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

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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

“Jane Sassaman inspired” art quilt is finished

Added strips of green fabric under the “threads”

I am so excited that another UFO project is finished.  I re-arranged the circles at the bottom of the quilt after consulting with Mary and Lynn. I attached the circles with different buttons. I also had to add some hand sewing to secure the circles. Then the next challenge was to attach the top piece to the main center quilt section with the “threads” section that was made with the water soluble stabilizer.  Using some left over leaf fabrics , I made strips that I could use behind the “threads” to attach the top and large center pieces. I topstitched the strips on the backside of the 2 quilted sections.  I had fun trying new techniques with this quilt.   This quilt reminds me of the leaves on the plants in Hawaii.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Colors of Nepal wall hanging

I made a narrow wall hanging using poppy flower embroidery designs and fabric from Nepal that my daughter in law brought back from Nepal.  I always think of the color “red” when I think of Nepal – probably because of the red wedding sari dress that my daughter in law wore for the wedding in Nepal.  I made a collage design using the embroidery flower designs, paper cards with leaves from Nepal, embroidery trims from sari dresses, and woven fabric from Nepal. It was easy to stitch the paper cards on to the quilt batting and backing (just used the straight stitch).  I used strips of  fabric from a sari dress and 2 different cotton fabric strips to weave fabric for one of the collage blocks.  It was very easy to weave the fabrics. I stitched embroidery trims from Nepal on the top and bottom of the wall hanging.  I fussy cut some flowers and leaves to stitch on the wall hanging. There was one square left so I added a bird to one side and then I used thread sketching to add more color to the bird.  I quilted in the ditch around all the blocks and then used free motion quilting for the rest of the wall hanging.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

More flower embroidery designs for a new project

    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

Celtic Zodiac Symbol quilt block

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

Celtic Zodiac Quilt Square – the Swan

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.

celtic-swan

 

celtic-swan-instructionsThe 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.

Happy Stitchin’

Mary