I have started working again on my Sea Life collage quilt. So far I have completed 8 blocks. I have at least 2 more blocks to complete. For my shoreline bird block, I modified a pattern by Pine Needles Designs (McKenna Ryan) – “At Water’s Edge”. The birds in her pattern were too large for block, so Mary helped me shrink the birds to the size that I needed. I added one more bird to my block and also added water. I made the background and then quilted the background before adding the appliqué pieces. I used twine for the shore fencing and attached it with free motion stitching. It was a fun block to make. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I decided to use Mary’s Hawaiian appliqué UFO block for my Jane Sassaman quilt project. But first I had to complete the block and quilt it. Mary had started to “needle turn hand applique” the block so I had to take out her stitches – Mary helped take out the stitching. She had done very small stitches to hide her stitching on the block. Next I used a blind hem stitch on my machine and stitched down the appliqué with green thread. I drew a design on the appliqué and used free motion quilting to stitch out the design. I used echo quilting around the appliqué to complete the block. Next I cut the block in half and then cut out 3 circles from one half. With the other half I cut a curved line on one side. The quilt project is pinned to my design wall to get ready for the next step. I keep moving the leaves around so I do not have a final design yet – still a work in progress. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
I used the techniques in Jane Sassaman’s book – The Quilted Garden – to make the leaves. Looking at my photos of Hawaiian leaves, I drew a variety of leaves on tracing paper to make my patterns. I made the leaves in 3 different sizes. I attached iron-on interfacing (“Shirtailor” by Pellon) to the wrong side of the fabrics. Then I traced the leave shapes and cut out my patterns. I used a basting stitch to attach the leaf sections together. I plan to use a satin stitch over my basting stitch. I decided to add black and white fabric accents to the wall hanging so I used different black and white fabrics for accents on some of the leaves. I made a small quilt square (about 8 – 9″ square) with a black and white “bird of paradise” flower (fusible appliqué) to also add to the wall hanging – not sure where I will put it in the quilt yet. I still need to quilt the bird of paradise quilt square yet. Now I have all the parts made. Next I have to deconstruct the green Hawaiian appliqué quilt square so that I will know the dimensions for the main section of the wall hanging. I will also need to pick out background fabrics to place the leaves on. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Our art group has started working on wall hangings based on the work of Jane Sassaman – Abstracting from Nature. We each chose a flower as our inspiration for the project. Originally I chose the passion flower because it looked really cool in the flower book. But I wasn’t really committed to the passion flower so I changed directions. I like to do quilts related to places where I have traveled. So I looked at my photos of Hawaiian flowers and leaves. I decided to make different Hawaiian leaves and then add my Hawaiian appliqué quilt square to the piece. I had a blue appliqué square and Mary had a green appliqué square – both were in our UFO boxes. I decided to turn my blue Hawaiian appliqué into a pillow which I posted earlier in May. So I took Mary’s UFO Hawaiian appliqué block to use. But first I had to finish it – I did not want to finish the appliqué by hand so I took out the stitching that Mary had already completed. Then I used a blind hem stitch to attach the appliqué to the white background. I drew a design on the appliqué which I free motion quilted with green thread. I used echo quilting around the motif using white thread.
I decided to wash the quilt square before I de-constructed the square and added it to my piece. More on that process later. I am getting excited about my piece. Not sure what the finished project will look like. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
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
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
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