|spring/summer wall hanging|
|detail of quilting|
|more flowers and leaves|
I started the design process with a fat quarter of the crow and pumpkin fabric and went from there. Orange is not my favorite color, but I love the rusty oranges and gold and purple in this combination. I also free-handed the background quilting which went amazingly well I thought for a beginner. I think the glass of wine I was drinking probably helped me loosen up and not over-think things!
I had never done applique by machine before but I did NOT want to needle turn all the edges and corners on all those little leaves. So another first in this quilt is the satin stitching around the leaves. I wanted to get a good representation of the leaves that are around my house, so I actually went into the woods, gathered leaves and traced around them. I took the tracings to the copy store and shrunk them until they fit the size I needed and Voila, instant, realistic leaves of oak, maple, sassafras, tulip poplar and sweet gum. Of course to be totally accurate there would be a heavy sprinkling of pine needles in there too, but we won't go there! I had fun going through the scraps looking for the corresponding colors as well. I extended the satin stitching to form the stems, varying the width as necessary to make it look right.
Again with this piece I should have quilted more in the borders as the hanging is a tiny bit wavy because of the dense quilting in the center and the top and bottom bands, but I hesitate to go back and alter it now that it is bound. I think a diagonal cross hatch in the borders might be just the ticket... maybe one day I will add that.
For now, I need to get the sewing space set up again and reorganized so I can sew at all. I have a lovely spring wall hanging/table topper with pink and orange tulips and a broderie perse border that I would like to enter in something in January that really needs quilting. I have to practice, practice, practice to get back to where I was when I did these so I will be ready for that one. So what is up in YOUR sewing room?