Iceland Landscape – completed!

Woohoo….. I finally finished my Iceland landscape that was started at an art quilt workshop (“Sewing the Land”, from Sue Benner) at the Hudson River Valley Art workshops in Greenville, NY.    My landscape inspiration was of a picture from a book that I bought during our August trip to Iceland .

Iceland Landscape inspiration picture

My 1st post about this piece can be found here.

It became a UFO because I was stuck on two things.

  1. Finding the right background fabric to mount it on.   I wanted to try to do a portrait type mounting where the top piece is completely finished and then attached to a background quilt that was also quilted.  So it’s a quilt mounted on a quilt.
  2. How to best make clouds to stream over the mountains (like in my inspiration picture).   Everyone in my class, including Sue Benner felt that I really needed to add the clouds.

I tried wool felting some clouds, but broke 3 needles.  So then I decided to just use sheers as that is really what this piece is all about (working with cotton fabric with sheer overlays).

So… here is my finished piece.

Iceland Landscape  (click on the image to see details)

I learned a lot working on this piece and found that for me, it’s not good to force completion of a piece.   When I’m stuck, I just set it aside, work on something else and hope that eventually I’ll get an inspired idea on how to best complete it.   Rushing to complete a project, just for the sake of completing it just doesn’t seem to work for me.

Well…. another UFO done and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Happy Stitchin’

Mary

 

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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.

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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.

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Now I have to get back to finishing two UFOs so I can enter them into our Quilt Guild’s quilt show.

Happy Stitchin’

Mary

 

 

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.

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Close-up #2 (notice the turtles)

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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’

Mary

Strip quilt with sea glass colors – Finished!

I finished the sea glass strip quilt last month.  I attached the borders to the top and bottom of the quilt first.  The border was made with left-over fabric from the quilt and the 4″ kite Accu-go die cut.  Four blocks made one 8″ block which I pieced together for the border.  I decided to use Quilt As You Go since the quilt kept growing.  So I “unstitched” the seam in the middle of the quilt and added the border to the sides.  Then I quilted each half of the quilt.  I made a narrow sashing using some of the strip fabrics for the front and backing fabric for the back of the quilt to attach the 2 sections together.  Added the binding and it’s done.  I think that the border really adds interest to the strip quilt.  Love the colors – reminds me of the ocean.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

5 color art quilt challenge completed

I decided to use needle felting for a bird nest. It looked like the bird was just floating in air so I added the nest.  I used purple and orange wool to needle felt a nest. Very fast and easy to do with a needle felting tool from Clover. I also added green leaves to the quilt using apliquick tools to turn under the edges. My first few practice leaves did not turn out well. It takes some practice to learn how to use the tools.  I made 11 leaves using this technique.  I used a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to stitch on the leaves.  This was a fun piece to play with using only 5 colors and different designs for the 7 squares. I like the piece even though I didn’t use my favorite colors for the quilt. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Spring Fever & a Porch makeover

I don’t know about you but I am soooooooo…. ready for Spring.

So today, I decided to freshen up our porch.   I pulled out some fabric that I recently found at Mill Outlet and started making some new pillow covers.

We have a wide porch and 4 chairs.  I’m not into matchy- matchy so I did not make all 4 pillows identical.

For the pillows on the left side I just switched out the pillow sleeve on the green pillows with the same fabric to make them a bit different from the right side.

Left side of porch

Right side of porch.

I also added a spring wreath and inserted some red berries for a pop of color and tie into the pillows.

 

Even our scottie statue got a makeover with a ribbon of the pillow fabric.

I can’t wait for it to be warm enough so we can purchase some flowers.

It felt good to complete a project.  Lately I feel like I have lots of new UFOs that are really close to completion but are not there yet.   I really need to stop starting new projects and get down to finishing up some of my existing projects.

Happy Stitchin,

Mary