At the end of this month my daughter and her husband will have additions to their family. She asked me to make wall hangings for the children to put above their beds. I began designing them a couple weeks ago. I’ve never used a published pattern for anything I make, though I do design some things using traditional blocks.
Working with tiny pieces is new to me and after the first I decided to paper piece the stars. I didn’t with the first one I made. Each star block finishes at 4″ and getting the seams right and matched up was a challenge. Paper piecing the second block made it so much easier.
How long this will take me is unknown. My goal is to have both finished before I make the trip to see them in late February. To date I’ve only done the layout and made one corner block. Those blocks will be the most time consuming for piecing the top. I haven’t decided on exactly what I’ll do for the lettering. I’m thinking handmade applique lettering for the names and hand embroidery for the dates and a Bible verse I plan to include.
I still haven’t purchased the fabric for the second wall hanging. My daughter thought Spiderman would be a good theme. So far I haven’t liked the fabrics I’ve seen with that theme. I don’t think they are colorful enough or the fabric is just too busy and crowded with images for my taste. I have a few days, maybe something better can be found on-line. I occasionally buy fabric on-line. Though at this point I only buy what I need for a specific project.
Hopefully next week I’ll be a lot further along and can post another progress report with better pictures. I don’t think I’ll be done before I leave but hopefully all I’ll have left is the embroidery. That I can work on while I fly out and after I get there. It’s always an adventure.
For all the quilters, happy quilting.