Dreaming of a Vacation Art Quilt: Project Quilting

We’ve got mounds of snow outside, temps below zero, and covid all keeping us at home. So when Project Quilting announced it’s challenge theme of Virtual Vacation, I was on board! It was so nice to dream of a vacation while thinking about a quilt to make for the contest.

You’d think I’d be dreaming up a vacation to Florida, sunny Hawaii, or some other place warm. But I happened to see a photo on Pinterest of the Bayfield Wisconsin area in our beautiful northern Wisconsin winter, and it reminded me how much I miss our trips up to Lake Superior, and I wished we were there again. Of course I’d want to be warm and toasty inside a beautiful cozy log cabin with a roaring fire in the fireplace, a hot cup of coffee or cocoa, relaxing and looking at a gorgeous view (like this of Lake Superior) through a picture window (may as well dream big).

So I started digging into my stash to find just the right fabric for the snowy background, water, the islands, and trees…

I started with a rough sketch on paper the size I wanted. Then using my light box, I traced the basic shapes of the lake, hill, trees, and skyline in pencil. I got out my soft pastels and some fabric markers and my fusible web and powder.

I thought I might try my “Bo-Nash Fuse It” powder to help keep the fabrics in place. I sprinkled some powder between the fabrics and pressed to fuse them down. It’s the first time I’ve tried it, and I like it. It gives the fabric a lighter hand than the iron-on double sided fusible web and it keeps everything in place until I can stitch it down.

Does your studio get as messy as mine when you’re “in the zone” creating? I see some cleaning up in my future.

In the photo below, I’m adding the islands to the horizon, the water, and some birch trees. I used double sided fusible web on the trees, fusing it to the back of the tree fabric before cutting.

Now it’s time to use my soft pastels to shade and highlight to add some depth. Shading the trees, and under the trunks.

Oops, that pine tree needs redoing. And I think I’ll use a finer point marker for the additional twigs and branches. It’s a process…trial and error…to get it to where I like it.

Now the branches look better, and I like this pine tree better too. I think highlighting the upper water with a touch of white & pink helped and using a darker turquoise pastel helped to blend the two portions of water together.

I couldn’t resist making a mini art quilt using similar colors and scene. For the mini, I created the background on the batting/backing, and quilt that first.

And then I added the foreground and quilted that. Here I’m choosing different color thread for quilting the lake & snow.

12×15”

Quilting (free motion & walking foot) is done. Here are a few closeups…

And here’s how the little mini turned out (only 5 x 7 inches)…

5×7 inch mini

And here’s couple more photos (below) of the larger version again…

12×15” Landscape on red wall
12×15”

Since they were both done start to finish within the challenge dates, either one qualifies for the Project Quilting challenge. I think I’ll enter the larger one. Wish me luck!

And they’ll both be listed for sale in my Etsy shop soon.

Until next time, HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

4 thoughts on “Dreaming of a Vacation Art Quilt: Project Quilting

  1. I loved your entry to the challenge but really enjoyed your process explanation. And the bonus mini post card size. Thank you for sharing.

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