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
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.