked at him, just stared him down.
Well, both swans passed away last year so I picked the swan zodiac square to honor them. And….. to be honest, I didn’t really like the scary looking Goat that was my birth month sign.
I plan to mount it on a stretcher frame for display purposes.
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
This week I started painting the buoys. I found that I needed a couple of coats of paint to cover the blue sky background. Probably should have used a lighter blue paint color so that it would be easier to paint the buoys. I also did some shading on the buoys with help from my instructor. Then I decided to add some lighter highlights but I didn’t like the look so I had to paint over some of the buoys. With acrylic paints you can paint over what you don’t like and start again. The photo on the top left shows the painting at the end of the class. I did some homework this week by setting up a spot in my laundry room to paint next to the sink. The second picture on the bottom right shows what I did for homework. I was going to paint the fence last but I had some extra grey paint that I didn’t want to waste. I figured that I would need a couple of coats of grey paint to cover the blue background anyway. I am halfway through the class. I am having fun painting my buoys. Keep having fun doing art. Donna
I took a class from Karen Eckmeier on making her “Happy Villages” wall hanging. The finished size is about 16″ x 16″. The class was 3 hours so I was able to get the building shapes and background pieces placed on the quilt by the end of the class. Then I put it away for a few months. I started working on it last weekend – adding windows, doors, steps and roofs. I also changed some of the building colors. I used my camera to take pictures during the process so I could check the colors and see if I had enough contrast in the piece. In the first picture, I used some blue fabric for abuilding but it looked more like water so I swapped out the blue building shape for a different color. I also made lots of changes with the windows: color and number per building. I also added more trees, windows and a couple of walls to the village and changed the first bridge that I made. There is a layer of tulle over the piece. I tried light blue, lavender, and black. The black tulle really helped to pop the colors of the buildings. To quilt the piece, I used free motion quilting around the outside of each of the pieces – you could have used a walking foot. I used grey thread for the quilting of the village. I decided to use grey fabric for the binding to give a softer look to the quilt. It was a challenging quilt to figure out the placement of the shapes in the village and where to put the steps. Another UFO off my list. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I took a half day class (Happy Villages) with Karen Eckmeier. I wished that the class had been all day so that I would have time to add more details to my village and get inspired by Karen’s quilts and what other students were doing with their villages. I chose to make a “Seaside” village from her book. The process was like putting a puzzle together. After looking at the photo of my village, I did not like the gray blue fabric and the pink batik fabric in the houses. So I found different fabric and replaced the colors that I didn’t like. I am looking forward to the next step of adding roofs, windows, doors, steps, and trees. When the village is completed, I will post it. I also have Karen’s other book, Accidental Landscapes and have made a couple of landscapes using her techniques. She is fun teacher and has clear directions to complete her quilts. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna