Objects of Comfort: Art Quilt Talismans

Mini art quilts surrounding shells and stones

Choose flat and sturdy seashells or small smooth stones tied to a happy memory to create objects of comfort using Victoria Gertenbach instructions for art quilt talismans.

About this Quilt

Designed By : Victoria Gertenbach

“Ever since I was a child I have collected certain small things that bring me comfort. I have kept boxes and bowls filled with my tiny treasures … seashells and rocks found along the water’s edge, colorful beads and vintage buttons, and bits of lovely fabric. And so it seemed fitting—in these days when I increasingly worry over the well-being of the world—that I turn to some of these humble items and marry them together, thus creating objects of comfort. These objects are talismans of sorts, full of good mojo and calming energy.” – Victoria Gertenbach

Download instructions for Objects of Comfort along with more art quilting projects and techniques in the February/March 2018 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.


  • Hard shell fragments or small smooth stones
  • Small pieces of low-loft cotton batting
  • Assorted fabric scraps
  • All-purpose sewing thread
  • 12wt variegated cotton thread (I used Sulky® Blendables®.)
  • Assorted small beads, vintage buttons, metal charms
  • 24-gauge copper wire
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle (I used John James straw needles, size 9.)
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Round-nose pliers
  • Thimble