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’





Donation for a Arts Center fundraiser

Our local Arts Center was having a fundraiser and were asking for raffle basket donations.   At one of fundraising event meetings, a couple of the ladies said they were going to donate a piece of their artwork (painting & stain glass).   So, I decide that I would donate a Fiber Art piece.

Anyway, I recently took a class with our quilt guild from Eileen Williams a NC Fiber Artist.   Her work is incredible.   We learned how to make small beachscapes and I figured that making one for the fundraiser would be perfect (since we live on the coast of NC).

I have great fun making it.  My piece included the following techniques:  piecing, couching yarn & cording & and other fibers, beading, wool felting and thread painting.   It had a lot of texture and color.   I just loved my piece.   Donna said she would donate one of her fabric bowls so my raffle item would have even more Fiber Art in it.     I thought that our entry was awesome and would surely impress.

I even made a little label/sign for our donation.

Close-up #1

Close-up #2 (notice the turtles)

Close-up #3

Foolish me, for trying to convince people that Fiber Art is a real art and not “craft”.    The watercolor painting and the stained glass piece were displayed as individual items on easels.    Our Fiber Art piece was in a basket and the raffle coordinator added a pair of dollar store flip flops,  sea shell soaps and some other beachy items.    (I guess our items were not sufficient).   The basket was all wrapped up in that clear wrap and tied on top.   You could barely see the my Wall Hanging or the detail work on it.   Donna’s fabric bowl was behind the other stuff in the basket and was barely visible.

Donna’s fabric bowl

I was so upset when I saw how it was displayed with the other baskets, all tied up in clear wrap with the pet stuff basket, chocolate basket, spa basket, etc.

One of the other ladies at the event said, “so you do craft stuff”.   I said, “I am a Fiber Artist” and then she stumbled a bit and said the she didn’t mean to imply that it was not art.

Well….. I don’t think I’ll be donating to “Art Groups” again.     I guess we still have a long way to go before Fiber Art is truly recognized as Art and not Craft.

The good news is that one of our friends won our basket and was beside herself with joy as she’s really wanted one of our pieces.   She is in our weekly Mahjong group and sees all of our fiber art hanging in our house when we play at our house.    I am so happy that it went to a good home where it will be appreciated and where we can visit it when we play at her house.

Happy Stitchin’


Five Color art quilt collage challenge

Dancing Grid (left) and Grid (right)

I started a creative journey using Deborah Boschert’s book – Art Quilt Collage.  I started with the chapter on the Design Process.  The book has 8 design guides to help with the creative process of possibilities.  The 8 design guides are: landscape, grid, third plus, symmetrical, magic three, one amazing line, dancing grid, and modular.  I decided to try using 5 colors using Kona cotton (purple, orange, yellow, green, and stone).

Symmetrical (top) and Modular (bottom)

Third Plus (left) and Landscape (right)

I tried to challenge myself by limiting the colors that I used so I could focus on the design process.  Two of the blocks I made a second time because I didn’t like my composition and color choices.  I tried to use different techniques with each block.  On one of the blocks, I used a fabric gel pen to write on the purple fabric.  I like fabric with handwriting so it was fun to create my own.  It was easy and fun to do.  I did hand stitching with embroidery floss on the yellow block (one amazing line design).  I added a bird to one block (third plus design) – the bird was printed on card stock so I just cut it out and stitched around the edges to attach it.

Magic Three (left) and One Amazing Line (left)

I really had fun with the project and wanted to think of a way to put the blocks together in a quilt.  So I have started a larger block (21″ x 21″) to add to the quilt.  More details in another post when it is finished. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Vegetable Patch embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa

I am starting a new fabric collage quilt using vegetables.  I have a few ideas in mind but not sure how the quilt will look when it is finished.  It is all about the process.  Sometimes it is hard to imagine what the finished quilt will look like so I just start making parts/blocks.  I usually have a finished size and shape in mind.  So I am starting with the inspiration piece which is a dyed batik rectangle (about 4″ x 6″) of a vegetable patch.  I have always wanted to make a fruit/ vegetable wall hanging.  Mary and I found the 3 different inspiration pieces at the Sheep and Wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY  in October while visiting with our brother and his wife.  We each picked one of the small batik pieces and then gave one to an art quilter friend.  So our quilt challenge is to use the small batik piece as inspiration to make a quilted wall hanging. I like to use different techniques in my fabric collage quilts.   So I looked at the Vegetable Patch embroidery designs from Hatched in Africa and picked 4 vegetable designs to embroider: beet, garlic, mushroom, and carrots. I chose carrots and a beet since these 2 vegetables are in the inspiration piece.  Last summer Mary and I dyed some linen napkins from a thrift store.  So I used 4 different dyed linen napkins for the backgrounds of the vegetable embroidery designs. These small vegetables were super quick to embroider.  I may need to embroider more vegetables depending on the finished size and design for the the wall hanging.   Now I have a start on the project – just have to wait for more ideas to inspire me.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Gingerbread Fun Embroidery – designs by Hatched in Africa

I wanted to make a skinny wallhanging with embroidery designs with gingerbread boys in coffee cups (Hatched in Africa designs).  I decided to make 3 designs and then make the wall hanging.  I changed the colors of the coffee cups to match the Christmas fabric (leftover scraps from a Moda Christmas panel) that I wanted to use.  It took me a while to remember how to use my embroidery machine – I forgot to add the basting box on the first 2 designs and changed the stabilizer on the last 2 designs.  By the time that I started the 3rd design, I remembered all the steps.  I cut a piece of batting to the size that I wanted and started to lay out the Christmas fabric and embroidery designs on the batting to come up with a design.  The finished size is about 11″ x 24″.  I was able to use the same quilt hanger that Mary had used for her coffee cup mini quilt.  I am going to have to practice my embroidery skills more so that I don’t forget the steps. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Trapunto flowers wall hanging

I wanted to practice trapunto so I went searching for a video on You-tube.  I have been watching free motion quilting videos by Patsy Thompson and saw that she had a couple of videos about trapunto.  So I found some hand dyed fabric from another play day of experimenting with dyes and cut out some tulip flowers and stems and fused them on black fabric.  I used wool batting and placed the batting behind the flowers and stems.  Then I stitched around the flowers and stems and added some thread work on the flowers and stems.  I added cotton batting and a backing.  Then I used a decorative stitch to outline the black fabric using a variegated thread.  Using invisible thread, I quilted the black background and then black thread to quilt the border areas.  I want to try a new technique for an edge finish or binding.  So I will look at ideas on the internet.  Stay tuned to see what I find.  Looking for something fun and different.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Update on Habitat for Humanity group project by our quilting bee

Our quilting bee, “Bee Inspired”, had lots of fun making this quilt for Habitat for Humanity donation.  Each member made blocks of different sizes with a beach theme since we live by the coast.  We decided on a quilt design once the squares were completed.  We pieced together sections of the quilt at one of our bee meetings.  Each member was given a section to quilt so that we could use a Quilt as You Go technique to put the quilt sections together.  We used the same backing fabric for each of the sections.  At our last meeting, we put the sections together using a 1″ strip on the front and a folded 1.75″ strip on the backing.  I finished the quilt by adding a binding.  We all love this quilt – it will be hard to give it away but we know that a family will enjoy receiving our quilt for their new home. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna