Two more landscape fabric bowls

I just finished making two fabric art bowls using Pellon double sided Peltex.  I have now made 6 fabric bowls.  If you would like more information about the other fabric bowls, check out a previous post – 12/4/2015: 3-D art quilt fabric bowl.  The bowls are fun to make using fabric scraps from your stash and fusible web.  The tricky part is to design the circle quilt while it is flat and then make 5 cuts to create the sides of the bowl.  You have to plan ahead to mark your fabric cuts so that you don’t cut the parts of your design that are important.  In the Sea Life bowl I wanted to make sure that I didn’t cut through the turtles but I didn’t really care about the coral or orange fish. Oops! A fish lost half of its body in the construction.  I still need to add some eyes to the fish and turtles using a fabric marker.  So much fun.

Design on flat surface before making the bowl.

I decided to make another more abstract landscape bowl.  I cut wedges of fabric to use for the background – sky, water, and woods.  Then I added trees and grasses. I really like this art bowl.

Finished bowl

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna


“Cattails” landscape quilt completed

11″ x 18″

I finished the “Cattails” wall hanging that I started in Sue Benner’s Sewing the Land workshop last month.  I quilted the background using a walking foot to sew wavy lines in 3 different colored threads – blue, tan, and dark brown.  Then I stitched along the outline of all the grasses using a triple stitch – purple, orange, and greens.  I stitched the cattails last using a triple stitch along the outline of the stems and cattails.  I used thread sketching to add dark and light shading to the cattails.  For the satin stitch binding, I used 3 shades of green thread.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

“Sewing the Land” workshop with Sue Benner – Day 4/5

I have completed 3 small landscapes studies which I started during the 5 day workshop with Sue Benner.  I finished these pieces by adding free motion quilting and a binding using the satin stitch.

5″ x 8.5″

6″ x 9″

For the sunset landscape, I added more grasses in the water reflection using thread sketching.  My fall trees (looked more like a forest fire before quilting) are now quilted with lots of thread sketching in the trees so hopefully they now look like trees.  The last piece is a view from a window.  For inspiration I borrowed a photo from Carol who sat at our table during the workshop.  The photo is a view from a bathroom window at a resort in the Caribbean where Carol’s daughter got married.

8.5″ x 10″

I really enjoyed making the window scene.  It inspired me to make a collage quilt with views from different windows from my travels.  I have taken lots of windows and door photos while traveling.  Since I plan to add the Caribbean window to the collage, I did not finish the edges of this mini-quilt.  Small projects are fun to make – quick and easy – a nice break from working on larger projects.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Sewing the Land workshop – day 2/3

Water background

Ready for shading and quilting

Mary and I brought landscape photos to the class to use for inspiration in our quilted landscapes.  I decided to use a photo of cattails for my first piece.  First I created a background on my quilt sandwich.  I added lots of green leaves and then added some purple and orange leaves for fun.  I found a fun stripped fabric for the stems of the cattails. I like the fabrics that I used in this quilt.  I need to add some shading to the sides of the stems and also to the cattails.  Quilting will be the next step. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Iceland Landscape from Sue Benner workshop


I decided to make an Iceland landscape at the 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 .

My piece was built on a quilting canvas and I fused strips of fabric for the sky and water.  


During one of my critiques from Sue, she mentioned that my colors were very primary and that I might want to tint it so it looks more like my inspiration picture.

Water tinted with grey sheers

So I added strips of sheers over the sky and water to adjust the tint of my sky & water.   It also gave a cool and a bit of a shimmer/icy effect that I really liked.






Then I made the mountains separately on release paper and fused them on my piece when I liked the shape and color.

After fusing the mountains, I collaged the foreground.

When we got home, I quilted my piece.

Straight line quilting seemed to make sense for the water and the sky since they were already made of horizontal strips.   I did some free motion on the mountains and foreground with invisible “smoke” thread.   It did not seem enough, so I did some additional free motion quilting in the mountains, with colored threads, to add shading/highlights.

For the binding, I tried Sue’s layered thread blended satin stitching.

Here is my inspiration (again) and my finished piece.


Finished size: 18.25″ x 15.25″























After I took my pictures for this post, I noticed that I forgot to add the clouds.  Oops.     So I laid some rough cut sheers on my piece so you can get the feel of what adding cloud might do.

With a slight indication of rough clouds

So, what do you think… should I add some clouds?

It was a great class and Sue Benner is an outstanding instructor.   We all got lots of individual attention/help.   I loved the critiques  and her handouts and lectures were excellent.  I would definitely take another class from her.

I’m looking forward to doing some more Iceland landscapes.

Happy Stitchin,





The Blue Hen

On our way up to NY for our Sue Benner workshop, we stopped in Newark, Delaware and checked out the Blue Hen Quilt Shop.

Now don’t tell me that you do not stop at quilt shops on road trips whenever possible, because I know you do!   As quilters, we can’t resist buying more fabric (even when your car is full of fabric for a workshop).

The Blue Hen was a wonderful shop but what really caught my eye was the chairs at the front of the shop.

Every wonder what to do with orphan quilt blocks?   Well, here’s your answer.


What a great idea!


Happy Stitchin,


Happy Halloween


The pattern was from Quilter’s World Magazine (Oct 2003, Vol 25) and is by Amy Bradley Designs titled ‘Halloween Treats’.

This is one of my favorite appliqué quilts of our dog, Ranger.

I loved making it and it always makes me smile when we hang it up.  Since it is Halloween, I thought it was worth another posting.





Here’s another.

Original design – October Calendar Block

This is the October calendar block that I designed and made of him.  Every month I designed and made a different block with a scottie on it.

I hope you have a yummy, full of chocolate, day.

Happy Stitchin,