Saturday, April 7, 2012

I Heart Sea Glass...

OR...What to make for your Sister's Birthday when she probably has enough quilts already!!!


A Heart Mini Quilt in Sea Glass Colours, glued to a 5 x 7 inch fabric covered painters canvas!!


This was very easy to throw together, here's how... To get the canvas ready to glue the mini quilt to, I first glued on a rectangle of white paper to cover the writing that was on the back of the canvas. I then used some perle 8 threads to plait a little hanger string which I also glued onto the back of the canvas.


Next, I covered the front of the canvas with fabric, folded it over onto the back, glued it and used a thin masking tape on the edges for good measure. A little messy, but it works!


My inspiration for this mini quilt was two things....firstly I have always adored the sea glass we find on the beaches around here (though my efforts for collecting said sea glass are pathetic but these few pieces sit in my kitchen window so I can see them everyday!!)...


 ...the pattern was inspired by Keiko Goke's quilt on the front of her fabulous book All my Thanks and Love. This book is written in Japanese, but the pictures tell a wonderful story anyway!!


I made a rough drawing onto a piece of paper and that became my pattern!


I then transfered it to freezer paper, cut out the heart shapes, and glued them onto their background squares. (I use Roxanne's Glue-Baste-It for this, it holds the applique shapes onto the background beautifully without needing pins, and if you put it on in the wrong spot, it just washes out with a little water).


Once I had appliqued the hearts onto the squares using the needle turn method, the 9 squares were all sewn together.


Next step was to lay a piece of wadding behind the mini quilt and the backing fabric right side to right side on the front of the mini quilt and stitch around all four edges. Cut a hole in the backing fabric, turn it all right side out and poke those corners out (oops I chopped off the edges in this photo!!).


My embroidery skills are a little rusty, so I found a fabulous lady called Wendi on YouTube under the name of ShinyHappyWorld who showed me how to do this seed stitch and split stitch.


Signed and dated and ready to post.


Mmm, I quite like the Sea Glass Hearts sitting amongst my Burleighware jugs, perhaps I will have to make my sister something else!!! xo

36 comments:

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Oops-Lah said...

What a fabulous gift for your sister I'm sure she'll love it. It looks particularly beautiful with your blue and white china ware!

Danielle said...

I LOVE it love it love it! it's so beautiful Cathy

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Cathy that is such a wonderful gift...

Amanda said...

I love sea glass too I have a little collection that one day I keep telling myself I am going to make some jewellery with

Nifty Quilts said...

Wonderful! I love your colors, your abstract hearts and your seed stitching. Thank you for the instructions!

Grit said...

Toll!!!
Ein super schöner Miniquilt.
Und tolle blaue Krüge im Regal.
Liebe Grüße Grit from Germany

Dawn S. said...

That is very beautiful! and I love you blue & white dish collection!

Jackie said...

Brilliant!! She will just love it for sure!

West Michigan Quilter said...

Awesome. Great idea. Love the way you have quilted it. Thanks for the tute! I'll have to try this one.

Michele said...

Very pretty.

Stephanie said...

My favorite colors and gorgeous against your blue/white dishes. You should at least make another one to keep if you give this little beauty away.

Annie said...

Oh my! that is just fabulous.
: )

A Quilter Awakens said...

Great post! Karmen

Nedra said...

Lucky Sister!

Vesuviusmama said...

Lovely! Thanks for showing us how you did it!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Beautiful! Your embroidery is great - I thought they were beads when I first looked at it. I too am a sea glass fan - love those colors.

Rafael's Mum said...

I love seaglass too! Lovely little mini, I think you should keep it and make another one :-)

Teresa said...

This is so pretty...I love the idea of a project done in the colors of sea glass, and the heart pattern is so charming! Thanks for showing us how you did it!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

YankeeQuilter said...

I have a jar of sea-glass I collected as a child...love the colors! That is a beautiful little quilt...you should make another one for yourself. It looks too nice with all your blue and white!

Quiltjane said...

Cathy, that mini quilt is divine, What a beautiful gift to give to your sister.

Miriam said...

A wonderful creation Cathy.
Great embroidery too. I thought it was beads at first.
Love blues and greens together.
I am sure your sister will love it!!

We have found some small pieces of sea glass down the peninsula.

@pril said...

This is quite interesting! Thanks for sharing!

@pril
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Janet said...

I love it and that greeny yellow is a favourite colour of mine. I love how you get inspiration but make something totally your own.

Marjorie said...

This is stunning. The embroidery adds such fantastic texture. Absolutely brilliant. What a great gift! By the way...my birthday is in June.

fiberchick said...

Oh how lovely!!!

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! That is just amazing and so beautiful 'fabric painting'! I love it and it's perfect with your blue china! I'm so exited about sea glass because just while ago I found my first sea glasses!
x Teje

quiltmom said...

What a pretty gift for your sister- I am sure that she is going to love it.Your blue and white dishes are fabulous too - You have such a great eye for color.
Regards from Western Canada,
Anna

Cynthia@aquilterbynight said...

What a striking and lovely project - the colors, the simplicity. I just discovered your blog linked from Nero's Post and Patch. I look forward to following your blog! Greetings from Japan:).

Kathie said...

oh I just love this! what a great idea! thanks for the tutorial
that sea glass is beautiful!
what a lucky sister! looks like you need to make another one looks great just where it is!
Kathie

folksmith said...

Love it! wish i were your sister!

Julierose said...

Oh--I collect sea glass over here in SE CT shore, where I live. I especially covet the rare blue pieces. I love that idea for your quilt--and it is lovely...your sister will love it I'm sure....Julierose

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Sweet! :)

Susie said...

I love this but especially love the blue crockery in your photo!! I recently put in a 'blue' splashback and think these chinese (?) crockery would be perfect as ascents around the room to detract from the blue splashback(which I am not a fan of!).

Sonja♥ said...

I have this book! So nice... :)