Quilting – Celtic Moon (part two)

Felted Quilt

The next stage of Celtic Moon involved felting the land piece. After backing it with stabilizer, I followed the lines of the print and felted wool roving here and there, using three different shades of green. I then positioned the piece on the background and prepared my sewing machine for free motion quilting.

Felting Shapes

There are several items that I find helpful for machine quilting. Of course, good quality quilting needles are important. I also attach a straight stitch plate to my machine, which results in nice stitches on the back of the quilt. Sometimes I use quilting gloves (usually in the winter) and other times I prefer the banker’s tips sold in office supply stores. A newer item that I really like is the free motion slider, a Teflon sheet that allows the quilt to move freely under the needle.

Quilting Supplies

I chose a 35 wt. variegated cotton thread and quilted the land piece, following the general shapes on the print. Next, I picked out another variegated thread for the water and quilted it quite densely. The marble design made the quilting quite easy since it already resembled the flow of water. When the quilting was complete, I stitched around the Celtic garnet stitch design, which gave it the look of trapunto.

The final stage of the quilt made me a little nervous. I had thought of several ways I could put a moon on the surface, but finally decided to use chiffon and a heat gun since it allowed for the background to show through and also rendered the look of the moon’s craters.

Since chiffon shifts easily, I pinned my pattern on top of it and then cut around it, leaving plenty of fabric around the edges. I then sewed around the moon pattern.

Moon Pattern

Next, I repeated the method had I used for the Celtic design, only this time I made my circles much larger. When I completed the garnet stitches, I trimmed off the excess fabric.

Large Garnet Stitches
I took the quilt outside and used a heat gun to melt the holes in the chiffon. As soon as the holes would begin forming, I would move the heat gun to the next area. This is a technique that takes practice and demands careful attention. You can easily burn your fabric if you’re not careful. If you try this method, do a test sample first so that you know how close to position your heat gun to your fabric.

To complete the moon, I painted outlines with Lumiere metallic bronze around the burned out holes.

Lumiere Metallic Paint

This certainly isn’t the most colorful quilt I’ve every made, but the techniques used to construct it made it a very interesting project. I hope you will try some of the methods and incorporate them into your projects.

N. Rene West
Time Treasured


  1. Dianne said,

    March 20, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    I had to tell you I think your work is really fabulous stunning actually.
    I’m going to pass on your blog to my yahoo group.. They have to see your work….
    my group is called Like Minded Threads..
    Thanks for all the inspiration..

  2. Sigrun said,

    March 21, 2007 at 8:08 am

    what should I write? LOVELY! GREAT IDEA!WONDERFUL!
    Can you be so kind and explain to me, what is Decor bond? I have never heard this in Austria. Is there something similar to it on the market?

    Spring started today – but we got the first snow for this “winter” yesterday LOL

    Regards from Austria – snow outside but not very cold

  3. fembellish said,

    March 21, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Your kind comments are greatly appreciated, Dianne and Sigrun.

    Regarding Decor Bond, it is a heavy weight fusible stabilizer. My guess is that it would equal two layers of medium weight stabilizer/interfacing. It’s 60% polyester, 40% nylon and produced by Pellon. Any heavy weight stabilizer you have available in Austria would work just fine. Thanks again for all the encouraging comments!

  4. Barbara Hynes said,

    June 7, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Hello, I think your site is fabulous -very inspiring! Great work.
    I am enquiring into wether you know where I could purchace a wet felting rolling machine. I can not seem to find one on the net!
    Best wishes
    Barbara Hynes

  5. Barbara Hynes said,

    June 7, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    Hello, Your site is wonderful- Well done.


  6. Decora said,

    September 29, 2007 at 3:13 pm


  7. Decora said,

    September 29, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Great work

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