Sitting high in a Ponderosa pine, a female puma keeps watch over the landscape, ever vigilant for potential prey. A striking photo called me to capture her beauty using fabric collage techniques and thread. This is the fourth in a series of wildlife art quilts. Winner of Judges Choice Award (Elizabeth Spannring) at Quilt Canada 2019 (CQS NJS).
In November of 2018, my daughter had a baby who lived for 5 hours. (Her rib cage was too small for proper lung development). While she was being born, I was watching the 4 boys (ages 4-9). They chose the fabrics for a small quilt that would go in the casket, so she could have a blanket in heaven. They ironed them onto the fabric themselves. This is the full size one I made in her memory. There is a butterfly for every member of the family.
SUMMER DREAM is the forth in my confetti landscaped quilts. The stone house is raised and each stone is quilted. My Bernese Mountain dogs Shiloh ans Casey are hand painted. The main parts are confetti pieced. This quilt is a joy to look at on rainy days.
Splendor is my first Art quilt. It features Hand applique, Machine applique, embroidery, sequins and vintage beads. This was completed with the consultation help of my sister LaShawn Krom of Brushworks Art. The machine quilting is raw edge to give impression of feathers.
This picture pieced quilt took about 18 months over 4.5 years to make. There’s ~6000 pieces not including the individual patches of batiste sewn in with every light grey and white piece. These were there to hide the seam allowances. Pieces start from the size of a pin head and work their way up. With that amount of seams, they are not going to sit nicely even in an alternate universe. Natural trapunto??? Many days of full time work would only produce about a 4” square of quilt. The quilt doesn’t photograph well. There is also a layer of batiste either side of the batting to help stabilise the quilt.
I noticed one night that the reflection of the quilt in the window gave it a lot more depth and looks very different. There’s a photo of it in reverse on my blog fionaschiffl.com along with the more in depth story of the quilt. I also noticed an almost full sized face looking up in the rocks.
I love Lake Louise and I feel I’m really a Canadian trapped in an Australian’s body. If you can’t go to Canada, bring Canada to Australia is my motto.
This quilt got me through some of the worst and best times of my life. Looking at this photo in detail becoming a quilt was a blessing during this time. I’m glad to say I’ve done a lot of healing!
The quilt won runner up (2nd place) in pictorial quilts in our state show so I’m over the moon.
Quilt size 165.5cm x 105cm. It weighs 2 kilos.
Original photo by James Wheeler (used with permission).
This picture was taken by a friend of mine.... Loved it at first sight. Enjoyed making this marker of a wonderful time for my friends. Currently this piece is with them. Raw edge applique, free motion quilting, beading, trapunto, painting,
This is the third in my series of Flower bouquets. All the fabrics are hand painted. I took photos of lots of flowers from my gardens. I then made patterns of eeach. This is raw edge appliqque. There are dozens of different thread colors in all the flowers.
This wall hanging is for my niece who is a scuba diver, her choice for transformation into a mystical mermaid. In case it doesn't show up well in the photo, the quilting on the mermaid, her hair, the swans and in the section where the words are is all done in metallic glitter thread. It was a challenge to sew it without breakage, but I'm very happy with the impact in free motion quilting.
This quilt was made from a dear Grandmothr’s silk scarves and a few of her embroidered handkerchiefs that she made herself. Her Grandchildren asked me to make it for their Mother. Truly a family keepsake that will be passed down for years.
Our guild was having a cathedral windows class that I could not attend so I searched YouTube and found The Masquerade site and she made it entirely by machine! She showed the difference between hand and machine stitched samples, so informative, and once you make your first little package, you need to make more. Also figured since they're "church" blocks Jesus had to be represented! Can't really be called a quilt since there is no batting, wanted it see-through to hang in front of a window. There are also 36 Perfect Circles(Karen Kay Buckley!) that are SO fun to make with her tools and technique.
This fun fishie quilt is a combination of TQS techniques. First, I used Paula Doyle's method of easy stack to make the fabulous blocks then had to cut out the fishie appliques. Second, I used Susan Clevland's Prairie Pointer tool and techniques for the embroidered prairie points. When I free-motion quilted,I used Lori Kennedy's continuous fish design all over and I echoed the fishie appliques. The back is coral reef fabric so under this quilt you are definitely under the sea!